Low Carbon Air Travel Pilot
Priority Project of the Sustainable Cornell Council
The Low Carbon Air Travel Working Group has been charged by the Sustainable Cornell Council with recommending solutions for reducing the greenhouse gas emissions from business air travel, and create a pilot program for individuals and departments to test strategies for reduction, avoidance, or offsetting air travel emissions.
Pilot Program Details
The Low Carbon Air Travel Working Group has developed a pilot program to assess the patterns of business air travel throughout the Cornell community. Departments, teams, or individuals can participate. Your role as a pilot participant is to examine possible strategies for reducing your carbon emissions from air travel through a combination of three techniques:
Choose remote participation instead of travel, or reduce the number of trips per year
Reduce the Carbon Footprint of Travel
Choose a more direct air-travel flight, or replace air travel with bus, carpool, or train
For air travel that does take place, purchase carbon offsets which reduce carbon by providing energy efficiency upgrades in low-income households in our community via the Finger Lakes Carbon Offset Fund
As a pilot participant, you are not committing to implementing any specific actions (although this is encouraged).
How to Participate
Chair and primary contact: Caroline Levine, David and Kathleen Ryan Professor of the Humanities
Sarah Brylinsky, Assistant Director, Campus Sustainability Office
Simon Allen, Associate Vice President for Asset Management & Financial Strategy
Amelia-Juliette Demery, PhD Candidate, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Marianne Krasny, Professor, Natural Resources and the Environment
In 2019, Cornell business air travel accounted for about 12% of Cornell’s annual carbon footprint, or over 25,000 metric tons of CO2e, equivalent to the annual energy use of 3,800 U.S. homes. Air travel is one of the only areas of our campus carbon footprint that has reduced since setting our goal to reach carbon neutrality by 2035.