Hours per student spent engaged in experiential learning each semester
UNH hosted carbon and nitrogen tracking tool
Why engage in the Climate Action Clinic?
Piloted in the spring of 2022, the Climate Action Clinic (formerly the Carbon Clinic) leverages the Sustainability Institute’s expertise and investment in the Sustainability Indicator Management and Analysis Platform (SIMAP), an online platform used by more than 500 organizations worldwide to understand, communicate, and manage their carbon and nitrogen footprints. The Clinic provides knowledge, capacity, and resources to help companies, non-profits, and communities address their carbon footprints. It's also an exciting opportunity for students to gain expertise and experience in sought-after environmental reporting skills by working in teams while completing carbon footprint analyses for participating clients. The Clinic is designed to extend the established and successful B Impact Clinic model to the pursuit of emissions reductions.
Learn about the details of the program in the dropdowns below.
Questions? Contact Kat.Hand@unh.edu
This program is possible thanks to the generous support of the Henry David Thoreau Foundation!
Prospective client organization applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
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FAQs for clients
A carbon footprint analysis helps an organization understand how much greenhouse gas pollution it is producing and what activities are driving that pollution – thereby empowering the organization to target cost-effective reduction strategies. Carbon footprint management was a $9 billion global industry in 2020, and is expected to grow significantly in the coming years. This means carbon accounting expertise is an increasingly marketable professional skill, and you don't be a scientist or mathematician to learn it! Carbon footprints are also referred to as “greenhouse gas inventories.”
In-depth knowledge is not required, although can be extremely helpful. We will teach you high-level concepts and your student group will help you work through the in-depth analysis and help clarify any outstanding items.
The work and scope of projects vary from each group and client organization. There is an hourly weekly virtual meeting with your student group, plus any additional follow-up work shouldn’t exceed 1-3 hours per week.
We do ask you to come in person if possible two times during the semester:
- Client Kick-off: Clients present their organization and goals for the semester to the student consultant teams.
- Final Presentation Showcase: Each team shares their completed work and the lessons they learned from the Clinic in a 10-minute presentation to clients, UNH faculty and staff, family and friends, followed by time for networking
We do request clients to:
- Identify a single point person within your organization to serve as a primary contact with the student team and commit at least 1 hour per week to the Climate Action Clinic. This person must commit to weekly video calls with their student consultants.
- Collect activity data sets for all relevant activities. We recommend calculating a baseline footprint for 2019 and 2021 including all direct emissions (scope 1), public utility indirect emissions (scope 2), and, if possible, some indirect emission sources (scope 3: business travel and commuting). The data sets required for this calculation include the following:
- Scope 1: Quantities of all stationary fuel consumption (e.g., natural gas), mobile fuel use for leased/owned vehicles, on-site fertilizer application, and refrigerant/chemical use.
- Scope 2: Total purchased electricity, steam, and chilled water; and any market transactions associated with purchased electricity (e.g., renewable energy credits).
- Scope 3: Employee commuting information (e.g., number of commuters, commute mode, trip distance), and business travel information (e.g., travel mode, distance by trip).
Typical team size is 3-5 students, across all majors. We strive for interdisciplinary teams and each team is led by a Peer Mentor, who is a student that has been through the Clinic at least once before and is your main point of contact.
Students are introduced to the basics of Carbon Accounting, choose teams and start to become familiar with their client.
Clients meet their student team for the first time, and the first order of business is to create a consulting agreement of what the expected deliverables will be at the end of the semester, as well as allowing student access into the client assessment.
Teams work through your data set, verification of your baseline footprint and scenario analysis of reductions as applicable to your organization or municipality.
Teams wrap up all final deliverables and provide the client with documentation, and finally, present their work at our final showcase event.
We have space for five clients per semester; applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Once an application is submitted, we will reach out to schedule a brief call to hear more about your organization and goals, and we will offer positions based on best fit.
Thanks to a generous grant from the Thoreau Foundation, there is no fee for clients through 2024.
Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org for any additional questions.
Clients receive a 1 year subscription to SIMAP and all final worksheets including:
- Data tracking template
- Normalizations spreadsheet
- Scenarios spreadsheet
- Carbon footprint “how to” guide
- Final presentation slides
What clients are saying...
Few of us understand the environmental impact we are having, but through UNH’s Carbon Clinic [Climate Action Clinic] we are able to evaluate our carbon inventory and work towards our goal of being carbon neutral. Businesses are made up of people and technology and as such have a significant carbon footprint, the business community must lead by example in understanding their footprint and minimizing its impact. – Bradford C. Paige, President & CEO, Kennebunk Savings
Working with the students made me look at Town operations and facilities in ways that I wouldn’t have otherwise and their work has provided the town’s decision makers and residents with an important tool as we prepare for a changing climate.” – Dana Clawson, Town of Hartford, VT
As both an agricultural and manufacturing business, we have complex systems and A LOT of data. We’re also fully committed to identifying ways to reduce our carbon emissions and the work with the Carbon Clinic [Climate Action Clinic] has been a huge step forward for us in achieving that goal. We were incredibly impressed with our student team - their commitment and passion and the truly stellar work. – Colleen Craig, Wyman’s