Climate Change

footprint: Calculate carbon footprints from air travel in R

The goal of footprint is to calculate carbon footprints from air travel based on IATA airport codes or latitude and longitude.

STARS and Stripes: Political and Institutional Factors that Affect Higher Education Sustainability Ratings

This research employed stakeholder theory to investigate what factors are associated with institutional and political factors that affect higher education sustainability ratings.

University air travel and greenhouse gas mitigation: An analysis of higher education climate policies

This research used qualitative document analysis to examine the climate policies of 46 public doctoral institutions to understand how they address university air travel greenhouse gas mitigation.

University Air Travel and GHG Mitigation: Examining Institutional Policies through the Lens of #flyingless

Preliminary results from a document analysis of institutional policies regarding mitigation of GHG emissions from university air travel.

What do institutional policies have to say about #flyingless?

This summer, I undertook a small research project that examined institutional policies related to climate change. These mostly included Climate Action Plans and Sustainability Plans, as well as reports, updates, and any other relevant documents available on institutional sustainability websites. My focus was on how these policies discussed Scope 3 emissions related to flying (usually termed “business air travel”). I wanted to see how these policies discussed and addressed the issue of flying in academia.

Air Travel Emissions Calculator in R

**Note: this is now a [package](!** I am hoping to soon be working with a data set of travel data for which I will need to calculate carbon emissions of flights. There are a number of online calculators, but none that I know of that could be pulled into R to call as a function and or be used to process data.

A Document Analysis of University Climate Policies and Air Travel

This project utilize qualitative document analysis to examine the role of flying less as a Scope 3 emissions reduction strategy in various university climate policies

Exploring #flyingless on Twitter with TAGS

I recently started using TAGS to start archiving Twitter posts with key search phrases for later exploration and possible research. One of my search phrases was the hashtag #flyingless. #flyingless typically is appended to posts related to reducing the carbon footprint associated with flying, often flying to and from conferences, but also flying in general. By just scraping the past few days worth of data, I found a few interesting takeaways.

Assessing Your Carbon Footprint with Google Location Data

Google collects a lot of data on us. If you have Google Maps, chances are your location is being tracked, too. Unless, of course, you have it disabled. But, if you don’t, you’d be surprised by the amount of location data (and its accuracy) contained in your Google Timeline. Many worry about Google’s tracking, but for those of us who don’t, there is some potential fun we can have with our own data.

Fly or Die - The Relationship between Conference Travel, Employability, and the Climate Crisis.

The "Fly or Die" project is a multi-survey research project that looks at the complex relationship between graduate student conference travel, employability, and the climate crisis.