The Research for Policy Platform equipped UC3 as a collective to research urgent climate change
policy issues and provide recommendations for just and equitable outcomes.
The recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) special report on 1.5 degrees of warming (SR15) warned of severe consequences of a failure to prevent global warming exceeding 1.5°C. To limit temperature increase to 1.5°C, emissions need to halve by 2030, and drop to net-zero by 2050 for the best chance of avoiding the worst impacts of climate change.
Transitioning towards a net-zero economy requires coordinated action across sectors and enabling policy frameworks. Universities are well positioned as anchor institutions to drive forward policy and goals at various levels of government that will help humanity address the current climate crisis in time.
The purpose of this platform is to help university leaders actively engage on policy issues, stay well-informed, and where appropriate leverage their influence in support of 1.5°C aligned climate policy. UC3 will accomplish this by (1) producing policy primers referencing reputable, peer-reviewed research; (2) science-based policy options and the related implications for colleges and universities and their respective communities; and (3) suggesting avenues for policy engagement at various levels of government, with campus communities, and societal partners as deemed appropriate by UC3 members, given their own political contexts.
The Role of Higher Education in Advancing Carbon Pricing: A Preliminary Briefing for University Leaders
The University Climate Change Coalition’s first policy topic of interest as indicated by the Ohio State University President Drake and supported by his colleagues is carbon pricing. UC3 convened subject matter experts from across North America to discuss higher education’s role in advancing carbon pricing. This preliminary brief includes a menu of options for college and university leaders who want to engage on this issue internally on their campuses or externally with cross-sector partners.