SOU Climate Action
Southern Oregon University will become an inclusive, sustainable university for the future that guides all learners to develop the knowledge, capacities, and audacity to innovate boldly and create lives of purpose.
Southern Oregon University is a regionally-engaged learning community committed to being the educational provider of choice for learners throughout their lives.
- We achieve student success, professional preparation, and civic engagement through service excellence, evolving technologies, and innovative curriculum.
- We foster access, equity, inclusion and diversity in thought and practice.
- We prepare our learners to be responsible, engaged citizens in our democracy.
- We promote economic vitality, sustainability, cultural enrichment, and social well-being in our region, the state, the nation, and the world.
- The well-being and success of all learners
- Critical thinking, discovery, and engaged learning
- Equity, diversity, and inclusion
- Creativity and collaboration
- Excellence, continuous improvement, and accountability
- A healthy, safe, and civil campus
- Economic vitality and environmental sustainability
- Improving our community, region, and world
Sustainable Development: Sustainable development has been defined as development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
Greenhouse Gas Emissions: The emission of atmospheric gases responsible for causing global warming and climate change. The major greenhouse gases (GHGs) are carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N20). Less prevalent, but very powerful greenhouse gases are hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), Perfluorocarbons (PFCs) and sulphur hexafluoride (SF6).
Climate Change Mitigation: A human intervention to reduce greenhouse gases being emitted or enhance the sinks of greenhouse gases. Examples include using fossil fuels more efficiently for industrial process or electricity generation, switching to solar energy or wind power, improving the insulation of buildings and expanding forests and other sinks to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
Climate Change Adaptation: Adjustment in natural or human systems in response to actual or expected changes in the climate, which moderates harm or exploits beneficial opportunities.
Net Zero Emissions: Achieving an overall balance between greenhouse gas emissions produced and greenhouse gas emissions taken out the atmosphere.
Decarbonization: Removal or reduction of carbon dioxide output into the atmosphere.
Energy Efficiency and Energy Conservation: Energy efficiency means to use less energy to perform the same task. Basically to eliminate energy waste. Energy conservation is to not use energy. For example, turning lights off in an unused room is energy conservation while switching to more energy efficient lights such as LEDs is energy efficiency.