Hanover High School Climate Action Planupdated May 2019
Given the overwhelming consensus that anthropogenic or “human-made” greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are causing global climate change, Hanover High School (HHS) is joining an increasing number of entities and local governments committed to addressing climate change at the local level. HHS recognizes the risk that climate change poses to its constituents and is acting now to reduce the GHG emissions, or “carbon footprint,” through the innovative programs laid out in this Climate Action Plan (CAP). Ultimately, individual behavior changes and collective action is needed to reduce HHS’s contribution toward the problem of climate change and adapt to its current and future effects. This CAP takes advantage of common-sense approaches and cutting-edge policies that HHS is uniquely positioned to implement. These actions can reduce energy use and waste, conserve water, and reduce fossil fuels used for transportation. This CAP aims to be consistent with the larger plans for the Town of Hanover, New Hampshire and other state and regional plans.
This is the first CAP developed for a high school in the United States. Further, this plan was written by Hanover High School students under the guidance of Hannah Kornfeld (HHS 2010), who served as a volunteer consultant and made substantial contributions to the production and formatting of this report.
By creating a clear course of action so that everyone can have a role in creating and achieving climate and sustainability goals, the CAP drives and coordinates efforts toward a reduction in GHG emissions of 6 percent below 2016-17 school year emission levels by 2025 and 77 percent below 2016-17 school year emission levels by 2050. These targets are discussed further in Section 3.
The CAP is a framework for the development and implementation of actions that reduce HHS’s GHG emissions and provides guiding objectives and strategies to realize HHS’s GHG reduction goals.
This CAP covers strategies for reducing GHG emissions resulting from operational activities associated with HHS. It addresses the major sources of emissions from HHS and sets forth objectives and strategies in seven focus areas (i.e., emissions sectors) that both the school and community can implement together to achieve GHG reductions:
- Building Energy
- Employee Commute
- Student Commute
- School Buses
- Solid Waste Generation
- Wastewater Generation
- Water Consumption
The approach used for this CAP was developed by ICLEI and is called the Five Milestones for Climate Mitigation (see Figure 1 below).
Milestone One: Conduct a baseline emissions inventory and forecast.
Milestone Two: Adopt an emissions reduction target for the forecast year.
Milestone Three: Develop a climate action plan.
Milestone Four: Implement the climate action plan.Milestone Five: Monitor progress and report results