Climate Action Manager, Swarthmore – Apr 29
Posted by Swarthmore College on April 19, 2022
The Climate Action Manager will report to the Director of Sustainability and under general supervision will lead climate protection activities across the institution and in partnership with other organizations. This includes managing the College’s award-winning Carbon Charge program, leading projects to increase renewable energy and decrease carbon emissions associated with the College, developing strategies to address greenhouse gas emissions, and overseeing outreach and engagement efforts with the campus community and other groups.
The Climate Action Manager will work with the Director of Sustainability, the Associate Vice President for Sustainable Facilities Operation and Capital Planning, ITS, Maintenance, Capital Planning, Finance staff and other key stakeholders to support implementation of the Roadmap to Zero Carbon, the College’s Energy Plan that charts the path to eliminating Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions in support of the College’s 2035 carbon neutrality commitment. The position will also lead efforts to develop a Scope 3 emissions reduction strategy and will manage projects to reduce campus carbon emissions. Such projects may include improving campus metering, measuring and reducing air travel, exploring low-carbon commuting options, and being part of sustainable construction projects.
This position will manage the Carbon Charge Program, which was established in 2016 to incentivize emissions reductions, engage the community, fund sustainability work, and build momentum for climate solutions. The Carbon Charge levies a fee on departments and offices for campus emissions that provides more than $300,000 annually for greenhouse gas emissions reduction projects. The program also includes a shadow price on carbon that is integrated into cost benefit analysis for capital planning decisions. This position will lead the Carbon Charge Committee in ongoing management and improvement of the program and will collaborate with other institutions to share the model more widely.
This position also plays a strategic leadership role in outreach, education, research, and projects to help Swarthmore respond to the urgency of climate change in teaching, learning, operations, and community engagement. The position oversees communication efforts for the Office of Sustainability, including social media and other campus communication efforts. The Climate Action Manager will also support the College’s annual delegation to the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP) and related campus engagement efforts.
For full consideration, submit applications including resume and cover letter with pay expectations by April 29, 2022.
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