Air Travel Mitigation Fund

Air Travel Mitigation Fund

Therefore, we propose to conduct a three-year pilot International Air-Travel Mitigation Program using funds donated voluntarily by Creighton University travelers.

To make a voluntary donation, click on the link below. Then:

  1. Fill in the amount that corresponds to the kind of trip you are taking ($10.00 for domestic flights, $25.00 for international flights); then
  2. Click on the "Find Area(s) of Your Choice" option and check the "OTHER" box at the bottom of the pop-up window.  Click "continue" to close. Then...
  3. Write "Air Travel Mitigation Fund" in the description box. Then...
  4. Follow the instructions to fill in your name and billing information.

Because The Common Home Project has sustainability as a fundamental theme, it must include efforts to help Creighton University members recognize the challenges of climate change and make efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), especially those from business related travel.

Registered curricular, co-curricular and business-related international travel alone at Creighton University has more than doubled in the last five years, reaching a conservative estimate of 7,500,000 miles or 12,070,080 km flown by 630 registered travelers between January 1 and August 30, 2019. Using the United Nations International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Carbon Emission Calculator, that is equivalent to 540 round-trip flights between Omaha and Beijing with a lay-over in Chicago.  Each of those flights is estimated to burn 360,988.8 lbs of aircraft fuel, emitting an average of 2,417.2 lbs (or 1.1 metric tons) of C02 per passenger.

To put this in perspective, we considered the following:

Between 2014 and 2016  a single person living in countries that are a frequent destination for Creighton travelers on average generated the following metric tons of CO2e in a year:

·         Australia = 15.4

·         Ireland = 7.3

·         Cuba = 3.1

·         U.S.A. = 14.95

·         China = 6.57

·         Ecuador = 2.8

·         Canada = 14.90

·         UK = 5.65

·         Peru = 2.1

·         South Korea = 11.50

·         Italy = 5.37

·         Dominican Republic = 1.89

·         The Netherlands = 9.9

·         Spain = 5.0

·         India = 1.57

·         Japan = 9.04

·         Sweden = 4.5

·         The Philippines: 1.1

·         South Africa = 9.0

·         France = 4.38

·         Guatemala = 0.9

·         Germany = 8.9

·         Hungary = 4.3

·         Haiti = 0.21

·         Belgium = 8.3

·         Switzerland = 4.30

·          Uganda = 0.1

When considering our Common Home Project hubs, this means that in a single flight, a Creighton University traveler may emit about...

  • 7.4% of what an average person in the United States does in a year;
  • 58% of what an average person in the Dominican Republic does in a year;
  • 40% of what an average person in Ecuador does in a year;
  • 110% of what an average person in Uganda does in a year;
  • 70% of what an average person in India does in a year; and
  • 100% of what an average person in the Philippines does in a year.

Tentatively, the recommended donation amount will be of $10.00 for domestic and $25.00 for international round-trip flight itineraries.  If only 25% of the 630 Creighton international travelers and 25% of the 800 domestic travelers (GEO only registers student organization co-curricular travel) estimated so far in 2019 donated the recommended amounts, the fund could grow to about $23,000.00 in a year.

A Project Review Committee chaired by the Director of Sustainability will provide recommendations to the Vice Provost for Global Engagement for funding.

Participants in various Common Home Project Programs will design a mitigation program proposal as part of their pre-departure preparation and will be able to apply for Common Home Project Air Travel Mitigation funds. However... any member of the Creighton community (students, faculty and staff) can make a proposal whether they are traveling with a Common Home Project or not.

Funds will be awarded annually to local on-campus projects resulting in lasting, measurable carbon reduction in order to mitigate air travel emissions.

Projects proposals must demonstrate that:

  • there will be a real reduction of C02 or a clear environmental benefit;
  • reductions or changes should have a high likelihood of being permanent;
  • reductions or impacts must be measurable;
  • projects should have an impact on or clear link to Creighton programs (i.e. Omaha, Phoenix or Dominican Republic campuses; short term travel course procedures; reforestation near a frequent travel course destination; etc.).

Examples of small-scale projects that others have implemented  that already are making a difference and could be adapted to Creighton University include:

Look.  Think.  Act.  Innovate.


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