Introduction to Nearly Carbon-Neutral (NCN) Conferences

Air Travel: Academia’s Biggest Dirty Little Secret

Ken Hiltner

Air travel to conferences, talks, and meetings can account for a third of the carbon footprint for a typical scholar or university. The event that you are attending is using a nearly carbon-neutral (NCN) conference approach developed at UCSB that can reduce conference carbon footprints by a factor of 100 or more. In this talk, Hiltner details the problem and UCSB’s NCN approach. For more information on how to coordinate NCN events, see our White Paper / Practical Guide.

Ken Hiltner is a Professor of the environmental humanities at UCSB. The Director of the Environmental Humanities Initiative (EHI), Hiltner has appointments in the English and Environmental Studies Departments. He has published five books, including Milton and Ecology, What Else is Pastoral?, Renaissance Ecology, and Ecocriticism: The Essential Reader, as well as a range of environmentally oriented articles. Hiltner has served as Director of UCSB’s Literature & Environment Center, its Early Modern Center, the English Department’s graduate program, and as the Currie C. and Thomas A. Barron Visiting Professor in the Environment and Humanities at Princeton University’s Environmental Institute. Prior to becoming a professor, for many years he made his living as a furniture maker. A second-generation woodworker, he received commissions from five continents and had collections featured in major metropolitan galleries.

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