view of Mt. Rainier from airplane, with plane wing visible

Air travel is one of the most challenging sectors to decarbonize and flying is one of the most carbon-intensive activities we participate in.

In 2020, the university took the step of including air travel in the Sustainability Action Plan. In 2022, the UW convened an ad hoc joint committee of the Environmental Stewardship Committee and the Faculty Council on Campus Planning and Stewardship to develop a policy proposal that calls for developing a University-wide program to reduce emissions (Fly Less) and mitigate emissions (Take Responsibility).

Read the draft policy (PDF)


See UW's historical work on reducing air travel