Carolina Tar Heels (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)
CO2 Fast 2 Furious (University of Michigan)
Everything Plus the Carbon Sink (Yale University)
Hoos Green (University of Virginia)
Lead the Change (Bard College)
Neutrality Reality (University of Pennsylvania)
PataGoNYU (New York University)
PataSLOANia (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Net Zero Aggies (Texas A&M University)
UW United (University of Washington)
This case study focuses on Patagonia's goal of reaching carbon neutrality by 2025.
More specifically, how can Patagonia, a company that has implementing solutions to the environmental crisis as part of its mission, influence the industry broadly and create a model that other companies are inspired to replicate? Carbon neutrality means going beyond reducing energy use, increasing renewable energy sources and recycled materials, to also influencing policy, sequestering carbon in the soil through regenerative agriculture, and reducing waste in food production, consumption, and disposal.
Both established and unconventional options present challenges. This case will examine existing programs such as carbon offsets and Renewable Energy Certificates, as well as other programs that could offer greater carbon-reducing potential despite difficulties measuring these programs' impacts. Without accurate measurement, Patagonia cannot evaluate its progress, nor can it communicate clearly to consumers without the risk of being seen as “greenwashing.” This case explores these questions to consider how Patagonia can best achieve carbon neutrality for itself, and provide a model for industry to follow suit.