The slide above is my quick introduction to the Presidents’ Climate Commitment and our Climate Action Planning at Unity College. Patrick already introduced you to the Climate Action Plan, so I won’t revisit that, but I do want to emphasize a couple of points. Our Climate Action Plan and the mitigation strategies we identify have to work for Unity College. We can’t determine meaningful mitigation strategies if we don’t know where our emissions come from, and in what quantities. The charts above describe how we define different emissions sources (under 3 “Scopes”), and shows where Unity’s emissions came from over the 2007-2008 year.
We know our greatest emissions come from heating our 26 buildings (thats nearly 150,000 square-feet of built space), and from getting around in our commuter vehicles, campus fleet, and commercial airplanes. Noticeably absent from the chart above are our emissions from electricity production and solid waste. We used roughly 1,000,000 kWh of electricity last year which would have contributed nearly 450 additional tons of carbon dioxide equivalent if we hadn’t purchased RECs to support renewable energy production in ME. Landfill waste from Unity College would have added an additional 10 tons of carbon dioxide equivalent to our profile if it had been included.
So . . . now that you know who the culprits are, I NEED YOUR IDEAS! I’m touring campus with two questions:
- What actions can we take as an institution to reduce our emissions in these areas?
- What actions can you take as an individual to reduce our emissions?
Leave comments below, or email your ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.