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Greenhouse Gas Inventory (PDF)2019 CU Regents Sustainability Presentation 

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Jarrett Smith
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Climate Action Plan


As a signatory of the ACUPCC the university is required to develop a comprehensive Climate Action Plan (CAP). This plan requires the university to conduct a greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventory to measure and define its yearly contribution to climate change. In partnership with the IGERT Program in Sustainable Urban Infrastructure at the university, a comprehensive GHG Inventory (PDF) was conceived that revealed:

  • University GHG Emissions for 2006/2007 were 164,000 metric tons/CO2 equivalent
  • Approximately 75% of our GHG emission come from energy use in our buildings
  • Energy use in university research facilities is intensive

With this information in hand, the Chancellor’s Advisory Task Force on Sustainability is developing a CAP that will provide a 20 percent reduction from the 2006/2007 baseline through:

  • Energy efficiency projects in university buildings
  • Renewable energy development
  • Education and communications
  • Appropriate Funding mechanisms for projects
  • Integration of CAP into all aspects of campus activities

This site will serve as a transparent gateway into climate action planning at the university and will be updated as the CAP and specific projects are developed. An Executive Summary of the university CAP (PDF) is available for your review.

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