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Friday, January 24, 2014

Local Climate Action

Very soon, the University of Louisville will be announcing some terrific news. As it recently reported to the American College & Universities Presidents' Climate Commitment, from 2006 to 2013, University greenhouse gas "emissions have dropped over 27% from 246,929 to 178,679 metric tons."

The official goal is climate neutrality by 2050. However, the reported reductions have already enabled the University to meet its original goal of reducing emissions 20% by 2020. Back in 2007, this blog was noting the great distance the University needed to travel. We haven't arrived at the final destination, but there's much to celebrate. Particularly in a coal state.

The lion's share of the credit for this success likely goes to the recently retired Vice President for Business Affairs, Larry Owsley, though a lot of people have worked with Justin Mog, the University's Sustainability Coordinator, to make this possible. As previously reported, I've been involved in local efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions for much of the past decade. For the past five years, most of my contributions have been at the University level.

The original Green Energy pledge seems to have disappeared, but a relatively new effort by students offers some suggested individual actions (see above image).

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