Carbon footprint report released

A draft report on the University of Texas at Arlington’s first carbon footprint analysis is now available. The report has been prepared for the President’s Sustainability Committee by an interdisciplinary student/faculty team through a summer course in the School of Urban and Public Affairs. It characterizes the university’s greenhouse gas emissions in 2005, forecasts emissions in 2010 and 2020, then proposes a framework for setting reduction targets and develops reduction scenarios based on those targets. This is believed to be the first university carbon footprint analysis in a UT System university and the second in the state.

I wish to thank the students, who worked hard on a difficult project under difficult circumstances. Special thanks to Greg Collins and Vinodh Valluri, who made extraordinary contributions, and to Salman Ahmed, Luis Reyes, Sala Senkayi, and Tim Yatko, who went beyond the call of duty.

The report, produced in a very short time frame, is being issued in draft form so that members of the committee and other interested parties can participate in reviewing it. Comments are invited.

Star-Telegram story, 7/7/08

Shorthorn story, 6/18/08

Shorthorn sidebar on energy conservation, 6/18/08

Shorthorn editorial, 6/24/08

AASHE blurb, 6/26/08

Background

Executive summary (.doc)

Chapter 1 – Introduction (.doc)

Chapter 2 – Methodology (.doc)

Chapter 3 – Summary of emissions in 2005 and forecasted emissions in 2010 and 2020 (.doc)

Chapter 4 – Responsible growth – A framework for emissions reduction and summary of reduction scenarios and recommendations for 2010 and 2020 (.doc)

Chapter 5 – Buildings and facilities (.doc)

Chapter 6 – Student, faculty, and staff commuting (.doc)

Chapter 7 – Vehicle fleet (.doc)

Chapter 8 – Solid waste

Chapter 9 – Other [refrigerants, fertilizers, water] (.doc)

Presentation to PSC, 6/10/08 (.ppt)

3 Responses to “Carbon footprint report released”


  • I’m ashamed and embarrassed to see the University from which my daughter just graduated summa cum laude embrace the superstition of man-made global warming. It is a low point for Texas education. What’s next? Studies in using a lucky rabbit’s foot and avoiding black cats on Friday?

    31,000 scientists agree that CO2 is not a danger and is in fact a healthy part of our environment (see Petition Project link below). Thus, your report indicates very poor research and systems thinking on the part of the students, the faculty and the UTA system. Using the IPCC report as a basis means that politicized science sponsored by politicians and bureaucrats is the way UTA conducts science. Very disappointing. Suggest you talk to some real scientists and climate realists rather than buy into the fraudulent Al Gore superstition that is crippling economies around the world.

    The Petition Project
    http://www.petitionproject.org

    Apocalypse? No!
    http://scienceandpublicpolicy.org/apocalypseno-dvd.html
    Recommend you watch this DVD at UTA. Lord Monckton addresses students at Cambridge University in October 2007 and exposes the fraud and immorality of the Al Gore/IPCC science.

  • Perhaps. However, here’s balancing arguements concerning said petition.

    Huffington Post Article on Global Warming Petition

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kevin-grandia/the-30000-global-warming_b_243092.html

    One more article on the petition

    http://mediamatters.org/research/200602140013

    I apologize about the quality of the links, but I’m doing schoolwork and don’t have time to track down better ones. I just thought that some balance was needed here.

  • Thanks Judah. I’m glad you posted a balancing perspective. I took part in this analysis, and had fun working on it. My perspective on the issue is different: global warming/ climate change does not necessarily have to be proven scientifically in order to begin and continue doing activities that are sustainable, create justice and happiness in our society, good health for all species, and a balanced ecosphere. While mocking climate science as quackery is foolish, it is also unjustifiable to feed the societal systems (e.g.: the corporate-government monster that is slowly sucking America’s life..) that create socio-environmental injustice, “unsustainability”, and sickness for all humans, and for the entire planet. It is necessary to not obviate the carbon debate, but also necessary to not get caught up in it, resorting to inviable “solutions” like carbon credits, geo-engineering, and biogenetic climate adaptation. Seeking and establishing the balance between the extremes would be the most necessary work for the environmentalists of our generation.

    Vinodh Valluri

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