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 editorial, 6/24/08
AASHE blurb, 6/26/08
Executive summary (.doc)
Chapter 1 – Introduction (.doc)
Chapter 2 – Methodology (.doc)
Chapter 7 – Vehicle fleet (.doc)
Chapter 8 – Solid waste
Chapter 9 – Other [refrigerants, fertilizers, water] (.doc)
Presentation to PSC, 6/10/08 (.ppt)