GHG Emissions

Seattle University's FY19 Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG)

As a signatory to the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, Seattle University adopted a Climate Action Plan (CAP) in 2009 stating the university’s intentions to more comprehensively address climate change and advance sustainability. One of the main CAP goals was to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). In 2009, the university emitted an estimated 18,750 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents. Seattle University committed to work towards climate neutrality and reduce emissions by at least 12% by 2020 and 51% by 2035 from buildings, solid waste, university-owned vehicles, air travel, and commuters to campus. SeattleU reached its goal ahead of time! In fiscal year 2019, SU’s greenhouse gas net emissions were 15,650 metric tons which is a 16.0% reduction since 2009. The reduction can be attributed to investments in new campus infrastructure, increased composting, and a decrease in natural gas consumption, single-occupant vehicle commuting, and most importantly air travel by SU employees and students.

a photo summarizing SU's change in GHG emissions throughout fiscal year 2009-2019

 

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