GHG Emissions

Seattle University's FY18 Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG)

pie graph showing FY18 green house gas emissions by category

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 22,357 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents. Seattle University committed to work towards climate neutrality and reduce emissions by at least 12% by 2020 and by at least 51% by 2035 from buildings, solid waste, university-owned vehicles, air travel, and commuters to campus. In fiscal year 2018, SU’s greenhouse gas emissions totaled 16,096 metric tons which is a 13.6% reduction since 2009. The reduction can be attributed to investments in new campus infrastructure, increased composting, and a decrease in single-occupant vehicle commuting, natural gas consumption, and air travel by SU employees and students.

a chart showing emissions for FY18 and in comparison to FY09

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