GHG Emissions


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) produced by University operations. 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. Because of the reduction in Business and Study Abroad air travel as well as investments in new campus infrastructure, energy conservation, and increased composting, SU has seen a reduction of 25% of its greenhouse gas emissions since 2009. In fiscal year 2016, SU’s greenhouse gas emissions totaled 16,772 metric tons. SU’s GHG Inventory report can be viewed here.


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