How close are we? Sonoma State Carbon Baseline

March 29, 2019
Students around a pile of carbon

Sustainable SSU

With the signing of the Climate Commitment on April 5th, Sonoma State will be setting a goal for carbon neutrality! We’re on our way!

But how far do we have to go? Carbon neutrality means no net release of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. If we release any carbon dioxide, we need to figure out how to take out an equal amount of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere someplace else.

So the first question is "how much carbon do we produce right now?" Students in Geography, Environment and Planning (GEP 373) are partnering with SSU facilities to calculate the first estimates of SSU's carbon footprint. They gather energy usage and natural gas emission readings from buildings all over campus, and calculate carbon equivalents of the energy used.

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