Degrees That Matter: Climate Change and the University by Ann Rappaport

By Ann Rappaport

Explains how participants of school and college groups can take motion on weather switch: options, tasks, and classes in the right way to encourage advanced agencies to make adjustments.

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With record high electricity prices predicted for the future, the trend of increasing electricity use is not exclusively a climate-related concern. It means that the university will continue to face increasing operating costs. This convergence of financial interests and climate change interests is precisely the kind of opportunity that has the greatest likelihood of resulting in creative long-term solutions that satisfy multiple organizational goals. 1 Tufts Carbon Inventory * 8 7 20,000 20 0 6 5 4 3 2 1 0 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0 Emissions target 20 0 20 0 20 0 20 0 20 0 20 0 20 0 20 0 19 9 19 9 19 9 19 9 19 9 19 9 19 9 19 9 19 9 25,000 * estimated * 15,000 10,000 5,000 0 Chapter 3 19 9 Total emission releases (MTCE) 38 30,000 The Campus Inventory and Climate Goals 39 options may be broader now than it was just a few years ago.

While the release of these chemicals is regulated and should be avoided, releases do take place when air-conditioning equipment breaks or when unskilled or unlicensed technicians make repairs. Research laboratories may also use and release some of these other climate-altering gases. For example, research on semiconductor manufacture also may release extremely potent heat-trapping gases. Venting natural gas, propane, or methane either accidentally (through leaks) or intentionally also contributes to climate-altering gas emissions.

Pdf. asp. htm. html. J. Norwell, Total Square Footage at Connecticut College, personal communication, 2005. pdf. sustain. php. sustain. php. pdf. asp. pdf. html. htm. pdf. pdf. University Planning, Carnegie Mellon University, Carnegie Mellon Factbook 2005, vol. pdf. htm. html. html. pdf. about 43,700 MTCDE in the same year. Both institutions experience roughly the same weather (a key factor in determining energy use). 16 MTCDE per student in the same year. Endowments also reveal a discrepancy: Connecticut College has about $152,000 per student, whereas Wellesley has a per student endowment that is more than seven times larger.

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