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EARTH University Carbon Neutral

EARTH University Carbon Neutral

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Published by Ricardo Russo
By becoming carbon neutral, EARTH University is making a public commitment to environmental protection
and also offering a sustainable solutions to
problems confronting the entire planet.
By becoming carbon neutral, EARTH University is making a public commitment to environmental protection
and also offering a sustainable solutions to
problems confronting the entire planet.

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Published by: Ricardo Russo on Dec 13, 2009
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T a b l E o C o n T E n T s
IntroductionAn Ecological Footprint: EARTH’s CommitmentCarbon Neutral: A Global TendencyThe Path toward Carbon NeutralityWhat Does Carbon Neutrality Involve?Methodology Determining the Sources o CO
EmissionsEARTH’s CO
EmissionsCalculating the Accumulation o CarbonCarbon Stored at EARTH Mitigation and Energy EfciencyTotal Carbon Fixation and Storage Capacity at the GuácimoCampusEARTH’s Commitment
The climate change discussion has become such animportant global issue that on April 17, 2007, theUnited Nations Security Council included the themein its priority agenda. The international debate hasocused on the impacts o climate change and thepotential conicts resulting rom these impacts,including access to energy, water, ood, and otherscarce resources; mass migrations; and borderdisputes. The awarding o the Nobel Peace Prizeto ormer U.S. Vice President Al Gore and theIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)is another illustration that the climate changediscussion has taken center stage.Much o the international community has come toappreciate that the stability o nations, the alleviationo poverty and the very survival o the planet will bedirectly impacted by climate change.In the last ew years, this phenomenon has becomemore pronounced due to the intensive and growinguse o ossil uels by many industries, as well as areduction in the atmosphere’s regenerative capacityto remove carbon dioxide as a result o deorestationand other actions o the human population.Increasingly we have come to realize that all humanactivities, including those carried out by educationalinstitutions such as EARTH University, generategreenhouse gasses (GHG).EARTH University recognizes that its daily activitiesgenerate carbon emissions and is committed totaking measures to reduce these emissions, as wellas capturing CO
rom the atmosphere to osetthe institution’s contribution to global warming.By becoming carbon neutral, EARTH is making apublic commitment to environmental protectionand also oering a sustainable solutions toproblems conronting the entire planet.Mitigation eorts aimed at reducing GHG andslowing the impacts o climate change (CC),wherever they are carried out, are a global priority.EARTH University’s initiative responds to thisimperative.In order to achieve carbon neutrality, EARTH hadto undertake three tasks: 1) identiy the sources ocarbon emissions and measure the output usingscientifcally rigorous methods; 2) determine theUniversity’s carbon storage capacity; and 3) designprojects with the goal o reducing, or compensatingor, CO
emissions.By systematically implementing these three steps,the University has been able to not only balance itsGHG emissions through the capture o atmosphericcarbon, but in act has determined that theUniversity has a positive balance with respect toemissions and carbon capture. EARTH currentlyemits 1,168 tons o CO
annually, while it has theannual capacity to capture 16,845 tons.The institutional response to the crisis o globalwarming is an eort that unites the entireuniversity community and draws on the experienceo an institution that, since its inception, has madeenvironmental sustainability a priority.
Being a carbonneutral institutionimplies recognizing the global impactthat CO
emissionshave on theplanet’s climate,quantifying theinstitution’scarbon emissionsand taking stepsto reduce theseemissions as wellas capturing CO
 and ultimatelystriking a balancebetween CO
 emissions andmitigation.

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