SJU reduces greenhouse gas emissions
The Office of Sustainability at SJU recently completed an inventory of greenhouse gas emissions for fiscal year 2014 as part of the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). When SJU became a charter signatory of the ACUPCC agreement in 2007, the university pledged to reduce its carbon emissions by 15 percent by 2015, 50 percent by 2030, and to be carbon neutral by 2035. The 2014 report indicates that SJU is exceeding its goals.
Emissions have been reduced by more than 56 percent since signing the ACUPCC. During fiscal year 2014, campus activities resulted in the emission of 20,106 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents. For comparison, the previous greenhouse gas inventory from 2011 reported emissions of 28,525.1 MT eCO2.
The reduction of more than 8,400 MT since 2011 is largely the result of the university's decision to stop burning coal in the power plant. The use of more accurate data calculation techniques and several energy retrofit projects can also account for much of the reduction.