Creating Carbon Offsets for Faculty and Athletic Travel to Help Santa Clara Achieve Carbon Neutrality by 2015. ENVS 95 Carlton Gossett, Athan Hsiao, Blake Leamy, Sean Mohr, Lawrence Tse. Introduction
Creating Carbon Offsets for Faculty and Athletic Travel to Help Santa Clara Achieve Carbon Neutrality by 2015
Carlton Gossett, Athan Hsiao, Blake Leamy, Sean Mohr, Lawrence Tse
Carbon offsets, a method unused for SCU travel, offers potential in helping Santa Clara reach its goal to become carbon neutral by 2015.
We investigated the feasibility of using carbon offsets to eliminate the emissions caused by student athlete and English department travel. More specifically, we constructed 3 proposals with varying aspects such as price, type of offsets, profit vs. non-profit. We tailored a program to fit SCU’s needs. We researched proposals in which sports and faculty travel are offset based on the sum of miles traveled. We believe that this administrative approach will allow for more fluid, future investment in carbon offsets.
Conclusion and Recommendation
We propose three different options:
1. Atmosfair with Carbonica
2. Carbonfund with Carbonica
3. Terrapass with Carbonica
All three companies will be used to offset air travel while Carbonica will be used to offset ground travel.
Research Question: Can carbon offsets provide an effective solution to offsetting SCU travel?
This project aims to research the amount of carbon given off by airplanes, buses, and vans used by student athletes and faculty members as they travel nationally and internationally. We based our study off of these two cohorts so that they act as example for future offset opportunities. After conducting research we find that the offset companies we provide will effectively work for our goal of carbon neutrality. In order to accurately utilize these carbon calculators, for our purpose in this project, we must first determine the exact amount of carbon given off. In order to do this we must calculate the distances traveled by both student athletes (club and NCAA) and the English Department. Then we must determine the number of people traveling and the means by which they travel.
We chose to use Athletes because they travel
the most among students on campus. We chose
the English Department because they have one of
the largest faculties accounting for 10% of the 461
person faculty. They represent a good base to judge
the emissions of the rest of the University.
*This is just a small excerpt of the data we have compiled.
A special thanks to our Research Director Sherry
Booth. We could not have done this without her.