Washington University Danforth Campus Carbon Footprint: Using the Campus as a Living Laboratory. E. M. Robinson, R. B. Husar, M. Malten Washington University, St. Louis Contact: [email protected] Abstract.
E. M. Robinson, R. B. Husar, M. MaltenWashington University, St. LouisContact: [email protected]
Washington University, following the trend of many other academic institutions, performed a University-wide carbon emission footprint during the Spring of 2008 for 1990-2007. The carbon footprint was a collaborative effort between university facilities, an outside consultant and Prof. Husar, teaching EECE 449, Sustainable Air Quality. The collaboration was successful because of the excitement the students had about participating in work that was directly applicable to campus and the facilities department’s need for explanations about the cause of GHG emissions. The Sustainable Air Quality class narrowed the scope of the project to the Danforth Campus and focused on three main objectives: (1) develop a carbon footprint causality model; (2) estimate the carbon footprint and (3) compare our estimates to other universities carbon emission estimates. The Danforth campus saw over 50% increase in carbon emission from 1990 with 80% of that due to electricity usage. The class also found that the estimate for carbon emission on the Danforth campus was comparable to other universities that had performed similar footprint analysis. Future work will include using the carbon footprint causality model to explore various methods for carbon emission reduction.
The focus of this poster is on campus carbon emissions. Further work is still needed for transportation carbon estimates.
On Campus Energy Use
The impact on carbon arises from on-campus energy use and from transportation
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Student Pop x Area/Student
Area x Energy Use/Area
Energy Use x Emission/Energy Use