Cal Poly Pomona is another important step closer to achieving carbon neutrality. The President's Climate Commitment Task Force has released a comprehensive inventory of the university's greenhouse gas emissions, with results showing the largest output of emissions coming from commuters.
The inventory serves as a guide for future greenhouse gas reduction strategies as Cal Poly Pomona moves toward the long-term goal of becoming climate neutral.
“This report provides solid data regarding how the university emits harmful greenhouse gases. We have many challenges ahead – like identifying how to bolster public transportation to relieve the campus community's reliance on automobiles. That won't be easy. But the campus has dedicated itself to this cause,” says Ed Barnes, vice president of Administrative Affairs and co-chair of the task force.
As a charter signatory of the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment, Cal Poly Pomona has agreed to proactively monitor and ultimately neutralize its greenhouse gas emissions. The university has also pledged to increase climate change research and educational curriculum focused on environmental sustainability.
Under the advisement of co-chair Kyle Brown, director of the Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies, graduate students Heidi Rusina, Zora Tucker and Kimberly Trimiew conducted the emissions inventory. They spent the summer verifying the preliminary findings generated by a Regenerative Studies class last winter. The inventory analyzes 10 years of data from 1995 to 2005.
See the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory Report for more details.