The University of Montana reports a slight reduction in overall greenhouse gas emissions after completing a biannual update required by the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment.
UM’s second update was completed in January and showed a 2 percent drop in emissions between Fiscal Year 2010 and FY 2011. Emissions increased slightly in FY 2012, but were still lower than FY 2010 by 1.7 percent. These figures were not normalized for weather, growth and other factors. The total amount of carbon not emitted by UM in FY 2011 and FY 2012, compared to FY 2010, is equivalent to taking 458 vehicles off the road for a year.
“The reduction in UM’s carbon footprint is worth celebrating,” said Cherie Peacock, UM sustainability coordinator. “Even though we have a long way to go to become carbon neutral, this is a step in the right direction. The University consumed less electricity over the past two years, which is a result of energy efficiency measures, such as lighting upgrades, installed in existing buildings.”
In February 2007, then-UM President George Dennison became a charter signatory of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment. By signing the agreement, Dennison pledged to make UM more sustainable, with the ultimate goal of neutralizing greenhouse gas emissions on campus.
For more information call Peacock at 406-243-6001 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.