3:31 p.m., Nov. 11, 2008----The results of a study of the University of Delaware's carbon “footprint,” part of a commitment to sustainability on the campus, will be revealed during a town hall meeting for members of the University community at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 18, in Mitchell Hall.
The six-month study by the Carbon Footprint Initiative, which was funded by the Senior Class Gift of 2008, calculated the University's carbon emissions from waste, dining, transportation, landscaping and buildings, and developed projections on the University emissions levels over the next 15 years.
The study, which was launched in April by UD President Patrick Harker and the Senior Class Gift Committee of 2008, also completed energy audits of 16 campus buildings and six utility plants.
The town hall meeting, “UD Campus Town Hall: A Low Carbon Future,” will provide the University community with an opportunity to hear the initial results of the carbon inventory and provide ideas and recommendations for the development of a University-wide greenhouse gas reduction action plan.
John Byrne, director of the University's Center for Energy and Environmental Policy and recent Nobel Peace Prize laureate as a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, who led the study, said the success of the University's carbon neutrality depends on the participation of the campus community.
During the meeting, Byrne will outline the emissions produced by the University, the sources of those emissions, and solicit ideas from the campus community on how to reduce and eliminate University emissions.
"To substantially cut our emissions, many actions will be needed and the town hall meeting is one avenue by which our community can offer suggestions for an action plan," Byrne said. "I very much hope colleagues will share their ideas on the 18th."
The event is free, but all individuals must register for the event at [www.udel.edu/footprint]. A live Webcast of the meeting will be available through the same site.