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Climate change is altering our world in increasingly alarming ways, including rising temperatures and sea levels; stronger storms; increased risks of drought, fires, and floods; and disruptions in food systems. Because climate change has such broad environmental, economic, and societal impacts and risks, one of our top environmental priorities is to reduce our carbon footprint. ISGI is focused on identifying, addressing, and reducing the University’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through multiple approaches. To understand UT Arlington’s carbon footprint, we conducted a preliminary analysis of our carbon footprint in 2008, followed by a more comprehensive greenhouse gas emissions inventory in 2010. The 2010 inventory covers direct GHG emissions for natural gas, University fleet fuel, and fertilizers (Scope 1); indirect GHG emissions from purchased electricity (Scope 2); and other indirect GHG emissions from student and faculty daily commutes and waste sent to landfills (Scope 3). The inventory results provide a fact-based foundation for understanding the sources of our emissions, focusing our reduction efforts, and setting goals. The Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory is available for
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The findings of the 2010 GHG emissions inventory reveal the most significant sources for emissions and key reduction areas:
In the first year of the GHG emissions reduction goal period (2010-2011), emissions declined by 5.6 percent from 2005 levels. The most significant reduction was from refrigerants, which declined by 68 percent. We attribute this decrease to the replacement of the chiller in the on-campus thermal plant, which occurred through the energy performance contract work detailed in the Focusing on Energy and Buildings section on page 22. Waste-related emissions declined by 28 percent, a drop we attribute to increased recycling, which diverts waste from landfills where it releases methane gases over time. Although these decreases are impressive, refrigerants and waste account for only 9 percent of the University’s total GHG footprint. Looking forward, we expect to see reductions in emissions associated with energy and commuting, our largest sources of greenhouse gases, as we work toward achieving our energy and transportation goals.