‘Yale Cuts Greenhouse Gas Emissions’ — three years ago

Oct 21st, 2010 | By | Category: Wind

Micro-wind turbines atop Becton lab are part of Yale's renewable-energy strategy.

“Yale Cuts Greenhouse Gas Emissions,” proclaims the headline on this week’s press release. And that was true — three years ago.

Since then, the university has managed to hold its output of the climate-changing gases nearly steady. Nearly, but not quite: as the campus expanded in fiscal 2010, emissions grew by 1 percent.

That still makes Yale 6 percent less carbon-dependent than it was in 2005, when President Rick Levin ’74PhD announced an ambitious goal to reduce greenhouse gases 43 percent by 2020.

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One Comment to “‘Yale Cuts Greenhouse Gas Emissions’ — three years ago”

  1. betty jo says:

    maybe its a calculation problem. maybe a measurement of total reduction is not the right answer, but more a measurement of reduction in relation to a ratio — like ratio to type of yale community member (students, employees, visitors, contractors, etc) or a measurement reduction in relation to space or activity — like lab, warehouse, dorm room, sports event…) the article leads me to believe that a greenhouse measurement was taken at a point in time and become the measurement for success or failure as the case may be. it seems to me that these calculations leave no room for change that would occur for events like shrinking or growing. when i read a statement like “A 6 percent drop [of carbon emissions] in the face of 12 percent growth (measured in square footage) is no small feat” would automatically mean to me that the rate of reduced emissions is even greater than in past years. but is that a correct assumption on my part? i’m not sure. i’m certainly no expert on the kyoto project, nor am i an economist, but i would expect a person as he or she moves through the yale system as a lab student in a medical class to a lecture hall for social studies to a meal facility or to sleep would emit different levels of emissions with each activity and location based on a myriad of events. is this the measurements we should be taking? i don’t know the answer to this either. this i do know, though, it can get quite complicated measuring true success or failure.

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