This past year, President Ron Thomas signed the Presidents Climate Commitment, agreeing to have Puget Sound work towards reducing our carbon footprint. There are three main areas in which carbon is emitted in high amounts on campus: stationary (8,895 tons CO2), transportation (8,726 tons CO2), and electricity (1,602 tons CO2) for a total of 19,233 tons CO2 emitted each year from this campus. Stationary sources are things such as the heating and cooling systems in buildings. Transportation emissions include student, faculty, and university vehicles and how they are used as well as estimates on air travel emissions for student travel home and study abroad trips. Electricity comprises lights, appliances, and anything else plugged into the wall in all campus buildings.
To reduce our carbon footprint, we first had to figure out where we stand in comparison to peer institutions like Lewis and Clark College and Oberlin College. These figures are broken down on each of the area specific web pages. From there, we found success stories highlighting ways in which other schools, specifically other peer institutions, have made progress in implementing projects to reduce their carbon footprints. These success stories led us to recommend certain courses of action for Puget Sound to pursue.
In addition, we have included some ideas on how individuals can begin to work towards more sustainable living on a day to day basis.