Environmental Transformation and Climate

Taking Inventory of a Sustainable Campus

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Greenhouse Gas Inventory Shows University of Pittsburgh’s Progress Toward Carbon Neutrality

 The GHG Inventory for Pitt’s 2020 fiscal year (FY20, tracking emissions from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020), shows that Pitt is well on its way to meeting this goal: GHG emissions were reduced by 31.9 percent compared to FY08, the first year the inventory was completed, and reduced by 13.6 percent from FY19. This work has been financially supported by MCSI and Pitt’s Office of Sustainability.

According to the inventory, the Pittsburgh campus emitted 186,068 metric tons of carbon dioxide in FY20, with the largest decrease resulting from decreased commuting, travel, and study abroad during the pandemic. For this inventory, only 3.5 months of COVID-19 impacts were included, due to FY20 timing. Beyond COVID-19’s impacts, the FY20 report also showcases the effects of other University sustainability efforts.

More information at https://news.engineering.pitt.edu/taking-inventory-of-a-sustainable-campus/.

Paul Kovach
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