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									Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory &
Recommendations for Achieving Carbon
• Presidents Climate
  – Achieve climate
    neutrality (date TBD)
  – Initiate tangible
    actions to reduce
    greenhouse gas
  – Publish the climate
    action plan,
    emissions inventory,
    and periodic
    progress reports
               What is eCO2?
• Equivalent carbon dioxide emissions
• Standard measurement for global warming
  – Carbon Dioxide
  – Methane
  – Nitrous Oxide
  – Halocarbons
  – Sulfur Hexafluoride
2010 Total eCO2 Emissions

          11%                Heating

                  35%        Electricity

                             Solid Waste &
           33%               Chemicals

Total Emissions: 38,870 metric tons eCO2
 o Solid Waste produces 4,139 MT eCO2
           eCO2 Production by Sources
               2008 & 2010 (MT)
                                                                        39,278 38,870
20,000   16,075
15,000                      12,707                                                      2008
10,000                                    8,247                                         2010
                                     5,380           4,142
                                                  105        -2,284 0
      Solid Waste and Compost
• Solid Waste
  – Any solid or semi-solid material that is placed in
    landfills, composted, or recycled
  – Contributes to the carbon footprint when greenhouse
    gases (GHGs) are released during decomposition

• Compost
  – Organic materials
  – Considered carbon neutral when properly composted
 Solid Waste Emissions eCO2


         21%                                                Trash
                                  41%                       Paper

    Note: If the majority of paper was not properly recycled,
it would contribute more than two times the metric tons of eCO2
    Solid Waste Recommendations
•   Reduce Paper Use
•   Improve our Performance in RecycleMania
•   Remove Water Bottles from Vending Machines
•   Expand Composting
                     Reduce Paper Use
Paper is the second largest contributor to solid waste emissions, at 1,413 MT of eCO2. If paper were
eliminated in classrooms wherever possible and replaced with online and electronic systems, paper
waste and resulting emissions would be drastically reduced. UW-Eau Claire employs the online
class management system Desire2Learn and we recommend that the use of this system be
encouraged in all classes. In addition, syllabi and other course handouts should be circulated
electronically through Desire2Learn, a course web site, or campus email. Academic and
administrative offices should also reduce paper use by printing only what is necessary and by
converting paper forms to electronic versions; examples include job applications, financial aid
forms, transcripts and degree audits, etc. Paper usage currently contributes 3.6% of the university’s
overall GHG emissions.
          Improve our Performance in
RecycleMania, an annual nation-wide university and college campus event, promotes recycling and
environmentally conscious methods of waste management. A competition among schools, it runs
for 10 weeks each academic school year and measures the largest amount of recyclables per capita,
total recyclables, and the least amount of trash or un-recyclable waste from each participating
campus. In the 2010 competition, UW-Eau Claire placed eleventh among thirteen participating
Wisconsin universities. At 1,716 MT of eCO2, trash is the largest contributor of solid waste
emissions. By promoting RecycleMania, the University would not only encourage and sustain more
effective methods of waste management, but also help develop positive attitudes toward proper
recycling habits. We recommend that the University advertise and explain RecycleMania before and
during the competition to increase awareness and participation. The competition could also be
made more locally meaningful by having competitions between residence halls and between
academic departments.
Remove Water Bottles from Vending Machines

During the 2009-2010 fiscal year, UW-Eau Claire’s commingled recyclables emitted 889 MT of eCO2.
Plastic bottles make up a large part of these recyclables, and also contribute to University waste
when members of the campus community do not practice proper recycling. The removal of water
bottles from all University vending machines would not only decrease the amount of waste, but
would also be more cost-efficient for the students, faculty and staff. The University has water
fountains readily available in all University buildings, and reusable water bottles are available for
purchase on campus. To promote sustainable water choices, the University should reduce the price
of reusable water bottles and offer the bottles as prizes and as part of a freshman-welcome kit, as
well as providing them to all new faculty and staff hires. Additionally, promoting campus awareness
of the global issues connected to commercially bottled water affords opportunities for curricular
and co-curricular initiatives.
                 Expand Composting

A successful compost program, in which all organic waste is removed from the
trash, would result in an up to 4.3% decrease in overall UW-Eau Claire GHG
emissions. Currently, compost is collected only in the W.R. Davies Center—one of
28 University buildings. We recommend that compost bins be placed in each food
service area, including Riverview Café, Hilltop Center, Library Grounds, and the
Simply to Go food stands in Hibbard Humanities Hall and Haas Fine Arts Center.
We further recommend that clear and consistent signage appear in all compost
areas. The University should pilot a compost program in one residence hall to
determine feasibility, working closely with Facilities Management and the Housing
         Additional Information
• For more detailed information, please view
  the 2010 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory
  Report & Recommendations for Achieving
  Carbon Neutrality in full at:


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