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Measuring Our Carbon Footprint

The University’s carbon footprint is determined annually by the Clean Air-Cool Planet (CA-CP) team of the Green Campus Enterprise. Students in the enterprise, begun in 2008, use a CA-CP carbon calculator to develop the inventory, which follows the reporting guidelines of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment. The students refine their data-collection methods every year. The carbon inventory includes not only electricity and fuel used by our buildings, but also the motor fleet, air travel, rental car travel, personal travel, refrigerants, and chemicals.

Reducing Our Carbon Footprint

These are some of the things Michigan Tech is doing to reduce its carbon footprint.

  • Maintain and enhance current energy-conservation efforts.
  • Find alternate ways to heat new facilities. For example, the new Great Lakes Research Center will be heated primarily from waste heat from the heating plant boilers.
  • Install additional occupancy sensors; add variable frequency drives to fans and pumps; and upgrade air compressors to more-efficient units.
  • Long-term initiatives include phased implementation of the energy-conservation plan, developed by the Energy Advisory Group, to utilize biomass cogeneration; retrofit lab HVAC systems; and employ additional lighting control, enhanced computer controls, and other measures.

For more information on energy management at Michigan Tech, contact Dave Taivalkoski at 906-370-2706 or chp@mtu.edu.