The 2012 Campus Sustainability Report documents how well the campus has implemented projects to achieve our goals, initiated new best practices, and expanded the culture of sustainability. Our progress in the last year is significant:
- Greenhouse gas emissions dropped by 3.7% relative to 2010, primarily because our utility provided additional low-carbon power. While total GHG emissions have risen 11.7% since 1990, emissions per research dollar have dropped by 31.5% in that same time period.
- Water use dropped 3.6% last year and is down 8.2% since 2008 – close to our 2020 reduction goal of 10%. Campus sales of water bottles have declined by 48% since 2006.
- The campus has ten LEED™ certified building projects, representing almost 7% of total square footage.
- The amount of solid waste sent to landfills by the campus went down by 4.4% last year.
- Fuel use from fleet and commute continues to be at least 25% below 1990 levels, exceeding the campus goal. The percentage of green vehicles in the fleet has risen to almost 22%.
- Campus purchases of sustainable food remain higher than the 20% goal set for 2020. Also, 15-20% of the purchases qualify under more than one sustainable food category.