Carbon Offset Program
USU’s Sustainability Council decided that carbon reduction efforts should target local emissions locally, especially given the air quality problems in Cache Valley. A large portion of USU's carbon emissions is due to air and automobile travel by staff and faculty on University business trips. For example, in 2012 USU travelers logged over 17 million miles in air travel and over 7 million miles by car. Nearly one-fifth (19%) of USU’s carbon emissions are due to faculty, staff and students traveling.When completing their travel reimbursement forms, travelers are able to check a box to deduct $10 from their reimbursement as a tax-exempt donation to projects reducing USU’s grennhouse gases. The donation is voluntary each time an individual submits for a travel reimbursement. If you have contributed to this fund, thank you for your generosity. Please continue to support our work in reducing emissions at USU.
Currently, the majority of donations support Zimride rideshare program on the USU Logan campus. Carbon offset funds also enable the Sustainability Council to support other programs and projects, including:
- USU's 4th Bike Challenge and 3rd win in the university category averted over 28,600 lbs. of CO2.
- USU Commuter Club launched in 2016 to link low-carbon commuters with transportation options.
- Drive Electric Northern Utah program has facilitated approximately 100 sign-ups and 20 electric vehicle purchases.
- The USU Campus Reporter app is now available on iOS and Android, allowing people to report water and energy waste.
- Energy Wars expanded from USU Housing to academic buildings to encourage energy efficiency across campus.
More On USU Carbon Offset Fund
- The Utah Conservation Corps received up to $2,500 towards energy efficiency renovations for their new demonstration "Blue Goes Green House."
- Parking & Transportation received up to $500 for research and development of a "red air" day shuttle program.
- Art for Air, an interactive student art project, received up to $1,400. See http://artforair.blogspot.com/ documenting the stellar results of this effort.