Carbon Offset Program
In 2011, USU students voted to increase their fees by up to $3 per semester to establish a Student Sustainability Coordinator and provide funding for student projects to help USU become more sustainable.
In 2012, the Sustainability Council created an opportunity for faculty and staff to contribute to USU’s Carbon Off-set Program, a new fund that’s being established to enhance our ongoing commitment to reduce USU’s carbon footprint.The Carbon Off-Set Program provides an easy means for folks who want to make a voluntary tax-exempt contribution to do just that.
In 2013, we are asking for students and employees to fund their air quality improvement and greenhouse gas reduction ideas through the USU Clear the Air Carbon Offset Grant.
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More on Carbon Offset at USU
USU’s Sustainability Council decided early on that we would work to reduce carbon emissions locally rather than purchase ‘carbon credits’ from a distant location. Given the air quality problems we sometimes see in Cache Valley, we’d like to help lower emissions right here at home.
A large proportion of our carbon emissions is due to air and automobile travel by staff and faculty on University business trips. For example, last 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 travelling on University business. Beginning next week, travelers will have the opportunity to make voluntary contributions to a fund that will be used to off-set carbon emissions on campus. When completing their travel reimbursement forms, travelers will be able to check a box indicating their intent to deduct $10 from their reimbursement check as a tax-exempt donation to a fund in the Advancement Office that will be used for on-campus projects to reduce USU’s carbon output. The check-off is entirely voluntary and is optional each time an individual submits a form for travel reimbursement.
We all owe a great deal of thanks to Sharyn Bradfield (Manager of Finance Systems) and Megan Maples, (Travel Lead), in the USU Controllers’ Office, and Ryan Merrill (Database Administrator) in USU’s Information Technology Office. They’re the ones who figured out how to make the program operational on the Travel forms.
The first project funded through the fund is a new electronic fuel injection mower. It is 20% more efficient than a conventional engine, and the crews like driving it because they can breathe easier.