Ithaca Journal Covers Cornell Carbon Reduction Story

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Staff Reporter via The Ithaca Journal, 2/21/13

According to an energy inventory submitted to the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment in January, Cornell University slashed its greenhouse gas emissions by 7 percent from 2010 to 2012.

Cornell partly attributes the drop to its elimination of coal as a fuel source, made possible by the university’s 30-megawatt combined heat and power plant which burns natural gas to generate electricity. The heat produces steam that warms the campus.

“The main sources of our emissions come from commuting, business travel and electricity we buy and natural gas, and other fossil fuels we burn,” said Dan Roth, associate director of the Campus Sustainability Office, in a statement.

“This latest reduction is a significant accomplishment coming in the throes of several financially challenging years,” Kyu-Jung Whang, vice president for Facilities Services, said in a statement. “This result speaks to the commitment we all have to attain our climate goals and to keep the momentum rolling toward climate neutrality."

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