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Survey of Carbon Emissions Under Way
at UW-Eau Claire

RELEASED: Feb. 18, 2008

EAU CLAIRE — A comprehensive survey of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's current carbon emissions is under way, an important step in the university's effort to achieve carbon neutrality, said Dr. Kristina Beuning, a member of the campus' Climate Commitment Advisory Team.

aerial view of UW-Eau Claire campusDuring the 2008 spring semester, students enrolled in an advanced interdisci-plinary studies in natural sciences course will gather data on energy use (coal, oil, gas and electricity consumption), transportation (commuting, fleet vehicle use, travel by faculty and students for university-related events), waste production and chemical use, said Beuning, an associate professor of biology who is teaching the course.

"We've been getting great help and cooperation from the people in the university's Facilities, Planning and Management office, but while some of this information is readily available, much is not," Beuning said of the need for the campuswide comprehensive survey. "We've constructed a Web survey to fill in the gaps and gather accurate data. The survey will allow students to get reasonable estimates, particularly with regard to the transportation component of the carbon inventory."

Beuning is encouraging all members of the university community to complete the survey, which will be available online until March 1 at www.uwec.edu/websurvey/TakeSurvey.asp?SurveyID=65L9pm4Mmm33G.

"The participation of everyone will provide vital information that will allow UW-Eau Claire to become a leader in environmental sustainability in the local community and broader region," Beuning said.

Results from the survey and the comprehensive carbon inventory, as well as recommendations for achieving carbon neutrality, will be available to the public through a report submitted to Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich in August 2008.

In August, UW-Eau Claire joined nearly 350 colleges and universities across the nation in becoming a signatory to the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment.

Levin-Stankevich signed the commitment to set and attain sustainable energy and environmental goals for the university. By becoming a signatory, UW-Eau Claire committed to completing and updating annually an inventory of all its greenhouse gas emissions, developing an institutional plan for becoming "climate neutral" and taking other specific actions to reduce greenhouse gases while the institutional plan is developed.

The Presidents Climate Commitment is the first such effort by any major sector of society to set climate neutrality — not just a reduction in harmful emissions — as its target, according to information on the ACUPCC Web site.

"UW-Eau Claire is committed to the responsible stewardship of our natural resources," Levin-Stankevich said when he signed the commitment. "Our campus is an ideal place for people to collaborate in taking thoughtful action to address one of the most serious problems facing our society today."

For more information about the survey, contact Beuning at 715-836-6014 or beuninkr@uwec.edu.

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