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UW-Eau Claire to Discuss 'Achieving Carbon Neutrality' Report Oct. 22

RELEASED: Oct. 20, 2008

EAU CLAIRE —The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's "State of the University UWEC Carbon Emissions and Recommendations for Achieving Carbon Neutrality 2008" report will be shared during a 7 p.m. presentation Oct. 22 in Davies Theatre.

"This baseline report will help guide our discussions as we determine next steps and timelines for projects that will keep our sustainability efforts moving forward," said Dr. Kate Hale, UW-Eau Claire's Campus Sustainability Fellow and member of the chancellor's Climate Commitment Advisory Group. "I'm encouraging the campus and greater Eau Claire communities to attend Wednesday's session so they can have an understanding of where we currently are in our efforts to become carbon neutral and to see what more needs to be done to achieve that goal."

The report was written this summer by two members of the university's Carbon Neutral Team, which includes 10 undergraduate students from a variety of majors who conducted research during the spring semester under the supervision of Dr. Kristina Beuning, associate professor of biology.

The team was formed after Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment in August 2007. Signatories to the ACUPCC agree to develop a long-term plan for reducing GHG emissions and achieving carbon neutrality; completing biennial inventories of campus greenhouse gas emissions aids in this process.

Members of the Carbon Neutral Team will lead Wednesday's discussion. Wednesday's discussion will be followed at 8 p.m. by the screening of the movie "Sustainable Table," also in Davies Theatre.

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JB

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