Strategic Goal: Carbon Neutrality

The U of A Sustainability Council approved the University of Arkansas Climate Action Plan Version 2.0 in 2014, which includes updated goals and projects designed to achieve carbon neutrality by 2040 and highlights the U of A’s accomplishment of all short-term objectives.

Benchmark, Goals, and Emissions

1990 Benchmark: 125,000 Metric Tons

Short-term goal: 1995 Levels by 2014: 163,000 Metrics Tons

Mid-term goal: 1990 Levels by 2021: 125,000 Metrics Tons

Long-term goal: 2040: 0 Metrics Tons

2014 Actual Emissions: 144,596 Metric Tons

The combined full time equivalent of the campus population has grown 6% and the gross square feet has risen 52% since 2007. However, Greenhouse Gas emissions have declined by 2% during that same time period. In 2014 the University of Arkansas reached its short-term goals of achieving the 2005 Greenhouse Gas emission levels. The main driver has been the Energy Savings Performance Contracts that have resulted in reduced emissions of approximately 30,000 Metric Tons of GHG and annual savings of $5-6 million.

Metric Tins of Carbon Dioxide Equivalent (MTCDE) Per Combined Full Time Equivalend (FTE) and Gross Square Foot (GSF)

As of 2014, there were six green buildings certified by a third party verification system, four of which are LEED certified. Nearly 216,000 gross square feet of green building space was added to the U of A campus between fiscal years 2004 and 2014. Additional buildings are scheduled for certification in the future. In 2007, the university committed to building all new construction and major renovation projects to meet LEED Silver requirements.