Carbon Emissions at the University of Arkansas
The University of Arkansas Climate Action Plan, ratified in 2009, is a plan to achieve carbon neutrality by 2040. The University's 2040 carbon-neutral goal is achievable, but only with the continued and active support of students, faculty, and staff. The current total carbon footprint of the University of Arkansas is approximately 120,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide. Our footprint per campus user has improved dramatically over a decade, reducing by nearly half, but we still have a ways to go. In 2018 a third version of the University of Arkansas Climate Action Plan was approved by the UofA Sustainability Council.
Breakdown of University Emissions
The emissions at the University of Arkansas are divided into three scopes:
- Emissions from sources directly owned or controlled by the UofA (e.g., on-campus stationary, vehicle fleet, refrigerants, fertilizer, etc.)
- Emissions from the generation of electricity purchased by the UofA
- Emissions from sources not directly controlled by the UofA (e.g., directly financed study abroad, waste and sewer, student, faculty, and staff commuting, etc.)
The University of Arkansas seeks to mitigate or neutralize our carbon emissions in various ways, including designing all new buildings to LEED Silver or above standards, giving alternative transportation a chance, and pursuing renewable energy.
Green Revolving Fund
The mission of the University of Arkansas Green Revolving Fund (GRF) is to facilitate campus-wide engagement, inter-disciplinary collaboration and student-led initiatives that demonstrate economic benefit through environmental leadership. The GRF provides financing for implementing energy efficiency, sustainability, and other cost-savings projects. These savings are tracked and used to replenish the fund and help finance additional projects.