We are excited to release our 2017 Metric Update, an easy-to-read report containing a metric update, explanation and specific initiatives contributing to those numbers. I hope you'll take a look at it, but here's a brief synopsis:
- Baseline: Produced 153,964 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2eq) each year.
- Goal: Achieve net zero building emissions by 2030.
- Progress: Produced 125,825 metric tons of CO2eq.
Efforts to reduce emissions have led to a cumulative reduction of 179,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide, equivalent to the annual emissions of 19,300 homes.
- Baseline: 225,164,787 gallons of water per year
- Goal: Reduce annual gallons of water used by 54 percent by 2030.
- Progress: Used 193,446,478 gallons.
Cumulative water reduction is 189,600,000 gallons, equivalent to 287 Olympic-sized swimming pools.
- Baseline: 25 percent of materials diverted from landfill.
- Goal: Zero waste by 2030.
- Progress: 23 percent of materials diverted.
Waste reduction and recycling efforts have led to 2.1 million pounds of material not going to the landfill since 2012.
- Goal: Maintain current density of 73,326 gross square feet of built space per developed acre by 2023.
- Progress: 55,513 square feet of built space per developed acre.
- Baseline: 12 percent of employee/student commutes use active transportation mode (walk, bike, bus, or carpool).
- Goal: 20 percent of employee/student commutes use active transportation mode by 2023.
- Progress: 22 percent of campus employees/students
- New Goal: 35 percent of commutes use active transportation by 2030.
- Baseline: Sustainability Engagement Score is 45 (out of a possible 100).
- Goal: Achieve a Sustainability Engagement Score of 75 by the end of 2023.
- Progress: Current Sustainability Engagement Score is 59.
- Achieve a Sustainability Engagement Score of 85 by 2030.
Yay! Those ARE ambitious goals, but that’s what it takes to keep the momentum. Thanks to Melanie Stewart for good leadership toward sustainability.