Since 2008, Yeshiva University’s Office of Energy & Sustainability has been annually tracking its greenhouse gasGHG Tragectory 2013 emissions (GHG). After five years, the university has seen a reduction of 7 percent in GHG emissions on track to reach its first major milestone of a 20 percent GHG reduction by 2020.

While year over year data can prove confusing and weather conditions often determine the university’s largest emitters including heating, cooling and electricity usage, five years of data supports that overall emissions have been decreasing steadily since 2008 due to energy conservation, energy efficiency, and sustainability awareness projects.

The Office of Energy & Sustainability first began in 2008 after Yeshiva University’s President Richard Joel signed the American College and University President’s Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) in 2007. With the goal of lowering emissions, the office has developed a climate action plan and works across the university to reduce waste and increase efficiency and awareness. On going initiatives include converting boilers from oil to cleaner burning natural gas, lighting efficiency and water conservation upgrades, and other HVAC upgrades.

 

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