The MU Environmental Affairs and Sustainability Committee has increased efforts to reduce emissions the university produces.
The efforts are part of a commitment to the America College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) that Chancellor Brady Deaton signed in January 2008.
The commitment, which is currently comprised of 666 colleges and universities, makes certain requirements of its signatories.
On Jan. 15, 2010, the university fulfilled its first requirement of the pact: it submitted a report with a breakdown of data on all types of emissions created by the university per year.
The Sustainability Committee is now making efforts to create a “climate action plan,” which will be submitted on Jan. 15, 2011, in accordance with the climate commitment and will cover “every aspect of energy use by the university,” Steve Burdic, the MU Sustainability coordinator, said.
The climate action plan will be a campus-wide effort, Burdic said. In his description of how the committee plans to make the plan involve others, Burdic said that they would solicit input from students, faculty and staff over the next year.
Upon submission of the climate action plan next January, the university will start implementing the committee’s findings in order to bring about significant changes that will reduce emissions.
One such plan is for the university to purchase a 100 percent biomass-fired boiler to be used by the university to generate power using renewable resources, said Karlan Seville, the campus facilities communication coordinator. Such equipment as this is intended to gradually reduce the use of coal, the burning of which is the greatest source of emissions from the university.