Authors: Amanda Willis*, Salem State University
Topics: Higher Education, Energy, Transportation Geography
Keywords: sustainable transportation, higher education, carbon emissions
Session Type: Poster
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Given the current climate crisis, it is imperative that efforts be made to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. According to the IPCC, drastic emissions reductions are needed to keep the planet from warming more than 1.5 degrees centigrade and to avoid major environmental change. In the United States, state governments have taken the lead in the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions given the Trump administration's recent exiting from the Paris Climate Agreement. Massachusetts has been at the forefront in reducing its carbon footprint and promoting clean energy. In his recent State of the State Address, Governor Charlie Baker pledged that Massachusetts would be carbon neutral by 2050. The state has already achieved major reductions in its carbon emissions in the electric power sector. But, the most challenging obstacle to achieving this carbon-neutral goal is reducing emissions from the transportation sector. As part of the state government, the nine state universities need to reduce their carbon footprint accordingly in order to help the state achieve these carbon emission goals. In this poster, I will focus on the efforts of the state universities to reduce the transportation component of their carbon footprint. Specifically, I will document the overall carbon emissions for each state university with an explicit focus on the transportation component. I will then examine the efforts of each university to reduce their transportation carbon footprint. I will access the current success or impact of such efforts and identify the best sustainable transportation solutions that have reduced emissions from transportation.
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