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Multiple steps are crucial to becoming efficient in how we operate, and while many efforts focus on putting sustainability principles into practice, we also need an understanding of where our greatest inefficiencies lie. Our most significant impact on the environment occurs through our energy and water usage, and our first step towards sustainable energy operations is taking place through an analysis of our carbon emissions.

The University Sustainability Committee has been compiling data to quantify the University's Carbon Footprint, or carbon dioxide emissions, since summer 2012 and we expect a full report to be available by the beginning of the spring 2013 semester. The effort is headed by Dr. Stephen Overmann, chair of the Department of Environmental Science, who has played an important role in starting and shaping the University’s vision for sustainability.

The report is compared with a less in depth report published in 2008, and expands itself to cover the electrical and natural gas usage by academic buildings, athletic and recreational facilities, chiller plants, travel for university operations, and commuting by all students and employees. The University’s satellite campuses are also included, as are surrounding area facilities. The findings of the report will transcend into a discussion of the results and recommendations for future actions by the University.

For more information about the report please contact Dr. Stephen Overmann at or (573) 651-2386.


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