Energy Economics Problem Set


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Assignment #2 Carbon Footprint on Campus

Universities and colleges in the United States use energies daily. College administrations, faculties, staffs, and students are aware of the environmental impacts of campus energy use. Many colleges have initiated projects and plans that aim at reducing “carbon footprint” on the campus. These projects are on various stages of implementation and achieve different results.

Please choose a particular college and answer the following questions through online searching and research:

  • The goal and achievements of the carbon footprint reduction plan at this college (let data speaks).
  • What are the major measures of the plan ?
  • What is your assessment of the plan?

Please type your writing and cite your online sources. Please avoid NYU and Binghamton University.

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School: Boston College


Harvard University Carbon Footprint


Harvard University Carbon Management Plan
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October 2018

Harvard University Carbon Footprint


Harvard University Carbon Management Plan
The concentrationCO2 in the air is now more than the level needed to maintain global warming
below 2 °C, which is expected cause a widespread impact on human life (EIA). (2009). The US
higher education sector is responsible for a large portion of the country's total emissions and
therefore plays a key role not only in reducing these emissions but also in other sectors and as a
model (Tao Gao, 2014).
Goal and Achievements of the Harvard University Carbon Footprint Reduction Plan
In 2008, Harvard's short-term goal was to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 30% by
2016, especially for greenhouse gas emissions. Changes in energy supply and demand, including
de-carbonization of regional electric grids, have resulted in an absolute reduction in emissions by
24%. Despite purchasing more space, purchased electricity from domestic renewable firms
covered the residual six percent needed to achieve this goal. Excluding campus growth,
emissions in Harvard Universities have been reduced by 40% (Harvard University (n.d).
Key Measures of Harvard University Carbon Footprint Plan
1. Energy Efficiency First
As a first step toward achieving climate goals, Harvard University launched a university program
to improve the energy efficiency of buildings. More than 80% of the campus use of energy was
audited, including all energy-intens...

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