~Global Climate Change: A Plea for Dialogue, Prudence, and the Common Good,
from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
At Saint Michael's, we take the threat of climate change very seriously. Due to human activities, most notably the burning of fossil fuels, the accumulation of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has increased significantly over the past 250 years (and is at a higher level than any reached in over 650,000 years). Therefore, part of our efforts involves keeping track of how the campus contributes to climate change, with a focus on our carbon emissions.
The Office of Sustainability has conducted a greenhouse gas inventory (http://www.cleanair-coolplanet.org/toolkit/inv-calculator.php) of our emissions from 2003-2011 (and will be updating each year as data becomes available). The good news, we've reduced our CO2 emissions by 13.4%!
If you want to learn more about Climate Change, don't forget to attend the Bill McKibben lecture next Wednesday night January 30th at 7:00 pm in McCarthy. This is for the believers and especially the non-believers.