The carbon footprint is a calculation of all energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions caused by a person or community.
SVSU has recently completed its own carbon footprint using the campus carbon calculator . Along with doing the calculations for this fiscal year (July 1 st - June 30 th ) the universities carbon footprint was also calculated for several previous years so that we know where we have been.
The carbon footprint is something that must be calculated every year so that we can find out if changes put in place are actually saving any energy and releasing fewer greenhouse gasses.
SVSU's carbon footprint shows that the amount of greenhouse gas emissions that are given off do to the activities of the campus community has increased by about 6,000 metric tons since 2002 which is the earliest year that there is a full set of data for. However, the university has also expanded by about 540,000 square feet since 2002. Another important thing to note is that the amount of emissions per student has fluctuated between 5.5 and 6.1 metric tons of CO 2 a year since 1994.
2009 Carbon Footprint Analysis (203kB)
Carbon Footprint Comparison (29kB)
Carbon Footprint Data (164kB)