US colleges cut emissions well, but not energy use

January 15, 2016

Carbon emissions have declined by 13% at 343 American colleges and universities since 2007, according to a report released this week by the University of New Hampshire’s Sustainability Institute and the company Sightlines. The report also found, however, that energy use at the institutions only declined by 2% over the same period. Further, the total 13% decline in carbon emissions belied the fact that overall emissions at the schools only decreased by 5%, which is roughly the same as that reported by other industries. The report also noted that public institutions reduced their emissions on average more than private institutions. Chronicle of Higher Education