Sustainability Milestones Bring University of Idaho Closer to Carbon Neutrality
April 16, 2021
MOSCOW, Idaho — April 16, 2021 — In accordance with the University of Idaho’s 2010 Climate Action Plan, the Sustainability Center and U of I Facilities have a long-standing partnership to prioritize the reduction of greenhouse gasses and bring U of I closer to carbon neutrality.
Recent accomplishments include:
- The university’s first rooftop photovoltaic solar array was installed on the Integrated Research and Innovation Center. A time-lapse video captured the installation of 368 panels purchased by 120 donors, including Associated Students University of Idaho and the Office of the President.
- U of I ranked fifth for energy reductions and clean renewable energy sources out of 356 institutions, according to the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. U of I’s Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System report is online.
- Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are down 25% since FY19 and 47% since the 2005 baseline largely due to the greening of Avista’s fuel mix, university energy efficiency measures and closure due to COVID-19. GHG emissions in 2019 were down 30% from the baseline in 2005. University GHG reports are online.
- U of I received a green rating of 96 out of 99 points for leadership in sustainability, publishing a Greenhouse Gas Inventory, providing alternative transportation options and for offering employees a condensed work week option from the Princeton Review Guide to Green Colleges.
In combination with these accomplishments, Avista Utilities, the university’s utility provider, announced its goal to have a carbon-neutral supply of electricity by the end of 2027 and switch to 100% clean power by 2045.
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The University of Idaho, home of the Vandals, is Idaho’s land-grant, national research university. From its residential campus in Moscow, U of I serves the state of Idaho through educational centers in Boise, Coeur d’Alene and Idaho Falls, nine research and Extension centers, plus Extension offices in 42 counties. Home to nearly 11,000 students statewide, U of I is a leader in student-centered learning and excels at interdisciplinary research, service to businesses and communities, and in advancing diversity, citizenship and global outreach. U of I competes in the Big Sky and Western Athletic conferences. Learn more at uidaho.edu