UD vows to cut carbon emissions

April 23, 2009 4:46:10 AM PDT
University of Delaware leaders are vowing to cut the school's carbon emissions 20 percent by 2020. UD President Patrick Harker said Wednesday that the university's first step will be making its 350 campus buildings more energy efficient.

A carbon footprint study found last year that the Newark campus releases more than 150,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually and about 75 percent comes from electricity and other energy uses in buildings.

Officials say the plan is expected to cost more than $20 million over 10 years, but energy savings in energy will exceed $50 million.

School officials say eventually campus buildings will be lighted by solar power, buses will run on hydrogen fuel cells and students and faculty will get paid to leave their cars at home.

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Information from: The (Wilmington, Del.) News Journal

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