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Princeton University Targets Zero Greenhouse Gas Emissions By 2046


By Ryan Berlin Green
Reduce greenhouse gas emissions for climate change and sustainable development

University Officials at Princeton have one eye on the future and the other on energy efficiency. Princeton University will aim to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2046, which is the University’s 300th anniversary.

The university’s Sustainability Action Plan sets bold targets to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions and outlines innovative strategies to engage all faculty, staff and students in creating a sustainable campus and future.

The plan builds on the University’s significant progress during the last 10 years in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, designing efficient buildings, encouraging alternatives to single-occupancy vehicles, and adopting award-winning practices in sustainable dining, construction and other University operations. All of these actions have helped cultivate an ethos of sustainability on campus, according to university officials.

“Our global environment faces challenges of unprecedented scope and complexity,” says university president Christopher L. Eisgruber. “Princeton can play a leadership role not only by developing innovative solutions through teaching and research, but also by establishing best practices in our campus operations and community behaviors that serve as models for the world.

“This plan sets out ambitious but attainable goals that will guide us toward a more sustainable future.”

The plan includes action items that will continue to push Princeton forward in energy, waste and water reduction; alternative modes of transportation; healthy water and habitats; responsible development; and sustainable purchasing.

Princeton hopes to uncover best practices and innovation that could be scaled for the campus, the community and the world.

Ryan Berlin is digital content manager of Facilitiesnet.com.

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