A Carbon Offset Program for Emory University Open Access

Dykema, Kryn (Spring 2019)

Permanent URL: https://etd.library.emory.edu/concern/etds/0r9674611?locale=en


In this paper I follow the preliminary stages of developing a program to offset the carbon dioxide emissions associated with Emory-funded air travel. I present these steps as a record of the work I completed as a student employee of the Office of Sustainability Initiatives at Emory as well as a guidance document to be used by other universities or organizations wishing to establish a carbon offset program of their own. As such, I structure my work in three tiers: What one would do to establish a carbon offset program, what I propose Emory do in their own program, and my justification for each element of my proposal. This follows a discussion of the current Greenhouse Gas Inventory of the University and the understanding that Emory will look to emission reduction strategies beyond on-campus efficiency measures. In my proposal I recommend a voluntary, high/low-category reporting fundraising strategy to support the carbon offset program. I also promote a peer-reviewed, local offset type following the VM0008 project protocol for weatherization of heavily energy burdened households. With these elements I portray a blueprint for the establishment of the Emory Carbon Offset (ECO) Initiative and the work I conducted leading up to its inception.

Table of Contents

Introduction.. 1

Chapter 1: The State of Emory University.. 6

Chapter 2: Carbon Offsets at Emory.. 14

I)     Establishing a Lasting Fund. 16

The Initial Fundraising. 17

Offsets in Perpetuity. 21

II)    Implementing the Project Itself. 25

Select an Offset Type. 26

Follow a Protocol 33

Offset Verification. 42

Concluding Remarks. 53

Works Cited.. 56

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