U-of-I Research Assistant Spencer Batt created an inventory guide to calculate the amount of greenhouse gasses the university creates every year. It shows their emissions went down 12.5% between 2005 and 2011. Batt said even though the study looks at a brief period of time, the inventory guide can be used to gather data for years to come, and help develop an emissions reduction plan for the university.
"Through understanding how much energy we're using, we can come up with a plan on how to decrease that energy usage and how to save money and perpetuate the university into the future," said Batt.
Batt said the majority of the university's greenhouse gas emissions come from the generation of electricity, so things like energy efficient light bulbs and new ventilation systems likely played a significant role in lowering those emissions.