Greenhouse Gas Assessment and Inventory Reports
Goal 1 of the 2020 Climate Action Commitment states that the university will seek to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030. Carbon neutrality is defined as net-zero carbon emissions for Virginia Tech's main campus based on the geographic and GHG scope of the 2020 Climate Action Commitment.
Since 2007, the university has been monitoring GHG emissions from direct and indirect sources in order to assess it's "carbon footprint". In general terms, it is the amount of carbon dioxide (and other gases) that are produced or emitted during normal campus operations. It is often associated with the burning of fossil fuels for energy or transporation, but GHG emissions result from many other sources. This qualitative analysis is critical for driving planning, policies, and operations that will continue to result in emissions reductions across the university. As state, national, and worldwide leaders seek to limit or reduce GHG emissions by 2030, Virginia Tech is well positioned to do its part.
It also serves as a great resource for students, faculty, and staff to learn more about their associated impacts on the environment. Scope 3 emissions correspond to activities that many of us can influence through our choices, such as commuting, purchasing, and waste. The university will need dedicated action and support from the entire campus community in order to meet carbon neutrality by 2030. See below for access to the latest GHG report.