UVA: Carbon Emissions Down, Ahead of Goal by 6 Years
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - The University of Virginia says it has reduced it's greenhouse gas emissions of 25% compared to 2009 levels, beating their own timeline by six years.
The Office of Sustainability revealed the numbers during Thursday's Board of Visitors meeting. UVA officials say their two solar panel fields played a big role in meeting their carbon goals.
"Together, [the solar panel fields] generate [around] 32 megawatts of power...that's about 20% of UVA's electric consumption every year, so that represents renewable energy for that part of our portfolio," said UVA Director of Operations Cheryl Gomez.
However, UVA did see an increase in the amount of waste sent to landfills. In 2018, it sent 8,350 tons to the dump and officials hope to bring that number down to 2,000 tons by 2035.