Logan, Utah (ABC4) – Utah State University has converted more than 142,000 light bulbs into energy-saving LED bulbs at USU campuses.
The effort is part of the goal of net carbon neutrality by 2050.
The project, which is 95% complete by 2021, will help save about 6 million kilowatts and reduce 3,500 metric tons of carbon emissions each year, according to a recent greenhouse gas conservation.
The USM has seen significant growth in carbon offsets by 15.5% by 2021.
Alice Lam, Utah State University Sustainability Program Manager, spoke about the impact of the Covide-19 epidemic on the silver lining. She called the trend of online meetings “a real benefit to the community.”
Add, “If you have an out-of-state meeting, consider combining trips to reduce travel or doing the same work online.
Lam noted that another major achievement and the push for carbon neutrality on campus was the installation of a 158-kilowatt solar panel project funded by the Office of the President.
The solar panel on the Gateway Parking Terrace will increase USU solar power by more than 50% and provide enough energy to generate 26 homes, eliminating 151 metric tons of carbon annually.
“It’s amazing to see the university’s commitment to redefining the way our community uses energy resources,” said Chris Luke, dean of Quinn College of Natural Resources.
US Sustainability and Energy Management Programs The University is developing an information carbon offset, which will enable it to make smart purchases such as cars and equipment.
“Every year, we are committed to taking practical and innovative measures to reduce our emissions,” said Lam. “This is one way we can hold the greenhouse gas company accountable for our goals.”