St. John’s University has cut its campus carbon dioxide
emissions by 13,498 metric tons over the past three years,
equivalent to the amount of gas released by 2,747 vehicles during
the same time period.
This achievement — which the Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) noted in its most recent
assessment report — stems from the many innovative energy
conservation and recycling initiatives the University has
introduced since 2009.
These measures were taken as a result of St. John’s commitment to
become a higher education
PlaNYC Challenge Partner and reduce its greenhouse gas
emissions 30 percent by 2017. They are also a result of the
University’s historic agreement with the EPA. “In 2008, we became
the first private institution to sign a
Memorandum of Understanding with the agency,” said Thomas
Goldsmith, Director of Energy and Environmental Conservation at St.
John’s. “Under the terms of the memo, we agreed to reduce our
greenhouse gas emissions 30 percent by 2017.”