The title “Net Zero by 2030” may sound like not a big deal, being 11 years away from today. Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, nothing is further from the truth, and Clark has more than one reason to be proud.
It was the year 1967 when professor Goddard from Clark University was finishing his project of building the first rocket for NASA, the Apollo 11. This most important achievement inspired another grand project such as the Climate Action Plan (CAP). The CAP was basically a Plan for the school to make its own energy out of using natural gas and boilers for electricity and heat for the entire campus in the most efficient manner and at the same time re-utilizing the surplus heat created in the room where the boilers are located for heating.
CAP has been in place for more than 50 years and today it saves between $300,000 to $600,000 per year for this institution. This sort of achievement put Clark at the forefront of Green schools and gave it a top spot in the American College and University President’s Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), a name that speaks for itself. Not a bad positioning for Clark, considering that in the last decade it has been returning power to the grid, and with technology and mild winters it will continue to do so.
Net Zero emissions goes hand in hand with stopping the use of plastic bags and reducing pollution. We all know many bags have a life span of one hour and end up in the trash. A sad statistic considering that 1000 bags take enormous amounts of heat to produce and transport to your local supermarket. It’s simply shameful to even think about it. In my case I pledge to follow the example of my Alma mater Clark University and by all means reduce carbon emissions.
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