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Energy and Emissions

Target: Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 28 percent by 2025 and 80 percent by 2050 from a 2005 baseline.

Background: Greenhouse gases (GHGs) are compounds that prevent heat from escaping the earth’s atmosphere and are recognized as a contributor to global climate change. Working to bring levels down can have other benefits such as cleaner air and water, cost savings through more efficient transportation and buildings, job creation through entrepreneurship and technological innovation, and other economic development opportunities.

Structure: The Energy and Emissions Working Group is comprised of individuals from Sitton Energy Solutions, Washington University Office of Sustainability, and the US Green Building Council – Missouri Gateway Chapter. The group has been meeting since the Summit and will create a steering committee and subcommittees for the priority areas of focus identified below.

Activities: The group will form sub-committees in the coming months to help address the target areas discussed at the Summit: building efficiency, transportation, and energy source.  Short-term goals for the Working Group include:

  • Seek local endorsements for the Target from private and public institutions.
  • Ask institutions to create their own, internal emissions reduction goals.
  • Create a structure to support institutions as they strive to meet their own goals and targets.