Carbon Footprint Impacts

This past summer Luther College established our eight year carbon footprint using the Cool Air-Cool Planet calculator provided through AASHE.  This included the direct transportation emissions of the campus fleet. 

 The first eight years emissions for the campus fleet averaged 513 metric tons per year.  Last years total for the fleet carbon emissions was 303 metric tons which reflects a 40% decrease.

Luther has been committed to seeking out sustainable transportation alternatives; from maintenance and grounds vehicles to recycling and composting, catering and security, such as;

  1. Luther's eight all-electric vehicles ( 6 NEV's and 2 Gators) save 76% on greenhouse gas footprint per mile of usage.
  2. Luther recycles all of the cafeteria’s used vegetable oil into biodiesel to provide 50% of the diesel fuel usage of the colleges lawn equipment. 
  3. The recycling and composting program uses a compressed natural gas pickup which uses 25% less carbon than conventional.
  4. The vehicle fleet has been supplemented with 10 hybrid vehicles, which can be checked out for trips by students, faculty and staff.  As per EPA the hybrid vehicles average 42 mpg verses 24 mpg for a conventional vehicle.  This reflects in excess of 40% less carbon per mile of travel.