Eliminating the Climate Impact of Undergraduate Student Commuting Emissions

Recipient:

Student Government Association

Amount:

$50,000

Undergraduate students produce roughly 12,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MTCO2e) each year while driving their personal vehicles to and from campus. A new Carbon Neutral Undergraduate Commuters program will use a portion of the Sustainability Fund money each year to purchase carbon offsets to neutralize 100% of greenhouse gas emissions associated with undergraduate student commuting. These funds could spawn new environmental projects in or around Maryland, creating opportunities for students to learn about carbon mitigation technologies and possibly creating jobs for students who graduate with the skills to develop these sort of projects. Offsetting undergraduate student commuting emissions also assists UMD in achieving its carbon neutrality goal.