They dove deeply into our data, including emissions from purchased gas and electricity, staff/student commuting, and other travel such as class trips, alumni visits, conferences and the like. Our students worked with them to gather data on student transportation between home and school; calculations that were an important component of the overall greenhouse gas emissions estimation.
Some of their recommendations included: joining the Green Schools Alliance, developing a sustainability plan with annual targets, adding an EV charging station, and purchasing carbon offsets from sources such as the RENEW Energy Fund in Rochester, which supports low-income communities by increasing their energy efficiency.
The line above each bar is the net energy used during the same time one year prior. Note the times in the middle of the day, during shoulder seasons and the summer, when we produce more energy than we use.