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Meghan Franklin gave a sustainability talk on emissions inventories that track the amount of greenhouse gases emitted to or removed from the environment. In particular, she discussed Agnes Scott’s emission inventory with us. Although the 2013 and 2014 emissions inventories are not yet available, she pointed out that in two out of three categories our emissions have remained the same, and in the last category Agnes Scott’s emissions were greatly reduced from 2009 to 2012. This is great progress towards Agnes Scott’s goal of climate neutrality!

Her talk also sparked (or SpARC’ed, if you will) a discussion in the audience on several of Agnes Scott’s recent sustainability efforts. We learned that the power from the solar panels on the science center’s roof are actually sent to Georgia Power rather than powering buildings on campus. Meghan also told us about the geothermal wells on the science quad, which will provide heat and cooling to Campbell Hall.