Be the change you wish to see in the world! Let us breathe better and easier.
Every day nearly 40,000 students, faculty, and staff commute to the USF campus, releasing
carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere. Collectively, these emissions account for
nearly half of USF’s carbon footprint, while also lowering the air quality of the Tampa Bay
area. The good news is you can help! With a donation to the USF Carbon Offset Fund, you can
neutralize bull gas and help put the “green” in Green and Gold.
Donating is easy, and University of South Florida students, faculty, and staff can donate
to the USF Carbon Offset Fund. Getting to campus via public transportation, biking, or
walking is not always a viable option for many, and over 70% of students, faculty, and
staff must drive to campus multiple times a week. With even a small donation you can reduce
USF’s carbon footprint and show your bull pride by helping neutralize bull gas.
Donations also help fulfill the university’s mission. In 2008, USF President Judy
Genshaft signed the American College & University Presidents’ Climate
Commitment (ACUPCC) committing USF to becoming carbon neutral by 2070 through
USF’s Climate Action Plan. USF is the FIRST university in the Florida State University
System to implement a program of this nature. The emissions from transportation alone
account for 50% of USF’s total greenhouse gas emissions. For the price of a couple
slices of pizza or a latte, you can help “Neutralize Bull Gas!” By annually offsetting our
emissions through the purchase of carbon offsets, we move significantly closer to being
a carbon neutral campus.
What is a Carbon Offset?
One carbon offset is equal to one metric ton of carbon dioxide equivalent. When investing
in carbon offsets, USF will be investing in the protection, conservation, and restoration
of forest preserves, wetlands, and other natural ecosystems. For its commitment to
promoting and maintaining a healthy environment, USF has received recognition from the
Arbor Day Foundation, the League of American Bicyclists, the Association for the
Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, and the Environmental Protection
What will your contribution do?
Your donation will be managed by the Student Green Energy Fund (SGEF) and the
SGEF Council will be the body that annually allocates the funds to a Green-e
entity. Ideally, projects will be chosen within the local area. The carbon offsets
purchased annually will go towards projects that aim to reduce or mitigate carbon
dioxide production, which in turn will significantly reduce USF’s carbon footprint.
In addition, USF can also purchase Renewable Energy Certificates which promote the use of
renewable energy sources such as, solar, wind, wave, etc.
What is USF’s carbon footprint?
USF annually conducts a greenhouse gas inventory. In 2016, the total scope of carbon
emissions for the university was 194,012 Metric Tons of Carbon Dioxide Equivalent.
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What other projects has USF supported?
Check out the USF Student Green Energy fund website here to learn more about projects around campus. Go Bulls!