The state of Maryland is among the top 10 states reducing CO2 emissions, according to an analysis of government data released by Environment Maryland on Thursday, Nov. 12. The report was released at a press conference held in Goodpaster Hall, an energy efficient building that has contributed to the College’s 80 percent reduction of emissions.
“The transition to clean energy is a marathon, and we’ve just laced up our sneakers,” said Environment Maryland Field Associate Mike Sherling. He emphasized that investing in clean energy is not only good for the environment, but also facilitates job creation. For example, four states have cut their pollution levels by five percent and increased their gross state product by 65 percent since 2007.
Both Emily Saari, co-president of SEAC, and Shane Hall, the College’s Sustainability Fellow, discussed how students are largely responsible for the emission reductions. In 2007, students voted to increase fees in order to purchase Renewable Energy Credits that offset carbon emissions.
The announcement comes a month before the UN Framework on Climate Change in Copenhagen, which two College students plan to attend. “St. Mary’s is a microcosm of what’s going on in Maryland and across the nation,” said Hall.