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Key Objective: 7.1 Assess and reduce agricultural emissions

The 2015 iCAP, chapter 7, objective 1 is "Perform a comprehensive assessment of GHG emissions from agricultural operations, and develop a plan to reduce them, by the end of FY16."

Associated Metric

No metric specified for this objective

Potential Strategies

The ALUFS SWATeam could commission an Agricultural Emissions Consultation Group of campus experts, including crop scientists, animal scientists, ecologists, students, and others, to perform a comprehensive assessment of the greenhouse gas emissions from the South Farms.  This assessment would include the identification or development of an agricultural emissions calculator that can be used on an annual basis to estimate our emissions, along with the identification of the appropriate group of stakeholders in the relevant units who will annually provide the required input data.  This work would result in an accurate FY15 baseline for measuring our future performance.

This Agricultural Emissions Consultation Group would also be charged with identifying specific actions that can be taken to reduce our emissions.  One group of actions may include changes to agricultural practices, such as the use of cover crops or the timing of fertilizer applications.  Another category is technological changes, such as the use of renewably produced biodiesel in farm vehicles or the construction of an anaerobic digester to convert agricultural, landscaping, and food waste into energy.