A group of masters students from UCSB’s Bren School of Environmental Science proposed a strategy for profitably reducing their school’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The report is the brainchild of Dan Worth, executive director of the National Association of Environmental Sciences. By 2020, the students claim, UCSB could be at net zero GHG–with $5 million in the pocket–by using eventual heating and efficient vehicles and upgrading the school’s air conditioning and lighting systems. The report called for a significant increase in UCSB’s expenses initially, but predicts this environmental investment will be recovered in a matter of years. Worth hopes to engage student engineers in a future projection that will include more factors. Noting that the Bren report has already attracted attention at UCLA, Worth said he hopes other UC schools will use it as a case study for their own environmental policies.

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