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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