University 303 Report - 2000
This report develops proposals for Rice University that both foster an active commitment towards preserving the health of the natural environment and enhances Rice's position as a community and intellectual leader in this area. It specifically looks at bringing Rice in compliance with the Kyoto Protocol, which will require a decrease of 5,040 tons of carbon from the university's projected 2010 emission level, as estimated by last year's University 303 class. We argue that in order to increase the likelihood of successful action, proper procedures and channels in the university structure must be developed which are able to facilitate the passage of environmentally focused proposals.
We examine three central sections of the university. First, we develop basic descriptions of their current functions and the procedures that may cause problems for the proposal of environmental initiatives. We then look at possible steps the university can take to overcome these impediments. Our findings include:
Formal Environmental Policy
Once the internal structure of the university is more open to environmentally based proposals, Rice can consider larger solutions that address specific problems. To most efficiently reduce Rice's composite CO2 emissions we propose two mitigatory solutions.
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