Today’s Core Friday was a lecture on UCM and Sustainability by John Elliot, the Director of UCM Energy and Sustainability. This lecture mainly focused on achieving a clean environment and UC Merced’s Triple Zero Commitment.  According to Elliot, “emissions is the stuff you can’t see in the atmosphere but add up to giga ton of carbon dioxide.” Add up of carbon dioxide is largely irreversible over the timescale of human societies. By 2030, the goal is to cut emissions completely to remain warming threshold. Here at UC Merced, there are sustainability goals. UC Merced’s Triple Zero Commitement aims for “zero net energy, zero landfill waste, zero net greenhouse gas emissions” by 2020. Elliot focused a lot on how UC Merced will be able to fulfill these goals.

After John Elliot had finished his lecture, another speaker demonstrated which items may be placed into recycle, landfill, and compost bins. Paper, cardboard, plastic, metal, and glass all may be recycled. Items such as medical waste and Styrofoam belong to landfills. In additional, all food, paper napkins, eggshells, and coffee grounds may be composted. I found it interesting that many people did not know the difference between landfill and compost.

Overall, i felt like the information from this lecture is very useful and can be used in our everyday lives, such as knowing which objects may be recycled, landfill, or composted.

Do you think that it is likely to achieve UC Merced’s “Triple Zero Commitment” goals in 10 years? Do you think that these goals may be achieved by the world in 10 years as well?

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