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OM Sanctuary Carbon Footprint Presentation


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Presentation on the OM Sanctuary's carbon footprint.

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OM Sanctuary Carbon Footprint Presentation

  1. 1. Our Carbon Footprint: Knowing where we stand Evan Novell Sustainability Intern University of South Florida
  2. 2. Outline  What is Sustainability?  What is Carbon Sequestration?  Why are they important?  Components of a carbon footprint  Results from Cool Climate  Limitations  Moving forward! The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it. -Robert Swan
  3. 3. What is sustainability?  “Meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”. -Brundtland Commission  Three important concepts  Longevity  Triple bottom line  Environmental, societal, economic.  Processual  Sustainability is not a goal but an ongoing process of iteration.
  4. 4. What is Carbon Sequestration?  The process of removing excess carbon from the carbon cycle by capturing it (either naturally or artificially) and storing it indefinitely.  At OM Sanctuary, the easement serves as the vessel for this storage.
  5. 5. Why are they important?  Sustainability  It facilitates several important things… Socioeconomic equitability Environmental economic viability Actionable environmental responsibility on multiple levels.  Carbon Sequestration  Plays an important role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Particularly from non-point sources.  CO2 is necessary for photosynthesis Forest and agricultural productivity is directly related to the amount of CO2 present in forests and soils.
  6. 6. What to consider when calculating a carbon footprint?  Location  Business sector  Number of facilities and Sq. feet  Number of employees  Annual revenue  Business related transportation  Energy usage  Waste and recycling  Procurements
  7. 7. Results of the Cool Climate Calculation  388 tons of CO2e from Oct 2015- Sept 2016  Strengths  Transportation  Thanks to Asheville being a commuter friendly city.  Locally focused organization  This figure is also likely to be smaller based on staff location.  Weaknesses  Procurements  173% of similar businesses  Does not account for organic or locally sourced
  8. 8. Limitations and Obstacles  Data is skewed because of OMS’s previously dormant state.  An example would be the replacement of A/C equipment.  There are gaps in some of the required data.  Paper, stationary and printing.  In these instances, averages for small-scale hotels were used.  Some of these are not representative of OMS.
  9. 9. But Evan, how does this apply to tourism?  Asheville is a prime tourist destination.  Wellness, outdoor sports and recreation, historical significance, and beer!  The OM sanctuary is situated adjacent to the French Broad River.  This is the third oldest river in the world.  Is considered a tourist destination.  Our conservation easement contributes to the urban forest.  As Asheville continues to develop, the longevity of the easement will continue to provide benefits through natural services.
  10. 10. Moving Forward  Carbon Offset project with:  Dogwood Alliance  Ecoforesters  Ongoing environmental stewardship.  Prescribed burn  Continue to engage the community.  Infographics  Detailed record keeping  Waste, procurements, etc.
  11. 11. Special thanks to
  12. 12. Questions?