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Experience in Emissions Inventory Leads to Heinz Grant Funding

Duquesne’s Center for Environmental Research and Education (CERE) has been awarded a $40,000 grant from the Heinz Endowments to carry out a wide-ranging project to assess the University’s greenhouse gas “footprint” and to conduct educational and technical projects to reduce greenhouse gases on campus.

This grant supplements a previous $100,000, one-year grant from the Heinz Endowments that funds parallel projects at Duquesne, the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University that allows the three universities to work together on reducing their carbon footprints.

Under the grants, the CERE will share its experience in using specialized software tools to conduct greenhouse gas emissions inventories with partner institutions.

The CERE recently completed a yearlong emissions survey at Duquesne Univerisity and presented its findings in January. Based upon this experience in assembling and analyzing data for this purpose, the CERE will serve in a mentoring capacity for students at the University of Pittsburgh seeking to conduct similar projects.

“This grant allows CERE to share information and hands-on experience that will pave the way for other institutions to gather practical information on how their programs and operations affect their carbon footprints,” said Dr. Stan Kabala, an adjunct research professor at the CERE. “Armed with this inventory, researchers then can make comparisons and craft recommendations for local action that will help to stem the tide of global warming.”

The mission of the Heinz Endowments, which was formed from the Howard Heinz Endowment and the Vira I. Heinz Endowment, is to “help our region thrive as a whole community—economically, ecologically, educationally and culturally—while advancing the state of knowledge and practice in the fields in which we work.”

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