Date of Award
Master of Science in Geospatial Science
Dr. David M. Brommer
Dr. Mario A. Mighty
Dr. Jason S. Watson
This study quantified the discrete and areal carbon sequestration capacity of the University of North Alabama’s green infrastructure. USDA i-Tree was used to analyze and report on the carbon sequestration of 1487 campus trees, which provided -82.29 metric tons CO2 sequestration. Quantification of CO2 sequestered for 61 acres of undisturbed stands of native forest is -56.45 MT CO2. A summated sequestration capacity of UNA green infrastructure is estimated at -138.74 metric tons of CO2 per year.
Sequestration capacity of the University of North Alabama’s green infrastructure is compared to their direct emissions for 2017. The scope I CO2e emissions from gasoline, diesel, and natural gas totaled 1,982.10 Metric tons. The offset capacity of UNA green infrastructure was estimated at 6.98% of UNA Scope I emissions, leaving a balance of 1,848.36 Metric tons of CO2e emission as UNA’s Scope I footprint.
Graham, P. D. (2018). Quantifying the Offset of Greenhouse Gas Emissions at the University of North Alabama. Retrieved from https://ir.una.edu/gmt/7