Yesterday, bundled-up UW students hustled across the Quad, heading to class a little early to seek respite from the brisk January air. Few know that the heat they find inside University buildings is generated by the UW’s own power plant, located just across the street from the Intramural Activities building (IMA).
Along with heating buildings and providing backup power for the UW Medical Center and other facilities, the power plant emits more than 80,000 metric tons of carbon per year. Responsible for more than 40 percent of the University’s carbon emissions, the plant is emblematic of the UW’s impact on the environment and global climate change.
The overwhelming majority of scientists agree that global warming is happening and is a result of human activity, according to a 2007 report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.