Students are doing more than talking about sustainability; they’re actively engaged in affecting change at their schools. For some that means combining their education with advancing sustainability on campus. As encouragement the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) annually recognizes a student whose scholarship furthers research on campus sustainability. Recent UC Berkeley graduate Kelley Doyle was a 2012 award recipient with her thesis titled, “Converting University Spending to Greenhouse Gas Emissions: A Supply Chain Carbon Footprint Analysis of UC Berkeley.”
Her hybrid top-down life cycle assessment (LCA) looked at the scope and composition of UC Berkeley’s supply chain carbon footprint, offering recommendations for reducing associated greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and suggesting opportunities for future study. She also developed a tool for the school to facilitate annual GHG emissions reporting.