THE CARBON SEQUESTRATION PROCESS
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), electricity production accounts for 56% of the carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere annually. Carbon dioxide is a key contributor to climate change, so curbing carbon emissions is crucial to reversing the negative impact already made by electricity consumption. Reducing electricity consumption is much easier than it may seem. Here at W&J, there have been many initiatives taken to reduce the amount of electrical energy use on campus. One of the initiatives that can be easily implemented at home or in the workplace is the “Last Out, Lights Out” campaign. As the name says, if you are the last person leaving a room, turn the lights off! It is a simple action that has a large impact in the long run.
So what do we do about the carbon already in the atmosphere? One of the most effective answers comes from Mother Nature herself; trees! Through a process called carbon sequestration, carbon dioxide is removed from the air as it is absorbed and consumed by trees for nourishment. During this process, excess carbon is both transferred into the soil for other plant matter to consume and stored in the many parts of a tree where it can be kept for the remaining life of the tree. Aware of this ability to combat carbon emissions, W&J has created the Campus Arboretum. Through research conducted by now alumni of W&J, it was discovered that the Arboretum sequesters over 9,000kg of carbon per year.
By planting trees at your home, office, or anywhere you are helping the fight to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.