Presentation Title

Reducing UCR Scope-3 Greenhouse Gas Emissions through an Innovative Eco-Routing Program

Faculty Mentor

Matthew Barth, Ji Luo

Start Date

23-11-2019 8:45 AM

End Date

23-11-2019 9:30 AM

Location

242

Session

poster 2

Type of Presentation

Poster

Subject Area

physical_mathematical_sciences

Abstract

Reducing UCR Scope-3 Greenhouse Gas Emissions through an Innovative Eco-Routing Program

The University of California, Riverside currently has 23,155 enrolled students and another 6,485 employees (staff and faculty). As such, there is a significant amount of commuting that takes place every day, getting to and from campus. These commute trips are the primary source of “Scope-3” greenhouse gas emissions that we need to reduce drastically by 2050. As one tool to help reduce these commute trip emissions, we are implementing an “Eco-Routing” program based on new eco-routing algorithms developed by UCR researchers. Instead of taking their normal routes to campus, we are analyzing the current commute trips to see if there is a different route that has lower emissions (i.e, eco-routes). We are developing an “opt-in” eco-routing program where students, staff, and faculty can sign up to have their commute trips analyzed. If there is a significantly better route that lowers emissions, we will incentive each commuter to take that lower emissions route to and from campus. Based on our preliminary analysis, this Eco-Routing program could save 20 tons of commuting carbon emissions each day. This program will not only reduce overall campus emissions, but it will allow its students, staff, and faculty to save on the cost of gas.

Keywords: Environment, Sustainability, Health, Education, Carbon Emissions, Greenhouse Gases

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Reducing UCR Scope-3 Greenhouse Gas Emissions through an Innovative Eco-Routing Program

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Reducing UCR Scope-3 Greenhouse Gas Emissions through an Innovative Eco-Routing Program

The University of California, Riverside currently has 23,155 enrolled students and another 6,485 employees (staff and faculty). As such, there is a significant amount of commuting that takes place every day, getting to and from campus. These commute trips are the primary source of “Scope-3” greenhouse gas emissions that we need to reduce drastically by 2050. As one tool to help reduce these commute trip emissions, we are implementing an “Eco-Routing” program based on new eco-routing algorithms developed by UCR researchers. Instead of taking their normal routes to campus, we are analyzing the current commute trips to see if there is a different route that has lower emissions (i.e, eco-routes). We are developing an “opt-in” eco-routing program where students, staff, and faculty can sign up to have their commute trips analyzed. If there is a significantly better route that lowers emissions, we will incentive each commuter to take that lower emissions route to and from campus. Based on our preliminary analysis, this Eco-Routing program could save 20 tons of commuting carbon emissions each day. This program will not only reduce overall campus emissions, but it will allow its students, staff, and faculty to save on the cost of gas.

Keywords: Environment, Sustainability, Health, Education, Carbon Emissions, Greenhouse Gases