Morgantown's Greenhouse Gas Inventory Revealed
15 May 2014
By Angelee Wiley
The Morgantown community gathered at the Public Library on
Thursday evening to hear the first round of results
regarding the greenhouse gas inventory.
Downstream Strategies project managers, Jeff Simcoe and Ben
Gilmer, have been working since last summer compiling research on
greenhouse gas emissions right here in Morgantown.
Their project was funded by the Appalachian Stewardship Foundation
and after a year of research Simcoe and Gilmer were ready to share
their first round of results.
As a part of their research they looked at five greenhouse gas
generating sectors which include: electricity, stationary fuel,
solid waste emissions, transportation emissions, and emissions
with water and waste water treatment distributions.
This information is a baseline to find where the most emissions
come from in Morgantown.
According to Simcoe as far as source based emissions "The power
plant on Beechurst Avenue is by far the largest emitter of
greenhouse gas emissions."
Simcoe also said that as far as activity based emissions,
the residential sector and commercial sector are also large
emitters of greenhouse gas emissions.
According to Gilmer, the emissions from the power plant alone is
about three quarters of the total emissions of all activities
across all sectors of Morgantown.
Simcoe and Gilmer will now shift their focus to the second phase
of the project. This next phase will focus on ways to eliminate
greenhouse gas emissions and will explore how residents can save
money on their electric bills.
There are simple ways that anyone can do to contribute to the
elimination of greenhouse gas emissions such as: switching to LED
lighting, install more insulation in your home, turn the lights
off when your not in the room, and unplug any appliance that is
not being used.