Most students who live on campus have refrigerators or micro-friges (refrigerator + freezer + microwave) in their dorms. The average refrigerator emits about 200,000 tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere each year, which contributes to the depletion of the Ozone layer and thus global warming. The average microwave emits 24-71 pounds of CO2 PER DAY. Imagine that number multiplied by each dorm room containing a micro-fridge. This amount of carbon dioxide gives AU a huge carbon footprint. We cannot ignore this.
American University’s contract with Energy Star refrigerators expires in 3 years. This petition will serve to urge AU Housing and Dining not to resign that contract, and kick micro-fridges off campus.
American University’s contract with Energy Star refrigerators expires in 3 years. In that mount of time, US carbon emissions will have drastically increased. The Department of Energy's (DOE) Energy Information Administration (EIA), predicts that US carbon emissions will increase by approximately 1,000 million metric tons by 2015. We, students and staff of American University, can offset this.
Why does American University permit the use of micro-fridges in the dorms? Microwaves are placed in each floor lounge, so why do students need one in their room? They do not.
These are the facts. If we want to act as global citizens with sustainable initiatives, we need to make this one simple change. Taking micro-fridges out of the dorms will not jeopardize anyone’s individual freedom or education. But it will drastically reduce the university’s annual carbon emissions, which should be a primary concern.
I, the undersigned, support the proposed plan to ban micro-fridges from campus dormitories. As American University’s contract with Energy Star ends in 3 years, I propose that the University does not resign this contract, and abolishes micro-fridges from the dorms.