During the Spring-2014 academic semester, the Canary Initiative partnered with graduate students in Northern Arizona University’s (NAU) Climate Science and Solutions (CSS) program. The MS candidates, Kaylee Beckman and Melissa Goldberg reviewed Aspen's past community scale greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories and provided:
- Recommendations for Future Community GHG Inventories
- Quick Tracker Community-scale GHG Inventories for 2012 and 2013
- Data Management Plan for the 2012 and 2013 Quick Tracker Inventories
The 2012 and 2013 Quick Tracker Inventories enable Aspen to assess progress in key emitting sectors during the 2 to 3 years between each full-scale community GHG inventory. While Canary staff will be the first to say that Kaylee and Melissa produced excellent, professional quality work for the City, it is critical to note that the following documents are an academic research project and do not constitute an official City of Aspen analysis of the community’s GHG emissions, or a binding framework for future inventories or quick tracker projects. We thank Kaylee, Melissa and the NAU CSS program for their excellent research.
‘Government operations’ greenhouse gas emissions refer to those that are a direct result of conducting City business. Aspen is committed to reducing greenhouse gas pollution at both the government operations and community scales. Since 2004, government operations inventories have been compiled annually, while community inventories are generally compiled every 3 years.
Please email Canary@cityofaspen.com or call 970.429.1798 with any questions about the Canary Initiative or reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Aspen.