After years of planning, Agrace today announced it is working to become carbon neutral by 2025. The Madison-based nonprofit health care organization plans to do its part to care for the environment of southern Wisconsin, just as it cares for its people.
Agrace’s efforts will reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by ensuring efficient building operations, funding methods of generating renewable energy at its Madison and Janesville inpatient units and offices, purchasing “green” power—such as that from wind and solar—and offsetting remaining emissions.
Carbon footprints are calculated using an emission “inventory.” Agrace is partnering with Resource Innovations, an energy consulting business, on its inventory and carbon-neutral strategy. Collaborating with Resource Innovations, Agrace has measured its carbon footprint using data from sources such as utility bills for Agrace-owned and leased facilities, staff commuting mileage, fleet records, mileage reimbursement and more. The resulting carbon footprint was determined to be 4,730 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e).