Nathan Phillips and Grad Students take part in Carbon Day 2013

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November 8th, 2013

Annual Carbon Day held in Copley Square

Carbon day members promote carbon awareness in Copley Square on October 16, 2013. Photo by Sayaka Yamaki

Carbon day members promote carbon awareness in Copley Square on October 16, 2013. Photo by Sayaka Yamaki

Professor Nathan Phillips and members of the Department of Earth and Environment took part in Carbon Day 2013 this past October. Along with Sustainability@BU and other organizations, E&E members spent the afternoon of October 16, 2013 in Copley Square spreading the news about carbon footprints.

Nathan Phillips answers the public's questions about the reduction of carbon emissions. Photo by Sayaka Yamaki

Nathan Phillips answers the public’s questions about the reduction of carbon emissions. Photo by Sayaka Yamaki

Sponsored this year by Sustainable Neighborhood Lab and Greenovate, Carbon Day promotes public awareness of how individuals, businesses, and communities can reduce the amount of carbon emissions they produce: from basic steps like turning off electrical equipment or using cold water to wash dishes and clothing to much larger projects like the Sustainable Neighborhood Lab initiative. Other participants at Carbon Day included Boston Bikes, Livable Streets, a unique percussion demonstration by Reyna Herrera, and many more organizations.

Reyna Herrera performs for a group of onlookers.

Reyna Herrera performs for a group of onlookers.

Joining Dr. Phillips, E&E graduate students Margaret Hendrick, Bahareh Sanaiemovahed, and Xiaojing Tang all participated in the event. In addition to discussing the reduction of carbon footprints, Dr. Phillips and the graduate students also spent the day informing the public about their recent Boston based research project. Over the summer, Phillips and company discovered over “3,300 leaks spewing natural gas into the streets.” Phillips and his team discovered that these leaks are causing higher electric bills and damage to the environment (BU Today).

Margaret Hendrick stands by an informational display highlighting research on methane escape in the city of Boston. Photo by Sayaka Yamaki

Margaret Hendrick stands by an informational display highlighting research on methane escape in the city of Boston. Photo by Sayaka Yamaki

In informing the public and this research and other carbon-related issues, Dr. Phillips, E&E graduate students, and other participants hope to show the public the practical and positive impact carbon reduction can have on the environment and the wallet.

A close up image of the information on methane escape in Boston. Photo by Sayaka Yamaki

A close up image of the information on methane escape in Boston. Photo by Sayaka Yamaki

For more information about Carbon Day, visit their website or read BU’s news service article.

For more information on Sustainable Neighboorhood Lab or Boston’s Greenovate, click on the links to their respective websites.

Margaret Hendrick is a Ph.D. candiate working with Professor Nathan Phillips on global change, urban ecology, and fugitive methane emissions. Baraeh Sanaiemovahed is a graduate student working with Professor Curtis Woodcock, and Xiaojing Tang is a graduate student working with Professor Suchi Gopal.