The focus of our project is government level greenhouse gas emissions. This includes the county and city related services such as transportation, buildings, waste treatment, and waste management, but does not include schools and community usage. Because our primary method of data collection is through interviews, we were able to get initial feedback on the type of projects that have occurred in each department. Based on the types of projects, we collected relevant quantitative information through our interviews with contacts and supplemented it with past data from the Durham Sustainability Office. When current project data was not available, we used the most up to date data from Durham Sustainability Office for analysis.
Our reporting structure follows a similar layout to the ICLEI greenhouse plan to provide consistent information transfer. For each section, we analyzed the results from the qualitative and quantitative information we collected from city and county departments. Depending on the type of data, we looked at the trend of energy use and greenhouse gas emissions through time and common metrics used to measure energy intensity. Combining information from the interviews and the collected data, we analyzed the effectiveness of projects and recommended further actions for the departments to take.