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Paulpirainomasccc2014

  1. 1. Learning with PurposeLearning with Purpose UMass Lowell Climate Action Plan and Sustainability Initiatives April 17, 2014
  2. 2. Learning with Purpose What is CAP? • Voluntary commitment to achieve climate neutrality. − Administered by American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) - 680 signatories • CAP requirements: − Established Institutional structure to implement CAP − Climate neutrality commitment (2050 for UML) − CAP goals: 3-phase (time frames) GHG reduction approach − Expansion of Education, Research and Outreach − Greenhouse Gas reduction strategies to achieve goals − Biennial progress reporting of GHG reductions Climate Action Plan (CAP)
  3. 3. Learning with Purpose Mission of ACUPCC − Accelerate progress toward climate neutrality and sustainability by: − Empower Higher Education to educate students, create solutions, and lead-by-example for the rest of society. … − Higher education has unique responsibility as role model − For regional communities − Educate people who will develop the social, economic and technological solutions to reverse global warming − Result: Thriving, civil & sustainable society Climate Action Plan (CAP)
  4. 4. Learning with Purpose Student Education, Research and Outreach in service of CAP Education & Curriculum from the ACUPCC Implementation Guide – Faculty Development Workshops  – Creation of academic programs related to climate change and sustainability  – Development of institution-wide programs to encourage faculty to address sustainability in their courses  – Inclusion of students on building and construction, operations and facilities committees  – Establishment of a graduation requirement in sustainability course study
  5. 5. Learning with Purpose UMass Lowell’s Unique Challenges − Solutions • In FY 07 Inadequate Housing - only 2165 students lived on campus − Double capacity to 4000 beds with new dorms, purchases, rentals and renovations • Staff/Faculty Commuting − Transportation demand management - Increase car pooling − Parking fees for staff/faculty increased • In FY 07 burned 860,000 gal. no. 6 F.O. − Converted to primary fuel natural gas – to reduce GHG by 4000 MTCDe Climate Action Plan (CAP)
  6. 6. Learning with Purpose UMass Lowell’s Unique Challenges –Cont’d • In FY 12 under 30 % computer control of Campus Buildings − Upgrading systems with DCAMM’s AEP & internal projects • In FY 12 no organization for Sustainability stakeholders to meet − CAP Steering Committee formed 2012 – major campus stakeholders • Transportation issue w. three distinct geographic campuses − Shuttle bus - all three campuses − FreeWheelers bike user program − ZIP Cars (electric vehicles) Climate Action Plan (CAP)
  7. 7. Learning with Purpose Foundation of – CAP - Steering Committee 3
  8. 8. Learning with Purpose Climate Action Plan UMass Lowell Emissions by Scope
  9. 9. Learning with Purpose Energy & Sustainability - (CAP) • Figure projects business as usual emissions • Dashed-white trend line outlines emission reduction targets against our projected BAU emissions – dropped our emissions on 1st progress report 0 10,000 20,000 30,000 40,000 50,000 60,000 70,000 80,000 90,000 100,000 2005 2015 2025 2035 2045 Fiscal Year CampusGHGEmissionsMTeCO2 Phase 1 Phase 2 Phase 3 On-Campus Stationary Purchased Electricity Faculty/Staff Commuting Student Commuting Electricity T&D Losses Projected Business As Usual (BAU) Emissions 2
  10. 10. Learning with Purpose CAP - Academic Initiatives 7 • Climate Change and sustainability are viewed and recognized as common and unifying themes – UML offers over 70 climate-related courses incorporating sustainability- environment, health, energy management, renewable energy, climate–related topics and degree programs. • Climate Change Initiative (CCI) – dedicated faculty – Brings faculty, students, and communities together - address climate change through education and research – Academic programs at the undergrad and graduate levels in: • Research in diverse fields • Campus events on climate change. • Outreach to the broader community to increase public understanding • Climate Change Teach-In: Prominent CC speakers address UML Students, Faculty and Staff & regional schools • CC Workshops: faculty, students, staff. World Climate IPCC game
  11. 11. Learning with Purpose CAP Initiatives Student Life • Outreach to students: Educate and practice energy & carbon reduction • Close partnership with other sub-committees • Awareness Campaigns – General: Enhance Awareness sticker E&S campaign; Bike Share Program; partnership with MassPirg; Student Affairs Climate Action Team; Personal Climate Challenge – Facilities: Increasing Campus Residency; Electric Challenge; Increase availability of energy saving power strips – Transportation programs Administration & Finance • Approved AEP financing methodology. • Energy Project Account: Utility incentives; SREC funds reserved for future energy projects. • Incorporate Green Standards such as EnergyStar and recycled materials e.g. paper.
  12. 12. Learning with Purpose • DEP Rideshare surveyed employees and students to determine how they get to campus. – 5,500 MT CO2 of GHG reduction to baseline GHG inventory • SMART TRIPS Commuting Reduction Programs: − MassRIDES Commuter program called NuRide –free online carpool service. − Freewheelers Bike Share Program- bikes to be used all over campus − Discounted MBTA train passes for faculty and staff − Zipcar Car Sharing Program- electric vehicle − Pedestrian & cycling maps − Parking Policies − Shuttle Bus 7000/d CAP - Transportation Initiatives 8
  13. 13. Learning with Purpose • FY 12-13 Internal Projects: reduced 3,700 MTCO2 • By FY 16: AEP goal of 25% UML energy reduction • Have plan for additional internal projects over next three years • Investments in Renewable Energy Technology – DOER Grant from AARA Funds for solar arrays and EEMS • Example of Energy Projects – NC boiler, chiller retrofits, steam traps, lighting etc. – New construction: minimum Cert. LEED Silver – Fuel conversions CAP Initiatives - Energy GHG reductions University Suites- LEED Health & Soc. Sci. Bldg.- LEED Emer. Tech. & Innov. Ctr. - LEED University Crossing - LEED 4
  14. 14. Learning with Purpose CAP Initiatives - Energy Cost Avoidance Future Revenues and Cost Avoidances - FY 14 0n Total Building & Infrastructure Renovations, Deferred Maintenance Replacements, LEED Construction $320,000 LEED bldg. Cost Avoidance-not yet designed TBD Solar Net Metering Credits –not installed $800,000/YR Accelerated Energy Plan – not designed TBD FY 14 -15 Utility Incentives (one time payments) $1,100,000 Lump Sums Future Energy-specific Projects cost avoidance $350,000/YR Energy Cost Avoidance & Revenue FY12-13 $ per Year Energy Projects $745,000 Building & Infrastructure Renovations, D.M. Replacements $15,000 Solar Net Metering Credits $26,000 Energy Procurement w. consultant $665,000 Solar Voltaic Arrays $77,000 Utility Incentives $133,000 Energy Management/Policy $100,000 $1,776,000 New North Campus Boiler Bourgeois Hall PV Array New South Campus Chillers 5
  15. 15. Learning with Purpose • Representation from Student Environmental Alliance and Student Government Assoc.; MassPirg; City of Lowell Recycling Dept. • DEP compliant Fox Hall pilot food waste compost project 09/13 planned with food service vendor & waste/recycling contractor – expand to South Campus, Tsongas, ICC. • Recyclemania 2014 – food waste & elex recycle • Campus-wide single stream recycling Earth Week 2014 – full schedule CAP - Sustainability Initiatives Tree Plantings 6 – Coordinated with City of Lowell: • Residence Hall Electrical Challenge & Compost rate challenge • Recycle & Waste Bin Sort; Bike to School/Work Day • Composting for Community Garden • CAP/Sustainability Table • Waste Recycling Day • Sustainability & Energy Project walking tours • Awards presentations • Clean-up campus
  16. 16. Learning with Purpose FY 13 Interim Report since FY 07: • 34% Reduction in MT eCO2/FTE • 23% Reduction in MT eCO2/1000 SF Increased bldg. area 7% and FTE 11% – FY 11 to 13 – yet emissions decreased from 51.1K to 50.2K MT eCO2. Interim CAP Report – GHG Reductions Students and Faculty/Staff working together during Earth Week ‘13 to green campus. 9
  17. 17. Learning with Purpose • Excellence in Commuter Options Award FY12-14 • From MassDOT • Tree Campus USA Award - 2011-2013 • Three years in a row. • Greenguard Certification Accomplishments to Date • For enhancing indoor air quality and reducing exposure to cleaning chemicals • UML is first New England College to achieve • Leading by Example Award – 2012 & 2013 • for Energy and Sustainability Programs (2012) • for Energy Management (2013) • setting standard of Governor’s Executive Order 484 10
  18. 18. Learning with Purpose Questions Thank - You

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