Successfully reported this slideshow.
We use your LinkedIn profile and activity data to personalize ads and to show you more relevant ads. You can change your ad preferences anytime.



Published on

Presentation at 2014 Massachusetts Sustainable Communities and Campuses Conference

Published in: Environment, Technology, Education
  • Be the first to comment

  • Be the first to like this


  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