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Presentation to Faculty Senate November 10, 2011 Paul Pancella, for the subcommittee ACUPCC American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment.

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1 Presentation to Faculty Senate November 10, 2011 Paul Pancella, for the subcommittee ACUPCC American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment GHG Greenhouse Gasses

2 Subcommittee members Paul Pancella, Chair, Physics faculty Haluk Aktan, Engineering faculty Jeff Alexander, Transportation Services Dave Barnes, Geosciences faculty Steve Bertman, Chemistry faculty Kate Binder, graduate student, Office for Sustainability Chris Caprara, Facilities management Cari DeLong, Natural Areas manager Kirk Dillery, Facilities management, Energy Duane Hampton, Geosciences faculty Sarah Hill, Environmental Studies faculty George Jarvis, Power Plant manager Steve Kohler, Environmental Studies chair John Miller, Chemistry faculty Chris Pyzik, Facilities management, Planning Yusuke Saito, undergraduate exchange student

3 Context and Timeframe President Dunn signed ACUPCC in July, 2009 Now need a plan to get climate neutral by a target date, means zero net GHG emitted Plan must be final and approved by the end of this calendar year. Although 670 colleges and universities have signed on, we are the only research/doctoral university in Michigan to do so as of today. (GVSU and K are in) President Dunn is a member of the ACUPCC Steering Committee, its chief governing body.

4 Report outline I. Introduction II. Campus GHG Emissions III. Strategies for reducing GHG Emissions IV. Educational Efforts V. Research Efforts VI. Community Outreach Plans VII. Financing the Recommendations VIII. Tracking Progress Format suggested in 2007 Implementation Guide for Climate Action Planning, ACUPCC

5 I Introduction A. Lots of material on sustainability efforts at WMU to date. B. Growth projections: Physical Plant is fairly flat in foreseeable future, except for addition of medical school (+2% 2014, +2% 2020?). Modest enrollment increase. C. Target: Climate neutral by 2066 II GHG Emissions Will summarize findings (2 inventories done) New baseline will be fiscal year Will show some recent trends Graphs to illustrate projected reductions, interim targets

6 III Reduction Strategies A. General Energy Demand reduction B. Power Plant changes, stationary combustion C. Purchased Electricity D. Commuting E. Campus Vehicles F. Air Travel, including study abroad G. Solid Waste and H. Wastewater H. d I. Fugitive Emissions J. Renewable Energy, on campus and off K. Negative contributors: green space, purchased offsets, local investments in energy conservation, etc. Really small

7 V Research Efforts Carbon capture and sequestration Advancing practical, local, energy storage methods Renewable energy generating technologies New technologies for energy management and conservation in buildings and manufacturing Biomass as an energy source for stationary power generation or as fuel for transportation IV Educational Efforts VI Community Outreach VII Financing

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