Submitted on September 28, 2010; last updated on September 28, 2010
Our 2019 target date is contingent on our ability to create and finance projects that will result in reducing our carbon footprint.
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The milestones above show a likely decline in our green house gas emissions in the next 9 years. The first 40% is the result of purchasing Windsource energy from Xcel for all buildings on campus already in place. The next 20% will be the result of conservation measures and the implementation of a new energy maintenance system and the final 40 percent will be the result of replacing the existing steam heating system with a renewable source and the purchase of enery offsets for any remainining emissions.
We will continue to familiarize all faculty, staff and students to the importance of achieving climate neutrality through public events; encouraging sustainability discussions and projects in all classes; promoting student campus activism around sustainablity issues and facilitating sustainability projects for faculty, students and staff.
We will continue to promote campus research into the production and use of bio-fuels on campus including the Mcgyan Process developed by our students, faculty and McNeff Research Consultants. We will hire outside consultants to research and then propose the most effective way to heat and cool an urban campus using biofuels or other methods that will reduce our carbon footprint substantially. Additional research into the effective application of wind power and solar power in urban settings will be encouraged.
Our community outreach will primarily be through educating the general public about the why and how of our path to carbon neutrality. Methods will include more informative web pages, speaker events open to the public and progress reports to adjacent neighborhood groups and businesses.
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