Submitted on January 10, 2012; last updated on January 10, 2012
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Our plan will utilize several strategies to achieve greenhouse gas balance. We will asses energy saving strategies including LED lighting retrofits, new HVAC controls, energy saving equipment such as variable frequency drives and the installation of geothermal wells. Changing how students, faculty and staff commute will provide a big challenge. Since we are located in an historic urban area we will rely on offsets and rethinking our financed travel. Funding will be provided on an annual basis sufficient to manage building upgrades and to purchase offsets.
Our curriculum already has a high level of sustainability information. Our Sustainability Council, which provides advice to our programs is comprised of our school heads as well as students and faculty, all of whom provide a continual dialogue related to curricular content. Our Sustainability Council also helps organize field trips to sustainable building sites and lectures by design professionals who have long track records in sustainable design.
All of our sustainability-related lectures are free and open to the public. We host city-wide sustainability conferences annually, and submit all of our building upgrade plans to our neighborhood association for review by their architecture and sustainability committees. In the coming year we will be posting environmental information pertaining to our building operations on a building dashboard and on our website. As a part of our obligation to the city of Boston and our joint "green alley" project we will be submitting updates on maintenance efforts and groundwater data derived from data loggers installed in the project area.
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