Progress Report for Agnes Scott College
Submitted on Jan. 13, 2012; Last updated on March 14, 2013
The Progress Report is intended to help signatories assess and track progress toward the goals outlined
in their Climate Action Plans and to share that progress with their stakeholders and the general public.
General Statement of Progress
Agnes Scott College's overall progress has been very steady, with our efforts gaining more and more attention on and off campus. Perhaps one reflection of our success has been the number of institutions that call on us now for presentations, information and assistance. Another is the strong visual presence of sustainability in college publications, including the annual donor report for 2010-2011.
The college's emphasis on all areas of sustainability has been strengthened, with our biggest success so far in waste reduction and diversion. Our work on energy conservation and efficiency has been focused on evaluation and planning with a limited number of implementation projects. As our fund raising efforts increase, and with the establishment of a "green revolving fund", we are now moving into an implementation phase when we should begin to see much more progress in directly addressing climate neutrality.
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|Climate Neutrality Target Date:||2037|
|Interim Milestone Emission-Reduction Target||Target Date||Baseline*|
|44% reduction in Total Scopes 1, 2, 3 Emissions||by 2014||relative to baseline emissions in 2008|
|59% reduction in Total Scopes 1, 2, 3 Emissions||by 2019||relative to baseline emissions in 2008|
|74% reduction in Total Scopes 1, 2, 3 Emissions||by 2024||relative to baseline emissions in 2008|
|84% reduction in Total Scopes 1, 2, 3 Emissions||by 2029||relative to baseline emissions in 2008|
|94% reduction in Total Scopes 1, 2, 3 Emissions||by 2034||relative to baseline emissions in 2008|
|100% reduction in Total Scopes 1, 2, 3 Emissions||by 2037||relative to baseline emissions in 2008|
|Reporting Year||Gross Emissions||Net Emissions||Full Time Enrollments||Total Bldg. Sq. Ft.||[action]|
|2008||12601.0||12601.0||872.0||850000.0||[ view ]|
|2009||11922.0||11864.0||791.0||850000.0||[ view ]|
|2012||9961.0||9961.0||855.0||850000.0||[ view ]|
Change in GHG gross emissions
Change in GHG emissions per 1000 sq.ft. building space
Change in GHG emissions per full time enrollment (FTE)
How is your institution making climate neutrality and sustainability a part of the curriculum and other educational experiences for all students?Since signing the ACUPCC, Agnes Scott College has begun an Environmental & Sustainability Studies minor program. We will have the first graduates with the (ESS) minor in May 2012. We have added two courses, ESS 101 and ESS 201, to the curriculum that are open to all students. In addition, we have significantly multiplied the number of student interns, both on and off campus, in the fields of climate change and sustainability. Also, we have begun a process of training faculty in teaching sustainability across the curriculum. The second faculty workshop will be held in May 2012. Equally important are the co-curricular education opportunities for all students to better understand climate neutrality and to learn to live more sustainably. These efforts have been much more extensive over the past two years and will continue to grow.
Education methods in use
- Offered professional development to all faculty in sustainability education.
- Other - Method: Community dialogue and decisionmaking. Our primary method of spreading the influence of sustainability across the curriculum and the student body is to keep the issues constantly in front of the community via these various approaches, including speakers, panel discussions, campus events, and messaging via email and social media.
If applicable, how is your institution expanding research efforts toward the achievement of climate neutrality research?Since we are not a research institution, this question is not really applicable. However, it is worthy to note that Agnes Scott has recently contracted with an alumnae of the college to research our climate neutrality options with a particular focus on renewable energy. As a result of this contract, combined with our experience since completing the CAP, we expect to have a much better understanding of our climate neutrality potential by the end of this school year. This will allow us not only to update our CAP, but also to provide more information about climate neutrality to the college community.
How is your institution expanding community outreach efforts toward the achievement of climate neutrality?Yes. We are expanding our partnership with the City of Decatur to do this. During 2011 we helped manage a neighborhood energy reduction competition across the City which was tied to their climate neutrality goals. We also used the City's efficiency rebate program for retrofitting.
Energy Efficiency Projects
Number of Energy Efficiency Retrofit Projects planned, but not yet implemented:30
Number of Energy Efficiency Retrofit Projects completed since signing the ACUPCC:4
Number of buildings that have received a green building certification since signing the ACUPCC:1
Number of green buildings planned or scheduled for completion in the next 2 years:1
For all buildings, the green building certification/rating used is:USGBC:LEED