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MEETING AGENDA 1-21-10. Welcome and Introductions- Working Group Chair Where We Are/Where We Are Going- Lindsay Batchelor GHG Inventory and CAP Overview- Lindsay Batchelor /Jeff Hightower Approach and Goals of the CAP Project- John Carter, AEI GHG Impact for Focus Area- John Carter, AEI

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meeting agenda 1 21 10
MEETING AGENDA 1-21-10
  • Welcome and Introductions- Working Group Chair
  • Where We Are/Where We Are Going- Lindsay Batchelor
  • GHG Inventory and CAP Overview- Lindsay Batchelor/Jeff Hightower
  • Approach and Goals of the CAP Project- John Carter, AEI
  • GHG Impact for Focus Area- John Carter, AEI
  • List Development- All
  • Next Steps- Lindsay
sustainability strategic plan
SUSTAINABILITY STRATEGIC PLAN

Climate Action Plan

Energy & Water

Land Use

Buildings

Materials & Purchasing

Transportation

Academics & Research

Waste Reduction & Recycling

american college and university presidents climate commitment
AMERICAN COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY PRESIDENTS CLIMATE COMMITMENT
  • Addresses global warming through a commitment to work towards climate neutrality
  • Co-organized by AASHE, ecoAmerica and Second Nature
  • Over 650 signatories nation-wide
  • NC State signed the ACUPCC in 2008
requirements of the acupcc
REQUIREMENTS OF THE ACUPCC
  • Within two months of signing this document, create institutional structures to guide the development and implementation of the plan
  • Within one year complete a comprehensive inventory of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and update the inventory every other year thereafter
  • Within two years of signing this document, develop an institutional action plan for becoming climate neutral
  • Initiate two or more tangible actions to reduce greenhouse gases while the more comprehensive plan is being developed
  • Make the action plan, inventory, and periodic progress reports publicly available

Source- http://www.presidentsclimatecommitment.org/html/commitment.php

nc state university s tangible actions
NC STATE UNIVERSITY’S TANGIBLE ACTIONS
  • U.S Green Building Council’s LEED Silver Standard or equivalent
  • U.S. EPA’s ENERGY STAR Partner
  • Provide access to public transportation
what is a ghg emissions inventory
WHAT IS A GHG EMISSIONS INVENTORY?

For the purposes of the ACUPCC, a GHG inventory quantifies your campus “carbon footprint” in terms of metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent per year (MTeCO2/yr)

nc state ghg emissions inventory
NC STATE GHG EMISSIONS INVENTORY
  • WHO: Jeff Hightower- Director of Utilities Infrastructure for Facilities Operations and student interns
  • WHEN: Time Frame- Data from both 2008 calendar year and 2007/2008 Fiscal Year
  • WHERE: Boundaries- Main Campus, Centennial Campus, Centennial Biomedical Campus and some satellite offices
  • HOW: Calculators- Clean Air, Cool Planet; Climate Registry; EPA; Atmosfair
what is a climate action plan
WHAT IS A CLIMATE ACTION PLAN?
  • A comprehensive plan including a target date and interim milestones for how NC State will reach climate neutrality
  • Will include the following sections:
    • Introduction
    • Campus Emissions
    • Mitigation Strategies
    • Educational, Research and Community Outreach Efforts
    • Financing
    • Tracking Progress
the carbon management hierarchy
THE CARBON MANAGEMENT HIERARCHY

Avoid carbon-intensive activities (and rethink business strategy)

Avoid

Do whatever you do more efficiently

Reduce

Replace high-carbon energy sources with low-carbon energy ones

Replace

Offset

Offset those emissions that cannot be eliminated by the above

Modified Version from “Getting to Zero: Defining Corporate Carbon Neutrality” by Clean Air – Cool Planet

stabilization triangle pacala socolow
STABILIZATION TRIANGLE (PACALA-SOCOLOW)

Graph from the Princeton Environmental Institute’s “Stabilization Wedges: A Concept and Game”

stabilization wedges pacala socolow
STABILIZATION WEDGES (PACALA-SOCOLOW)

Graph from the Princeton Environmental Institute’s “Stabilization Wedges: A Concept and Game”

cap wedge groups
CAP WEDGE GROUPS
  • Green Development (campus growth, new buildings)
  • Energy Conservation (existing buildings)
  • Fuel Mix and Renewable Energy
  • Transportation (commuting, business travel, fleet)
  • Offsets (off-campus carbon reduction)

*Base Case

    • Define “business as usual” assumptions across all wedges
    • Estimate “do-nothing” cost associated with GHG emissions
aei approach
AEI APPROACH

Phase 1

Phase 2

energy water ghg impact
ENERGY & WATER GHG IMPACT
  • Energy focused (not water)
  • Energy supply options a separate conversation
  • Energy Conservation

* Campus wide level of thinking

* How we get to the how?

buildings strategies
BUILDINGS STRATEGIES
  • Achieve a 20% reduction in building energy consumption by 2015 (target reduction to 137,510 BTUs/GSF), with a stretch goal of achieving a 30% reduction (target reduction to 120,322 BTUs/GSF), compared to the 2002-2003 baseline (171,888 BTUs/GSF)
  • Achieve a 45% reduction in building water consumption through 2015 (target reduction to 0.0363 CCF/GSF), with a stretch goal of achieving a 50% reduction (target reduction to 0.033 CCF/GSF), compared to the 2001-2002 baseline (0.066 CCF/GSF).
  • Improve energy data management capability to make data-driven energy decisions
  • Ensure a cost-effective and stable energy supply by developing business scenario hedge strategies
strategies cont d
STRATEGIES cont’d
  • Reduce energy and water use in all facilities
    • Use return on investment calculations to help prioritize and guide energy conservation projects (“energy smart” repairs)
    • Further develop Energy Performance Contracting as a means to achieve energy savings
  • Integrate energy conservation as a core business value of NC State
    • Adopt an aggressive energy and water conservation policy
    • Enhance energy awareness program and align with other outreach programs
    • Create buy in with Facilities staff and building end-users to properly operate building systems in an energy efficient manner
    • Evaluate utility billing options that creative incentives for saving energy
next steps and discussion
NEXT STEPS AND DISCUSSION
  • Feed any remaining ideas to WG Chair
  • Ideas will be compiled and sent out for review
  • WG Chairs set up upcoming meetings
  • Comments/Questions?

www.ncsu.edu/sustainability/cap.php

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