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UA Climate Action Plan. Mike Johnson AVC for facilities Nick Brown PhD executive assistant for sustainability adjunct professor of geosciences. Climate Action Plan Committee. Steve Boss professor of geosciences Nick Brown executive asst. for sustainability

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UA Climate Action Plan

Mike Johnson

AVC for facilities

Nick Brown PhD

executive assistant for sustainability

adjunct professor of geosciences

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Climate Action Plan Committee

Steve Boss professor of geosciences

Nick Brown executive asst. for sustainability

James Davis III graduate assistant (MS May 09)

Billy Fleming sustainability director, ASG

Jon Johnson director, Applied Sustainability Center

Mike Johnson associate vice chancellor for facilities

Andrew Lenarz vice president, ASG

Darin Nutter professor of mechanical engineering

Gary Smith director, parking and transit

Scott Turley director, utilities

Leisha Vance 09 sustainability competition winner

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American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (Feb 07)

  • Become a climate neutral institution as soon as it is practical

  • Develop and maintain greenhouse gas emissions inventory

  • Create and implement a climate action plan to achieve climate neutrality

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Greenhouse gas emissions


  • 125,000 MT CO2e in 1990 (Kyoto baseline year)

  • 159,149 MT CO2e in 2002 (initial detailed GHG inventory)

  • 177,407 MT CO2e in 2007 (initial ACUPCC report)

Business-as-usual emissions trajectory:

  • 200,000 MT CO2e yr-1 by 2011

  • 225,000 MT CO2e yr-1 by 2021

  • 260,000 MT CO2e yr-1 by 2040


  • 125,000 MT CO2e yr-1 (1990 level) by 2021

  • Carbon neutral by 2040

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Climate action plan

  • Supports the mission of the university to be a nationally competitive, student centered university

  • 25 projects include

    • campus life/management policy commitments

    • technological fixes

    • behavioral changes

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Climate action plan goal

To reduce emissions by 100,000 MT CO2e yr-1 below business-as-usual level, through implementation of 25 projects between now and 2021.

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Climate action plan

Every project has an opportunity cost.

Recycling, composting, bicycling, solar panels and other projects have important, non-economic benefits.

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Climate action plan

Faculty, staff, students, corporate partners, UA administration, alumni, donors, foundations, and government programs should share fairly the costs and benefits of implementing the CAP.

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Climate action plan components

  • campus life/campus management policies

  • energy conservation and energy efficiency projects

  • on-campus renewable energy production

  • purchase of off-campus generated green energy

  • renewable energy credits and other offsets

  • sequestration in forests

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Climate action plan

  • Most of the funding required ($52 million of $55 million) has been or will soon be secured through ESPC contracts

  • Each proposed project has undergone a net present value analysis (see spreadsheets)

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Climate action plan

  • Project evaluation criteria

    • low initial cost

    • low annual cost

    • high NPV

    • constituent demand/acceptability/support

    • GHG emissions reduction

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Other projects are sensitive to awareness and social acceptance

  • recycling

  • bicycling

  • composting

  • building energy conservation

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Climate action short-term plan budget (2010- 2014) acceptance

Project type % of total initial cost $ /MT CO2e

campus policies 0.27% $150,000 $2

conservation 98.13% $53,688,000 $54

renewable energy 0.29% $160,667 $9

sequestration 1.30% $710,000 $57

offsets 0.54% $297,172 $9

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Climate action plan timeline acceptance

  • 2010 – 2014: short-term strategy (tactical)

    • conservation and efficiency projects, many which are already under way

      • ESPCs (98% of total plan for 2010 – 2021)

    • least cost/quickest payback projects

      • campus policies

    • projects with multiple benefits

      • Recycling, food waste to compost, bicycling

    • acquire experience with photovoltaics, wind energy, sequestration

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Climate action plan timeline acceptance

  • 2015 – 2021: mid-term strategy (strategic)

    • sequestration project

      • improved forest management on AR coastal plain forests

    • invest in mid-scale photovoltaics, wind energy, and biomass energy systems

      • technologies will mature, be better suited to local resources

      • costs will drop compared to fuels that we currently depend on

    • purchase of wind energy from local/regional wind farms

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Climate action plan timeline acceptance

  • 2021 – 2040: long-term strategy

    • Will require displacement of 125,000 MT CO2e yr-1 beyond the reductions in short- and mid-term plan

    • Will get some relief from renewable energy supplied by SWEPCO

    • Will get relief from regulated carbon markets

    • Specific strategies for 2021 – 2040 to be detailed in a future revision of the Climate Action Plan

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Climate Action Plan acceptance submission timeline

August 25 Sustainability Council meeting

August 27 campus input session

August 28 resubmit to excom

August 31 excom review

September 7 Labor Day

September 15 Submission to ACUPCC