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The Climate Action task Force’s Energy Workgroup. October 22, 2008 Facilities Operations Building, Conference Room B. Welcome & Introductions. Background: The Presidents Climate Commitment. Signed March 25, 2008. President Hogan Signs Pledge for Carbon-Neutral Campus – 03/25/08.

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the climate action task force s energy workgroup

The Climate Action task Force’sEnergy Workgroup

October 22, 2008

Facilities Operations Building, Conference Room B

president hogan signs pledge for carbon neutral campus 03 25 08
President Hogan Signs Pledge for Carbon-Neutral Campus – 03/25/08

 UConn President Mike Hogan signs the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment as DEP Commissioner Gina McCarthy and Vice Provost Greg Anderson observe.

100+ students,

faculty and staff

attend PCC signing

ceremony at

Wilbur Cross North

Reading Room 

slide5
UConn’s Commitment…
  • Create structure to guide development & implementation
    • Climate Action Task Force (CATF) - established May 2008
    • CATF Workgroups – established Fall 2008
  • Complete GHG inventory and update annually
    • 2004, 2006 inventories completed
    • 2007 inventory near completion
    • Develop a Climate Action Plan (CAP) (Due by May 2010)
    • CAP Project Manager hired September 2008
    • Carbon neutrality by 2050 (or sooner) w/ interim targets & milestones
    • Integrate sustainability into curriculum – education, research and outreach
    • Goal: Draft CAP by August 2009.
climate action task force
Climate Action Task Force

CATF Co-Chairs:

  • Tom Callahan, Administration & Operations (Associate Vice President)
  • Rich Miller, Office of Environmental Policy (Director)

Additional Members:

  • Nancy Bull, College of Agriculture & Natural Resources (Associate Dean)
  • Julie Elkins, Student Affairs (Assistant to the VP of Student Affairs)
  • NickFrechette, Undergraduate Student
  • Matt Hart, Mansfield (Town Manager)
  • Lysa Teal, Office of the Chief Financial Officer (Director of Budget Office)
  • Mike Willig,Center for Environmental Sciences & Engineering (Director)
slide7
Institutional Structure

Environmental Policy Advisory Council

Climate Action Task Force

Workgroups

2008 2009 workgroup charge
2008-2009 Workgroup Charge:
  • Develop Mitigation Strategies for GHG emissions resulting from University Operations & Activities. (Final recommendations will be included in the University’s Climate Action Plan).
    • What are the major sources of emissions? (2007 GHG Inventory)
    • How can the institution neutralize emissions from each source?
      • Alteration/expansion of existing programs
      • Implementation of new programs & strategies
    • What are the anticipated costs, challenges, and benefits associated with each strategy?
climate action plan cap elements
Climate Action Plan (CAP) Elements
  • GHG Inventories
  • Mitigation Strategies
  • Carbon Offsets
  • Selecting Reductions Targets
  • Financing
  • Tracking Progress

(Note: This slide is a modified version of a slide from the

10/15/08 EH&E webinar “Writing Greenhouse Gas Reduction and Climate Action Plans)

emissions operational boundaries
Emissions & Operational Boundaries
  • Bound emissions according to Scopes 1, 2, and 3:
    • Scope 1: Direct emissions from sources owned by the institution.
    • Scope 2: Indirect emissions from purchased energy.
    • Scope 3: Other emissions related to the institution but not caused by sources owned by the institution.

(Note: This slide is a modified version of a slide from the

10/15/08 EH&E webinar “Writing Greenhouse Gas Reduction and Climate Action Plans)

timeline fall 2008 spring 2009
Timeline (Fall 2008-Spring 2009)
  • Identify major sources of emissions & opportunities for reductions (Oct-Nov.)
    • Survey of existing programs, strategies, plans & studies
      • Existing overlap? Areas for expansion?
    • Brainstorm additional/new ideas
      • Pros/cons, challenges, long-term vs. short-term strategies
  • Action planning (Nov.-May)
      • Assess feasibility of proposed ideas
        • Select reductions targets
        • Strategize ways to finance projects
      • Begin implementation of ‘low lying’ fruit
        • Monitor progress of workgroup initiatives
  • Draft final CAP Components related to energy. (June-July)
brainstorming
Brainstorming
  • Brainstorming Goals:
    • Survey of Existing Activities, Plans & Studies Related to Workgroup Charge
    • New GHG Emissions Reduction Strategies to Explore?
  • Focus Areas:
    • Efficiency, Conservation, Installations & Retrofits
    • Renewable Energies
    • Supply & Infrastructure
evaluation criteria
Evaluation Criteria
  • Potential to avoid or reduce GHG emissions
  • Flexibility to achieve ongoing GHG reductions
  • Cost benefit– ROI and financial impact
  • Potential for positive or negative social and environmental side-effects
  • Relationship to other mitigation strategies and opportunity for synergies
  • Potential to be scaled upward if successful
  • Potential to involve students and faculty
review of action items
Review of Action Items

Questions? Comments?

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The Climate Action task Force’sEnergy Workgroup

October 22, 2008

Facilities Operations Building, Conference Room B

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