Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 67.61
Liaison Julie Hopwood
Submission Date Sept. 28, 2012
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Ball State University
PAE-5: Climate Action Plan

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Dr. Randy Howard
Vice President Business Affairs & Treasurer
Office of Vice President of Business Affairs
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Does the institution have a plan to mitigate its greenhouse gas emissions that meets the criteria for this credit?:

A brief summary of the climate plan’s long-term goals:

Climate Action Plan
In September 2008 in compliance with the requirements of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), President Jo Ann Gora appointed a Ball State University (BSU) Climate Action Task Force (CATF).

The members of CATF were asked to bring forward recommendations to assist Ball State University in achieving climate neutrality; a zero net-carbon-dioxide-equivalent (CO2e) of emissions into the atmosphere by some future date.

The report is the result of a full year of Task Force work; information-gathering, fact-finding, and brainstorming. The report begins with a working narrative of Ball State’s position within the national landscape and outlines a set of recommendations for the structure, content and implementation of the BSU Climate Action Plan which can move BSU to climate neutrality.

The recommendations cover the full breadth of impact on Scope 1, 2 and 3 Green House Gas (GHG) emissions.

The long-term goal is elimination of GHG emissions no later than 2050.

Development of the plan was heavily influenced by the decision by the university to decommission its four coal-fired boilers and to supply the district heating and cooling campus-wide from high performance ground source heat pumps networked to some 3600 boreholes and two energy stations.

A brief summary of the climate plan’s short-term goals:

Scope 1: Eliminate coal-fired, ‘On-Site’ Emissions by March 2014.

Year the climate plan was formally adopted or approved:

An indication of whether institution has made a commitment to reduce GHG emissions a specific amount by a target year:

List which emissions (scope 1, 2, and/or 3) are included in its GHG emissions commitment:
Scope 1 and 2

The reduction level (percentage) institution has committed to:

The baseline year the institution used in its GHG emissions commitment:
Jan. 1, 2008

The baseline emissions level institution used in its GHG emissions commitment:
178714 scope 1 and 2

The target year the institution specified in its GHG emissions commitment :
March 1, 2014

The website URL where information about the climate plan is available:

The largest reductions will occur as a result of fully implementing the district-scale geothermal heat pump chiller system wherein all 47 buildings on campus will be connected.

As of today, all 47 buildings are on line for cooling and some 20 buildings are on line for heating. The south bore-hole field is being installed and the south energy station could start construction next year.

When completed we will decommission of four coal-fired boilers, remove of the related smoke stack at our current main heat plant and decommission heat rejection coils on the current chiller plant.

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