Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 52.25
Liaison Alex Miller
Submission Date March 20, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Carleton College
IN-26: Innovation C

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Alexandra Miller
Sustainability Program Coordinator
Energy and Sustainability
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Utility Master Plan Outreach and Education

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

The Carleton Board of Trustees just approved Phase 1 and 2 of an approximately $40 million renewal of the 100-year-old campus district heating system. The existing steam system will be replaced with a hot water distribution system tied to three large geothermal well fields.

With this large-scale disruptive project, we anticipated questions, backlash, and other comments about the construction. Because of this, we rolled out an extensive outreach and educational campaign about the construction, unlike anything we had done with previous facilities projects. Examples being Well Field Wednesdays, public open-house style info sessions, tabling, and tours. All of these outreach tactics were open to the community as well as students, staff, and faculty. This outreach continues as construction will go for 3 more years.

Which of the following impact areas does the innovation most closely relate to? (select up to three):
Campus Engagement
Public Engagement

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :
The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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