Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 50.46
Liaison Elissa Brown
Submission Date May 9, 2011
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College of Saint Benedict
PAE-5: Climate Plan

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Amanda Bednar
Sustainability Intern
Office of Sustainability
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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:

This institution is taking immediate steps to become more sustainable which include improving community education to improve efficiency and conservation measures. In 2009 this institution created the position of the Sustainability Office with a full time Sustainability Director and part time Sustainability Fellow to continue the movement on campus. Students and staff are encouraged to pursue researching sustainable areas of study in coursework. Events are held on campus to encourage sustainable practices and educate the community about the importance of sustainability.

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

In fall 2009 the college engaged an external engineering firm to conduct a capacity study and plant review to help guide future investment in this critical infrastructure. From that report and with the input of the power plant staff the institution will determine whether or not to upgrade/expand the plant by adding more boilers, to move to a more distributed heating system, to invest in geothermal or solar thermal technology for planned new construction, and to consider other options. There is a Sustainability Council that will continue to implement various sustainable practices on campus, while also assisting the Sustainability Office. This institution plans to be carbon neutral by 2035 using various financing and educational opportunities to do so throughout the next few years.

Year the climate plan was formally adopted or approved:

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

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