Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 49.50
Liaison Jeremy King
Submission Date July 25, 2012
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Denison University
PAE-5: Climate Action Plan

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Jeremy King
Campus Sustainability Coordinator
Office of the President
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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:

Goal 1 – To achieve carbon neutrality by 2030.

Goal 2 – Collect and disseminate data and information on campus energy use to enable better assessment and increase awareness in the campus community.
Goal 3 – Reduce energy consumption by establishing policies and educating the community about standards that encourage behavior change.
Goal 4 – Maintain established indoor environmental quality (IEQ) standards and operate existing buildings in an energy-efficient and environmentally sustainable manner.
Goal 5 – Design, construct and renovate buildings to a rigorous, innovative sustainability standard.

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

Investigate alternatives to the use of coal in the Heating Plant, including but not limited to: co-generation, alternative fuels such as a bio-fuel or natural gas, decentralizing or relocating a centralized plant to minimize heat loss

Establish a campus energy dashboard to allow the campus community to see energy use by building. Install electronic displays in buildings, especially residence halls

Establish and disseminate campus-wide temperature, humidity, indoor air quality and lighting standards. Establish policies to enforce compliance in existing and new buildings

Eliminate the use of chilled water drinking fountains across campus by replacing broken refrigerated units with fountains that do not have refrigeration

Ensure that all new construction and major renovations are designed and built to a sustainable standard such as LEED Silver. Work closely with design teams to include best practices and start with the greenest possible design

Include sustainability and efficiency decisions in all future planning decisions. Vigorously challenge the need to expand square footage across campus

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, 2, and 3

The reduction level (percentage) institution has committed to:

The baseline year the institution used in its GHG emissions commitment:
June 30, 2005

The baseline emissions level institution used in its GHG emissions commitment:

The target year the institution specified in its GHG emissions commitment :
June 30, 2030

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

The Baseline 2005 data does not include Scope 3 emissions data. Denison was not able to accurately track data for those criteria until 2011.

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