Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 35.62
Liaison Allison Jenks
Submission Date Sept. 7, 2011
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STARS v1.0

New Mexico State University
PAE-5: Climate Plan

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 joni newcomer
Mgr. Env. Policy and Sustainability
Facilities and Services
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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:

• Create awareness that integrated planning is the process of linking vision, priorities, people, and the physical institution, in a flexible system of evaluation, decision-making and action to shape and guide the entire organization as it evolves over time, within and without its community
• Eliminate net greenhouse gas emissions
• Make climate neutrality and sustainability a part of the curriculum and other educational experiences of all students
• In the stair-step progression to achieve “net zero” emissions, the last measure required will be the purchase or development of carbon offsets
• NMSU holds water rights that must be used or forfeited, owns land throughout New Mexico, and has a requirement to purchase or grow feedstock
• New Mexico State is well positioned to be a leader in reforestation and sequestration strategies

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


• Encourage use and provide access to public transportation at the institution
• Set target date, institutional action plan and interim milestones for climate neutrality by April 17, 2009
• Publish and post plans, goals and progress to date
• All new construction and major renovations to be US Green Building Councils LEED Silver Certified or higher
• Adopt an energy-efficient appliance purchasing policy requiring ENERGY STAR certified products
• Create an institutional structure by June 17, 2007
• Complete a greenhouse gas emission inventory by April 17, 2008

• Establish a policy of offsetting all greenhouse gas emissions generated by air travel paid for by the institution
• Pursue reasons for disconnect between capital funds and operational funds (“life cycle cost models”)
• Complete AASHE STARS report

Year the climate plan was formally adopted or approved:

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

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