Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 47.92
Liaison Sara McIntyre
Submission Date June 20, 2013
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Sewanee - The University of the South
PAE-5: Climate Action Plan

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Amy Turner
Director of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability
Office of Environmental Stewardship and 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:

Sewanee passed a climate action plan upon the signing of the President's Climate Commitment in 2008. Then we plan to advance the rest of the way to carbon neutrality with a combination of electrical energy generation from biomass and carbon sequestration in Sewanee forests (some achieved by the new protection of lands vulnerable to development and some achieved by management practices that increase CO2 sequestration rates). We will muster wood from a variety of sources, notably from our own 13,000 acres, to achieve the quantity necessary to produce the necessary electricity production. We will work with our energy suppliers to seek partnerships that allow us to overcome barriers of distribution system ownership and connection.

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

We plan to achieve carbon neutrality through a combination of several actions.
First, we plan to reduce our carbon emissions by 10% or more through energy conservation and similar changes to our other emissions sources.
We will reduce some carbon emissions by generating renewable energy on campus from individual building PV solar and perhaps wind, as opportunities arise.

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:
Scopes 1, 2, and 3

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:

The target year the institution specified in its GHG emissions commitment :
Jan. 1, 2016

The website URL where information about the climate plan is available:
Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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