Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 60.69
Liaison Elizabeth Drake
Submission Date March 6, 2020

STARS v2.2

Swarthmore College
IN-47: Innovation A

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Melissa Tier
Sustainability Program Manager
Office of Sustainability
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Roadmap to Zero

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:

Swarthmore is progressing meaningfully toward carbon neutrality by 2035. In August 2018, Swarthmore convened a working group, including representatives from Facilities, Sustainability, ITS, and Finance, to develop the Roadmap to Zero, building off of previous energy and infrastructure studies. Once a new central plant and geoexchange field are constructed, 100% of the campus cooling needs and 75% of campus heating needs will be supplied without onsite combustion of fossil fuels. After completion of building system upgrades, 100% of both cooling and heating needs will be met without onsite combustion. This conversion of heating and cooling, combined with renewable electricity procurement, will cut the Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions of Swarthmore’s campus by 98%.

Which of the following impact areas does the innovation most closely relate to? (select up to three):
Air & Climate

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 innovation is available :
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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