|Submission Date||Oct. 30, 2014|
IN-2: Innovation 2
Director of Sustainability
Title or keywords related to the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
The Unity College administration and Trustees committed in February 2014 to the campus infrastructure being carbon-neutral by 2020 through on-campus changes in energy sources and use. Early implementation of this plan includes two new net zero carbon residence halls with a third under construction in the fall of 2014 in addition to Unity House which is the only LEED platinum President's home in the US. The full plan has been developed, including modeling carbon emissions, energy reductions, and costs savings to pay for the plan.
A brief description of any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation (if not reported above):
Becoming carbon neutral is readily quantifiable and will be the measurable outcome for this innovation.
A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise:
Which of the following STARS subcategories does the innovation most closely relate to? (Select all that apply up to a maximum of five):
|Yes or No|
|Air & Climate||Yes|
|Coordination, Planning & Governance||Yes|
|Diversity & Affordability||No|
|Health, Wellbeing & Work||No|
Other topic(s) that the innovation relates to that are not listed above:
The website URL where information about the innovation is available:
Unity College requested that AASHE Staff correct a mistake in this reporting field for the reason specified below.Previous Value: http://www.unity.edu/strategic-plan
Explanation: updated URL
Unity College was the first college in the US to divest its endowment from fossil fuels. Our focus now is on divesting our campus infrastructure from fossil fuels. We have a net-zero energy President’s home, a certified passively heated 10 student residence hall that costs $200 to heat and will be net-zero energy by the fall of 2014, a new net-zero carbon 70 student residence hall, a solar photo-voltaic power purchase agreement on our library that supplies 80% of its electricity, and five biomass boilers that eliminate reliance on fossil fuels in three buildings. These initiatives are part of a strategic plan approved by the trustees to become carbon neutral by 2020.
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