Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 61.73
Liaison Sean MacInnes
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2014
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University of North Carolina, Greensboro
PAE-5: Climate Action Plan

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Chad Carwein
Sustainability Education and Outreach Specialist
Sustainability Office
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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:

The primary long-term goal is to achieve climate neutrality by 2050. This will be achieved by implementing short- and long-term tactics. Long-term solutions included in the UNCG CAP include replacing the steam plant with a Combined Heat and Power facility and installation of more renewables, along with the projected emissions decreases from our electricaity provider (Duke Energy).

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

By 2025, short- to medium-term strategies are projected to diminish UNCG's GHG emissions by almost 40%. Strategies include:

Adopt new construction energy efficiency guidelines (energy use intensity) which exceed the NC State Mandate (SB 668); maximize space planning and management; enhance energy conservation in existing buildings through renovations and retrocommissioning; promote behavior change Initiatives to encourage conservation habits; and install steam distribution, steam plant, and chiller plant improvements.

Install diesel vehicle anti-idling retrofits; increase carpoolers to 10% of commuters; expand telecommute/flex work opportunities; purchase offsets for air travel; and increase education & marketing of TDM programs.

Divert landscape waste to the city compost; expand education & marketing of recycling and reuse programs; and bring more consistency to bin location and identity 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:
Scopes 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, 2012

The baseline emissions level institution used in its GHG emissions commitment:
85346.1 mtCO2e

The target year the institution specified in its GHG emissions commitment :
Dec. 31, 2050

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

UNCG signed the ACUPCC on October 26, 2011. A climate action plan team was formed in early 2012. The team was comprised of more than 50 UNCG students, staff and faculty who were divided into six (6) working groups around specific focus areas. The focus areas include University Administration, Infrastructure Energy Use, Transportation, Materials Management, Water, and Academics and Outreach. The final draft of the climate action plan was presented to UNCG Chancelor Linda Brady and her executive staff on July 31, 2013 whereupon it was adopted.

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