Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 69.95
Liaison John Alejandro
Submission Date March 11, 2014
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University of San Diego
PAE-5: Climate Action Plan

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Michael Catanzaro
Office of 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:

The campus works with the local utility (SDG&E) to set short and long-term goals and targets for energy efficiency and reducing GHG emissions. Currently, the university is in the midst of a 5-year $1,000,000 partnership with the goals of:
1) Reduce overall energy consumption (kWh)
2) Reduce campus demand (kW)
3) Reduce campus gas consumption (therms)
4) Increase use of renewable energy, both generated on-site and purchased, and
5) Educate campus audiences in identifying and adopting energy saving practices not only on campus, but also in their careers and homes.

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

Energy savings (and corresponding GHG reduction of)
900,000 kWh in both 2013 and 2014
50,000 Therms saved in both 2013 and 2014
Demand reduction of 500 kW in both 2013 and 2014

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:
Scope 2

The reduction level (percentage) institution has committed to:
Through energy savings commitments the university has pledged to lower their Scope 2 emissions by 6.5% by 2015.

The baseline year the institution used in its GHG emissions commitment:
Jan. 1, 2004

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

The target year the institution specified in its GHG emissions commitment :
Jan. 1, 2015

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

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