Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.56
Liaison Peter Stiling
Submission Date Jan. 28, 2011
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University of South Florida
PAE-5: Climate Plan

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Christian Wells
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:

As a 2008 signatory of the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, the University of South Florida maintains a comprehensive Climate Action Plan and associated Greenhouse Gas Inventory, both adopted by the university’s administration in 2010, (http://acupcc.aashe.org/site_media/uploads/cap/607-cap.pdf. “By the year 2050, the University of South Florida will emit 80 percent less carbon dioxide than it did in 2007-2008 (our GHG baseline fiscal year). Beyond 2050, and with the aid of offsets (representing purchased RECs [renewable energy certificates], carbon offsets [CRTs, or carbon reduction tons], and increased carbon sequestration through the expansion of a long-term Greenway project on campus), USF will be ‘climate neutral’ by 2070.

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

On the way to meeting this goal, USF has three critical benchmarks: 10% reduction by 2015, 20% reduction by 2025, and 50% reduction by 2040. To reach our goal and benchmarks along the way, USF will emphasize certain strategies to reduce carbon dioxide emissions over time. These strategies are aligned with specific scopes of greenhouse gas emissions to better leverage and focus institutional strengths and to set periodic (five-year) priorities for resource allocations. Between 2010 and 2015, for example, to mitigate Scope 1 emissions we will concentrate on strategies that promote and enhance efficiency for energy produced and used on-campus. We will also address, though with proportionally less emphasis, increasing fleet fuel efficiency (such as through the use of biodiesel and solar cells to improve MPG or MPkWh) and additional xeriscaping (to reduce water use and to mitigate the use of fertilizers). Through 2015, we expect most of our reductions in emissions to come from energy/carbon efficiency. Afterward, we plan to increase emphasis on fuel efficiency, particularly as new technologies are developed and become more cost effective. Similar scenarios are outlined to deal with Scope 2 and Scope 3 emissions. The specific strategies we will use are outlined in sections 5-9 of the Climate Action Plan and are organized around the broad themes of the designed and built environments, transportation, energy, and consumption (which include purchasing, waste management, food service, and recycling).”

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