Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 61.40
Liaison Jennifer Bodine
Submission Date April 25, 2022

STARS v2.2

Weber State University
IN-40: Sustainability Projects Fund

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Jennifer Bodine
Sustainability Specialist
Facilities Management
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Name of the institution’s sustainability projects fund:
Green revolving loan fund

Which of the following best describes the primary source of funding for the sustainability projects fund?:
Department driven

Year the institution’s sustainability projects fund was established:

A brief description of the institution’s sustainability projects fund:

In 2010, Weber State University created a $5 million revolving loan fund to finance energy efficiency projects, water conservation projects, and renewable energy projects. Money is borrowed from this fund to finance projects and then the projects are paid off with utility savings plus 3% interest. To date, WSU has saved over $18.5 million in avoided utility costs due to projects implemented using this fund.

A brief description of the multi-stakeholder decision-making process used to determine which projects receive funding through the sustainability projects fund:

In 2012, WSU hired E/S3 Consultants Inc. to create a long-term plan detailing how the University would achieve its carbon neutrality goal. A group of faculty, staff, and students across campus were pulled together by E/S3 Consultants to help develop the plan. This plan identifies the projects that will be implemented over the years until WSU achieves its 2040 carbon neutral goal. The plan can be viewed here - https://www.weber.edu/sustainability/esip-plan.html

Specific projects are identified by the Capital Improvement Projects team which meets monthly to identify needed improvements and then annually to vote on which projects will get funded. This fund has financed multiple energy efficiency projects, solar projects, ground source projects, and the conversion of our buildings over to variable refrigerant flow (VRF) systems which are all-electric heat pump HVAC systems. A list of completed projects financed by the revolving loan fund can be found in our annual climate report located here - https://weber.edu/sustainability/reports.html

Website URL where information about the sustainability projects fund is available:
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