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American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment
The ACUPCC Implementer

Dear Implementation Liaisons,


President Bill Clinton presented a keynote address at the 2009 ACUPCC Climate Leadership Summit

The 2009 Annual Leadership Summit was a great success, providing information and inspiration to more than 250 attendees. Details about the event are available on the new and improved ACUPCC website, launched just prior to the Summit, including links to speaker profiles, media coverage, audio interview podcasts, and more. We had the opportunity to hear dynamic, thought-provoking speakers such as former U.S. President Bill Clinton, Arizona State University President Michael Crow, and U.S. Undersecretary of Education Martha Kanter. More than 30 people participated in the pre-conference workshop "Exploring Green Buildings on Chicago Campuses," which included a panel discussion with Suzanne Malec-McKenna, Commissioner for the City of Chicago Department of the Environment, along with local college and university representatives. Perhaps the greatest value of the event was the opportunity for schools to network with and support one another in their bold goals towards climate action and climate neutrality. This was very much at the forefront of attendees' thoughts, as the first Climate Action Plans for signatories are due on September 15. A number of schools have chosen to request extensions for this report, but we're still expecting a large number of plans to be submitted by the deadline. We will be publicizing this important milestone to the national press; by September 8, please send me information about promotional events you are planning that we may include in our national publicity.

With regards,
Toni Nelson

Table of Contents

  1. Clinton Climate Initiative and ACUPCC Partner on Energy Efficiency Building Retrofit Program
  2. Creation Care in Higher Education
  3. Choosing the Right Renewable Technology for Your Campus
  4. Villanova University: A Curricular Commitment to Sustainability

Clinton Climate Initiative and ACUPCC Partner on Energy Efficiency Building Retrofit Program

by Arah Schuur, Director, Energy Efficient Building Retrofit Program, Clinton Climate Initiative

The Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) and the ACUPCC have partnered to support signatories in reducing the energy use of campus buildings by executing large-scale building retrofit projects. CCI and ACUPCC have created and published an energy services performance contract (EPC) toolkit for higher education that helps signatories understand and prepare for large-scale building retrofit projects. For schools that have made the decision to take action and have internal capacity to support a project, CCI can provide pro bono support in planning, designing and implementing an energy efficient building retrofit project. Several signatory schools have already begun to implement projects under this partnership. Lee College, a public community college in Baytown, Texas, is currently working with CCI on upgrading its entire 35 building campus using a best practices EPC method. When completed at the beginning of 2010, this project will reduce the college's annual energy costs by 32% and will reduce CO2 emissions by 4,434 tons per year... Read more.

Creation Care in Higher Education

by Matthew Sleeth, MD, Executive Director, Blessed Earth

It was only a few years ago when my wife, Nancy, and I embarked on a life-altering call to help lead the Christian creation care movement and bring our lifestyle in line with our values, cutting our fossil fuel use by two-thirds and electricity use by nine-tenths. Little did we know that the work ahead would also lead us to dozens of college campuses and hundreds of church and faith communities. When we began our journey, I wrote a book called Serve God, Save the Planet: A Christian Call to Action (Chelsea Green/Zondervan). Drawing from my background in medicine, the book gained much more interest than we would ever have dreamed. We then formed a nonprofit, Blessed Earth, which offers practical resources for those hoping to downscale their lifestyles and be more active in stewarding the earth. One campus that we collaborated with is Houghton College, a faith-based liberal arts institution in upstate New York which invited me to be their first visiting scholar in creation care for the 2008-2009 academic year... Read more.

Choosing the Right Renewable Technology for Your Campus

by Ron Blagus, Energy Market Director, Honeywell Building Solutions

In today's era of energy uncertainty, "green" is becoming the school color of many colleges and universities. Forward-thinking schools, such as the 650 signatory members of the ACUPCC, have made public resolutions to neutralize greenhouse gas emissions on campus, including potentially purchasing or producing at least 15 percent of their electricity from renewable resources. However, finding the right green technology to cut emissions and help ease economic strains can be extremely difficult, especially when it comes to renewable energy. The Honeywell Renewable Energy Scorecard, a first-of-its-kind selection tool that helps pinpoint the technology with the most significant environmental and economic drivers, looks at six proven renewable technologies, such as wind, solar, biomass and geothermal. And it provides a simple payback for each, giving organizations a financial forecast derived from calculating tax implications, rebates, subsidies and other incentives. The Scorecard confirmed that solar was a good fit for Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, which recently partnered with Honeywell on a power purchase agreement that is expected to save the school at least $200,000 in energy costs over the next 20 years... Read more.

Villanova University: A Curricular Commitment to Sustainability

by Bethanie Anderson, Senior Communications Associate,
Member, Presidents' Climate Commitment Core Team, Villanova University

Villanova launched an innovative Year of Sustainability in 2008-09 that involved the entire campus community--students, faculty, staff, and alumni alike. Through curricular development, along with research and service initiatives, the year highlighted our crucial and shared responsibility to care for the environment. The year was led by an interdisciplinary executive committee of faculty members in collaboration with the Presidents' Climate Commitment Core Team, and culminated in the International SustainAbility Conference featuring Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. "Our intention was that the year would help to bring a new era of environmental responsibility to our campus," said Dr. Francis Galgano of the Year of Sustainability Executive Committee. "Our hope was to strengthen the foundation of the Villanova Commitment to Sustainability for generations to come." Read more.

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Honeywell Scorecard

Events

Greening of the Campus VIII: Embracing Change
September 20-23, 2009
Indianapolis, IN
IL Networking Meeting
September 22, 2009

Bioneers Conference Pre-Conference Workshop: Education for Action in the Age of Climate Change
October 15, 2009
San Rafael, CA
Signatory Discount

Resources

Climate Neutral Campus Report

Critical Path Issues on the Way to Carbon Neutrality

Extension Requests

Leading Profound Change: A Resource for Presidents and Chancellors (PDF)

Climate Action Planning Wiki

ACUPCC 2008 Annual Report

ACUPCC Reporting System

Implementation Guide (PDF)

Climate Action Plans

Academic Guidance Document for ACUPCC Institutions

Energy Financing Toolkit

Webinars

Clean Air-Cool Planet Webinar Series
September-November, 2009

Higher Education and the Stimulus Package Webinar
August 25, 2009
(Slides)

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Issue 12, September 3, 2009