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American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment
The ACUPCC Implementer Second Nature

Dear Implementation Liaisons,

2011 Awards Banquet menu sponsored by Sodexo

Welcome to our annual Corporate Sponsors newsletter issue, which highlights the partnerships between the ACUPCC and the private sector companies that support its mission. Corporate sponsors provide a substantial source of funding for the ACUPCC, along with signatory dues and foundation grants. Beyond their financial support of the commitment, corporate sponsors play important and helpful roles in advancing institutions’ sustainability agendas both operationally and academically. As the articles below demonstrate, the sponsors have extensive capabilities in energy efficiency and renewable energy, local and sustainable dining, and other sustainability initiatives. They had the opportunity to meet in person with signatory presidents during the Climate Leadership Summit in June to discuss how to deepen interactions and dialogue in order to advance campus missions and our common agenda. As we move forward, the Second Nature team in conjunction with the signatories and sponsors is working to strengthen the productive relationships that help schools fulfill the commitment, which will include adding case studies to the ACUPCC website of sponsor projects at signatory institutions. Please contact Andrea Putman, Director of Corporate Partnerships, with suggestions, comments, or questions. We also have three important program announcements this month: (1) We are pleased to announce the Second Nature Presidential Fellows program for 2012; (2) The ACUPCC Adaptation Committee is seeking examples of institutions that address adaptation in their operations, research, education, and/or community engagement activities – please click here to learn more and provide feedback; and (3) The Implementation Liaison Support Committee is seeking nominations for new members for the 2012 school year. Please contact Steve Muzzy, Senior Associate, if you are interested in serving in this role.
With regards,
Toni Nelson

Sodexo
Johnson Controls Inc. Organica Sustainable Water Seimens

Corporate Sponsors Issue

  1. Sodexo Helps Hobart and William Smith Colleges Go Climate Neutral
  2. Smart Technologies Mean Smart Campuses
  3. Organica Offers ACUPCC Signatories an Opportunity to Advance Their Commitment to Sustainability
  4. Siemens Conserv™ Program Environmentally Conscious and Capital Efficient

Sodexo Helps Hobart and William Smith Colleges Go Climate Neutral

By Rachel Sylvan, Director, Sustainability & CSR, Sodexo North America and Bianca Mazzarella, Consultant, Context America

On the shores of the pristine Seneca Lake in the heart of the Finger Lakes in northern New York, environmental sustainability is on everyone's mind. Enjoying nature and the outdoors are a part of life here, and residents want to keep it that way. So when Hobart and William Smith Colleges (HWS) in Geneva, New York, decided to expand their student population, administrators wanted to ensure that the campus grew sustainably. In September 2007, HWS signed the ACUPCC, which formalized the institution's obligation to cut carbon emissions, and in January 2010, HWS went a step further and published their Climate Action Plan, putting a 2025 deadline on campus climate neutrality. This is a tough target. Sodexo, a long-time provider of dining services and facilities management to HWS, is helping HWS achieve that goal. Since 2008, we have worked with HWS to reduce energy consumption by 10%, and GHG emissions by 6%, as the student population has grown. Campus-focused sustainability research and projects are integrated into the curriculum; for example, students work directly with Sodexo employees to learn about facilities management, and to collect energy management data, and they collaborate in producing project proposals for review by HWS administration. Read more...

Smart Technologies Mean Smart Campuses

By Jim Simpson, Director, Higher Education Energy Solutions, North America, Johnson Controls

Students often are taught that knowledge is power. Now campus school administrators are learning it for themselves. Smart building technologies tied together through control systems and monitored through simple dashboards are helping educational institutions make better decisions. The result? Saving money, increasing efficiency of operations, and improving campus comfort. Many multi-building campuses have control systems spitting out mounds of data. According to the Johnson Controls Energy Efficiency Indicator, a global survey of 4,000 building executives, more than eight in ten organizations measure and record data on a weekly or monthly basis. But everybody's busy. The research shows that although they have greater access to energy data, few take advantage of it: less than two in ten sites review and analyze that data at least weekly. With a dashboard approach, administrators can take real-time, quality data and cross-reference it to whatever metrics they choose so they can make sound decisions. And the dashboards aren't just for administrative and technical decision-makers. At the Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) and other schools, students get a chance to see how green their buildings are. Special kiosks display real-time information that compares energy use in buildings, shows how much electricity the campus purchases and produces, and indicates the amount of CO2 discharged into the air by the power plant. Read more...

Organica Offers ACUPCC Signatories an Opportunity to Advance Their Commitment to Sustainability

By Melissa McDonald, Business Development, Organica Water and Jonathan Lanciani, President & CEO, Organica Water

Signatories of the ACUPCC recognize that global warming is a real issue and have created substantial progress in the energy arena. Another crisis looms: the quality and quantity of water. Water and energy are interdependent and interrelated, and the vast majority of energy produced today relies on water. Extracting oil, natural gas and generating electricity are all water intensive processes. At the same time, treating and distributing water is energy intensive. In many cities, the distribution of water is the largest user of energy. In order to make a significant impact on lowering energy, we must look at how we use water. Since campuses are some of the largest consumers of water and energy within communities, we are eager to help with this mission. Organica is pledging to construct and operate several $1.5 million BlueHouse pilot projects, valued at $1.5 million, for ACUPCC institutions which will provide immediate cost savings on campus. These projects, which require no upfront capital, focus on issues surrounding water reclamation, reuse and energy problems associated with sustainable water management. The average college campus uses more than 80 million gallons of potable water per year for HVAC, irrigation, and sanitary needs, much of which can be supplemented by non-potable water sources. Read more...

Siemens Conserv™ Program Environmentally Conscious and Capital Efficient

By Joe Berkemeyer, Director, Financial Services, Siemens Industry Inc. and Steve Hoiberg, Global Market Manager, Higher Education, Siemens Industry Inc.

In the past decade colleges and universities have set high standards for environmental and sustainability goals; in many cases, numerous energy efficiency measures with quick paybacks have already been implemented. Institutions are now asking themselves how to accomplish the next round of energy efficiency measures, those that will allow them to achieve 100% of their sustainability/energy/green goals. This next level of improvements, often involving longer paybacks, puts additional pressure on already strained capital funding. The mandate remains "do more with less." As a result, administrators are challenged with allocating capital to conservation projects though the demand for capital resources continues to grow. Siemens Industry, Inc., has developed the Conserv™ program to enable private colleges and universities to realize the benefits of investing in sustainability and meeting their environmental goals while mitigating the impact the investments have on capital budgets. One key component relates to the customer's obligation to pay for the improvements; it's completely limited to the extent that cost reductions are achieved. Read more...

ACUPCC Gold Sponsors

Energy Systems Group

Honeywell

Lockheed Martin

Trane

Waste Management

Xerox

ACUPCC Silver Sponsors

American Meteorological Society

Book Drives Inc.

Carbon Nation

Chevron Energy

ConEdision Solutions

GreenerU

Mac Gray Campus Solutions

Mohawk Fine Papers

Patagonia Sur

Pepco Energy Services

Pro Flowers

Schneider Electric

Webster Industries

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