Timeline of Actions

Timeline of Actions

2007: Signed American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment

  • LEED Silver or higher for new buildings

  • Energy-efficient appliance purchasing policy

  • Encourage use of public transportation, including with monetary incentives

  • Begin purchasing or produce at least 15 percent of electricity consumption from renewable sources

2010: Climate Action Plan

  • Set carbon neutrality date of 2050

  • Reduce emissions 20% compared to 2008 by 2020; 50% by 2035

2012+: Master Plan

  • Eliminated six inefficient chillers, tied into new chiller plant

  • Eliminated Mid Quad chillers, tied into second new chiller plant that will also serve Roberts Pavilion

  • Retrofitted interior and exterior fluorescent and halogen lights to LED

  • Eliminated use of dining trays and began offering reusable, to-go containers

  • Installed food decomposers

  • Converted campus irrigation system to central programming tied to weather station

  • Installed sub-metering monitors in 18 highest energy-use buildings with remote monitoring

  • Converted more than five acres of turf to drought-tolerant landscaping/xeriscaping

  • Constructed bioswales,landscape elements designed to remove silt and pollution from surface runoff water

  • Converted to low-flow shower heads and toilets

  • Added hydration stations

  • Began donating all unwanted items at the end of the year to the Institution Recycling Network