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American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment
The ACUPCC Implementer

Dear Implementation Liaisons,

This issue highlights several important new resources that should prove useful as you move along the path toward climate neutrality: AASHE's new Campus Sustainability Discussion Forums and Second Nature's Campus Green Builder website. The forums are organized to help make finding information easier and include a Climate category specifically intended to advance Climate Action Planning on college and university campuses; users can subscribe to the topic areas they are interested in. As discussed below, the Campus Green Builder website is a one-stop shop for information on campus green building aimed particularly at under-resourced schools. In addition, last Friday NACUBO published Financing Sustainability on Campus, a comprehensive handbook presenting real world examples, creative strategies, and a wide variety of financial tools and programs. November 15 is the deadline to submit proposals for the 2010 NACUBO Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference to be held March 21-23, 2010, in College Park, MD. Congratulations are in order for the 10 signatory campuses selected for the NAELS Campus Climate Neutral pilot project who will be engaging students and professors to complete their Climate Action Plans under the guidance of expert NAELS staff. Finally, for a story of hope and possibility about effectively combating climate change, watch the Simulating Climate Hope video presented by Andrew Jones of the Sustainability Institute.

With regards,
Toni Nelson

Table of Contents

  1. Bookmark this Site! CampusGreenBuilder.org
  2. EPA Signs Mandatory Reporting of Greenhouse Gases Rule
  3. Transforming the Academy: Fostering a Climate Literate, Energy Aware, Science Savvy Society
  4. Are Your Energy Savings Real? Energy Modeling and Management at Rice University

Bookmark this Site! CampusGreenBuilder.org

by Amy Seif Hattan, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Second Nature and Gina Coplon-Newfield, Communications Director, Second Nature

This week, Second Nature launched a new free, interactive web site, the Campus Green Builder, to help universities and colleges build and renovate sustainably on their campuses. This large web portal is specifically focused on green building in the higher education sector, providing numerous links to green building-related web sites, directories of experts, and resources for training and funding opportunities. The site is relevant to all higher education institutions but is particularly geared towards community and technical colleges, minority-serving institutions, religiously-affiliated institutions, and other under-resourced colleges and universities. As a "portal" to the many excellent - but sometimes hard to find - resources spread throughout cyberspace, the web site is a one-stop shop for information on campus green building... Read more.

EPA Signs Mandatory Reporting of Greenhouse Gases Rule

by Brittany Zwicker, Second Nature Intern

On September 22, 2009, the United States Environmental Protection Agency's Administrator Lisa Jackson signed their Mandatory Reporting of Greenhouse Gases Rule. This is the final version of the proposed rule we alerted you to in the April issue of The ACUPCC Implementer (EPA Proposes National Reporting of GHG Emissions). The new rule will go into effect on January 1, 2010 and the first reports will be due on March 31, 2011, reflecting emissions from the 2010 calendar year. The rule will require reporting by all facilities that release annual emissions of 25,000 megatons CO2 equivalent. As of October 2009, the ACUPCC had collected 719 greenhouse gas emissions inventories from 448 higher education institutions. An analysis of the reports shows that approximately 60 of the 448 may have to report to the EPA. Bob Koester, Implementation Liaison at Ball State University, says he believes that being a signatory to the ACUPCC places his school in a very good position for reporting to the EPA... Read more.

Transforming the Academy: Fostering a Climate Literate, Energy Aware, Science Savvy Society

by Mark S. McCaffrey, Associate Scientist III, The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), Education & Outreach Group, University of Colorado at Boulder

In the past fifty years, as the population of the planet has more than doubled, emissions of carbon into the atmosphere have risen from about two to nine gigatons a year, with 12 gigatons a year projected by 2030. Given the overwhelming body of knowledge that confirms that these emissions will fundamentally change life on Earth, probably for the worse, it's fair to ask educators what they are doing to combat this issue. Anthropogenic climate change is a symptom of, among other things, an educational system that has been unable to foster holistic, whole-systems thinking. To minimize the impacts and adapt to the changes that are already occurring, we need nothing short of an educational revolution. Which is where the Essential Principles of Climate Literacy come in. Developed by educators, communication experts and climate scientists, and reviewed and endorsed by 13 federal agencies involved with the US Climate Change Science Program (now the US Global Change Research Program) the Essential Principles and related programs and resources can help backfill the enormous gaps we as a society have... Read more.

Are Your Energy Savings Real? Energy Modeling and Management at Rice University

by Richard Johnson, Director of Sustainability, Rice University

When are reductions in energy consumption verifiable savings? With the emergence of the ACUPCC and increasing focus on energy costs and supplies, colleges and universities across America are pursuing measures to reduce their energy consumption and their greenhouse gas emissions. As these schools attempt to measure their results and document savings, how do they really know when they are saving energy? Let's assume that a campus building is metered for all utilities, and that these utilities can be tracked on a weekly basis. And further, let's assume a two-week experiment, and that at the beginning of the second week space temperatures in the building are changed as part of a new campus building temperature policy to reflect what is considered to be a more efficient range. If the meter readings were lower in week two than week one, can a utility manager conclude that the energy conservation measure was a success? Given our experience at Rice University, we would argue that the answer is no... Read more.


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greenerApplications GHG Inventory Software
One year offer to "pay what you can" for first 20 signatories.

Request for Annual Report Stories
Have a story you'd like to share? Contact Toni Nelson.


Clean Air-Cool Planet Climate Action Planning Webinar
November 19, 2009

National Wildlife Federation: Preparing for a Green Workforce
November 19, 2009


Financing Sustainability on Campus

Campus Sustainability Discussion Forums

Climate Neutral Campus Report

Critical Path Issues on the Way to Carbon Neutrality

Climate Action Planning Wiki

ACUPCC 2008 Annual Report

ACUPCC Reporting System

Implementation Guide (PDF)


November 11-13, 2009
Phoenix, AZ

Native Peoples Native Homelands Climate Change Workshop II
November 18-21, 2009
Prior Lake, MN

Leading and Learning for Sustainability
November 18-20, 2009
Washington, DC


Membership in AASHE provides excellent value for signatories of the ACUPCC, offering access to a rich array of online resources and numerous opportunities for networking, information sharing, collaboration, and professional development. Join now!

Advancing Green Building in Higher Education
AASHE membership discounts available for the first 100 under-resourced schools that sign up

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The ACUPCC Implementer
Issue 14, November 3, 2009