Campus Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects
USA – Muncie, Indiana; Urbana-Champaign, Illinois; Ashland, Oregon; Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Verified Carbon Standard
A class from Southern Oregon University on a sustainability and energy tour, which includes the LEED Certified Residence Halls that are part of the ca...
The Campus Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects (CCEEP) support colleges and universities across the USA in developing and marketing carbon offsets as a way to accelerate their progress towards campus carbon neutrality. Proceeds from carbon credit sales are invested into sustainability projects on campus, allowing institutions to achieve greater emissions reductions and pushing communities to develop clean, efficient energy systems. To be eligible to sell their carbon reductions, all campuses must deliver greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction performance, either campus wide through energy based emissions, or for individual LEED®-certified1 buildings which ranked in the top 15% of their peers nationally. Credits are certified through the Verified Carbon Standard under the VCS Campus Clean Energy Efficiency methodology. This campaign is open to all US universities and colleges.
Between 2014 and 2015, 11 US college and university campuses participated in the Campus Clean Energy Campaign which provided funding to purchase and retire verified carbon reductions resulting from renewable energy and energy efficiency projects implemented at the participating campuses. Due to the success of the initial campaign, many participating campuses desired to continue verifying and marketing emissions reductions, which led to the development of a second program – the Carbon Credit and Purchasing Program (C2P2), carried forward by Second Nature, a Boston-based non-profit working to proactively build a sustainable and positive global future through leadership networks in higher education – in collaboration with the Climate Neutral Business Network. bp Target Neutral has entered into an agreement to purchase carbon credits from the second program.
Ground source heat storage pump room at Ball State University – part of the US Campus Clean Energy Project
Three universities are being supported by bpTN this year: Ball State University, Indiana, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Campus and University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. Together, the three campuses currently participating have reduced emissions by over 650,000 tCO2e emissions since joining the project programme. This is achieved by each campus employing a number of different energy efficiency measures and technologies:
In 2006, Ball State University (BSU) became a founding signatory to the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC, now known as the Carbon Commitment), with the aim of achieving carbon-neutrality by 2030. With 21,000 students and more than 100 campus buildings providing educational, residential and facility services, the university decided to create the nation’s largest ground-source, closed-loop district geothermal energy system. The project replaced the university’s coal-fired boilers and chilled water equipment and achieved a seven-fold increase in efficiency. BSU has eliminated annual emissions of 85,000 tons of carbon dioxide, 240 tons of nitrogen oxide, 200 tons of particulate matter, 80 tons of carbon monoxide, and 1,400 tons of sulfur dioxide. The net change has cut the university’s overall carbon footprint nearly in half. BSU has sold its initial verified carbon emission reductions and bp Target Neutral has agreed to purchase further voluntary credits from the university. The installation of the geothermal project has set the primary frame of reference for BSU’s ongoing Climate Action Plan which targets reductions in carbon from three strategic categories: information transparency, energy conservation, and electrical energy sourcing.
University of Illinois – Lights Out campaign
Left: Ball State University is one of eleven US campuses in the US Campus Clean Energy project that is using carbon financing to help the participatin...