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Ohio University Energy Efficiency Sub-Group Implementation Packet February 2013

Sustainable Ohio University Leaders SOUL


Benchmarks: (Energy Efficiency Benchmarks noted in bold font.) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35

Reduce institutional greenhouse gas emissions Reduce campus and building energy intensity Increase renewable energy LEED certify new buildings and major renovations on all campuses Reduce solid waste Institute annual sustainability profile tracking and assessment process Increase recycling rates Improve sustainability literacy of students, faculty and staff Increase enrollment in sustainability-themed courses, majors, and programs Integrate sustainability goals and objectives into capital campaign Provide undergraduate students with a sustainability-focused major, degree program, or equivalent Evaluate LEED EBOM of existing facilities Prohibit the installation of permanent irrigation systems that rely on potable water Increase purchase of local food Improve identification and proper handling of hazardous waste Improve sustainability profile of student, staff, and faculty vehicles Institute storm water management plan Improve sustainability profile of campus fleet Increase use of green cleaning products Increase the percentage of paper products on campus that include post-consumer recycled content Assess endowment investment in sustainable corporations and entities and recommend strategies for increasing investment in these corporations and entities Implement recruitment strategies targeting sustainability-minded students, faculty, and staff Strengthen sustainability research activities Prohibit elective use of Styrofoam materials and containers Sub-meter campus facilities Practice Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Decrease use of Single Occupancy Vehicles (SOV) Increase purchase on non-food local goods and services and environmentally preferable goods Increase purchase of environmentally preferable computer products Provide information to diners regarding sustainability-attributes of food options Develop sustainability guidelines for concessionaires and franchisees Increase food donations to local service organizations Encourage residency in City of Athens for Athens campus employees Implement notification system for local service organizations regarding availability of surplus items Define and track sustainability research activities


Benchmark 29 Increase Purchase of environmentally preferable computer products. Target and date: 75% of all annual computer products purchased rated EPEAT Gold of better by FY12. Reporting Body: Technology Depot, Procurement

FY 12 Report: Progress Level: Insignificant Progress Narrative: This item was minimally addressed this Fiscal Year. It was determined that Apple products are purchased through the Tech Depot and the university has a Dell Contract through BobcatBUY. Next steps: Office of Sustainability will work with Tech Depot and Procurement to identify a list of EPEAT rated computers. Then, all parties will work together to begin tracking the purchase of such products through BobCatBUY and annual Tech Depot reports.

FY 13 Progress (as of February 27, 2013): None to report

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Benchmark 21 Assess endowment investment in sustainable corporations and entities and recommend strategies for increasing investment in these corporations and entities. Target and date: annual assessment beginning in the academic year following sustainability plan adoption. Reporting Body: OU Foundation, Investment Board

FY 12 Report: Progress Level: Minimal Progress Narrative: On February 29, 2012, President McDavis announced the formation of the Ad Hoc Committee on Socially Responsible Practices whose responsibilities will focus on “examin(ing) issues that arise related to the university's socially responsible management of its resources.”

Next steps: The committee will first examine the current campaign to become a “conflict free” campus. In an effort to properly address Item 21, we will rely on the outcomes developed by the Ad Hoc Committee on Socially Responsible Practices, as they will be great leaders in this conversation and can lay a strong foundation for us as we move forward.

FY 13 Progress (as of February 27, 2013): Sustainability representatives to speak with the OU Foundation representatives at the March Board meeting.

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Benchmark 3 Increase renewable energy generation and sourcing. Target and date: by 2020, 20% of energy generation and sourcing will be from renewable resources. Reporting Body: Facilities Management

FY 12 Report: Progress Level: Minimal Progress Narrative: At the commencement of Fiscal Year 2012, Ohio University managed 19.13 kW of installed PV capacity. At the close of FY12, OU boasted two new PV systems with a 93 kW combined capacity, thus increasing the institution’s solar generation by nearly 500%. It is anticipated that the energy generated by renewables at Ohio University will provide approximately 8% of institutional energy generation and sourcing in FY13. This increase in solar energy generation was made possible through funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). More information about NIH's ARRA grant funding opportunities can be found at http://grants.nih.gov/recovery/. To track the progress of HHS activities funded through the ARRA, visit www.hhs.gov/recovery. To track all federal funds provided through the ARRA, visit www.recovery.gov.

Next Steps: Office of Sustainability will maintain a positive working relationship with Facilities Management and serve in a support role in their acquisition of additional renewable energy options. This is especially important as the university transitions off coal as the power plant study addresses options for increasing renewable energy sources.

FY 13 Progress (as of February 27, 2013): Lausche Solar and Compost Expansion = 92.2 kWh increase in FY 13. http://www.ohio.edu/compass/stories/12-13/9/compost-solar-2012.cfm Action Items (with delegate and due date): Task

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Climate Action Plan: Reduce institutional greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) across all campuses. Target and date: By 2030 – 25% below 1990 levels By 2050 – 80% below 1990 levels By 2075 – carbon neutrality Reporting bodies: Culinary Services, Department of Parking and Transportation, Facilities Management, Procurement, Provost, Residential Housing, Office of Sustainability Progress: Minimal Progress Narrative: Data was gathered for FY2011 and corrections were made to previous data collected to determine an accurate baseline. Data is not yet complete for baseline, so reductions cannot yet be determined, though there were fewer greenhouse gas emissions reported in FY2011 than in FY2010. Facilities Management has entered into a pilot phase of replacing coal with natural gas in the Lausche Heating Plant to determine if significant greenhouse gas and cost reductions can be obtained. Results of this pilot phase will better inform future conversions of the Lausche Heating Plant. A feasibility study was conducted to determine the most economical and environmentally responsible avenues for replacing the existing heating plant. The current recommendation suggests transitioning to natural gas while leaving room for future advancements in renewable energy alternatives. A team of more than 70 students, faculty, staff and community members collaborated on the development of a Climate Action Plan, which will assist in the target reductions identified in this benchmark. Next steps: To complete the baseline, data must be determined for transportation sources of emissions for past years (gasoline and diesel fleet (1991-2004), university aircraft (1991-1999) and purchased air travel (1991-1998)). Next steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions have been identified in the Climate Action Plan, which will be adopted in FY13. Action Items (with delegate and due date): Task

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Benchmark 4 LEED certify new buildings and major renovations on all campuses. Target and Date: LEED Silver minimum certification for all building and renovation projects budgeted at or above $2 million, effective FY2011. Equivalent LEED-based approach for projects budgeted under $2 million, effective FY2012 Reporting Body: Facilities Management

FY 12 Report: Progress Level: Some Progress Narrative: Ohio University applied for its first LEED Silver certification in FY 12. The application was sub mitted for the newly renovated Walter International Education Center located at 15 Park Place on the Athens campus. As per the OU Sustainability Plan, the University has adopted a LEED silver design standard for significant renovation and construction projects. From the Ohio University Design and Construction Standards: “It is our goal to meet or exceed LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certification standards for both new construction and existing buildings.� More information regarding this standard is available at: http://www.facilities.ohiou.edu/ design_construction/documents/standards_4-12.pdf

Next steps: The university will continue to encourage LEED accreditation of OU Project Managers and build in certify cation costs of all major construction and renovation projects to all construction budgets. For more information about additional design standards, please refer to the Construction & Design section of the Climate Action Plan.

FY 13 Progress (as of February 27, 2013): ?????

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Benchmark 12 Evalute LEED EBOM of existing facilities Target and Date: Checklist evaluation of at least one existing facility over 15,000 gsf. By October 1, 2011 Reporting Body: Facilities Management

FY 12 Report: Progress Level: Significant Progress Narrative: A LEED-EBOM evaluation is currently underway for Cutler Hall. Results of this evalua tion will be made available online at www.ohio.edu/sustainability in FY13.

Next steps: The Office of Sustainability will determine prioritization for any follow-up procedures identif ied in the Cutler Hall evaluation and identify key stakeholders for such efforts. If resources are available, LEED-EBOM evaluations of other buildings will continue to occur and a university-wide Master Site list for LEED/LEED-EBOM registrations will be developed.

FY 13 Progress (as of February 27, 2013): ???

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Benchmark 19 Increase use of green cleaning products Target and Date: Exclusive use of certified products when available and competitively priced Reporting Body: Facilities Management

FY 12 Report: Progress Level: Some Progress Narrative: A draft of Ohio University’s green cleaning procedures was written and submitted for the LEED certification of 15 Park Place. The green cleaning products and materials listed in these procedures are already being purchased for use throughout the campus. Details of the procedures can be found online. Next step: Facilities Management will continually evaluate new green cleaning products. Office of Sustainability will work with procurement to formalize procurement process for green cleaning products purchased throughout the university, including branch campuses. FY 13 Progress (as of February 27, 2013): ???

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Benchmark 25 Sub-meter campus facilities

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Target and Date: 2014 – building level meters for electricity and water for 50% of facilities over 15,000gsf 2021 - building level meters for electricity and water for 100% of facilities over 15,000gsf Reporting Body: Facilities Management

FY 12 Report: Progress Level: Insignificant Progress Narrative: The OU energy dashboard includes readings of buildings that are sub-metered. Submetering will happen slowly, as funds allow. It is anticipated that new construction will be outfitted with sub-meters. In the meantime, Office of Sustainability will work with SOUL to identify potential opportunities for grant funds that could assist with sub-metering projects. Buildings are already metered for water. Next steps: Sub-metering is a prohibitively expensive process and obtaining grants to assist with the costs would catalyze achievement of the target. Along these lines, it may be useful to connect facilities with students or staff in the Office of Sustainability who could research and assist with grant writing. FY 13 Progress (as of February 27, 2013): ???

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Benchmark 2 Reduce campus and building energy intensity Target and date: Reduce building energy intensity 20% below 2004 levels by 2014 and 40% below 2004 levels by 2030. Avoid 24 Megawatt (MW) peak on the Athens campus. Lower peak to 23 MW by 2016. Reporting Body: Facilities Management, Office for Design and Construction & Residential Housing

FY 12 Report: Progress Level: Insignificant Progress Narrative: Energy intensity was 181,000 BTU/GSF in 2004. 2011 levels were 180,000 BTU/GSF or 0.55% lower than 2004 levels. We just barely avoided a 24 MW peak in FY11. Institutional peak was 23.1 MW. Next Steps: Office of Sustainability will continue to work with Energy Management and Facilities Management to provide support in accomplishing these goals through efforts such as energy conservation programming and outreach. FY 13 Progress (as of February 27, 2013): ???

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