Creating A Sustainable


Challenges and Opportunities to Integrate
Sustainability at the University of Maryland
Presented by:

Scott Lupin – Office of Sustainability
Dr. Matthias Ruth – Center for Integrative Environmental Research

American College and University
Presidents Climate Commitment

Launched in October 2006
Modeled after the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection
Sponsored by:

AASHE (Association for the Advancement for Sustainability in
Higher Education)
Second Nature

Purpose of ACUPCC  Puts Educational Institutions in the Forefront of Efforts to Address Climate Change  Commits Schools to Serve as Models of Sustainability     Operations Curriculum Research Commits Schools to become Carbon Neutral to Reduce Global Warming .

Committing UM to Climate Change  Regional Signatories Include:   9 MD Schools. President Mote signed Initiative .ACUPCC – What Do They Sign?  Signatories officially Agree to: Create a Strategic Plan to Eliminate and/or Offset Greenhouse Gas Emissions  Integrate Sustainability into Curriculum  May 2007. 12 VA Schools .

ACUPCC: Initial Requirements Within Two Months:  Create Institutional Structures to Develop and Implement a Plan Within One Year:  Complete Comprehensive Inventory of all Greenhouse Gas Emissions.  Update Inventory Every Other Year Thereafter .

.  Actions to Expand Research or other Efforts to Achieve Climate Neutrality.  Mechanisms to Track Progress on Goals and Actions.ACUPCC: The Climate Plan Within 2 years an Institutional Action Plan –  Identify Actions to make Campus Carbon Neutral  Include Target Date for Climate Neutrality  Set Interim Goals and Phase in of Actions  Actions to make Climate Neutrality and Sustainability a Part of the Curriculum and other Educational Experiences.

Initiate Two or more of the following “Tangible Actions”: LEED-Silver Policy for New Campus Construction  Policy Requiring Purchase of ENERGY STAR Certified Products  Policy of Offsetting all Greenhouse Gas Emissions generated by Air Travel  Encourage Use of and Provide Access to Public Transportation for all Faculty. Students and Visitors  .ACUPCC: Tangible Actions  During Development of the Plan. Staff.

Purchase/Produce at Least 15% of Institution’s Electricity Consumption from Renewable Sources  Policy or Committee that Supports Climate and Sustainability Shareholder Proposals at Companies where the Institution’s Endowment is Invested  Participate in Recyclemania’s Waste Minimization Component and Adopt Three or more Waste Reduction Measures   Make all Reports and Information Publicly Available .ACUPCC: Tangible Actions (cont’d) Within One Year.

ACUPCC Initiatives  UM Research Center (CIER) Conducting GHG Inventory  Establishing a Climate Action Plan Workgroup  Adopted USGBC LEEDSilver as Baseline Construction Standard  Working with Area Universities and the State to Purchase Renewable Energy  Preparing RFP for Energy Performance Contractor Audit .UM .

2008 – 4th Conference .Evolution of Sustainability at UM      2002 FMP Transportation and Environment Underpin the Plan Environmental Stewardship Committee Environmental Stewardship Guidelines Sponsored Three National Sustainability Conferences March 31-April 2.

umd.e du)  Released Sustainability Report on UM Initiatives  New Energy Manager. Environmental Planner and Recycling/Solid Waste Manager .sustainability.Evolution of Sustainability at UM (cont’d)  New Office of Sustainability  Campus-wide Sustainability Website (www.

Sustainability Initiatives at UM  Comprehensive Stormwater Study to Identify Improvement Projects  Comprehensive Tree Inventory and Assessment  New Efficient Irrigation Systems with Moisture Sensors Installed  Several Low Impact Development (Stormwater) Projects Completed .

Sustainability Initiatives at UM (cont’d)  Buses Using Biodiesel Fuel  Flexcar Program Introduced  Major Lighting Improvement Program Underway  CO2 Monitors being Installed to Operate Ventilation Systems .

Sustainability Initiatives at UM (cont’d)  Competed in“Recyclemania”  Composting Program in Dining Halls (10 tons per month)  Use of Native Plants for Landscaping  Green Seal Certified Cleaning Products in Residence Halls .

Sustainability-Related Research  Many Research Centers at UM are focused on Environmental Issues including:  Center for Integrative Environmental Research (CIER)  Center for Environmental Energy Engineering (CEEE)  Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center (ESSIC)  Joint Global Change Research Institute (JGCRI)  Center for Smart Growth  Solar Decathlon Team  Many others… .

Sustainability Educational Opportunities More than 100 Courses about Environmental Issues are Offered Each Year  Four New Academic Programs Opened within the Past Year  Environmental Science and Technology  Master of Engineering and Public Policy   Maryland Institute of .

UM Greenhouse Gas Inventory .

Research Team Center for Integrative Environmental Research (CIER) David Tilley. Graduate Research Assistant. Environmental Science & Technology. CIER  Kim Ross. Student Research Assistant. Marine Estuarine Environmental Sciences Graduate Program  Lucia Ness. CIER  Ramy Serour. Director. CIER Affiliate  Matthias Ruth. Executive Director. Associate Professor. Environmental Science & Policy Program Working in Close Collaboration with Facilities Management and the GHG Inventory Taskforce  .

Energy Manager. Director. Transportation Services Karen Breen. Assoc Director. H V A C Systems . Director. Director. Environmental Safety Joan Kowal. Business Services Maureen Kotlas.Greenhouse Gas Inventory Taskforce        David Allen. Office of Sustainability Harry Teabout. Director. Financial Services Scott Lupin. Assoc Director. Bldg & Landscape Services John Vucci.

Inventory Approach        Clean Air Cool Planet Calculator for Standardization and Comparability Learn from other University Experiences Direct Involvement of Key Stakeholders through GHG Inventory Taskforce Gather Data (Student Research Assistants) Analysis. Development of Recommendations and Report Report to be Posted Online Briefings to Key Leaders and Stakeholders .

purchased products)  . commuters.g.Scope Temporal Scope: 2002-2007 requested  Scope 1 – Direct GHG Emissions from Facilities Owned/Controlled by UMCP (e. waste disposal. air travel... vehicles. power plant.Purchased Electricity  Scope 3 . fugitive emissions)  Scope 2 .g.Indirect Emissions (e.

Faculty.Inventory Data Categories           Institutional Data: Budget. and Chilled Water On-Campus Cogeneration Plant On-Campus Stationary Sources Transportation: University Fleet. Staff Agriculture: Fertilizer Application. Purchased Steam. Composting. Animal Agriculture Solid Waste Refrigeration and Other Chemicals Offsets: ‘Green’ Electric Certificates. Summer School Students. Population. Other . Air Travel Commuter: Students. Forest Preservation. Physical Size Electricity.

Calendar Year  Reported for Years 2002 to 2007  Future Updates  Required every Two Years  Recommendations for Data Collection and Reporting Process Improvements . Own (e.g South Commons)  Definition of Boundary (UMCP: include buildings/space that we own and pay electricity for). Commuters  Design of Algorithm to Calculate Missing Data for Student Commuting  Data Consistency  Reported by Fiscal Year (July 1 .June 30) vs.  Transportation.Challenges Met  Boundaries – What to Count  Trends toward Privatized Buildings  Control vs.

APPA. SCUP. USGBC and Others  Involve the Campus  Establish a Steering Committee and Program Lead  Educate and Inform  Empower and Encourage Staff . NACUBO.Integrating Sustainability on Campus: Lessons LearnedMake Sustainability a  Campus Priority – Establish Broad Goals  Get Connected – AASHE.

etc. LEED. Renewable Energy. HazMat Reduction.Integrating Sustainability on Campus: Lessons Learned (cont’d) Implement Projects and Seek  Continuous Improvement Small Projects Add-Up (LID. U. Green Purchasing. – UN Chapel Hill (Stormwater).)  Ex. U. Harvard (Revolving  .)  Large Initiatives Provide Major Results (Strategic Plans.). etc. of Georgia (Environmental Literacy Req. of Florida (Solid Waste). Composting.

Integrating Sustainability on Campus: Lessons Learned (cont’d)  Use Campus/System Resources Build Collaboration Many Are Motivated by Sustainability  Provide Educational Opportunities (Internships. Graduate Assistantships. etc.) Measure Progress (Milestones and Metrics)  Share Your Success – . RESOURCES: Office of Sustainability at UM MD Energy Administration American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) US Green Building Council (USGBC) Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) .www.www.sustainability.umd.state.