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					      Sustainability Council

UA Climate Action Plan

                                              Mike Johnson
                                                   AVC for facilities

                                             Nick Brown        PhD
                               executive assistant for sustainability
                                 adjunct professor of geosciences
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Climate Action Plan Committee
    Steve Boss        professor of geosciences
    Nick Brown        executive asst. for sustainability
    James Davis III   graduate assistant (MS May 09)
    Billy Fleming     sustainability director, ASG
    Jon Johnson       director, Applied Sustainability Center
    Mike Johnson      associate vice chancellor for facilities
    Andrew Lenarz     vice president, ASG
    Darin Nutter      professor of mechanical engineering
    Gary Smith        director, parking and transit
    Scott Turley      director, utilities
    Leisha Vance      09 sustainability competition winner
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American College and University
Presidents Climate Commitment (Feb 07)
• Become a climate neutral institution as soon as
  it is practical

• Develop and maintain greenhouse gas
  emissions inventory

• Create and implement a climate action plan to
  achieve climate neutrality
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UA Greenhouse gas emissions
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Greenhouse gas emissions
   • 125,000 MT CO2e in 1990 (Kyoto baseline year)
   • 159,149 MT CO2e in 2002 (initial detailed GHG inventory)
   • 177,407 MT CO2e in 2007 (initial ACUPCC report)
 Business-as-usual emissions trajectory:
   • 200,000 MT CO2e yr-1 by 2011
   • 225,000 MT CO2e yr-1 by 2021
   • 260,000 MT CO2e yr-1 by 2040
     • 125,000 MT CO2e yr-1 (1990 level) by 2021
     • Carbon neutral by 2040
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Climate action plan
• Supports the mission of the university
  to be a nationally competitive, student
  centered university
• 25 projects include
    • campus life/management policy
    • technological fixes
    • behavioral changes
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Climate action plan goal

 To reduce emissions by 100,000 MT
 CO2e yr-1 below business-as-usual level,
 through implementation of 25 projects
 between now and 2021.
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Climate action plan

Every project has an opportunity cost.

 Recycling, composting, bicycling, solar
panels and other projects have
important, non-economic benefits.
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Climate action plan

Faculty, staff, students, corporate
 partners, UA administration, alumni,
 donors, foundations, and government
 programs should share fairly the
 costs and benefits of implementing
 the CAP.
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Climate action plan components
• campus life/campus management policies
• energy conservation and energy efficiency
• on-campus renewable energy production
• purchase of off-campus generated green
• renewable energy credits and other offsets
• sequestration in forests
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Climate action plan
   • Most of the funding required
   ($52 million of $55 million) has been
   or will soon be secured through
   ESPC contracts
   • Each proposed project has
   undergone a net present value
   analysis (see spreadsheets)
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Climate action plan
Project evaluation criteria
 • low initial cost
 • low annual cost
 • high NPV
 • constituent demand/acceptability/support
 • GHG emissions reduction
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Some projects are sensitive to annual
                            CNG costs and GHG values

     annual cost


     ($600)        ($400)   ($200)        $0     $200      $400   $600   $800   $1,000



                                               $/MT CO2e
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Other projects are sensitive to
awareness and social acceptance

  •   recycling
  •   bicycling
  •   composting
  •   building energy conservation
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Climate action short-term plan budget
(2010- 2014)

Project type    % of total   initial cost   $ /MT CO2e
campus policies  0.27%       $150,000       $2
conservation    98.13%       $53,688,000    $54
renewable energy 0.29%       $160,667       $9
sequestration    1.30%       $710,000       $57
offsets          0.54%       $297,172       $9
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Climate action plan timeline
• 2010 – 2014: short-term strategy (tactical)
  – conservation and efficiency projects, many which are
    already under way
     • ESPCs (98% of total plan for 2010 – 2021)
  – least cost/quickest payback projects
     • campus policies
  – projects with multiple benefits
     • Recycling, food waste to compost, bicycling
  – acquire experience with photovoltaics, wind
    energy, sequestration
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Climate action plan timeline
• 2015 – 2021: mid-term strategy (strategic)
  – sequestration project
     • improved forest management on AR coastal plain forests
  – invest in mid-scale photovoltaics, wind energy, and
    biomass energy systems
     • technologies will mature, be better suited to local resources
     • costs will drop compared to fuels that we currently depend on
  – purchase of wind energy from local/regional wind farms
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Climate action plan timeline
• 2021 – 2040: long-term strategy
  – Will require displacement of 125,000 MT CO2e yr-1
    beyond the reductions in short- and mid-term plan
  – Will get some relief from renewable energy supplied
    by SWEPCO
  – Will get relief from regulated carbon markets
  – Specific strategies for 2021 – 2040 to be detailed in a
    future revision of the Climate Action Plan
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Climate Action Plan
submission timeline

August 25        Sustainability Council meeting
August 27        campus input session
August 28        resubmit to excom
August 31        excom review
September 7      Labor Day

September 15     Submission to ACUPCC