OSU Sustainability Update by fjt11572


									OSU Sustainability Update

       February 2010
    About the Sustainability Office
•   Created in November 2005
•   2 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees
•   One student worker
•   Primary support organization for general
    sustainability efforts on campus
             What We Do
• Represent OSU administration on
  sustainability issues
• Facilitate and manage projects
• Network on- and off-campus entities
• Support student, academic, research and
  outreach efforts
          National Recognition
• Sustainable Endowments Institute top
  25 for 2008, 2009 and 2010
• Kaplan College Guide top 25 for
• Placed first in 2006 RecycleMania,
  4th in 2005
• Designated an EPA “Best Workplace
  for Commuters"
• Received EPA Green Power
  Leadership Award in 2008
      Green Power Recognition
• OSU 4th largest purchaser
• EPA Green Power Leadership
  Club member
• Green Power PAC-10
  Conference Champion in 2008
  and 2009
• Corvallis is top Green Power
  Community in the nation
    Dixon Elliptical Generators
• 22 elliptical exercise machines are tied to
  the electrical grid
• Each machine can generate 100-400 watts
  peak, depending on the user
• Funding from students and the
  Energy Trust of Oregon
• Could generate enough to power
  a standard home
 Student Sustainability Initiative
A student fee funded initiative whose mission is:
Creating a sustainable community at OSU
  through opportunity, education, and action.
      New Student Initiatives
• Revolving loan fund
  – Fund conservation & efficiency projects.
    Associated savings will replenish the fund.
    Available to auxiliaries like UHDS.
• Course lists
• Bike Co-op
• Permaculture club and worksite at SSC
  EPA Best Workplaces for Commuters
Recognizes employers for efforts to provide
 alternatives to the single occupancy vehicle.
1. Prepaid rides on Corvallis Transit System, Linn-Benton Loop,
   Philomath Connection and Albany Transit System
2. Free campus shuttle
3. Compressed work schedules
4. Access to emergency rides home
5. Preferential and free parking for vanpools
6. A physical development plan promoting dense growth, not sprawl
7. Secure bicycle parking and showers
8. Car-sharing coming March 1
Green Building
            OSU Energy Center
• Replaces heat plant built in 1920 that houses 50-70 year old
• Co-generating, or combined heat and power (CHP),
  technology greatly increases efficiencies by utilizing waste
  heat from the electrical generation process
• 5.5MW gas turbine and heat recovery steam generator
• Total plant capacity: 250,000 pounds of steam/hour
• The systems will be configured for future use of renewable
  fuels, such as biodiesel and methane
EC will reduce:
• greenhouse gas
  emissions from
  purchased electricity
• by about 30% the
  fossil fuel needed to
  produce OSU’s
• water consumption
  by up to 70%
  compared to
  conventional power
          Sustainability Audits
•   Began in January 2007
•   Student worker performs audits
•   Annual electrical savings for audits to date, if
    recommended changes were implemented by
    occupants: ~$115,000 or $0.10/sf avg.
•   Potential savings of 4,735,000 lbs. CO2
                   Table 1: Adams Hall Recommended Conservation Measures
                                                                                                               Return on
             Conservation Measure                     Annual Energy        Annual $          Implementation   Investment
                                                         Savings           Savings                Cost          (years)
Replace all incandescent lights with CFLs.                                                    Avg. $5/bulb
                                                         4,472 kWh          $223.59                              1.06
Estimated impact is 42 lamps                                                                   $210 total
Replace T12 fixtures with T8 fixtures                    4894 kWh           $257.76            $1,650.00         6.4
Install occupancy sensor to reduce lighting hours.
                                                          197 kWh             $9.84              $45.00          4.6
Estimated impact is 2 fixtures in kitchen.
Outdoor lighting off during daytime hours                1,752 kWh           $87.60              $0.00        Immediate
Enable standby modes on computers that typically
run during working hours; estimated impact is 20         1,425 kWh           $71.25              $0.00        Immediate
Turn off or standby computers at night that
                                                         6,510 kWh          $325.50              $0.00        Immediate
typically run 24/7; estimated impact is 10
Turn off all printers at night that typically run
24/7; estimated impact is 12 printers/copiers.           2,923 kWh          $146.15              $0.00        Immediate
Enable standby modes.
Unplug (or surge protector switch-off) all small                                             Avg. $3/power
office equipment at night, and turn off unused            438 kWh            $21.90               strip        1.4 years
equipment during the day; estimated 25W total                                                  $30 total
Remove oldest refrigerator from kitchen                  1,775 kWh           $88.75              $0.00        Immediate
     Total savings if implemented                       24,386 kWh         $1,232.34           $1,935.00         1.57

     By implementing the changes listed above 38,976 lbs of CO21, 251 lbs of SO22 and
           131 lbs of NOx2 will not be emitted into the environment each year.
                               1- PacifiCorp; 2 - Phil Carver, Oregon Department of Energy
        Savings Beyond Energy
Audits include:
• Recommendations for reducing purchased inputs
  like paper
  – Printing and Mailing resources include measurement of potential
    savings, total cost of equipment ownership, etc. More info.
• General recycling recommendations and Campus
  Recycling contact info
• Recommendations for saving water
Presidents Climate Commitment
  Take interim steps by Nov.15, 2007 to
  reduce GHG emissions
  Greenhouse gas inventory within one
  year, biennially thereafter
  Within two years, plan and timeline to
  become climate neutral
 Presidents Climate Commitment
OSU target date chosen based on state goals, OUS initiatives,
  campus community feedback, and other institutions’ goals:

• By 2010, arrest the growth of greenhouse gas emissions and begin to
  reduce emissions.
• By 2012, achieve net greenhouse gas emissions at least 10 percent
  below 1990 levels.
• By 2020, achieve net greenhouse gas emissions at least 75 percent
  below 1990 levels.
• By 2025, achieve net climate neutrality.
                           FY08 OSU Comprehensive Inventory

         Air Travel
                                                                    Purchased Electricity



Solid Waste
                                                              Stationary Sources
                      Agriculture                                   29.5%
                        2.0%        Fleet, Maintenance and
                                       Personal Vehicle
Reser Parking lot Bioswale
      Oak Creek Remediation
Review of past studies and reports and
new action-based recommendations
•   Over a dozen volunteer events, more to come
•   Multiple student groups involved
•   Dam removed summer 2007
•   Stakeholders want to see action, not more
  Consultation with Departments
We provide assistance to units:
• Wishing to reduce environmental impact from
  their operation (CFL exchange, requests for occ.
  sensors, other solutions)
• Hoping to incorporate sustainability into their
  strategic planning, curriculum, etc.
• Needing to get their message out: share stories and
  case studies with other OSU units and to the
      Building Energy Challenge
• February energy reduction competition between
  buildings of similar type
        Agricultural Life Sciences (ALS)
        Bexell Hall
        Milam Hall
        Moreland Hall
        Wilkinson Hall
        Women's Building

• Prizes like money for building upgrades, social
  events. After two weeks, $550 saved. $200k
  Sustainability Website


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