Friday, April 18, 2014

2014 Massachusetts Sustainable Campuses Conference

by Steve Muzzy

The 3rd Annual Massachusetts Sustainable Campuses Conference was held April 17, 2014 at UMass Lowell. Individuals representing all facets and sectors of the State came together to hear best practices for creating sustainable communities. Most of the presentations focused on how higher education institutions are leading these efforts. I attended "Campus Sustainability Plan Updates" and heard from Bentley University, Framingham State University and UMASS Lowell. All three institutions have signed the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) - a pledge made by the university President that commits the institution to eliminating its operational GHG emissions, supporting the educational, research, and community engagement efforts that support the goal, and contribute ongoing, annual public reports of progress. Bentley has set a climate neutrality date of 2030Framingham State is aiming for 2060, and UMASS Lowell has set a date of 2050. Framingham State and UMASS Lowell as State owned buildings, through Executive Order 484 are required to reduce GHG emissions by 25% by 2012, 40% by 2020 and 80% by 2050. The ACUPCC and EO 484 also recommend and require institutions to utilize green building certification. EO 484 requires institutions to build and renovate to a LEED Plus green building standard. All campuses in Massachusetts are well supported in these efforts as the State has implemented terrific programs to advance energy efficiency, increase renewable energy production, and support the development of sustainable communities

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