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Title: UF Sustainability In Energy Conservation & Climate Change Implementation Plan
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Title: UF Sustainability In Energy Conservation & Climate Change Implementation Plan
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Creator: Office of Sustainability, University of Florida
Publisher: Office of Sustainability, University of Florida
Place of Publication: Gainesville, Fla.
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UF Sustainability in Energy Conservation & Climate Change Implementation Plan


Vision
The University of Florida set a visionary goal of carbon neutrality by 2025.
Meeting this goal will require collaboration among campus units and the
development of widespread partnerships within the broader community.

In framing the vision for sustainability in Energy Conservation and Climate
Change, participants envisioned that monitoring energy use, keeping a GHG
inventory, and maximizing energy conservation across campus would be
incorporated into daily operational management goals. All UF units,
departments, auxiliaries, and Direct Support Organization's (DSOs] would
understand these goals, and would work to reduce energy use. Carbon
neutrality goals and plans would be incorporated into UF policies and the UF
Campus Master Plan for long-term management.

To the extent possible, we would integrate renewable, distributed energy
production into buildings so that they would produce the energy that they
used. We would purchase renewable energy to supplement these power
needs. Finally, UF would offset our remaining carbon footprint through local
efficiency and sequestration partnerships.

Our campus would operate as a living laboratory for sustainable energy
generation, integrating research and operations. UF faculty, staff, and
students would set an example for others on how to conserve energy and
reduce GHG emissions on campus and in their personal lives. To this end, we
would conduct a comprehensive conservation campaign, based on
community based social marketing principles, that considers and reaches all
of our stakeholders: students, faculty, staff, administration, alumni, parents,
and community members.

Desired OutcomeS
ACUPCC We would meet or exceed all commitment requirements for the
American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment.


Buildings and Utilities We would capture the maximum energy efficiencies
across campus in new construction, setbacks, retrofits for existing building
stocks, and utility infrastructure and service.

Carbon Offsets Our offsets would be met, to the greatest extent possible,
through efficiency, and through local sequestration partnerships. Offset
purchases would only be made if local/regional partnership opportunities
had been exhausted.

Comprehensive Inventory UF would have a thorough inventory that takes
into consideration our entire carbon footprint, including transportation,
research, campus operations, and IFAS Extension. This inventory would help
all campus citizens identify and therefore reduce their energy expenditures.

Project Funding We would work with business and government partners to
receive grants and other funding to help finance our efficiency goals. UF
would develop a revolving loan fund and other internal funding mechanisms
for efficiency retrofits and renewable energy innovations.

Reduction Goal Setting We would establish baselines for all areas in order
to set reduction goals. Our goals and strategies would be in alignment with
the Florida Governor's June 2007 Executive Orders and the most stringent
regulatory frameworks (federal, state or local) for carbon planning.

Renewable Energy We would encourage our energy provider to develop a
lower carbon portfolio, including renewable energy options and distributed
energy production on campus.

Research The Florida Institute for Sustainable Energy's Technology
Incubator would accelerate commercialization of energy technologies
throughout Florida by developing and demonstrating renewable energy
technologies on campus.





UF Sustainability in Energy Conservation & Climate Change Implementation Plan


Outcome Action People
ACUPCC 1. Meet commitment and deadlines established through ACUPCC Office of Sustainability
*Business Affairs


Buildings and Utilities 2. For building specific actions, reference & integrate UF Vision: Multiple
"Built Environment Implementation Plan"


Buildings and Utilities 3. Improve efficiencies of chilled water plants and steam production Physical Plant Division
Investigate improved utilization to offset electrical peak Business Affairs
charges Facilities, Planning & Construction
Explore expanding use of variable speed drives IFAS
Shands

Buildings and Utilities 4. Improve information management and sharing in utility sector Facilities, Planning & Construction
Physical Plant Division
Business Affairs
GRU
Progress Energy

Buildings and Utilities 5. Explore improvements to electricity distribution lines Physical Plant Division
Business Affairs
Facilities, Planning & Construction


Buildings and Utilities 6. Explore modifying the electricity rate structure Physical Plant Division
*Business Affairs


Action Plan
The table on the following pages lists the initial actions that can be taken over the next three years to
move toward the vision for sustainability in Energy Conservation and Climate Change at UF. The
intention of creating this list of actions is to provide a platform for working groups as they begin to
implement the vision. This list can be modified over time, and is meant to be a "living document."
Progress toward these actions will be evaluated annually and an updated action plan will be developed
in the spring of 2012.





UF Sustainability in Energy Conservation & Climate Change Implementation Plan



Outcome Action People
Carbon Offsets 7. Proactively seek out people interested in being trained as offset Office of Sustainability
verifiers and utilize independent third-party to verify UF offsets Carbon Neutral Working Group (CNWG)
Climate Change Response Institute
Climate Preparedness Institute (joint UF/FSU)
Florida Energy Systems Consortium (FESC)
Florida Institute for Sustainable Energy (FISE)
Neutral Gator
UF Carbon Resources Science Center (IFAS)
UF Climate Institute (SFRC In Development
Stages)

Carbon Offsets 8. Determine guiding principles for offsets: Office of Sustainability
*Focus on scientific defensibility and industry verifiability Climate Change Response Institute
Prioritize offsets according to geographic proximity and/or Climate Preparedness Institute (joint UF/FSU)
institutional relevance to UF Florida Energy Systems Consortium (FESC)
Florida Institute for Sustainable Energy (FISE)
Carbon Neutral Working Group (CNWG)
Neutral Gator
UF Carbon Resources Science Center (IFAS)
UF Climate Institute (SFRC In Development
Stages)

Comprehensive Inventory 9. Create an automated (where possible), transparent, internally Facilities, Planning & Construction
managed carbon inventory (starting from FY 2004/2005) tied to IFAS
the FPC STARS enterprise database using monthly data (where Office of Sustainability
possible) for the main campus (Site 0001) as a boundary Physical Plant Division
Shands
Transportation & Parking Services
Finance & Accounting
Housing
Purchasing
University Athletic Association
GRU
Progress Energy
RTS





UF Sustainability in Energy Conservation & Climate Change Implementation Plan



Outcome Action People
Comprehensive Inventory 10. Expand boundary to include UF sites, buildings, and assets outside Facilities, Planning & Construction
of the main campus (Site 0001) as knowledge, information, and Office of Sustainability
institutional resources permit IFAS Facilities Operations
Physical Plant Division
Shands
Transportation & Parking Services
Finance & Accounting
Housing
Purchasing
University Athletic Association
GRU
Progress Energy
RTS


Comprehensive Inventory 11. Refine air travel reporting to improve data capture and reduce Bridges
errors in calculating emissions associated with university Facilities, Planning & Construction
sponsored air travel Office of Sustainability


Comprehensive Inventory 12. Refine commuter travel reporting Transportation and Parking Services
Explore using web-forms to collect original/destination Facilities, Planning & Construction
locations and vehicle make/model/year Office of Sustainability
Integrate commuter decal data with electronic carbon
inventory in STARS


Project Funding 13. Develop case statements "shopping list" for donors interested in Office of Sustainability
sustainability related projects UF Foundation


Project Funding 14. Develop strategy to procure recurring funding for Carbon Action Business Affairs
Plan implementation Office of Sustainability

Reduction Goal Setting 15. Develop a Climate Action Plan (CAP) and organizational structure Office of Sustainability
to implement and periodically revise the CAP Facilities, Planning & Construction
Housing
IFAS
Physical Plant Division
Transportation & Parking Services





UF Sustainability in Energy Conservation & Climate Change Implementation Plan



Outcome Action People
Reduction Goal Setting 16. Calculate major GHG emissions reduction scenarios including: Physical Plant Division
Business-as-usual (BAU) Facilities, Planning & Construction
State of Florida baselines/goals Housing
IFAS
Federal baselines/goals
* Office of Sustainability
UF internal baselines/goals


Reduction Goal Setting 17. Develop interim GHG emissions reductions goals for period Office of Sustainability
between 2009 and 2025 Facilities, Planning & Construction
Housing
IFAS
Physical Plant Division

Reduction Goal Setting 18. Collaborate with the City of Gainesville and Alachua County on Office of Sustainability
shared reduction goals and actions City Commission/Staff
*County Commission/Staff

Reduction Goal Setting 19. Review deferred maintenance list and include criteria for Physical Plant Division
energy and GHG emissions reductions potential (where Facilities, Planning & Construction
possible) Housing
IFAS
Office of Sustainability
Shands


Reduction Goal Setting 20. Prioritize GHG emissions reduction goals in the following order: Office of Sustainability
Organizational Leadership Facilities, Planning & Construction
Conservation Housing
Efficiency IFAS
Lower carbon/renewable energy Physical Plant Division
Carbon offsets Transportation & Parking Services





UF Sustainability in Energy Conservation & Climate Change Implementation Plan


Outcome Action People
Reduction Goal Setting 21. Prioritize GHG emissions reduction action areas in the Office of Sustainability
following order: Facilities, Planning & Construction
Purchased electricity Finance & Accounting
Chilled water Housing
Steam IFAS
Commuting/Fleet Physical Plant Division
Air travel Transportation & Parking Services
Others/De minimus


Renewable Energy 22. Evaluate cost and efficacy of renewable energy production Business Affairs
options on the main campus and/or on other UF owned sites Office of Sustainability
Facilities, Planning & Construction
Florida Energy Systems Consortium (FESC)
Florida Institute for Sustainable Energy (FISE)

Renewable Energy 23. Evaluate cost and efficacy of purchasing renewable energy Business Affairs
certificates and/or utilizing utility providers) with a lower Office of Sustainability
carbon electricity fuel mix (dependent on current and future Facilities, Planning & Construction
contractual obligations) IFAS
*Physical Plant Division

Research 24. Match University Scholars with research faculty to do feasibility UF Honors Program
studies, etc. to accelerate new technologies Florida Energy Systems Consortium (FESC)
Florida Institute for Sustainable Energy (FISE)
Office of Sustainability

Research 25. Involve research groups on campus in research and decisions Office of Sustainability
involving carbon offsets, sequestration, renewable energy Carbon Neutral Working Group (CNWG)
certificates, etc. related to the Carbon Action Plan Climate Change Response Institute
Climate Preparedness Institute (joint UF/FSU)
Florida Energy Systems Consortium (FESC)
Florida Institute for Sustainable Energy (FISE)
UF Carbon Resources Science Center (IFAS)
UF Climate Institute (SFRC In Development
Stages)




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