Title: University of Florida climate action plan (CAP)
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Climate Action Plan (CAP) vl.0
(September 2009)



Climate Action Plan (CAP) v1.0

Table of Contents

Executive Summary........................................... ..

Introduction: Context and Considerations......................

Structure of the CAP........................................

Review/Revision Cycles .....................................

A Prioritized Approach...................................... ..

Hierarchy of Actions (Temporal Prioritization of Outcomes).

Hierarchy of Actions (Categorical Prioritization of Source

Boundary, Baseline, & UF Demographics........................

ACUPCC Boundary for UF GHGE Inventory vl.2 (Site 0001).....

Total UF Owned Infrastructure (Including Site 0001)........

ACUPCC Baseline: FY 2004/2005 ..............................

UF Purchased Power Considerations.............................

CAP Goals & Targets ..........................................

State and Federal Targets...................................

University of Florida Targets...............................

UF GHG Emissions Overview.....................................

UF GHGE Inventory Distribution (FY 2004/2005 Baseline).....

UF GHGE Inventory Status....................................

UF Climate Action Plan Reduction Wedge Scenarios...........

Actions & Mitigation Strategies...............................

UF Climate and Energy Successes to Date ......................

Organizational Leadership...................................

Efficiency / Infrastructure............................... ..

Conservation / Behavior.....................................

Transportation. ............................................

Fuel Switching............................................ ..

Renewables (Production & Purchasing) .......................

Carbon Offsets (Local First...Distant Last) ..................

Non-Energy Related GHG Emissions............................

The Triple Play Mission: Sustainability in Teaching, Research

Teaching, Learning, & the Sustainable Student Experience...

Sustainability Related Student Representation & Equality...

Sustainability Related Campus Organizations & Chapters.....

Research................................................. ...

Community Outreach and Other Efforts .......................

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Financing Strategies......................................................
State University System (SUS) of Florida Fixed Capital Outlay Funding
Sources ................................ ..................................
Financial Measures to Track and Report Efficacy of CAP...................
Tracking Progress. ................................ .........................
UF STARS: Home of the GHGE Inventory......................................
Consolidating & Collaborating: UF Enterprise Building Management Systems
(E BM S ) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Acknowledgements................................... ........................
Primary Contributors and Administrators..................................
Other Contributors & Data Providers......................................
Appendix A: UF CAP vl.0 Actions Under Evaluation & Estimated Impacts.....
Appendix B: UF Commitments & Compliance to the ACUPCC......................
Appendix C: Federal and State of Florida Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction
Goals and Targets Used for UF CAP Planning Meetings........................
State of Florida ................................. .......................
Appendix D: Purchased Power Generation Resource Mixes......................
Endnotes. ..................................................................

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Executive Summary

For the last decade the University of Florida (UF) has been expanding its
commitment to addressing energy and climate challenges. As far back as 2001,
UF realized the potential benefits of high performance buildings by adopting
the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and
Environmental Design (LEED) Certified standards for all major new
construction and renovation projects. Through three iterations, this
strengthened commitment now requires buildings to achieve LEED-Gold

In 2004, UF completed its first look into the energy and climate related
opportunities and constraints on campus the Carbon Neutral Assessment
Project, also known as the UF Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHGE) Inventory v1.0.
This effort helped pave the way for UF President, Dr. Bernie Machen, to
become the first signatory to the American College and University Presidents
Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) in 2006. That commitment led to the September
15, 2008 submission of the UF GHGE Inventory vl.1 for calendar year 2006, an
externally assisted evaluation and learning process. The UF GHGE Inventory
v1.2 for the five fiscal years FY 2004/2005 through FY 2008/2009 is a
refinement of vl.l, established through an internally managed evaluation and
institutional change process, and developed as a foundation for the UF
Climate Action Plan (CAP) v1.0.

In the summer of 2009, key institutional stakeholders committed UF to a first
phase goal of reducing main campus (Site 0001) GHGE to at least 3% below 2005
levels by 2012. This goal is in line with the June 26, 2009 version of the
federal American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES Act), passed by the
House of Representatives and currently awaiting a vote in the Senate. Though
future versions of the UF CAP will re-evaluate goals beyond phase one, UF is
currently targeting the remaining interim milestones of the ACES Act (17%
below 2005 levels by 2020, 42% below 2005 levels by 2030, and 83% below 2005
levels by 2050).

During implementation of the UF CAP v1.0 (FY 2009/2010 through FY 2011/2012),
UF will focus on the following:

1. Foster organizational leadership and create a foundation for long-term
institutional culture change in climate change mitigation and natural
resource management.
2. Initiate, implement, and monitor the efficacy of key infrastructure energy
efficiency strategies identified in the ongoing Energy Summits and
outlined in the Office of Sustainability Vision and Implementation Plans.
3. Continue and expand GHGE reduction campaigns via the Office of
Sustainability Green Team Network and other outreach efforts with a focus
on the conservation of electricity and water, the reduction of vehicle
miles traveled, and utilizing the three R's (reduce 4 reuse 4 recycle) of
materials and waste.
4. Evaluate, finance, and install a minimum of 100 kW of on-site renewable
energy generating capacity within the main campus and/or its local

The UF CAP will be reviewed for progress annually and revised/updated every
three years based on experiences and lessons learned throughout
implementation of each progressive phase. UF additionally commits to

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investing in, and developing capacity to, transparently share GHGE
inventories and climate actions with faculty, staff, students, alumni, and
our local community.

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Introduction: Context and Considerations

Crafoord Prize winning and preeminent University of Florida ecologist, Howard
T. Odum2 is credited with saying, the "human is the biosphere's programmatic
and pragmatic information processor for maximum performance." Furthermore,
Dr. Odum's theories place information as the highest quality form of energy.
As anthropogenic climate change is predominantly an energy challenge, one
might argue that at its highest form it is fundamentally an information

In the spirit of Dr. Odum, the UF CAP vl.0 focuses on addressing
organizational leadership and information management the realm with the
most potential to affect the long-term institutional change necessary to make
all other GHGE reduction actions possible. As UF gets a better handle on
information management, both in the flows of energy and GHGE and in the
generation of institutional wisdom (i.e., knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, and
courses of action), the minor and major revisions of the CAP will become more
refined in their analysis of actions, impacts, and next steps.

The UF CAP is not a holistic plan to address sustainability across the
University of Florida. These wide-ranging interconnected issues are
addressed in the broader Vision for a Sustainable UF3 document and the larger
mission of the UF Office of Sustainability. Additionally, the UF CAP does
not provide a review of the science behind climate change, the rationale for
mitigating its anticipated effects, nor the details surrounding the fluid
regulatory environment at local, state, and/or federal levels. This
material, extensively covered elsewhere, is considered beyond the scope of
this document. With these caveats in mind, the structure and update cycles
for the cap are summarized below.

Structure of the CAP
The UF CAP vl.0 includes the following:
* Overview of GHGE Inventory V1.2 boundaries and baselines
* Overview of purchased power considerations and impacts on UF GHGE
* Explanation of CAP vl.0 goals and targets
* Details and visualization of the five most recent UF GHGE inventories and
opportunities for moving forward
* Explanation of CAP integration with Vision for a Sustainable UF
Implementation Plan through actions and mitigation strategies
* Summary of notable recent energy and climate achievements to date
hierarchically and chronologically organized
* Summary of notable recent sustainability achievements in teaching,
research, and outreach to date and opportunities to expand sustainability
education and outreach
* Overview of the financing strategies under evaluation for CAP
* Overview of the tracking methods evolving toward improved information
management and decision-making
* Relevant appendices

Review/Revision Cycles

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* Align and integrate the UF CAP with the Vision for Sustainable UF
Implementation Plan
o Focus CAP on boundaries, baselines, goals, targets, financing, and
performance tracking
o Focus Vision for Sustainable UF Implementation Plan on visions,
outcomes, and actions
o Review progress and performance annually
o Revise with a new version every 3 years
Flexibly update with sub-versions as frequently as needed
* Align and integrate the UF CAP with the UF Campus Master Plan (CMP) as
feasible and logical
o Review and revise alignment of CAP and CMP as per the existing, state-
mandated UF Campus Master Plan process

A Prioritized Approach

In a fashion similar to the many excellent academic institutions taking a
leadership role within the ACUPCC, UF will take a prioritized approach to
addressing the complex challenges contributing to climate change. This
approach consists of two overlapping hierarchies as bulleted below. One
priorities the desired actions chronologically by outcome and the other
priorities the desired actions categorically by key GHGE source types where
UF has the most institutional power to affect change. We believe Tavey
Capps, our colleague at Duke University, said it best in stressing an
approach to "reduce, renew, then offset...in ways that are local, tangible, and

Hierarchy of Actions (Temporal Prioritization of Outcomes)
1. Organizational Leadership
2. Conservation / Behavior
3. Efficiency / Infrastructure
4. Low Carbon Energy
4.1. Fuel Switching
4.1.1. UF Owned (First) 4 Purchased Power (Last)
4.2. Renewable Energy
4.2.1. On-Site (First) Off-Site (Last)
4.2.2. UF Owned (First) Purchased Power (Last)
5. Carbon Offsets
5.1. Local (First) Distant (Last)

Hierarchy of Actions (Categorical Prioritization of Source Types)
1. Buildings
1.1. Electricity General
1.2. Electricity Chilled Water
1.3. Hot Water
1.4. Steam
1.5. Natural Gas
1.6. Electricity Water/Wastewater
2. Transportation
2.1. UF Vehicle Fleet
2.2. Commuter

SQuote excerpted from Tavey Capps's presentation entitled, "Building Sustainability
in the Southeast: Duke University Climate Action Plan" at the June 27-30, 2009 NACUBO
Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts.

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2.3. UF Sponsored Air Travel
2.4. UAA Air Fleet
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Boundary, Baseline, & UF Demographics

As the State of Florida's main land grant institution, UF owns and leases
sites, facilities, and other assets distributed throughout the state in all
67 counties. Accurately and exhaustively inventorying all owned assets for
an institution of this size is not feasible under past and present
institutional information management abilities.

Like most institutions, the vast majority of our major assets and operations
reside at one main campus. In UF's case, this campus is located in the City
of Gainesville within Alachua County, Florida. Though this single site
houses approximately 48% of all owned buildings, it accounts for over 87% of
the total owned gross square footage statewide (see synopsis below).

As a result of the spatial proximity and concentrated density of the
buildings on this site and the significance of the commuter component
associated with the site's tens of thousands of faculty, staff, and students,
UF has chosen its main campus (Site 0001) as the boundary for this version of
the GHGE Inventory.

In the future, UF will aim to improve and expand its enterprise information
management systems to include energy, water, and climate data for assets
beyond Site 0001. It is hoped this will include a comprehensive look at both
sources and sinks in the UF GHGE Inventory ledger, especially in the context
of UF's extensive conservation land holdings and land management practices
across Florida.

ACUPCC Boundary for UF GHGE Inventory vl.2 (Site 0001)
* Sites: One Total
o 0001 UF Main Campus
* Acres:
o As of FY 2004/2005 (Baseline): 1,902 acres
o As of FY 2008/2009: 1,902 acres
* Buildings:
o As of FY 2004/2005 (Baseline): 898 buildings at 17,436,606 gross square
o As of FY 2008/2009: 919 buildings at 20,019,096 gross square feet
* Associated Faculty, Staff, & Students
o As of FY 2004/2005 (Baseline): 12,126 total employees and 48,765
o As of FY 2008/2009: 12,439 total employees and 52,112 students
* Average Climate Impact:
o As of FY 2004/2005 (Baseline): 21.1 MtCO2e per 1,000 gross square foot
o As of FY 2008/2009: 17.5 MtCO2e per 1,000 gross square foot

Total UF Owned Infrastructure (Including Site 0001)
* Sites: 44 Total
* Buildings:
o As of FY 2004/2005: 1,948 buildings at 20,189,201 gross square feet
o As of FY 2008/2009: 1,934 buildings at 22,988,555 gross square feet
* Associated Faculty, Staff, & Students
o As of FY 2004/2005: 26,308 total employees and 48,765 students
o As of FY 2008/2009: 27,364 total employees and 52,112 students

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ACUPCC Baseline: FY 2004/2005

Changes to the Florida State Education Code in 2001 and 2002 led UF to launch
Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software that went live in July 2004,
replacing legacy systems with a new web-based, integrated system that
provides real time information designed to improve UF business processes."
As a result of this major institutional transition, data from FY 2003/2004
and prior is more difficult to access and data from FY 2004/2005 to present
is more accurate. In light of the ERP data management transition, and the
contextual and logistical advantages of the main campus, UF has chosen FY
2004/2005 as the GHGE Inventory data collection baseline and the 2004 details
for Site 0001 as the GHGE Inventory boundary.

Campus development is guided by the UF Campus Master Plan (CMP). The 2005-
2015 CMP projected an annual population growth rate of approximately 1% per
year for students and employees through 2015. Between FY 2004/2005 through
FY 2008/2009, statewide employment growth has averaged approximately 1%, in
line with CMP projections. Total headcount enrollment during the same five
year period has also averaged approximately 1%, though changes in reporting
methodology may suggest up to 1.4% annual enrollment growth.

The net new completed building gross square feet (GSF) for the 2005-2015 CMP
are 1,082,107 GSF. Of this campus total, 812,044 GSF (or 75% of net new GSF)
are dedicated to research space. With the highest energy intensity (btu/sf)
of any building category, the growth in research space has a significant
impact on the UF carbon footprint. The 2010-2020 CMP update is currently
underway with document drafting in Fall 2009 and final CMP adoption in 2010.

UF Purchased Power Considerations

Like most ACUPCC signatories, the UF carbon footprint is primarily a product
of the energy consumed by its buildings, vehicles (commuters and fleet), and
airplanes (sponsored travel and fleet) and the natural resource mix used to
generate the power for these end uses. The University of Florida main campus
is served primarily by Progress Energy Florida through the former Florida
Power Corporation power control area (PCA). Additional utility services,
including the provision of electricity, natural gas, and water, and the
disposal of wastewater bio-solids and mixed solid waste (MSW), are provided
by Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU) on the main campus and throughout
much of Alachua County, Florida.

Progress Energy Florida has filed with the Public Service Commission to
substantially expand its Crystal River nuclear facility, and has negotiated a
power purchase agreement with Biomass Investment Group for a 130MW biomass
plant. Collectively, through fuel switching, efficiency improvements, and
other measures, by 2018 Progress Energy Florida projects a nearly 40%
decrease in the GHGE intensity of the generation capacity serving its Florida
retail customers.

11 Further information about this transition can be found via the UF Bridges
http://bit.ly/wJUCn and the State Library and Archives of Florida http://bit.ly/Ikv9b.

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GRU has been a Florida municipal utility leader in energy efficiency programs
since the late 1970s and offers an extensive series of rebates and incentives
for heating and air conditioning efficiency improvements, added insulation,
solar photovoltaic (PV), fuel switching to natural gas for heating, drying,
and cooking, and other programs. Currently, GRU is in the planning stages
for a 100-megawatt (MW) biomass-fueled power plant to be built in conjunction
with a private company and located on GRU property in Gainesville, Florida.
Additionally, GRU recently signed a contract to expand its landfill gas
purchases and became the first utility in the United States to implement a
European-style solar PV feed-in-tariff (FIT). Within weeks, the GRU FIT
reached its 4 MW annual capacity for applications for the first two years of
the program, instantly launching GRU into position as a solar industry leader
among Florida utilities. By 2013, these initiatives and other GRU strategic
programs are projected to help the City of Gainesville reach the Kyoto
Protocol targets of reducing GHGE to seven percent below 1990 levels by 2012,
only one year after these ambitious targets.

UF's carbon footprint, both today and into the future, will be significantly
impacted by the choices made at these purchased power providers. We
encourage their continued innovation and look forward to assisting them in
their efforts. A comparison of these two utilities' power generation
resource mix can be found in Appendix D.

CAP Goals & Targets

In the summer of 2009, key institutional stakeholders reviewed the details,
background, and progress-to-date on developing the UF GHGE Inventory v1.2
boundary and baseline. Multiple benchmarks offered guidance including those
of peer institutions, the American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES Act),
and the State of Florida targets as shown below and further explained in
Appendix C.

State and Federal Targets

Executive Order 07-126
ACESA (Federal)
Milestones ACEA ( ) (State of Florida)
Target Baseline Goal Year Target Baseline Goal Year
Interim #1 03% below 2005 by 2012 10% below 2007 by 2012
Interim #2 17% below 2005 by 2020 25% below 2007 by 2017
Interim #3 42% below 2005 by 2030 40% below 2007 by 2025
Interim #4 83% below 2005 by 2050 N/A N/A N/A

Ultimately, these key institutional stakeholders committed UF to a first
phase goal of reducing main campus (Site 0001) GHGE to at least 3% below 2005
levels by 2012. This goal is in line with the June 26, 2009 version of the
American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES Act), passed by the House of
Representatives and currently awaiting a vote in the Senate. This federal
target was identified as a suitable benchmark because of its national
applicability, its shared baseline year with the UF GHGE Inventory v1.2, and
its ability to foster organizational leadership toward a realistic near-term
goal that will allow UF to successfully build on lessons learned in the hopes
of achieving increasingly more aggressive goals going forward. Though future
versions of the UF CAP will re-evaluate goals beyond phase one, UF is
currently targeting the remaining interim milestones of the ACES Act.

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University of Florida Targets

Milestones Reduction Target Baseline Goal Year
UF Milestone #1 03% below FY 2004/2005 by 2012
UF Milestone #2 17% below FY 2004/2005 by 2020
UF Milestone #3 42% below FY 2004/2005 by 2030
UF Milestone #4 83% below FY 2004/2005 by 2050
UF Carbon Neutrality Neutral by 2025

UF GHG Emissions Overview

The UF GHGE Inventory vl.2 consists of 9 major emissions categories in three
scopes and numerous sub-categories as detailed in the inventory status
section. As of the release of this document in September 2009, UF is still
compiling the complete GHGE Inventory vl.2 for FY 2004/2005 through FY
2008/2009. Our ACUPCC GHGE inventory report page will be updated upon
completion of these more detailed inventories as they are different than the
currently posted CY 2006 UF GHGE Inventory vl.1.

As revealed in a preliminary analysis of the CY 2006 inventory, buildings and
transportation account for over 95% of the main campus carbon footprint.
These major categories are included in the inventory distribution chart below
and have been collected and quantified for the purpose of guiding the
development of the UF CAP vl.0. De minimis sources (shown as TBD in the
inventory status section) are not included in these graphics or in the UF CAP
vl.0, but will soon be incorporated into the GHGE Inventory vl.2 and future
versions of the UF CAP.

UF GHGE Inventory Distribution (FY 2004/2005 Baseline)

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UF GHGE Inventory Status

Category FY FY FY FY FY
Scope 2004/2005 2005/2006 2006/2007 2007/2008 2008/2009
Sub-Category (MtCO2e) (MtCO2e) (MtCO2e) (MtCO2e) (MtCO2e)

1 Stationary Combustion
Diesel (Emergency Generators) TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
Natural Gas 9,495 9,663 17,781 23,558 11,459
1 Fugitive Emissions
Refrigerants TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
1 Mobile Combustion
UAA Air Fleet 700 725 798 649 619
UF Vehicle Fleet 3,148 3,361 3,333 3,200 2,878
2 Purchased Electricity
Electricity (for Chilled Water 70,177 68,954 67,449 77,274 73,693
Electricity (for General Use) 183,722 167,938 157,028 178,126 155,563
Electricity (for Wastewater Treatment) TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
2 Purchased Steam
UF CHP Plant (Owned & Operated by PE
UF CHP plant ownedd perat36,427 30,273 30,019 31,027 34,221
3 Commuting
Faculty, Staff, & Student Parking 31,112 31,727 30,604 33,054 32,444
RTS Buses 6,268 6,295 6,552 6,687 6,581
3 Directly Financed Travel
UF Sponsored Air Travel 18,743 23,356 25,557 26,080 25,217
3 Water
Domestic Water Use 563 581 594 459 429
Reclaimed Water Use TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
Wastewater Treatment Biosolids TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
3 Solid Waste
Non-Hazardous MSW (Landfilled) 7,899 7,232 7,603 7,784 7,208
Biomedical Waste (Incinerated) TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD

Total Emissions (MtCO2e)
Total Building Space (GSF)
Total Research Space (GSF)
MtCO2e per 1,000 gross square feet






17,436,606 17,453,367 18,261,701 19,258,215 20,019,096
1,170,455 1,255,415 1,272,379 1,293,814 1,307,684
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UF Climate Action Plan Reduction Wedqe Scenarios

UF Climate Mitigation Wedges

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Occupancy Sensors
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Lighting Retrofits

400,000 Thermal Storage

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Actions & Mitigation Strategies

During the UF CAP v1.0 (FY 2009/2010 through FY 2011/2012), UF will broadly
focus on the following:

1. Foster organizational leadership and create a foundation for long-term
institutional culture change in energy, water, and climate change
mitigation and resource management.
a. Treat energy flows and GHGE like dollars and track them with the
same due diligence and transparency.
i. Assess data concerns & direct relevant units to improve data
collection at the original source.
ii. Expand the use of advanced metering infrastructure and
enterprise building management systems.
iii. Create a plan to continuously improve energy consumption and
GHGE data granularity from coarse, campus-wide detail to fine,
building-scale and/or time interval detail.
b. Integrate the CAP with the Vision for a Sustainable UF
Implementation Plan.
c. Coordinate the CAP with the Campus Master Plan.
d. Refine and expand the use of methodologies and metrics to evaluate
efficacy of energy efficiency and GHGE reduction strategies.
2. Initiate, implement, and monitor the efficacy of key infrastructure energy
efficiency strategies identified in the ongoing Energy Summits and
outlined in the Office of Sustainability Vision and Implementation Plans.
3. Continue and expand GHGE reduction campaigns via the Office of
Sustainability Green Team Network and other outreach efforts with a focus
on the conservation of electricity and water, the reduction of vehicle
miles traveled, and utilizing the three R's (reduce -4 reuse -4 recycle) of
materials and waste.
4. Evaluate, finance, and install a minimum of 100 kW of on-site renewable
energy generating capacity within the main campus and/or its local

For a complete look at the more detailed set of climate actions, please
download the Vision for a Sustainable UF Implementation Plan4 currently being
finalized for Fall 2009 publication. These actions are categorized and
tracked according to 14 major sustainability guiding principles The
existing Vision for a Sustainable UF6 document offers additional context and
support for the Implementation Plan.

UF Climate and Energy Successes to Date

Organizational Leadership
* 2004: UF completes the Carbon Neutral Assessment Project, the University's
first look into the energy and climate related opportunities and
constraints on campus.
* 2006: University President, J. Bernard Machen, becomes the first to sign
the President's Climate Commitment during the leadership phase. University
First Lady, Chris Machen, is a key supporter and a major ally in these
* 2006: UF creates the Joint Standing UF Sustainability Committee.

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* 2006: UF officially forms the Office of Sustainability, housed within the
Office of the Vice President of Business Affairs and hires its first
* 2006: UF becomes an institutional member of AASHE.
* 2006: UF Office of Sustainability facilitates diverse interdepartmental
workshop series to develop a collaborative Vision for a Sustainable UF.
* 2008: UF faculty and students participate in Focus the Nation.
* 2008: UF Office of Sustainability facilitates follow-up workshop series to
create an Implementation Plan for outcomes and actions to achieve the
Vision. This plan houses actions for the Climate Action Plan with progress
to be reviewed annually and the plan to be revised every three years.
* 2008-2009: The VP of Business Affairs hosts a series of "Energy Summits"
to bring operational leaders together for a frank brainstorming session on
ways the university can become more energy efficient. Major stakeholders
o Academic Technology (AT)
o Computing and Networking Services (CNS)
o Environmental Health and Safety (EHS)
o Facilities Planning and Construction Department (FPC)
o Health Science Center (HSC)
o Housing
o Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) & Florida
Cooperative Extension Service
o Office of Sustainability (OoS)
o Office of the Vice President for Business Affairs
o Physical Plant Department (PPD)
o University Athletic Association (UAA)
* Ongoing: The VP of Business Affairs and the President meet regularly to
review potential creative strategies for investing ongoing funding for
maximum payback, including discussions of large-scale renewable energy
* Ongoing: The Joint Standing Sustainability Committee supports task forces
and working groups that work on complex sustainability issues:
o Energy and Climate Change Task Force
Carbon Neutrality Working Group
Sustainable Transportation Working Group

Efficiency / Infrastructure
* 2003: UF implements the Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Policy7 to
foster purchasing strategies to reduce energy consumption and
environmental footprint of purchased goods and services.
o 2007: UF upgrades to a more broadly encompassing Sustainable Purchasing
Directive expanding on past successes.
* Adoption of USGBC LEED criteria for all major new construction and
renovation projects:
o 2001: minimum USGBC LEED Certification
o 2006: minimum USGBC LEED Silver Certification
o 2009: minimum USGBC LEED Gold Certification
* 2007: UF Facilities, Planning, and Construction Department undertakes the
USGBC LEED-EB Portfolio Pilot, becoming one of 12 entities selected to
pursue this program.
* USGBC LEED building certification status on campus (as of August 2009):
o Platinum: 1
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o Certified: 9
o Registered: 20
* 2008: UF installs its first green roof on the Charles R. Perry
Construction Yard building.

Conservation / Behavior
* 2006: Students initiate an annual Spring Battle of the Halls energy
conservation competition.
o 2007: Battle of the Halls competition results in a 24% overall average
o 2008: Participating residence halls reduce their collective energy use
by 14,500 kWhs (9 MtCO2e)
* 2008: The Green Team Network9 is established in 2008 to involve members of
the campus community, at all levels, in achieving a more sustainable
* 2009: Office of Sustainability student interns launch the "Sustainability
Hut," a mobile interactive educational pavilion staffed by student interns
and volunteers and frequently used both on campus and for major off-campus
events to promote improved knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors about the
sustainable use of resources.

* 1998: The Regional Transit Systeml0 (RTS) begins partial funding by student
transportation fees and provides a pre-paid unlimited-use universal bus
pass for UF students, faculty, and staff with their GatorOne ID card.
o Since 1998, the UF transportation fee has contributed increasing
funding to RTS, spurring additional services such as:
Gator Aider a football shuttle service that connects gameday
fans to distributed parking garages to reduce traffic on campus.
Later Gator & Good Night Gator Stops a service for after hours
routes along prime nightlife corridors.
Gator Locator a real-time Web-based GPS bus tracking system to
improve transit planning for bus riders.
o 2008: Annual ridership on RTS bus system approaches nine million,
rising from less than one million in 1998 prior to UF's partnership
with the City of Gainesville to create the universal bus pass for the
UF community.
* 2006: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency names UF one of the best
workplaces for commuters among colleges and universities a national list
of innovative college and university employers committed to improving air
quality, saving energy, and reducing traffic congestion while improving
quality of life for employees.
* 2006: UF commits to purchasing high fuel efficiency hybrid and/or
alternative fuel vehicles4 whenever possible.
* 2008: UF hosts first annual alternative transportation fair showcasing the
multi-modal and energy efficient transportation options available in
Gainesville and emerging in the marketplace with linkages to campus clubs,
local organizations, the UF Zipcar program, the One Less Car Challenge ,
the Gainesville Regional Transit System's Gator Locator Web-based GPS
tracking system and more.
* 2008: The Student Government Senate votes to negotiate with RTS to run all
buses that serve campus routes on a B20 biodiesel mixture.

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* 2008: UF Office of Sustainability holds the first annual One Less Car
Challenge catalyzing 1,798 participants in a two month long campaign to
reduce vehicle miles traveled (VMT) by switching to one or more
alternative modes of transportation resulting in an estimated 223 MtCO2e
avoided (as reported in participants' online travelogues).
* Ongoing: UF incentivizes alternative modes of transportation7 through
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discounted carpool decals an online rideshare matching service a
Campus Cab20 (taxi) service, and a Zipcar21 shared vehicle program with 8
fleet vehicles stationed on campus.
* Ongoing: UF Student Government offers free bicycle repair outside the
Reitz Union from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on weekdays.

Fuel Switching
* 2006: UF begins stocking biodiesel for use in fleet vehicles in December
o 2007: 7,594 gallons of biodiesel used.
o 2008: 11,564 gallons of biodiesel used.
* 2006: UF begins stocking E85 ethanol for use in vehicle fleets.
o 2006: 5,673 gallons of E85 ethanol used.
o 2007: 19,246 gallons of biodiesel used.
o 2008: 34,863 gallons of biodiesel used.

Renewables (Production & Purchasing)
* 2006: The Student Renewable Energy Coalition runs a $.50/credit hour
Renewable Energy Fee ballot referendum that passes with 78% of students
voting in favor.
o 2008: Bill left in committee in the Florida Legislature after it gets
through the Board of Trustees. Students begin planning to bring the
proposal to the floor in the next session.
* Ongoing: UF conducts extensive research on liquid fuels from renewable
resources including cellulosic ethanol and biodiesel integrating the
research into applied case studies on campus whenever possible.

Carbon Offsets (Local First...Distant Last)
* 2006: UF begins CFL distribution campaign as an experimental locally-
focused carbon offset project.
* 2007: UF begins exploring carbon offset opportunities for major athletic
events as a high-profile way to raise awareness and reduce the campus
carbon footprint.
o 2007: UF offsets the home football game against intrastate rival
Florida State University.
o 2008: UF partners with Neutral Gator22 to support carbon offset
projects within the local community.
o 2008: UF offsets seven home games to host the first carbon neutral
college football season.
o 2009: University Athletic Association commits to being a carbon
neutral athletic program.

Non-Energy Related GHG Emissions
* 2005: UF President Bernie Machen commits to a Zero-Waste campus by 2015.
* 2006: UF initiates Tail-Gator volunteer-based waste recycling program for
football home game days.
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o 2008 Season: Tail-Gator Green Team collects nearly 26,000 lbs of

The Triple Play Mission: Sustainability in Teaching, Research, &

As a top-tier research and land grant university, UF is uniquely positioned
to combine its research capacity and teaching prowess with its outreach and
extension mission to develop interdisciplinary institutes and programs that
deliver important sustainability related information to the public. UF hosts
myriad centers for energy and water resource management, environmental
research, conservation, planning, design, policy, and law.

Additionally, UF offers more than 110 courses related to sustainability, many
college-level certificates, a new minor in Sustainability Studies, as well as
specialized sustainability majors and masters degree programs. As evidenced
in the teaching, research, and outreach successes to date that follow below,
UF students are exposed to sustainability as freshmen and asked to "walk the
talk" through an ever-increasing commitment to a more sustainable lifestyle
as they transition from the student experience to alumnus status. This
evolution from classroom to community is a commonly unreferenced aspect of
outreach to the general public as the Gator Nation grows.

Actions for further expansion and refinement of campus climate neutrality and
sustainability into the integrated operational, research, curricular, and
extension arms of the UF institution are expounded upon in the Vision for a
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Sustainable UF Implementation Plan2. Furthermore, a detailed report2
published in June 2009, was conducted by the President's Strategic Initiative
on Academics and Sustainability Designee and Professor of Architecture, Dr.
Kim Tanzer, in association with the Provost's Fellow in Sustainability and
Clinical Law Professor, Tom Ankersen, to address the interconnectivity of
this triple play mission and create the foundation for a pathway to improve
our institutional approach as excerpted below:

"Over the past five years the University of Florida has gained a
strong national reputation for its commitment to sustainability,
built largely on the basis of the Office of Sustainability's
efforts to improve campus operations. During this time a number
of faculty initiatives to coordinate academic offerings--
including teaching, research, service learning and extension--
have been developed, largely by faculty members serving in
volunteer capacities. Their efforts have been encouraged by UF's
President Bernie Machen, and modestly supported through the
Office of Sustainability.

To take advantage of UF's momentum and opportunities emerging
nationally, during the 2008-09 academic year, President Machen
requested that increased efforts to coordinate UF's academic
sustainability offerings be made. A number of specific tasks
were completed with the goal of reviving, updating, and
strengthening faculty commitment to academic sustainability.
Several funding opportunities that arose during this time were
addressed. A prolonged attempt was made to create a process to

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inventory, assess, and prepare to report UF's coursework on
behalf of our students and for the AASHE STARS system. These
efforts are detailed in the report that follows and its
accompanying appendices..."

Teaching, Learning, & the Sustainable Student Experience
* 2004: An ad hoc Sustainability Committee was established through
appointments from the Faculty Senate and President Machen.
* 2006-2007: Members of the sustainability committee prepare a legislative
budget request for an academic center for sustainability at UF. This
proposal has moved to a request for congressional funding.
* 2007: UF creates a Sustainability Joint Committee of the Faculty Senate,
as high as a committee can be organizationally located at UF. Membership
includes 19 faculty, staff, and students and a Faculty Fellow in
Sustainability to facilitate the integration of sustainability into the UF
* 2007: New Student Programming begins incorporating sustainability into
orientation and other freshman programming on campus.
* 2007: Student leaders launch the Green Graduation Pledge and an associated
Facebook page25 and web site.
o 2009: Over 700 graduating Gators sign the pledge and join the UF
Green Alumni Network vowing to bring their sustainability
knowledge, attitudes, and behavior with them into their careers and
* 2007 (ongoing): UF begins the Common Reading Program designed to provide
all 6400 new first-year students with a common intellectual experience to
stimulate discussion, critical thinking, and encourage a sense of
community among students, faculty and staff. The first three books each
weaved together one or more sustainability related issues such as social
justice, natural resource management, human health, and cross-cultural
international challenges.
* 2007 (ongoing): UF publishes the annual Green Guide: A Gator's Guide to
Sustainable Living now in its Third Edition28 as of Fall 2009.
* 2008: UF adds a new 18-credit interdisciplinary Minor in Sustainability
Studies29 to the general education curriculum.
o Facets of Sustainability (IDS 2935) serves as the core course in the
minor with a requirement for four additional courses from a wide
variety of disciplines as well as an internship and/or service
learning component.
* 2008: UF becomes the first university in the country30 to create a new
Master of Laws in Environmental and Land Use Law3 within the Levin College
of Law.
* 2008: UF creates a new four-year 120-credit intra-college, multi-
departmental Bachelor of Science in Sustainability and the Built
Environment32 (BSSBE) through the College of Design Construction and
* 2007: A new textbook recycling web site33 launches allowing students to
sell books directly to each other via Classified Ads (textbook listing)
and/or by receiving Buyback Alerts from the University of Florida
* 2009 (ongoing): UF offers more than 110 courses related to sustainability.

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* Graduate Assistants United34
o Represents graduate students in forming contracts with the
University and fights for benefits such as health care and pay-
raises for graduate students.
* Chomp the Vote35 (UF Student Government Agency)
o Registers UF students to vote and increases student voter turnout.
* Gators Going Green36 (UF Student Government Agency)
o Seeks to be the link between Student Government and the Student
Body, the University of Florida, and the Gainesville Community by
promoting sustainable initiatives, addressing the needs of the
student body for future generations, and establishing a permanent
culture of environmental awareness.
* Joint Standing UF Sustainability Committee
o Seeks to enhance the university's standing as a global leader in
sustainability through two annually appointed student
* 2006 (Ongoing): Office of Sustainability begins offering student

Sustainability Related Campus Organizations & Chapters
* American Solar Energy Society: UF Student Chapter37
o Encourages education, research, and development on renewable and
alternate energies at UF and gathers, compiles, and disseminates
information promoting them as viable and environmentally friendly
sources of energy both to UF and the community at large.
* Bioenergy and Sustainable Technology Society38
o Provides a forum within which to discuss and educate the members and
the public at-large about the technological realities, politics, and
economics of bioenergy and renewable resources, energy conversion
and distribution, and sustainable technologies.
* Change the World: Student Social Entrepreneurs at UF39
o Aims to educate students to think innovatively about social problems
in the local community and around the world and empower them to
create positive social change.
* enVeg
o Encourages people to reduce their industrial-raised meat, dairy, and
egg consumption in order to help slow climate change by promoting
and increasing the ease of cooking without meat.
* Gators for a Sustainable Campus4
o Aims to increase awareness of sustainability on campus and
encourages students to lead more sustainable lives. GSC is
affiliated with the UF Office of Sustainability and leads the
Renewable Energy Fee initiative.
* Human Rights Awareness on Campus4
o Promotes awareness and activism concerning human rights abuses
around the world, particularly in cases of genocide.
* UF Greeks Going Green43
o Promotes environmental awareness and resource conservation within
the UF Greek community.
* UF Students in Free Enterprise4
o Facilitates student teams to take what they are learning in the
classroom and use that knowledge to create and implement educational
outreach projects in their community. One of SIFE's "pillars" is

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* UF United World Organization
o Aims to enable young people to become responsible citizens,
environmentally and politically aware, and committed to the ideals
of peace and justice, understanding and cooperation, through
international education, experience, and community service.
* U.S. Green Building Council: UF Student Chapter
o Works to raise awareness of green building principles and practices
among the design, construction, planning, engineering, and real
estate communities.

* Collaboration and support from diverse energy and climate related academic
programs, centers, and institutes including:
o Carbon Resources Science Center45
o Florida Energy Systems Consortium46
UF led interdisciplinary collaborative of research, outreach,
and economic development experts among the 11 Florida state
supported universities and the energy industry reporting to
the Florida Energy and Climate Commission on over 50 research
categories and charged by the Florida State government to
"perform research and development on innovative energy systems
that lead to alternative energy strategies, improved energy
efficiencies, and expanded economic development for the
o Florida Institute for Sustainable Energy (FISE)47
Collaborative of more than 150 UF faculty working on policy,
production, conservation, and other realms of energy research
and application.
o Office of Sustainability48
o Powell Center of Construction and Environment49
o Southeast Climate Consortium50
o UF Water Institute51

Community Outreach and Other Efforts
* 2006: UF creates and hosts inaugural Florida Campus and Community
Sustainability Conference52 followed by Florida State University (2007),
University of Central Florida (2008), and University of South Florida
* 2007-2008: 5th Avenue Arts Festival: The Office of Sustainability and
sustainability related student groups participate in this annual cultural
celebration, hosting interactive activities and recycled craft projects.
* Ongoing: The UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS)
Cooperative Extension Service improves and expands its sustainability
related offerings (sampling of programs and outreach platforms and their
inception dates below).
o 1994: Florida Yards & Neighborhoods (FYN)53
o 1997: Integrated Pest Management Florida54
o 2004: Program for Resource Efficient Communities55
o 2005: Bushnell Center for Urban Sustainability in Pinellas County,
o 2006: IFAS launches Solutions for Your Life57 web site with an
extensive sustainable living section.

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Financing Strategies

In 2008, the University of Florida spent approximately $40 million on roughly
470,000 megawatt-hours of electricity, which makes up nearly three quarters
of UF's GHG emissions. These costs are expected to jump over 20% in 2009
alone due to rate escalation in UF's purchased electricity.

If the price of carbon in the United States were $10/MtCO2e today, it would
cost UF over $4 million per year to offset our main campus GHGE at current
emissions rates. Though this multi-million dollar investment would help us
meet our carbon neutrality goals, it would fail to offer the synergistic
multi-factorial recurring benefits inherent to energy conservation, energy
efficiency, and renewable energy strategies. These benefits might include
reduced institutional operating costs; job retention/creation; and improved
energy and climate knowledge, actions, and behaviors of staff, faculty,
students, and alumni.

Financing for the first wave of climate actions originated from a portion of
UF's public educational capital outlay (PECO) funds, which are allocated to
K-20 state schools through the Florida State Legislature via a tax on
utilities. The scope and scale of projects set aside to receive these funds
were collaboratively determined in a series of cross-campus Energy Summits
directed by the Office of the Vice President of Business Affairs throughout
the 2008/2009 fiscal year. The full suite of UF CAP vl.0 actions can be
found in the Vision for a Sustainable UF Implementation Plan5, while an
overview of the currently funded and potential major future actions and their
potential impact can be found in Appendix A.

Beyond the PECO funds used for the first wave of climate actions, there are a
series of traditional funding sources available to state universities in
Florida which may provide potential pathways for further funding. Creative
opportunities within these traditional pathways might include campaigns to
solicit alumni and other donors interested in financing efficiency
improvements to chiller plants and other major currently non-sponsored
infrastructure. Options both inside and outside of these conventional
sources are currently under investigation and will be refined and reported in
future major and/or minor versions of the UF CAP. Additionally, UF is
committed to tracking and reporting the efficacy of our CAP from
planning/design, to construction/implementation, and ultimately through
operations/maintenance for each action.

State University System (SUS) of Florida Fixed Capital Outlay Funding
Public Education Capital Outlay (PECO)
State Matching
General Revenue
Capital Improvement Fees
Private Donations
o Facilities Challenge Grants (Private)
o State and Federal Agency Grants
o Grant Overhead

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Financial Measures to Track and Report Efficacy of CAP
Capital Outlay
Annual Financing Costs
Annual Operating Costs
Duration of Project & Savings
Simple Payback (Years)
Total Net Present Value
Annual Savings (Projected &/or Actual)
o Dollars ($)
o Energy (btu)
o GHG Emissions (MtCOpe)
Other Non-Financial Return(s) on Investment

Tracking Progress

As part of our first priority action to foster organizational leadership and
lasting institutional culture change, UF spent FY 2008/2009 transitioning
from an externally subcontracted GHGE inventory process to an internally
motivated and directed process, which will include institution-wide energy
and climate information management and strategic planning. With this
evolving transition, UF has begun to reap the rewards of improved stakeholder
buy-in and resource sharing toward the common goal of improving energy
efficiency, mitigating the UF carbon footprint, and reducing operational

Throughout the process of conducting a more refined in-house GHGE inventory
for the last five fiscal years (FY 2004/2005 through FY 2008/2009), UF has
identified multiple areas where energy, water, and climate information flows
can be improved. To facilitate improving data at the source and to improve
transparency of institutional opportunities and constraints, time-interval
performance, and success stories, UF has centralized the GHGE inventory
recording and reporting into one commonly accessible platform, the UF Space
Tracking and Reporting System (STARS).

UF STARS: Home of the GHGE Inventory

The UF Space Tracking and Reporting System (STARS) is an enterprise-scale
Oracle database with a web enabled graphical user interface. STARS
integrates and communicates with a wide variety of other critical UF units
and data sources including those from Facilities Planning and Construction,
Physical Plant, Transportation and Parking Services, the Institute of Food
and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS), the GIS-based campus map and others. The
scope, scale, and flexibility of this key UF platform are a natural fit for
tracking the UF carbon footprint. As such, it has been selected to house all
historical and future UF GHGE inventories, as well as ultimately to provide
energy, water, and GHGE reduction actions and progress.

Additionally, STARS will filter UF's institutional infrastructure assets
according to the boundary and baseline detailed herewith and agreed upon by
key institutional stakeholders. Housing the GHGE inventory in this system
offers the following benefits over using a third-party contractor or generic
carbon calculator tool:

o Utilizes UF's internal talent and assist with institutional "buy-in"

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o Creates permanence and adaptability
o Fosters cross-campus information sharing
o Eases accessibility & reporting
o Develops a foundation upon which dynamic tools and services can grow

Consolidating & Collaborating: UF Enterprise Building Management
Systems (EBMS)

Beyond the STARS interface, in the second quarter of 2009 UF created and
filled a new position within the Physical Plant Division to accelerate and
assist with the expansion of the campus advanced metering infrastructure
(AMI) and the integration of synergistic enterprise building management
systems (EBMS). This multi-year AMI and EBMS effort, in tandem with the
continued development of the STARS platform, will allow for real-time energy
and GHGE performance monitoring at the building scale. The resulting
benefits will include the ability to provide on-site and/or virtual building
dashboards and carbon footprint overlays linked the to the UF campus map as
well as more temporally and spatially relevant performance tracking and
efficacy evaluations of energy, water, and climate actions around campus.

For much of its history, UF operations staff members have focused on
providing superior customer service to campus units and people. The
emergence of enterprise-scale information management flows at building and
sub-building scale resolution will create new opportunities to simultaneously
maximize the potential for success on energy, water, and climate actions
while further improving building occupant comfort, safety, and wellbeing.

Additionally, the interactivity, transparency, and timeliness of these new
tools will provide the teaching, research, and outreach branches of UF a more
functional educational environment for a living laboratory approach to
addressing the energy and climate challenges. Lastly, as information
management processes evolve, the ability to devise, implement, and monitor
financing and investment schemes for actions will correspondingly improve.

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The University of Florida (UF) greenhouse gas emissions (GHGE) Inventory vl.2
and Climate Action Plan (CAP) vl.0 have been compiled by the UF Office of
Sustainability on behalf of an interdisciplinary collaboration of key
institutional stakeholders. Participation in the development and discussion
of specific actions has been extensive and is acknowledged within each
individual section of the Vision for a Sustainable UF Implementation Plan5

Primary Contributors and Administrators
* Ed Poppell, Vice President (UF Office of Business Affairs)
* David O'Brien, Director (UF Physical Plant Division)
* Carol Walker, Director (UF Facilities Planning & Construction)
* Anna Prizzia-Taylor, Director (UF Office of Sustainability)
* Dedee DeLongpre-Johnston (Wake Forest University, formerly UF Office of
* Hal Knowles (UF Office of Sustainability / UF Program for Resource
Efficient Communities)
* John Lawson (UF Physical Plant Division)
* Frank Phillips (UF Facilities Planning & Construction)
* Keith Ponitz (UF Physical Plant Division)
* Stephanie Sims (UF Office of Sustainability)
* Mark van Soestbergen (International Carbon Bank and Exchange)

Other Contributors & Data Providers
* Kimberly Adams (University Athletic Association)
* Brian Barton (University Athletic Association)
* Michael Blansett (UF IFAS Facilities Planning & Operations)
* Jodi Chase (UF Facilities Planning & Construction)
* Jeff Chorlog (UF Physical Plant Division)
* Eric Cochran (UF Physical Plant Division)
* Bill Coughlin (UF Environmental Health & Safety)
* Linda Dixon (UF Facilities Planning & Construction)
* Joe Dyke (UF Physical Plant Division)
* Joel "Denny" George (Progress Energy Florida)
* Kevin Heinicka (UF IFAS Facilities Planning & Operations)
* Mark Hill (UF Housing)
* Jeff Johnson (Gainesville Regional Utilities)
* Erik Lewis (UF Facilities Planning & Construction)
* Dale Morris (UF Physical Plant Division)
* Jonathan Priest (UF Physical Plant Division)
* Doug Robinson (Gainesville Regional Transit System)
* Kim Tanzer (UF School of Architecture)

A special thanks goes out to all those who, while not listed here, have
contributed to the energy and climate initiatives at UF over the years.

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Appendix A: UF CAP vl.0

Actions Under Evaluation & Estimated Impacts

Currently Estimated MtCO2e Cost per Payback
Projects Estimated Cost Funded Savings (kWh) Reduction MtCO2e (Years) ROI
Lighting retrofits
Parking Garages
(retrofitting HPS to
Induction) $1,200,000 3,500,000 2,367 $507 3.43 22%
Street Lights
(retrofitting MH to
Induction) $830,000 2,350,000 1,589 $522 3.53 21%
Interior Lights
(retrofitting T-12 to T-8) $500,000 $500,000 3,500,000 2,367 $211 1.51 68%
Phase 1 (General System
Performance) $23,000,000 $3,150,000 91,269,841 61,726 $373 2.52 35%
Phase 2 (Controls and
Sequencing) $28,000,000 $4,200,000 100,000,000 67,630 $414 2.80 30%
Chiller Plant Optimization $3,000,000 $500,000 9,375,000 6,340 $473 3.20 25%
Equipment Replacement (VFD,
Pumps, & Other AHU Equip.) $15,000,000 32,193,000 21,772 $689 4.66 11%
Steam Chillers $2,300,000 5,800,000 3,923 $586 3.97 17%
Lab Air Reduction Program
(LARP) $8,000,000 26,666,667 18,035 $444 3.00 27%
Occupancy Sensors
Parking Garages
Sensors) $300,000 1,000,000 676 $444 3.00 27%
(Ultrasonic Sensors) $150,000 409,600 277 $542 3.66 19%
Auditoriums/ Large
Classrooms (Ultrasonic
Sensors) $225,000 $225,000 1,350,000 913 $246 1.67 58%
Offices $600,000 2,181,818 1476 $407 2.75 31%
Thermal Storage $4,000,000 5,970,149 4,038 $991 6.70 1%
Solar Power (Beta test next
generation solar panels)t $3,500,000 4,562,500 3,086 $1,134 7.67 -2%
Solar Water Heating $3,500,000 7,494,647 5,069 $690 4.67 11%
Negotiated Utility Fuel Mix
Adjustment 60,000- _
Totals $94,105,000 $8,575,000 297,623,222 261,284 $360 3.16 25%
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Appendix B: UF Commitments & Compliance to the ACUPCC

ACUPCC Steps Compliance Details
Sub-Steps Status

1. Initiate climate
neutrality plan

See details in Sub-Steps below.

a. Create institutional UF Office of Sustainability
structures to guide established in February 2006 as
plan (within two Yes official cross-campus unit after 10
months). years of unofficial sustainability
b. Complete GHG UF will track and publicly report
inventory & commit annual boundary-scale updates with
to biennial updates goal of increasing spatial and
(within one year). temporal resolution over time.
c. Develop
institutional UF Climate Action Plan (CAP) born
climate neutral Yes
actin plan (itin as living document in Fall 2009.
action plan (within
two years).
i. Set neutrality
et etratYes Neutrality by 2025.
target date.
ii. Set interim As of UF CAP vl.0:
targets & goals.
03% below FY2004/2005 by 2012
Yes below FY2004/2005 by 2020
17% below FY2004/2005 by 2020
42% below FY2004/2005 by 2030
83% below FY2004/2005 by 2050
iii. Establish actions
to create
to create Actions embedded within overarching
ustainaility Yes Vision for a Sustainable UF and
related curricula .
elated cuicassociated Implementation Plan.
& educational
iv. Establish actions
SEstabsh ac ns Actions embedded within overarching
to expand research
Yes Vision for a Sustainable UF and
on climate & .
associated Implementation Plan.
v. Develop mechanisms Preliminary mechanisms described in
to track progress. this CAP with more refined
mechanisms under development to be
embedded within the UF Space
Tracking and Reporting System
(STARS) and the UF Campus Map.
Initiate ? 2 of these
suggested tangible GHG Yes See details in Sub-Steps below.
emission reduction
a. Establish USGBC LEED Adoption of USGBC LEED criteria for
Silver as minimum all major main campus new
new building Yes construction and renovation
standards. projects (by year each standard was

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* 2001: minimum "Certified"
* 2006: minimum "Silver"
* 2009: minimum "Gold"

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certified purchasing
policy for all
applicable products.


In 2003, UF implemented the
Environmentally Preferable
Purchasing Policy0 to foster
purchasing strategies to reduce
energy consumption and
environmental footprint of
purchased goods and services. In
2007, UF upgraded to a more broadly
encompassing Sustainable Purchasing
Directive61 expanding on past
successes and including the
procurement of electronics and
appliances that meet ENERGY STAR
and/or EPEAT standards. However,
this directive it is not
enforceable because UF as an
institution does not have
centralized control of purchasing
at the unit/departmental level.

c. Establish policy of UF does not currently have plans to
offsetting directly offset air travel GHG
university sponsored emissions (partly due to our very
air travel induced dirty air travel datasets which
GHG emissions. No need to be improved at the source).
However, the University Athletic
Association (UAA) is developing a
strategy to achieve a carbon
neutral 2009/2010 sports season.
d. Encourage use of & In 1998, UF began partially funding
provide access to the Gainesville Regional Transit
public transit for System by assessing student
faculty, staff, transportation fees and provides a
students, & pre-paid unlimited-use universal
visitors, bus pass for UF students, faculty,
Yes and staff with their GatorOne
Indentification card. Alternative
transportation modes have expanded
to include discounted carpool
decals, a Web-based rideshare
matching service, a Zipcar shared
vehicle fleet, and other options.
e. Begin UF does not currently purchase nor
purchasing/producing produce electricity from renewable
> 15% of sources, though some RECs are
institutional No purchased at a small scale for
electricity from achievement of USGBC LEED
renewables (within certification on some new
one year). buildings.
f. Establish policy or
UF does not specifically address
committee supporting .
committee supporting No sustainability within its endowment
climate/sustainabili at this time.
tat this time.
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g. Participate in Though UF is an annual participant
RecycleMania Waste in the RecycleMania Waste
Minimization Minimization competition the
competition & adopt adoption of associated measures has
> 3 or more waste Partial not previously been official.
reduction measures. However, the University is
currently conducting a needs
assessment and developing an action
plan for sustainable solid waste

a a

UF submitted a calendar year 2006
Carbon Inventory in September 2008
and will submit its Climate Action
Plan and more complete fiscal year
Carbon Inventories (from
FY2004/2005 through FY 2008/2009)
in September 2009. Progress
Reports will be made annually.

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Appendix C: Federal and State of Florida Greenhouse Gas
Emissions Reduction Goals and Targets Used for UF CAP Planning


"On June 26, 2009, the American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES Act) was
passed by the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 219 to 212. The
bill contains five distinct titles: I) clean energy, II) energy efficiency,
III) reducing global warming pollution, IV) transitioning to a clean energy
economy and V) agriculture and forestry related offsets...The [American Clean
Energy and Security Act of 2009, a bill by Waxman-Markley] establishes
emission caps that would reduce aggregate GHG emissions for all covered
entities to 3% below their 2005 levels in 2012, 17% below 2005 levels in
2020, 42% below 2005 levels in 2030, and 83% below 2005 levels in 2050 [all
equal to, or more aggressive than, President Obama's February 24, 2009
recommendations to a joint session of Congress" ]. Commercial production and
imports of HFCs would be addressed under Title VI of the existing Clean Air
Act and are covered under a separate cap. The bill also establishes
economy-wide goals for all sources, including but not limited to those covered
by the cap-and-trade program. These goals are the same percentage reduction
and timetables as the cap-and-trade program, except that the 2020 target is
20% rather than 17% below 2005 levels."'"

State of Florida

"[On July 13, 2007] Executive Order 07-126 directed state government to 'lead
by example' by quantifying operational emissions and meeting specific
reduction targets by implementing a range of GHG emission reduction efforts
that impact state government facilities and vehicle fleets, and by using the
purchasing power of state government to promote energy efficiency and reduced
emissions."' Thus establishing "greenhouse gas emission reduction targets for
state agencies and departments under the direction of the Governor as
follows: a 10 percent reduction from current [2007] emission levels by 2012,
a 25 percent reduction from current [2007] emission levels by 2017, and a 40
percent reduction from current [2007] emission levels by 2025."v"

11 See (http://www.pewclimate.org/what s being done/in the congress)
iv See (http://www.pewclimate.org/docUplads/Waxman-Markey-short-summary-revised-
v See (http://www.flclimatechange.us/ewebeditpro/items/012F20138.PDF)
vi See (http://www.dep.state.fl.us/ClimateChange/files/200707 13 eo 07 126.pdf)

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Appendix D: Purchased Power Generation Resource Mixes

UF Utility Provider Power Generation Resource Mix Comparison
Progress Progress
Energy Energy GRU
Florida Florida GRU GRU (~
(2005)# (~ 2018) (2005)# (2009)* 2013)*

Utility Total Capacity (MW) 13,277 TBD 693 TBD TBD
Utility Net Generation
(MWh) 46,756,696 TBD 1,873,540 TBD TBD

Annual Output Emissions#

Annual CO2 (lb/MWh) 1,325.57" 815.48" 1,968.57 TBD TBD
Annual CH4 (lb/GWh) 45.62 TBD 24.68 TBD TBD
Annual N20 (lb/GWh) 20.70 TBD 29.76 TBD TBD

Fossil Nonrenewable

Coal 40.35% TBD 77.63% 59.90% 50.40%
Oil 16.07% TBD 4.31% 0.70% 0.00%
Gas 26.66% TBD 17.77% 17.10% 13.00%
Other Fossil 0.77% TBD 0.00%
Other Unknown / Purchased
Fuel 0.65% TBD 0.00% 17.30% 13.90%

Total Fossil Nonrenewable 84.50% TBD 99.71% 95.00% 77.30%

Nuclear Nonrenewable
Total Nuclear Nonrenewable 13.58% TBD 0.00% 4.10% 4.90%

Wind 0.00% TBD 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
Solar 0.00% TBD 0.00% 0.02% 0.30%
Geothermal 0.00% TBD 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
Biomass 1.92% TBD 0.29% 0.00% 16.30%
Hydro 0.00% TBD 0.00% 0.00% 0.40%
Landfill Gas -TBD 0.90% 0.80%

Total Renewable 1.92% TBD 0.29% 0.92% 17.80%

SPer U.S. EPA eGRIDweb (http://cfpub.epa.gov/egridweb/)
PE Florida C02 coefficients provided directly by PE Florida liaison to UF.
Per "Gainesville, Florida: One community's strategy to reduce global warming"

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NOTE: Progress Energy's 2005 eGRID data is housed under the "Florida Power Corporation"
Power Control Area (PCA) and total capacity and net generation numbers are inclusive of
all power produced by the utilities and are not limited to the portion of power purchased
by UF as a retail client.


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