The next frontier of climate neutrality
We’ve achieved neutrality, but our work is not done. Since 2011, we have reduced emissions by 41% and continue to reduce emissions each year as part of our climate action plan, written in 2009 by the Campus Sustainability Council.
Improvements that have drastically reduced our emissions include a project to replace windows in the residence halls, installation of energy efficient lighting across campus, the transformation of Sage Hall from the worst performing residence hall to the best, and the building of a biomass plant which has reduced our fuel usage by over 200,000 gallons per year.
While we work on making more physical and social improvements on campus, we counteract our remaining greenhouse gas footprint with carbon offsets through Native Energy, a local company based in Burlington, VT, who obtain these offsets from a landfill-gas capture and energy project in upstate New York at Seneca Meadows.
This project was selected through a campus-wide poll from students, staff, and faculty, carried out in the spring of 2015. Over 50 students from five different courses researched providers and projects from around the world. Collectively, we narrowed the list to three and designed a community education and input process whereby the projects were presented through various media outlets and votes were collected online and through hard copy. The Campus Sustainability Council and Cabinet both endorsed the final choice in May of 2015.