The Board of Trustees endorsed the Climate Action Plan (CAP) developed by the Sustainability Task Force. The Climate Action Plan set 2050 as the year K-College would become a carbon-neutral institution, with an interim goal of reducing emissions by 25% below 2008 levels by 2020. The Board adopted two other measures: a high-standard of efficiency for new construction projects and a revolving fund that will finance sustainability projects.
The new standard of building efficiency mandates all new construction of buildings be at least 30% more efficient than what energy codes require, an ambitious requirement for the college. Under the new standard, projects will be almost twice as efficient as the newly-remodeled Hicks Center which has been recognized as one of Michigan's pioneering projects in energy conservation in higher education.
Financing for campus sustainability initiatives will come from a "revolving fund" that will re-invest energy savings from past conservation project into future projects.
The recommendations adopted by the Board help the college move forward in the Presidents Climate Commitment, which requires signatory institutions to author and implement a plan within two years of signing the agreement.
To learn more, click here to read Jane Hoinville's blog about the recent endorsements.