Climate Action Plan Progress

The Climate Action Plan was prepared in response to the requirements of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (PCC), which Chancellor Nancy Cantor signed on February 23, 2007. The Climate Action Plan was developed to inform SU’s efforts to completely eliminate its net emission of greenhouse gases by 2040.

Sustainability Management is working on the following projects to help reach this goal:

South Campus Solar Thermal
Energy Systems and Sustainability Management and FIXit (a part of Auxiliary Services) partnered with ARA Construction and Kingspan Solar on a solar thermal project for twenty buildings of three-bedroom apartments on south campus. Two systems are installed in each building to provide 50-60% of the energy needed year-round to heat water for the 160 apartments. This project is estimated to save the University approximately 300,000 kWh  and 125 tons of GHG emissions annually.

College of Visual and Performing Arts
An audit has been completed for the Visual and Performing Arts buildings which identified HVAC improvements for Shaffer Art building and lighting improvements for Smith Hall. The estimated savings per year are:

  • Electricity: 480,655 kWh
  • Steam: 1,829,237 lbs
  • Carbon Reduction: 349 tons

Recreation Services
An audit has been completed for the Recreation Services spaces that identified improved lighting, energy management system controls and HVAC improvements in Archbold, Flanagan, Women’s Building, Tennity and the fitness spaces in Marshall Square Mall, Marion Hall, Brockway Hall and Goldstein Student Center. The estimated savings per year are:

  • Electricity: 1,019,426 kWh
  • Steam: 2021 klbs
  • Carbon Reduction: 527 tons