Binghamton University finalizes climate action plan; Plan outlines carbon neutrality goals
BINGHAMTON, NY – Binghamton University today released its Climate Action Plan, which outlines its long-term goal of reducing the campus’s carbon footprint and enhancing its overall sustainability. Endorsed by President Lois B. DeFleur, the plan will help move Binghamton University towards an overall goal of climate neutrality by 2050.
Binghamton’s plan fulfills the pledge that President DeFleur made to the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACCUPCC) in 2007, which called for the University to assess its greenhouse gas emission levels and submit a long-range plan to reduce its carbon footprint. President DeFleur was a charter signatory among the first of over 650 colleges and universities to sign the pledge.
To develop the plan, a group of students, faculty, and staff was formed review the University’s operations and activities. The result is a series of strategies related to three of the University’s most significant emission contributors: purchased electricity, on-campus heating fuels and campus commutes. After extensive review, the task force identified a range of feasible technical and cost-effective solutions.
- Enforcing LEED silver or higher standards on all new construction and renovation.
- Enhancing energy efficiency projects.
- Expanding solar energy projects and initiatives.
- Exploring the conversion to biomass for heat production.
- Lowering hot-water temperature output to improve boiler efficiencies.
- Offering incentives for car-pooling, including reserved preferred parking.
The plan also includes renewed focus in the University’s sustainability education, research and community outreach activities. This focus includes enhancing sustainability courses and practical learning opportunities as well as continued efforts in research areas such as watershed conservation and solar power. The plan also includes continued community outreach efforts such as the Go Green Institute.
Progress on the campus action plan will be tracked using billing data and measurements for areas such as purchased electricity, renewable energy credits, etc. The University will also track progress made in the areas of education, research and community outreach.
Read more on Binghamton University’s sustainability efforts and the Campus Climate Plan.