ACUPCC Reporting System

Climate Action Plan for William Paterson University of New Jersey

Submitted on September 9, 2009; last updated on January 15, 2010

Climate Action Plan Details

Climate Action Plan WPUNJ CAP
September 3, 2009
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Emissions Targets

Climate Neutrality Target
2065
If you have any qualifying statements with regard to the climate neutrality target date, please include them here, and/or if you have chosen "TBD" and not specified a neutrality date, please enter the reason and explain the process for establishing a target date in the future.

The Steering Committee for WPUNJ's activities for the ACUPCC reviewed the commitments submitted earlier with our CAP. We also considered the more aggressive commitments indicated in the "Non-Standard" section. We developed graphical projections based on those earlier commitments, and came to consensus on an ultimate date for Neutrality. It is our intent to continue to gather information and monitor our progress during the next year and a half until our Progress Report is due. At the time of that report's preparation, we will determine whether a more aggressive ultimate date is appropriate.

Interim Milestone Emission-Reduction Target Target Date Baseline
30% reduction in Total Scopes 1, 2, 3 Emissions by 2015 relative to baseline emissions in 2008
50% reduction in Total Scopes 1, 2, 3 Emissions by 2025 relative to baseline emissions in 2008
80% reduction in Total Scopes 1, 2, 3 Emissions by 2045 relative to baseline emissions in 2008
Nonstandard Emissions Targets
Please enter below any targets that do not fit into the above format.

As we began our Energy Program years before joining the ACUPCC initiative, we are also measuring against an earlier base year FY2002. We commit to reduce emissions from this earlier base 30% by 2010, 50% by 2020, and 80% by 2030.

Narratives

Please describe your institution's greenhouse gas mitigation strategies.

We have implemented actions as indicated in our full plan and will implement others as projected in the full plan. The Steering Committee solicits ideas from the University's Environmental Sciences program, a department of our College of Science and Health. We also collaborate with the WPU Climate Action Committee and the student environmental club Earth First to seek participation and share progress.

Please describe your institution's plans to make sustainability a part of the curriculum for all students.

WPUNJ has an Environmental Sciences program as a department of its College of Science and Health. It is our intention to share and collaborate. Furthermore, actions such as our PV installation will have monitoring software that makes its data available for academic purposes.
Through Earth Day events, publications of the WPU Climate Action Committee, and Earth First, progress in the ACUPCC will be shared with the entire campus community.

Please describe your institution's plans to expand research efforts toward the achievement of climate neutrality.

The Steering Committee stays abreast of movements in technology and investigates the feasibility of applying them on our campus. Through sharing information among ACUPCC members, and with other institutions of higher education in New Jersey (primarily through NJHEPS), we and they will take advantage of each other’s successes and avoid known pitfalls.
We regularly solicit suppliers of new equipment to attempt temporary installation for testing purposes.

Please describe your institution's plans to expand community outreach efforts toward the achievement of climate neutrality.

The Steering Committee has been in communication with the surrounding municipalities to share information and seek opportunities for collaboration. For example, Dr. Martin Ludwig presented the Cogeneration and Renewable Energy Project of Wayne Township to us. We learned of plans for similar installations by Passaic County.
We are open to the idea of sharing energy resources from our clean generation and theirs to the extent allowed by law and feasible.