Submitted on September 9, 2009; last updated on January 15, 2010
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 others successes and avoid known pitfalls.
We regularly solicit suppliers of new equipment to attempt temporary installation for testing purposes.
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.
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