ACUPCC Reporting System

Climate Action Plan for Bellevue College

Submitted on September 24, 2010; last updated on September 24, 2010

Climate Action Plan Details

Climate Action Plan Bellevue Climate Action Plan 2010
July 1, 2010
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Emissions Targets

Climate Neutrality Target
2050
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Interim Milestone Emission-Reduction Target Target Date Baseline
5% reduction in Total Scopes 1, 2, 3 Emissions by 2015 relative to baseline emissions in 2010
20% reduction in Total Scopes 1, 2, 3 Emissions by 2020 relative to baseline emissions in 2010
60% reduction in Total Scopes 1, 2, 3 Emissions by 2030 relative to baseline emissions in 2010
Nonstandard Emissions Targets
Please enter below any targets that do not fit into the above format.

75% reduction in solid waste production by 2030

Narratives

Please describe your institution's greenhouse gas mitigation strategies.

Bellevue College will be taking a multifaceted approach to reducing our greenhouse gas emissions, with goals set for reductions at various stages over the next 40 years. Our plan is a “working model” and will be re-evaluated and adjusted regularly (with major analysis and revisions occurring on a 5 yr cycle). We fully expect the plan to evolve as we learn what works and introduce new ideas and technologies.
The plan is divided into four major areas – buildings/energy use, transportation, purchasing/waste/“other” strategies, and education/culture change. These areas are defined based on the major scopes of carbon emissions and contain some overlap; however, they serve as a framework to organize our plan. The first year of the plan will be used to establish a baseline, and we will work to research and implement any new policies related to the plan in the first 3 years. In addition, we have set general goals for the % reduction (below the baseline) in the four major areas for each year of the plan (generally between 2-5% a year). They are set up to give us near climate neutrality by 2050 (details in attached report). These goals will be re-evaluated after the first five years, and major reviews will be conducted every 5 years.

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

The key to incorporating sustainability into the curriculum is (1) making it part of the core values of the campus (core values, core themes, mission statement, general education requirements, etc.) and (2) have a centralized office and person in charge of coordinating sustainability efforts and working to facilitate the incorporation of sustainability across the curriculum. Once these foundations are in place we would like to concentrate on educating and working with faculty to help them incorporate sustainable concepts (e.g., hold workshops, work one-on-one with faculty to development course work, create universal “modules, etc.). In addition, we will set up a communication network to keep educators informed of sustainability issues and opportunities. Outside of the classroom it is important to keep students informed through events (e.g., Earth Week, GREENS lectures), club opportunities (e.g., Student Science Association), dedicated space (e.g., “Green Room”, information center), career workshops and internships, and community opportunities (e.g., restoration events, work parties, etc.). We would like to make this a priority in the first 10 years of the climate plan.

Students have also been involved in the creation of this Climate Action Plan and will continue to be involved in creating new policies, conduction annual carbon audits and implementing the plan in the future.

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

We are not a research college, but we will encourage the use of sustainability issues in student research projects. For example, science students who conduct research for classes can collect and analyze data on local water quality or biodiversity, or research the feasibility of solar power or bottled water bans. Design students can conduct energy audits or research impact of purchased materials. Recent expansions in student research in genomics (part of an NSF grant) also encourage research around sustainable projects.

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

There are a number of plans in the fourth section of the climate plan (“Education”) that involve community education and involvement. These include hosting community events (e.g., Earth Week, energy efficiency workshops, etc.), providing tours and web resources of sustainably buildings and systems (e.g., model house, LEED buildings, etc.), expanding internships and service learning in sustainability fields, supporting local agriculture, working with the BC radio station to inform the community about resources and events, and working with local business to provide sustainability skills to graduating students. In addition, we plan to expand the resources available on the Environmental Advisory Committee’s web site <http://scidiv.bellevuecollege.edu/eac/> (and other social media sites) to help educate the public on sustainable practices.