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Progress Report for New Mexico State University Main Campus

Submitted on March 15, 2012; Last updated on March 15, 2012

The Progress Report is intended to help signatories assess and track progress toward the goals outlined
in their Climate Action Plans and to share that progress with their stakeholders and the general public.

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General Statement of Progress

NMSU created the Office of Sustainability (OoS) July 1, 2010. It is managed by one person, the Manager of Environmental Policy and Sustainability. The OoS is in the department of Facilities and Services. Some of the goals we have accomplished since then are as follows:
1. Create “Energy Reduction Campaign” by meeting with Deans, Department Heads, faculty, staff, and students to explain the importance of reducing our energy usage and energy costs on campus. We have significantly cut our energy usage in the last year.
2. Working with our Project Design and Engineering department we have encouraged the use of green building materials, construction recycling, as well as building seven LEED buildings for a total of 133,646 gsf.
3. We have single stream curbside recycling in two of our neighborhood Housing areas with two more neighborhoods soon to follow in early 2012.
4. Completed AASHE STARS report, achieving Bronze Star rating.
5. Form committee of faculty, staff, and researchers to infuse sustainability in the curriculum and research programs, inspired by the STARS report
6. Use of biofuels at Leyendecker Plant Science Research Center that uses oil from a university restaurant to run a biofuels machine that runs a motor that pumps water to water the fields grow the cotton for glandless cotton seed research.
7. Created awareness of NMSU as a sustainability oriented university on main campus as well as the four community colleges and the on- and off-campus agriculture science centers

GHG Emissions & Reduction Targets

Climate Neutrality Target Date: 2050
Interim Milestone Emission-Reduction Target Target Date Baseline*
25% reduction in Purchased Electricity Emissions by 2050 relative to baseline emissions in 2008
5% reduction in Total Scopes 1, 2, 3 Emissions by 2020 relative to baseline emissions in 2008
8% reduction in Total Scopes 1, 2, 3 Emissions by 2030 relative to baseline emissions in 2008
[click to view Climate Action Plan - NMSU Las Cruces Campus Climate Action Plan Update]

GHGs summary

GHGs for New Mexico State University Main Campus
Reporting Year Gross Emissions Net Emissions Full Time Enrollments Total Bldg. Sq. Ft. [action]
2007 151821.0 151821.0 24798.0 6207994.0 [ view ]
2008 152133.0 152133.0 24798.0 6207994.0 [ view ]
2011 77329.0 77271.0 18552.0 5585016.0 [ view ]
2012 59063.1 59063.1 17651.0 5591910.0 [ view ]
2014 85541.0 85541.0 12902.0 6871850.0 [ view ]
  • Change in GHG gross emissions


  • Change in GHG emissions per 1000 sq.ft. building space


  • Change in GHG emissions per full time enrollment (FTE)


Education, Research, & Community Engagement


  • How is your institution making climate neutrality and sustainability a part of the curriculum and other educational experiences for all students?

    December 6, 2011 the Sustainability Council Education and Research Committee met with the President, Provost, and Vice President of Research at NMSU. We showed them the current list of classes with sustainability related curriculum that was reported for the AASHE STARS report. It was a very small percentage and this was an incentive to do better. After our presentation we were given the go-ahead to work more closely with the Faculty Senate and given approval to work with each Dean of the seven colleges to focus on adding sustainability and climate neutrality into the educational experience with all students. The Office of Sustainability is also focusing on this and encouraging the Council to pursue this great goal.

  • Does your institution offer an undergraduate degree program(s) related to climate change/sustainability?

    see STARs report for New Mexico State University Main Campus

  • Does your institution offer a graduate degree program in climate change/sustainability?

    see STARs report for New Mexico State University Main Campus



  • If applicable, how is your institution expanding research efforts toward the achievement of climate neutrality research?

    NMSU has been involved in multiple research efforts related to climate change and sustainability, including • state-wide project that is monitoring the effect of climate change by developing hydrologic models • collaborative proposal to the NSF Water Sustainability and Climate Program • collaborative proposal to U.S. Geological Survey for establishing a climate and ecosystem science center NMSU also has a competitive graduate research assistantship program for students to gain valuable research training and experience. Several assistantships have been made to students in algal biofuels development and renewable energy research. In addition, the Vice President for Research recently created the Energy Research Laboratory that focuses on multidisciplinary efforts related to renewable energies and is developing international partnerships such as with India, Costa Rica, and Chile.

  • Does your institution have a program to encourage student climate and or sustainability research?

    see STARs report for New Mexico State University Main Campus

  • Does your institution have a program to encourage faculty climate and or sustainability research?

    see STARs report for New Mexico State University Main Campus

Community Engagement

  • How is your institution expanding community outreach efforts toward the achievement of climate neutrality?

    The Manager of the Office of Sustainability (Oos), joni newcomer [sic] was previously Chair of the Outreach Committee for the NMSU Sustainability Council and the Chair of the USGBC Advocacy Committee for the local USGBC Chihuahuan Desert Chapter, so outreach is in her blood! We currently connect with City, County, and other Community officials and politicians by inviting them to the Sustainability Council monthly meetings. The manager of OoS was meeting monthly with the City of Las Cruces Sustainability Officer until he moved away the end of last year – when a new officer is hired, the meetings will continue. We are remodeling and building new buildings on our main corridor that connects the university with the City – we are very involved on all levels with the committee to join the Las Cruces community and NMSU. Outreach with USGBC included two trips to Washington DC to meet with New Mexico politicians about green building in the state. The Manager of Environmental Policy is often asked to speak about sustainability at local community and university meetings.

  • Does your institution participate in community climate change and or sustainability partnerships?

    see STARs report for New Mexico State University Main Campus

  • Has your institution advocated for federal, state, and/or local public policies that support campus sustainability or that otherwise advance your goal of climate neutrality?

    see STARs report for New Mexico State University Main Campus

Many of the above questions correspond to AASHE's Sustainability Tracking Assessment & Rating System (STARS) credits. For signatories that are STARS participants you may find more detail on their efforts in the areas of education, research, and community engagement by accessing their STARS report.

Energy & Finances

Energy Efficiency Projects

  • Number of Energy Efficiency Retrofit Projects planned, but not yet implemented:


  • Number of Energy Efficiency Retrofit Projects completed since signing the ACUPCC:


  • Number of buildings that have received a green building certification since signing the ACUPCC:


  • Number of green buildings planned or scheduled for completion in the next 2 years:


Renewable Energy

  • Annual output (in kWhs) for each renewable energy system utilized by New Mexico State University Main Campus

    • Solar output: 35156 kWh

    • Wind output: 0 kWh

    • Biomass output: 0 kWh

    • Fuel Cell output: 0 kWh

    • Geothermal output: 0 kWh

Financial Data

  • Has your Climate Action Plan and/or related sustainability efforts saved your institution money so far, e.g. by reducing operational expenses?


  • Estimated amount saved to date from implementing your CAP projects:


  • Estimated total savings expected from implementing entire Climate Action Plan


  • Additional information or context to support expected savings:

    We are building a new Chilled Water Plant with ice storage. We are in the process of hiring an Energy Performance Contractor.
finance methods...
  • Financing Methods utilized for Mitigation or Renewable Energy Projects:
    • Power Purchase Agreement (PPA)
    • Renegotiating Purchased Utilities Agreements

Non-public data

This data is available to signatories with reporting system access.
"" fields in which no data was submitted have been omitted from this report

For more information about New Mexico State University Main Campus's climate & sustainability efforts please click here