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William & Mary, UVA partner to reach 2030 carbon neutrality goal

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    绿色目标:  The announcements build on the ongoing progress in sustainability efforts at William & Mary. Last fall, the university announced a long-range 可持续发展计划, which includes a commitment to grow its green revolving fund.  照片由斯蒂芬·salpukas
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W&M also announces $19.3 million gift to further sustainability efforts

William & Mary and the 弗吉尼亚大学 have committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2030, the universities announced today. The two Virginia institutions will share information and collaborate on initiatives toward zero net greenhouse emissions. For W&M, those actions will include steps in efficiencies, sourcing renewable energy and behavior change.

William & Mary also announced today a $19.3 million anonymous donation to establish an 研究所综合保护,这将支持对环境威胁的世界人口政策研究和倡导保护生态系统和保障。成为有望运行在冬季到2020年,该研究所将形成教师,员工的多学科小组和学生地址保护问题和树立节约的专业人士组成的网络。

该公告是更广泛的可持续发展的努力在内的英联邦的一部分。弗吉尼亚州州长拉尔夫·诺瑟姆签署了一项行政命令设置跌倒ESTA年初目标,弗吉尼亚州2050年生产的无碳能源在能源的100%。

“Safeguarding the health of our environment, society and economy is one of the most complex challenges of our time,” said W&M President Katherine A. Rowe, “and will require sustained effort, close collaborations and unwavering commitment from our institutions. William & Mary has committed itself to all of these in today’s announcements of our bold new efforts, as we promise to unite our best minds with others throughout the commonwealth. We look forward to working with our colleagues at the 弗吉尼亚大学, and we recognize our responsibility to do our part, especially as an estuarine campus located in a region more susceptible to sea-level rise than many others.”

A logo that shows a tree made of smaller icons representing sustainabilityThe announcements also build on the ongoing progress in sustainability efforts at William & Mary. Last fall, the university announced a long-range 可持续发展计划,其中包括扩大其绿色周转资金的承诺,投资于哪些项目在校园内既减少碳排放和产生的投资回报率衡量,并创建一个气候行动计划。该计划的一部分将包括朝向煤中立目标的步骤。

“气候变化是真实的威胁,是什么,我们应该在采取行动,说:”压延湖水,可持续性主任。 “那有越来越多的证据,我们必须按顺序时间表缩水采取这一行动,而且,虽然2030年有事业心,这是可以实现的。我们相信这是做相应的事情。

“实现ESTA的目标将涉及每个人 - 教师,学生和工作人员。它采取了很多的规划和利益相关者参与的从校园的各个领域得到了这一点,这是第一步迈向一个更大的计划。“

与葡萄合作

William & Mary and UVA will begin working toward achieving their shared goal in the spring. UVA’s Board of 访问ors this week will review details of the partnership as well as the university’s overall 2020-30 可持续发展计划. According to Waters Lake, the partnership will focus on three areas:

  • 定期交流有关应对气候变化行动的规划和实施过程的信息和资源
  • 合作进行宣传和参与机会在各大学和大学及周边社区之间
  • 一起工作,以支持气候行动计划和实施高等教育和社区在弗吉尼亚州的其他机构

此次合作有望帮助各学校采取迅速采取行动的气候,放大效应和集中资源和知识,说湖水。

“我们往往是与其他大学的竞争力,特别是葡萄,”生物学教授约翰襁褓说,可持续发展委员会的联合主席。

“可持续发展是这些领域在哪里是值得的合作之一。因为这个话题的整点是做集体利益,如果我们这样做,在与其他机构合作的更具冲击力,更容易。“

下一步

A large portion of the university’s greenhouse gas emissions comes from electricity, said Waters Lake. While past and current initiatives have reduced usage through efficiency measures such as LED bulbs, the next step is sourcing renewable energy, she said. As part of that effort, W&M Facilities Management is exploring a power purchase agreement that could source as much as 60% of the electricity used on campus from solar farms in the region.

“我们相信我们有一个选项,以真正解决我们的排放,这是原因之一,我们相信2030是这样实现的,最大的来源”说湖水。

Another challenge William & Mary and many other universities face is the use of natural gas for heating and steam production, said Waters Lake, adding that it makes up about a quarter of W&M’s emissions. The university will hire a consultant to come to campus next semester to provide advice on technology and alternative sources.

A logo that says W&M Sustainability and has a leaf in the background碳补偿在大学的努力,以解决类似的事情通勤和商务旅行发挥作用也可以。这些信贷是由地区购买组织在哪里实现碳中可能很难或不可能实现偏移。对钱的去向跟踪和验证支持项目减少温室气体排放这一点。采用偏移量将可能发生接近2030年的目标,十一学校已探索所有其他选项,以减少碳足迹及其赛义德湖水。

在校园里的几批人,包括那些对气候行动计划的工作,都在思考的最可行的方案抵消煤炭,襁褓说。

“我们不会成为一个零排放的校园,”我说。 “人们会做的事情,导致碳排放,比如通勤工作或出国留学。对于这些活动,这是必不可少的,我们将寻找低排放的选项和抵消我们不能减少。所以,作为一个整体,集体,我们在中立。“

不断努力

William & Mary has been working toward reducing its carbon footprint for years through W&M Sustainability,其中包括在可持续发展委员会,由目前的襁褓和法律教授琳达·巴特勒校长共同主持。该委员会于2008年实行学生呼吁学生“环保费”,募集资金用于可持续发展的努力之后创建的。湖的水域被聘为2014年大学的可持续发展的第一任主任。

W&M’s sustainability efforts began in full force at the behest of students, said Butler, and they have been the driving force throughout the past decade.

“在开始的时候,我们开发可持续发展的政策主要集中在环境的可持续性,但现在它扩大去过,”巴特勒说,世卫组织共同主持了关于可持续发展委员会自成立以来。

Throughout the years, the committee, working with Waters Lake, has found ways to save the university significant amounts of money while pursuing green efforts, including an LED lighting retrofit that saves W&M $17,000 per year. That project was made possible through the university’s Green to Gold Fund, which gives loans to W&M departments for projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The savings from those projects then fund other initiatives.

W&M Sustainability has also saved the university money by supporting the installation of variable drives in the HVAC system at swem库, identifying issues with the university’s recycling contracts and funding a move from a paper course catalog to an electronic one, said Butler.

Through the Green Fee, W&M Sustainability has awarded grants to students, faculty and staff each semester for projects that help make the campus more sustainable in some way, from water bottle-filling stations to a solar table and charging station on the Sadler Center terrace.

W&M Sustainability has also supported research opportunities for students and faculty, and some support is provided to faculty and students who attend conferences related to sustainability, said Butler.

气候行动计划

Last November, Rowe announced the adoption of the university’s first long-range, comprehensive 可持续发展计划, which included a commitment to the Sustainable Endowments Institute’s Billion Dollar Green Challenge. For colleges and universities, the goal of the challenge is to invest a combined total of $1 billion in self-managed green revolving funds. W&M will do this through private donations, Rowe said last year.

还呼吁建立一个气候行动计划,这是初步预计将推出秋季到2020年目前的大学正在研究这项计划,建立在对上述工作完成后的工作计划是可持续发展的计划。

W&M students who volunteer as EcoReps可持续发展办公室正在推动规划过程中随着可持续发展委员会气候行动小组委员会和关于10个工作组,教师,职员和学生在校园。

内发生导致了大学的决定前进随着碳中和这些小组的讨论设定一个日期赛义德湖水。

“这将有助于告知计划向前发展,使我们的工作更有针对性,”她说。 “那这件事情,我们已经经历了很长而包容的进程吃掉。”

另外,承诺大学的相交战略规划过程中,在八月开始的时间。

“我们要确保重大决定作为在大学里做,这2030碳中获取,分解”说湖水。

通过可持续发展,并重申该委员会接受了教师装配主动和日期。这是一个雄心勃勃的目标,说管家,而是一个她认为是可以实现的即兴奋和说,“我认为我们已经走过了很长的路要走。”

参与其中

兴趣加入的人可以加入对气候行动计划赛义德湖水的工作组。该计划本身也将提供机会,为校园社区在实现通过周围的事物像运输,回收和能源使用行为选择的目标发挥作用。

学生将继续发挥在可持续发展努力显著作用向前走,说襁褓。

“There’s an international call to action, which many scientists are calling a climate emergency or a climate crisis because we soon may reach a tipping point,” said Swaddle. “So there's a pressing need to do something in the coming decade, and William & Mary needs to play our part in that, and students need to see William & Mary is playing our part — it is a very important part of their education so they live as responsible citizens and leaders once they graduate.”