2008 Capstone Seminar Project - Sustainability Initiatives at Eco U
In 2006, four campuses in the University of Wisconsin system, including Green Bay, were chosen by Governor Doyle as part of the Wisconsin Declaration of Energy Independence, to become energy independent by 2012. In 2007, UW-Green Bay Chancellor Bruce Shepard signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), committing the University to becoming a zero emission or climate neutral campus. The ACUPCC requires signatories to complete a Climate Action Plan, which this document outlines.
The 2008 Capstone Class investigated possible scenarios for becoming a sustainable university starting with conservation and efficiency, and moving into renewable energy technology implementation. Another focus was to help the university exceed the requirements of its Municipal Storm Water permit of 40% Total Suspended Sediment by 2013. We realize that some of the recommendations are relatively easy to implement, and others will take more time and financing. Since we have been challenged by Governor Doyle to become a sustainable campus and UWGB has signed the ACUPCC agreement, we have created a plan that will eventually help this campus become energy efficient and become a model for renewable energy implementation. With the highest of hopes, if all recommendations become actions, we have the ability to become a net-zero emission facility that can claim carbon neutrality.