Climate and Energy
Climate change, energy security, and resource consumption are issues of growing global concern. Universities can play a powerful role in researching and demonstrating solutions to these challenges.
The Carbon Cube. Every person on WIT's campus is responsible for the release of 2.2 metric tons of CO2 equivalent into the atmosphere each year. If you built a box to hold that much CO2, it would be more than 34 feet across.
Wentworth has taken proactive steps to measure and reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. In 2007, Wentworth’s President signed the American College & University President’s Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), a voluntary program obligating the campus to publicly report its carbon footprint and efforts to mitigate GHG emissions and incorporate sustainability into campus operations and teaching.
Campus Carbon Footprint
Wentworth’s greenhouse gas inventory provides the basis for measuring the campus carbon footprint. Our GHG inventory dates back to 2007, and includes scope 1, 2, and 3 emissions:
Campus GHG emissions (scope 1 and 2) have declined roughly 10% from 2007 to 2011.
GHG Reduction Targets
We have proposed a series of GHG Reduction Targets for the campus:
The process for achieving these targets is described in the Climate Action Plan. GHG mitigation will consist primarily of energy conservation, followed by renewable energy and other mitigation opportunities, in accordance with the financial resources available.
Cutting Carbon and Energy Use
Below are some examples of existing mitigation strategies that aim to achieve our GHG targets on campus:
- Metering improvements
- Building automation system enhancements
- Steam trap replacements
- Interior and exterior lighting retrofits, including LED lighting.
- Policy to purchase 100% EPA EnergyStar products and EPEAT Gold computers
- Cogeneration in the central power plant
- Switch from oil to natural gas
- Extensive commuter program with incentives to reduce single-occupant vehicle trips
- Physical Plant’s six electric vehicles
- Read more about transportation initiatives.
Extensive waste diversion and recycling program, including:
- Single-stream recycling
- Construction and demolition waste recycling
Student Education & Outreach:
Additionally, Wentworth students may become involved with campus energy savings during their participation in Campus Conservation Nationals, a nationwide energy conservation competition. During the spring of 2012, Wentworth students saved 3,853 kWh and $800 over three weeks through simple actions such as turning off the lights and powering down computers when not in use! Read more about green living at Wentworth.