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Rio Salado College is totally committed to the triple bottom line (3BL) of sustainability: socially just and equitable, economically robust and environmentally viable.

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  • American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment

  • Table of Contents

    Acknowledgements 2

    Introduction 3

    ACUPCCTwo-MonthReportingForm 4

    CarbonAudits 5

    GHGMitigation 8

    Currentmeasures 8

    Futurestrategies 11

    Educational,ResearchandCommunityOutreachEfforts 12

    Financing 15

    TrackingProgress 16

    ClimateNeutrality 17

    Appendix1:InsideRio,Volume10No.12008

    Appendix2:ACUPCCTwo-MonthReportingForm

    Appendix3:ACUPCCReportingSystemInformation

    Appendix4:LeadershipCouncilMembership

  • Page 3 ACUPCC Carbon Footprint Action PlanPage 2 Rio Salado College Carbon Footprint Action Plan

    AcknowledgementsRioSaladoCollegeistotallycommittedtothetriplebottomline(3BL)ofsus-tainability:sociallyjustandequitable,economicallyrobustandenvironmentallyviable.ThisisdemonstratedinthefactthatsustainabilityisoneoftheCol-legescorevalues;isGoal8oftheStrategicPlan,Rio2012;andissupportedbyemployeesthroughvolunteerprograms,suchasPay30Forward.TheClimateActionPlan,though,focusesmainlyontheenvironmentalpieceofsustainabil-itythrougheffortstoreducetheCollegescarbonfootprint.

    Whileallemployeessupportsustainability,itwouldnothavebeenpossibletoproducetheRioSaladoCollege2009ClimateActionPlanwithoutthecontribu-tionsofthefollowingindividuals:

    2009 Climate Action Plan ContributorsTheOfficeofthePresident Dr.LindaThor,President

    Administration*ToddSimmons,VicePresident,BusinessandEmployeeServices

    *VernonSmith,VicePresident,TeachingandLearning

    LeadershipCouncil(seeAppendix4formembershiplisting)

    Faculty*ShannonCorona,PhysicalSciences

    BeatrizCohen,Counseling

    CollegeStaff AlanTorvie,ArchitectandSustainabilityConsultant

    DanielleTomerlin,SustainabilityConsultant

    GenevieveWinters,Director,Research,PlanningandDevelopment

    ChristyFlora,InstitutionalResearchAnalyst

    *ElizabethCole-Fay,ProjectCoordinator

    *RichardEspinoza,Director,Facilities

    *DorothyStrait,Director,SiteOperations

    LindaBird,ExecutiveAssistant

    KevinBilder,Director,MarketingandPublicRelations

    MatthewFreed,GraphicDesignerII

    *SharonKoberna,Dean,AdministrativeandEmployeeServices

    * DesignatesamemberoftheRioSaladoCollegeSustainabilitySteeringCommittee

    IntroductionRioSaladoCollege(RioSalado)isoneofthe10collegesintheMaricopaCountyCommunityCollegeDistrict(MCCCD),whichisthelargestcommu-nitycollegedistrictinthenation.RioSaladohastheuniquedistinctionofbeingtheMaricopaCollegewith-outwalls.Mostoftheinstructionisconductedon-line(distancelearning),withinbusinessesorpublicinstitu-tions,orinvariouscommunitycenters.

    RioSaladoisoneoffivecollegesintheMCCCDthatwereCharterSignatoriestotheAmericanCollegeandUniver-sityPresidentsClimateCommitment(ACUPCC)in2007.Thiscommitmenttoreducethecarbonfootprintsofthememberinstitutionsandtoseekclimateneutralitymandatedcertainrequirementsandstrategieslead-ingtosubmittalandexecutionofaClimateActionPlan.

    TheRioSaladocarbon footprintisthesumofgreenhousegas(GHG)emissionsgeneratedbythestudents

    andstaffoftheinstitution.Theseemissionsincludesixdesignatedgasesandrefrigerants,butareprimar-ilycarbonbasedfuelsandelectricitygeneratedfromfossilfuels,andpri-marilycarbondioxide.ThemeasureofgreenhousegasesisexpressedasCO2equivalents(CO2e)andmeasuredinmetrictons.InordertoquantifyandcompareGHGemissionsforcolleges,theACUPCCreportstonsofCO2eperfull-timeequivalentstudent(FTE).TheACUPCCrequirementsincluded:

    WithintwomonthsoftheImple-mentationStartDate,establishaninstitutionalstructuretoguidethedevelopmentandimplementationoftheClimateActionPlan.

    WithintwomonthsoftheImple-mentationStartDate,select2ormoreTangibleActions,selectedfromalistof7options,tobeinitiatedandcompletedwhilethelongtermClimateActionPlanwasbeingdeveloped.

    WithinoneyearoftheImplemen-tationStartDate,andannuallythereafter,completeaninventoryandpublicreportongreenhousegasemissions(CarbonAudit).

    WithintwoyearsoftheImplemen-tationStartDate,developaClimateActionPlanthatincludesatargetdateandinterimmilestonesforachievingclimateneutrality.

    Onanongoingbasis,makepubliclyavailabletheinstitutionalstructure,greenhousegasinventory,ClimateActionPlan,andprogressreports,byprovidingthemtoAASHE(As-sociationfortheAdvancementofSustainabilityinHigherEducation)forpostinganddissemination

    ThisClimateActionPlanincludesasummaryofthefindingsoftheRioSaladocarbonauditoffiscalyear2007/2008greenhousegas(GHG)emissions,andthecurrentmeasuresandproposedstrategiestoreducetheRioSaladocarbonfootprint.

  • Page 5 ACUPCC Carbon Footprint Action PlanPage 4 Rio Salado College Carbon Footprint Action Plan

    ACUPCC Two-Month Reporting FormInstitutional StructureWhentheCollegesubmitteditstwo-monthreportingformitdesignatedtheLeadershipCouncil,whichincludesthePresidentandVicePresidents,Deans,AssociateDeans,FacultyChairs,andstaffandstudentrepresentationastheinstitutionalstructurewiththeresponsibilityforimplementationoftheClimateActionPlan.TheLeadershipCouncilisalsochargedwithadvancingallformsofsustainabilitywithinthecollege.

    Carbon Audits2007-2008TheCarbonAuditforfiscalyear2007/2008wascompletedandthereportsubmittedtotheACUPCCinSeptember2008.ACarbonAuditforfiscalyear2008/2009isbeingcompleted,andwillbesubmittedtoACUPCCinSeptember2009.TheCarbonAuditwillberepeatedandsubmittedeachyear.

    TheuniqueeducationaldeliverymethodprovidedbyRioSaladoresultsinoneofthesmallestcarbonfootprints(GHGemissionlevelsperstudent&staffpopulation)ofallthecollegesanduniversitiesthathavereportedto

    ACUPCC Tangible ActionsRioSaladosubmittedtheACUPCCTwo-MonthReportingFormonNovember15,2007,whichindicatedthree(3)oftheoptionstobeaccomplishedbytheCollege.TheTwo-MonthReportingFormincludedthefollowingTangibleActions:

    Action #2: Adopt energy efficient appliance purchas-ing policy

    RioSaladoimmediatelyinstitutedapolicyrequiringthatallnewappliancepurchasesbeEnergyStarrated.

    Action #4: Encourage use of and provide access to public transportation for all staff, stu-dents, and visitors

    ThisActionrequiredeitherfreeorsubsi-dizedtransitpassesorfreecampusshuttles.ThroughtheMCCCD,RioSaladoprovidessubsidizedtransitpasses.

    Action #5: Purchase or produce 15% of electricity from renewable resources

    BothutilitycompaniesthatprovideservicetoRioSaladofacilitiesgenerate/purchasepercentagesoftheirelectricityfromrenew-ablesources.SaltRiverProject(SRP)cur-rentlyincorporates5%andwillincreasethatpercentageto15%by2020;andArizonaPublicService(APS)incorporates2%andwillachieve15%by2025.RioSaladoantici-patesreaching15%by2020.Inadditiontopurchasingrenewablepower,RioSaladoisinvestigatingsolarandotherstrategiesforon-siterenewablepowergeneration.

    date.TheGHGemissionlevelof.9metrictonsofCO2eisapproximately24%ofthenationalaverageforcommunitycolleges.TheonlyotherinstitutionsreportingtoAASHEthathavesimilarcarbonfootprintsalsoprovideonlyorpredominantlyon-linedistancelearning.

    Themajorityofinstitutions,includingRioSaladoCollege,usedtheCleanAir/CoolPlanet(CACP)CampusCarbonCal-culatortodeterminetheGHGemissionscreatedbytheirphysicalplant,students,andstaff.

    The UnIqUe edUCATIonAl delIvery meThod ProvIded by rIo SAlAdo reSUlTS In one of The SmAlleST CArbon fooTPrInTS...

  • Page 7 ACUPCC Carbon Footprint Action PlanPage 6 Rio Salado College Carbon Footprint Action Plan

    Insummary,theexceptionallysmallcarbonfootprintgen-eratedbyRioSaladosfacilities,staff,andstudentsistheresultofRioSaladoseducationaldeliverymodalitiesandteachingmethods.

    Online Distance Learning:

    Onlinedistancelearningisaverysustainabledeliverymodality.Therearetwomainfactorsforthis:theneedforfacilitiesisminimizedandcommutingisnegligible.

    Facilities-BecausethemajorityofRioSaladosstudentsareonlinelearners,theneedforclass-roomsandotherinstructionalspaceiselimi-nated.RioSaladosbuildingsconsistprimarilyofadministration,facultyoffices,informationtech-nologyfacilities,andothersupportstaffspaces.

    Commuting-Commutingmilesandtheresul-tantfuelconsumptionareminimal.Commutingtoattendclassroomsessionsiseliminated,andevencommutingforadvising,registration,tobuyandsellbooksatthebookstore,topaytuitionatthecashiersofficeandothercentralofficefunc-tionsisoptional.Allstudent-relatedservicesareavailableonline.Commutingisonlyrequiredformid-termandfinalexaminationsatconvenientcollegelocationsformostcourses.

    Off-Site Teaching:

    AnotherlargesegmentofRioSaladosteachingisdoneoff-siteforemployeesofcorporateandgov-ernmentalpartners,anddualenrolledhighschoolstudents.ThesedeliverymodalitieseliminatetheneedforCollege-ownedfacilities.

    EducationServicePartners(ESP)-Theinstruc-tionoccursduringworkinghoursand,therefore,thecommutingmileageforthesestudentsisnotreportableforcarbonfootprintpurposesbyRioSalado.Itischargedtotheemployersincetheinstructionoccursasaresultofthestudentsemployment.Rioprovideslearningopportuni-tiesforover50majorcorporations,militarybasesandgovernmentalagencies.

    Dualenrollmentsites(highschools)RioSaladohasdualenrollmentprogramscounty-wideat53highschools.Theinstructertifiedhighschoolteachers.Studentsearnbothhighschoolandcollegecredit.Asaresult,commutingmileageiseliminatedforthisinstructionaldeliverymodal-ity.

    Incarceratedre-entryRioSaladooperatesanoccupationaltrainingprogramthroughtheAri-zonaDepartmentofCorrectionsforinmates.Thetrainingconsistsofworkforce-basededucation(WBE)andlife-skillsinstruction.Thesestudentsdonotcreateanycommutingemissions.

    TheGHGemissionsarecalculatedbythreesources(scopes):

    Scope 1 Emissions

    Defined-directemissionsoccurringfromsourcesownedorcontrolledbytheinstitution,includingstationaryandmobilecombustionandfugitiveandprocessemissions.

    Manycollegesoruniversitiesowncentralpower,steam,chilledwater,orco-generationplants(fixedcombustion),butRioSaladosprimaryScope1emis-sionsarethos

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