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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-sionsarethosegeneratedbythecollegesvehiclefleet(mobilecombustion).Therearenoprocessemissions(laboratory).Fugitiveemissionsleakageofrefriger-ant,arenotmeasured,butareassumedtobeinsig-nificant.TheRioSalado2007/2008annualScope1emissionstotaledanestimated72metrictonsofCO2e.

    Scope 2 Emissions

    Defined-indirectemissionsoccurringfrompurchasedelectricity,heating,cooling,orsteam.

    RioSalados2007/2008Scope2emissionsconsistedofpurchasedelectricityonly,andtotaled4,046tons.

    Scope 3 Emissions

    Defined-indirectemissionsoccurringfrompurchasedsourcesnotownedorcontrolledbytheinstitution,includingstudentandstaffcommuting,airlinetravel,andsolidwaste.

    RioSaladosScope3emissionstotaled8,304tons,asfollows:

    Commuting 6,585

    AirTravel 594

    SolidWaste 1,125

    TotalGHGemissionsforthe2007-2008fiscalyearwere12,422metrictonsofCO2e.TheaverageGHGemissionsof28communitycollegesnationwidethatreportedGHGinventoryresultswere22,842tons.WithaFTEstudentpopulationof13,709,andGHGemissionstotaling12,422tons,theRioSaladofootprintis.91tonsperstudentperyear.Thisratioisapproximately24%ofthenationalcom-munitycollegeaverageof3.84tonsperstudentperyear.

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    Commuting

    Air travel

    Solid

    waste

    53.0%

    32.6%

    0.6%

    4.8%

    9.1%

    TOTAL EMISSIONS - 2008

    Ascanbeseenbytheabovechart,only19.0%ofRioSaladoenrollmentsgenerateanysignificantcom-mutingemissions(In-person11.1%andAdultBasicEducation(ABE)7.9%).

    2008-2009

    The2008-2009fiscalyearcarbonauditisunderde-velopmentandwillbepublishedinOctober2009.

    In-person 11.1%

    Distance (online) 33.9%

    ESP 29.8%

    Dual Enrolled 13.6%

    Incarcerated 3.6%

    ABE 7.9%

    TOTAL ENROLLMENTS - 2008

  • Page 9 ACUPCC Carbon Footprint Action PlanPage 8 Rio Salado College Carbon Footprint Action Plan

    Scope 3 Emissions

    RioSaladohasimplementedmultipleinitiativestoreducecommutingmileage,including:

    MaricopaCountyTripReductionProgram:

    Carpoolingprogram:

    Registeredcarpoolers:Providesaccesstocarpoolbenefits

    Guaranteedrideshome:assuresregisteredcarpoolerswillgethomeifthedriverisntavailable

    Dedicatedpreferentialcarpoolparkingplaces:encouragescarpools

    Carpoolcoordination:collegeassistsfor-mationofpools

    Publicawareness:promotesthebenefitsofcarpooling

    WorkWeekReductionProgram:

    4daysummerworkweeks:reducesstaffcom-mutingby20%

    Alternate4dayfall,winter,springworkweeks:reducesstaffcommutingby10%

    AlternativeWorkScheduleProgram:

    Telecommuting:substantiallyreducescom-muting

    Staggeredhours/flextime

    PublicTransitAssistance:

    SubsidizedBusPasses:Encouragesuseofpublictransit

    Publictransitdatabasetoassiststaffandstudentsinutilizingpublictransit:allowsstudentsandstafftoeasilydetermineroutesandschedules

    GHG MitigationCurrent measuresPriortosigningtheACUPCC,RioSaladoandMCCCDbothhadinstitutedanumberofpracticesfocusedonreducingenergyuse,reducingGHGemissions,andadvancingothersustainabilitymeasures,allfocusedonthesustainabilitytriplebottomlineaspects:environmental,economic,andsocial.Theseincludeconservationofnaturalresources,educationofandoutreachtothecommunity,researchandoperatingcontinuity.TheClimateActionPlanwilladdressprimarilytheenvironmentalcomponent,buttheresultswillalsobenefittheothertwoaspects.

    CurrentmeasuresfocusedonGHGemissionreductioninclude:

    Scope 1 Emissions

    SinceRioSaladodoesnotoperateon-sitepower,steam,orchilledwatercentralplants,andcarefullymonitorsfugitiverefrigerantemissions,theprimaryScope1emissions(72tonsin2008)arethosegenerat-edbyRioSaladosserviceandcarpoolfleet.SincetheACUPCCImplementationDate,inSeptember,2007,RioSaladohasreplacedoldervehicleswithnewhighefficiencyhybridautomobiles,includingseveralToyotaPriushybridsandbi-fuel(ethanol/gasoline)ChevroletImpalas.

    RioSaladoalsoutilizeslowornon-VOCemittingpaints,coatings,andcleaningsupplies,andinspectsHVACunitsregularlytoavoidrefrigerantleakage.

    Scope 2 Emissions

    Since2007,RioSaladohasadoptedanumberofpoli-ciesaimedatreducingkilowattusage,including:

    Reducedlightinglevels.Duringdaylighthours,mostperimeterofficesandworkspacesoperatewitheitherlightsofforwithonlyhalfthefluo-rescentlampson.Interiorspacesthatarelightlyoccupiedmaintainlowlightlevels

    Adjustedsetlevelsforairconditioning.Summerandlatespring/earlyfallairconditioninglevelsaresethigherthaninpreviousyears.Wintertemperaturesettingsarelower,toreduceheatingcosts

    Replacedmagneticballastswithelectronicbal-lastsandre-lampedfluorescentfixtureswithenergyefficientlamps.Inaddition,RioSaladohasreplacedanumberoffluorescentballastlampunitswithLEDlamps,forfurtherreductioninheatgenerationandenergyusage.

    Replacedthecoolingtowerinthelargestbuild-ing,withnewequipment,includingVariableSpeedDrivesonlargemotors.

    Installeddirectdigitalcontrol(DDC)energyman-agementsystemsinmostbuildings.

    Replacedwatersourceheatpumpunitswithnewerhigherefficiencyenergysavingunits,andestablishedprogressivemaintenancepolicies.

    Employedmanypowersavingandgreentech-nologyprogramstomanageandadministerthetechnologyenvironmentofthecollege;fromEnergy-starcompliantLCDmonitors,tothevirtu-alizationoftheserverenvironment.

    SolidWaste(recycling):Inordertoreducetheimpactofsolidwasteonlandfills,RioSaladoCollegeoperatesanextensiverecyclingprogramwithawiderangeofareas,including:

    Paperandcardboard:Riocontractswithacommercialvendortoacceptpapermaterialsforrecycling.Eachemployeeisfurnishedwithabluepaperrecyclingcontainerattheirofficeorworkstation,andthecontentsarecollectedandsoldtothecommercialvendor.

    ScrapMetal:Aluminum,steel,andcopperarecollectedandsoldtoalocalscrapmetalvendor,toberecycledandre-used.

    PlasticandGlass:Allplasticandglasscontain-ersaresortedandgiventotheCityofTempefortheirrecyclingprogram.

    Hazardousmaterials:Itemscontaininghazard-ousmaterialsorintegratedre-usablemetalsarerecycledthroughprogramsdedicatedtoproperre-useordisposal.Theseitemsincludebatteries,inkcartridges,lightfixturesandcom-puterequipment.

    Carpet:Usedcarpetisrecycledthroughanumberofcommercialsuppliers.

    Furnitureandequipment:RiobothdonatestoandreceivesfurnitureandequipmentfromaDistrictwidepoolfordistributionofuseditemstoavoiddiscardingunneeded,butstillserviceableitems.

  • Page 11 ACUPCC Carbon Footprint Action PlanPage 10 Rio Salado College Carbon Footprint Action Plan

    whereinRiopartnerswithuniversities,otherMaricopacommunitycolleges,andavocationaltraininghighschooldistricttoprovideone-stopeducationalopportunities.Thisconceptallowssharingoffacilitiesandextendedhoursofoperation,tooptimizetheuseofthesharedspaces;thus,reducingenergy,maintenance,andcommutingcosts.

    RioSaladoispartneringwithBrightenALife,acharitablenon-profit,CauseandEffectEvolutions,amarketingfirmandtheCityofPhoenixtoconstructandoperateagreencharterhighschool.Thetotalcostofconstructing,furnishingandequippingthebuildingsisbeingdonatedbylocalcontrac-tors,engineersandsuppliers.Thecharterhighschoolwillfocusongreencollarjobtrain-ing.ThebuildingsarebeingdesignedtobeLEEDplatinum.

    Scope 3 Emissions

    RioSaladosScope3emissionsareprimarilythosegeneratedbystu-dentandstaffcommuting.WhiletheCollegehasnocontrolovereither,RioSaladohastakenmanystepstoencouragebothgroupstousealternativestocommutinginsingleoccupantvehicles(SOV).

    Carpooling:Futuremeasureswouldincludeincreasingeffortstoestablishmorecarpoolingopportunities,suchascoordi-natingparkandridelocationsforlong-distancecommutersor

    future StrategiesScope 1 Emissions

    RioSaladowillcontinuetore-placeoldergasoline-onlyvehicleswithfuelefficienthybridsorall-electricvehicles.

    Scope 2 Emissions

    BecauseallofRioSaladosbuild-ingsareall-electric,thereisalargedegreeofpossibleimprovementinScope2emissions.Furtherplannedstrategiesinclude:

    ReplacefluorescentlampswithLEDlamps

    Re-commissionallbuildingsonaregularbasistoensureoptimumperformance.

    ImproveefficiencyofHVACsys-temsbyaddingVariableSpeedDrivesonallappropriatemotors.

    Addorreplaceobsoletemotionsensorstoturnlightsoffinunderusedareas.Theservingutilitieswillhelpanalyzeandre-commis-sionbuildingsystemsinordertoidentifyenergyreductionstrategies.

    Implementalternativerenewableenergyproductionmeasures,suchasphotovoltaicsolarsys-temsincorporatedintocoveredparkingstructures.

    Implementnewandimprovedinformationtechnologiestosup-portenergyandresourceconser-vationthroughouttheCollegescomputingenvironment.

    RioSaladohasdevelopedtheconceptofaCommuniversity,

    providingfinancialcompensa-tiontocarpoolers.

    PublicTransit:ProvidefreeshuttlesfromtheRioSalado/MCCCDadministrativecom-plextothenewMetroLightRailstations.ThiseffortcanbeundertakeninconjunctionwiththeMCCCDandMaricopaCollegeFoundationbuildingswhichsharethesameblockasRioSaladosTempesite.Alargeprivateemployeroccupiestheadjacentblockandisan-otherpotentialshuttlepartner.Theseorganizationscouldallworktogethertosupporttheshuttles.RioSaladoiscurrentlyinnegotiationwiththeCityofTempetoprovideanOrbitermunicipalbusroutebetweentheRioSalado/MCCCDofficesandseverallightrailstations.

    Alternativecommutingmodes:Federallawnowrequiresemployerstoprovideaddedcompensationtoemployeeswhoridetheirbicyclestowork.RioSaladoisworkingwithMCCCDtodevelopprocedurestoprovidethiswhenrequested.RioSaladoalsoplanstoproviderechargeoutletsinparkinglotsforstaffandstudentswhodriverechargeableelectricvehicles.

    SolidWaste:RioSaladowillex-panditsrecyclingefforts.Thisincludesadoptingnewtechnol-ogiesastheyaredeveloped.

    Duringthe2007/2008academicyear,

  • Page 13 ACUPCC Carbon Footprint Action PlanPage 12 Rio Salado College Carbon Footprint Action Plan

    RioSaladolaunchedamajorinitiativeinsupportoftheglobalsustainabilitymovement.RioSaladoisunalterablycommittedtodisseminatingitssus-tainabilityeffortsthroughouttheeducationalandbusinesscommunitieswithwhichitinteracts.Theseeffortsinclude:

    PublicationsIn2008,theRioSaladoLeadershipteamoverseeingthesustainabilityfocusconductedapaneldiscus-siontopresentmorein-depthinformationaboutcollege-widegoalsandeffortstowardimplementingapositiveplanofaction.ThediscussionincludedthePresidentandaVicePresidentofRioSalado,Deans,AssociateDeansandFacultyChairperson.Thediscus-sionaddressedenvironmental,social,andeconomicsustainabilityandRioseffortstoaddressthistriplebottomline.Thetextofthediscussionwasincludedinan8-pagepublicationandpostedontheRioSala-dowebsite.ItisincludedherewithasAppendix1.

    Sustainable foods ProgramsRioSaladooffersbothOccupationalCertificateandAssociatesDegreesinsustainablefoodssystems.Thisincludesseedstosupperphilosophies,cook-ingandhospitalityeducation,nutritionaleducation,utilizationoflocalresourcestoreducetransporta-tion,andothersustainableapproachestothefoodsandhospitalityindustries.AspartofthissustainablefoodsystemprogramRioSaladoisassumingop-erationalcontrolofitsfoodservice,[email protected]efoodproduction,reductionofenergyuse,composting,andwastereduction.

    Sustainability and ecological literacy ProgramsRioSaladooffersanAcademicCertificateprograminSustainabilityandEcologicalliteracy.Thisprogramteachessustainablelivingpractices,skillsnecessarytobecomeecologicallyandenvironmentallyaware,ad-dressesenvironmentalethics,environmentalbiology,andcarbonfootprintreductionstrategies.

    Green Industry PartneringRioSaladoisworkingwithrecognizedlocalgreenindustryorganizationstoconductnon-creditwork-shops,seminars,andotheractivitiestoincreasepublicawarenessofsustainabilityconcepts.Exam-plesareGreenontheWeekendseminarsfocusedoncarbonfootprintreduction,homeretrofittingtoreduceenergyconsumption,useofsustainablebuild-ingmaterials,andotherstrategies.

    Infusing Sustainability into Academic ProgramsRioSaladoisactivelyweavingsustainabilitythreadsintomanyoftheirexistingacademicandoccupation-alclasses.Foreignlanguageprograms,forexample,haveincorporatedsustainabilityconceptsandtermsintothecontentoftheclasses.Culinary,horticulture,business,leadership,andmyriadotherprogramshaveincludedgreenconceptsinthecurriculum.

    maricopa Sustainability networking GroupTheMaricopaCenterforLearningandInstruction(MCLI)supportsDialogueDays,anintercollegiateconferencecallthatsupportssystem-wideeffortstoinfusesustainabilityintothecurriculum.

    Pay 30 forwardIncelebrationofRioSalados30thanniversary,thePay30Forwardprogramfocusesonsocialsustainabilitybypromoting30,60,and90hourlevelsofpublicvolunteerservice.

    Americas Greenest Campus ProjectRioSaladoparticipatesintheAmericasGreenestCampuscompetitionwhichfocusesonre-cycling,wastereduction,energyandcarbonfootprintreduc-tion,andotherenvironmentalsustainabilityefforts.

    rio Salado College online Sustainability WebsiteAspartofRioSaladoswebsite,www.riosalado.edu,theCollegehasincludedasectiononSustainabilitythatincludes:

    ThinkingGreenandBeyondapositionstatementregardingRioSaladosapproachtosustainability

    RioSaladosGreenCommitmentasummaryofRioSaladosustainabilityactionsandtheAmericanCollegeandUniversityPresidentsClimateCommitment

    ParticipationinSustainabilityAlistingofnationalsustainabilityinitiatives

    GreeninActionadiscussionofthebenefitsofon-linelearning,andactionsthatstudentsandstaffcantaketobesustainableReduce,Reuse,Recycle.

    LivingGreenalistingofpartnershipswithlocalclearChannelradiostationsandsustain-abilitytips

    SustainabilityResourcesAlistingofover25websitesandotherresourcestomakeadiffer-enceinsustainability.DirectionstotheMetroBusTripPlanner.

    RethinkYourRubbishActivity:-Alistof10actionstoreduceandrecycletrash.Reduce,Recycle,andRe-Use.

    FocustheNation,NationalTeach-In:RioSaladosparticipationinnationalwebcastssup-portingsustainability.

    Educational, Research, Community Outreach Efforts

  • Page 14 Rio Salado College Carbon Footprint Action Plan Page 15 ACUPCC Carbon Footprint Action Plan

    FinancingAchievingclimateneutralityisaveryexpensivegoal.Eventhoughitwillnotbeaccomplishedfordecades,thetotalcostwillbemillionsofdollars.ItwillbenecessarytoidentifymultiplesourcesoffundingbothwithinandoutsideRioSaladoandtheMCCCD.Therearefourmajorfundingsources:

    Collegeoperationalbudgets

    Collegecapitalbudgetsand/or2004GeneralObliga-tionBondsallocation

    Utilitycompaniesrebateprograms

    Donationsfromcontractors,engineersandsuppliers

    College operational budgetsFundingformanyofthesmallerGHGreductionstrategieswillcomedirectlyfromnormalcollegeoperatingbudgets.Thesestrategiesinclude:

    ReplacingfluorescentlampswithLEDlamps.

    Addingorreplacingobsoletemotionsensorstoturnlightsoffinunderusedareas.

    PurchasingEnergy-starappliances.

    ComplyingwiththeCollegesprogressivemainte-nanceprogramforallHVACequipmenttoensureoptimumoperatingefficiency.

    Re-commissioningallbuildingsonaregularbasistoensureoptimumperformanceofallbuildingsystems.

    Subsidizingbuspasses.

    Maintainingandexpandingthecurrentrecy-clingprogram.

    College Capital budgetsCertaincapitalimprovementswouldrequirefundingfromRioSaladoscapitalbudgetsor2004GeneralOb-ligationbondsallocation.Thesecapitalimprovementswouldinclude:

    Collegevehicularfleetimprovements:replacementofolder,lessefficientvehicleswithnewermoreef-

    ficienthybrids

    MajorHVACupgrades,suchaswholesalereplace-mentofindividualunitsorreplacementofmajorequipmentitems.

    Massivereplacementoffluorescentlightfixturebal-lastsandlampswithLEDlamps.

    Photovoltaicactivesolarinstallations.

    Utility Company rebatesSeveraltypesofrebatesfromlocalutilitycompaniesexistinMaricopaCounty.ThetwoelectricutilitycompaniesservingRioSaladoareSaltRiverProject(SRP)andArizonaPublicSer-vice(APS).Eachcompanyhasthefollowingrebates:

    Energyefficiency

    APSGreenChoice

    SRPPowerWise

    Renewableenergyprojects

    APSGreenChoice

    SRPEarthWiseSolarEnergy

    TheserebateprogramscouldprovidesomefundingfortheCollegesfuturestrategiestobecomeclimateneutral.

    Inaddition,eachcompanyhasaprogramwherecustomerscanpayalittleextratocontributetoarenewableenergyfundinordertodemonstratethattheirenergyisbeingprovidedfromagreensource.Thesearebasicallyrenew-ableenergycredits(RECs).Asalastresort,buyingRECswouldallowtheCollegetoachieveitscommitmenttopurchase15%ofitspowerfromrenewableenergysources.

    donationsMuchliketheprovenCauseandEffectEvolutionsmethod,RioSaladowillbeactivelyseekingcontributionsfromcon-tractors,engineersandsuppliers.Contributionsmaycon-sistofdonatedtimeand/ormaterialsordiscountedpricinginexchangeforthemediaexposurefromsolarprojectstohelpRioSaladobecomeoneofthefirsthighereducationinstitutionstoachieveclimateneutrality.

    Tracking ProgressRioSaladoisimplementingmethodstotrackallaspectsofGHGemissionsonanongoingbasis,inordertomeasureprogresstowardclimateneutrality.Becausetheaccount-ingforthecollegeishandledbytheMCCCD,thetrackingmethodswillbenefitall10oftheMCCCDcommunitycol-leges.GHGemissiongeneratorstobetrackedare:

    Scope 1 Emissions

    RioSaladohasandwillcontinuetotracktotalannualconsumptionofgasolineforthefleet.

    Scope 2 Emissions

    RioSaladowillcontinuetotrackpowerconsumption,andwillinstituteaplantotrackeachbuildingsepa-rately,inordertomeasureprogressbyfacility.

    Scope 3 Emissions

    RioSaladowillincreaseeffortstoaccuratelydeter-mineactualstudentandstaffcommutingmiles,tripfrequency,andfuelefficiency.

    GHG Audit Updating

    TheGHGAuditcompletedinSeptember2008,whichtrackedemissionsforfiscalyear2007/2008willbeupdatedforfiscalyear2008/2009,andannuallythere-after.Theannualresultswillbetrackedandcomparedtoestablishtrendsforallemissions,andprovideaguidelinetowardclimateneutrality.

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    Climate NeutralityInorderforRioSaladotocalculateitsprojectedprogresstowardclimateneutrality,severalas-sumptionsmustbemade.Theannualassump-tionsare:

    MobileEmissions

    ThemileagedrivenbytheCollegesfleetwillnotchangeappreciably.Therefore,CO2ewillnotchange.

    Purchasedelectricity

    TotalpurchasedkWhwillincreaseatarateof2%.

    TotalpercentageofkWhfromrenew-ableenergysourceswillincreaseby12%.ThisincreasemaycomefromactualpowergeneratedbytheCollegeorthroughRECspurchasedfromthelocalutilityproviders.

    Commutingmileage

    Totalstudentcommutingmileagewillincreaseby3%.

    Totalemployeecommutingmileagewilldecreaseby4%.

    Basedontheaboveassumptions,RioSaladowillreduceitsaveragecommutingmileageperFTEbynearly65%to420miles.

    2030

    2026

    2022

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    2014

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    2016

    2010

    YEAR RENEWABLE ENERGY

    2012

    39% Renewable Energy

    15% Renewable Energy

    Basedontheaboveassumptions,RioSaladowillachieveitstwo-monthreportingformAc-tion#5goalofusing15%renewableenergybytheyear2020.

    2010

    2014

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    1200

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    COMMUTING MILEA

    GE pe

    r FTE

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    AirTravel

    Mostinstructionoccursonlineoroff-sitethroughtheuseofadjunctfaculty.Airtravelwillnotchangeappreciablyasenrollmentsgrow.Therefore,CO2ewillnotchange.

    SolidWaste

    AsrecyclingtechnologiesimproveandRioSaladoadoptsthesenewtechnologies,theCO2eperFTEwillactuallydecreaseslightly.

    Totalprojectedenrollmentswillincreaseasdetailedbelow.

    Currently,RioSalados10-yearaverageannualgrowthis7.6%.Thisenroll-mentgrowthprojectionisbasedonanaverageannualgrowthrateof7%.

    2010

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    60K

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    FTE

    Basedontheaboveenumeratedassumptions,RioSaladowillhavereduceditscarbonfootprintby67%by2030.ThefollowingchartprojectsRioSaladosprogresstowardthegoalofclimateneutrality.

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    CO2e / FTE

    0.00

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    0.90

    2012

  • Appendix 1: Inside Rio, Volume 10 No.1 2008

  • Appendix 2: ACUPCC Two Month Reporting Form

  • Page X Rio Salado College Carbon Footprint Action Plan Page X ACUPCC Carbon Footprint Action Plan

  • Appendix 3: ACUPCC Reporting System Information

    2008 GHG Report for Rio Salado CollegeHOME / GHG REPORT

    Submitted on September 15, 2008; last updated on November 26, 2008

    Summary StatisticsMaking fair comparisons between higher education institutions is always challengingdue to the rich diversity of higher education. The unverified nature of the informationin this database and unavailability of unbiased normalization metrics means suchcomparisons are even more difficult. Users should therefore approach directinstitution to institution comparisons with caution and recognize that all comparisonsbetween institutions are inherently biased.

    TotalPer Full-TimeEnrollment

    Per 1000SquareFeet

    %Offset

    Gross emissions (Scopes 1+ 2)

    4,118metric tonsof CO2e

    0.1 metrictons ofCO2e

    16.8 metrictons ofCO2e

    0%

    Gross emissions (Scopes 1+ 2 + 3)

    12,422metric tonsof CO2e

    0.2 metrictons ofCO2e

    50.7 metrictons ofCO2e

    0%

    Net emissions12,422metric tonsof CO2e

    0.2 metrictons ofCO2e

    50.7 metrictons ofCO2e

    N/A

    Emissions Inventory Methodology and BoundariesStart date of the 12-monthperiod covered in this report July 1, 2007

    Consolidation methodologyused to determineorganizational boundaries

    Operational control approach

    If any institution-owned, leased, or operated buildings or other holdings thatshould fall within the organizational boundaries are omitted, briefly explainwhy.

    N/A

    Emissions calculation toolused Clean Air-Cool Planet

    Please describe why this tool was selected.

    Recommended by PCC

    Please describe the source(s) of the emissions coefficients used.

    CA-CP automatic calculations

    Which version of IPCC's listof global warming potentialsdid you use?

    No information provided.

    Who primarily conductedthis emissions inventory? Sustainability office staff

    Please describe the process of conducting the inventory.

    Collection from many departments to gather consumption patterns, commuter

  • Which version of IPCC's listof global warming potentialsdid you use?

    No information provided.

    Who primarily conductedthis emissions inventory? Sustainability office staff

    Please describe the process of conducting the inventory.

    Collection from many departments to gather consumption patterns, commuterhabits, population statistics, etc.

    Please describe any emissions sources that were classified as de minimisand explain how a determination of the significance of these emissions wasmade.

    None

    Please describe any data limitations related to this submission and anymajor assumptions made in response to these limitations.

    None

    Emissions DataEmissions from the following sources (in metric tons of CO2e)

    Scope 1 Emissions

    Stationary Combustion 0 metric tons of CO2e

    Mobile Combustion 72 metric tons of CO2e

    Process Emissions 0 metric tons of CO2e

    Fugitive Emissions 0 metric tons of CO2e

    Total Scope 1 emissions 72 metric tons of CO2e

    Scope 2 Emissions

    Purchased Electricity 4,046 metric tons of CO2e

    Purchased Heating 0 metric tons of CO2e

    Purchased Cooling 0 metric tons of CO2e

    Purchased Steam 0 metric tons of CO2e

    Total Scope 2 emissions 4,046 metric tons of CO2e

    Scope 3 Emissions

    Commuting 6,585 metric tons of CO2e

    Air Travel 594 metric tons of CO2e

    Solid Waste 1,125 metric tons of CO2e

    Total Scope 3 emissions 8,304 metric tons of CO2e

    Biogenic Emissions

    Biogenic Emissions fromStationary Combustion No information provided.

    Biogenic Emissions fromMobile Combustion No information provided.

    Mitigation DataCarbon Offsets

    Biogenic Emissions fromStationary Combustion No information provided.

    Biogenic Emissions fromMobile Combustion No information provided.

    Mitigation DataCarbon Offsets

    Carbon offsets purchased 0 metric tons of CO2e

    Offset verification program(s) No information provided.

    Description of offsets purchased (including vendor, project source, etc.)

    None

    Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs)

    Total RECs purchased 0 kWh

    Percent of total electricityconsumption mitigatedthrough the purchase ofRECs

    No information provided.

    Emissions reductions due tothe purchase of RECs No information provided.

    REC verification program(s) No information provided.

    Description of RECs purchased (including vendor, project source, etc.)

    None

    Sequestration and Carbon Storage

    Sequestration due to landowned by the institution 0 metric tons of CO2e

    Description of how sequestration was calculated

    N/A

    Carbon storage due tocomposting No information provided.

    Normalization and Contextual DataBuilding Space

    Gross square feet of buildingspace 244,831 sq ft

    Net assignable square feet oflaboratory space 0 sq ft

    Net assignable square feet ofhealth care space 0 sq ft

    Net assignable square feet ofresidential space 0 sq ft

    Population

    Total Student Enrollment(FTE) 60,346

    Residential Students 0

    Full-time CommuterStudents No information provided.

  • The Office of the President Dr.LindaThor,President

    Administration ChrisBustamante,VicePresident,CommunityDevel-opment&StudentServices

    EdKelty,VicePresident,InformationServices

    ToddSimmons,VicePresident,BusinessandEm-ployeeServices

    Dr.VernonSmith,VicePresident,TeachingandLearning

    KishiaBrock,Dean,StudentServices

    Dr.JoJorgenson,Dean,CommunityDevelopment

    RickKemp,Dean,AcademicandPartnershipPro-grams

    SharonKoberna,Dean,AdministrativeandEmploy-eeServices

    BlairLiddicoat,Dean,AdultBasicEducation

    Dr.JamesPaluzzi,Dean,KJZZ/KBAQ/SunSounds

    DanaReid,Dean,CourseProductionSupport

    MaryRodes,Dean,SalesandMarketing

    RachelleClark,AssociateDean,StudentServicesandAdvisement,MATRepresentative

    MichaelCottam,AssociateDean,InstructionalDesign

    EarnestineHarrison,AssociateDean,Instruction

    RubyMiller,AssociateDean,AdmissionsandRecords

    Faculty Chairs MelanieAbts

    SueAdams

    JanineAdkins

    NicoleAlbo

    AngelaAmbrosia

    KirkBowden

    RonBurns

    PatCase

    ShannonCorona

    HazelDavis

    AngelaFelix

    JenniferFreed

    MaryHannaman

    JohnJensen

    JanetJohnson

    LizKaz

    TomLombardo

    CynthiaMaxson

    RobertSemmler

    KerrieSpecker

    College Staff InhyePeterson,PSAPresident

    VictoriaRosales,PTKStudentRepresentative

    Appendix 4: Leadership Council Membership

    space 244,831 sq ft

    Net assignable square feet oflaboratory space 0 sq ft

    Net assignable square feet ofhealth care space 0 sq ft

    Net assignable square feet ofresidential space 0 sq ft

    Population

    Total Student Enrollment(FTE) 60,346

    Residential Students 0

    Full-time CommuterStudents No information provided.

    Part-time CommuterStudents 10,252

    Non-Credit Students No information provided.

    Full-time Faculty 34

    Part-time Faculty 1,100

    Full-time Staff 452

    Part-time Staff 0

    Other Contextual Data

    Endowment Size $29,804

    Heating Degree Days No information provided.

    Cooling Degree Days No information provided.

    Please describe any circumstances specific to your institution that providecontext for understanding your greenhouse gas emissions this year.

    No information provided.

    Supporting DocumentationCompleted inventorynarrative

    Rio Salado College Carbon Audit ResultsDownload (PCC Audit Final.pdf)

    Completed inventorycalculator Download (PCC Calculator 2008 Only.xls)

    Auditing and VerificationThese emissions data have been audited, verified, or peer-reviewed.

    Please briefly describe this verification, if any.

    Report was prepared by the Sustainability Officer who was hired specifically forthis audit.

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