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By Steve Muzzy, Senior Associate, Second Nature

(This article appears in the November, 2010 issue of The ACUPCC Implementer)

The ACUPCC

The 4th Annual American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) Climate Leadership Summit met October 12-13 in Denver, CO. The nearly 200 participants got right to work sharing challenges and best practices and outlining the future direction of the commitment. Highlights from the Summit follow.

James WoolseyJames Woolsey, former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency under President Bill Clinton, provided the opening keynote address. Mr. Woolsey’s presentation focused on the impending threats to national security that are being posed by an increasingly unstable climate. His perspective creatively threaded the current and future social and environmental implications of our reigning energy policy as well as provided some promising existing mechanisms to scale renewable energy production. Note: Mr. Woolsey’s presentation and all Summit presentations will be available on the ACUPCC website soon. (more…)

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By Felicia Davis, Director, Facilities & Infrastructure Enhancement, Institute for Capacity Building, UNCF and Ashka Naik, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Second Nature

(This article appears in the November, 2010 issue of The ACUPCC Implementer)

The ACUPCC

Second Nature, in collaboration with UNCF, will host a special side event during the upcoming COP 16 UN Climate Conference in Cancun, Mexico on Friday, December 3 at the Meridian Hotel featuring US colleges and universities committed to reducing their carbon footprints.  The session will share best practices from US Black, Hispanic-Serving and Tribal colleges and universities that have signed the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC).  Senior officials from three signatory institutions — each at a different stage in the ACUPCC process — will describe how the ACUPCC provides a framework for advancing campus sustainability. (more…)

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The Alamo Community College District (ACCD) receives Second Nature’s 1st Annual Climate Leadership Award for Institutional Excellence in Climate Leadership. Award recipients were recognized at the 4th Annual American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) Summit in Denver, CO on October 12th.

Since 2002, The Alamo Community College District (ACCD) has partnered with the Energy Systems Laboratory (ESL), a division of the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEES) located at Texas A&M University to identify, design, and implement Energy Cost Reduction Measures. This partnership has reduced ACCD’s electricity and natural gas consumption by 16.5% and 41%, respectively. Providing a cumulative savings of approximately $3,950,517, while keeping 37.2 tons of NOx and 33,803 tons of CO2 out of the atmosphere.

ACCD has implemented a district‐wide metering program.  Every Alamo College facility is being equipped with metering devices to monitor electrical, gas, thermal, and water usage. This energy management control system will collect and analyze data to help inform energy use decisions and behavior.

Academically, the Alamo Colleges will develop educational programs focusing on renewable energy and a green‐skilled workforce.  At the Southwest campus location, a 400kW solar project is under construction. The solar panels will provide electricity for the campus and will be used as part of an educational curriculum to educate and train students in this future technology.  In addition to the solar project, the Mission Verde Center was created to promote economic growth and job creation in energy efficiency, renewable energy, and water conservation.  This center was developed through a partnership between the City of San Antonio, the San Antonio Independent School District, San Antonio Youth Centers, Texas Engineering Experiment Station, CPS Energy, and San Antonio Water System.

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