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Many ideas for greenhouse gas emission reduction strategies were indentified through the climate action planning public involvement process. A complete list is included in the full-text Climate Action Plan. The comprehensive list was narrowed and categorized as outlined below:

Energy Efficiency & Conservation
  • Energy efficiency upgrades to existing buildings
  • Lighting retrofits
  • Behavior change to conserve energy
  • 4-Day Work Week
  • Reduce building energy consumption over breaks
  • Retro-commissioning (optimize operation of heating, air conditioning, and ventilation systems)
  • Reduce vending
  • Turn-off drinking fountain coolers
  • Provide compact flourescent light bulbs for on-campus residents' task lighting
  • Energy-wise IT
  • Trees for summer shading

Renewable Energy Generation

  • Biomass Plant on-campus
  • Solar - photovoltaic
  • Solar thermal - Grizzly Pool
  • Wind

Green Buildings

  • Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certification for new construction


  • Staff, Faculty & Student Commuting
    • Promote more bus options
    • Increase incentives and opportunities to bike or walk to campus
    • Implement a parking management plan
    • Promote community housing plans within the urban core
    • Implement a 4-Day Work Week
  • University Fleet
    • Replace fleet vehicles with more compact cars
    • Replace some fleet vehichles with hybrid cars
    • Find a source for biodiesel for the ASUM buses
  • Air Travel
    • Purchase high quality Carbon Offsets

Offsetting Emissions

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