Holy Cross Achieves Carbon Reduction Goal Ahead of Schedule

February 16th, 2011 by 


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The Presidential Task Force on the Environment reports that Holy Cross has reduced its carbon emissions by an estimated 23.5 percent. The Carbon Neutral Plan called for a reduction of carbon emissions of 20 percent by 2015.

The College has reduced its carbon emissions by:

  • Purchasing a long term contract for electrical power from TransCanada, an energy supplier with a substantial amount of power from renewable energy sources
  • Reducing direct emissions from boilers by fuel switching (increased use of natural gas and decreased use of residual oil)
  • Upgrading boiler controls in the central heating plant to reduce emissions and burn more efficiently
  • Adopting numerous energy-saving practices, including implementation of a green building policy, with the intent of meeting LEED silver certification standards with all new major construction and renovations; replacing underground steam piping throughout campus with highly insulated piping and eliminating many existing leaks; and gradually replacing interior and exterior light fixtures with energy efficient lighting and sensors

As a charter signatory of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment in fall 2007, Rev. Michael C. McFarland, S.J., appointed an environmental task force of faculty, staff and students to promote campus practices beneficial to the environment and explore initiatives that reduce the College’s carbon footprint.

Visit the Holy Cross sustainability website to learn more about the College’s efforts.

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