Members:

Nicolás Pascal (Co-chair), David Lea (Co-chair), Jordan Sager, John Foran, David Auston, Nicholas Frey, Jewel Snavely, Mo Lovegreen, David McHale, Mel Manalis, Eric Matthys, Andrew Riley, Bob Wilkinson, Colleen McCamy, Rena Lahn, Mark Rousseau

Mission:

Reduce non-renewable energy consumption through efficiency, conservation and strategic
procurement of energy resources.

 

Background:

This subcommittee allows the CSC to engage a broader campus expertise, including faculty and student representatives, in addressing the issue of alternative energy. The Subcommittee discusses the question of alternative energy generation on- and off- campus. Ultimately, campus solutions to energy will be multi-pronged, involving on- and off-site generation, conservation, and a degree of reliance on fossil sources until new technologies become practical. Planning for these advances requires coordination between multiple internal and
external stakeholders. Most recently, the Alternative Energy Subcommittee has recognized the need to identify a funding source for energy efficiency and alternative energy projects that is separate from the campus Purchased Utilities Account. As time goes on and the campus grows, it will be more difficult to realize important energy reductions. This new budget will allow the campus to invest the upfront capital that is needed to fund energy projects that have an acceptable rate of return, and ultimately, save the campus money.

 

GOALS:

1.      Establish a separate budget or funding source to be
used for energy efficiency projects and renewable energy procurement to meet
critical campus emissions targets and objectives, as well as improve economic
efficiency

2.      Develop criteria that will be used to determine
which projects will be funded through the new budget.

3.      Suggest different sources for the new funding, as
well as ways the fund can be structured.

4.      Investigate and prioritize the top alternative
energy strategies to be implemented (on- or off-campus) including:

a.    Solar

b.    Biogas

c.     Wave energy

5.      Continue working with the Multi-jurisdictional
Renewable Energy Taskforce to identify opportunities for regional partnerships
on renewable energy projects.

6.      Work with the UC-climate leadership council to
identify opportunities for regional partnerships on renewable energy projects.

7.      Further develop our climate action plan with the
goals of the UC-wide council in mind.