UNH has had a long-standing commitment to leadership in climate and energy scholarship and operational best practices. The UNH Durham campus's climate action plan -- called WildCAP -- consolidates the energy conservation, energy efficiency, and climate mitigation and adaptation planning and work being done across campus into a coherent framework that guides UNH Durham towards meetings its greenhouse gas emission reduction targets of:
- 50% GHGE reduction by 2020
- 80% by 2050
- En route to climate neutrality by 2100
- As compared to a 2001 baseline
WildCAP is written and implemented by the UNH Energy Task Force (ETF) with input from the campus community.
WildCAP Update: 2014 - 2020
The Energy Task Force updated WildCAP throughout 2013-2014 to take UNH through its first target deadline of 2020.
- UNH’s Climate Action Plan (CAP) is named WildCAP, after the university’s wild cat mascot.
- The plan is the culmination of more than 40 years of energy efficiency efforts at UNH and 15 years of activity by Sustainability Institute’s Climate Education Initiative (CEI), including the creation of a campus-wide Energy Task Force (ETF) in 2006.
- The plan calls for greenhouse gas reductions of 50% by 2020 and 80% by 2050 (measured against a 2001 baseline).
- UNH will receive up to 85% of the energy used by the campus from the EcoLine™ project, a landfill gas-to-energy project that uses methane gas from a nearby landfill. UNH is the first campus in the country to use landfill gas as its primary fuel source. In partnership with Waste Management of New Hampshire, Inc., UNH launched EcoLine to pipe enriched and purified gas from Waste Management’s landfill in Rochester to the Durham campus. UNH will sell the renewable energy certificates (RECs) generated by using landfill gas through 2015 to help finance the overall cost of the project and to invest in additional energy efficiency projects on campus. EcoLine is projected to cut more than 36,000 t CO2e (metric tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent) annually by 2020.
- Many of the projects in energy efficiency projects in WildCAP are financed though UNH's Energy Efficiency Fund. This fund was with seed money from an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 grant and captures the cost savings of efficiency projects on campus to reinvest in future projects.
- Greenhouse gas emissions inventories and progress reports on how UNH is meeting the goals of WildCAP are reported annual to the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC, which UNH signed in 2007).