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The Green-e certification program certifies the college’s power claims and prevents power suppliers from overselling their allowed supply. This transition completely eliminated the college’s scope two carbon emissions — which are defined as emissions that come from purchased electricity, steam or other forms of energy generated by the college, according to the college’s announcement — in accordance with the goals set by the Climate Action Plan.

The College’s Climate Action Plan was written by the President’s Climate Commitment Committee and approved by the Board of Trustees in 2009. In August of 2017, the Department of Energy Management and Sustainability and President Shirley M. Collado called for a Climate Action Plan Reassessment Team to reevaluate the plan and see where the college could move forward. The suggestion to switch to renewable energy came from the Climate Action Plan Reassessment Team, which included a mix of approximately 12 professors and employees of the college, and some additional students.

Greg Lischke, director of energy management and sustainability in the Department of Energy Management and Sustainability, said the move to renewable energy will cost about $35,000 a year and is coming from the department’s budget. Lischke said he has been working on reviewing and improving the Climate Action Plan since he first arrived at the college in June 2016.

“I wanted to wrap up the first five years,” he said, “We were going to look at how did we do in the first five years and what do we focus on in the next 10 , and how do get from here to there? The biggest question I’m hoping to answer is if 2050 is still a viable goal or can we move it up?”

Lischke said he is hopeful the college can reach carbon neutrality before the year 2050, the original goal set by the Climate Action Plan. The college is now 45 percent carbon neutral, with 35 percent of the college’s energy from the wind farms and 10 percent of the college’s energy from the already – implemented solar farm in Seneca, N ew Y ork . These reductions in greenhouse gas emissions will go toward offsetting scope one emissions — heating and natural gas emissions — and scope three emissions, which are from activities such as traveling, Lischke said.

“I think when you look at renewable energy from the electricity side, that’s a lot easier to solve,” he said. “The scope three emissions that people use when they drive to and from classes, when we go to conferences or academic programs off campus, those are a little more challenging to offset — we’re still a fossil fuel – based economy.”

Rebecca Evans, campus sustainability coordinator in the Energy Management and Sustainability department, is a member of the Reassessment Team and said the team’s main goal is to look at new ways the college could reach carbon neutrality by or before 2050. Evans said the original Climate Action Plan stated that the plan needed to be revisited and assessed every five years. Evans said that it has not been updated as often as it should.

Susan Swensen Witherup, professor in the Department of Biology, was involved in the original writing of the Climate Action Plan and is a member of the reassessment team. Witherup said she agrees that the Climate Action P lan needs to be updated because the plan involves evolving topics.

“Climate Action Plans get out of date really quickly because things happen on campuses and there are new buildings, there are new people, there are new prices for electricity and energy,” Witherup said. “Things change. … It’s a really fast moving area so if you’re not constantly revisiting that plan it gets stale quickly.”

“I think continued work on energy reduction is probably what’s going to happen,” Witherup said. “These are often times behind -the- scenes projects that don’t see the light of day, like changing bulbs to LED bulbs or changing the fans in CNS to be more efficient fans … those are things don’t get a lot of notoriety because they are not very sexy.”