If you walk the sustainability talk on your campus you are likely familiar with the AASHE’s STARS program or similar sustainability/greenhouse gas emission (GHG) reporting mechanisms. Our goal is to assist you through an existing NYSERDA funding opportunity through December 2019 (REV Campus Challenge Technical Assistance for Roadmaps) to boost these energy and carbon tracking efforts. We call it ICECAP – a collaborative effort between a partner organization and us to create a data-driven, interactive and comprehensive energy/carbon action plan leading to carbon neutrality. Unlike traditional masterplans, we dive deep into granular energy/carbon data at building and campus levels to identify reduction strategies and responsible parties. This process involves several campus stakeholders from offices of planning, facilities, institutional data analysis, sustainability and the student community.
We have discovered that many organizations have these data points scattered in many places not available to decision makers at the right place and the right time. We believe that such traditional masterplans often lack data granularity required to make them actionable, that is why we deliver a data-driven, interactive online platform to capture and track a campus’s carbon footprint and most importantly make it accessible to the whole campus community for greater transparency and informed decision making. Through this funding opportunity, we are currently working with the University at Buffalo on such Integrated Collaborative Energy and Climate Action Plan, which will set the roadmap for UB to reach carbon neutrality. We believe that your campus could take advantage of this opportunity as well.
What are ICECAP Benefits?
- A highly interactive data visualization of baseline campus energy/carbon footprint
- Insights from data previously not accessible due to lack of data integration at campus level
- A data-driven carbon reduction roadmap for the entire campus
- Democratized access to campus carbon/energy data: students, researchers, executives…
- Immediate realization of operational cost trends and reduction strategies
- Ability to capture and visualize metrics for social stewardship and sustainability reporting
- Create a data-driven positioning tool for capital budget and funding opportunities
- Crowd-sourced feedback from the campus community via an online platform
- Create competition among departments, buildings and residence halls to reduce carbon footprint
- An interactive educational tool to engage students as opposed to a static masterplan report
How Does it Work and How Much Does It Cost?
- Hassle-free application to NYSERDA through a third-party consultant (CannonDesign)
- A cost-shared funding source available through NYSERDA
- Maximum funding available in cost-share per institution: $150,000
- Multiple institutions are encouraged to team up – funding is per institution and additive with more institutions joining forces
- 100% Cost Share tasks: Establish reporting protocol and report to voluntary third‐party energy or GHG certification organizations
- 75% Cost Share tasks: Establish baseline energy consumption, complete GHG gas inventory, develop a climate action or sustainability plan