Carbon Neutrality at One University: Elements of Sustainable Design

By Edward Dusseau, Peter Mark Jansson, Jess Everett and Donald Farish.

Published by Journal of the World Universities Forum

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The campus of a modern university has in essence all the challenges of a small community in terms of achieving reductions in carbon for all of its inhabitants and infrastructure. This paper describes detailed elements of one public university's plan to achieve carbon neutrality in the coming two decades through aggressive implementation of alternative energy, conservation and efficiency, new building policies, campus transportation strategies and parking and cycling plans to bring its carbon footprint to zero in the coming years. The authors have developed and submitted this plan in order to assure the campus is in compliance with their president’s commitment to the ACUP Climate Commitment made in 2007. These strategies, while specific to Rowan University, will also be of interest and use by other universities across the world. It is projects like those proposed below that will assure reaching campus carbon neutrality across the globe, while a daunting challenge, can be achieved while maintaining cost competitiveness in public higher education.

Keywords: Campus Energy Planning, Carbon Neutrality, Cost Containment, ACUPCC

Journal of the World Universities Forum, Volume 3, Issue 4, pp.81-94. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 772.449KB).

Edward Dusseau

Graduate Student, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rowan University, New Jersey, USA

Mr. Dusseau was a major contributor to the development of the Rowan University Carbon Neutrality plan as much of the work was completed as part of his Masters in Engineering project.

Dr. Peter Mark Jansson

Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Rowan University, Glassboro, New Jersey, USA

Dr. Jansson is an Associate Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ, USA. His research and teaching areas include DC/AC networks, power systems, advanced and renewable energy technologies (specifically photovoltaics and wind systems) as well as Mach’s Principle. He is also President and Principal Consultant for Integrated Systems an engineering firm specializing in renewable energy project engineering and optimization. He has published on many topics including active learning technologies, renewable energy projects and student clinic experiences. He spent nearly 20 years in the electric power industry before completing graduate work on innovation in the electric sector. He continues to involve students in discovery-driven clinic experiences as part of their graduate and undergraduate educational experiences.

Dr. Jess Everett

Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rowan University, Glassboro, New Jersey, USA

Dr. Everett is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rowan University and teaches Engineering Graphics, Civil Engineering Systems, and Environmental Engineering courses as well as freshman through senior engineering clinics. He obtained is PhD in Environmental Engineering from Duke University. His interests include sustainable design, environmental engineering, and education innovation. He recently helped organize Rowan University’s participation in Focus the Nation 2008, an event that involved over 1500 Colleges and Universities in activities that raised awareness of human caused climate change.

Donald Farish

President of Rowan University, Executive, Rowan University, Glassboro, New Jersey, USA

Dr. Farish is President of Rowan University and was the key decision maker and leader responsible for the university undertaking the climate neutrality commitment. His leadership in greening the campus has led to numerous awards for Rowan University and his inaugurating the RU President's Council on Sustainability made the development of this comprehensive and economic climate neutrality plan possible.

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