USM Environmental Sustainability and
Climate Change Initiative
How are climate-related projects being
The actual implementation of carbon mitigation measures comes from two
Climate-related enhancements to new buildings,
renovation, and FR work to provide funding for "green" components
(e.g., higher energy efficient systems and building components, better
insulation and controls, Energy Star equipment, use of recycled materials,
Replacement and rehabilitation work done specifically
to address components of the GHG reduction plan (e.g., replacing equipment and
components for environmental reasons, providing facilities for use and
generation of alternative energy, etc.).
USM Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change Initiative
Many "green" upgrades and improvements are being
undertaken as part of facilities renewal or renovation work planned for
existing buildings. Similarly, planned sustainability work incorporates
related maintenance and repair. These two critical initiatives-Facilities
Renewal and Climate Change- work together to achieve the same goals of an
improved and efficient, sustainable campus.
SAMPLE PROJECT TYPES
New buildings are to be built to LEED "Silver" standard as a
minimum. Major building renovation is
also to be done to LEED standards.
Smaller projects of various types are also being completed, including:
Building envelope repairs, including critical
"first priority" project like roof replacement, window and door
replacement, structural repairs, etc. Envelope and structural repair
projects are also a great opportunity to replace and enhance thermal barriers
(e.g., insulation, moisture and wind blocks), provide more energy saving doors,
windows, attic vents, etc., to achieve multiple benefits of energy savings and
reduced carbon footprint.
Lighting upgrades and replacement, providing
both renewal and better energy efficiency, daylighting, more efficient bulb
technology, and lighting controls.
Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning (HVAC)
upgrades to improve both control capability and energy costs. This is a
critical component of any "green" initiative and, in terms of
buildings, will likely have one of the biggest impacts on both energy cost
savings and carbon footprint reduction.
Specialized Energy Projects can be undertaken to
achieve energy savings (e.g.,
photovoltaics, wind power, solar thermal panels, thermal storage, and
Replacement of movable electrical-powered equipment
(in labs, kitchens, etc.) with equipment that can maximize energy and
operational cost savings.
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