MU Campus Facilities named 2018 Mayor’s Climate Protection for Pollution Prevention awardee The Mayor’s Climate Protection for Pollution Prevention award was presented to MU representatives by Mayor Brian Treece and the City of Columbia Office of Sustainability at a reception on April 25. The University of Missouri (MU) has made significant progress toward reaching climate neutrality since formalizing its stewardship commitment in early 2009 as a signatory of the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment. MU Campus Facilities has led the effort with substantial success. Several notable achievements include: MU implemented a unique rolling climate action plan to set sustainability goals and document accomplishments. MU has reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 51 percent from its 2008 baseline year and is well on its way to achieve its long-term goal of climate neutrality by 2050. MU earned a Gold STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System) ranking, the second highest rating a university can achieve, by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. MU established and staffed a sustainability office to oversee its climate and sustainability initiatives. Focus areas include: environmentally friendly and renewable/recyclable resources and materials; providing educational programs and resources for sustainable practices by students, faculty and staff; participating in recycling programs and the safe disposal of materials; researching and testing new sustainable initiatives; and taking proactive steps to preserve and protect natural resources. MU is recognized as a national leader in renewable energy with its portfolios of biomass, wind and solar which now exceeds 40 percent of annual campus energy use. MU was recognized by the EPA’s Green Power Partnership in October 2017 as a national leader in the development and use of renewable energy. EPA’s Green Power Partnership currently ranks MU sixth in the nation for the on-site generation of green electricity only behind Apple, Walmart, United States DOE, State of California, and the University of California System. Over one-third of the fuel for MU’s power plant is biomass sourced from local wood product industries as wood residues. A significant portion of the power plant’s annual fuel budget stays home in Mid-Missouri purchasing this local sustainable fuel. We’ve partnered with the City of Columbia to purchase off-site wind energy under a power purchase agreement. This wind energy source supplies over 13 percent of MU’s annual electricity use. Our on-campus wind turbine not only provides renewable energy it also helps educate the campus community about wind energy and serves as a visual reminder of MU’s commitment to sustainability. Our nationally recognized energy conservation program, established in 1990, has reduced energy use by over 21 percent per square foot in academic buildings yielding an annual cost avoidance of $9.4 Million; over $85 Million has been saved since inception of the program. MU uses Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) to help ensure new and renovated campus buildings are designed and built to high efficiency and sustainability standards. Ten of MU’s newest buildings and renovations have established LEED Certification so far. Our efficient and sustainable district energy system provides significant base points for this certification process. MU developed and implemented a comprehensive Storm Water Master Plan in 2013 which provides an adaptable framework that enables the campus community to improve storm water quality, maintain regulatory compliance and sustain water resource stewardship. MU has successfully developed a broad-based recycling program covering all areas of the Mizzou campus including events, such as football games. MU’s recycling program includes Tiger Treasures, which collects and sells unwanted items donated by students departing for the summer from MU Residential Life facilities and fraternity and sorority houses. The project diverts tons of material from the landfill, and proceeds from the sale benefit the University Y. Our campus combined heat and power (CHP) plant is recognized as one of the most efficient plants in the nation by the EPA Energy Star CHP Partnership. This high level of efficiency reduces costs and emissions for MU compared to traditional power plants. MU’s energy system was selected the System of the Year for 2017 by the International District Energy Association for exemplary utility service in categories of: efficiency, reliability/resiliency, environmental stewardship, sustainability, and community engagement. MU is one of only four universities to win this prestigious award; it’s the only university to win twice, also selected in 2004! “Through a strong stewardship model, MU Campus Facilities continues to pursue a sustainable use of resources for our campus buildings and landscape. We’re very thankful for our excellent partnership we have with the City of Columbia as we work together to make our campus and community a highly sustainable place to live and learn!” said Gregg Coffin, director, MU Campus Facilities-Energy Management.