As a signatory of the Talloires Declaration and American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), the University of Idaho recognizes the environmental, economic, and social risks created by climate change and is committed to reducing its carbon footprint. The U of I 2010 Climate Action Plan outlined steps needed to become carbon neutral by 2030. This report has been prepared as a means of quantifying and tracking U of I carbon emissions, which play a critical role in reaching that goal. Total emissions for the U of I in fiscal year 2019 are 27,438 metric tons of eCO2. Emissions are down 30% since the first GHG inventory in 2005, but up 0.5% since fiscal year 2018. The largest sources of emissions on campus are electricity consumption (51.4%), stationary fuel use such as natural gas (15.3%), animals/fertilizer (7.9%), and directly financed travel (7.6%).
The purpose of the study was to identify organic waste and determine whether a district biogas energy facility is economically feasible. First, the current U of I and City of Moscow organic waste streams such as sewage sludge, food waste, yard waste and dairy manure were quantified. These waste streams have the potential to generate a combustible gas called biogas through an anaerobic digestion district energy facility. Next, the potential energy offset from using this biogas to produce renewable natural gas or electricity was calculated. Lastly, the economics behind construction and maintenance of a biogas facility in Moscow, Idaho is discussed. The feasibility study revealed that while there are potential feedstocks to fuel a facility, outside investments would be needed for this project to become economically feasible. This feasibility study was conducted by Kenny Sheffler, an electrical engineering student, and the Utilities and Engineering division of Facilities.
The Solar Site Assessment was conducted by the University of Idaho Sustainability Center and Utilities and Engineering division of Facilities, to objectively identify the most suitable locations on campus for a photovoltaic solar array. The process of conducting it took several months to complete and incorporated feedback from numerous university stakeholders and experts. Initially, 15 rooftop and ground locations were identified for analysis, based on the land usage and rooftop age. From there, the locations were further evaluated based on a set of 7 criteria, including, among other metrics, cost efficiency, aesthetic implications, proximity to the campus community, and potential to be a "Zero Net Energy" installation. Upon completion, this process revealed four locations to be ideal: the VandalStore, the IRIC, the Swim Center, and Shoup Hall. Moving forward, the assessment and it's methodology will continue to be used in making an informed decision when siting the University of Idaho's first large scale solar array.
There are over 100 vending machines on campus which passively consume energy throughout the year. This report seeks to evaluate the options for reducing the energy usage of these machines through energy efficient upgrades.
The goals of this waste characterization study were to evaluate the efficiency of the Game Day Recycling program and measure the quantity of food waste generated in concessions during a typical Vandal football game.
In 2007, the U of I Sustainability Center (UISC) Food Systems Committee first began to collaborate with Vandals Dining to integrate local and regional foods, increase nutritional offerings, and minimize waste. To gauge campus culture, the UISC instigated the “Attitudes About Food Survey” in 2008. Based on widespread student interest in high-quality, home-grown foods, Auxiliary Services adopted sustainable considerations in the U of I Food Service Contract (2010-2015), namely purchasing local and regional foods, converting to a bio-diesel fleet, and reducing food waste. Following the new contract, “Food and Farm Composting” was launched—a collaborative effort among Campus Dining, Palouse Research Extension and Education Center, and the UISC with a goal to reduce food waste by 90%.
In 2013, the UISC revisited campus culture about food through cognitive interviews (led by Helen Brown and her undergraduate students) and a campus-wide survey of over 1,300 students and faculty through the help of Dr. Tracie Lee and her BUS 378 class. Based on this data and a wide coalition of support, the UISC developed the Campus Food Strategic Plan, which was largely incorporated into the 2015-2020 U of I Food Service Contract. Ongoing provisions include purchasing student grown/produced foods, as well as regional and local grown/produced foods.
This report has been prepared as a tool for the University of Idaho to use as a resource for continued development of the Kibbie Dome Activity Center’s recycling program. Waste characterizations were conducted after footballs games and Jazz Festival in order to evaluate the current recycling infrastructure. 30% of the materials found in the landfill for football games were recyclable. This report also provides data on the potential for composting during events and outlines suggestions for improving the recycling rate at Kibbie Dome Activity Center.
Greenhouse Gas Inventory - 2013
This report has been prepared as a step towards meeting the University of Idaho’s commitment to reduce its carbon footprint. The report establishes a greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions baseline, using data from2005, the first year for which comprehensive data are available. Data spans from 2005 to 2011, with 2008 being the peak year for emissions on U of I campus. Annual emissions have steadily declined subsequent to the 2008 peak, and since the baseline year of 2005 a 12.5 percent decrease in annual emissions has been recorded.
University of Idaho Moscow Sustainability Assessment. Prepared by CORE 175: Earth and Our Place On It. Taught by: Ed Krumpe. Spring 2011.
Due to recent legislation in Oregon, effective January 1, 2010 the landfill currently receiving the University of Idaho’s municipal solid waste will no longer accept Electronic Waste (E-Waste). This means that no E-Waste may be put in interior waste cans, exterior trash cans or dumpsters. For simplicity sake, if a unit has a plug, battery, or microchip, it will be considered E-Waste.
Climate Action Plan - 2010
This report is the first University of Idaho Climate Action Plan (CAP). The CAP was developed to outline the steps the University of Idaho needs to take to become climate neutral by 2030. The steps towards climate neutrality are also steps towards greater fiscal responsibility. Energy conservation, higher performance buildings, reducing fossil fuel use, and other strategies outlined in this plan are cost‐effective, not only reducing our greenhouse gas emissions, but also reducing operational costs and the impacts of future increases in energy and fuel prices.
The University of Idaho Sustainability Center organizes and supports efforts to create an active culture of sustainability on campus and in the communities where we operate, through projects that reduce our environmental footprint and increase participation and collaboration among students, faculty, staff and community members in addressing sustainability-related issues. We are committed to developing and maintain healthful educational living environments while fully integrating sustainable practices at the University of Idaho. Sustainability Involves reorganizing our life support systems; climate, energy, biodiversity, food, consumerism and consumption, waste, transportation and built environment.
This proposal is a business case to increase the operational efficiency, profitability, and the environmental sustainability impact of University of Idaho's Surplus department. Our team has examined Surplus’s current business operations and compared it to WSU surplus’ profitable operations.
Sustainability has to be more than just a word at the University of Idaho (U of I), but rather a way of preparing students for a future that may include energy and water shortages, climate change, increased competition from abroad, and perhaps declining per capita income. US citizens cannot afford to continue wasting precious resources. This proposal will increase the sustainability of U of I by reducing our overall waste stream. The focus on waste minimization and recycling is meant to be an example of the types of projects possible to advance sustainability, which are both cost effective and requisite for a healthy future for the young people educated at the U of I. This Strategic Innovation Initiative submitted by Darin Saul, University of Idaho Sustainability Director, is being implemented.
Greenhouse Gas Inventory - 2008
This report has been prepared as a step towards meeting University of Idaho’s commitment to reduce its carbon footprint. The report establishes a greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions baseline, using data from 2005, the first year for which comprehensive data are available. The report also presents emissions from 2006 and 2007.