Campus to celebrate Climate Leadership Award with ice cream social

Missouri S&T won the 2013 Climate Leadership Award as well as a related video competition.

Missouri S&T won a 2013 Climate Leadership Award as well as a related video competition.

The Green Campus Committee at Missouri S&T invites the Rolla community to an ice cream social on campus to celebrate the university’s designation as a 2013 Climate Leadership Award winner.

The ice cream social will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. Friday, June 21, on the campus mall. The event is free and open to the public. Members of Missouri S&T’s Green Campus Committee will serve ice cream cones to those in attendance, and information regarding Missouri S&T’s environmental initiatives will also be on display during the event.

Missouri S&T was one of 20 Climate Leadership Award finalists. The award is presented annually to colleges and universities whose leaders have signed the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment. Winners also must demonstrate innovative and advanced leadership in education for sustainability and climate mitigation and adaption, says David Hales, president of Second Nature, a non-profit organization that promotes sustainability in higher education.

Missouri S&T was recognized on June 5 for its sustainability efforts, and for two initiatives in particular:

  • The S&T Solar Village, a living laboratory of four solar-powered homes built to compete in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon in past years. Currently occupied by faculty and students, the homes operate on their own solar energy grid, feature sustainable building practices and feed into a prototype community solar storage bank.
  • A comprehensive geothermal energy project, which will supply energy and chilled water to much of the campus when completed in 2014. The system, which will replace Missouri S&T’s 60-year-old power plant, is expected to save more than $1 million in energy and operational costs annually. It will include approximately 700 wells with pipes creating closed geothermal loops to serve four campus geothermal plants that will provide energy to the campus.

“We are honored to receive this national recognition for what we believe are very pragmatic yet bold approaches to sustainability,” says Missouri S&T Chancellor Cheryl B. Schrader. “Our Solar Village is the only neighborhood of its kind on any university campus, and it demonstrates the feasibility of green, low-impact living while highlighting the creativity of the students who designed and built those homes.

“Our geothermal energy system is one of the most comprehensive to be undertaken on a university campus,” Schrader adds. “I believe it too will become a model for other institutions to emulate.”

In April, Missouri S&T also won a video contest sponsored by Second Nature in conjunction with the Climate Leadership Awards. The month-long contest featured videos about the sustainability initiatives of all CLA finalists. Missouri S&T’s video focused on the Solar Village and the geothermal energy project.

Final winners of the Climate Leadership Awards were chosen by members of the Second Nature Board of Directors unaffiliated with ACUPCC signatory schools.

Comments

  1. Dave Bufalo says:

    The geothermal project claims to cut annual energy use by 50%, save 8,000,000 gallons of water per year, and cut CO2 emissions by 25,000 tons. Saving water and energy are very laudable goals. However, cutting CO2 emissions will only potentially reduce global temperatures by perhaps 0.00000001414 degrees C per year, which is impossible to measure. I would opine that citing a reduction in CO2 emissions as a worthwhile goal really doesn’t add much for project justification.
    See “World Climate Report” dated April 30, 2009 for the calculation metholodgy.
    http://www.worldclimatereport.com/index.php/2009/04/30/what-you-cant-do-about-global-warming/