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FM Sustainability Plan 2016-2020

Goal 1:  Improve building technology and reduce building energy use intensity

Objective 1: Install utility submeters in all campus buildings by 2020 to better track energy consumption and identify inefficiencies.

Objective 2: Develop a systematic process by 2019 to prioritize the replacement of inefficient equipment (boilers, chillers, lighting, etc) based on the criteria of improved efficiency and economic payback.

Objective 3: Complete ongoing feasibility study of converting campus steam plants to incorporate cogeneration (combined heat and power) technologies by 2018.

Objective 4: Partner with the Office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability and other departments to encourage behavior-based energy saving methods and actions among students, faculty, and staff on campus.

Objective 5:  Revise JMU Construction Guidelines by 2018 to establish guidelines requiring that new capital projects demonstrate a greater than 10% improvement in the proposed building energy performance compared to minimum code requirements.

Objective 6: Implement an asset-based energy management accounting module for tracking, analyzing, managing and reporting on energy consumption by 2020 so that utility costs can be allocated to all departments on campus based on their actual energy consumption.

Goal 2: Reduce potable water use per acre and improve stormwater quality

Objective 1: Increase the number of gallons of non-potable water harvested for use by 2019 from Newman Lake and other sources such as rainwater harvesting systems.

Objective 2: Complete the installation of riparian buffers and naturalized areas along all streams (100%) on campus by 2020.

Objective 3: Reduce annual planting areas by 25% by 2017 from 2015 baseline.

Objective 4: Expand use of new, innovative stormwater best management practices such as green roofs and permeable paving.

Objective 5: Change JMU Construction Guidelines to mandate new capital projects employ strategies to reduce building water use by an excess of 20% compared to minimum code requirements.

Goal 3: Increase the pounds of recycled materials per student

Objective 1: Implement a plan to recycle 100% of landscape organic waste materials by 2017.

Objective 2: Expand an electronic waste program by providing e-waste bins in all residence halls by 2018.

Objective 3: Increase the number of waste audits given to university departments as a way to increase recycling rates among faculty and staff by 2019.

Objective 4: Implement policy on purchases to ensure an increase in the percent of materials purchased with recycled content by 2019.

Goal 4: Support the use of alternative fuels in the University’s Fleet and multimodal transportation options available to faculty, staff and students

Objective 1: Increase the percentage of alternative fueled vehicles in the University Motor Pool by 2018.

Objective 2: Grow propane fuel program by increasing the number of vehicles converted to propane and by growing the use of propane fueled equipment by 2020.

Objective 3: Research mechanisms to support increased carsharing amongst departments on campus by 2018.

Objective 4: Streamline the conversion of fleet vehicles to use propane by providing training to staff mechanics on how to convert current vehicles by 2017. 

Objective 5: Add infrastructure to support non-motorized travel in support of the University's Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan completed in 2014.