Climate Action Plan
Over the course of recent history, WWC has increased commitment to environmental responsibility and sustainability. The College recognizes climate change as one the most crucial and complicated challenges of our time. And thus, the Climate Action Plan Goals were born in 2007:
30% Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction from 2007/2008 levels during the period 2009/2010 to 2014/2015 which has the potential for a savings in expenditures of $367,847
25% total reduction in electricity use campus-wide based on a combination of behavior changes and retrofits.
20% reduction in natural gas carbon emissions based on gradual upgrades of heating/cooling systems to geothermal, solar thermal, and other high functioning systems.
50% total reduction in transportation carbon footprint based upon fleet upgrades, alternative transportation, voluntary reduction in commuting footprint, voluntary use of carbon offsets for faculty/staff/students and international travel, and more efficient use of vehicles for Service Learning and campus Work Crews vehicles.
Achieve additional 50% greenhouse gas emissions reduction for the period 2015/2016 to 2020/2021 with strategies to be determined by 2014/2015.
What do our emissions look like now?
Transportation at 39%, Electricity at 28% and Natural Gas at 17% are the College’s top three contributors to total GHG emissions.
As a result of student initiation, WWC is currently purchasing renewable energy credits (RECs) in the form of wind power to offset 100% of our campus’s 4.7 million kWh of annual electricity consumption. This means that for every kWh of electricity we consume (most of which is generated at the coal fired power plant just southwest of us at Lake Julian) a kWh of wind energy is put back on the power grid.
WWC is the first college in the Southeast to go 100% RECs! For more on RECs, click here.
WWC also generates 13KW of renewable solar energy annually from an 11KW grid-tied array and from panels on EcoDorm. The EcoDorm system is used to help power the dorm, while the grid-tied array puts solar energy directly onto the local electric grid.