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ENERGY AND CLIMATE CHANGE
Pace Law School recognizes the critical importance of environmental sustainability in today’s changing world. As an educational institution with a nationwide and international presence, Pace is in a unique position to be a leader in pursuing environmentally sustainable solutions.
Over the last ten years, Pace has become a national model for sustainable energy practices, achieving bronze status on the STARS sustainability tracking matrix. Pace has been tracking its greenhouse gas inventory every year since 2005, updating it every year. In 2008, Pace University joined the Bloomberg Challenge to reduce carbon emissions by 30% by 2018.
Here on the law school campus, 90 solar PV panels on the roof of the “E-House,” home to the Energy & Climate Center and the Pace Environmental Litigation clinic, produce 20 Kilowatts of electricity, or about 53% of the building’s total usage. In addition, the E-House underwent a complete renovation, including a new roof, attic insulation, more efficient windows, and heat pumps to replace in-window air conditioners. In 2013, the old oil-fired boiler was replaced with a natural gas boiler. The law school plans to replace additional oil-fired boilers in upcoming years.
At Dannat Hall, Pace’s on-campus dorm, lighting in every lobby is supplied by LEDs and operated with sensors. New building controls allow for more control over heating and power usage. Elevators have been updated with more efficient motors. In Preston Hall, the 4th floor received all new LEDs and sensors and the building now uses 1/3rd fewer light fixtures. The dining hall also received lighting updates. All lighting in the garage has been replaced with LEDs.
FOOD & WATER
In Pace’s contract renegotiations with food vendors, it adds an increasing requirement of local and organic food. Pace has also encouraged the availability of vegetarian food items, based on the increasing demand from students. An estimated 20% of Pace’s food purchases are local. Pace even houses an organic garden on campus, tended by students.
Pace students watch their conservation efforts in action every time they refill a water bottle at a water bottle filling station instead of using disposable plastic bottles!
Pace’s campus purchasing, operations, culture and consumption are guided by its sustainable practices policy statement:
Pace will implement a sustainable purchasing policy that provides structure, guidance and resources for campus-based purchasing in order to maximize the human and environmental benefits of our market presence and to serve as a role model for our community.
Pace will ensure that all operational policies address sustainability issues effectively by incorporating necessary changes into our organizational structure. Pace will set short and long-term goals and establish a Sustainability Task Force to meet our requirements.
Pace will foster a culture of sustainability through education and leadership among our students, faculty and staff.
Pace will reduce consumption by pursuing efficiency, frugality and alternative solutions in an environmentally sound, but economically viable manner.