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Bowdoin Signs On for Governor's Carbon Challenge

Story posted January 25, 2006

Bowdoin College has signed on for the Governor's Carbon Challenge, Maine's voluntary program dedicated to cutting carbon emissions by the year 2010.

Using 2002 emissions data as a baseline, Bowdoin has set a target goal of 11% overall reduction of carbon emissions. Of the 11%, half is from direct emissions (such as on-campus gas- or fuel-burning appliances), and half from indirect emissions (such as electricity procurement from out of state).

"As citizens of Brunswick, the State of Maine and beyond, we recognize our responsibility to incorporate sustainable practices on the Bowdoin campus and take steps to reduce our impact on the environment," said S. Catherine Longley, senior vice president for finance and administration and treasurer at the College. "By volunteering for the Governor's Carbon Challenge, Bowdoin is stepping up to show our commitment to being good environmental stewards, and carrying on the College's principle of working for the Common Good."

Among the College's direct emissions reduction initiatives has been converting from #6 fuel oil to a cleaner-burning #2 low-sulfur fuel oil; installing a dual-fuel natural gas/#2 oil burner; reducing the campus building heating standard from 72 to 68 degrees; and purchasing a hybrid car.

The indirect emissions reduction initiatives have included committing to the purchase of energy-efficient flat-screen computer monitors; the annual Energy Conservation Dorm Competition; incorporating VSD (variable speed drive) motors across campus; installing VendingMisers on all vending machines; upgrading lighting, including all exit signs; and incorporating geothermal heating systems into construction projects, including the two new residence halls.

The College has also undertaken an aggressive outreach program to educate the campus community about sustainability and energy-conservation methods.

For more information visit the Sustainable Bowdoin Web site.

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