Academic Carbon Footprint

Colleges and universities may not produce the majority of America’s carbon footprint, but they do produce 100% of America’s educational footprint. Therefore it is critical that our platforms of higher education becomes leaders in the new frontier of sustainable energy – under the American College and University President’s Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) about 650 colleges and universities are attempting to do just that.

Worthington Energy Innovations' Efficiency Master Planning for Colleges and Universities

Worthington Energy Innovations recognizes the need for upcoming generations to have the tools necessary to address the climate change crisis while creating innovations that will ensure America can meet its energy needs. Worthington CEO, Tom Kiser, partnered with the Wege Foundation, a private philanthropic organization that has worked for more than 20 years to advance environmental sustainability in higher education. Kiser and Worthington lend expertise in modeling advanced energy systems to create strategies and processes that can guide academic institutions in developing practical plans for meeting their ACUPCC commitments.

Worthington has developed a two-step Energy Efficiency Master Planning (“EEMP”) process as a step-by-step guide to bring academic leadership together to build a strategic vision for bringing sustainable energy models to their campuses. The EEMP process aids college and university leadership teams in defining achievable energy goals that align with that vision.

The second step in the process is a technical evaluation of the comprehensive energy needs of a college or university. The evaluation provides detailed information needed to design an efficient energy model. Worthington Energy Innovations remains an active participant in both stages of the EEMP process and serves as the facilitator in creating an energy vision for a campus. Worthington works with physical plant staff at a college or university to carry out energy assessments and develop an energy system that will achieve goals set in the strategic vision.

Worthington is also working to help develop curriculum tools that will prepare students to meet the environmental challenges that will confront them in the future. The goal of these curriculum tools is to help drive a paradigm shift that will produce leaders committed to a sustainable, carbon neutral energy policy and provide them with the practical tools needed to implement solutions to achieve policy goals.

Worthington has already helped several large colleges and universities complete campus energy assessments and develop sustainable energy models. Presently, Worthington is working to help implement these models, and stands ready to assist any institution of higher education with the leadership drive and commitment to implement sustainable energy solutions on their campuses.