The work of the Energy Task Force is project-based. The goals and areas of focus of the ETF change over time as needed to fulfill the mission of the Energy Task Force and meet the targets of WildCAP. The current list of projects is below.
Projects are organized and lead by ETF members, but participation by a variety of faculty, staff and students from across campus are vital. If you are interested in working on a particular project or area, please contact the appropriate project lead or email the Energy Task Force!
1) Renewable Energy Procurement
In 2015, UNH partnered with Community Hydro to purchase approximately 20% of the electricity that we purchase. In 2016, we are working to put arrangements in place to ensure that 80-100% of the electricity that we purchase comes from renewable sources like small NH-based hydro facilities, solar, wind or biomass.
Project Lead: Adam Kohler, Energy Office
2) Identifying Strategies for Meeting the WildCAP Goal of 50% GHG Reduction by 2020
Throughout 2016 the ETF is focusing on identifying, evaluating and implementing strategies to "close the gap" between our current greenhouse gas emissions standing and our goal of 50% reductions. This involves looking at solutions related to buildings, technology and fuels, but also behavior, norms and culture here on campus.
Project Leads: Matt O'Keefe, Energy Office, and Jenn Andrews, Sustainability Institute
3) Campus Adaptation Planning
In 2016, the ETF will complete an initial "vulnerability assessment" of the UNH campus and develop a framework for a comprehensive, flexible campus adaptation plan that takes into account impacts and resilience opportunties across the arenas of curriculum, operations, research and engagement.
Project Lead: Cameron Wake, Institute of Earth, Oceans & Space
4) Electric Vehicle Charging
ETF members are working together to evaluate the options, benefits and barriers regarding the potential addition of new EV charging stations on campus.
Project Lead: Stephen Pesci, Campus Planning
5) Campus Awareness and Outreach
This group focuses on engaging the UNH community on issues related to climate, energy and conservation.
Project Leads: Beth Potier, Communications and Public Affairs, and Colleen Flaherty, Sustainability Institute