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Climate Action Commitment Renewal and Updates: Working Group Subcommittees

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A list of working group subcommittees that collaborated on the Climate Action Commitment updates and revision process can be found below. Please click on each subcommittee listing for more details.

This subcommittee investigated net emissions from Virginia Tech New River Valley land use and agriculture operations not included in the original Climate Action Commitment. The subcommittee explored new opportunities for emissions reduction, waste digestion, and composting.

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This subcommittee reviewed and explored budget and finance mechanisms that will help achieve prospective Climate Action Commitment goals.

This subcommittee reviewed progress being made around energy conservation efforts for new and existing buildings, and explored new ways to boost energy efficiency in these buildings through design guidelines, the Five-Year Energy Action Plan, and more.

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This subcommittee considered the equity and social justice aspects of Virginia Tech's climate action plan, including the social costs of energy production and waste, and how to aid those most vulnerable to climate change and mitigation.  

This subcommittee will strived to deliver engagement and feedback opportunities for the campus community in the revision process and during post-implementation of the revised Virginia Tech Climate Action Commitment.

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This committee reviewed progress and opportunities around energy-related issues, including electricity efficiency, the campus steam plant, chiller plants, efficiency and demand reductions, and the Five-Year Energy Action Plan

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  • This subcommittee reviewed the university's current practices around carbon emissions monitoring to ensure effectiveness.

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This subcommittee reviewed climate action activities among peer universities, including universities in Virginia, ACC universities, fellow land grant institutions, and more.

This subcommittee explored renewable energy opportunities including solar, biomass, wind, off-campus renewable energy opportunities at other Virginia Tech properties, and engaging new partnerships around renewable energy.

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This subcommittee reviewed transportation progress and potential emission reductions at the university, including commuting, motor pool, air travel, and other university business travel.

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This subcommittee reviewed progress and opportunities around the university's waste management, recycling, composting, and procurement efforts.

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