Climate Neutral Campus Center of Excellence

Randy Lacey, Cornell University

A new climate action resource center illustrates the full range of campus climate action options with technical resource links and leading examples of implementation. Climate Neutral: Research Campuses has been developed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) for the Labs21 program. This public domain Web resource defines a five step approach to pursue climate neutrality: 1) identify baseline, 2) analyze options, 3) plan and prioritize, 4) implement, and 5) measure and evaluate. Available resources such as the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), National Wildlife Federation (NWF), and American Public Power Association (APPA) climate action guides are referenced for their valuable content. The core of the site is a matrix of 25 climate action options ranging from people and policy actions to renewable energy sources. For each option a technical page includes appropriateness for individual campuses, a leading example of implementation, and links to technical resources. This presentation will introduce the Climate Neutral: Research Campuses resource and walk though the technical content. Leading examples will be used extensively to illustrate the wide range of successful climate actions that have been implemented on campuses.


Randy Lacey is a university engineer and the director of facilities engineering at Cornell University where he manages a staff of 50 engineers and project managers. He has bachelor's and master's degrees in engineering from Cornell University. He has designed laboratories for more than 25 years and is active in Labs21 as an instructor and presenter. During 3 months in 2009 he worked in collaboration with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to create the Web-based resource Climate Neutral: Research Campuses.