Sustainability at Franklin Pierce

Action Plan

In January 2010 Franklin Pierce finished its Climate Action Plan, which outlines the steps FPU intends to take to become climate neutral by 2050. Some highlights of the plan include:

  • Comprehensive Building Energy Audit: In spring of 2010, energy auditors will work with faculty, staff and students to research potential energy savings in every building on the Rindge campus.
  • Expanded Wood Biomass heating: Most of the Rindge campus would be heated with certified, sustainably harvested wood biomass, grown for the most part in Maine and NH.
  • Smartstrip Power management: Smartstrips are a sophisticated type of power strip that can allow some devices to stay on while turning others off. Using this simple technology across the campus can save both money and reduce greenhouse gases. A pilot program to test the technology will begin in 2010.
  • Energy Conservation Education campaign: Through the actions of individuals turning off computers, lights, and other appliances, we intend to reduce electricity use by 10% in 2010-2011.
  • Wind and Solar Feasibility Study: Working with the Town of Rindge, FPU will erect a meteorological tower to determine if any site in the town has sufficient wind to make it economically feasible to produce electricity from wind energy.  FPU will also seek bids for the installation of photovoltaic panels on our newest academic building, to produce 17% of the electricity used in that building; this is the amount of electricity produced from coal in NH, so it would be considered “replacing” that electricity source. 
  • Eco-Rangers: Student volunteers in each dorm will serve as “Eco-rangers” to help implement Sustainability Council recommendations in the residence halls, including recycling properly, reducing waste on Move-out Day, reducing electricity use, using smartstrips, and so forth.
  • Sustainability in the Curriculum: The new Sustainability Certificate program makes it possible for students in any major to become part of the new “green revolution” by studying, designing and implementing their own sustainability project on campus or in the local community. Other changes in the curriculum are also being explored.