Seattle University Climate Action Plan
McKinstry conducted an on-site analysis of seven buildings on the Seattle University (SU) campus to serve as the engineering base of their Climate Action Plan. The ultimate goal of this work was to evaluate carbon mitigation strategies at the facility level to help SU better understand the savings potential and investment needed to obtain a carbon neutral footprint. The team collected information first-hand during facility assessments and gathered utility data to calculate the current emissions and energy use baselines. McKinstry conducted facility energy audits on a sample of buildings to determine the Rough Order of Magnitude (ROM) for energy, carbon, and cost savings potential for each building. These proxy building results were then used to estimate total savings potential across the SU campus. McKinstry identified implementable reduction measures and calculated savings potential and investment required to implement the measures. Projects and strategies were priced to understand the investment required and then balance that against the purchase of offsets to reach carbon neutrality.
The effort also included a gap analysis of the SU Greenhouse Gas Inventory that SU published for the ACUPCC. Through the data gap analysis SU will be more prepared for accurate data collection in the future.