Greenhouse Gas Reduction
King officially adopted a comprehensive one, three, and five-year Sustainability Plan in 2014. The Plan includes a very ambitious target of reducing carbon emission by 50% in five years. A comprehensive greenhouse gas inventory, going back to 2010, was calculated using the Carbon Management and Analysis Platform (Carbon MAP) maintained by the University of New Hampshire’s Sustainability Institute.In order to reach its carbon reduction goals, King’s strategies include increased energy efficiency with infrastructure modifications and conservation behaviors, installation of renewable sources, and implementing sustainable transportation strategies.
Students Conducted Research to Propose Sustainable Solutions
In a cooperative, student-led effort between our Global Education Program and the Sustainability Program, 21 students engaged in feasibility studies for renewable energy use at King. The students investigated solar photovoltaic energy, solar thermal, wind, fuel cells, biomass, geothermal and innovative ways to use kinetic energy. In addition, they developed Request for Proposals, engaged businesses in the CT-NY-NJ areas and collected proposals. These students brought their research to the Global Student Leaders Summit in Iceland. Students who were working towards earning a Distinction in Global Education used this project as their senior capstone project.