In September 2008 in compliance with the requirements of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), President Jo Ann Gora appointed a Ball State University (BSU) Climate Action Task Force (CATF).

The members of CATF were asked to bring forward recommendations to assist Ball State University in achieving climate neutrality; a zero net-carbon-dioxide-equivalent (CO2e) of emissions into the atmosphere by some future date.

The report is the result of a full year of Task Force work; information-gathering, fact-finding, and brainstorming. The report begins with a working narrative of Ball State’s position within the national landscape and outlines a set of recommendations for the structure, content and implementation of a BSU Climate Action Plan which can move BSU to climate neutrality.

The recommendations cover the full breadth of impact on Scope 1, 2 and 3 Green House Gas (GHG) emissions.

Scope 1 : Direct ‘On-Site’ Emissions:
These are GHG emissions that occur from sources owned or controlled by the  university, such as boilers, vehicles, furnaces, etc.

Scope 2 : Indirect ‘Upstream’ Emissions:
These are GHG emissions that result largely from Electricity Production and its distribution, as well as the manufacture and distribution of consumable products in the supply chain (procurement).

Scope 3 : Other Indirect ‘Downstream’ Emissions:
These are GHG emissions that result from the activities of the organization but are not owned or controlled by the organization. This includes production of materials for purchase, transportation of fuels purchased, transportation and disposal of material waste, and employee travel.

Development of the plan was heavily influenced by the decision by the university to decommission its four coal-fired boilers and to supply the district heating and cooling campus-wide from high performance ground source heat pumps networked to some 4100 boreholes and two energy stations.

The Executive Summary of the Task Force Report is available here.