- GRADUATE STUDIES
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Franklin Pierce University has taken actions in the following areas to reduce the University's carbon footprint:
Energy | Environmental Services | Food Services | Land Protection | Printing | Purchasing | Recycling
The following table presents data about the reduction in carbon footprint since 2005:
Conversion to wood pellet energy is our newest and most exciting initiative. We started the first phase of replacing our fossil fuel boilers with wood pellet boilers for heating campus buildings. This will save 49,000 gallons of oil per year, reducing greenhouse gas production by 493 metric tones of eCO2, and 109,000 gallons of propane per year, reducing greenhouse gas production by 618 metric tonnes of eCO2 (Carbon dioxide equivalents). This reduces FPU’s greenhouse gas production by 1111 mT eCO2, or 13%!
Read the Feb. 2009 Manchester Union Leader article for more details about this project.
In addition, we have taken the following actions:
Franklin Pierce is one of only a handful of institutions of higher learning to place permanent, legal restrictions on undeveloped land near campus. In 2005, a 46-acre parcel of wetlands and upland forest, creating a wildlife corridor connecting Pool Pond and Pearly Pond, was protected with a conservation easement, which is held by the Monadnock Conservancy Land Trust. The Institution was recognized for these efforts by the National Wildlife Federation Campus Ecology program.
These efforts continue, on a larger scale. On the basis of a study by David Graham-Wolf for the Rindge Conservation Commission, a 300-acre parcel of land owned by Franklin Pierce was identified as having high-quality habitat and conservation value.
Franklin Pierce University is contracted with Sodexo Food Services. Sodexo has designed innovative kitchen and dining hall management systems to reduce the amount of energy and water used in food storage and preparation, and to minimize waste. At Franjklin Pierce University, Sodexo has taken the following actions to promote sustainability:
Reducing solid waste