"I was appointed a member of the advisory panel by the NACUBO president before joining the
The new vice president joined SRU in May after serving as executive vice president and university treasurer at
"I will be taking two large posters to the meeting, one related to my work at
The posters show the two university's commitment, and to-date success, to the
"I think the panel will be impressed with our results," Mohammadi said.
He said he plans to meet with
SRU is attempting to reach carbon neutrality by 2037 and has implemented a number of steps that are already saving both energy and money and reducing the University's carbon footprint.
Those programs have involved working toward greater use of green power, better building insulation systems, implementing energy saving policies and improving central plan efficiencies through a variety of upgrades, among others.
The SRU President's Climate Commitment poster shows what Mohammadi calls "serious rewards" as it graphs what "the cost of doing nothing," or what SRU's energy costs would have been had the University not embarked on a program of improving its facilities' energy efficiency beginning in 2005.
Compared to a "business as usual" case, in which the University's building energy efficiency remained at its 2005 levels while the unit cost of energy escalated at 2.5 percent per year, SRU's energy costs for last year would have been
Overall, if all of the SRU Climate Action Plan projects are implemented through 2037, the avoided costs could reach a combined savings near the
The NACUBO advisory panel, which includes participating members from the
The panel's work includes creating a strategic vision and plan for NACUBO to lead member institutions towards a more sustainable future; identifying and relaying the informational needs of colleges and universities and providing feedback on NACUBO's plans and efforts to meet these needs; informing NACUBO of the specific needs of members for training, skill improvement and other forms of professional growth and assisting in the development of strategies to meet these needs; supporting the association's programming efforts through the involvement of volunteers from member institutions; providing advice and guidance to NACUBO members as needed; and maintaining a network of members with expertise in higher education sustainability; and assisting NACUBO in establishing cooperative efforts with organizations having common interests in college and university sustainability issues.
Mohammadi's work at DSU was cited by the
Mohammadi's involvement on that project included work with state regulators to develop "On Balance Sheet,
He said a number of steps are already under way for expanded energy and cost savings at SRU, in addition to those taken in recent years.
"Now whenever we undertake remodeling or upgrades in buildings, we will be installing 'light on demand' technology so lighting in certain areas will only be on when someone is using the facility or the specific area. This will help reduce costs when someone accidentally forgets to turn of the lights in a classroom or laboratory," he said.
Such lighting technology was used in the construction of SRU's new residence suites where hallway lights are dim, but brighten to full power when someone walks down the hall.
"We are constantly looking at 'low-hanging fruit' for ways to further cut unnecessary electrical power, heat and water usage. And, of course, we are simultaneously developing systems and making use of new technology improvements that will give us even greater savings in more extensive projects involving what we see as 'higher-hanging fruit,'" he said.
Mohammadi's work in energy conservation at DSU earned the university a Second Nature Leadership Award from the
He is credited with helping DSU reduce its energy consumption by
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