In 2007 St. John's became a 2030 Challenge partner in
New York City's PlaNYC 2030. We pledged to reduce our carbon
emissions by 30% by 2017. In 2008 we were honored with a
"Gold Star" due to the fact that we accelerated our pledge to
reduce our carbon emissions by 30% by 2017.
In order to uphold our agreement St. John's updates their
Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory every year to measure the amount
of pollution on campus, and this helps us develop carbon reduction
plans. We have undergone and continue to implement many different
energy projects which will help
us reach our goal of 30% carbon emissions reduction.
Many of the energy projects include retrocomissioning,
which is a process that seeks to improve how already existing
building equipment and systems function together. Some projects
include measurement verification, which is when we determine
the potential amount of energy saved by a project and how
much money actually will be saved.