Energy and Climate
The College's energy use and how this contributes to greenhouse gas emissions is a principal environmental concern at Eckerd. In May 2007, President Eastman signed the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment. In the summer of 2007, the greenhouse gas emissions inventory for Eckerd College was completed. An action plan for achieving climate neutrality is currently under development. In addition, an energy star purchasing policy was adopted in Spring 2007. Most recently, Eckerd installed solar array panels as part of a conservation initiative with Matt Orosz of STG International, pursuing alternative energy sources for developing nations.
- Eckerd College Sustainability Assessment
- Climate Commitment
- Energy Star Purchasing Policy
- The Eckerd College Offset Fund
- Solar Energy: Rays of Hope
- Solar Energy: Sheen Science
Over 65% of Eckerd's total greenhouse gas emissions produced on an annual basis stems from the campus's electricity consumption. The largest consumers of electricity on campus are the heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC) systems and lighting systems.
Natural Gas is used primarily for all hot water on campus. Heating buildings in the winter is the second largest application for natural gas.
Potable water is an essential resource used throughout the year by campus.