Being over 50,000 square feet, the Nalanda Campus building is subject to the "Boulder Building Performance Ordinance" which requires that we perform things such as annual energy reporting to the city and an Ashrae Level II Energy Audit. From the City of Boulder's website:
Energy Efficiency for Commercial and Industrial Buildings
In support of community energy and climate goals, the Boulder City Council adopted the Boulder Building Performance Ordinance (Ordinance No. 8071) on Oct. 20, 2015. These rating and reporting and energy efficiency requirements move beyond current voluntary programs to require actions that reduce energy use and improve the quality of Boulder’s commercial and industrial building stock.
This ordinance requires privately-owned commercial and industrial buildings and city-owned buildings to do the following:
- Annually rate and report building energy use;
- Perform energy assessments every ten years;
- Perform retrocommissioning every ten years and implement cost effective retrocommissioning measures within two years of the study; and
- Implement one-time lighting upgrades.
The Sustainability 'Zine has a new issue, centering the coronavirus pandemic.
Naropa University is committed to developing sustainability not only in terms of a greener campus, but also in our teaching and learning. Our vision is to define sustainability in a contemplative context, including both its inner and outer aspects.
Naropa ratified its Climate Action Plan first in 2011 and updated it again in 2013. Naropa is looking to expand its commitments to sustainability by signing the "Climate Commitment" which includes a resilience aspect. Naropa University has two solar photovoltaic (PV) power systems. In the fall of 2013, Naropa made history by becoming the first university to completely divest its holdings in companies identified as having the highest potential greenhouse gas emissions.
For more than twenty years, Naropa University landscapers have used environmentally sound practices, creating a campus that is a model of sustainability and regenerative land management. This includes edible landscaping, food forest, and community greenhouse.
The Naropa Sustainability Council (NSC) is an open and inclusive gathering for all members of Naropa University. This is a space that gives life to ideas and initiatives toward sustainable and regenerative living. NSC is focused on increasing ecological literacy and reducing our carbon footprint. NSC acts as a liaison for the student body to make an impact on the university as a whole.
Naropa University's Zero Waste goal is to mindfully support the university in being a sustainable system where resources are fully used and waste is reduced to a minimum. Naropa currently boasts an 80% diversion rate, thanks in large part to the campus-wide recycling and compost bins located in all common areas of all buildings and exterior space.