Boston University’s Climate Action Plan aims to reduce the institution’s carbon emissions to zero by 2040, and the Center for Computing & Data Sciences will be the first building on any BU campus to be 100 percent fossil free. Geothermal wells provide the majority of its heating and cooling. In the envelope, transparent triple glazing is integrated with spandrel panel glass and insulated metal panels. Two exterior shade systems control solar heat gain…
This unique BU building is scheduled to open in 2022. It has no rooftop wind turbines and no solar panels, but does have 31 geothermal boreholes. Geothermal heat exchange will provide 90 percent of heating and cooling in a city where the average low temperature is below freezing for months and summer’s daytime temperatures average above 25°C.
Boston University’s plan for sustainability is phasing out gas-fueled heating systems, improving energy efficiency, and adding on-campus renewable energy sources.
The institution’s plan would have comparables in British Columbia if the PowerBC program announced by John Horgan in November 2015 had not been immediately discarded when NDP took office in 2017. That policy had been applauded by environmental groups like the Sierra Club, which said:
We commend the opposition for recognizing that clean energy can provide jobs for BC families while protecting our environment. In fact clean energy can support many more jobs than those in the oil and gas sector. A future with 100% renewable energy is 100% possible.Sierra Club
It is worth noting that Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy George Heyman was Executive Director of the Sierra Club until he gave himself to the Dark Side and began promoting and subsidizing fossil fuels.
British Columbia could be in the sixth year of the PowerBC program had John Horgan been sincere when he announced it in 2015. Instead, the NDP government and public institutions are issuing press releases promising bold action… someday.
Someday is too late.