- ) energy conservation measures through the Energy Infrastructure Project (EIP),
- ) fuel switching from coal to all natural gas at the Lausche Heating Plant on Thanksgiving Day, 2015, and
- ) the purchase of renewable energy certificates (RECs) for 50% of electricity purchases, beginning in January, 2016.
The graph below shows projections to carbon neutrality for the Athens campus of Ohio University. Each colored area represents a potential pathway to 2075 and depends on the implementation of the initiatives above it in the graph. For example, the blue area shows the emissions-equivalent of offsets that will be needed to reach carbon neutrality goals IF smart growth, recommissioning of buildings, initiatives outlined in the Utility Master Plan and electric grid alternative energy growth are ALL implemented.