UNM joins 2030 District effort

Article courtesty Albuquerque Business First.

By Andy Beale

February 18, 2015

The University of New Mexico has partnered with the nationwide 2030 District effort to reduce carbon emissions and curb energy and water consumption.

The 2030 Districts website describes the districts as cities and areas committed to "meet the energy, water and vehicle emissions reduction targets for existing buildings and new construction." In a nutshell, the 2030 District program engages public and private building-sector allies to sign on to voluntary carbon-emission reduction goals.

Other cities participating in the 2030 Districts program include Seattle, Pittsburg, Cleveland, Denver, Dallas, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Albuquerque has recently seen a wide range of individuals and groups pushing the city to meet the 2030 District requirements, and some developers say the 2030 District program is essential to the economic development of Downtown Albuquerque.

UNM Physical Plant Director Jeff Zumwalt said involvement in the Albuquerque 2030 District effort is a natural step for the university and he looks forward to being a partner.

"We have many years of practice when it comes to reducing the university's environmental impact, and we have implemented many design standards that can easily be translated to business owners in Albuquerque with regard to conserving energy," Zumwalt said in a release.

UNM says it has committed to bringing 9.7 million square feet of existing buildings into line with the 2030 Architecture principles.

(Original article can be found at http://www.bizjournals.com/albuquerque/news/2015/02/18/unm-joins-2030-district-effort.html)