nalanda building performance

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. 

Ordinance Requirements

This ordinance requires privately-owned commercial and industrial buildings and city-owned buildings to do the following:

  1. Annually rate and report building energy use;
  2. Perform energy assessments every ten years;
  3. Perform retrocommissioning every ten years and implement cost effective retrocommissioning measures within two years of the study; and
  4. Implement one-time lighting upgrades.

Check out the infographic about the ordinance.   

Changes to ACUPCC

In 2015 the American Colleges and University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) was re-branded as the "Carbon Commitment" by its organizing body Second Nature. As part of the changes, Second Nature also added two additional commitments. Naropa is looking to increase its commitment level by signing the "Climate Commitment" which includes a resilience aspect, sometime in 2017.


The sustainability staff is working on updating Naropa's Sustainability Tracking and Rating System report, also know as STARS. As the report stands currently, Naropa has a silver rating. However, we are hoping that will further investigation and with the changes that have occurred over the 2015/2016 school year that we can get a gold rating.   

Updates to the Climate action plan

Naropa's Climate Action Plan was last updated in 2013. The goal is to update the Climate Action Plan this year to reflect progress on sustainability measures since 2013, as well as the addition of new goals and commitments since. Some important things that will be added to the next update to the Climate Action Plan include measures such as:

  • The 2016 greenhouse gas inventory results
  • The addition of the Climate Commitment goals
  • Solar energy systems on the Print Shop and Pavilion
  • Paramita upgrades and Level II Energy Audit at Nalanda
  • Alternative transportation options such as Boulder BCycle and eGo carshare
  • Management of the campus cafes by Boulder Bridge House