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Bryn Mawr College

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With the publication of the College Sustainability Report Card 2010, more than 1,100 school survey responses from over 300 institutions are now available online. In total, these surveys offer more than 10,000 pages of data collected from colleges and universities during the summer of 2009 . To access surveys from other schools, go to the  surveys section  of the website. To see grades, or to access additional surveys submitted by this school, please click the "Back to Report Card" link at the beginning or end of the survey.


Names and Titles: Michelle Wallhagen (Sustainability Coordinator), in coordination with Glenn Smith (Director of Facilities), Jim McGaffin (Assistant Director for Energy and Project Management), Paul Vassallo (Director of Purchasing), Don Abramowitz (Environmental Health & Safety Officer), Jerry Berenson (Chief Administrative Officer), Harold Maryea (Assistant Director for Operations and Maintenance ), Ed Harman (Assistant Director for Grounds), Mark Freeman (Director of Institutional Research), Denise Romano (Director of Housekeeping) and Martin Mastascusa (Assistant Director, Human Resources)
Date survey submitted:
August 3, 2009



1) Does your school have its own formal sustainability policy?
[  ]  No
[ X]  Yes. Please describe and provide URL, if available:  The College is currently developing a statement of the College’s commitment to sustainability and its relationship to its mission statement, history and vision for the 21 st Century.  Ref: Sustainability Coordinator

2) Has the president of your institution signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC)?
[  ]  No
[ X ]  Yes. If completed, please provide the date the GHG Report was submitted to the ACUPCC:
2007 inventory submitted March 3, 2009

3) Has your institution signed the Talloires Declaration?
[ X ]  No

4) Is there a sustainability component in your institution's master plan and/or strategic plan (check all that apply)?
[  ]  No
[ ]  Yes, in the master plan. Please describe and provide URL, if available:
[ X ]  Yes, in the strategic plan. Please describe and provide URL, if available:  The College is currently undergoing accreditation review by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. As part of this process, the College is reviewing its strategic and master plan. The role of the College’s commitment to sustainability will be elaborated during this process. Ref: Chief Administrative Officer

5) Does your school have a council or committee that advises on and/or implements policies and programs related to sustainability?
[  ]  No
[ X ]  Yes Several committees act as sustainability advisory councils.

6) Please provide the name of the committee and list the number of meetings held since August 2008.
A. The Facilities Campus Planning Committee is responsible for oversight of major building projects and energy initiatives; incorporating sustainability strategies is a routine part of the planning process. The Committee is composed of Trustees, the College President, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Administrative Officer, Provost, Dean of the Undergraduate College, Director of Facilities, faculty, staff and students. Data on meetings held not available; meetings scheduled in response to project needs.


B. The President’s Climate Action Plan Steering Committee is responsible for developing the College’s Climate Action Plan for submission to ACUPP; report to be submitted January 15, 2010. The President’s Climate Action Plan Committee is a special project of the Sustainability Committee. Stakeholders include the Chief Administrative Officer, Assistant Provost, Greens Group Students, Director of Facilities, Environmental Health and Safety Officer, Sustainability Coordinator, the President’s Office Chief of Staff, Biology Professor, Environmental Studies Professor Assistant Director for Energy and Project Management, Professor of Mathematics, Associate Director of Public Safety and Transportation. Number of Meetings: 3


C. The Sustainability Committee is responsible for developing and implementing sustainability projects, activities, programs and policies. Stakeholders include members of the President’s Climate Action Plan Steering Committee working in association with stakeholders relevant to particular projects, activities and initiatives.  Number of meetings: 3


D. The Dining Services Sustainability Group is responsible for developing sustainability issues relating to dining service operations. Stakeholders include students employed in dining services, dining services staff, the Director of Dining Services and the Associate Director of Dining Services. Examples of projects include moving to bio-degradable take out containers, food waste reduction campaign, napkin use reduction project, and recycling. http://www.brynmawr.edu/dining/sustainability/   Number of meetings: 8


E. The Staff Association develops sustainability initiatives of interest to staff and implements in association with the Sustainability Committee . http://www.brynmawr.edu/staffassoc/index.html   Number of meetings: 8


7) Please provide number of stakeholder representatives on the committee.
A. Facilities Campus Planning Committee

[#5]  Administrators
[# 2] Faculty
[# 2] Staff
[# 2] Students


B. President’s Climate Action Plan Steering Committee

[#9]  Administrators
[# 3] Faculty
[# 2] Staff
[# 2] Students

C. Sustainability Committee: Varies Depending on Project—Core Members:

[#5]  Administrators
[# 3] Faculty
[# 2] Staff
[# 2] Students


D. Dining Services Sustainability Group

[#2] Administrators

[#5] Student Dining-Services Employees


E. Staff Association
[#5] Administrators

[#10] Staff


8) Please provide the name of the chair(s) of the committee for the 2009-2010 academic year, and indicate which stakeholder group the chair(s) represents.
If 2009-2010 academic year information is not yet available, please provide information for 2008-2009 instead.
A. Facilities Campus Planning Committee:

Glenn Smith, Campus Facilities Planning Committee, Administrator

B. President’s Climate Action Plan Steering Committee

Ruth Lindeborg,  Chief of Staff and Secretary of the College, Administrator

C. Sustainability Committee

Jerry Berenson, the Chief Administrative Officer, Administrator

Beth Shepard-Rabadam , Assistant Provost, Administrator

D. Dining Services Sustainability Group

Bernie Chung-Templeton, Director of Dining Services, Administrator

E. Staff Association Officers:

Dolores Burdo, Career Dev. Office, Staff

Lisa Camma, Resources, Staff
Diane Craw, Grad. Sch. of Social Work, Staff
Bill McKenna, Facilities Services, Staff


9) To whom does the committees report (e.g., president, vice president)? 

A. The Facilities Campus Planning Committee is a co-operative body.

B. The Sustainability Committee reports to the President.

C. The President’s Climate Action Plan Committee reports to the President.

D. The Dining Services Sustainability Committee is a co-operative body, overseen by the Director of Dining Services.

E. The Staff Association has representatives on several College committees: Compensation and Benefits Committee, Administrative Office Heads, College Budget Committee, Committee on Institutional Priorities, Diversity Council, and the Board of Trustees. Association representatives also meet with two members of the Board of Trustees two or three times a year to let them know about staff initiatives, issues, and concerns.


10) Please list key issues/programs that the committee has addressed or implemented since August 2008.

Three community-wide meetings held to solicit ideas for improving efficiency at Bryn Mawr. Examples of ideas generated: reducing office supplies, improving purchasing efficiency, reducing magazine subscriptions, replacing printers with copy machines. All ideas generated under review by President and Chief Administrative Officer.


Initiatives isolated by Sustainability Committee for exploration/evaluation during the 2009-2010 school year: Alternative swimming pool disinfection systems to reduce/eliminate trihalomethanes and chloramines; increasing local food purchasing; evaluating possibilities for reduced use of synthetic fertilizers, herbicides, alternative plantings; increase of green chemicals in housekeeping; establishing mechanisms for tracking progress on goals and actions; develop a more coordinated approach to sustainability goals and specific projects and ensure continuity; consider possibility of hiring a dedicated, full-time sustainability coordinator; isolate and pursue opportunities for funding sources for sustainability work.


Combined giving campaign launched: donations can be made through payroll deduction or one-time gift, includes the Environmental Fund for Pennsylvania.


Silent auction during Campus County Fair event raised a little over $1,500 that will be used in part to fund bringing textbooks to schools in Togo.

Promotion of Local Foods – Opening Picnic
Assortment of Local foods, including pumpkin pancakes! http://www.brynmawr.edu/dining/specialdinner.htm


Newberry Award The College and the Staff Association created and funded the Newberry Award to be given to a staff member who best embodies the spirit of greening the campus by putting greening principles into practice in the workplace.  Ref: Banner Staff Newsletter available at http://www.brynmawr.edu/staffassoc/


Banner Staff Newsletter includes green tips to help green work operations in every issue.


11) Does your school employ sustainability staff (excluding student employees and interns)?
[ ]  No

[X ]  Yes.

[#  1]  Number of full-time staff (in FTE). Titles: [.25% time/Environmental Health and Safety Officer]
[# 1 ]  Number of part-time staff (in FTE). Titles: [.50% time/Sustainability Coordinator ]

12) Does the head of the sustainability staff report directly to the president or another high-level administrator (e.g., vice president, vice chancellor)?
[ ]  N/A
[  ]  No
[X]  Yes. Please describe: Reports to the Chief Administrative Officer.

13) Does your school have an office or department specifically dedicated to furthering sustainability on campus?
[ X]  No

[  ]  Yes. Please describe (including name of office or department and year created):

14) Does your school have a website detailing its sustainability initiatives?

 [ X]  Yes. Facilities has a recycling page with downloadable brochure at: http://www.brynmawr.edu/facilities/recycling.shtml

 Dining Services Department has a page on their sustainability efforts at: http://www.brynmawr.edu/dining/sustainability/index.htm

An institution-wide website is in the planning stages. Ref: Sustainability Coordinator

15) Does your school have a formal green purchasing policy?

[ X]  Yes. Please describe policy and provide URL to full policy, if available:

The College’s institution-wide purchasing policy will be made available as part of Bryn Mawr College’s Commitment to Sustainability Statement. The College is already committed the purchase of Energy Star products whenever financially possible.

16) Does your school purchase ENERGY STAR qualified products?
[  ]  No
[  ]  Some. Please describe:
[ X]  All:

17) Does your school purchase environmentally preferable paper products?

 [  ]  No
[ X]  Some. Please describe: The Campus Copy Center purchases 30% postconsumer waste paper for use and distribution. Ref: Environmental Health and Safety Officer

[  ]  All. Please describe:

18) Does your school purchase Green Seal, Environmental Choice certified, or biorenewable cleaning products?
[  ]  No
[  ]  Some. Please describe: Housekeeping is in the process of increasing its purchasing of environmentally-preferable cleaning agents; it is converting to microfiber clothes produced by local company. Housekeeping has invested in floor cleaner dispensing systems that reduce fumes. Ref: Denise Romano, Head of Housekeeping
[  ]  All. Please describe:

19) Are your school's computer/electronics purchase decisions made in accordance with standards such as the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT)?
[  ]  No
[ X]  Some. Please describe: Energy-star rated; low powered monitors.
[  ]  All

20) Does your school use only pesticides that meet the standards for organic crop production set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture or Canadian Organic Standards (excluding on-campus farms)?
[  ]  No
[ X]  Some. Please describe: Actions taken to reduce any exposure: spot treat only in areas that are not near student or staff maintained areas; target purchasing of pest products with less active ingredients. Ref: Ed Harmon, Assistant Director, Grounds
[  ]  All



21) Has your school completed a greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventory?
[ X ]  Yes.  Please provide total annual GHG emissions (in metric tons of CO2e). Also, include the start date for each year as well as the URL to each inventory, if available online, or attach the document.
2007: 15,658; Start date – June 1, 2007; URL – http://acupcc.aashe.org/ghg-report.php?id=757

The purchase of carbon offsets does not count toward greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions for this indicator. They are counted in a subsequent indicator.

22) Has your school made a commitment to reducing GHG emissions by a specific amount?

Providing a target date for a specified reduction in GHG emissions by reference to a baseline has only recently become a standard for demonstrating an institution’s commitment and successes to reducing GHG emissions. Bryn Mawr College has engaged in GHG reduction initiatives since 1999, well before standardization of the above method. Therefore, we have included information demonstrating our commitment and successes that do not make use of this method in answering questions 22 and 23.

[ ]  No
[X]  Yes.

Please list details.

BMC Emerges as a Leader in Energy Conservation



Facilities embarked on an intensive program of conservation in 1999.  The College’s philosophy is to incorporate conservation measures into everything we do. Every time we do work on a building, we look at ways to improve efficiency. Facilities began by identifying the campus's largest energy consumers and assigning high priority to technological improvements that allowed those buildings to operate more efficiently. See further details from this article in answer to question 49 below.

23) Has your school achieved a reduction in GHG emissions?
[  ]  No
[ X ]  Yes

The plan described in question 22 above paid off: a benchmarking survey showed that Bryn Mawr's energy consumption, measured in BTUs per gross square foot, is significantly lower than that of comparable institutions. The average mark was 137,147 BTU; Bryn Mawr's figure was just 88,494.


24) Please provide the total heating and cooling degree days averaged over the past three years.
Data on total degree heating and cooling days is available at: http://www.degreedays.net/ . This information will be used to help reduce bias between schools in different climates.

Cooling degree days average over the past three years: 298 (base temperature used in calculation: 78 degrees F)
Heating degree days average over the past three years: 453 (base temperature used in calculation: 65% F)

25) Please provide GHG emissions figures on a per-thousand-square-foot basis for the past three years.
Per-Thousand-Square-Foot Emissions = Total CO2e in metric tons / Total maintained building space in thousands of square feet.

2007: 11.7

26) Please provide GHG emissions figures on a per-full-time-student basis for the past three years.
Per-Student Emissions = Total CO2e in metric tons / Total number of full-time enrolled students.

2007: 9.5

27) What programs or technologies has your school implemented to improve energy efficiency (e.g., cogeneration plant, retrocommissioning of HVAC systems, performing system tune-ups, temperature setbacks)?
  Efficiency upgrades to lighting systems, computerized energy management system.

Temperature standards and setbacks adopted for heating and cooling seasons .

Heating Season: Heat will be turned on across campus once nighttime temperatures fall to 40 degrees F or less with forecasted continuing trends. Target temperature range for general purpose buildings will be 67 to 69 degrees F. Target temperature range in dorms between 9 AM and 4 PM, Monday through Friday, will be 65 to 67 degrees F.

Cooling Season: Air conditioning will be turned on in general purpose buildings and occupied dorms once daytime temperatures rise above 80 degrees F, with forecasted continuing trends. The target temperature range for all air-conditioned spaces during the cooling season is 72 to 75 degrees F.


Use of Electric Personal space heaters on campus is not permitted.


Use of traditional incandescent light bulbs and of lamps requiring traditional bulbs are not permitted on campus.


Number of transformers on campus reduced. The College saves money by buying high-voltage electricity. This power must then be transformed into voltages low enough to flow safely through outlets in offices and dorms. Transformers lose energy through heat, so reducing the number of transformers stanched an energy drain.


Improvement in automated temperature-control system . Bryn Mawr was an early leader in this area, but the last system had been installed in the 1970s and required a programmer to operate. The College has now switched to a Windows-based system that is much easier to use, and it has greatly increased the number of temperature sensors in each building. Newly renovated buildings have a sensor in each room. This accomplishes two goals: It helps prevent energy waste, and it allows faster response to to climate control problems The campus community has been asked to notify Facilities Services of all temperature-regulation problems. The College has a computerized energy and temperature management system to monitor buildings, with more than 500 temperature sensors located in rooms across the campus.


Natural Gas powered emergency generators, for extended running times and cleaner emissions

“BMC Emerges as a Leader in Energy Conservation” http://www.brynmawr.edu/news/2006-02-16/energy.shtml

(see answer to question 49 for additional measures taken to improve energy efficiency).

28) Do you facilitate programs that encourage members of the campus community to reduce energy use (e.g., cash incentives, signs reminding individuals to turn off lights and appliances)?
[  ]  No
[ X]  Yes. Please describe:

The campus community has been informed that free exchange of traditional incandescent bulbs for energy-efficient bulbs is available.

Newsletter reminds staff: put copy machines not in use in energy saver mode; printer cartridges can be taken to Guild for recycling; reuse foam peanuts and other packing materials; reuse plastic bags or recycle them in the box outside the Bookstore. Students will be provided with this information in the fall.

Educational materials, sessions and signs will be provided in the fall to inform the campus community that single-stream recycling has been introduced. Signs will be posted above all recycling and trash bins.

Facilities will inform the campus community to power off all computers, monitors, printers and other personal use electronic equipment at the end of each workday.

Signs remind all members of the College to manually turn off lights in spaces not in use.

29)  Does your school generate renewable electricity?
[ X]  No
[  ]  Yes. Please specify percentage of overall electricity generated from each of the following sources and describe details below.

30)  Does your school have solar hot water systems?
[ X ]  No
[  ]  Yes. Please specify number of systems and total BTUs generated annually, if available:

31) Has your school purchased electric energy from renewable sources or renewable energy credits (RECs)?

RECs and electricity from renewable sources must be Green-e certified or meet the requirements of the Green-e standard.
[X ]  No

32) Has your school purchased non-electric energy from renewable sources?
[ X]  No

33) Please provide total BTUs of energy for heating and cooling from on-site combustion:

34) Please list each fuel source (e.g., coal, natural gas, oil) and the percent of overall BTUs derived from that source:

35) Is any on-site combustion for heating and cooling derived from renewable sources?
[ X]  No

The food portion of this category is covered in a separate dining survey.

36) Please indicate which traditional materials your institution recycles (check all that apply).

[  ]  None
[ X ]  Aluminum
[ X ]  Cardboard
[ X ]  Glass
[ X ]  Paper
[ X ]  Plastics (all) (Single stream recycling has become available this year.)
[   ]  Plastics (some)
[  X]  Mixed Metals, total of 280 cubic yards last school year

      X   Aerosol cans

      X   Plastic Bags

      X   Motor Oil

      X  Refrigerants

37) Diversion rate: [51%]
Ref: GHG Inventory submitted to ACUPP

38) Does your institution have an electronics recycling program?

[ ]  No
[ X ]  Yes. If available, please indicate the total annual weight or volume of each material collected for recycling or reuse.
[ X   ]  Batteries (rechargeable only) at 1,600 pounds last school year
[X    ]  Cell phones
[ X   ]  Computers: At 12,000 pounds last school year

In addition, staff who participate in the “Empowering Learners Partnership Program” computer training courses are given the opportunity to purchase used computers at a discount. http://www.brynmawr.edu/elp/index.html
[  X]  Lightbulbs: 5,000 Linear Feet of fluorescent tubes last school year
[  X]  Printer cartridges Printer cartridges can be taken to Guild Hall for recycling http://www.brynmawr.edu/staffassoc/news/banner/documents/Bannerfall08.pdf

[   X ]  Other E-waste. : Mercury-containing materials (thermostats, etc.)

Ref: Don Abramowitz, Environmental Health and Safety Officer

39) What percentage of your campus's landscaping waste is composted or mulched?

[  100 %: 10% on campus and 90% at local facility] Ref: Ed Harmon, Assistant Director, Grounds

40) Do you provide composting receptacles around campus in locations other than dining halls (e.g., in residence halls, offices, academic buildings)?
[X]  No

41) Do you have any source-reduction initiatives (e.g., end-of-semester furniture or clothing swaps and collections)?

[  ]  No
[ X ]  Yes. Please describe: Since 1999, the Staff Association has held an end of year sale of items donated and discarded by students when they move out of their dorms for the summer.  Potential sale merchandise is removed from dorm rooms, bagged and transported by Housekeeping staff.  Then volunteers sift through bags; fold clothing; sort it by color and stack it on tables. Textbooks are also on sale. Not only does the sale help the environment by recycling useful house wares, office supplies and clothing, it funds half of the Newberry Award and the remainder is donated to local charities. Ref: Banner Newsletter, July 2008 http://www.brynmawr.edu/staffassoc/news/banner/banner.html




Since the mid 1990s, a concerted effort has been undertaken at the College to study and recapture the value of existing, under-utilized campus buildings and related landscape resources, including several adaptive re-use projects and limitations on the construction of new buildings that would interfere with ecological processes and ecological improvements have been part of the College’s building policy.

The College undertook stream restoration and the creation of a storm water management pond for watershed protection purposes. Both of these projects received Growing Greener Grants from the state of Pennsylvania and have been recognized for their environmental contributions.

“Campus Heritage Preservation Initiative” http://www.brynmawr.edu/facilities/documents/BrynMawr_report_final_screen.pdf

42) Does your school have a formal green building policy?
[  ]  No
[X]  Yes. Please describe policy and provide URL to the full policy, if available:  The College has set the LEED Silver standard as part of its design criteria for new capital construction and retrofitting/reconstruction projects. The College has made a conscious decision not to seek official LEED certification or obtain costly independent commissioning; therefore, none of our buildings have been LEED certified.

Ref: Glenn Smith, Director of Facilities Services

Please indicate LEED-certified buildings.

[#    0 ]  Total number of LEED-certified buildings.

44) Please indicate buildings that meet LEED certification criteria but are not certified.
[#    1 ]  Total number of buildings that meet LEED criteria: Ward

45) Please indicate buildings that are ENERGY STAR labeled.

[#    0]  Our understanding is that ENERGY STAR labeling preceded LEED and has been superseded by it.
[#  0    ]  Total number of ENERGY STAR buildings. Please list building names:
[    sq ft]  Combined gross square footage.


Many of the College’s buildings are designated as of historic importance. Retrofitting historic buildings poses particular challenges, as the Americans with Disability Act recognizes in its accessibility specifications: “ Accessible Buildings: Historic Preservation . Alterations to a qualified historic building or facility shall comply with 4.1.6.  EXCEPTIONS-- A qualified historic building or facility is a building or facility that is: (i) Listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places; or (ii) Designated as historic under an appropriate State or local law.” (see http://www.ada.gov/stdspdf.htm ).


46) Please indicate LEED-EB certified buildings.
[# 0]  Total number of LEED-EB certified buildings. Please list building names:

47) Please indicate buildings that meet LEED-EB certification criteria but are not certified.
[# 8]  Total number of buildings that meet LEED-EB criteria but are not certified. Please list building names: Bettws-y-Coed, Benham Gateway, the four Cambrian Row buildings, Dalton and Goodhart.

Recent major projects have been repair/renovation projects: The LEED checklist was used in designing each of these projects and Glenn Smith, the Director of Facilities Services, believes enough points would have been accumulated for some level of LEED certification. (For example, each of these buildings has a tightly insulated envelope, which allows energy-efficiency, while keeping the buildings at comfortable temperatures.)

As mentioned above, the College has made a conscious decision not to seek official LEED certification or obtain costly independent commissioning; therefore, none of our buildings/projects has been LEED certified.

48) Please indicate renovated buildings that are ENERGY STAR labeled.
[#0]  Our understanding is that ENERGY STAR labeling preceded LEED and has been superseded by it.

49) What energy-efficiency technologies have you installed in existing buildings (e.g., HVAC systems, motion sensors, ambient light sensors, T5 lighting, LED lighting all exit will have dorm Denbee, timers , laundry technology-yes all energy star front load capacity)?   

All exit signs replaced with high-efficiency LED signs. 90% reduction in energy consumption


Lighting retrofits. Fixtures that burned 12 kilowatts per hour were replaced by ones that burned eight kilowatts per hour. This effort began with the buildings that have the highest "energy footprints" and are open for the longest hours, including the Bern Schwartz Gymnasium, Canaday Library and the Park Science complex; estimates are that about 98 percent of the square footage on campus has been retrofitted in this way now. Lighting systems in major buildings have been upgraded to high efficiency fluorescents and incandescent bulbs have been swapped out in favor of compact fluorescents wherever possible.


Variable-Frequency Drives. The largest consumers of electricity on campus are the exhaust and make-up-air fans used in fume hoods in chemistry labs and ventilated animal-research labs. These fans used to be powered by motors that operated at full speed even when the energy loads required were less than their capacity. The new drives consume only the energy necessary to match the load. VFDs were also installed in many of the pumps used on campus.


Burner and boiler replacement . Nine buildings on campus have been fitted with more efficient heat sources.


All laundry services are front loading. Front loading, water-conserving washing machines in all dorm buildings.


“Greening Initiative” May 09 Alumnae Bulletin http://www.brynmawr.edu/alumnae/bulletin/may09/archways.html

 “BMC Emerges as a Leader in Energy Conservation” http://www.brynmawr.edu/news/2006-02-16/energy.shtml


50) What water-conservation technologies have you installed in existing buildings (e.g., low-flow faucets, low-flow showerheads, waterless urinals, dual-flush toilets, gray water systems, laundry technology)?   

Low-flow faucets: 100%

Low-flow showerheads: 100%

Low-volume toilets (1.5 GPF): 100%

Water conserving, front loading washing machines used in 100% of laundry facilities

Closed loop water-cooling systems installed to reduce water consumption and flow to municipal sewers in 10% of applicable science laboratories.

Ref: Harold Maryea, Assistant Director for Operations and Maintenance

51) What percentage of your institution's non-hazardous construction and demolition waste is diverted from landfills?

Concrete, at 95%

Carpet, at 50%

Lumber, at 10%

Glass, at 6%

Ref: Don Abramowitz, Environmental Health and Safety Officer


52) Are there any sustainability-themed residential communities or housing options at your school?
[  ]  No
[ X ]  Yes. Please provide details below.
Name of program:  Batten House Co-op
Type of community (e.g., hall, building, house): Batten Co-operative began in the fall of 1999. It is a housing and dining co-operative with a focus on environmental and social responsibility.
Number of students involved: 13
Additional details: As an environmental house, students attempt to purchase groceries and house supplies from co-operative bulk suppliers when possible, or to buy from small local businesses. They shop for organic food when available, and clean the house with environmentally-friendly housecleaning products, (such as non-petroleum based cleaners, citrus-based cleaners, and so on.)


53) Does a portion of your new student orientation specifically cover sustainability?
[  ]  No
[ X]  Yes. Please describe how sustainability is incorporated (e.g., information sessions, green tour): Freshman Orientation Information Session, Information session for Dorm Recycling Advisors

54) Does your school offer on-campus office-based sustainability internships or jobs for students?
[ X ]  Yes: “Green Grants” are available during the summer to enable student participation in sustainability-related research and internships.

Ref: Don Barber, Professor of Biology

55) Does your school have residence hall Eco-Reps or other similar programs to promote behavioral change on campus?
[  ]  No
[ X]  Yes. Please provide details below, and indicate URL if available: Recycling Representatives in every dorm.

56) Does your school have active student-run organizations devoted to sustainability efforts on campus?
[  ]  No
[ X ]  Yes. Please provide total number of active organizations, names of organizations, a brief description of each, and URLs, if available: 2

Batten House Co-Op: see answer to Q # 52 above

BMC Greens –The BMC Greens is a student environmental activist organization on campus, numbering 100 members on average per year. The Greens advocate for environmental awareness and responsibility on campus. They support campus recycling, plan Earth Day activities, speakers, the annual "Energy Diet," and other activities to promote environmental sustainability. The group was instrumental in establishing a windmill demonstration of alternative energy and explanatory materials. Also work on reducing food wasting by weighing and informing students of waste amounts. CFL’s are handed out wherever possible. The Greens are working with several clubs to create an on-campus garden and to aid in promoting the recycling of CFLs and technological waste. http://sga.blogs.brynmawr.edu/tag/greens/


57) Does your school organize any sustainability challenges/competitions for your campus and/or with other colleges?
[X] Yes

The Greens sponsor an “Energy Diet” contest whereby students conserve electricity for 1 month of the year as a demonstration project. The Greens provide a list of energy-conserving practices. The dorm that reduces its energy use the most based on meter readings wins a prize. During the contest, a 7 to 22% reduction in energy use per dorm is achieved, which amounts to 2.5% of the College’s overall electric bill for the month of the contest.

Ref: Jim McGaffin, Assistant Director for Energy and Project Management



58) How many vehicles are in your institution's fleet?
[#  50  ]

59) Please list the number of alternative-fuel vehicles in each class.
[#   3     ]  Hybrid. Please list makes and models: Toyota Prius and Highlander, Ford Escape
[#     1   ]  Electric. Please describe type of vehicles: Golf-cart type, off-road vehicle for use by facilities
[#     7  ]  Biodiesel. Please describe type of vehicles and list biodiesel blend(s) used: Biodiesel 95 used in buses/passenger vans.
[#   2     ]  Other. Please describe: Natural gas powered buses, with filling station on campus

60) What is the average GHG emission rate per passenger mile of your institution's motorized fleet?
[#        ]  pounds of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) per passenger mile traveled. Mileage not known: average 3 MTeCO2 per vehicle per year.

61) Does your school offer incentives for carpooling?
[  ]  N/A. Please explain:
[ ]  No
[ X ]  Yes. Please describe details of the program including the type of the incentive and eligible community members (e.g., faculty, staff, students): To encourage carpooling and the use of readily available mass transportation, parking of student vehicles on campus is limited and tightly controlled. In addition, on-campus parking for faculty and staff is limited. Ref: Ed Harmon, Assistant Director, Grounds

62) Does your school offer public transportation subsidies?
[  ]  N/A. Please explain:
[  ]  No
[ X]  Yes. Please describe the program including the size of the discount (as a percent of full price) and eligible community members (e.g., faculty, staff, students): The College provides all community members with the opportunity to purchase regional rail passes out of pre-taxed income. The discount is 32% off the regular pass cost. In addition, the campus is located within 2 blocks of a regional rail train station. Reference: Martin Mastascusa, Assistant Director, Human Resources.

63) Does your school provide free transportation around campus?
[X]  N/A. Please explain: Bryn Mawr is an intimate and walkable campus of 135 acres.

64) Does your school operate a free transportation shuttle to local off-campus destinations?
[ X ]  Yes. Please describe:  Buses run between Bryn Mawr, Haverford and Swarthmore.

65) Does your school offer a bicycle-sharing/rental program or bicycle repair services?
[ X]  No

66) Does your school partner with a car-sharing program?

[  ]  No
[ X]  Yes. Please provide details below.
Year created: 2006
Total number of vehicles: 2
Number of hybrid vehicles: 2
Fee for membership: $5.90 hourly rate with $15 monthly fee OR $7.90 per hour

67) Does your school have policies that support a pedestrian-friendly or bike-friendly campus (e.g., in the school's master plan, a policy prohibiting vehicles from the center of campus)?

[]  N/A.

[  ]  No
[X]  Yes. Only vehicles serving handicap or facilities needs are allowed on the center of campus.

Ref: Ed Harmon, Assistant Director for Grounds


68) What percentage of individuals commutes to campus via environmentally preferable transportation (e.g., walking, bicycling, carpooling, using public transit)?
[ 66 %]


69) Campus setting:
[  ]  Rural
[ X]  Suburban: Surrounded by Residential Neighborhood

[  ]  Urban
[  ]  Other. Please describe:

70)  Total number of buildings: [#    41    ]
71)  Combined gross square footage of all buildings: [# 1,340,225]
72)  Full-time enrollment (undergraduate and graduate): [# 1,745]
73)  Part-time enrollment (undergraduate and graduate): [#  0 ]
74)  Part-time enrollment as a proportion to a full-time course load: [# Data not available. ]
75)  Percent of full-time students that live on campus: [ 95 %]

Ref: Mark Freeman, Institutional Research; see also


Questions 76-87 are for informational purposes only; responses will NOT be included in the Report Card evaluation process.


Please mark an "X" next to each item that applies to your institution.

76)  Outdoors club: [ X ] http://www.brynmawr.edu/activities/studentorganizations.shtml#sport
77)  Disposable water bottle ban: [  ]
78)  Participation in Recyclemania: [  ]
79)  Student trustee position: [ X]

Ref: “Plan of Governance” page 14 at http://www.brynmawr.edu/provost/plangov4_07.pdf

See also: “Student Handbook” page 86 at http://www.brynmawr.edu/activities/docs/2008-09_Handbook_WEB.pdf
80)  Environmental science/studies major: [ ]
81)  Environmental science/studies minor or concentration: [ X]
82)  Graduate-level environmental program: [  ]

83)  Student green fee: [  ]
84)  Alumni green fund: [  ]
85)  Revolving loan fund for sustainability projects: [  ]
86)  Campus garden or farm: [ X]
87)  Single-stream recycling: [ X]


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