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George Washington University

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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.

 

Name: Meghan Chapple-Brown

Title: Director of Sustainability

Date survey submitted: 7/21/2009

 

ADMINISTRATION

 

SUSTAINABILITY POLICIES

1) Does your school have its own formal sustainability policy?

[ ] No

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

http://www.sustainability.gwu.edu/pdf/taskforcereportandrecommendations.pdf

 

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: GHG Emissions Inventory submitted May 2009; CAP due May 2010.

 

3) Has your institution signed the Talloires Declaration?

[ ] No

[X] Yes

 

4) Is there a sustainability component in your institution's master plan and/or strategic plan (check all that apply)?

[X] No The GW strategic plan was completed in 2004. GW’s President Knapp joined the University in 2007 and has brought a renewed leadership on sustainability to GW. Although not specifically stated in the strategic plan, President Knapp along with the GW Board of Trustees have declared that they are addressing several priority areas on a strategic level as they implement the strategic plan. These include:

Community

Learning

Research

Service

Sustainability

Innovation

Sustainability has been a top focus area for the Board’s annual strategy retreat for the last two years, and President Knapp continues to emphasize its importance in public statements and meetings.

[X] Yes, in the master plan. Please describe and provide URL, if available: As part of its Campus Plan, GW is committed to incorporating green design into both major buildingm projects as well as renovations. In 2006, the university committed to achieving the equivalent of a minimum of 16 LEED points on all of its new construction as a condition of its 2006-2025 Campus Plan approval, thereby volunteering to make this minimum threshold a legal requirement for regulatory approval of new campus developments, and a starting point for green design, to be expanded upon in future development projects.

[ ] Yes, in the strategic plan. Please describe and provide URL, if available:

 

ADVISORY COUNCIL

5) Does your school have a council or committee that advises on and/or implements policies and programs related to sustainability?

[ ] No

[ X ] Yes

The Office of Planning and Environmental Management (PEM) is part of the Facilities division at GW. PEM is responsible for design standards and the maintenance of space data and record documents for buildings on all campuses. In addition, PEM oversees energy and water management as well as recycling and environmental compliance. PEM works hand in hand with the Office of Sustainability to implement projects on campus ranging from energy efficient lighting to new building construction to the GHG inventory. PEM has an Energy and Environmental Working group, whose mission is to

identify potential energy, water and resource saving initiatives on all campuses - as well as sources of funding - and to identify potential environmental hazards on all campuses and propose action to remediate. This group meets monthly and have about a dozen members from facilities operations, academic departments, and student life on all three campuses.

 

Additionally, in 2007 President Knapp formed a sustainability Task Force to outline the necessary components for sustainability at GW. The recommendations of the task force are described in the report http://sustainability.gwu.edu/reports.html. In response, the University launched the Office of Sustainability in Fall 2008 and hired a Director in 2009.

 

The Task Force has not been active as a formal group this past year, however members have been very engaged with the new Office of Sustainability. This past fall, members of the task force (including its two co-chairs) were asked to recruit and select the new Director of the Office of Sustainability. That person arrived at the start of 2009, and everyone agreed that it would be best to give the new Office and Director time to understand the dynamics of the University before deciding what group should be constituted next to support the Office of Sustainability its mission. Though the Task Force had completed its mission after making recommendations, the process created a new network of people from various parts of the University. These people continue to act as an ad hoc implementation leads and advisors to the Office.

 

The members of the 2007-08 Task Force who continue to be closely involved with the Office of Sustainability are:

Mark Starik, co-chair Department Chair and Professor of Strategic Management and Public Policy, GW School of Business

Lew Rumford, co-chair Senior Advisor For Business Development

Jill Bond Director of Corporate Relations, Development Division

Jonathan Deason Lead Professor of the Environmental and Energy Management Program, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Nancy Giammatteo Director of Facilities Planning and Environmental Management

Karen Greenwood Attorney Fellow, General Counsel’s Office

Diane Robinson Knapp

Lee Paddock Associate Dean for Environmental Law, GW Law School

Casey Pierzchala, Sustainability Coordinator, Facilities Planning and Environmental Management

Doug Spengel Manager, Energy and Environmental Programs

Staff from the Media Relations, the Office of Development, and the Office of Government, International and Community Relations

Various Students from Net Impact, Student Association, Green GW and other groups

Additionally, the Office of Sustainability is in the process of developing a formal committee to develop the University’s Climate Action Plan.

 

If you answered "No" to question 5, please proceed directly to question 11.

 

6) Please provide the name of the committee and list the number of meetings held since August 2008.

Name: Energy and Environmental Working Group.

Number of meetings: 12 (monthly meetings)

 

7) Please provide number of stakeholder representatives on the committee.

[1 ] Administrators

[1 ] Faculty

[ 10] Staff

[ ] Students

[ ] Other. Please describe:

The members include: The Energy and Environmental Working Group is composed of the Director of Planning and Environmental Management, Director and Assistant Director of Facilities Management, Director of Residential Property Management, Energy and Environmental Manager, HVAC Operations Supervisor, HVAC Maintenance Supervisor, Master Electrician, Associate Vice President for Academic Operations, Assistant Director of Academic Operations, and the Director of Student Center Operations.

 

Name of chair(s): Director of Planning and Environmental Management

Position(s) (e.g., administrator, faculty, staff, student): Staff

 

9) To whom does the committee report (e.g., president, vice president)? Most of the Energy and Environmental Working Group members report up through others to the Associate Vice President for Facilities, while some members report up through others to the Vice President for Academic Affairs or the Vice president for Student Affairs.

 

10) Please list key issues/programs that the committee has addressed or

implemented since August 2008.

Key issues/programs that the group has addressed/implemented since August 2008: The committee discusses potential energy and water efficiency projects, and which ones to fund. The projects performed through the efforts of the committee are discussed elsewhere in the survey response (see answers to Questions 49 and 50). Progress made on each of these issues since August 2008: See Questions 49 and 50

 

SUSTAINABILITY STAFF

11) Does your school employ sustainability staff (excluding student employees and interns)?

[ ] No

[ X] Yes. Please provide titles and number of sustainability staff.

[# 3 ] Number of full-time staff (in FTE). Titles: [ Director of Sustainability, Stakeholder Engagement Coordinator, Sustainability Manager ]

[# 1.5 ] Number of part-time staff (in FTE). Titles: [ Presidential Administrative Fellow (academic year intern), Revolving Sustainability Fund Interns (4 summer interns) ]

 

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: The Director of the Office of Sustainability has regular meetings and daily email communications with the President. She reports to the Senior Associate VP for Operations, who reports to the Executive Vice President and Treasurer, who reports to President Steven Knapp. This allows the Director to get the administrative support and guidance from the operational team, while having a direct line of communication with the President regarding strategy and strategic opportunities.

 

OFFICE OR DEPARTMENT

13) Does your school have an office or department specifically dedicated to furthering sustainability on campus?

[ ] No

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

The Office of Sustainability was created in Fall 2008 to coordinate efforts across the University. The Office of Facilities Planning and Environmental Management was created in May 2008 to coordinate efforts within Facilities which promote environmentally efficient buildings, through sustainable design standards and operational efficiencies which save water, gas and electric resources.

 

WEBSITE

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

[ ] No

[ X ] Yes. Please provide URL: http://www.sustainability.gwu.edu/ ,

http://sustainability.gwu.edu/courses.html ,

http://facilities.gwu.edu/EnvironmentalStrategies/ ,

  http://living.gwu.edu/greenliving/ ,

http://www.gwu.edu/hr/g@w/index.html ,

http://neighborhood.gwu.edu/campusdev/index_campusdev.cfm ,

 

GREEN PURCHASING

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

[ ] No

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

As part of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, GW has committed to adopting an energy-efficient appliance purchasing policy. Furthermore, the Office of Sustainability is working with designated departments around campus to integrate additional sustainable purchasing practices into contracts and purchasing agreements with vendors of various products ranging from food to vehicles to office products. The university is currently undergoing a transition to an E-Procurement system which will highlight products that vendors designate as sustainable/green/organic.

 

16) Does your school purchase ENERGY STAR qualified products?

[ ] No

[X ] Some. Please describe: As part of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, GW has committed to adopting an energy-efficient appliance purchasing policy. The University is purchasing Energy Star-rated products whenever possible. For example, GW’s Procurement team only recommends to end users Energy Star appliances (this does not include specialized lab equipment or commercial kitchen appliances). Additionally, new residential buildings are specified with Energy Star appliances such as dishwashers, laundry washers, and refrigerators. With the onset of recent market advancements for computer equipment with an Energy Star rating, GW is committed to buying such. This applies to both GW’s data center and computing labs. Additionally, GW will be recommending students purchase personal computers which have an Energy Star rating. Efforts are underway to develop and implement a tracking system for Energy Star purchases.

[ ] All

 

17) Does your school purchase environmentally preferable paper products (e.g., 100 percent post-consumer recycled content, certified by the Forest Stewardship Council)?

[ ] No

[ X ] Some. Please describe: GW offices purchase paper through a decentralized procurement system. End-users have the opportunity to purchase paper containing a range of percentage of post-consumer waste fiber. Metrics for 2008 show that 70% of the paper purchased by GW had between 30-100% post consumer recycled content.

[ ] All. Please describe:

 

18) Does your school purchase Green Seal, Environmental Choice certified, or biorenewable cleaning products?

[ ] No

[ X] All. Please describe: We use Green Seal certified products (such as glass cleaner, general purpose cleaner, bathroom cleaner, etc) and water saving / energy efficient cleaning equipment with HEPA filters. We also use recycled content paper products and automated soap and paper towel dispensers designed to reduce waste.

 

19) Are your school's computer/electronics purchase decisions made in accordance with standards such as the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT)?

[ X ] No

[ ] Some. Please describe: With the onset of recent market advancements for computer equipment with an Energy Star rating, GW is committed to buying such. This applies to both GW’s data center and computing labs. Additionally, GW will be recommending students purchase personal computers which have an Energy Star rating. Also at GW we consider how we decommission equipment and utilize Lifecycle Refresh, a lifecycle replacement program for our hardware. Lifecycle Refresh replaces older servers and data center systems with new energy-efficient machines. One new machine can replace three to four old machines with no loss in performance, decreasing energy use by nearly 60-percent. Additionally, the University sponsors a program for students, faculty, and staff members to dispose of e-cycling materials (batteries, ink cartridges, computer monitors and computer parts, and cell phones) during move out days at the end of the semester.

[ ] 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)?

[ X ] No – We only use pesticides for pre-emergent weed control and have not found any effective organic products intended for this purpose; we are still researching.

[ ] Some. Please describe:

[ ] All

 

CLIMATE CHANGE & ENERGY

 

GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS INVENTORY

21) Has your school completed a greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventory?

Please check all that apply.

[ ] No.

[ ] In progress. Please describe status and provide estimated completion date:
[ 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.

2008: (July 1, 2007 – June 30, 2008) net emissions 128,183 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents (CO2e).

http://www.sustainability.gwu.edu/pdf/ghgsupportdoc.pdf

2007:

2006:

2005:

 

COMMITMENT TO GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS REDUCTION

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?

[ ] No

[ X - in progress] Yes . Please list details.

Reduction level: Zero

Baseline year: FY 2008

Target date: TBD pending completion of CAP

Per ACUPCC we are in the process of creating our Climate Action Plan (due May 2010) which will outline the best near term GHG reductions and options for GHG offsets. It will also specify a target date for GW to achieve climate neutrality, along with interim targets for goals and actions with tracking mechanisms. The inventory will be updated annually to monitor progress.

 

If you answered only "No" or "In progress" to question 21, please now skip to question 27.

 

REALIZED GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS REDUCTIONS

23) Has your school achieved a reduction in GHG emissions?

[ ] No

[ X ] Yes. Please list details.

Percentage reduced: We reduced electric usage by 6% from FY08 to FY09. Based only on this change our total GHG emissions were 4% less. We have likely reduced emissions from other sources, but we have not yet completed our FY09 GHG emissions inventory. It will be completed in the coming months and will confirm this reduction and any others that may have been achieved.

Baseline year: FY 2008

Date achieved: July 1, 2009

 

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: average of 1,684 per year

Heating degree days average over the past three years: average of 3,866 per year

 

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.

2008: 17.6 metric tons eCO2 / thousand square feet

2007:

2006:

 

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.

2008: 6.6 metric tons eCO2 / FTE student

2007:

2006:

 

Carbon Sequestration Through Trees: GW has also been a big supporter of planting trees in our city, the District of Columbia. Though open space is limited in urban settings, trees provide many benefits including but not limited to carbon sequestration, aesthetics, shade and cooling, wildlife habitat, and water retention. Urban Greening: The university has entered into a partnership with a local nonprofit organization, Casey Trees, to enhance the landscaping and streetscape on its Foggy Bottom campus. The intention is to use the campus streetscapes as an urban laboratory to develop enhanced urban tree planting conditions in concert with the DC Government.

 

ENERGY EFFICIENCY

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

We have commissioned all new construction and major renovations during the past decade. We perform temperature set-backs (often by turning HVAC equipment off) at night, on weekends, and on holidays in all major buildings with energy management systems. We perform a similar function in smaller buildings without energy management systems by using programmable thermostats. Due to the location and urban nature of our campus, we have many old, small buildings that have historical colonial significance. Such buildings are not conducive to energy management systems. GW participates in a demand response program. Large on-site boilers are tuned annually. A number of other technologies GW is using are listed in response to item #49.

 

Energy Efficiency in Information Systems: The George Washington University'sInformation Systems and Services (ISS) department has recently implemented several sustainability initiatives that will decrease energy use, while increasing both quality of service and cost savings. One of ISS' primary goals is to reduce energy use through virtualization and equipment upgrades. These strategies are industry best practices for sustainability. Virtualization is a technology that leverages hardware and software to allow multiple computer systems to run on a single server. Then by retiring this unused equipment, the department can significantly reduce energy usage, while improving the quality of service it provides. ISS is now in the process of virtualizing the bulk of its servers in its data centers, with a goal of 80-percent virtualized to 20-percent non-virtualized. Application virtualization is also leveraged within ISS, allowing for the rapid deployment and central control of various software applications. Currently, GW has deployed approximately 38 percent of the total server environment to virtual servers. This has avoided the potential use of more than 700,000 kilowatt-hours, which translates to taking 60 cars off the road. ISS also has implemented two programs, Lifecycle Refresh and GWdocuments, to lower energy costs. Lifecycle Refresh allows for new energy-efficient servers and data center systems that have greater computing power to replace older systems. One new machine can replace three to four old machines with no loss in performance. By decommissioning older equipment and replacing them with fewer new ones, energy use will significantly decrease by an estimate of between 50 to 60 percent. GWdocuments reduces the need for physical servers by consolidating administrative documents into a Documentum repository. The goal is to have all administrative documents in one central storage area, which lowers energy usage and makes information more accessible. GW is also in the process of launching a new data center, which will employ a number of energy efficient strategies. The data center is set to launch in early 2010.

 

ENERGY CONSERVATION

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: Light switch covers have been placed in every student room in every residence hall to remind them to conserve electricity. For two years we have sponsored an Eco-Challenge to encourage students to reduce electricity and water usage, for which prizes were awarded. We are also working toward the creation of a revolving sustainability fund, that once established, would allow members of the campus community to propose and subsequently conduct selected energy efficiency projects

 

RENEWABLE ENERGY GENERATION

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:

 

RENEWABLE ENERGY PURCHASE

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.

[ ] No

[ X ] Yes. Please describe.

Our energy provider was required by DC to provide 5% of its power from renewable sources. In addition, we have purchased Green e-certified REC’s from Clean Currents LLC for two LEED ‘silver’ (targeted) dormitories currently under construction – 2135 F Street (Square 80) and Pelham – scheduled to open fall 2009 and fall 2010 respectively.

 

Date of most recent contract: Purchased for both projects on June 30 2009.

Quantity (kWh): 2135 F Street (Sq 80) – 2,240,893 kwhrs / yr for 2 years (70% of usage); Pelham – 1,387,268 kwhrs / yr for 2 years (70% of usage).

Percentage of your total electric energy use that it represents: Based on the current information: 6.7% in FY10, 7.7% in FY11, and 6.0% in FY12.

 

32) Has your school purchased non-electric energy from renewable sources?

[ X] No

[ ] Yes. Please describe.

Date of most recent contract:

Quantity (BTUs):

Percentage of your total non-electric energy use that it represents:

 

ON-SITE COMBUSTION

33) Please provide total BTUs of energy for heating and cooling from on-site combustion: 500 billion BTUs during FY08.

34) Please list each fuel source (e.g., coal, natural gas, oil) and the percent of overall BTUs derived from that source: 97.5% from natural gas and 2.5% from No. 2 fuel oil during FY08.

 

35) Is any on-site combustion for heating and cooling derived from renewable sources?

[ X ] No

[ ] Yes. Please describe.

Percentage on-site combustion derived from renewable sources: [ %]

Total BTUs of energy generated from renewable sources: [# ]

Description of renewable energy sources used for on-site combustion for heating and cooling:

 

FOOD & RECYCLING

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

 

RECYCLING OF TRADITIONAL MATERIALS

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

[ ] None

[ X ] Aluminum

[ X] Cardboard

[ X ] Glass

[ X ] Paper

[ ] Plastics (all)

[ X ] Plastics (some)

[ ] Other. Please list:

GW has been recycling since the early 1990s. GW encourages recycling through various media including websites, emails, labels, signs, contests, waste sorts, and RecycleMania. During summer 2008 the residence hall recycling system was reorganizing and renovated to improve recycling rates. Bins were relabeled and now include signs which detail what can and can't be placed in each bin. Outdoor recycling containers were replaced in fall 2008, when old containers were repainted green and given new labels. GW recycling compactors were painted green and now contain lettering that explains what we recycle.

GW held a Recycling Truck Design Contest which was open to all students, staff, faculty, and alumni to design our newest truck. The now artfully decorated truck improves visibility and awareness for recycling at GW. The University has participated in RecycleMania for the past three years.

It is also worth noting that the GW Law School was the first law school to become a member of the EPA-American Bar Association Climate Challenge. Currently well over 100 law firms across the country participate. GW Law School is a member based on its use of recycled content paper, double sided copying and office paper recycling.

 

37) Diversion rate: [25%]

 

RECYCLING OF ELECTRONIC WASTE

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. FY09 weights indicated where available.

[ 120 pounds ] Batteries

[ X ] Cell phones

[ 32,640 tons ] Computers

[ 1,310 pieces ] Lightbulbs

[ X ] Printer cartridges

[ X ] Other E-waste. Please list:

   o Printers: 11,320 tons

   o Computer Monitors: 36,715 tons

   o Misc (includes computer accessories) 12,918 tons

   o Non PCB Ballasts 1800 pounds

   o PCB Ballasts 800 pounds

   o Silver 16 gallons

Special note: Our e-cycling vendor also accepts ink/toner cartridge and cell phones but does not provide weights for these materials.

 

COMPOSTING (ASIDE FROM DINING FACILITIES – SEE DINING SURVEY FOR COMPOSTING DATA)

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

[ 0%] As an urban campus, GW faces space constraints in its ability to compost or mulch our landscaping waste. We are currently researching a cooperative effort with other local urban universities to explore ways to develop composting programs in an urban environment.

 

40) Do you provide composting receptacles around campus in locations other than dining halls (e.g., in residence halls, offices, academic buildings)?

[ ] No:

[ X ] Yes. Please describe: GW is currently assessing the feasibility of composting at various satellite food venues and individual events. For example, at the 2009 Student Excellence Awards Dessert Reception, compostable flatware and dishes, along with food scraps, were composted.

 

SOURCE REDUCTION

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

[ ] No

[X ] Yes. Please describe: GW has been seeking continuous improvement on waste reduction. Our long term goal is to recycle 30% of our total waste. The collaboration of GW student organizations and administrative departments has resulted in a wide range of environmentally-oriented initiatives in GW's residence halls in support of GW's overall commitment to waste reduction. One of the most successful initiatives is the annual Green Move-In and Green Move-Out. GW’s first ever Green Move-In occurred in the fall of 2008. Less paper handouts were distributed at move in and students and parents were encouraged to print out at home only essential information they would need upon arrival. Paper was also minimized through an on-line check in process. Packing was encouraged to occur with reusable containers, and boxes were either broken down and placed in designated recycling dropoff areas or brought back home to be reused to send care packages. Students were encouraged to buy “green” when purchasing items for their rooms, such as the purchase

of recycled school supplies and reuse of vintage dishware. They were also familiarized with campus conservation tips and had the opportunity to enter a contest to design a new GW Recycling Truck.

 

Over the course of the last three spring semesters, GW has made a concerted effort to encourage a sustainable approach for students during their move out of the residence halls, a classic time when useful items are trashed, adding to landfill issues and preventing others from benefiting from the reuse of everything from lightly-used jeans to microwaves. Most recently, in the spring of 2009, with over 100 student and staff volunteers and with contributions from thousands moving out of the residence halls, more than 2,169 bags (50,500 lbs) of clothing and other household items, 4,500 books, 13 pieces of e-cycling materials, and 2,720 pounds of food were collected and delivered to our charity partners, which included local food banks, children’s agencies, homeless

shelters, and animal shelters.

 

GREEN BUILDING

 

GREEN BUILDING POLICY

42) Does your school have a formal green building policy?

14

[ ] No

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

GW has integrated sustainability into several of its current and future buildings. While we are pursuing formal LEED certification for many structures, we are also seizing immediate opportunities such as construction of green roofs and behavioral changes in building use. Following is a summary of our plans for LEED certification and other current activities.

 

GW is committed to incorporating green design into both major building projects as well as renovations. In 2006, the university committed to achieving the equivalent of a minimum of 16 LEED points on all of its new construction as a condition of its 2006- 2025 Campus Plan approval, thereby volunteering to make this minimum threshold a legal requirement for regulatory approval of new campus developments, and a starting point for green design, to be expanded upon in future development projects. The university has two large residence hall projects under construction that are both targeted for a minimum of LEED Silver certification. The university has also registered its major renovation of the Charles E Smith Center athletic facility as a LEED project. In addition, two projects currently in the early planning and/or design phases, the School of Public Health and Health Services and the Science and Engineering Complex have also

been registered with the US Green Building Council.

 

GW and its development partner, Boston Properties will welcome the addition of a transit-oriented mixed use town center on GW’s Foggy Bottom Campus in 2011. The building’s design includes 26,000 square feet of green roof structures. The garage and office building are registered with the USGBC and are targeting LEED Silver certification.

 

GW also completed two green roof projects. The first is the 2008 installation of a 2,000 square-foot green roof on an existing roof terrace. This green roof serves as a pilot educational project where environmental student groups and graduate students in the Sustainable Landscape Design Program participated in the installation of the roof and will continue to be involved in the maintenance of the plantings and system. The second green roof is smaller in scale and was installed in the on-campus residence for the University president. Both are intended to provide environmental benefit and opportunity as experimental classrooms.

 

Additionally, the University has created a Green Residence Hall as a Living and Learning Cohort for 30 upper-class students who desire to create a more environmentally friendly and energy conscious living situation. The Cohort represents the expansion of a Living and Learning Cohort founded in 2007 by four students who implemented sustainable practices such as installation of low-flow showerheads and toilet dams, use of organic cleaning materials and use of handmade fair trade bags and clothing. By using simple practices such as compact fluorescents and hanging clothes to dry, students in this leading

hall have reduced their electricity consumption by 59% per person and water consumption by 58% per person during the 2008-2009 school year. GW is promoting their success across campus through press coverage and awards to encourage others to follow suit.

 

It is worth noting that aside from these current activities, GW has been ahead of its time in many respects, with a legacy of green buildings. In 1994, GW established a publicprivate partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency for the Green University Program. As a result of the agreement, GW instituted energy management systems that controlled 75 percent of the energy systems operating on campus, which improved energy efficiency by 15 to 20 percent. The University replaced all exit signs on campus with energy-efficient LEDs. The Medical School building received a complete lighting retrofit with T-8 electronic ballast technology. In just one of the school’s residence halls, these changes improved the system’s efficiencies by 25 percent. Renovations in 1995 for Lisner Hall and Stuart Hall, two connected buildings that date back more than a century, involved sustainable materials such as wood from managed forests, and greener options for paint, wallboard, and other materials. In the 1995 construction of New Hall, GW created a list of materials approved for use in the construction that were from sustainable sources, with low formaldehyde emissions, and without harmful chemicals. The building also has an HVAC system, lighting, roofing, and flooring that were designed with energy efficiency in mind. All of this took place before the LEED framework existed. Today, GW continues to take leadership steps around green design of buildings. GW is in the process of creating design standards (for both new construction and renovations) that will include sustainability features such as water conservation techniques and plant  selection requirements for landscaping, stormwater best practices, low flow plumbing fixtures, Energy Star white roofs, low VOC paints and adhesives, locally manufactured products, materials with high recycled content, wood products that are from certified sustainable forests, rapidly renewable materials for interior finishes, and Energy Star appliances. The sustainable design standards will be officially rolled out in late 2009 for use throughout the University. GW has also created guidelines for LEED projects that

designate which LEED credits the University considers mandatory (like the purchase of green power or REC’s) , which are desirable, and which are not reasonable given our location.

 

GREEN BUILDING STANDARDS

43) Please indicate LEED-certified buildings.

[ 3 (in USGBC review process) ] Total number of LEED-certified buildings.

[ 64,973 sq ft sq ft] Certified-level (combined gross square footage). Please list building names: Charles E. Smith – athletic facility

[419,226 sq ft] Silver-level (combined gross square footage). Please list building names: SQ 80 Residence Hall and Pelham Residence Hall

[ sq ft] Gold-level (combined gross square footage). Please list building names:

[ sq ft] Platinum-level (combined gross square footage). Please list building names:

 

44) Please indicate buildings that meet LEED certification criteria but are not certified.

[# ] Total number of buildings that meet LEED criteria

[ sq ft] Certified-level criteria met, but not certified (combined gross square footage). Please list building names:

[ sq ft] Silver-level criteria met, but not certified (combined gross square footage). Please list building names:

[ sq ft] Gold-level criteria met, but not certified (combined gross square footage). Please list building names:

Although the bar was set much lower in the 1990s, New Hall was built…

[ sq ft] Platinum-level criteria met, but not certified (combined gross square footage). Please list building names

 

45) Please indicate buildings that are ENERGY STAR labeled.

[# ] Total number of ENERGY STAR buildings. Please list building names:

[ sq ft] Combined gross square footage.

 

RENOVATIONS AND RETROFITS

46) Please indicate LEED-EB certified buildings.

[   ] Total number of LEED-EB certified buildings. Please list building names:

[   ] Combined gross square footage.

 

47) Please indicate buildings that meet LEED-EB certification criteria but are not certified.

[# ] Total number of buildings that meet LEED-EB criteria but are not certified. Please list building names:

[ sq ft] Combined gross square footage.

 

48) Please indicate renovated buildings that are ENERGY STAR labeled.

[# ] Total number of renovated buildings that are ENERGY STAR labeled. Please list

building names:

[ sq ft] Combined gross square footage.

 

49) What energy-efficiency technologies have you installed in existing buildings (e.g., HVAC systems, motion sensors, ambient light sensors, T5 lighting, LED lighting, timers, laundry technology)?

GW has made significant investment in ongoing energy efficiency improvements in existing buildings. Some recent and specific examples include:

• Two years ago GW stopped buying incandescent bulbs and has since bought only compact fluorescent bulbs;

• For three years GW has been upgrading fluorescent lighting in particular buildings from the T12 type that use magnetic ballasts to the T8 type that use electronic ballasts. The majority of the campus now uses energy efficient lighting; in terms of square footage it is over 90% of the campus;

• During the past year GW replaced metal halide lights or older fluorescent lights in seven underground parking garages with the T8 type of fluorescent lights that use electronic ballasts;

• During the past year GW has installed occupancy sensors in many public spaces such as classrooms, conference rooms, restrooms, laundry rooms, townhouse basements, and hallways;

• Last summer and during winter break GW installed new energy efficient lighting, occupancy sensors, boiler controls, low flow toilets, faucets, and showerheads, and energy star refrigerators in a residence hall to be used by 30 environmentally-conscious students (as discussed below in #52 for themed residence halls);

• During the past two years GW installed new windows in its largest residence hall to reduce energy losses through the windows;

• Last summer GW installed power-conditioning equipment in one building to reduce electrical power factor losses caused by induction motors;

• During the past year GW installed new control systems on nine residence hall boilers to automatically turn off (more often than before) based on interior and exterior temperature readings;

• Last winter GW installed more energy-efficient chillers in a large building complex so it will use less energy for cooling this summer;

• This summer GW installed more energy-efficient boilers and water heaters in a large building so it will use less energy for heating next winter;

• During the past year GW installed in one building a photovoltaic sensor so the heating and cooling system can automatically compensate for the amount of solar radiation influencing the building’s interior temperature;

• GW recently installed an energy management system in three more buildings;

• During the past year GW installed programmable thermostats in many small buildings that did not previously have such controls to reduce energy use by HVAC equipment during periods of low or no occupancy;

• For more than a decade GW has been changing the heating fuel type in its buildings from No. 6 or No. 2 heating oils to cleaner-burning natural gas. Since 2002 oil use has decreased more than 50 percent. During the past two years GW installed new burners and/or boilers in four buildings to accommodate this fuel change.

 

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)?

Several years ago GW replaced all washing machines on campus with the high-efficiency type. Last summer GW installed low-flow showerheads in five residence halls, and this summer they will be installed in several more residence halls, including our largest residence hall. This summer GW is replacing six water risers in two older residence halls, and adding floor-by-floor isolation values in those same residence halls and in our largest residence hall. The old water risers often sprung leaks so we expect water use to decrease in these buildings next year, due to fewer leaks. The isolation valves also allow for potential water savings because with them we no longer have to drain the entire building if there is a plumbing problem; we only have to drain portions of each building.

 

GW tried waterless urinals several years ago but decided not to adopt them for use campus-wide.

 

Given the urban nature of our campus and the accompanying impermeable surfaces, GW is working hard to mitigate storm water run off. The majority of GW campus is in an urban setting and has relatively limited green space in comparison to most college campuses. More sustainable landscaping is part of the University’s grounds policy. GW Grounds Department actively seeks varieties of plantings that are low-maintenance and have reduced watering requirements. For example, in a new open space that will be adjacent to the new Square 80 Residence Hall, GW is planning to avoid conventional inground irrigation, and instead use rain gardens, catch basins, and native and adaptive species.

 

The University has made significant investment in storm water management. GW currently has 12 storm water management structures. Construction of these devices earns the host facility a USGBC LEED point for water management. Two more will be built during 2008: the thirteenth unit will be built at the Foggy Bottom Campus for a new Square 80 Residence Hall, and the fourteenth unit will be built at the Mount Vernon Campus at another new residence hall (Pelham Residence Hall). Every new GW facility on the downtown Foggy Bottom campus built during the past decade has one of these units: New Hall, Kogan Plaza, University Parking Garage Addition, Law School Addition, Lerner Health and Wellness Center, the Media and Public Affairs building, Elliot School (2), Townhouse Row, Ivory Tower, Duques Hall, Potomac House. See attached map for reference.

 

The Office of Sustainability at GW realizes that our water use and runoff are serious issues. We will be evaluating our water footprint over the coming years. We will explore investments in priority projects that make sense for the University and that make our water use more sustainable for the health of the Potomac Watershed and the global water supply. We will explore on an ongoing basis an array of solutions, such as more permeable surface area, grey water reuse, rainwater capture, and other runoff prevention techniques.

 

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

[50 %]

 

STUDENT INVOLVEMENT

 

RESIDENTIAL COMMUNITIES

52) Are there any sustainability-themed residential communities or housing options at your school?

[ ] No

[X ] Yes. Please provide details below.

The University has created a Green Residence Hall as a Living and Learning Cohort for 30 upper-class students who desire to create a more environmentally friendly and energy conscious living situation. The Cohort represents the expansion of a Living and Learning Cohort founded in 2007 by four students who implemented sustainable practices such as installation of low-flow showerheads and toilet dams, use of organic cleaning materials and use of handmade fair trade bags and clothing. By using simple practices such as compact fluorescents and hanging clothes to dry, students in this leading hall have reduced their electricity consumption by 59% per person and water consumption by 58% per person during the 2008-2009 school year. GW is promoting their success across campus through press coverage and awards to encourage others to follow suit.

 

NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION

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): GW runs a session called Move-In 101 at orientation that educates parents about the move-in process. At this session presenters tell parents about our Green Move-In, which began in 2008. Green Move-In is an initiative that helps educate students and parents about sustainable items they can bring to campus and about how to be sustainable when they get to campus. In particular we highlight the increased collection of cardboard boxes during move in. Parents are encouraged to break down and recycle boxes or take them home to send back care packages or use them for other purposes. The PowerPoint at this session is not distributed on paper, but is available online for interested parents.

 

Small Move-In flyers are distributed that include a green section detailing sustainable items to pack. Collateral for Move-In, such as cloth banners, t-shirts, and buttons, have all been created without dates so that they can be reused year after year. There is a dedicated green corps of volunteers during Move-In whose responsibility is to gather boxes for recycling.

 

INTERNSHIPS/OUTREACH OPPORTUNITIES

54) Does your school offer on-campus office-based sustainability internships or jobs for students?

[ ] No

[ X ] Yes. Please provide number of students and average number of hours worked weekly per student:

[4-6 ] Paid positions. Average hours worked weekly per student: 20 hours (max.allowed by GW policy).

[1 ] Unpaid positions. Average hours worked weekly per student: 20 hours

 

55) Does your school have residence hall Eco-Reps or other similar programs to promote behavioral change on campus?

[ X ] No

[ ] Yes. Please provide details below, and indicate URL if available:

[# ] Paid positions. Average hours worked weekly per student:

[# ] Positions that award academic credit. Average hours worked weekly per student:

[# ] Uncompensated positions. Average hours worked weekly per student:

 

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

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:

 Green GW - Our mission is to unite the student body, administration, and faculty alike to create a more environmentally friendly and green campus while

simultaneously increasing awareness of environmental issues. Each year Green GW runs a Light Bulb Trade-In where they hand out free compact fluorescents in exchange for incandescents. This event helps reduce GW’s footprint and the footprint of its staff. http://www.gwu.edu/~greengw/

 Students for Fair Trade - We promote Fair Trade principles and products on campus and in our communities. We also promote and campaign for related

global justice topics – like ending agricultural subsidies, unfair labor standards, and indigenous peoples’ rights. http://www.gwu.edu/~gwsft/

 Progressive Student Union - We are a progressive, pro-worker rights, pro-fair trade, pro-human rights, pro-social justice, feminist, ecologically conscience

student organization. http://studentorgs.gwu.edu/gwsolidarity

 Net Impact - Net Impact’s mission is to improve the world by growing and strengthening a network of new leaders who are using the power of business to

make a positive net social, environmental, and economic impact.

http://studentorgs.gwu.edu/netimpact/

 Environmental Law Association - ELA is a student-run organization that works to bring together law students interested in environmental protection and to provide educational, career, and networking opportunities in the practice of environmental law. http://docs.law.gwu.edu/stdg/ela/

 Center on the Environment, Roosevelt Institution – We are the nation's first student-led think tank, and the only group on campus of our kind. We think

progressively, in the legacies of Theodore, Franklin, and Eleanor Roosevelt. http://rooseveltinstitution.org/gwu

 GW Sustainability Coalition – GW student groups interested in the environment come together as the GW Sustainability Coalition to give one voice to a common goal. It was this coalition that asked the University to sign the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment.

 Campaign GW - Campaign GW is an ongoing forum for students to directly share their ideas with the administration and participate in the decision-making process on future GW campus development issues, including sustainability.

 Food Justice Alliance – The Food Justice Alliance is a GW student organization founded the spring semester of 2009 to restore the environment, promote

community, build relationships, and pursue justice through food. The FJA is pursuing a community garden project on the Foggy Bottom Campus.

 Revolution Green: Revolution Green started as a living and learning cohort in 2008 and will become a full student organization in 2009. Last year the group

created the first all green resident hall. As they moved forward they are looking to impact infrastructure changes to the university that do not impinge on lifestyle.

Their goal is “Making green easy for the average student.”

 

SUSTAINABILITY CHALLENGES AND COMPETITIONS

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

[ ] No

[X ] Yes. Please list details for all competitions.

Name of competition: Eco-Challenge

Year initiated: 2008

Frequency of competition: Annual contest that runs throughout the academic year

Participants: All GW residence halls and their residents

Incentives: Various prizes for the top two halls

Goal of competition: To inspire and stimulate efficient use of resources, GW sponsors an Eco-Challenge on an annual basis. Eco-Challenge is a contest to reduce electricity and water consumption that is a joint effort pioneered by GW's Planning and Environmental Management Office, Residential Property Management Office, and GW Housing Programs.

Percent of energy/water/waste reduced: GW’s residence hall saved 1,284,890 kilowatt hours of electricity and 1,691,864 gallons of water during the 2008-2009 academic year compared to last year. That’s a raw decrease of -7.9% for electricity and 1.9% for water.

Lasting effects of competition: Students learn behavioral changes that can help them reduce their footprint during their time at GW and beyond.

Website: http://living.gwu.edu/greenliving/ecochallenge/

 

Name of competition: RecycleMania

Year initiated: 2006

Frequency of competition: Annual contest that occurs for 10 weeks during the spring semester

Participants: All GW staff, faculty, and students

Incentives: Recycled art trophies for the winners and scholastic pride for performing well.

Goal of competition: Increase recycling and decrease waste

Percent of energy/water/waste reduced: 21.93% recycling rate per person throughout the 2009 contest

Lasting effects of competition: The GW community learns about recycling, its benefits, and will continue to reduce, reuse, and recycle throughout the year.

Website: http://living.gwu.edu/greenliving/recyclemania/

 

Office Sustainability Assessments: A joint initiative between the Office of Sustainability and student group Campaign GW, the Office Sustainability

Assessments allow GW staff and faculty departments to participate in a survey and goal-setting process aimed at promoting sustainability in the work place.

Student-led teams investigate office behaviors and practices around lighting, computer usage, waste and recycling, commuting, and other factors, then work

with staff and faculty groups to set realistic objectives for improvement. Thisinitiative is launching in Spring 2009.

 

TRANSPORTATION

 

CAMPUS MOTOR FLEET

58) How many vehicles are in your institution's fleet?

[ 2 ] Parking Enforcement

[# 106 ] University Police Department: 106 vehicles in total. 1 is a hybrid, 22 are electric, 18 are flex fuel but we using gasoline and are looking for an ethanol station. The remaining 65 vehicles take gasoline or diesel as listed.

[0] Virginia Campus Shuttle (Contract service)

[0] Mount Vernon Campus Express (Contract service)

GW has three main campuses, all within 30 miles of one another. The main campus is in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood of the District of Columbia. This campus is densely populated, in an urban setting, and adjacent to public transit. Most classes and buildings are on this campus. The Virginia Campus is in Loudon County and houses two large buildings for staff and some faculty researchers. The Mt. Vernon campus in also in the District of Columbia and is home to our athletic fields and a small percentage of buildings for housing, administration, and classes. The contract shuttle service provides transportation to the campuses.

 

59) Please list the number of alternative-fuel vehicles in each class.

[ 1 ] Hybrid. Please list makes and models:

- Toyota Prius – Official GW vehicle used by University President Knapp.

[ 22 ] Electric. Please describe type of vehicles:

 

Electric Carts

Reference

Name Make Model Year Type of Fuel

Carp.1 Cushman Titan 1999 Electric

Carp.2 Cushman Titan 2002 Electric

Elect.1 Cushman Titan 1999 Electric

Elect.2 C u s h m an Titan 2005 Electric

Elect.3 Cushman Titan 2004 Electric

Engin.3 Cushman Titan 2004 Electric

Grounds 1 Cushman Titan 1999 Electric

Grounds 2 Cushman Titan 2004 Electric

Ground 3 Cushman Titan 1990 Electric

House 1 Cushman Titan 1996 Electric

House 2 Cushman Titan 1996 Electric

House 3 Cushman Titan 1996 Electric

House 4 Cushman Titan 2004 Electric

Lock 1 Cushman Titan 1999 Electric

Paint 1 Cushman Titan 1999 Electric

Pest 1 Cushman Titan 2002 Electric

Plumb.1 Cushman Titan 1985 Electric

Plumb.2 Cushman Titan 1985 Electric

Plumb.3 Cushman Titan 2004 Electric

Sign 1 Cushman Titan 2004 Electric

Troub.2 Cushman Titan 2002 Electric

Troub.3 Cushman Titan 2002 Electric

 

[# ] Biodiesel. Please describe type of vehicles and list biodiesel blend(s) used: The Mount Vernon Campus Shuttle (“The Vern Express”) is a contracted service with an independent provider who replaces vehicles roughly every six years. The fleet currently runs on a 10 percent biodiesel blend (B-10). There is not a dedicated fleet for GW’s needs, but daily fleet size can range from 1 to 13 buses. Due to encouragement and partnership with GW, the vendor hopes to increase to a 20% biodiesel mix in the next year.

[# ] Other. Please describe:

 

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. Not enough data available to calculate.

 

LOCAL TRANSPORTATION ALTERNATIVES

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): Carpooling is encouraged at GW through the Carpool Program, which allows employees to park any car registered in their carpool group in one group shared parking space in a GW parking facility. If employees register for carpool parking, the parking will be at a reduced rate split between the riders. Parking is also offered at a reduced rate for carpools v. single occupancy vehicles.

 

62) Does your school offer public transportation subsidies?

[ ] N/A. Please explain:

[ X ] No GW does offer pre-tax transportation benefits for regular full and part time employees to purchase a SmarTrip Card or Metro Chek/SmartBenefits. In 2008, 21.5% of benefit eligible employees participated in the SmarTrip/SmartBenefits program.

[ ] 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):

 

63) Does your school provide free transportation around campus?

[ ] N/A. Please explain:

[ ] No

[ X] Yes. Please describe: The University offers free shuttle bus service for students, faculty, and staff from the main campus to its Mount Vernon and Virginia Campuses in order to cut down on vehicle trips. Portions of this service are open to members of the community as well. Additionally, the University offers free shuttle services providing access to key locations on the Foggy Bottom campus as well as the surrounding areas – these services are available to students in the evening hours of 7pm-7am when access to other alternative methods of transportation (walking, biking, etc) is reduced and security considerations are high. Finally, GW offers shuttle service from the Virginia Campus to the local public transit rail station to reduce the need to purchase and/or drive cars. The use of the Vern Express and Virginia Campus shuttles reduces the number of car or other vehicle trips each year between the Foggy Bottom and other campuses. Since joining the NuRide program in spring 2008, GW riders have accounted for savings of 16,697 mil es, 372 gallons of gas and 379 vehicles taken off the road.

 

64) Does your school operate a free transportation shuttle to local off-campus

destinations?

[ ] N/A. Please explain:

[ ] No

[ X] Yes. Please describe: (see answer to question 63)

 

BICYCLE PROGRAM

65) Does your school offer a bicycle-sharing/rental program or bicycle repair

services?

[ ] No

[ X ] Yes. Please provide details below. Since fall 2008, the university has been working with the DC government to promote their SmartBike (bike sharing) program which includes a bike sharing location on our main campus. DDOT’s SmartBike program began in May 2008 features a self service rental program at 10 locations around the city. The first of its kind in the United States, the program will start with a pilot that includes the installation of 120 rental bikes in downtown Washington, D.C. One of the 10 SmartBike locations is at the public transit Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro station. The University is working with DDOT to promote this program to the University community.

 

The Mount Vernon Campus has a bike rental program which allows full day rentals.

Located at the Lloyd Gym, the program currently has a fleet of 10 bikes.

Year created: 2008

Number of bikes available: 20

Fees for participation: yes

Repair services provided: no

 

CAR-SHARING PROGRAM

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

[ ] No

[ X ] Yes. Please provide details below.

Year created: 2003

Total number of vehicles: 19

Number of hybrid vehicles: n/a

Fee for membership: $25 = 50% discount for GW community

Ahead of its time, GW was the first college campus to form a partnership with Zipcar since 2003. The partnership between Zipcar and GW provides a 50% reduction in membership fees for students, faculty, staff, alumni and neighbors of the University. The arrangement allows students to participate in a vehicle sharing program, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the number of student cars on campus, and street congestion. Zipcar began offering service to GW with three Zipcars given campus parking spaces; GW now provides 19 spaces for Zipcar vehicles and will increase this to 21 by Fall 2009. The regular annual fee of $75.00 for initial application and $50.00 every year thereafter is $25.00 per year for GW staff, faculty and students.

 

PLANNING

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

[ X ] N/A. Please explain: GW is a very urban campus within the heart of Washington DC. The existing city street grid - supporting vehicular traffic, material deliveries, trash removal, and emergency vehicles – traverses the campus from all directions. To date, the city has not approved any proposed street closures to allow our campus to create more pedestrian friendly zones within its core.

[ ] No

[ ] Yes. Please describe:

 

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

[ 76% ] A “Transportation Options” fact sheet was developed for all staff, faculty students, neighbors and visitors to the campus in order to summarize/highlight information on transit and other alternate modes of commuting to and from GW’s three main campuses. More than 2,000 of these information sheets were distributed in 2008 and this number is projected to double in 2009. Communication during factsheet creation increased outreach/coordination between GW’s numerous departments offering transportation options/benefits. Information kiosks have been installed at key locations on each of GW’s campuses to display factsheet and provide site-specific information on public transit programs serving each campus. Significant resources have been dedicated to the development of a comprehensive transportation-based website (debuting 2009) to consolidate and better promote online access to information about transportation options.

 

STATISTICS

69) Campus setting:

[ ] Rural

[ ] Suburban

[ X ] Urban

[ ] Other. Please describe:

 

70) Total number of buildings: [151]

71) Combined gross square footage of all buildings: [8,961,312]

72) Full-time enrollment (undergraduate and graduate): [15,798]

73) Part-time enrollment (undergraduate and graduate ): [9,318]

74) Part-time enrollment as a proportion to a full-time course load: (FTE of part-time students) [4,373]

75) Percent of full-time students that live on campus: [44.71% (note: based on 7,064 occupied beds as of census / 15,798 full-time enrollment)]

 

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

 

OTHER AREAS OF ENVIRONMENTAL ENGAGEMENT

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

 

76) Outdoors club: [X ]

77) Disposable water bottle ban: []

While we don’t have a ban, Brita FilterForGood Grant: Brita's FilterForGood campaign recently awarded a grant to GW to outfit its new green residence hall at 2135 F Street with Brita filter pitchers for each suite and reusable water bottles for each student. The program, entitled, "GW BOTTLE FREE-DOrM" will encourage students in the residence hall to take a pledge to reduce their bottled-water consumption and join the "Filter Fellows," a group of campus water activists seeking to reduce bottled water waste.

78) Participation in RecycleMania: [ X]

79) Student trustee position: [ ]

80) Environmental science/studies major: [ X ]

81) Environmental science/studies minor or concentration: [X ]

82) Graduate-level environmental program: [ X]

83) Student green fee: [ ]

84) Alumni green fund: [ X ] The Class of 2007 created the Campus Green Fund, an endowment that will fund projects to bring more greenery to campus, making it more environmentally friendly for current and future generations. The Green Alumni Network serves to engage prominent alumni with a passion for

sustainability and to utilize their expertise in the field to enhance GW’s efforts. Potential activities for members of the Green Alumni Network include:

* Sign up to receive regular updates on campus sustainability initiatives, as well as event invitations

* Network with other alumni interested in sustainability; join "Sustain GW" on Facebook, the "Sustainability Subgroup" on the GW Alumni Association’s LinkedIn group, and follow us on Twitter

* View campus sustainability updates on the Office of Sustainability's YouTube channel

* Submit a video or post a note to the Planet Forward project, an online forum for discussion co-sponsored by GW

* Attend events on campus sponsored by the GW Alumni Association, the Office of Sustainability, and other campus partners, including a special Green Alumni Network launch event during Alumni Weekend

* Serve as career mentors for current students and young alumni through networking programs sponsored by the GW Alumni Association

85) Revolving loan fund for sustainability projects: [ X.] A coalition of student groups and faculty brought a proposal the GW Office of Sustainability for a Revolving Energy Fund. The Office has hired four student interns from business, engineering, and environmental policy to evaluate the feasibility of such a fund at GW, and the potential to expand to include energy efficiency and also other types of sustainability projects. The means by which GW would establish such a fund remains under study.

86) Campus garden or farm: [ X ] The Food Justice Alliance is planting a community garden in Fall 2009 which will grow vegetables as well as native and organic plants. The GroW Community Garden is a project of a newly formed student group, The Food Justice Alliance. The group was founded in the spring semester of 2009 to “restore the environment, promote community, build relationships, and pursue justice through food.” The plan selections for the garden were generated through a course project in an Edible Landscapes class at GW. The garden will feature a variety of aesthetically pleasing plants including edible, organic, and plants native to the environment. The students are also working with Mount Vernon Estate to grow plants that George Washington and Martha would have grown. There will also eventually be a children’s garden box which will provide educational opportunities for Foggy Bottom kids.

87) Single-stream recycling: [X]

 

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