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Georgia Institute of Technology

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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:
Title:

Date survey submitted:


ADMINISTRATION

SUSTAINABILITY POLICIES
1) Does your school have its own formal sustainability policy?
[  ]  No
[ x ]  Yes. Please describe and provide URL, if available:

Sustainability was written into our Mission Statement and our Strategic Plan again in 1994 and remains there. http://www.gatech.edu/president/strategicplan.html

http://www.stewardship.gatech.edu/governance.php


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:
April 2007 signed ACUPCC

Submitted GHG Inventory 9/2008


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

4) Is there a sustainability component in your institution's master plan and/or strategic plan (check all that apply)?
[  ]  No
[ x ]  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: 
http://www.gatech.edu/president/strategicplan.html   (includes Mission and Values link as well as Strategic Plan)

http://www.stewardship.gatech.edu/governance.php


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
This committee is in transition now that we have a new President, G. P. "Bud" Peterson, who has been in office just over 100 days and has begun the new Strategic Plan effort.  A sustainability committee has already been identified as part of this Strategic Planning effort.  Many of the same advisors will be engaged but there will be a some re-evaluation as part of this effort.  Sustainability has already emerged as a top 4 theme for our new President.

 

Ongoing for the last 15 years, there has advisors to the President made up of the Provost, Exec VP of Administration and Finance, and Institute for Sustainable Technology and Development.   In addition to these advisors, subcommittees of students, faculty, researchers, alumni, and outside advisors have been engaged on a frequent basis, and as appropriate.

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:   Sustainability Planning
Number of meetings:   6

7) Please provide number of stakeholder representatives on the committee.
[4   ]  Administrators
[3    ]  Faculty
[3   ]  Staff
[2    ]  Students
[6    ]  Other. Please describe:   others, as needed, including alumni, corporations, peers, etc


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.
Name of chair(s):
Position(s) (e.g., administrator, faculty, staff, student):
Steve Swant, Administration

Charles Liotta, Acting Director ISTD – move toward Institute for Sustainable Systems

Marcia Kinstler, Office of Environmental Stewardship

G. P. (Bud) Peterson, President

Chuck Rhode, AVP Facilities

Howard Wertheimer, Campus Master Plan

 

Multiple committees and organizations made up of students, faculty, staff, alumni, businesses, government, and non government organizations are consulted on a frequent basis.  Taskforces initiated as needed.

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


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:
Progress made on each of these issues since August 2008:
LEED Certification and Green Building Policy formalized

Green Demonstration Projects on campus, identified, funds raised for, some in design and construction phases

Dorm Energy Competition, implemented

Establishing Office of Environmental Stewardship and several major national awards and recognition received, many student organizations engaged

EarthDay 2009, number 13, largest ever

GreenBuzz portal implemented

Game Day Recycling piloted and operationalized

Expanding Recycling Program to Waste Neutral Vision

Green House Gas Inventory completed and published

Energy Conservation Education and Awareness – several initiatives implemented


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.


[14]  Number of full-time staff (in FTE). Titles: [      ]  

Director of Sustainability – Office of Environmental Stewardship

Director, Brook Byers Institute for Sustainable Systems 

Utilities & Energy Manager

Utilities Project Manager

Director, Business & Research Development for Sustainability, Energy and Environment Initiatives

 Program Manager – Recycling and Solid Waste Management

Recycling staff (5)

Alternative Transportation Coordinator

Green Cleaning Supervisor (Housing)

Green Cleaning Supervisor (Facilities)


[12 ]  Number of part-time staff (in FTE). Titles: [        ]
Project Coordinator, Brook Byers Institute for Sustainable Systems 

Facilities Landscape Manager and his staff of 5

Director Capital Projects

Facilities Landscape Project Manager

Landscape Master Planner

Outdoor Recreation at Georgia Tech Supervisor

Purchasing


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 Executive Vice President of Administration and Finance

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):
Office of Environmental Stewardship, established in 2007, broken out of ISTD (Institute for Sustainable Technology and Development office which was established in 2001 and which included academic, research, and campus  sustainability


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

[  ]  No
[ X ]  Yes. Please provide URL:
portal provides quick overview:  www.greenbuzz.gatech.edu links to  several sites including

Campus wide sustainability website:  www.stewardship.gatech.edu which links back to greenbuzz and other sites on campus


GREEN PURCHASING
15) Does your school have a formal green purchasing policy?
[  ]  No
[ x ]  Yes. Please describe policy and provide URL to full policy, if available:
Georgia Tech’s green purchasing policy was established in 2003.  It has been updated, includes Energy Star,  and is now published at http://www.stewardship.gatech.edu/greenpurchasing.php

 

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

Georgia Tech’s green purchasing policy has been updated, includes EnergyStar,  and is now published at http://www.stewardship.gatech.edu/greenpurchasing.php
State Purchasing guidelines for environmental and EnergyStar (DOAS website links) is also listed on this url

It applies, when the state contract offers products which are EnergyStar and they are available, to Georgia Tech.  


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:  Estimate 40% in practice, with another round of education and awareness planned for the Fall semester
[  ]  All. Please describe:
Both of our major office supply vendors provide post consumer content papers certified by the Forest Stewardship Council


18) Does your school purchase Green Seal, Environmental Choice certified, or biorenewable cleaning products?
[  ]  No
[  ]  Some. Please describe:
[ x ]  All. Please describe:
Facilities and Housing both have and use Green Seal green cleaning standards


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: Over 80% compliance
[  ]  All
Auxiliary Services for students – yes.  Administration advocates use of EPEAT and EnergyStar standards in the purchase of computer/electronics purchasing decisions


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:
[  ]  All
Georgia Tech’s policy is to use as little pesticide as possible and to use the most organic formulas available that meet the need as part of our Integrated Pest Management system.  Like StarTrek, our goal is to do no harm.  When action is needed, we try for minimum quantities and using just enough to do what is needed, with a conscious effort to minimize the after affects or side effects of any actions we take.  Our “crops” are trees, grass, shrubs, etc, no food crops, but we are aware and considerate of the full life cycle of water, the environment, etc.  Our plantings are overwhelmingly native species, which require less intervention.

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: 309,250 metric tons of CO2e    http://acupcc.aashe.org/ghg-report.php?id=137
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]  Yes. Please list details.  This commitment is part of the State of Georgia’s energy efficiency plans for state buildings.  Georgia Tech will reduce its energy consumption per square foot by 15% by 2020 from 2007 levels. GHG is tied to energy consumption so our GHG will be reduced approximately 12% during this time
Reduction level:  12%

Baseline year: 2007
Target date: 2020
It is Georgia Tech’s intention to provide a more complete Climate Action Plan as part of its ACUPCC commitment by the 9/15/2009 milestone which is part of that commitment.


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.  Georgia Tech estimates it has reduced its GHG emissions by 10-12% since 1998
Percentage reduced: 11
Baseline year: 1998
Date achieved: current

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:  2,319
Heating degree days average over the past three years:  1,832
 
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: 23.4 metric tons of CO2e
2007:
2006:
The ACUPCC requires us to update our GHG Inventory every two years.  The next due date is 9/15/2010.


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: 16.5 metric tons of CO2e
2007:
2006:
The ACUPCC requires us to update our GHG Inventory every two years.  The next due date is 9/15/2010.


ENERGY EFFICIENCY
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)?
 

·         64 of the buildings built between 1994 and 2004 have been retrofit for energy efficiency (11% increase in energy efficiency seen) and low flow water fixtures.  (this includes High efficiency chillers, 100% airside economizers, Thermostat management / DDC controls, Heat Recovery on Exhaust Air, CO2 based demand ventilation, Retrofit / re-commisioning of HVAC and controls , High efficiency electric motors and pumps, Efficient lighting systems, Efficient wall and window side wall construction, Reflective  insulated roof systems, HVAC condensate collection for irrigation )

·         First new boiler in 50 years – have district energy system

·         Consolidated and eliminated chillers – have a district energy system

·         6  historic buildings on campus have been renovated to LEED Silver standards since 2004

·         26 buildings, representing over 3,500,000 sf, on Georgia Tech’s campus are sustainable buildings as of June 2007.  This is 25% of the square footage on campus today.

·         LEED Silver our design standard since 2002 (Yellow Book), LEED Silver or great new building and renovation design and construction standard since 2007

·         Temperature Setbacks are implemented across campus.  EnergyStar is another program implemented at Georgia Tech.

·         Preventative Maintenance is also part of our energy conservation program, which includes regular system tune-ups , etc. – this if for all buildings on campus not just the older buildings

·         (Atlanta’s air quality is such that we are a containment zone – co-generation isn’t an option for us)


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:

·         websites (facilities, sustainability, housing),

·         signs at light switches,

·         dorm energy competition (2008),

·         EarthHour (2007, 2008),

·         EarthDay (13 years now),

·         EnergyStar in purchasing policy,

·         outreach to incoming freshmen

·         Solar Jackets modified, maintain, and race a solar powered car

·         Georgia Tech students’ Solar Decathlon entry placed 6 th in 2007-8

·         Participating in EcoCar Challenge now

·         Many, many more programs


RENEWABLE ENERGY GENERATION
29)  Does your school generate renewable electricity?
[  ]  No
[  x]  Yes. Please specify percentage of overall electricity generated from each of the following sources and describe details below.
[    %]  B100 biodiesel
[    %]  Clean biomass
[    %]  Concentrating solar power (CSP)
[   .2 %]  Geothermal
[    %]  Low-impact hydropower
[  .2  %]  Solar photovoltaics
[    %]  Wind
[    %]  Other

Description:

o        Solar PV

   §         19 th largest solar PV implementation on US college campus (340 kw):  Between July 1996 and November 2006, Georgia Tech’s Campus Recreation Center Buildings large solar panel system produced 3259 megawatt hours of energy, enough to power 326 homes in Georgia for one year.

   §         The second Solar PV system (4.3 kw) on Georgia Tech’s Campus Recreation Center Building has produced 1.4 megawatts of energy since 1995, a GHG savings equivalent to driving 130,800 miles in a car.

o        Solar Thermal

   §         Since 1995 Georgia Tech has heated its 1996 Olympic Swimming pool with solar thermal

   §         Solar thermal is part of the Undergraduate Learning Commons now under construction

o        Geothermal

   §         We were also a leader in geothermal heat pumps, with a 250 ton system put into operation in 1995.  Both this solar and geothermal systems continue in operation on campus.

   §            Geothermal is part of the High Bay Research Building now in design

o        plus 6 projects in design will increase solar PV visibility and contribute 2.5% of each of the new buildings’ energy needs (estimate of 300-600 kw)

30)  Does your school have solar hot water systems?
[  ]  No
[ x ]  Yes. Please specify number of systems and total BTUs generated annually, if available:
aquatics center – Olympic swimming pool and diving center from 1996 Olympics  (50 meter competition pool
1 million gallons, average savings is $12,000/year)

Also part of design of new Undergraduate Learning Center currently under construction


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.
[ x ]  No
[  ]  Yes. Please describe.
Date of most recent contract:
Quantity (kWh):
Percentage of your total electric energy use that it represents:

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:

natural gas – 52,473 BTU’s, 25%


34) Please list each fuel source (e.g., coal, natural gas, oil) and the percent of overall BTUs derived from that source:
natural gas – 52,473 BTU’s, 25%


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)1-7, no thin film
[  ]  Other. Please list:
batteries, pallets, cans, used motor oil, cd’s, dvd’s, transparencies, toner cartridges, printer cartridges, furniture, office equipment, office supplies


37) Diversion rate: [   39 %]

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.
[ x  ]  Batteries
[ x  ]  Cell phones
[ x  ]  Computers – dept computers – see below

[ x]  Light bulbs 
[ x ]  Printer cartridges
[ x  ]  Other E-waste. Please list: campus administration e-waste is recycled, non-campus e-waste is available for EarthDay, the rest of the year, non-campus e-waste recycling is encouraged and local collection opportunities are promoted.

COMPOSTING (ASIDE FROM DINING FACILITIES)
39) What percentage of your campus's landscaping waste is composted or mulched?

[    80+  %]
grass and yard clippings


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: Voluntary composting of coffee grounds, coffee filters, tea bags, vegetable and fruit in administration buildings and across campus. composting of coffee grounds, coffee filters, tea bags in some of the retail venues.

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:
Move-in and Move-out, food donations, now tracking surplus, demolition and construction recycling, trees, asphalt


GREEN BUILDING

GREEN BUILDING POLICY
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:
LEED Silver or higher for new buildings and renovations

http://www.stewardship.gatech.edu/sustainablebuildingsoverview.php


GREEN BUILDING STANDARDS
43) Please indicate LEED-certified buildings. , 3 pending, 3 in process of design and building
[    sq ft]  Certified-level (combined gross square footage). Please list building names:
[   166,571 sq ft]  Silver-level (combined gross square footage). Please list building names:

College of Management
[  417,576 sq ft]  Gold-level (combined gross square footage). Please list building names: 

Christopher Klaus Advanced Computing Building
[    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.
[#    29 ]  Total number of buildings that meet LEED criteria  3,500,000 sq feet as of June 2008, now over 4 million sf
[   sq ft]  Certified-level criteria met, but not certified (combined gross square footage). Please list building names:
[   3,500,000 sq ft]  Silver-level criteria met, but not certified (combined gross square footage). Please list building names:

GRADUATE LIVING CENTER

 UNDERGRADUATE LIVING CENTER

 FULLER R. CALLAWAY JR. MANUFACTURING RESEARCH CENTER

 MANUFACTURING RELATED DISCIPLINES COMPLEX

 J. ERSKINE LOVE JR.  MANUFACTURING

 LAMAR ALLEN SUSTAINABLE EDUCATION

 PARKER H. PETIT BIOTECHNOLOGY

 FORD ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

 

 NARA FOOD PROCESSING TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH

 CAMPUS RECREATION CENTER

 U.A. WHITAKER BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING

 MOLECULAR SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING BUILDING

 GLOBAL LEARNING CENTER

 

 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

 TECHNOLOGY SQUARE RESEARCH

 CENTERGY ONE/ATDC

 GEORGIA TECH @ CENTERGY ONE

 JOSEPH B. WHITEHEAD STUDENT HEALTH CENTER

 830 WEST PEACHTREE STREET

 FAMILY APARTMENTS

 R. KIRK LANDON LEARNING CENTER

 

Renovations

 JANIE AUSTELL SWANN

 JOHN SAYLER COON

 ANDREW CARNEGIE

 EDWIN H. FOLK RESIDENCE HALL


[ 626,859   sq ft]  Gold-level criteria met, but not certified (combined gross square footage). Please list building names:

Old Civil Engineering (Gold paperwork submitted)

Women’s Softball (Gold paperwork submitted)

North Avenue Apartments (seeking Gold certification at end 1Q2010)
[    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. None
[#      ]  Total number of ENERGY STAR buildings. Please list building names:
[    sq ft]  Combined gross square footage.

·         LEED

·         Georgia Tech was the first college in Georgia to commit to LEED Silver standards and targeted the 5 large buildings in the Tech Square complex to be our physical symbols of commitment to sustainability and LEED certifications.  All 5 buildings were built to LEED Silver even though only 1 was certified.  While we were in the process of building these 5 buildings, another Georgia University jumped on the bandwagon and built a single small building.  Georgia Tech’s College of Management building was the 2nd building in Georgia to be LEED Silver certified and the 13th building in the US.

·         1 LEED Gold (Klaus Advanced College of Computing Building)

·         1 LEED Silver (College of Management)  2 nd LEED Silver in GA, 13 th in US

·         5 large buildings built to this std at the time, in Tech Square, but only 1 certified due to certification cost at the time (2003)

·         1 more LEED Gold certification is just days away (Old Civil Engineering Building) (1 st historic building in GA certified)

·         Now that LEED certification no longer adds to the cost of a building or renovation, we are registering all of our projects with the USGCB and have several buildings seeking LEED Silver or higher certification.  Six projects are currently LEED registered, seeking LEED Silver or Gold certification.  One of these project is expecting the official LEED certification any day.

 

o        6 other building projects LEED registered seeking LEED Silver/Gold certification right now

o        First Zero Net Energy Building has been designed and expected to open in 2010  (NARA Addition) will include solar PV, solar thermal, and geothermal, etc

o        First Green Roof on campus has been approved for Clough Undergraduate Learning Center, building is  currently under construction

o        First LEED EB certification will also seek LEED Gold, North Avenue Apartments renovation is scheduled for 2010 completion, wind and solar are part of the design

o        Woman’s Softball Field is seeking LEED Silver and includes 42,000 cistern under field

o        Hineman Renovation will include solar PV, daylighting, passive solar, etc.

o        Alumni House will include green roof, daylighting, etc

o        LEED Silver is our minimum design standard for new buildings and renovations.  (Policy explicated states this.)

o        LEED Silver was incorporated into our design specifications in 2002, the “Yellow Book”.    http://www.facilities.gatech.edu/dc/standards/GTSPECS.pdf .

o        All buildings have low flow fixtures on campus.  (Campus is 99% low flow fixtures) (We are in the 4 th year of a historic drought.)

o        Our Sustainable Education Building was opened in 1998, built with locally sourced materials with the specific mission of sustainability education.  It reflects our early leadership in sustainability

·         Green Laboratories

o        R&D Magazine recognized our MSE building as an exemplary Green Lab (November 2007.)

o        As a leading research institution, it is imperative that our labs are energy efficient.  Our labs consume on average, 2 times the energy of a classroom or administration office, which is the low end of the 2-4 times energy multiplier for labs energy consumption average nation wide

o        Our labs also do green chemistry  - we have Presidential Green Chemistry award winners on campus


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

North Avenue Apartments (seeking Gold certification at end 1Q2010] will be our first LEED EB certified building

586,992 gsf
[    sq ft]  Combined gross square footage.

47) Please indicate buildings that meet LEED-EB certification criteria but are not certified.
[   4 ]  Total number of buildings that meet LEED-EB criteria but are not certified. Please list building names:

  JANIE AUSTELL SWANN

  JOHN SAYLER COON

  ANDREW CARNEGIE

  EDWIN H. FOLK RESIDENCE HALL

[   148,000 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.
n/a , we don’t use Energy Star label for our buildings


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)?   
For each technology, please indicate the number and type of fixtures installed, and the number of buildings in which those fixtures are installed. If possible, include either the percentage of the overall campus fixtures each type represents or the percentage of overall maintained building space that has been renovated with the technology (e.g., 20 buildings representing 10 percent of maintained building space have been retrofitted with motion sensors; thus, 10 percent of the total maintained building space in square feet would be the desired data).  


(this includes High efficiency chillers, 100% airside economizers, Thermostat management / DDC controls, Heat Recovery on Exhaust Air, CO2 based demand ventilation, Retrofit / re-commisioning of HVAC and controls, High efficiency electric motors and pumps, Efficient lighting systems (T5 or T8), Efficient wall and window side wall construction, Reflective  insulated roof systems, HVAC condensate collection for irrigation.  Piloting LED lighting Street Lights on main thorough fare of campus (Ferst St) and in Library.  All low flow laundry facilities.  Vending machines are new enough technology to be energy efficient.  Motion sensors on campus.

 

64 of the buildings built between 1994 and 2004 have been retrofit for energy efficiency, resulting in an additional 11% energy savings (our code standards meet and exceed ASHRAE 90.1-99 and California’s Title 24 Energy Standards)  (64% of total buildings on campus)


50) What water-conservation technologies have you installed in existing buildings (e.g., low-flow faucets, low-flow shower heads, waterless urinals, dual-flush toilets, gray water systems, laundry technology)?   
For each technology, please indicate the number and type of fixtures installed, and the number of buildings in which those fixtures are installed. If possible, include either the percentage of the overall campus fixtures each type represents or the percentage of overall maintained building space that has been renovated with the technology (e.g., 20 buildings representing 10 percent of the maintained building space have been retrofitted with low-flow faucets; thus, 10 percent of the total maintained building space in square feet would be the desired data).   


Low flow faucets in kitchens and baths -100% across campus

Low flow shower heads -100% across campus

Low flow toilets – 100% across campus

Waterless urinals on campus – replaced water layers style with cartridge style.  Prefer .8 gal flush urinals. Total is 70% across campus

Laundry technology Is 100% new reduced water standard style

Have 500,000 gallons of cistern capacity on campus and are adding more to collect and store rainwater and condensate water.  Have hooked irrigation to cisterns and only watering with non-potable water now. Use smart and drip irrigation, when we irrigate.  Trees are watered their first year only, with rainwater/condensate water. 85+% native plantings on campus.  Xeriscaping. Etc.  Stormwater runoff management plan includes reducing impervious surfaces and replacing with with pervious.  Have 3 reforrestation projects on campus as part of stormwater management plan.  A tree can collect 1000 gallons of rainwater, reducing stormwater runoff. 

Implementing toilet flushing with rainwater/condensate water in new Undergraduate Learning Commons under construction now.


51) What percentage of your institution's non-hazardous construction and demolition waste is diverted from landfills?
[  70-90   %]

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.  LEED EB NAA in process, energy retrofits, water retrofits, etc
Name of program: LEEDing the Way, Going Green
Type of community (e.g., hall, building, house): largest residence hall on campus
Number of students involved: 2000
Additional details:   renovations and processes in place, have to operate the building for 3-6 months before submitting certification paperwork for LEED EB, LEED Gold at end of 1Q2010.   Staff and student training going on now.

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):
FASET advertising, orientation (FASET) presentation, marketplace tabling, housing/sustainability websites


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:
[3     ]  Paid positions. Average hours worked weekly per student: 15/student
[#     ]  Unpaid positions. Average hours worked weekly per student:

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: www.rha.gatech.edu
[6     ]  Paid positions. Average hours worked weekly per student:

UROP has come positions.  Most are public policy oriented
[3    ]  Positions that award academic credit. Average hours worked weekly per student:

A few Presidential Research awards - $1500 for 3 credit hours
[115    ]  Uncompensated positions. Average hours worked weekly per student:
Eco-reps  - 1 per building on campus


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: http://www.gatech.edu/greenbuzz/getinvolved.html
19 organizations


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: Wasted Watts
Year initiated: 2008
Frequency of competition: yearly
Participants:  All students living in campus residence halls
Incentives:   Food party and reusable water bottles for each student in winning halls, bragging rights
Goal of competition:  education and awareness
Percent of energy/water/waste reduced:
Lasting effects of competition:  Increased transparency and student knowledge of energy consumption
Website: http://rha.gatech.edu/general/wastedwatts

[ x ]  Yes. Please list details for each competition.

Can competition between Georgia Tech and UGA – nearly 30,000 pounds contributed to local charity
#1 - Name of competition: Cans Across America
Year initiated: 2008
Frequency of competition: yearly
Participants: 100’s – cans collected via food venues
Incentives: bragging rights
Goal of competition: raise the most food donations for charity
Percent of energy/water/waste reduced: na
Lasting effects of competition:
Website: http://www.sodexousa.com/usen/newsroom/press/cansacrossamerica110708.asp

Have worked cooperatively with sustainability offices and projects with other colleges in the city and state (getting sustainability efforts recognized, EPA conference, water conservation)


TRANSPORTATION

CAMPUS MOTOR FLEET

58) How many vehicles are in your institution's fleet?
[523   ] 

59) Please list the number of alternative-fuel vehicles in each class.  27% alt fuel
[#        ]  Hybrid. Please list makes and models:
[87       ]  Electric. Please describe type of vehicles:  
[45        ]  Biodiesel. Please describe type of vehicles and list biodiesel blend(s) used: B20
[X    ]  Other. Please describe:
   propane 48

   Flex fuel 22

   CNG 8


60) What is the average GHG emission rate per passenger mile of your institution's motorized fleet?
[  1    ]  pounds of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) per passenger mile traveled

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):
The incentive to participate is the reduced fee for carpool participants and reduced commuting costs. An approved carpool will receive a reduction of 44% of the permit price at the time the permit is approved.
This reduction can be up to $250.00 off the regular permit price.


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):
Announcements concerning MARTA (Metro Atlanta’s Rapid Transit Authority) Passes.  Parking and Transportation Services through the Alternative Transportation Program has been awarded a grant which will allow Georgia Tech to offer a discount of ten dollars ($10.00) on the cost of a MARTA monthly transit pass. 
This discount is for faculty, staff and students of Georgia Tech.


63) Does your school provide free transportation around campus?
[  ]  N/A. Please explain:
[  ]  No
[x  ]  Yes. Please describe:
GT has a transit subsidy program to encourage the use of alternative transportation as a means to travel to and from the campus.  The institution subsidizes local transit pass programs.  In addition, the campus shuttle system is operated free-of-charge and provides access to key parts of campus, city mass transit and the surrounding community.  A number of the shuttles used in the system are clean fuel vehicles. These programs are available to faculty, staff, students, and visitors to the campus. 


64) Does your school operate a free transportation shuttle to local off-campus destinations?
[  ]  N/A. Please explain:
[  ]  No
[x  ]  Yes. Please describe:
GT has a transit subsidy program to encourage the use of alternative transportation as a means to travel to and from the campus.  The institution subsidizes local transit pass programs.  In addition, the campus shuttle system is operated free-of-charge and provides access to key parts of campus, city mass transit and the surrounding community.  A number of the shuttles used in the system are clean fuel vehicles. These programs are available to faculty, staff, students, and visitors to the campus. 


BICYCLE PROGRAM
65) Does your school offer a bicycle-sharing/rental program or bicycle repair services?
[  ]  No
[x  ]  Yes. Please provide details below.
Year created: 2007
Number of bikes available: 54 between 3 programs (2 bike share programs and 1 bike rental program)
Fees for participation: bike rental targeted for Fall 2009, targeting $25/semester, bike shares free
Repair services provided: bike shares including bike repair, bike rental includes access to bike repair at $1/day

Any student with valid student id may use the space and tools available at the Campus Recreation Center Program Outdoor Recreation at Georgia Tech for $1/day.

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

[  ]  No
[ X ]  Yes. Please provide details below.
Year created: 2003  (first in the state of GA)
Total number of vehicles: 5
Number of hybrid vehicles: 3
Fee for membership:
 Georgia Tech offers an account that will enable participants to use the cars on campus at the reduced rate of $8 per hour Monday through Friday. (The regular Zipcar rate is $9 per hour.) Under the new account, members are entirely responsible for their Zipcar usage as well as any fees, penalties, or fines associated with each reservation. Additionally, members of this account will have reduced weekday rates on any vehicle in the Zipcar network worldwide! This means off-campus Zipcars that are normally $9 and $11/hour will be $8/hour, $49 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., or $60/day for members!

Georgia Tech continues to provide FREE annual membership for all participants in the Campus Car Program. Eligibility for this program is still reserved for full-time faculty and staff who do not possess a parking permit and use alternative transportation to and from campus. Parking and Transportation has the ability to approve, deny, and revoke membership based on a person's eligibility for this account.


PLANNING
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. Please explain:
[  ]  No
[ x ]  Yes. Please describe: Georgia Tech is a pedestrian and bicycle friendly campus.
Campus Master Plan


68) What percentage of individuals commute to campus via environmentally preferable transportation (e.g., walking, bicycling, carpooling, using public transit)?
[    21 %]

STATISTICS

69) Campus setting:
[  ]  Rural
[  ]  Suburban
[x  ]  Urban
[  ]  Other. Please describe:

70)  Total number of buildings: [115   ]
71)  Combined gross square footage of all buildings: [14,000,000       ]
72)  Full-time enrollment (undergraduate and graduate): [   12,973    ]
73)  Part-time enrollment (undergraduate and graduate): [6,440      ]
74)  Part-time enrollment as a proportion to a full-time course load: [15%       ]
75)  Percent of full-time students that live on campus: [          54 %]

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: [p  ]  program to encourage reusable water bottles, but no ban on disposable water bottle
78)  Participation in Recyclemania: [  p] planning this for fall
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 ]
85)  Revolving loan fund for sustainability projects: [ p ] setting up this fall
86)  Campus garden or farm: [ X ]student garden
87)  Single-stream recycling: [X  ]Game Day Recycling

 

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