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Illinois 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: Joseph F. Clair, P.E.

Title: Director of Campus Energy and Sustainability

Date survey submitted: July 28, 2009

 

ADMINISTRA T ION

 

SUSTAINABILITY POLICIES

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

[ ] No

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

In April, 2009, the Illinois Institute of Technology adopted the Campus Sustainability Plan for IIT. It is available at www.iit.edu/sustainability

 

2) Has the president of your institution signed the American College and University

Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC)?

[X] No

[ ] Yes. If completed, please provide the date the GHG Report was submitted to the ACUPCC:

IIT is currently performing a greenhouse gas inventory and will make commitments associated with greenhouse gas emissions and propose a climate action plan this December.

 

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

[ ] 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: www.iit.edu

The strategic plan identifies financial sustainability, educational and research tracks associated with sustainability ! including the Wanger Institute for Sustainable Energy Research (WISER), incorporating this research into operations, and connection to our region. The Campus Sustainability Plan builds on those themes to specifically detail how the campus sustainability will be achieved in conjunction with the strategic plan.

 

ADVISORY COUNCI L

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

[ ] No

[X] Yes

 

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: Originally titled the Sustainability Committee, the group will be called the Sustainability Advisory Group starting in academic year 2009-2010.

Number of meetings: 5

 

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

[5 ] Administrators

[15] Faculty

[20] Staff

[115] Students

[20] Other. Please describe: Alumni and Corporate Partners

 

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): Joseph F. Clair until the group"#$%&'#($)**(&+,$&+$(-*$.//0-2010 school year

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

 

9) To whom does the committee report (e.g., president, vice president)? Vice President for Business and Administration

 

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

Recycling Program: Recycling expanded to all academic and undergraduate housing with increased reporting requirements and increased efficacy

Campus Resource Audit: Begun in May 2009, the audit will document and model all campus material and energy flows through campus with a phase 1 completion in September 2009 and final completion in April 2010.

Campus Policies implemented in April 2009:

   o no bottle water purchased by IIT

   o paper management (double sided printing, paperless meetings, etc.)

   o computer and light shutdowns

   o sustainable landscape management

 

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.:

[2] Number of full-time staff (in FTE). Titles: [Director of Campus Energy and Sustainability, University Recycling Coordinator]

[# ] Number of part-time staff (in FTE). Titles: [ ]

 

12) Does the head of the sustainability staff report directly to the president or another highlevel administrator (e.g., vice president, vice chancellor)?

[ ] N/A

[ ] No

[X] Yes. Please describe: Vice President for Business and Administration (who reports directly to the President)

 

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 Campus Energy and Sustainability 2008

 

WEBSITE

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

[ ] No

[X] Yes. Please provide URL: www.iit.edu/sustainability

 

GREEN PURCHASING

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

[X] No

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

 

16) Does your school purchase ENERG Y ST AR qualified products?

[ ] No

[X] Some. Please describe: computers and printers, copiers (lease)

[ ] All

 

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

[X] No

[ ] Some. Please describe:

[ ] All. Please describe:

 

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

[ ] No

[ ] Some. Please describe:

[X] All. Please describe: Our custodial contract with ABM includes all Green Seal cleaning products

 

19) Are your school's computer/electronics purchase decisions made in accordance with standards such as the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPE A T)?

[ ] No

[X] Some. Please describe: it is not a formal policy, but most purchases are made in accordance with the standard

[ ] 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

[ ] Some. Please describe:

[ ] All

 

CLIMATE CHANGE & ENERGY

 

GREENH OUSE GAS EMISSIONS INVENTORY

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

Please check all that apply.

[ ] No.

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

Inventory started in May 2009 with initial completion by September 2009 and final completion by December 2009 in time for the university to announce a plan for GHG reductions.

[ ] 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:

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 G H G emissions by a specific amount?

[X] No (due in December 2009 upon completion of the GHG inventory)

[ ] Yes. Please list details.

Reduction level:

Baseline year:

Target date:

 

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

 

IIT has implemented a series of significant energy project related to our campus steam/heating plants and although our GHG inventory is not complete, we have included details on that project for your consideration.

 

REALIZED GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS REDUCTIONS

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

[ ] No

[X] Yes. Please list details.

In 2006, our campus GHG related to steam generation was 42,000 tons per year, in fiscal year 2009 (June 2008-May 2009), our GHG related to the equivalent heat generation (part steam, part hot water) was 34,000 tons per year.

Percentage reduced: approx. 20%

Baseline year: 2006

Date achieved: March 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: 5780

Heating degree days average over the past three years: n/a

 

25) Please provide G H G 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:

2007:

2006:

 

26) Please provide G H G 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:

2007:

2006:

 

ENERGY EFFICIENCY

27) What programs or technologies has your school implemented to improve energy efficiency (e.g., cogeneration plant, retrocommissioning of H V A C systems, performing system tune-ups, temperature setbacks)?

Separation of the campus from our district steam plant [reduced the amount of condensate lost, improved the efficiency of the steam plant in serving the remainder of its load, provided a reliable source of heat to the east end of campus, achieved approximately 8,000 tons per year of GHG reduction]

Retrocommissioning of significant energy users [Life Science Building, Engineering 1]

Lighting retrofits.

Minimum temperature settings within ASHRAE-55 comfort levels for air conditioning, but above "typical" levels.

 

ENERG Y C ONSERV A T ION

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:

Recently adopted Lights Out policy and Power Down policy for computers

 

RENEWAB L E ENERG Y G ENERA T ION

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)

[ %] Geothermal

[ %] Low-impact hydropower

[ %] Solar photovoltaics

[ %] Wind

[<1 %] Other:

 

Description: on-site solar to separate hydrogen from water to input into PEM fuel cell.

 

30) Does your school have solar hot water systems?

[X] No (the technology is currently not cost effective in our climate zone)

[ ] 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 (RE Cs)?

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-SI T E COMBUSTION

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

Heating: 300,000 MMBtu

Cooling: none from on-site combustion

 

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

Natural gas: 100%

 

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:

 

37) Diversion rate: [15 %]

 

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.

[ 451 lbs.] Batteries

[ 0 ] Cell phones

[ 18,678 lbs. ] Computers

[ 4,613 each (done by count not weight or volume) ] Lightbulbs

[ 1,255 lbs ] Printer cartridges

[ ] Other E-waste. Please list:

 

COMPOSTING (ASIDE FROM DINING FACILITIES)

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

[ 95 %]

 

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:

Each of our indoor and outdoor recycling stations has a compartment for organic waste. Indoor compartments contain labels directing the users as to what can be placed in the compartment.

Illinois recently passed a law allowing for commercial organic waste composting facilities, and IIT will begin recycling the collected organic waste this coming school year.

 

SOURC E REDUC T ION

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

[ ] No

[X] Yes. Please describe:

End of year furniture swap (with remaining furniture donated to Salvation Army); GAIA clothing collection bins

 

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: All new buildings built to LEED certified

 

GREEN BUILDING STANDARDS

43) Please indicate LE ED-certified buildings.

[1] Total number of LEED-certified buildings.

[141,328 sq ft] Certified-level (combined gross square footage). Please list building names: Technology Business Center (aka Technology Park)

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

[ 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 L E ED certification criteria but are not certified.

[0] Total number of buildings that meet LEED criteria [full analysis being performed as part of the Campus Resource Audit with results this December]

[ 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:

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

 

45) Please indicate buildings that are ENERG Y ST AR labeled.

[0] Total number of ENERGY STAR buildings. Please list building names: [EnergyStar benchmarking being performed as part of the Campus Resource Audit to be completed December 2009]

[ sq ft] Combined gross square footage.

 

RENOVATIONS AND RETROFITS

46) Please indicate L E ED-E B certified buildings.

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

[ sq ft] Combined gross square footage.

 

47) Please indicate buildings that meet L E ED-E B certification criteria but are not certified.

[TBD] Total number of buildings that meet LEED-EB criteria but are not certified. Please list building names: [analysis being performed as part of Campus Resource Audit due this December 2009]

[ sq ft] Combined gross square footage.

 

48) Please indicate renovated buildings that are ENERG Y ST AR labeled.

[0] 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., H V A C systems, motion sensors, ambient light sensors, T5 lighting, L ED 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).

 

HVAC systems 3 buildings representing approximately 8% of building space Motion sensors and T8 fixtures (equivalent to T5 for the application of classroom lighting) in 15 buildings representing 60% of overall space

 

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)?

  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).

 

Dual flush toilets in Campus Center and Main Administration Building (representing 3% of building space...fixtures are now a part of building standards)

Dual flush toilets in our Downtown Campus bathrooms (additional 10% of building space)

1 pint flush urinals in pilot project in Main Building

Weather-adjusted landscape watering system.

 

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

[approx 95 %]

 

STUDENT INVOLVEMENT

 

RESIDENTIAL COMMUNITIES

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

[X] No

[ ] Yes. Please provide details below.

Name of program:

Type of community (e.g., hall, building, house):

Number of students involved:

Additional details:

 

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): 1 hour information session at each orientation event

 

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:

[12] Paid positions. Average hours worked weekly per student: 16

[6] Unpaid positions. Average hours worked weekly per student: 16

 

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:

GANGREEN is a student-formed organization that raises awareness of sustainability events and acts as an advisory committee to the Office of Campus Energy and Sustainability

 

SUSTAINABILITY CHALLENGES AND COMPETITIONS

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

[X] No

[ ] Yes. Please list details for all competitions.

Name of competition:

Year initiated:

Frequency of competition:

Participants:

Incentives:

Goal of competition:

Percent of energy/water/waste reduced:

Lasting effects of competition:

Website:

 

TRANSPORTATION

 

CAMPUS MOTOR FLEET

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

[approx 20]

 

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

[1] Hybrid. Please list makes and models: specially made vehicle through research

[3] Electric. Please describe type of vehicles: Tiger vehicles for maintenance and parking services

[ ] Biodiesel. Please describe type of vehicles and list biodiesel blend(s) used:

[ ] Other. Please describe:

 

60) What is the average G H G emission rate per passenger mile of your institution's motorized fleet?

[N/A] 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:

[X] No

[ ] Yes. Please describe details of the program including the type of the incentive and eligible community members (e.g., faculty, staff, students):

 

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): U-Pass for public transportation available for students to obtain reduced-rate (approx. 50% discount) public transportation, staff receive pre-tax benefit for public transportation (results in an average 40% discount)

 

63) Does your school provide free transportation around campus?

[ ] N/A. Please explain:

[ ] No

[X] Yes. Please describe: IIT runs a free shuttle during rush hour between our Main Campus on the south side of Chicago and our Downtown Campus 6 miles away. This not only provides ease of transport for students that take classes at both campuses, but gives staff access more of the regional light rail public transportation infrastructure

 

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

[ ] N/A. Please explain:

[ ] No

[X] Yes. Please describe: see response to 63 above

 

BICYCLE PROGRAM

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

[X] No

[ ] Yes. Please provide details below.

Year created:

Number of bikes available:

Fees for participation:

Repair services provided:

 

CAR-SHARING PROGRAM

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

[ ] No

[X] Yes. Please provide details below.

Year created: 2005

Total number of vehicles: 2

Number of hybrid vehicles: 2

Fee for membership: varies... no fee memberships exist

 

PL ANNING

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: our campus is a 6 block by 4 block campus that has ample walkways and only three streets that criss-cross (4 streets that approach campus do not bisect and form natural corridors for pedestrians and bicycles)

 

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

[10 %]

 

STATISTICS

 

69) Campus setting:

[ ] Rural

[ ] Suburban

[X] Urban

[ ] Other. Please describe:

 

70) Total number of buildings: [52 at Main, 4 satellite campuses in the Chicagoland area]

71) Combined gross square footage of all buildings: [3,010,362]

72) Full-time enrollment (undergraduate and graduate): 5,592 (fall 2008, see 2008-2009 Common Data Set, Section B - http://oii.iit.edu/oii/facts/cds.shtml )

73) Part-time enrollment (undergraduate and graduate): [1,400] 2,021 (fall 2008, see 2008-2009 Common Data Set, Section B - ( http://oii.iit.edu/oii/facts/cds.shtml )

74) Part-time enrollment as a proportion to a full-time course load: [# ] 963 F T E (fall 2008, see OII Fall 2008 Final Enrollment Report - ( http://oii.iit.edu/oiis/Enrollment/Termrpt/finaltermreports.shtml ; Username: oii2004, PW: iit1890)

75) Percent of full-time students that live on campus: [ %] 46% of undergraduates (fall 2008, see 2008-2009 Common Data Set, Section F -

http://oii.iit.edu/oii/facts/cds.shtml )

 

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: [  ] (full list of organizations at IIT; one or more may qualify - http://www.iit.edu/student_life/ )

77) Disposable water bottle ban: [X]

78) Participation in Recyclemania: [X] [2009-2010 will be our first year]

79) Student trustee position: [X]

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 : [ ]

85) Revolving loan fund for sustainability projects : [ ]

86) Campus garden or farm : [X]

87) Single-stream recycling : [X]

 

 

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