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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:  Karen Price
Title:
Campus Sustainability Manager
Date survey submitted:
July 17, 2009

ADMINISTRATION

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

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:
the baseline year for green house gas emissions data gathering is 2005-2006.  The report was uploaded to the ACUPCC web site in September 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:

Because the 2006-2026 Facilities Master Plan is such a big file, all the sections are separated on the web site http://www2.seattleu.edu/facilities/inner.aspx?id=35604 .  The Summary section has the sustainable goal on page 2.  The Sustainable Actions section has the actions.

The Facilities Master Plan is a tool designed to guide our decisions about building use, landscaping, traffic flow, and other issues over the next twenty years.

The Major Institutional Master Plan includes sustainability in the Introduction and Goals section on pages 24-25 http://www2.seattleu.edu/facilities/inner.aspx?id=35424

The Major Institution Master Plan is a plan that guides campus developments over the next 15 to 20 years. It is a comprehensive land use plan that supports and follows the codes and measures of the Seattle City government.

The 2008-2013 Strategic Plan identifies five strategic priorities that advance the university mission and support the model of an integrated Jesuit education for leadership.  Three issues of great importance to Seattle University were identified that cut across all five strategic priorities. One of the issues is: Improving the sustainability of our campus through our business operations and in how we educate around sustainability awareness.

http://www.seattleu.edu/strategicplanning/index.aspx

The 2009-2014 Academic Strategic Action Plan has sustainability as a core value.  This plan is in draft, is being reviewed by employees this summer with possible implementation in academic year 2009-2010.  The draft document is online but only for employees to see.
[ x ]  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

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: Environmental Advisory Council
Number of meetings: 6

7) Please provide number of stakeholder representatives on the committee.
[#  4]  Administrators
[#   5 ]  Faculty
[#  8]  Staff
[#   6 ]  Students
[#   2 ]  Other. Please describe:  Alumnae

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): Karen Price
Position(s) (e.g., administrator, faculty, staff, student): Campus Sustainability Manager (staff)

9) To whom does the committee report (e.g., president, vice president)? Senior Vice 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:  
Fall 2008 Faculty/ Staff Convocation

Submitted a proposal to restructure the Council from a grass roots, volunteer group into a campus-wide, appointed member council structured around work groups on specific issues.

Progress made on each of these issues since August 2008:
Sustainability was the theme of Fall 2008 Faculty/ Staff Convocation. The Council was on the committee to plan the content, speakers and event logistics.

The proposal was approved and the Council is in the process of restructuring.

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: [ Campus Sustainability Manager, Energy Manager, 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 high-level administrator (e.g., vice president, vice chancellor)?
[  ]  N/A
[  ]  No
[ x ]  Yes. Please describe: Associate Vice President of Facilities

OFFICE OR DEPARTMENT
13) Does your school have an office or department specifically dedicated to furthering sustainability on campus?
[ x ]  No
[  ]  Yes. Please describe (including name of office or department and year created):

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

[  ]  No
[ X ]  Yes. Please provide URL: http://www2.seattleu.edu/sustainability/default.aspx

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:

To support the university’s commitment, it is the purchasing department’s goal to include environmental

considerations in securing products and services as well as the advocacy for all end users to practice environmentally preferable purchasing.  When purchasing a product or service, the purchasing department will evaluate environmentally preferable attributes equally along with quality, price and availability. It is

further recommended that all purchases conducted by university employees for their department follow the same guidelines choosing products and services that provide the most environmental attributes. As with all purchasing decisions, however, these guidelines should not be executed at the expense of product performance, availability or reasonable cost.


Click Purchasing Policy Manual in the grey box http://www2.seattleu.edu/facilities/inner.aspx?id=36106&linkidentifier=id&itemid=36106


16) Does your school purchase ENERGY STAR qualified products?
[  ]  No
[ x ]  Some. Please describe: Fridges, dishwashers, CFL bulbs, light fixtures, computers, vending machines
[  ]  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: Purchasing is decentralized so it is up to each department.  SU purchases all office supplies through OfficeMax which gives us the choice of 30%, 50% and 100% post-consumer recycled content printer paper.
[  ]  All. Please describe:

18) Does your school purchase Green Seal, Environmental Choice certified, or biorenewable cleaning products?
[  ]  No
[ x ]  Some. Please describe: Green cleaning products are purchased from Hillyard Chemicals, Johnson Diversy and Butcher’s GForce and all but two meet Green Seal Standard GS-37 2. 

Hillyard Re-Juv-Nal Disinfectant Gallon Arsenal is "environmentally preferred".  Click on the tab under disinfectants and read the statement about there not being green certified but preferable disinfectants.  http://www.healthyschoolscampaign.org/programs/gcs/t-5-2-cleaning-products.php?sel=7

Hillyard Liquid Enzymes II is not a green cleaner and is used as an occasional Drain Treatment Deodorizer.

[  ]  All. Please describe:

19) Are your school's computer/electronics purchase decisions made in accordance with standards such as the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT)?
[  ]  No
[  ]  Some. Please describe:
[ x ]  All    All computer and monitor purchases meet EPEAT Gold standards.

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, Haven’t used any pesticides in 23 years – See the answer below
[  ]  Some. Please describe:
[  ]  All

The Grounds Department has successfully and beautifully maintained the 48 acres since 1986 without the use of pesticides, has won several awards for this practice and lots of other schools come to Seattle U to learn how we do it. More info at   http://www2.seattleu.edu/sustainability/pestmanagement.aspx


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.

http://acupcc.aashe.org/index.php?abs=&q=Seattle%20University

July 2007-July 2008:  13,752 tons
July 2006- June 2007: 11,304 tons
July 2005- June 2006: 10,982 tons
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?
[x  ]  No
[  ]  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.

REALIZED GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS REDUCTIONS
23) Has your school achieved a reduction in GHG emissions?
[  ]  No
[  ]  Yes. Please list details.
Percentage reduced:
Baseline year:
Date achieved:

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:
Heating degree days average over the past three years:

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: 6.7
2007: 6.3
2006: 6.1

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: 1.8
2007: 1.6
2006: 1.6

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)?
 

Temperature setbacks, retrocommissioning of HVAC systems, and performing system tune-ups

 

Groups of buildings share heating and cooling equipment which reduces equipment maintenance, green house gas emissions, the space requirements for equipment and makes the equipment more efficient.  Highly efficient fluorescent lighting, occupancy and daylight sensors and night setback controls have been installed in many buildings.

 

A campus-wide Energy Management System with a weather station to allows for centralized and remote control of all building systems, lighting controls, and energy conservation.  Building energy and water usage is audited periodically to identify inefficient equipment and reduce consumption.

 

Facilities hired a retro-building commissioning agent to train four Facilities maintenance staff and invited facilities staff from local universities to participate. Our trained staff then retro-commissioned four of our largest buildings, which is estimated to reduce electricity and gas usage by 20 percent.

 
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)?
[ x ]  No
[  ]  Yes. Please describe:

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)
[    %]  Geothermal
[    %]  Low-impact hydropower
[   .07 %]  Solar photovoltaics Panels on the student center roof
[    %]  Wind
[    %]  Other

Description:

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.

SU purchases RECs from Seattle City Light’s Green Up program.  Seattle City Light acquires its green power from the Stateline Wind Farm in Eastern Washington. Any net revenues earned through the Green Up program is reinvested in additional new renewable energy.
Date of most recent contract: July 2006
Quantity (kWh):  2,541,000
Percentage of your total electric energy use that it represents: 15%

 

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

46,429,000,000  Fiscal year 2005-2006

57,873,000,000 Fiscal year 2006-2007

64,375,000,000  Fiscal year 2007-2008


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

Fiscal year 2007-2008, gas was 46% of our fuel mix, steam was 10% and electricity was 44%.


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
[  x]  Plastics (all)
X ]  Plastics (some)
[x  ]  Other. Please list: Books, cartons, packing material

37) Diversion rate: [   45 %]

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
[  x  ]  Lightbulbs
[  x  ]  Printer cartridges
[   x ]  Other E-waste. Please list: CDs

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

[       100%]

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:  There are 11 external compost bins around campus.

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: All incoming and transfer students and new employees receive a reusable mug.  Collection stations are set up in front of each residence hall at the end of spring quarter to collect unwanted food, clothing, electronics and house wares for donation and recyclables for recycling.

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: “Design new and renovation projects to meet LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold standards.”

Because the 2006-2026 Facilities Master Plan is such a big file, all the sections are separated on the web site http://www2.seattleu.edu/facilities/inner.aspx?id=35604 .  Click on Outline and Goals section and look on page 60.

GREEN BUILDING STANDARDS
43)
Please indicate LEED-certified buildings.
[# 1     ]  Total number of LEED-certified buildings.
[ 70,510 sq ft]  Certified-level (combined gross square footage). Please list building names: Student Center
[    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 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:
[    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:
[    sq ft]  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)?   
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).  

[We do not have the time to calculate the number of fixtures installed and in which building – you are asking for too much here. We have had an Energy Manager for 18 years and have won many awards for our energy efficiency practices.- Karen]

100% of all buildings have had one or more of the following energy conservation measures installed:

Variable frequency drives

Occupancy and heat sensors

Retrofit the lighting fixtures from T-12 to T-8 bulbs

LED exit signs

Daylight controls

Ambient light sensors

Heat recovery

Energy management systems controls


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 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).   

[We do not have the time to calculate how many aerators are installed and in which building – you are asking for too much here. - Karen]

Type of Fixture

% of overall campus fixtures this type represents

.5 gpm faucet aerators

2% of faucet aerators are of this type

1.0 gpm faucet aerators

98% of faucet aerators are of this type

1.8gpm showerheads

98% of showerheads are of this type

Water-less urinals

.5%

.125 gpf flush urinals

.04

Dual flush toilets

.2%


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

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.
Name of program: The Environmental Sustainability floor in Bellarmine Hall, as part of the Hurtado Learning Community
Type of community (e.g., hall, building, house): Hall
Number of students involved: approximately 56
Additional details:

The Hurtado Learning Community is home to a diverse group of first- and second-year students who share an active interest in exploring issues of social justice. Do you wonder what it means to be a responsible global citizen in the pursuit of a more just and environmentally sustainable society? Do you wonder where your best gifts meet the world’s greatest needs? Would you like to live and learn with a group of friends interested in community service and social justice? If so, then the Hurtado community may be for you. Designed to educate the whole person in the Jesuit tradition, the Hurtado community brings together faculty, staff, and students around an innovative program that integrates Core courses, community-based learning, and residential education. Students take classes with others in their community and get involved in frequent and exciting co-curricular activities. This learning community will equip you with the necessary skills to bring about positive social change.

Divided into three communities -- the social justice floor, the environmental sustainability and justice floor, and the gender and justice floor – the Hurtado community gives you the opportunity to focus your attention on those issues that most matter to you. Whether you are tutoring children at a local shelter, having floor discussions based on that day’s class readings, or cooking a dinner together with locally grown organic foods, you will enjoy a wide range of opportunities to explore the place of justice in the surrounding community and beyond. Students take an active lead in planning and promoting community events that range from retreats to salsa dancing, study groups to wetlands restoration service projects. Best of all, as a two-year learning community, Hurtado offers you the option to stay in the community throughout the first two years of your undergraduate education.

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):

Students learn how to recycle and compost, about the reusable mug discount and that they get a mug, and how to take the bus around town.

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:
[#  1   ]  Paid positions. Average hours worked weekly per student: 20
[#     ]  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?
[ 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:

Natural Leaders is committed to empowering students and fostering a sense of community on campus that advocates for climate change solutions.

The Committee on Responsible Investment works to ensure that the university’s funds are invested according to the mission and values of the university with a focus on social and environmental sustainability and community development. 

The mission of Engineers Without Borders - USA is to partner with disadvantaged communities to improve their quality of life through implementation of environmentally and economically sustainable engineering projects, while developing internationally responsible engineering students.   http://students.seattleu.edu/clubs/ewb/

Oxfam at Seattle University is a student club dedicated to sustainable solutions to poverty and social injustice. We work on Fair Trade, Extractive Industries, Hunger, Health & Humanitarian Relief, Climate Change and other issues toward the ultimate goal of a just world without poverty. http://www.suoxfam.org/

The student club Environmental Students of Seattle University (ESSU) promotes awareness and educates others on the environmental issues facing us today, to take action against injustice in and around the Seattle University community and cooperatively work with other social justice advocacy groups.

The student club Society of Environmental Engineers and Scientists promotes environmental awareness and responsibility by educating students in contemporary environmental issues with the hope that the awareness and accountability learned through this experience will be reflected in each individual's future professional and personal decisions.

The club Student Pugwash promotes socially responsible uses of scientific and technological advancements.

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?
[#   31 ]

59) Please list the number of alternative-fuel vehicles in each class.
[#   2     ]  Hybrid. Please list makes and models:
[#   14     ]  Electric. Please describe type of vehicles:
[#        ]  Biodiesel. Please describe type of vehicles and list biodiesel blend(s) used:
[#        ]  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.

  • You need to calculate or estimate 3 things:
  • Total lbs. of CO2e emissions
  • Avg. # of passengers per fleet vehicle
  • Total miles traveled by all fleet vehicles

David – I don’t track miles traveled, only gallons of gas, so I wasn’t able to answer this question.  Most of the Facilities vehicles just putter around our 48 acres.


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):

Carpool. Employees and students who enroll in a carpool are guaranteed to only pay 25% of the cost of a Single Occupancy Vehicle Parking Permit and enjoy premium parking spaces.

SOV Permit/Ride Sharing. Employees and students who want to occasionally carpool together when schedules allow will receive assistance from Public Safety to form a carpool via zip code matching and share fuel costs and a Single Occupancy Vehicle Parking Permit.

Maxi Pool. The on campus parking fee is waived for carpools of four or more students and employees.

Vanpool and Van Share. King County Metro supplies a van for a group of employees and students to commute together, or provides access to other institution’s vanpools commuting between similar locations.  The group shares Metro’s van use fee and SU waives the on campus parking fee for vans parked on campus.  In a vanpool, one group member keeps the vehicle at their home. In a van share, the van is kept at a train station, ferry dock, or park and ride where the group meets.


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):

Employees pay $10 a month for a university subsidized Flex-Pass that includes: bus and train travel across three counties, Van Pools and Van Sharing subsidy, and an emergency taxi ride home if needed.  Flex-Pass holders receive a complementary parking card for up to five days of parking each month should they need to park on campus.

Students receive a 55% subsidized rate for regional passes or approximately 70% reduction for a City wide pass or County wide pass.

63) Does your school provide free transportation around campus?
[  ]  N/A. Please explain:
[ x ]  No, because our campus is small.
[  ]  Yes. Please describe:

64) Does your school operate a free transportation shuttle to local off-campus destinations?
[  ]  N/A. Please explain:
[  ]  No
[ x ]  Yes. Please describe:

Public Safety provides an evening shuttle to students and employees who live near campus.  This allows those who walk to campus during the short winter months an option to walking home in the dark.  This shuttle can also be used by employees to connect to transit stops that may be difficult to reach in the evening due to off peak operational hours of existing bus routes.


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:
Total number of vehicles: 1
Number of hybrid vehicles: 1
Fee for membership: Employees who sign up for a Zipcar business account get free membership. Employees who sign up for a personal account get a free one-year membership. Students 21 and over can sign up for a personal Zipcar account and pay $50 annually.

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:

The 2006-2026 Facilities Master Plan states

1. Pedestrian Access to Campus:

Though much of the Seattle University main campus is closed to private vehicles, the structure of campus still hangs on the former public street grid of the surrounding city. The scale and appearance of these

streets can be improved to minimize service vehicle access and create formal pedestrian oriented

corridors linking key campus buildings. Walking distances on campus are reasonable and most facilities are within a normal 5-minute walk but surrounding streetscapes can be improved for pedestrian comfort and to better link facilities like the Connolly Sports Complex with the main campus.

68) What percentage of individuals commute to campus via environmentally preferable transportation (e.g., walking, bicycling, carpooling, using public transit)?
[    55%]

STATISTICS

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

70)  Total number of buildings: [#  46]
71)  Combined gross square footage of all buildings: [#  2,065,656       ]

 

This is for the 2008-2009 Academic Year. We won’t have next academic year’s data for months.
72)  Full-time enrollment (undergraduate and graduate): [# 5,415        ]
73)  Part-time enrollment (undergraduate and graduate): [#  2,114    ]
74)  Part-time enrollment as a proportion to a full-time course load: [#         ]

[David –  The registrar passed this question onto Institutional Research and this is the answer I got]

SU’s part time FTE for Fall 2008:  This is the full time equivalence of the part time students. These are the numbers I would submit (you can add them together, of course).

Undergrad: 129

Grad: 1086

Law school: 151


75)  Percent of full-time students that live on campus: [   42%]

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: [  ]
78)  Participation in Recyclemania: [  ]
79)  Student trustee position: [  ]
80)  Environmental science/studies major: [ x ]
81)  Environmental science/studies minor or concentration: [ x ]
82)  Graduate-level environmental program: [  ]
83)  Student green fee: [  ]
84)  Alumni green fund: [  ]
85)  Revolving loan fund for sustainability projects: [ x ]
86)  Campus garden or farm: [ x ]
87)  Single-stream recycling: [  ]

 

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