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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: Jed Schwendiman
Title:
Associate to the President, Chair of the Conservation and Recycling Committee

Date survey submitted: July 28, 2009

ADMINISTRATION

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

http://www.whitman.edu/content/about/environment

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

3) Has your institution signed the Talloires Declaration?
X ]  No (that is correct)
[  ]  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:
[  ]  Yes, in the strategic plan. Please describe and provide URL, if available:
(The strategic plan is an internal document and is not publicly 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: Conservation & Recycling Committee
Number of meetings: 10

7) Please provide number of stakeholder representatives on the committee.
[#  2 ]  Administrators
[#  4  ]  Faculty
[#  8  ]  Staff
[#  8-12 ]  Students (there are 8 appointed positions and all students are welcome to attend so representation varies by the meeting depending on attendance)
[#   ]  Other. Please describe:

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): Jed Schwendiman, Associate to the President
Position(s) (e.g., administrator, faculty, staff, student): Jed is a staff member and is charged with representing all stakeholders, meetings are planned with input from students and faculty.

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


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:

1) Sustainability Revolving Loan Fund

2) Renovation of campus recycling center

3) Solar Panel Project

4) Campus Sustainability Coordinator

5) Greenhouse Gas Audit

6) Paper/Printing Conservation

Progress made on each of these issues since August 2008:

1) Sustainability Revolving Loan Fund – $25k in loan funding secured.  First call for proposals complete.  Initial proposals evaluated by loan fund committee

2) Renovation of campus recycling center – upgrades and expansion of campus recycling center complete

3) Solar Panel Project – 23kW photovoltaic project funded & on schedule for installation this summer

4) Campus Sustainability Coordinator – role of first campus sustainability coordinator refined, second campus sustainability coordinator hired (1 st coordinator graduated)

5) Greenhouse Gas Audit – student group led by campus sustainability coordinator completed first greenhouse gas audit for campus

6) Paper/Printing Conservation – worked with Technology Services on new “go print” software system installed to track and limit printing in computer labs and library (by giving students a “free printing credit” and then giving feedback on how much printing each student does.  Resulted in 30% reduction in paper use for the year.


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.

[#  .5  ]  Number of full-time staff (in FTE). Titles: [Campus 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
[ X ]  No
[ ]  Yes. Please describe:

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://www.whitman.edu/content/about/environment

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 ENERGY STAR qualified products?
[  ]  No
[  ]  Some. Please describe:
[ X ]  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
[  ]  Some. Please describe:
[ X ]  All. Please describe: all paper purchased for photocopiers and printers is 100 post consumer waste

18) Does your school purchase Green Seal, Environmental Choice certified, or biorenewable cleaning products?
[  ]  No
[ X]  Some. Please describe: the majority of all clean products purchased are green seal
[  ]  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:
[  ]  All

20) Does your school use only pesticides that meet the standards for organic crop production set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture or Canadian Organic Standards (excluding on-campus farms)?
[  ]  No
[ X ]  Some. Please describe:
[  ]  All

CLIMATE CHANGE & ENERGY

GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS INVENTORY
21) Has your school completed a greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventory?
Please check all that apply.
[  ]  No.
[  ]  In progress. Please describe status and provide estimated completion date:
[X ]  Yes.  Please provide total annual GHG emissions (in metric tons of CO2e). Also, include the start date for each year as well as the URL to each inventory, if available online, or attach the document.
2008: Scope 1 total = 2521 MTeCO2, Scope 2 total = 7917 MTeCO2 (for fiscal year July 1, 2007 to June 20, 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 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?
[ X ]  No (unknown at this time, we will need to do another inventory)
[  ]  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: 10,438 MTeCO2 / 1077 = 9.69
2007:
2006:

26) Please provide GHG emissions figures on a per-full-time-student basis for the past three years.
Per-Student Emissions = Total CO2e in metric tons / Total number of full-time enrolled students.
2008: 10,438 MTeCO2 / 1421 = 7.35
2007:
2006:

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)?
 

1) The college is phasing in high water/energy efficient front-loading washing machines.  The school is about half way through this process.

2) The college is installing a new 23 kW photovoltatic system on the roof of the Bratton Tennis Center.

3) The college has adjusted heating and cooling temperatures to conserve

4) The college uses a ground water heat pump system for heating and cooling the Science Building

5) The college uses waste water from the campus heating system for irrigation

6) The college has a demonstration solar power and hot water heating system at the Environmental Interest House


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:

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
[    %]  Solar photovoltaics – being installed
[    %]  Wind
[    %]  Other heat pump

Description:
The college leases land to a utility company that operates 65 wind turbines on college-owned wheat farms in Washington State.

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


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. Wind energy credits are purchased from Blue Sky. 

Date of most recent contract: Unknown
Quantity (kWh): 220,200 kWh
Percentage of your total electric energy use that it represents: 30%

 

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


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

10,000 gallons of Distillate Oil

41,746 MMBtu Natural Gas


35) Is any on-site combustion for heating and cooling derived from renewable sources?
[  ]  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)
[  ]  Plastics (some)
X ]  Other. Please list: Steel, tin, trees (lumber from trees that are removed is used in new construction and renovation projects) and buildings (buildings are relocated or recycled to make space for new construction).

37) Diversion rate: [   50 %]

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.
[    ]  Batteries
[    ]  Cell phones
[    ]  Computers
[    ]  Lightbulbs
[    ]  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?

[    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: Environmental Interest House and Organic Garden, Residence Halls tried worm bin recycling containers on a trial basis.

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: end of semester/end of year food, furniture, clothing swaps.  Soaps, shampoos, detergents etc left are donated to local non-profits.

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 construction must meet LEED standards.

GREEN BUILDING STANDARDS
43)
Please indicate LEED-certified buildings.
[#      ]  Total number of LEED-certified buildings.
[    sq ft]  Certified-level (combined gross square footage). Please list building names:
[    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.
[#   5    ]  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: Reid Campus Center, the Science Building Addition, the Baker Ferguson Fitness Center, the Fouts Center for Visual Arts and the Sherwood Athletic Center.
[    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).  

The college has many of the technologies listed above, unknown what percentage of the overall campus is represented


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).   

The college installs low-flow water fixtures, unknown what percentage of the overall campus is represented


51) What percentage of your institution's non-hazardous construction and demolition waste is diverted from landfills?
[ 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.
Name of program: Environmental Studies House (Outhouse)
Type of community (e.g., hall, building, house): House
Number of students involved: 10 live there, 40 involved in typical activities
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): Each First-year students receives a Green Guide and attends green orientation workshop.

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: 10
[#   8  ]  Unpaid positions. Average hours worked weekly per student: 10

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:
[#     ]  Paid positions. Average hours worked weekly per student:
[#     ]  Positions that award academic credit. Average hours worked weekly per student:
[#   6  ]  Uncompensated positions. Average hours worked weekly per student: 5, organized through Campus Climate Club

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:
Students become involved through Campus Greens, Campus Climate Challenge, Organic Garden, Environmental House.

http://whitmancampusgreens.blogspot.com/

http://whitmanccc.wordpress.com/
http://www.whitman.edu/organic_garden/

http://www.whitman.edu/content/residence_life/interest-houses/environmental-studies


SUSTAINABILITY CHALLENGES AND COMPETITIONS
57) Does your school organize any sustainability challenges/competitions for your campus and/or with other colleges?
[  ]  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?
[#        ]

59) Please list the number of alternative-fuel vehicles in each class.
[#        ]  Hybrid. Please list makes and models:
[#        ]  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.

LOCAL TRANSPORTATION ALTERNATIVES
61) Does your school offer incentives for carpooling?
[  ]  N/A. Please explain:
[  ]  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?
[ X ]  N/A. Please explain: everything on campus is within easy walking distance, local city bus only costs 25 cents per ride.
[  ]  No
[  ]  Yes. Please describe the program including the size of the discount (as a percent of full price) and eligible community members (e.g., faculty, staff, students):

63) Does your school provide free transportation around campus?
[ X ]  N/A. Please explain: everything on campus is within easy walking distance
[  ]  No
[  ]  Yes. Please describe:

64) Does your school operate a free transportation shuttle to local off-campus destinations?
[ X]  N/A. Please explain: all local off-campus destinations are within walking/biking distance
[  ]  No
[  ]  Yes. Please describe:

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:
Number of bikes available:
Fees for participation:
Repair services provided: bike repair shop is available for students and staffed 4 hours per week

http://www.whitman.edu/content/outdoor-program/facilities/other


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

[  ]  No
[  ]  Yes. Please provide details below.
Year created:
Total number of vehicles:
Number of hybrid vehicles:
Fee for membership:

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:

68) What percentage of individuals commute to campus via environmentally preferable transportation (e.g., walking, bicycling, carpooling, using public transit)?
[   85  %]  75% of students live on campus or within a 2 block radius, many staff and faculty live with a quarter mile of campus

STATISTICS

69) Campus setting:
[ X ]  Rural, within a small town, population 30,000
[  ]  Suburban
[  ]  Urban
[  ]  Other. Please describe:

70)  Total number of buildings: [# 23 (not including houses)        ]
71)  Combined gross square footage of all buildings: [#   1,077,068 ]
72)  Full-time enrollment (undergraduate and graduate): [#  1421 ]
73)  Part-time enrollment (undergraduate and graduate): [#   37      ]
74)  Part-time enrollment as a proportion to a full-time course load: [#         ]
75)  Percent of full-time students that live on campus: [        75   %]

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: [ X ]
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: [  ] (there are no graduate programs, we are undergraduate only)
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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