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Report Card 2011

American University

Campus Survey

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With the publication of the College Sustainability Report Card 2011, 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 2010. 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.

 

School name: American University

Date submitted: August 19, 2010

 

ADMINISTRATION

 

SUSTAINABILITY POLICIES

 

1)  Does your school have its own formal sustainability policy and/or sustainability plan? Check all that apply.

[  ]  No

[X]  Yes, a sustainability policy. Please describe and provide the URL below.

[X]  Yes, a sustainability plan. Please describe and provide the URL below.

 

Description: We have four sustainability policies: green building; green cleaning; sustainable purchasing; zero waste. All are online here: american.edu/sustainabilityOur sustainability plan is based on STARS. We are working toward maximum implementation of the STARS credits. We will publish our results by the end of this year as a formal sustainability plan and progress report. We will also have several related plans including one that outlines sustainable transportation, one outlining our sustainable purchasing guidelines; one outlining our zero waste strategy; and one, which is already published, outlining our plan for achieving carbon neutrality by no later than 2020.

 

2)  Has the president of your institution signed any commitments related to environmental stewardship and/or greenhouse gas reductions? Check all that apply.

[  ]  None

[X]  American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC)

[X]  Talloires Declaration
[  ]  Other. Please describe:


3)  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 the URL below.

[X]  Yes, in the strategic plan. Please describe and provide the URL below.

 

Description: The University strategic plan has four goals, one of which states that we will "act on our values of social responsibility ... and an active pursuit of sustainability." Our new campus plan will be published this fall, outlining our growth for the next ten years. As a result of our public commitments and our policies, sustainability will necessarily be woven throughout it, but it will also have a special section describing how sustainability was integrated into it.

 

ADMINISTRATIVE COMMITTEES

 

4)  Does your school have any administrative councils, committees or task forces that advise on and/or implement sustainability policies and programs?

You may provide detailed information for up to three committees. If you have one advisory committee that is broken down into subcommittees, please indicate that you have one committee and answer the questions on the following page for the entire committee (the sum of data for all subcommittees).

Yes

 

Please provide the number of committees: Three committees

 

Committee I

 

5)  Please provide the name of the committee and note the number of meetings held since August 2009.

 

Committee name: Environmental Issues Project Team

Number of meetings: seven

 

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

When providing the data on each stakeholder group, you should provide the total number across all subcommittees (you do not need to numerate individual tallies for subcommittees).

 

 

 

Number of representatives

Administrators

 

Three

Faculty

 

Six

Staff

 

Thirteen

Students

 

Three

Other. Please describe.   

 

 

7)  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.

 

 

 

Name       

 

Position

Chair 1   

 

Chris O'Brien  

 

Administrator

Chair 2

 

Stephen MacAvoy  

 

Faculty

Chair 3

 

   

 

 

8)  To whom does the committee report?
[  ]  President/Chancellor
[X]  Vice President/Vice Chancellor
[  ] Other:

 

9)  Please indicate the key issues/programs that the committee has addressed or implemented since August 2009. For each issue addressed, please indicate and describe progress made.
“Moderate” progress indicates that issues were discussed thoroughly and projects are in the early stages of planning. “Significant” progress indicates that new policies or programs were implemented, or are in the final stages of planning and approval.

 

 

 

Addressed       

 

Progress     

 

Description

Academics

Examples: minor, major and concentration programs, curricular additions, research projects

 

[X]

 

Moderate

 

Submited grant with faculty, staff, and community members to develop stormwater management plan for neighborhood.

Administration

Examples: procurement policies, institution-wide sustainability policy, sustainability-related staff positions

 

[X]

 

Significant

 

Adopted STARS and became Charter Participant

Climate

Examples: draft climate action plan, greenhouse gas emissions inventory

 

[X]

 

Significant

 

Published Climate Plan

 

Endowment

Examples: proxy voting guidelines, investment advisory committees

 

[  ]

 

 

Energy

Examples: conservation/behavioral change programs, retrofits and efficiency improvements

 

[X]

 

Significant

 

Bought renewable energy credits for 100% of electricity.

Food

Examples: policies to increase purchase of local/sustainably produced foods, implementing campus gardens

 

[X]

 

Significant

 

Conducted sustainable food purchasing performance period to create baseline of local and sustainable food purchasing volumes by dollars spent.

Green Building

Examples: design or construction policy

 

[X]

 

Significant

 

Adopted Green Building Policy mandating that the university strive to achieve the highest LEED certification possible for all new construction and major renovations, with Silver being the minimum.

Student Involvement

Examples:  speaker series, peer-to-peer residential sustainability education programs, student guide to sustainable living on campus

 

[X]

 

Significant

 

Student lead effort resulted in creation of Clean Energy Revoling Fund.

Transportation

Examples: incentives for use of environmentally-preferable commuting options, campus fleet improvements, connecting students with public transit     

 

[X]

 

Moderate

 

Worked with city to develop plans for bike lane connecting campus to subway and to install bike rental stations at campus and at subway station.

Waste Reduction

Examples: recycling, composting, reducing consumption

 

[X]

 

Significant

 

Adopted Zero Waste Policy. Began composting all dining hall waste and achieved third place ranking overall in RecyceMania with a recycling rate of 64.9%.

 

Water

Examples: water conservation, reducing campus pollution, bottled water campaigns

 

[X]

 

Moderate

 

Built three new rain gardens and built rainwater collection cistern into new building.

Other

 

[  ]

 

 

 

Committee II

 

5b)  Please provide the name of the committee and note the number of meetings held since August 2009.

 

Committee name: Climate Action Project Team

Number of meetings: Seven

 

6b)  Please provide the number of stakeholder representatives on the committee.

When providing the data on each stakeholder group, you should provide the total number across all subcommittees (you do not need to numerate individual tallies for subcommittees).

 

 

 

Number of representatives

Administrators

 

Four

Faculty

 

Five

Staff

 

Five

Students

 

Four

Other. Please describe.     

 

One alumnus

 

7b)  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.

 

 

 

Name      

 

Position

Chair 1    

 

Jorge Abud

 

Administrator

Chair 2

 

Louis Goodman

 

Faculty

Chair 3

 

 

 

8b)  To whom does the committee report?
[  ]  President/Chancellor
[X]  Vice President/Vice Chancellor
[  ]  Other:  

 

9b)  Please indicate the key issues/programs that the committee has addressed or implemented since August 2009. For each issue addressed, please indicate and describe progress made.
“Moderate” progress indicates that issues were discussed thoroughly and projects are in the early stages of planning. “Significant” progress indicates that new policies or programs were implemented, or are in the final stages of planning and approval.

 

 

 

Addressed  

 

Progress 

 

Description

Academics

Examples: minor, major and concentration programs, curricular additions, research projects

 

[X]

 

Moderate

 

Developed plan to initiate Academic Sustainability committee in order to better develop the climate education portion of climate plan.

 

Administration

Examples: procurement policies, institution-wide sustainability policy, sustainability-related staff positions

 

[X]

 

Significant

 

Published climate action plan.

Climate

Examples: draft climate action plan, greenhouse gas emissions inventory

 

[X]

 

Significant

 

Climate Plan goal is neutrality by no later than 2020.

Endowment

Examples: proxy voting guidelines, investment advisory committees

 

[  ]

 

 

Energy

Examples: conservation/behavioral change programs, retrofits and efficiency improvements

 

[X]

 

Significant

 

Purchased renewable energy credits for 100% of electricity. Installed solar PV array. Installed waste-oil -to-energy generator.

Food

Examples: policies to increase purchase of local/sustainably produced foods, implementing campus gardens

 

[X]

 

Moderate

 

See Environmental Issues Project Team.

Green Building

Examples: design or construction policy

 

[X]

 

Significant

 

See Environmental Issues Project Team.

Student Involvement

Examples:  speaker series, peer-to-peer residential sustainability education programs, student guide to sustainable living on campus

 

[X]

 

Significant

 

Created the Clean Energy Revolving Fund

Transportation

Examples: incentives for use of environmentally-preferable commuting options, campus fleet improvements, connecting students with public transit     

 

[X]

 

Significant

 

Launched private ridesharing network and develop bike plan with City.

Waste Reduction

Examples: recycling, composting, reducing consumption

 

[X]

 

Significant

 

See Environmental Issues Project Team.

Water

Examples: water conservation, reducing campus pollution, bottled water campaigns

 

[X]

 

 

See Environmental Issues Project Team.

Other

 

[  ]

 

 

 

Committee III

 

5c)  Please provide the name of the committee and note the number of meetings held since August 2009.

 

Committee name: Sustainable Purchasing Team

Number of meetings: Four

 

6c)  Please provide the number of stakeholder representatives on the committee.

When providing the data on each stakeholder group, you should provide the total number across all subcommittees (you do not need to numerate individual tallies for subcommittees).

 

 

 

Number of representatives

Administrators

 

3

Faculty

 

Staff

 

11

Students

 

3

Other. Please describe.     

 

 

7c)  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.

 

 

 

Name      

 

Position

Chair 1    

 

Chris O'Brien

 

Administrator

Chair 2

 

Brian Blair

 

Administrator

Chair 3

 

 

 

8c)  To whom does the committee report?
[  ]  President/Chancellor
[X]  Vice President/Vice Chancellor
[  ]  Other: 

 

9c)  Please indicate the key issues/programs that the committee has addressed or implemented since August 2009. For each issue addressed, please indicate and describe progress made.
“Moderate” progress indicates that issues were discussed thoroughly and projects are in the early stages of planning. “Significant” progress indicates that new policies or programs were implemented, or are in the final stages of planning and approval.

 

 

 

Addressed  

 

Progress  

 

Description

Academics

Examples: minor, major and concentration programs, curricular additions, research projects

 

[  ]

 

 

Administration

Examples: procurement policies, institution-wide sustainability policy, sustainability-related staff positions

 

[  ]

 

 

Climate

Examples: draft climate action plan, greenhouse gas emissions inventory

 

[  ]

 

 

Endowment

Examples: proxy voting guidelines, investment advisory committees

 

[  ]

 

 

Energy

Examples: conservation/behavioral change programs, retrofits and efficiency improvements

 

[X]

 

Significant

 

Developed sustainable purchasing guidelines for computers that will save energy.

Food

Examples: policies to increase purchase of local/sustainably produced foods, implementing campus gardens     

 

[  ]

 

 

Green Building

Examples: design or construction policy

 

[  ]

 

 

Student Involvement

Examples:  speaker series, peer-to-peer residential sustainability education programs, student guide to sustainable living on campus

 

[  ]

 

 

Transportation

Examples: incentives for use of environmentally-preferable commuting options, campus fleet improvements, connecting students with public transit      

 

[  ]

 

 

Waste Reduction

Examples: recycling, composting, reducing consumption

 

[X]

 

Moderate

 

Developed sustainable purchasing guidelines for paper and toner that will reduce waste, save energy, and protect natural resources.

Water

Examples: water conservation, reducing campus pollution, bottled water campaigns

 

[X]

 

Moderate

 

Developed sustainable purchasing guidelines for drinking water that will transition the university away from bottled water of all kinds.

Other

 

[  ]

 

 

 

OFFICE OR DEPARTMENT                                  


10) Does your school have an office or department exclusively dedicated to furthering sustainability on campus? Please note: this does not include academic programs focused on sustainability.
Please provide the number of staff in the office in terms of full-time equivalent (FTE). FTE for a full-time staff member would be 1, FTE for a half-time staff member would be 0.5.

Yes

 

Please provide details below.

 

Office name: Office of Sustainability

Year created: 2009

Description: Plans, implements, and tracks all sustanability initiatives.

Number of staff in office (in FTE): Three

 

SUSTAINABILITY STAFF

Please provide your answers to questions 11-12 in terms of full-time equivalent (FTE). For example, FTE for a half-time staff member would be 0.5.

 

11) Does your school employ a sustainability coordinator, director, or manager?

Your response may include faculty/staff who, in addition to their regular responsibilities, are overseeing campus sustainability initiatives (similar to the responsibilities of a full-time sustainability coordinator). For those faculty/staff partially assigned to sustainability work, please indicate time allotted for sustainability efforts in full-time equivalent (FTE).

Yes

 

Please provide details below.

 

Title:  Director of Sustainability

Department:  Office of Sustainability

Time worked (in FTE):  1

Job description:  Plan, manage and report on sustainability university-wide.

 

12) Please list the titles and a brief job description for all other full- and part-time staff who are engaged in planning, implementing or managing sustainability initiatives on your campus (e.g. Assistant Sustainability Coordinator, Food Services Sustainability Coordinator, Green Office Program Manager).

Your response may include faculty/staff who, in addition to their regular responsibilities, are overseeing campus sustainability initiatives (similar to the responsibilities of a full-time sustainability coordinator). For those faculty/staff partially assigned to sustainability work, please indicate time allotted for sustainability efforts (in FTE).Your response may include graduate assistants.

 

Your response should exclude academic researchers, administrative assistants, technical support staff, and recycling/compost collections staff. Your response should also exclude information about undergraduate student interns and student employees. This information should be provided in the Student Involvement section of the survey (questions 56-61).

 

Title      

 

Department      

 

Time worked (in FTE)      

 

Job description

Director of Sustainability

 

Office of Sustainability

 

1

 

Plan, manage and report on sustainability university-wide.

Sustainability Coordinator

 

Office of Sustainability

 

1

 

Manage engagement and

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEBSITE


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

If yes, please provide URL

www.american.edu/sustainability

 

GREEN PURCHASING


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

Yes

 

If yes, please indicate the areas to which your policy pertains, and whether purchase is required or encouraged:

 

 

 

Required      

 

Encouraged      

Appliances

 

[X]

 

[  ]

Cleaning products

 

[X]

 

[  ]

Computers/electronics

 

[X]

 

[  ]

Lighting

 

[X]

 

[  ]

Office supplies

 

[X]

 

[  ]

Paper products

 

[X]

 

[  ]

Reduced packaging for purchases               

 

[X]

 

[  ]

Other. Please describe below.

 

[  ]

 

[  ]


Other description:

 

15) Please indicate in which categories you regularly purchase ENERGY STAR qualified products. Check all that apply.  If possible, provide the percentage of products purchased that are ENERGY STAR qualified for each category.

 

 

 

 

 

Percentage purchased  

 

Description

[X]

 

Appliances

 

~100%

 

It is our policy to specify Energy Star for all products where Energy Star is available. We don't have purchasing data yet on most categories except for computers, where we found it to be 100% compliant.

[X]

 

Building products

 

~100%

 

[X]

 

Computers/electronics     

 

100%

 

[X]

 

Heating and cooling

 

~100%

 

[X]

 

Lighting and fans

 

~100%

 

[X]

 

Plumbing

 

~100%

 

 

Additional comments: University policy is to require Energy Star for any product categories in which there is an Energy Star standard. We are conducting analyses now to measure our compliance with this policy.

 

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

Yes

 

If yes, please provide details below.

For each of the items below, please indicate the percentage of purchases that contain post-consumer recycled content, are chlorine-free processed, and/or are Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified. Please provide approximate data, to the best of your ability, if your institution uses a decentralized purchasing structure.

               

 

 

Percentage
post-consumer
recycled content     

 

Percentage
Forest Stewardship
Council certified   

 

Percentage
chlorine-free
 processed     

 

Description

Envelopes

 

 

 

 

We don't have an estimate for this yet

Facial tissues

 

100%

 

100%

 

100%

 

Napkins

 

40% PCW, 100% recycled

 

 

100%

 

Green Seal certified

Notepads

 

 

 

 

We don't have an estimate for this yet

Office paper

 

~50%

 

 

 

This fall, we are planning to convert to 100% PCW, FSC certified as the mandatory default for all office paper.

Paper towels

 

100%

 

100%

 

100%

 

Other. Please describe.

 

 

 

 

 

Additional comments: All janitorial paper (toilet tissue and paper towels) is 100% recycled and Green Seal certified.

 

17)  Does your school purchase computers or electronics that are Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) certified?

Yes

 

If yes, please describe below.

Please indicate the portion of computer or electronics purchases that are EPEAT certified. Please provide the percentage of each product purchased that is EPEAT certified, where data are available. Note which products have been purchased in the “Product description” column (e.g., desktop computers, laptops).

 

 

 

Portion
EPEAT certified      

 

Percentage
EPEAT certified      

 

Product description (e.g. computers, printers)

Product 1

 

All

 

100%

 

All new laptops and desktops are EPEAT Gold certified. There is no such thing as an EPEAT printer.

Product 2

 

 

 

Product 3

 

 

 

 

FUNDING MECHANISMS

 

18)  What mechanisms does your school use to fund sustainability projects on campus? Check and describe all that apply. If no specific mechanisms are in place, indicate as such and move on to question 19.

Data collected for this question is for informational purposes only and will not be evaluated for grading.

 

[  ]  No specific mechanisms are in place.

 

 

 

 

 

Description

[  ]

 

Alumni green fund

 

[X]

 

Capital budget

 

Sustainability is integrated, not broken out, in the capital budget since it is required in all new construction and major renovations.

[  ]

 

Endowment investment in on-campus sustainability projects    

 

[X]

 

Operating budget

 

Annual allocation to energy conservation reserve fund.

[X]

 

Revolving loan fund for sustainability projects

 

Clean Energy Revolving Fund created this year, managed by students, faculty and staff.

[X]

 

Student green fee

 

Incoming students are invited in their incoming registration materials to offset their traval emissions by contributing to the Clean Energy Revolving Fund.

[  ]    

 

Other. Please describe.

 

 

EMPLOYEE OUTREACH OPPORTUNITIES

19) What programs does your school facilitate that encourage sustainable behavioral change among departments, offices, faculty and staff? Check all that apply.

 

 

 

 

 

Description

[X]

 

Departmental sustainability liaisons

 

We're launching the 'Green Eagle' eco-rep program this fall.

[X]

 

Green office certification program

 

We have a student-initiated and managed green office certification program.

[X]

 

Green office tips posted online or on staff bulletin boards

 

Office of Campus life publishes a weekly green email newsletter.

[X]

 

Incorporation of sustainability issues into new employee orientation

 

We're just doing this now.

[X]

 

Other

 

We have a Green Teaching certification program for greening the classroom.


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CLIMATE CHANGE & ENERGY

 

Please note: Unless otherwise indicated, when providing data about greenhouse gas emissions levels, please provide data based on scopes 1 & 2 emissions. Scope 1 emissions refer to GHG emissions directly resulting from sources owned or operated by the institution (e.g. on-campus combustion of fossil fuels, emissions from campus vehicles). Scope 2 emissions refer to emissions generated indirectly due to the production of electricity that the institution consumes. Scope 3 emissions refer to all other indirect emissions that result from activities of the institution (e.g. employee travel).

 

GREENHOUSE GAS INVENTORY


20)
Has your school completed a greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventory? Please check all that apply.

The year the inventory was started (rather than ended) should be the year of the inventory. For example, if you began an inventory in June 2008, this would be your 2008 inventory.

[  ]  No
[  ]  In progress. Please describe status and provide estimated completion date:

[X]  Yes.  Please provide total annual GHG emissions (Scopes 1 & 2, as well as scopes 1, 2 & 3 in metric tons of CO2e). Include the start date for each year as well as the URL to each inventory, if available online, or attach the document.

 

 

Start Date         

 

Emissions level

(Scopes 1 & 2)

 

Emissions level

(Scopes 1, 2 & 3)

 

URL          

 

Notes

2009

 

Calendar year    

 

36,600

 

55,400

 

acupcc.org

 

2008

 

Calendar year

 

35,200

 

57,800

 

acupcc.org

 

2007

 

Calendar year

 

36,300

 

58,300

 

acupcc.org

 

2006

 

Calendar year

 

38,300

 

60,500

 

acupcc.org

 

2005

 

Calendar year

 

36,500

 

56,500

 

acupcc.org

 

 

 

 

COMMITMENT TO GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS REDUCTION

 

21) Has your school made a commitment to reduce GHG emissions a specific amount by a target year?

The commitment should be to reducing actual campus greenhouse gas emissions, and does not include offsets or renewable energy credits (purchase of RECs is addressed in question 31). For example, if the university is committed to reaching carbon neutrality by 2030, and aims to do so by reducing campus emissions by 50 percent and buying offsets for the remaining 50 percent, you would indicate “50%” as the reduction level.

Yes


If yes, please list details below.

 

Reduction level (percentage): 100%

Baseline year: 2007

Baseline emissions level: 58,400

Target year: 2020

 

Additional comments: The most recent emissions inventory linked above is for fiscal year 2009. In fiscal year 2010 we began purchasing renewable energy credits from wind for 100% of our electricity.

 

REALIZED GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS REDUCTIONS

22) Has your school achieved a reduction in GHG emissions? Answer should be based on scopes 1 & 2 emissions.

Please indicate whether your school has achieved actual reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. This does not include the purchase of carbon offsets or renewable energy credits. (Purchase of RECs is considered in question 31.)

Yes


If yes, please list details below.

 

Percentage reduced: 50%

Baseline year: 2007

Baseline emissions level: 36,200

Year achieved: 2010

 

Additional comments: In May 2010, we purchased renewable energy credits from wind for 100% of purchased electricity.

 

23) Please provide GHG emissions figures in terms of gross square feet on campus for the past four years. Answers should be based on scopes 1 & 2 emissions.
Per-gross-square-foot emissions = Total CO2e in metric tons / Total maintained building space

 

The year the inventory was started (rather than ended) should be the year of the inventory. For example, if you began an inventory in June 2008, this would be your 2008 inventory.

 

 

 

2009:

 

10.9

2008:

 

10.7

2007:

 

11

2006:

 

11.4

2005:

 

12.1


24) Please provide GHG emissions figures per full-time student equivalent for the past four years. Answers should be based on scopes 1 & 2 emissions.

Per full-time student equivalent emissions = Total CO2e in metric tons / Total number of full-time equivalent students.

 

The year the inventory was started (rather than ended) should be the year of the inventory. For example, if you began an inventory in June 2008, this would be your 2008 inventory.

 

 

 

2009:

 

2.8

2008:

 

2.75

2007:

 

2.85

2006:

 

3.1

2005:

 

2.9

 

ENERGY EFFICIENCY                                                 

 

25) Has your school achieved a reduction in building energy consumption compared to a 2005 baseline?

Yes


If yes, please list details below.

Data must be provided in terms of MBtus (one thousand British thermal units).

2005 baseline year
Building energy consumption:
  135,000 
Gross square feet of building space:  3,009,254

Performance year (most recent year for which data are available)

Building energy consumption 133,000

Gross square feet of building space:  3,348,813

26) Please indicate which programs or technologies your school has implemented to improve energy efficiency since 2000. Check all that apply.
[X]    Cogeneration

[X]    Temperature setbacks

[  ]    Steam trap systems

 

For the following technologies and programs, please indicate the percentage of possible campus building space in which they have been implemented.

 

 

 

 

 

Percentage of building space

[X]

 

Back pressure turbines

 

1.7

[  ]

 

Economizers

 

[X]

 

Energy management system; building automation system, energy information system, or monitoring-based commissioning (MBCx) system

 

82

[X]

 

Gas-fired hydronic heating systems

 

1.4

[  ]

 

Heat recovery systems

 

[  ]

 

LED lighting

 

[  ]

 

Lighting sensors

 

5

[  ]

 

Metering—chilled water

 

8

[  ]

 

Metering—electric

 

66

[  ]

 

Metering—steam

 

23

[  ]

 

Other energy-efficient lighting (e.g. T5 or T8)

 

5

[  ]

 

Performing system tune-ups

 

[  ]

 

Retrocommissioning of HVAC systems (buildings must have been commissioned, retrocommissioned or re-commissioned within the last 10 years)

 

3.6

[  ]

 

Steam turbines

 

[  ]

 

Steam-line insulation

 

3

[  ]

 

Timers for temperature control

 

[  ]

 

Variable speed drives

 

8

[  ]

 

Vending machine sensors

 

[X]

 

Other. Please describe below.

 

 .

 

Description: Our new vending machines have sensors built in to them.


27) What programs does your school facilitate that encourage members of the campus community to reduce energy use? Check all that apply.

[  ]

 

Audits or investigations of individual energy use 

[  ]

 

Cash incentives for energy reductions among departments

[X]

 

Energy monitoring website or dashboard displays for buildings

[X]

 

Energy reduction competitions among departments and/or offices

[  ]

 

Fume hoods in science buildings

[  ]

 

Green IT policies (e.g. enabling power management)

[X]

 

PR campaigns (increased/innovative signage, newsletters, slogans, saturation), demonstrations to raise awareness, pledge drives    

[  ]

 

Trade-in or rebate programs for inefficient appliances (e.g. CFLs, refrigerators)

[  ]

 

Other. Please describe:                                                           

 

RENEWABLE ENERGY GENERATION

 

28) Does your school generate renewable energy?

Yes

 

If yes, please provide details below.

Please check all types of renewable energy that are generated, and provide data on the percentage of your total energy consumption fulfilled by each renewable source listed. If less than one percent is fulfilled by a given source, leave percent box blank. For each type of renewable energy, please describe the production source.

 

 

 

Renewable
energy type

 

Percent of
total energy
consumption    

 

Production
source description

[  ]

 

Biomass

 

 

[  ]

 

Concentrated solar power

 

 

[  ]

 

Geothermal (shallow depth)

 

 

[  ]

 

Low-impact hydropower

 

 

[X]

 

Photovoltaics

 

<1%

 

Solar PV array on new bldg

[  ]

 

Wind

 

 

[X]

 

Other. Please specify below.    

 

<1%

 

Vegawatt waste cooking oil to electric and hot water

 

Other description:Vegawatt cogen going in next week will convert used cooking oil to electricity and hot water. Will provide less than 1% of total energy consumption.


29) Does your school have solar hot water systems?

Yes

 

If yes, please specify number of systems and total MBtus generated annually, if available.

 

Number of systems: 1

Total MBtus generated annually: Unsure

 

RENEWABLE ENERGY PURCHASE

 

30) What is the fuel mix of electricity purchased from the grid for your campus? Please provide the percentage for each source.

If less than one percent of a source is purchased, leave the percent box blank.

 

Energy source

 

Percent of total energy purchase

Coal

 

55%

Natural Gas

 

7.1%

Nuclear

 

33.6%

Petroleum

 

0.5%

Renewables (biomass, solar, wind, low-impact hydropower, photovoltaics, geothermal)      

 

1.5%

Other. Please specify:

 

2.3%

Waste to energy

Percentage of overall electricity consumption purchased from the grid: 100%


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 standards.

Yes

 

If yes, please describe below.

Date of most recent purchase: 
Length of contract:  2.5 years
Average annual quantity (kWh):  54,000
Average percentage of your total annual electric energy use that it represents:  100%

 

ON-SITE COMBUSTION

 

32) Please provide total MBtus of energy for heating and cooling generated annually from on-site combustion:

  10

 

33) Please list each fuel source used in on-site combustion for heating and cooling, and note the percentage of overall BTUs derived from that source:
If less than one percent of a source is purchased, leave the percent box blank.

 

Energy Source    

 

Percent of overall BTUs   

Biomass

 

Coal

 

Geothermal

 

Natural gas

 

100

Petroleum

 

Other. Please specify:

 

     

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FOOD & RECYCLING

Please note: The food portion of this category and information about waste reduction in dining services is covered in a separate dining survey.

 

WASTE REDUCTION

 

34) Please provide the following information pertaining to trends in waste generation per weighted campus user.

2005 baseline year

Weighted campus users:  11,393
Total waste generated (garbage + recycling + compost):  1,897
 

Performance year (most recent year for which data are available)
Weighted campus users:
 12,180
Total waste generated (garbage + recycling + compost):  1,560

 

RECYCLING OF TRADITIONAL MATERIALS

 

35) 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)

[  ]

 

Other. Please list:      

 

36) Please indicate the campus-wide diversion rate of recyclable waste from traditional disposal.

The diversion rate should be calculated based on the diversion of traditional recyclables (paper, plastics, aluminum, cardboard, glass). Please do not include recycled electronic waste, recycled construction waste, or composted food and landscaping waste in the calculation of this figure.

The diversion rate is equal to the (total amount of traditional recycled materials) divided by the (total amount of landfill waste plus the total amount of traditional recycled materials).

64.9%

 

RECYCLING OF ELECTRONIC WASTE


37) Does your institution have an electronics recycling program?

Yes

 

If yes, please provide details below.

Please indicate recycling of the following items is available for students (through receptacles on campus, recycling drives, or other means), and/or for institutional electronics waste. Check all that apply.

 

 

 

For waste generated by students  

 

For waste generated by the institution

Batteries

 

[X]

 

[X]

Cell phones

 

[X]

 

[X]

Computers

 

[X]

 

[X]

Light bulbs

 

[X]

 

[X]

Printer cartridges

 

[X]

 

[X]

Other E-waste. Please list items:

 

[X]

 

[X]

All e-waste from students, faculty and staff is collected for reuse and/or recycling.

If possible, describe the organization and/or company you are using to collect your e-waste for recycling, and the environmental and social safeguards that they take in disposal:

2nd Solutions. We require that they adhere to the Basel Convention.

 

COMPOSTING (APART FROM DINING FACILITIES)


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

100%


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

No

 

If yes, please provide details below.

[  ]  

 

Academic buildings

[  ]  

 

Offices

[  ]  

 

Outdoors

[  ]  

 

Residence halls

 

Description:

 

SOURCE REDUCTION


40) Does your campus run any source-reduction initiatives (e.g., end-of-semester furniture or clothing swaps and collections)?

Yes

 

If yes, please check and describe all of the programs below that are in place at your institution:

 

 

 

 

Description

[X]  

 

Limited printing

 

Converting all priting to default duplex

[  ]  

 

Move-in waste reduction

 

[X]  

 

Move-out waste reduction

 

Student housing furniture was send to reuse organization at the end of spring semester this year.

[X]  

 

Year-round materials exchange programs     

 

We have an annual clothing and book exchange for students, faculty and staff.

[  ]  

 

Other

 


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GREEN BUILDING

 

DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION


41) Does your school have a formal green building policy pertaining to design and construction for new buildings and major renovations?

Yes

 

If yes, please describe policy and provide URL to the full policy, if available:

Green Building Policy: http://www.american.edu/finance/sustainability/Sustainability-Policies.cfm


42) Please provide the following information about LEED-certified buildings on your campus:

Total number of LEED-certified buildings: 0

 

 

 

Combined gross square footage:      

 

Building name(s):

Certified-level   

 

  

 

Silver-level

 

 

Gold-level

 

 

Platinum-level   

 

 

 

43) Please provide information about campus buildings that meet LEED certification criteria, but are not certified.

Total number of buildings that meet LEED criteria: 1

 

 

 

Combined gross square footage:    

 

Building name(s):

Certified-level criteria met, but not certified

 

  

 

Silver-level criteria met, but not certified

 

  

 

Gold-level criteria met, but not certified

 

  

 

New School of International Service

Platinum-level criteria met, but not certified   

 

  

 

 

44) Please provide information about buildings that are ENERGY STAR labeled.

Total number of ENERGY STAR buildings:  
0
Combined gross square footage:
Building names:

 

45) Please provide information about buildings on your campus that meet the standards of other third-party green building certifications (e.g. Green Globes).

Certification type:
 0
Total number of buildings:
     
Combined gross square footage: 

Building names: 

 

46) For the 2009-2010 academic year, what percentage of your institution's non-hazardous construction and demolition waste was diverted from landfills?

 

ADAPTIVE REUSE

 

47) Please provide information about adaptive reuse projects your campus has completed since the year 2000.

Total number of adaptive reuse projects completed since the year 2000:  


Please provide additional details for up to ten of the most comprehensive projects:

 

Project name     

 

Square footage  

 

Former use       

 

Current use      

 

Additional details

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


48) Please provide the student enrollment and gross square footage of buildings on campus in the 2000-2001 academic year.

 

Student enrollment (FTE):  11,469

Square footage:  2,805,450

 

49) Please provide the student enrollment and gross square footage of buildings on campus for the 2009-2010 academic year.

 

Student enrollment (FTE):  12,525

Square footage:  3,348,813

 

OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE


50) Does your school have a formal green building policy specifically pertaining to operations and maintenance?

Yes

 

If yes, please describe policy and provide URL to the full policy, if available:

http://www.american.edu/finance/sustainability/Sustainability-Policies.cfm


51) Please provide the following information about LEED-EB certified buildings on your campus:

Total number of LEED-EB certified buildings:  0
Combined gross square footage: 
Building names:

 

52) Please provide the following information about buildings that meet LEED-EB certification criteria but are not certified:

Total number of buildings that meet LEED-EB criteria but are not certified: 30
Combined gross square footage: 
Building names: 30 bldgs are registered and are in the LEED Volume Pilot

 

WATER MANAGEMENT

 

53) Has your institution reduced its water consumption per weighted campus user, as compared to a 2005 baseline?
Weighted campus users = (1 * number of on-campus residents) + (0.75 * number of non-residential or commuter full-time students, faculty and staff members) + (0.5 * number of non-residential or commuter part-time students, faculty, and staff members).

Yes

 

If yes, please provide the following information:

2005 baseline year
Weighted campus users:
  11393
Water consumed (gallons):  2005 data not available, this is FY 2009 data: 110,861,046

Performance year (most recent year for which data are available)
Weighted campus users:
  12180
Water consumed (gallons):  FY 2010: 102,462,918

 

54) Please indicate which of the following water-conservation technologies have been installed in existing buildings on campus. Check all that apply. For each item, please indicate the percentage of possible campus building space in which the technology has been installed.

For example, if dual-flush toilets have been installed in all bathrooms on campus, you would indicate “100” as the percentage of building space in which the technology has been installed.

 

 

 

 

Percentage of building space     

[X]  

 

Building water metering

 

~20%

[X]  

 

Dual-flush toilets

 

[X]  

 

Gray water systems

 

~5%

[  ]  

 

Laundry technology

 

[  ]  

 

Leak detection and reduction  

 

[X]  

 

Low-flow faucets

 

~85%

[X]  

 

Low-flow showerheads

 

unavailable

[X]  

 

Non-potable water usage

 

~5%

[X]  

 

Waterless urinals

 

~5%

[X]  

 

Xeriscaping

 

N/A

[X]  

 

Weather-informed irrigation

 

N/A

[  ]  

 

Other. Please describe below.  

 

 

Other description:

 

55) What stormwater management technologies or strategies are used on your campus?

[X]

 

Living or vegetated roofs  

[X]

 

Porous pavement

[  ]

 

Retention ponds

[X]

 

Stone swales

[X]

 

Vegetated swales

[  ]

 

Other. Please describe:  

 

ENERGY MANAGEMENT

Information concerning energy management will be drawn from question 26 (Climate Change & Energy). If you wish to provide any additional information about energy-efficiency technologies installed in campus buildings, please attach it in a supplemental document at the end of the survey.


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STUDENT INVOLVEMENT

 

RESIDENTIAL COMMUNITIES

 

56) Please list sustainability-themed residential communities or housing options at your school.

 A sustainability-themed residential community is created specifically to provide students with a living-and-learning experience focused on sustainability.  Students must have actively selected or applied to live in the residence. Example: Synergy House at Colorado College.

 

For each sustainability-themed residential community, please provide the following information:

 

Name of program     

 

Type of community     

 

Number of students involved     

 

Additional details

Sustainable Earth

 

Hallway

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION


57) Does a portion of your new student orientation specifically cover sustainability?

Yes

 

If yes, please check and describe all ways in which sustainability is incorporated into new student orientation:

[X]  

 

Skits, speakers, or presentations that take place in large venues that most or all first-year students attend. Topics must include at least one of the following: promoting the Office of Sustainability, student campus sustainability groups, or sustainability as an important campus issue.

[  ]  

 

Incorporating sustainability information into presentations made by RAs to individual hallways.

[  ]  

 

Active engagement of students in activities that raise awareness about sustainability, highlight how sustainability occurs on campus, or in which students take part in a productive activity, such as volunteer work or projects (e.g., working in the on-campus garden).

[  ]  

 

Making orientation more sustainable through efforts such as a zero-waste meal or carbon offsets.

[  ]  

 

Other. Please describe:

 

 

INTERNSHIPS/OUTREACH OPPORTUNITIES


58) Does your school offer on-campus, office-based sustainability internships or jobs for students during the academic year?

Yes

 

If yes, please provide the number of students and average number of hours worked weekly per student below.

 

 

 

Number of students:     

 

Average hours worked weekly per student:    

Paid positions

 

Up to two paid part-time student workers, plus about 15 paid 'Green Eagle' eco-reps

 

15 for part time workers and 4 hours for Green Eagles

Unpaid positions

 

 


59) Does your school have residence hall Eco-Reps or a similar program to promote behavioral change on campus?

 

If yes, please provide the URL to the program's website. If not, select “no.”

This is being launched right now. Job postings for our new "Green Eagles" eco-rep program are going out in about two weeks.

 

Please provide the following details about the number of students involved in program, their average working hours, and any compensation that they receive.

 

 

 

Number of students:     

 

Average hours worked weekly per student:

Paid positions.

 

~15

 

4

Positions that award academic credit.  

 

We expect most of the Green Eagles to opt for earning credit from the program.

 

Uncompensated positions.

 

 

 

SUSTAINABILITY CHALLENGES AND COMPETITIONS

 

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

Yes, three or more competitions.

 

For each competition or challenge that is run on campus, please provide the details requested. You may provide detailed information for up to three competitions.

 

First Competition:

 

Competition Overview

 

Competition Name: RecycleMania

Year Initiated: 2010

Website: http://recyclemaniacs.org/Index.htm

 

Frequency that competition is run:  Once annually

 

Groups involved in coordinating the competition:

[X]

 

Students

[  ]

 

Faculty

[X]

 

Staff

[X]

 

Administrators

[  ]

 

Other, please describe.  

 

Participants in the competition:

[X]

 

Students

[X]

 

Faculty

[X]

 

Staff

[X]

 

Administrators

[  ]

 

Other, please describe:  

 

Incentives for participation:

 

 

 

 

Describe:

[  ]  

 

Cash

 

[  ]  

 

Non-monetary prizes  

 

[  ]  

 

Other

 

 

Goals of competition:

 

 

 

 

Describe:

[  ]  

 

Energy conservation  

 

[X]  

 

Waste reduction

 

[  ]

 

Water conservation  

 

[  ]  

 

Other

 

 

Percent of energy and/or resource use reduction resulting from the competition:  We placed third nationally in RecycleMania for attaining a 64.9% waste diversion rate.

Lasting effects of competition:  Dramatic improvement to our waste diversion rate. New addition of kitchen waste composting.

Additional Information: 

 

Second Competition:

 

Competition Overview

 

Competition Name: America's Greenest Campus

Year Initiated: 2009

Website: http://climateculture.com/americas_greenest_campus/

 

Frequency that competition is run:  Once annually

 

Groups involved in coordinating the competition:

[X]

 

Students

 

[  ]

 

Faculty

 

[  ]

 

Staff

 

[X]

 

Administrators

 

[  ]

 

Other, please describe.  

 

 

Participants in the competition:

[X]

 

Students

[X]

 

Faculty

[X]

 

Staff

[X]

 

Administrators

[  ]

 

Other, describe:  

 

Incentives for participation:

 

 

 

 

Describe:

[  ]  

 

Cash

 

[  ]  

 

Non-monetary prizes  

 

[  ]  

 

Other

 

 

Goals of competition:

 

 

 

 

Describe:

[  ]  

 

Energy conservation

 

[  ]  

 

Waste reduction

 

[  ]  

 

Water conservation  

 

[  ]  

 

Other

 


Percent of energy and/or resource use reduction resulting from the competition:  Campus members make pledges to implement specific sustainability behaviors. American University placed 9th out of 473 participating schools.

Lasting effects of competition:  Students, faculty and staff learn sustainability-related behavior change.

Additional Information: 

 

Third Competition:

 

Competition Overview

 

Competition Name: Campus Conservation Nationals

Year Initiated: 2010

Website: http://www.competetoreduce.org/howitworks.php

 

Frequency that competition is run: Once annually

 

Groups involved in coordinating the competition:

[  ]

 

Students

[  ]

 

Faculty

[  ]

 

Staff

[X]

 

Administrators

[  ]

 

Other, please describe.

   

 

Participants in the competition:

[X]

 

Students

[X]

 

Faculty

[X]

 

Staff

[X]

 

Administrators

[  ]

 

Other, describe:

 

Incentives for participation:

 

 

 

 

Describe:

[  ]  

 

Cash

 

[  ]  

 

Non-monetary prizes

 

Carbon offsets.

[  ]  

 

Other

 

 

Goals of competition:

 

 

Describe:

[  ]  

 

Energy conservation  

 

Energy conservation

[  ]  

 

Waste reduction

 

[  ]  

 

Water conservation

 

[  ]  

 

Other

 


Percent of energy and/or resource use reduction resulting from the competition:  This is a new competition that we are launching in about two months. Live energy consumption will be displayed on screens in building lobbies. The campus Green Eagles will disseminate and promote the campaign to reduce consumption and improve efficiency using a variety of tactics.

Lasting effects of competition:  

Additional Information:  

 

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS


61) Does your school have active student-run organizations devoted to sustainability efforts on campus?

Yes

 

If yes, please provide names of organizations, a brief description of each, and URLs for the organizations’ websites, if available:

Name

 

Description

 

URL

Eco-Sense

 

Student environmental club

 

http://auecosense.squarespace.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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TRANSPORTATION

 

CAMPUS MOTOR FLEET

 

62) How many vehicles are in your institution's fleet?
The fleet includes all vehicles owned by the campus such as cars, trucks, and carts. It does not include lawnmowers or other off-road vehicles.

122

 

63) Please indicate which of the following alternative-fuel vehicles are included in your fleet. Check all that apply. Please list the number of vehicles for each class.

 

 

 

 

Number of vehicles

[X]  

 

100 percent electric

 

11

[  ]  

 

Diesel-electric hybrid

 

[X]  

 

Fueled with B20 or higher biofuel for more than 6 months of the year

 

2

[  ]  

 

Fueled with E85 or higher ethanol for more than 6 months of the year    

 

[X]  

 

Gasoline-electric hybrid

 

1

[  ]  

 

Hydrogen fueled

 

[  ]  

 

Plug-in hybrid

 

[  ]  

 

Other. Please describe:

 

 


COMMUTE MODAL SPLIT

64) What portion of the student body commutes via transportation methods other than single-occupancy vehicles (e.g., bicycle, walking, public transportation, carpool/vanpool)?

85%

 

If data are available, please provide the percentage of students who commute by each of the following means.

 

 

 

Percentage

Bicycle

 

16%

Carpool/vanpool

 

5%

Public transit

 

29%

Single-occupancy vehicle    

 

15%

Walking

 

17%

 

65) What percentage of employees commute via transportation methods other than single-occupancy vehicles (e.g., bicycle, walking, public transportation, carpool)?

41%

 

If data are available, please provide the percentage of employees who commute by each of the following means.

 

 

 

Percentage

Bicycle

 

5%

Carpool/vanpool

 

3%

Public transit

 

25%

Single-occupancy vehicle    

 

59%

Walking

 

6%

 

LOCAL TRANSPORTATION ALTERNATIVES

 

66) Does your school offer incentives for carpooling to faculty, staff and/or students? Check all that apply, and describe below.

[  ] No

[X] Yes, to faculty and staff

[X] Yes, to students

 

Description:  We have a private campus rideshare network through Zimride available at zimride.american.edu. We provide the system for free to campus users. Within the first month, we had just shy of 1,000 active users. We are planning a much bigger roll out this fall. The system is integrated with Zip Car so our campus-located Zip Car users can automatically add their rides to the Zimride system.


Please check and describe carpooling incentives provided for faculty/staff. Check all that apply.

 

 

 

 

 

Description

[X]  

 

Carpool matching

 

Zimride carpool for students, faculty and staff

[X]  

 

Financial remuneration  

 

Discounted parking for carpoolers.

[X]  

 

Preferential parking

 

Preferential carpool spaces

[  ]  

 

Other

 


Please check and describe carpooling incentives provided for students. Check all that apply.

 

 

 

 

 

Description

[X]  

 

Carpool matching

 

Zimride carpool for students, faculty and staff

[X]  

 

Financial remuneration  

 

Discounted parking for carpoolers.

[X]  

 

Preferential parking

 

Preferential carpool spaces

[  ]  

 

Other

 

 

67) Does your school offer subsidies for the use of public transportation?

 

Payroll facilitates the pre-tax purchase of public transportation credit (called MetroCheck) for students, faculty and staff. Also, we are piloting the integration of metro cards (public transit cards good for buses and trains) with our university "one-card" ID card system.

 

  

 

 

 

Eligible community members:

 

Size of the discount (as a percent of full price)

[X]  

 

Faculty

 

Pre-tax payment saves ~30-50% depending on tax rate.

[X]  

 

Staff

 

Pre-tax payment saves ~30-50% depending on tax rate.

[X]  

 

Students   

 

Pre-tax payment saves ~30-50% depending on tax rate.


[X ]  Check here if subsidy takes the form of pre-tax payroll deduction. Please describe below:

See above.

 

68) Does your school provide free transportation around campus?

 

Free bike share program for students. Free shuttle bus between metro station/Tenley campus, main campus, amd law school campus.

 

  

 

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

 

Free bike share program for students. Free shuttle bus between all three campuses and the closest metro station.

 

  

 

BICYCLE PROGRAM

 

70) Does your school offer a bicycle sharing/rental program?

Yes

 

If yes, please provide details below.


Year created:  2006
Number of bikes available:  10
Usage fee per hour:    $0
Usage fee per day:   $0

 

Annual membership fee for students:  $0

Annual membership fee for faculty, staff, and administrators:  $0

Other annual membership fee:  $0

 

Description:

 

71) Does your school offer bicycle repair services?

Yes

 

If yes, please provide details below:


Year created:  2006
Service fee:  No
Description: 

 

CAR SHARING PROGRAM

 

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

Yes

 

If yes, please provide details below.

Year created:  2005
Total number of vehicles:  5
Number of hybrid vehicles:   0
Usage fee per hour:  Varies
Usage fee per day:  Varies


Annual membership fee for students: 

Annual membership fee for faculty, staff, and administrators: 

Other annual membership fee: 

 

Description: Zip car. Hourly rates and annual fees vary based on the plan a user chooses. Minimum annual fee is $25.

 

PLANNING

 

73) 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)?

Master plan calls for cooperation with District of Columbia to build two bike paths/bike lanes along city streets between campus and popular destinations. Plan also includes strateic placement of two bikeshare stations with 8-10 bikes each. Main campus is nearly car-free. One one road continues to allow vehicular traffic through campus. Three former roads are now pedestrian-only and are being converted into permeable-paving walkways.

 

74) Do you offer the option of a condensed work week or telecommuting to at least ten percent of full-time employees? For each option, please indicate who is eligible.

 

 

 

 

Employees eligible

 

Description:

[X]  

 

Telecommuting

 

 

Allowed on case by case basis, being considered by a transportation planning team for further promotion.

[X]  

 

Condensed work week  

 

 

Allowed on case by case basis, being considered by a transportation planning team for further promotion.

 

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STATISTICS

 

75) Campus setting:       

Urban

 

76) Total number of buildings on campus:

66

 

77) Combined gross square footage of all buildings on campus: 

3,348,813

 

78) Full-time enrollment (undergraduate + graduate, headcount at start of academic year): 

9,884

 

79) Part-time enrollment (undergraduate + graduate, headcount at start of academic year): 

2,820

 

80) Percent of full-time students that live on campus: 

41%

 

 

OTHER AREAS OF ENVIRONMENTAL ENGAGEMENT

Question 81 is for informational purposes only; responses will NOT be included in the Report Card evaluation process.

 

81) Please check all items that apply to your institution:

 

 

 

 

 

Description (optional)

[X]    

 

Campus garden or farm

 

Student run campus organic garden

 

 

 

 

 

[  ]    

 

Disposable water bottle ban

 

Not a ban, but a program to encourage people to drinki tap water.

 

 

 

 

 

[X]    

 

Environmental science/studies major (undergraduate-level)

 

Yes.

 

 

 

 

 

[X]    

 

Environmental science/studies minor or concentration (undergraduate-level)   

 

Yes.

 

 

 

 

 

[X]     

 

Graduate-level environmental studies program (graduate-level)

 

 

 

 

 

 

[  ]     

 

Graduate-level sustainability studies program

 

Yes, Sustainability Management

 

 

 

 

 

[  ]    

 

Outdoors club

 

 

 

 

 

 

[  ]     

 

Participation in Recyclemania

 

 

 

 

 

 

[  ]    

 

Single-stream recycling

 

 

 

 

 

 

[  ]    

 

Student trustee position

 

 

 

 

 

 

[  ]    

 

Sustainability major, minor or concentration (undergraduate-level)   

 

 


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