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University of Tulsa

Student 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: University of Tulsa

Date submitted: August 5, 2010



For each question, please choose the response that best represents the activities of your student organization. Some questions have additional instructions below the question. If you cannot find information for a particular question, please leave that question blank.

 

The response to this survey should be only in reference to one student organization. If there are multiple student organizations at a given school, each organization should complete its own survey. Only one survey should be submitted for each student organization at a particular school.

 

1)  Contact Information                                   

 

The following fields designate the main contact person for your group.

Name: Jason Grunin

School Name: University of Tulsa

Name of student organization: Student Association

Your position or title: Chief Officer - External Relations

 

2)  Student Organization

Please describe the student-run campus environmental/sustainability organization in which you have a leadership role. If you are a member of multiple organizations, you will be able to enter information about their activities on a later page.

Active members attend meetings and help implement the organization’s initiatives. Please describe event or email-listserv attendance under “Additional Comments.”

 

Number of active members:

2500

Date of last meeting (mm/dd/yyyy):

May 4, 2010

Frequency of meetings:

Note: if you meet more than once a week, please select weekly.

Weekly

 

Key issues addressed and programs implemented since August 2009:

Use the categories below to help describe your group's initiatives in each area. In the "Describe" field, outline actions taken and elaborate on the impact and degree of success. You may want to compose your descriptions in Microsoft Word or a similar program and then paste them into the boxes provided. Please be detailed in your descriptions, and use the "Other" option to describe additional areas of involvement. You can also elaborate or add clarifying comments under "Additional Comments."

 

 

Addressed     

Progress           

Describe

Academics

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

[  ]

Administration

Examples: Procurement policies, institution-wide sustainability policy, advocating for sustainability-related staff positions

[X]

Moderate

meet with president and most vice presidents of the unversity on a monthly basis to discuss campus issues

Climate

Examples: 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

[  ]

Food

Examples: Advocating for local, organic, or more sustainable food, campus gardening, food purchasing and ingredient guidelines

[X]

Moderate

dining services is very active in our sustainability initiatives.

 

Green Building

Examples: Design or construction policy

[  ]

Grounds and Maintenance

Examples: Green landscaping, non-toxic cleaners

[  ]

Student Involvement

Examples: Facilitating engagement with students, speaker series, establishing EcoReps program, student guide to sustainable living on campus

[X]

Significant

reaches entire campus, used surveys to find out what students want to know

Transportation

Examples: Promoting sustainable transportation, campus fleet improvements, connecting students with public transit

[X]

Significant

bike program,

Waste Reduction

Examples: Recycling, composting,
reducing consumption

[  ]

Water

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

[  ]

Other

[  ]

 

Additional Comments

1-Hydration Stations –filtered water distribution station to refill reusable sustainable items and eliminate plastic bottle reliance.  Current water fountains will be retrofitted with gooseneck apparatus for water refilling.2-Department Staff requested to take responsibility for Lights Left ON – grassroots calls to personnel individually for Lights Out initiative.3- Changing circuits in large areas on campus starting in fitness center which reduced energy usage.4- Participated in Recyclemania again. 5- New employee fitness program encourages walking and fitness program changed to sustainable weekly reporting via email after initial start up. 6- Hour meters installed on the stadium poles saving approximately 10,098 KW per year. Besides the energy savings, these lights will actually put more light on the field and much less light spilled into the surrounding neighborhood.7- New lighting poles at Chapman Stadium.  The old east poles had a total of 72-1500 watt fixtures.  The new poles have a total of 62-1500 watt fixtures.  The actual energy savings (because of loss in the ballasts) is about 16,500 watts.  8- Total square footage of campus retrofitted to T8 lamps was 807,565 and the portion converted to T5 was 7500 square feet.   9- Modifications being implemented to controls including plan for new chiller in central cooling plant and reformation of pumping requirements for water distribution resulting in drastic energy savings.10-Connect by Hertz CarShare program advertised at Earth Day, cars arrive soon and enrollment starts summer 2010.11-First Gardenfest, employees’ plant and seed sale occurred spring 2010.12- Expanded TU Bike program -  8 trained officers and 3-4 officers patrol on bikes per day and 6 officers on a regular basis.13-Expanded direct deposit to include student financial aid refunds and save paper.14- TU is the host site for the 2nd year of the Mayor’s Go Green Expo, September 2010.  Co-Host is The American Institute of Architects Eastern Oklahoma Chapter. Includes sustainable workshop presenters, CEU’s offered to professionals and vendors relating to sustainable living.15- TU recently joined AASHE- Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.16-Many departments replaced copiers with duel-side print option copiers.

 

3)  Sustainability Competitions and Challenges

This information should describe a campus challenge or competition organized by your group to promote sustainability. To add general information about your group, return to the previous questions.

 

First competition

 

Name of competition

Frequency of competition

Year initiated

Even if the competition has not been held continually each year, enter the year it began.

Groups involved in coordinating

If your group conducted the competition alone enter your group's name. Otherwise, enter other student groups, administrative offices, or faculty departments that assisted in implementation.

               

Participants:

 

Students

[  ]

Faculty

[  ]

Staff

[  ]

Other. Please describe.

 

Incentives/Rewards:

Describe how students, faculty, and/or staff were encouraged to participate in the competition. How were they notified and enticed to join the competition? What was the “prize” or reward for which they were competing?

 

Goals of competition:

Describe the sustainability-related goal of the competition (e.g. conserve electricity, water, reduce waste, increase recycling rates).

 

Energy conservation

[  ]

Waste reduction

[  ]

Water conservation

[  ]

Other. Please describe

 

Percent of energy/water/waste reduced (describe):

Describe both the raw savings, and the savings as compared to use before the competition. For example, an electricity-saving competition may have encouraged a dorm to conserve 6,000 kW/h of electricity for the month of April, a savings of 5% from the same month last year.

 

Lasting effects of competition:

Describe other impacts and effects. What are observable changes in campus behavior even after the competition’s completion? Have other efforts towards sustainability been given added momentum? Has the competition inspired other campaigns or initiatives?

 

Website:

 

Second competition

 

Name of competition

Frequency of competition

Year initiated

Even if the competition has not been held continually each year, enter the year it began.

Groups involved in coordinating

If your group conducted the competition alone enter your group's name. Otherwise, enter other student groups, administrative offices, or faculty departments that assisted in implementation.

               

Participants:

 

Students

[  ]

Faculty

[  ]

Staff

[  ]

Other. Please describe.

 

Incentives/Rewards:

Describe how students, faculty, and/or staff were encouraged to participate in the competition. How were they notified and enticed to join the competition? What was the “prize” or reward for which they were competing?

 

Goals of competition:

Describe the sustainability-related goal of the competition (e.g. conserve electricity, water, reduce waste, increase recycling rates).

 

Energy conservation

[  ]

Waste reduction

[  ]

Water conservation

[  ]

Other. Please describe

 

Percent of energy/water/waste reduced (describe):

Describe both the raw savings, and the savings as compared to use before the competition. For example, an electricity-saving competition may have encouraged a dorm to conserve 6,000 kW/h of electricity for the month of April, a savings of 5% from the same month last year.

 

Lasting effects of competition:

Describe other impacts and effects. What are observable changes in campus behavior even after the competition’s completion? Have other efforts towards sustainability been given added momentum? Has the competition inspired other campaigns or initiatives?

 

Website:

 

Third competition

 

Name of competition

Frequency of competition

Year initiated

Even if the competition has not been held continually each year, enter the year it began.

Groups involved in coordinating

If your group conducted the competition alone enter your group's name. Otherwise, enter other student groups, administrative offices, or faculty departments that assisted in implementation.

               

Participants:

 

Students

[  ]

Faculty

[  ]

Staff

[  ]

Other. Please describe.

 

Incentives/Rewards:

Describe how students, faculty, and/or staff were encouraged to participate in the competition. How were they notified and enticed to join the competition? What was the “prize” or reward for which they were competing?

 

Goals of competition:

Describe the sustainability-related goal of the competition (e.g. conserve electricity, water, reduce waste, increase recycling rates).

 

Energy conservation

[  ]

Waste reduction

[  ]

Water conservation

[  ]

Other. Please describe

 

Percent of energy/water/waste reduced (describe):

Describe both the raw savings, and the savings as compared to use before the competition. For example, an electricity-saving competition may have encouraged a dorm to conserve 6,000 kW/h of electricity for the month of April, a savings of 5% from the same month last year.

 

Lasting effects of competition:

Describe other impacts and effects. What are observable changes in campus behavior even after the competition’s completion? Have other efforts towards sustainability been given added momentum? Has the competition inspired other campaigns or initiatives?

 

Website:

                               

4)  Sustainability in Student Government and Other Activities

Please describe the role of Student Government and other groups.

 

Does your student government include a specific position or committee dedicated to campus sustainability issues?

Yes

 

If yes. Please describe below:

Include the following: How many students are active in the committee? How often does it meet? What kinds of power and decision-making ability does it have? What impacts and initiatives has it undertaken? What kind of working relationship does it have with other student groups and the administration?

Chief External Relations and Sustainability committee chair are responsible for pushing programs that students have expressed interest in.

 

Please describe any additional campus sustainability activities or projects that you or your group has initiated at your school:

Describe any activities that your group or yourself, as a leader on campus, have undertaken that are not already included in your survey responses. If applicable, also describe off-campus and community efforts that relate to institutional sustainability at your school.

1-Hydration Stations –filtered water distribution station to refill reusable sustainable items and eliminate plastic bottle reliance.  Current water fountains will be retrofitted with gooseneck apparatus for water refilling.2-Department Staff requested to take responsibility for Lights Left ON – grassroots calls to personnel individually for Lights Out initiative.3- Changing circuits in large areas on campus starting in fitness center which reduced energy usage.4- Participated in Recyclemania again. 5- New employee fitness program encourages walking and fitness program changed to sustainable weekly reporting via email after initial start up. 6- Hour meters installed on the stadium poles saving approximately 10,098 KW per year. Besides the energy savings, these lights will actually put more light on the field and much less light spilled into the surrounding neighborhood.7- New lighting poles at Chapman Stadium.  The old east poles had a total of 72-1500 watt fixtures.  The new poles have a total of 62-1500 watt fixtures.  The actual energy savings (because of loss in the ballasts) is about 16,500 watts.  8- Total square footage of campus retrofitted to T8 lamps was 807,565 and the portion converted to T5 was 7500 square feet.   9- Modifications being implemented to controls including plan for new chiller in central cooling plant and reformation of pumping requirements for water distribution resulting in drastic energy savings.10-Connect by Hertz CarShare program advertised at Earth Day, cars arrive soon and enrollment starts summer 2010.11-First Gardenfest, employees’ plant and seed sale occurred spring 2010.12- Expanded TU Bike program -  8 trained officers and 3-4 officers patrol on bikes per day and 6 officers on a regular basis.13-Expanded direct deposit to include student financial aid refunds and save paper.14- TU is the host site for the 2nd year of the Mayor’s Go Green Expo, September 2010.  Co-Host is The American Institute of Architects Eastern Oklahoma Chapter. Includes sustainable workshop presenters, CEU’s offered to professionals and vendors relating to sustainable living.15- TU recently joined AASHE- Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.16-Many departments replaced copiers with duel-side print option copiers.

 

 

Please Note: The following is for informational purposes only; your response will NOT be included in the Report Card evaluation process.

 

Please list any regional or national networks with which your group is affiliated (e.g., Energy Action Coalition/Campus Climate Challenge, Sierra Student Coalition, a state PIRG, a state student sustainability coalition):

 

 

 

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