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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 Virginia

Date submitted: September 24, 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: Sustainability Policies:Energy Management and Sustainability Policyhttps://policy.itc.virginia.edu/policy/policydisplay?id=PRM-002U.Va. President John Casteen signed the Universitas 21 “Statement on Sustainability” on May 22, 2009.  As such, U.Va. is committed to:·Advance timely solutions to ecological, societal and economic problems, through research, teaching, community partnerships and demonstrable actions;·Accelerate these solutions beyond the campus through engagement with civil society, industry and government; and work collaboratively and cooperatively to achieve more than is possible by working alone.·Each university will develop, publish and monitor targets; share results with each other; engage in research; establish its campus as a living laboratory for a sustainable future; emphasize citizenship and engagement to promote faculty, staff and student volunteerism; and build capacity through cross-network collaboration. President’s Committee on Sustainability is charged with the following:The Committee on Sustainability shall advise the President and Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, through the Architect for the University, on all matters related to the overall quality, diligence, and progress of the University's commitment to sustainability in the broad sense of environmental, economic, and social impacts, and their relationship to the future of the University. In carrying out this charge, the Committee shall be engaged in the following:·Recommend policies, procedures, and priorities that will promote the highest-standards of sustainable practice across the University including but not limited to business operations, energy production and utilization, and design and management of facilities.·Provide guidance in the development of communication plans with the goal of increasing sustainable behavior among faculty, staff, and students. Recommend and encourage the development of new opportunities to educate the University community on sustainable thinking and practice.·Review and comment on the University's progress toward measurable sustainability objectives.·Review and comment on the University's responses to major national surveys and/or voluntary compliance with regard to an institutional plan toward the reduction in CO2 emissions and related environmental impacts.Sustainability Plan:UVa Sustainability Assessment:http://www.virginia.edu/architectoffice/susassessment.htmlCurrently developing the 2010 UVa Sustainability Assessment.  This report is an update of the 2006 UVa Sustainability Assessment and will be available Fall 2010.

 

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

[  ]  None

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

[X]  Talloires Declaration
[X]  Other. Please describe: Universitas 21 Sustainability Declaration: http://www.universitas21.com/document/Sustainability%20Declaration%20(signed).pdf


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 overarching concept of the Grounds Plan, the University’s master plan, is sustainability: specifically “the overarching concept of sustainability, which asserts that growth and change can be accommodated while resources are conserved for future generations.” http://www.virginia.edu/architectoffice/GroundsPlanWebsite/GPNEW/Introduction/GPHome.htmlThe report of the Commission on the Future of the University identifies Sustainability as a pan-University initiative that will bring together at least six schools with the goal of translating sustainability knowledge to society.http://www.virginia.edu/planningdocuments/commission/

 

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: Two committees

 

Committee I

 

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

 

Committee name: President’s Committee on Sustainability

Number of meetings: 21

 

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

 

15

Faculty

 

11

Staff

 

15

Students

 

3

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   

 

David Neuman  

 

Administrator

Chair 2

 

   

 

Chair 3

 

   

 

 

8)  To whom does the committee report?
[X]  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

 

Academics Subcommittee discussed issues pertaining to sustainability-minor, course listings, and a common sustainability reading program.

Administration

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

 

[X]

 

Moderate

 

Committee and Subcommittees contributed to design and process of 2010 Sustainability Assessment.  Work continues.

Climate

Examples: draft climate action plan, greenhouse gas emissions inventory

 

[X]

 

Significant

 

Environmental Impact Subcommittee drafted and Committee approved Environmental Footprint Reduction Plan Phase 1 - Greenhouse Gas

 

Endowment

Examples: proxy voting guidelines, investment advisory committees

 

[X]

 

Moderate

 

Committee featured presentation from UVa student-led Socially Responsible Investing Organization.

Energy

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

 

[X]

 

Significant

 

Subcommittee drafted and Committee approved Environmental Footprint Reduction Plan Phase 1 - Greenhouse Gas.  In addition, the Environmental Impact subcommittee is continuing the work started with the EFRP and is developing (with a consultant) a 10-year implementation plan for renewable and innovative energy technologies.

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

 

[X]

 

Significant

 

Committee held second annual Student Sustainability Project Competition.

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]

 

Significant

 

Subcommittee drafted Environmental Footprint Reduction Plan Phase 2 - Materials

 

Water

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

 

[  ]

 

 

Other

 

[  ]

 

 

 

Committee II

 

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

 

Committee name: Green Dining

Number of meetings: 26

 

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

 

1

Faculty

 

0

Staff

 

6

Students

 

~10

Other. Please describe.     

 

 

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    

 

Kendall Singleton

 

Staff

Chair 2

 

 

Chair 3

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

[  ]

 

 

 

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

 

[  ]

 

 

Food

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

 

[X]

 

Moderate

 

Covered large number of food related topics and currently considering a number of new initiatives/

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

 

[X]

 

Moderate

 

Organized film screening of Food, Inc. with reception to follow.

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]

 

Significant

 

Came up with and implemented ways to publicize/encourage use of reusable to-go containers.  Implemented a discount incentive for coffee/tea drinkers that made purchases with reusable mug.

Water

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

 

[  ]

 

 

Other

 

[  ]

 

 

 

Committee III

 

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

 

Committee name:

Number of meetings:

 

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

 

Faculty

 

Staff

 

Students

 

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    

 

 

Chair 2

 

 

Chair 3

 

 

 

8c)  To whom does the committee report?
[  ]  President/Chancellor
[  ]  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

 

[  ]

 

 

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

 

[  ]

 

 

Water

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

 

[  ]

 

 

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: Energy and Utilities - Sustainability Office

Year created: 2009

Description: Responsibilities of the Energy and Utilities Department - Sustainability Office include energy conservation, water conservation, stormwater management, and employee and student sustainability outreach.

Number of staff in office (in FTE): 7

 

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: Sustainability Planner

Department: Office of the Architect

Time worked (in FTE): 1

Job description: Coordinate with internal and external stakeholders to advance comprehensive, coordinated strategic planning services for sustainability initiatives. Assist in developing goals, performance metrics, long range planning strategies and goals for sustainability for operational practices and building projects at the University; monitor and evaluate program effectiveness, document best practices and innovations and recommend improvements.

 

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 managingsustainability 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

Manager of Sustainability Programs

 

Energy and Utilities - Sustainability

 

1

 

Manager of energy conservation, recycling, sustainability outreach, water conservation, and stormwater management programs.

Sustainability Outreach Coordinator

 

Energy and Utilities - Sustainability

 

1

 

Responsible for sustainability outreach programs to faculty, staff, students, and community members.  Manages conservation advocate program.

Energy Engineer

 

Energy and Utilities - Sustainability

 

1

 

Responsible for building retrocommissioning and implementation of energy and water conservation measures

Energy Engineer

 

Energy and Utilities - Sustainability

 

1

 

Responsible for building retrocommissioning and implementation of energy and water conservation measures

Environmental Engineer

 

Energy and Utilities - Sustainability

 

1

 

Responsible for University stormwater management program

Environmental Projects Manager

 

Office of Environmental Health and Safety

 

1

 

Responsible for University Environmental Management System (EMS) and implementation of sustainability initiatives.

Environmental Compliance Manager

 

Office of Environmental Health and Safety

 

1

 

Responsible for University Environmental Review process and Environmental Management System (EMS)

Transportation Demand Management Professional

 

Department of Parking and Transportation

 

1

 

Responsible for Transportation Demand Management (TDM) programs.

Sustainability Planner

 

Office of the Architect

 

1

 

Coordinate with internal and external stakeholders to advance comprehensive, coordinated strategic planning services for sustainability initiatives.

Manager, Sustainability Programs

 

Darden Graduate School of Business

 

1

 

Manager of sustainability programs within the Darden Graduate School of Business, including zero waste and carbon neutral by 2020 goals, and Managing Director for the Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability

Director of Community Relations

 

Office of Public Affairs

 

.25

 

Chair of Community Outreach and Communications subcommittee of President's Committee on Sustainability and devoted to the implementation of a sustainability awareness campaign.

Sustainability Coordinator

 

UVa Dining

 

1

 

Responsible for implementation of sustainable dining practices at UVa, including reusable to-go containers, direct partnerships with local farms, food waste composting, food labeling, incentive programs and more.  Manages Green Dining committee, a student dominated committee that helps set UVa Dining sustainability objectives.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEBSITE


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

If yes, please provide URL

http://www.virginia.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

 

 

No data currently available

[X]

 

Building products

 

 

No data currently available

[X]

 

Computers/electronics     

 

>80%

 

All desktop and notebook computers carried by Cavalier Computers CAV program (student focused) and the Desktop Computing Initiative (faculty and staff focused) are Energy Star Certified.

[X]

 

Heating and cooling

 

 

No data currently available

[  ]

 

Lighting and fans

 

 

[  ]

 

Plumbing

 

 

 

Additional comments:

 

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

 

 

 

 

Decentralized purchasing structure prevents accurate estimates

Facial tissues

 

 

 

 

Decentralized purchasing structure prevents accurate estimates

Napkins

 

100%

 

 

100%

 

Of UVa Housekeeping and Dining Purchases

Notepads

 

 

 

 

Decentralized purchasing structure prevents accurate estimates

Office paper

 

 

 

 

Decentralized purchasing structure prevents accurate estimates

Paper towels

 

100%

 

 

 

Of UVa Housekeeping Purchases

Other. Please describe.

 

100%

 

 

 

Toilet Paper, UVa Housekeeping Purchases

 

Additional comments:

 

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

 

Some

 

>80%

 

All standard desktop and notebook computers carried by Cavalier Computers and the Desktop Computing Initiative are EPEAT Gold Certified.

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

 

LEED mandate for new construction and major renovations results in capital projects funding sustainability initiatives for buildings projects.  Capital projects also contribute 1.5% of project budget (up to $500,000) to Grounds Improvement Fund, which is used to fund projects outside of the boundary of the project.  Sustainability is a key factor in the project selection criteria, which to date has funded bicycle amenities, new sidewalks, additional bus stops, pervious paving, cistern projects, and more.

[  ]

 

Endowment investment in on-campus sustainability projects     

 

[X]

 

Operating budget

 

[X]

 

Revolving loan fund for sustainability projects

 

Newly created revolving loan fund is available to fund energy efficiency and sustainability projects that demonstrate a direct return on investment.

[  ]

 

Student green fee

 

[  ]    

 

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

 

Sustainability Partners program.

[  ]

 

Green office certification program

 

[X]

 

Green office tips posted online or on staff bulletin boards

 

[X]

 

Incorporation of sustainability issues into new employee orientation

 

All new employees receive a presentation on available transportation alternatives and benefits.

[  ]

 

Other

 


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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

 

 

 

 

 

2009 inventory in progress.

2008

 

1/1/2008

 

269,118

 

325,940

 

 

2007

 

1/1/2007

 

249,746

 

305,014

 

 

2006

 

1/1/2006

 

254,490

 

308,545

 

 

2005

 

1/1/2005

 

244,838

 

297,222

 

 

 

 

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): 20%

Baseline year: 2008

Baseline emissions level: 325,940

Target year: 2020

 

Additional comments: The University has committed to reducing GHG emissions.  The President’s Committee on Sustainability completed the draft Environmental Footprint Reduction Plan: Phase 1 - Greenhouse Gas in November, 2009.  Additional phases of the EFRP, examining environmental impacts from water use, waste and recycling, and nitrogen, are in development.Seperately, the Darden Graduate School of Business has announced goals to be a zero waste, zero carbon enterprise by 2020, and a top 10 school for teaching and research on sustainability by 2013.

 

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.)

No


If yes, please list details below.

 

Percentage reduced:

Baseline year:

Baseline emissions level:

Year achieved:

 

Additional comments:

 

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:

 

2009 inventory in progress.

2008:

 

20.8

2007:

 

20.8

2006:

 

21.6

2005:

 

22.9


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:

 

2009 inventory in progress.

2008:

 

15.8

2007:

 

14.8

2006:

 

15.6

2005:

 

15.6

 

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:
4,340,571
Gross square feet of building space: 13,568,938

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

Building energy consumption : 4,842,511

Gross square feet of building space : 15,574,997

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

[X]    Temperature setbacks

[X]    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

[  ]

 

Back pressure turbines

 

[X]

 

Economizers

 

80%

[X]

 

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

 

BAS implemented in 80%

[  ]

 

Gas-fired hydronic heating systems

 

[X]

 

Heat recovery systems

 

10%

[  ]

 

LED lighting

 

[X]

 

Lighting sensors

 

75%

[X]

 

Metering—chilled water

 

100%

[X]

 

Metering—electric

 

100%

[X]

 

Metering—steam

 

100%

[X]

 

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

 

90%

[X]

 

Performing system tune-ups

 

[X]

 

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

 

15%

[  ]

 

Steam turbines

 

[X]

 

Steam-line insulation

 

[  ]

 

Timers for temperature control

 

[X]

 

Variable speed drives

 

50%

[X]

 

Vending machine sensors

 

25%

[  ]

 

Other. Please describe below.

 

 .

 

Description:


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 

[X]

 

Cash incentives for energy reductions among departments

[X]

 

Energy monitoring website or dashboard displays for buildings

[  ]

 

Energy reduction competitions among departments and/or offices

[  ]

 

Fume hoods in science buildings

[X]

 

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

[X]

 

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

[X]

 

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

 

 

[X]

 

Geothermal (shallow depth)

 

 

The Clinical Office Building uses a geothermal system, less than 1%

[  ]

 

Low-impact hydropower

 

 

[X]

 

Photovoltaics

 

 

PV panels at the Emmet/Ivy Garage, less than 1%

[  ]

 

Wind

 

 

[  ]

 

Other. Please specify below.    

 

 

 

Other description:


29) Does your school have solar hot water systems?

No

 

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

 

Number of systems:

Total MBtus generated annually:

 

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

 

50.46

Natural Gas

 

4.95

Nuclear

 

38.73

Petroleum

 

1.69

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

 

1.93

Other. Please specify:

 



Percentage of overall electricity consumption purchased from the grid: Nearly 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 .

No

 

If yes, please describe below.

Date of most recent purchase:
Length of contract:
Average annual quantity (kWh):
Average percentage of your total annual electric energy use that it represents:

 

ON-SITE COMBUSTION

 

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

1,326,549,200

 

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

 

332,139,000

Geothermal

 

Natural gas

 

867,271,500

Petroleum

 

69,501,300

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: 26,156
Total waste generated (garbage + recycling + compost): 11,652

Performance year (most recent year for which data are available)
Weighted campus users:
27,017
Total waste generated (garbage + recycling + compost): 9,379

 

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).

57%

 

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]

Electronic Media: CDs, disks, etc.

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:

R.O.S.E. program offers reuse opportunuties for unwanted electronic equipment and supplies.  Veolia Environmental Services recycle used lightbulbs. AERC recycle computers and other electronics.

 

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

 

Public printers at UVa charge for printing.

[  ]  

 

Move-in waste reduction

 

[X]  

 

Move-out waste reduction

 

Chuck-it-for Charity Program collects reusable items and non-perishable foods from students moving out of University Housing.  In 2009, the program diverted about 28,500 pounds of materials.  A parallel program, Sofa Shuffle, collects furniture and electronics from students living off-Grounds and donates to local charities.  In 2009, the Sofa Shuffle collected 10 truckloads of furniture and household goods.

[X]  

 

Year-round materials exchange programs     

 

The Reusable Office Supply Exchange (R.O.S.E.) offers students, faculty, and staff a year round option for donating or collecting office supplies: http://sustainability.fm.virginia.edu

[  ]  

 

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:

All major new and renovation building projects that come before the Building and Grounds and Finance Committees of the Board of Visitors after January 1, 2007, shall be designed and constructed consistent with the performance standards of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED rating system and shall achieve, unless circumstances apply and the Buildings and Grounds and Finance Committees approve an exception to this policy, a minimum of a LEED Certified rating upon completion.http://www.virginia.edu/sustainability/about/index.html


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

Total number of LEED-certified buildings:2 complete (17 in construction)

 

 

 

Combined gross square footage:      

 

Building name(s):

Certified-level   

 

143,000

 

In construction, targeting base certification:  Alderman Road Residence Hall 1, Alderman Road Residence Hall 2, Alderman Road Residence Area Commons Building

Silver-level

 

489,970

 

Certified: PCS Addition, Spine and Hand Center In construction, targeting Silver Certification: Claude Moore Medical Education, CAS Research, ITE Building, Band Rehersal Hall, Garrett Hall Renovation, Hospital Bed Expansion, ITC Data Center, Primary Care Annex, Clinical Office Building, University Bookstore

Gold-level

 

332,500

 

In construction, targeting gold certification: South Lawn Project, Couric Clinical Cancer Center, Baseball Stadium, Bavaro Hall

Platinum-level   

 

0

 

 

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

Total number of buildings that meet LEED criteria :

 

 

 

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

 

 

Platinum-level criteria met, but not certified   

 

 

 

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

Total number of ENERGY STAR buildings:

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:

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?

>90%

 

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:   3


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

 

Project name     

 

Square footage  

 

Former use        

 

Current use      

 

Additional details

Fayerweather Hall

 

18,849

 

Studio Art

 

Art History

 

Fayerweather Hall was built in 1895 and originally served as a gymnasium. The 2005 restoration of Fayerweather Hall in preparation for the Art History department is the building's fourth repurposing.

Cocke Hall

 

27,646

 

Department of Religous Studies

 

Classics Department

 

The Cocke Hall project included restoration of original details from this 1898, modifications to the interior floor plan to create a mezzanine and additional space, and new mechanical systems.

Varsity Hall

 

6,593

 

ROTC

 

Vice President for Research

 

Varsity Hall, constructed 1858, was threatened with demolition due to a nearby building expansion.  Instead of demolition, the building was moved and restored.  Varsity Hall was originally a student infirmary, when built the building had a cutting edge heating system designed to bring fresh air into each room.  The restoration project discovered much of this system and developed displays to showcase it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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

 

Student enrollment (FTE): 18,095

Square footage: 11,311,043

 

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

 

Student enrollment (FTE): 22,638

Square footage: 15,657,580

 

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:

Energy Management and Sustainability Policy: https://policy.itc.virginia.edu/policy/policydisplay?id='PRM-002'


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

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

 

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) .

No

 

If yes, please provide the following information:

2005 baseline year
Weighted campus users:

Water consumed (gallons):

Performance year (most recent year for which data are available)
Weighted campus users:

Water consumed (gallons):

 

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

 

>90%

[  ]  

 

Dual-flush toilets

 

[X]  

 

Gray water systems

 

[  ]  

 

Laundry technology

 

[  ]  

 

Leak detection and reduction  

 

[X]  

 

Low-flow faucets

 

~50%

[X]  

 

Low-flow showerheads

 

~15%

[  ]  

 

Non-potable water usage

 

[  ]  

 

Waterless urinals

 

[X]  

 

Xeriscaping

 

N/A

[  ]  

 

Weather-informed irrigation

 

N/A

[  ]  

 

Other. Please describe below.  

 

 

Other description: The University has made a concerted effort to retrofit restrooms with low faucets (1.5 gpm) and toilets (1.6 gpf).  This program has focused on dormitories and the common areas of all buildings.  Low-flow shower heads have been installed in dormitories.  Cooling tower condensate water has been collected for irrigation during periods of low rainfall.

 

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

[X]

 

Living or vegetated roofs  

[X]

 

Porous pavement

[X]

 

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

Hereford Residential College

 

 

250

 

The Hereford Residential College features sustainability-themed short-courses and events, including meals featuring local food and farmers.  The grounds of the college feature a garden and a recent student-designed project to decrease impervious surface area and provide for tree-shaded outdoor seating.  Students have also built a system to recycle waste vegetable oil from the adjacent dining hall into biodiesel. ( http://www.hereford.virginia.edu/initiatives/sustainability/ )

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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:

[  ]  

 

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.

[X]  

 

Other. Please describe:

UVa Sustainability employees staff a display and answer student questions during summer orientations.

 

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

 

9

 

6

Unpaid positions

 

2 (credit earned)

 

8


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.”

http://utilities.fm.virginia.edu/sustainability/cap.aspx

 

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.

 

 

Positions that award academic credit.   

 

 

Uncompensated positions.

 

40

 

2

 

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: Dorm Energy Challenge

Year Initiated: 2007

Website: http://utilities.fm.virginia.edu/sustainability/programs.aspx

 

Frequency that competition is run: Once annually

 

Groups involved in coordinating the competition:

[X]

 

Students

[  ]

 

Faculty

[X]

 

Staff

[  ]

 

Administrators

[X]

 

Other, please describe.  
UVa Facilities Management

 

Participants in the competition:

[X]

 

Students

[  ]

 

Faculty

[  ]

 

Staff

[  ]

 

Administrators

[  ]

 

Other, please describe:  

 

Incentives for participation:

 

 

 

 

Describe:

[  ]  

 

Cash

 

[  ]  

 

Non-monetary prizes  

 

[X]  

 

Other

 

Catered Event and Publicity

 

Goals of competition:

 

 

 

 

Describe:

[X]  

 

Energy conservation  

 

Achieve Overall Reduction in Energy Use

[  ]  

 

Waste reduction

 

[  ]

 

Water conservation  

 

[  ]  

 

Other

 

 

Percent of energy and/or resource use reduction resulting from the competition:

Lasting effects of competition:

Additional Information:

 

Second Competition:

 

Competition Overview

 

Competition Name: Recyclemania

Year Initiated: 2007

Website: http://www.recyclemaniacs.org/university_detail08.asp?ID=3443

 

Frequency that competition is run: Once annually

 

Groups involved in coordinating the competition:

[  ]

 

Students

 

[  ]

 

Faculty

 

[  ]

 

Staff

 

[  ]

 

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  

 

[X]  

 

Other

 

Publicity, including scoreboards in 8 Dining locations that are updated all 10 weeks of competition

 

Goals of competition:

 

 

 

 

Describe:

[  ]  

 

Energy conservation

 

[X]  

 

Waste reduction

 

Achieve high amounts of recycling

[  ]  

 

Water conservation  

 

[  ]  

 

Other

 


Percent of energy and/or resource use reduction resulting from the competition: See here for UVa’s results: http://www.recyclemaniacs.org/university_detail08.asp?ID=3443

Lasting effects of competition: Higher awareness of what can be recycled at UVa and where it can be recycled.

Additional Information:

 

Third Competition:

 

Competition Overview

 

Competition Name: Student Sustainability Project Competition

Year Initiated: 2009

Website: http://www.virginia.edu/architectoffice/susEvents.html

 

Frequency that competition is run: Once annually

 

Groups involved in coordinating the competition:

[X]

 

Students

[X]

 

Faculty

[X]

 

Staff

[  ]

 

Administrators

[  ]

 

Other, please describe.

 

Participants in the competition:

[X]

 

Students

[  ]

 

Faculty

[  ]

 

Staff

[  ]

 

Administrators

[  ]

 

Other, describe:

 

Incentives for participation:

 

 

 

 

Describe:

[X]  

 

Cash

 

$2250 in funding to support further development of sustainability projects

[  ]  

 

Non-monetary prizes

 

[X]  

 

Other

 

Support and advice on project development from faculty and staff

 

Goals of competition:

 

 

Describe:

[  ]  

 

Energy conservation  

 

[  ]  

 

Waste reduction

 

[  ]  

 

Water conservation

 

[X]  

 

Other

 

To showcase and lend support to student-led and student-initiated sustainability projects


Percent of energy and/or resource use reduction resulting from the competition:

Lasting effects of competition: Competition offers a non-traditional networking opportunity for students across the University, from first year undergradutes to MBA students.  Financial and mentoring support for winning projects helps to further their development.  For example, the 2009 competition's top award went to the UBikes bicycle-share project.  The project's development has continued and was recently awarded additional funding for the design of the system.

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

Student Council Environmental Sustainability Committee

 

The Committee works to advocate progress toward a more environmentally-conscious and sustainable University.  We look to collaborate closely with existing sustainability efforts and initiatives by University students and officials, and to suggest and implement innovative new ideas for a greener and more environmentally-responsible UVa.  Past programs have included: UVA Community Garden, On-Grounds Farmers’ Markets, Off-Grounds Recycling, Greening Greek Life, Green Graduation, Sustainability Course: Ecological Footprints, and a Sustainability House Proposal.

 

http://people.virginia.edu/~bwc8t/ESC/Welcome.html

 

 

 

 

 

Student Environmental Action

 

Student Environmental Action is a Contracted Independent Organization with the University of Virginia.  We actively pursue issues in environmental justice on local, state, and national levels, and look to raise awareness and effect meaningful change in response to environmental concerns.

 

http://people.virginia.edu/~bwc8t/SEA/Welcome.html

 

 

 

 

 

Students Promoting Fair Trade

 

Students Promoting Fair Trade is an organization of students from various academic backgrounds committed to promoting the equitable trading of international goods at the University of Virginia and in the greater Charlottesville community. SPFT seeks to educate distributers and consumers about the positive aspects of Fair Trade in order to promote the development of Third World producers.

 

http://www.student.virginia.edu/~spft/home.html

 

 

 

 

 

Green Grounds

 

The Green Grounds Group is dedicated to educating and advocating for sustainable planning, design, implementation and operations on the grounds of the University of Virginia. Formed in 2004 by planning and architecture students to address green design at the University, the group sponsors projects that encompass a range of sustainable design ideas from green roofs to energy use to transportation. Through each project, Green Grounds works with a diverse set of university stakeholders including administrators, staff, faculty, students and community members. Holding a strong conviction that the University of Virginia can and should employ sustainable practices as part of their growth strategy, the Green Grounds Group promotes a broad range of projects from minimization of energy consumption to selection of low environmental impact materials to site and building water management to improved indoor air quality.

 

http://www.student.virginia.edu/~grngrnds/index.htm

 

 

 

 

 

Net Impact at Darden

 

Net Impact is dedicated to using the power of business to positively impact social, environmental, and economic concerns across the world. With over 120 chapters at top business schools, Net Impact seeks to spread knowledge of social and environmental sustainability, ethics, and values-based leadership to graduate students and professionals.

 

http://web2.darden.virginia.edu/student/html/standard.aspx?menu_id=88&id=112

 

 

 

 

 

Virginia Environmental Law Forum

 

VELF is a student discussion group regarding environmental issues and careers. The Forum also aims to improve the environmental curriculum; its members volunteer at local nonprofit environmental groups.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Environmental Sciences Organization

 

The Environmental Sciences Organization (ESO) provides a link between the Environmental Sciences Department and the students of the University. While the organization is mainly geared toward undergraduate majors and minors in the department, it has its share of members from many different disciplines of the University. All members have one thing in common--an interest in the Environmental Sciences. ESO is an opportunity for students to become more involved in and educated about the Environmental Sciences Department. Members are provided with many opportunities to get to know the professors in the department as well as what the department has to offer outside of a major or minor. One of the organization's core components is the aid, advice, and support that members have to offer each other about courses, activities, and resources within the department. ESO is able to do this through activities such as peer advising about courses, seminars about the department and professions in the Environmental sciences, and career and job search resources. The organization also offers hiking and other events in the field. This year, ESO will focus on service to both the University and the local Charlottesville community. All University students are welcome to join and participate in any activity.

 

http://www.evsc.virginia.edu/eso/eso.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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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.

474

 

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

 

~10

[  ]  

 

Diesel-electric hybrid

 

[X]  

 

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

 

All diesel vehicles

[  ]  

 

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

 

[  ]  

 

Gasoline-electric hybrid

 

[  ]  

 

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)?

95%

 

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

 

25%

Single-occupancy vehicle    

 

5%

Walking

 

49%

 

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

20%

 

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

 

 

 

Percentage

Bicycle

 

2%

Carpool/vanpool

 

10%

Public transit

 

6%

Single-occupancy vehicle    

 

80%

Walking

 

2%

 

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: Please describe details of the program including the type of the incentive and eligible community members (e.g., faculty, staff, students): A carpool incentive program was initiated in July 2008 under the brand CavPool. The program includes discounted pricing, preferential parking locations, a supply of occasional parker permits, and entry into a semi-annual drawing for modest prizes. The more riders there are in a carpool, the better the benefits.  For example, a  2-person carpool enjoys a 10% discount on parking fees. A 3 person carpools receives a 25% discount and a 4-person+ carpool  receives their parking accommodation for free. Eligibility is limited to employees.The Green Commonwealth Challenge


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

 

 

 

 

 

Description

[X]  

 

Carpool matching

 

Rideshare carpool matching is available to all UVa students, faculty, and staff.  In September, UVa will launch NuRide, a carpool matching and incentive software.

[X]  

 

Financial remuneration  

 

Discounts and free parking passes are provided on a sliding scale.  2 person carpool receive a 25% discount, 3 persons receive a 40% discount, and 4+ receive a free pass.

[X]  

 

Preferential parking

 

Signed carpool only parking and dedicated spaces are available.

[  ]  

 

Other

 


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

 

 

 

 

 

Description

[X]  

 

Carpool matching

 

Rideshare carpool matching is available to all UVa students, faculty, and staff.  In September, UVa will launch NuRide, a carpool matching and incentive software.

[  ]  

 

Financial remuneration  

 

[  ]  

 

Preferential parking

 

[  ]  

 

Other

 

 

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

 

Beginning in April 2006, Students, staff, and faculty show their UVA ID in lieu of paying the fare on the city transit service. The Department of Parking & Transportation funds this program. In calendar year 2009, UVa student, staff, and faculty participation in this program totaled 305,207 rides.

 

 

 

 

Eligible community members:

 

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

[X]  

 

Faculty

 

Free

[X]  

 

Staff

 

Free

[X]  

 

Students   

 

Free


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

 

68) Does your school provide free transportation around campus?

 

University Transportation Service (UTS) provides fare-free, high-frequency bus service linking immediately adjacent neighborhoods, medical center and academic campus locations, and remote parking lots. The service is funded partly by a comprehensive transportation fee charged to students, partly by parking revenues, and partly by bus charter revenues.  UTS conveys well over 2 million riders annually.

 

 

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

 

UTS Bus service provides transportation to off-campus shopping centers and commercial districts.  Separately, the University funds the Charlottesville Free Trolley jointly with the City of Charlottesville.  The Free Trolley provides service between U.Va. and downtown Charlottesville.

 

 

BICYCLE PROGRAM

 

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

No

 

If yes, please provide details below.


Year created:
Number of bikes available:
Usage fee per hour:
Usage fee per day:

 

Annual membership fee for students: 

Annual membership fee for faculty, staff, and administrators:

Other annual membership fee: 

 

Description: A comprehensive bicycle-sharing program (using 3rd generation technology similar to Paris and sized at ~100 bikes) has been studied for the past two years by a student-led group, UVa Bikes.  In June, UVa was awarded $35,000 in grant funds from the Virginia Department of Transportation for planning/design of a bicycle share system on Grounds.

 

71) Does your school offer bicycle repair services?

No

 

If yes, please provide details below:


Year created:
Service fee:
Description: UVa Bookstores now sell bicycle repair items at two locations on Grounds.

 

CAR SHARING PROGRAM

 

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

Yes

 

If yes, please provide details below.

Year created: 2009
Total number of vehicles:  6
Number of hybrid vehicles: 3
Usage fee per hour: $8
Usage fee per day: $66


Annual membership fee for students:  $35

Annual membership fee for faculty, staff, and administrators:  $35

Other annual membership fee:  Free (Department Accounts)

 

Description: Zipcar membership is free for UVa employees using cars for business use.  Zipcar ( http://www.zipcar.com/uva/ )

 

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)?

The Grounds Plan, the University’s Master Plan, emphasizes infill development with strong pedestrian and bicycle connectivity.  The University also has a supporting Bicycle Master Plan.  Private vehicles are prohibited on McCormick Road, the main campus spine, during daytime hours through use of gates.

 

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

 

4410

 

All Teaching and Research faculty (2533 employees) are telecommuting eligible.  In addition, 1877 out of 6391 staff and administrative faculty are telecommuting eligible.  Of these 1877 employees, 475 are currently telecommuting.

[  ]  

 

Condensed work week  

 

 

 

Additional comments: Condensed work week schedules are decided at the department level and no data are available on participation.


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STATISTICS

 

75) Campus setting:        

Suburban

 

76) Total number of buildings on campus:

495

 

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

15,657,580

 

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

20,775

 

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

3,487

 

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

33%

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

[  ]    

 

Disposable water bottle ban

 

 

 

 

 

 

[X]    

 

Environmental science/studies major (undergraduate-level)

 

 

 

 

 

 

[X]    

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

[X]    

 

Graduate-level environmental studies program (graduate-level)

 

 

 

 

 

 

[  ]     

 

Graduate-level sustainability studies program

 

 

 

 

 

 

[X]    

 

Outdoors club

 

 

 

 

 

 

[X]     

 

Participation in Recyclemania

 

 

 

 

 

 

[  ]    

 

Single-stream recycling

 

 

 

 

 

 

[X]    

 

Student trustee position

 

 

 

 

 

 

[X]    

 

Sustainability major, minor or concentration (undergraduate-level)   

 

In development for Fall 2010.

 


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