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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: Virginia Commonwealth University

Date submitted: August 20, 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:

VCU STATEMENT OF SUSTAINABILITY

Sustainability is the goal of maintaining a good quality of life for those who presently experience it, while expanding that quality of life to those who lack it; understanding and respecting the needs of future generations and the limits of natural systems within which quality human lives are necessarily embedded and dependent.Sustainability includes, but is not limited to:

• The recognition of threats to the climate system inherent within the continued introduction of carbon into the atmosphere by human activity, especially through carbon-based energy production and consumption; necessitating action to reduce human carbon footprints, both at the individual, community and institutional levels.

• The identification and reduction of negative impacts from human activity upon human health (e.g., air and water pollution, other exposures to hazardous substances — both long-term and immediate, stress impacts, etc.).

•  The identification and reduction of negative impacts from human activity upon ecosystem health (e.g., lost habitat, biodiversity, ecosystem function, etc.).

• The recognition of the finite nature of our resource base; necessitating the reduction, reuse and recycling of materials, the identification and development of renewable resources, and increased efficiency in our use of all resources.

• On-going dialogue among experts, lay-people, leaders and citizens for the purpose of learning more about the nature of these challenges, both from a technical and a human value-based perspective.Adopted by VCU Sustainability Committee – 7-22-09URL: www.vcugoesgreen.vcu.eduVCU Climate Action Plan posted on May 19, 2010URL: : http://acupcc.aashe.org/search/?abs=&q=Virginia%20Commonwealth%20University

 

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
[X]  Other. Please describe: ACUPCC signed by President Dr. Eugene Trani in April 2008 and by President Dr. Michael Rao in February 2010


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 current VCU 2020 Master Plan identifies sustainability and green construction as one of its tenants and goals. URL: http://www.fmd.vcu.edu/masterplan_final2004.pdf The VCU Strategic Plan is currently being recalibrated and sustainability will be a component of the new Plan. The recently completed VCU Climate Action Plan has been submitted to the Recalibration Task Force for their review and inclusion as one of the proposed new priorities for consideration in a new VCU Vision for the Future.URL: http://www.future.vcu.edu/

 

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: One committee

 

Committee I

 

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

 

Committee name: VCU Sustainability Committee

Number of meetings: 32

 

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

 

18

Faculty

 

7

Staff

 

13

Students

 

8

Other. Please describe.   

 

Healthcare Provider - 1

 

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   

 

Dr. Beverly Warren, Provost & VP for Academic Affairs  

 

Administrator

Chair 2

 

Mr. John Bennett, Senior VP for Finance & Administration  

 

Administrator

Chair 3

 

   

 

 

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

 

Significant

 

Develop a plan for implementing sustainability academics across the institution.  This process, facilitated by VCU Life Sciences and guided by a leadership group that is representative of all major units of the University, will begin with the convening of a sustainability curriculum working group open to all faculty interested in sustainability academics. This group will incubate ideas on promoting sustainability as a cross-disciplinary, systems-based part of the educational program of the University. It would be expected that a variety of course offerings, graduate and undergraduate certificates and eventually stand-alone programs would emerge from this process.  The working group will also act as a means to facilitate cooperative teaching and research on sustainability issues across the disciplines. The working group will also have a goal of promoting cooperative research with VCU’s international partner institutions aimed at reducing carbon emissions, as a part of the Climate Action Plan’s goal of carbon neutrality by 2050.  (per VCU CAP)

Administration

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

 

[X]

 

Significant

 

• VCU President Dr. Michael Rao signed ACUPCC

• created and filled Sustainability Coordinator and Green Building Services Manager full-time positions drafted institution-wide green cleaning policy and procedures

• committed $838K to fund sustainability initiatives from VCU CAP for FY 2010-2011

• increased university-wide procurement of 30% recycled content copier paper

• minimized paper use by converting required paper forms to electronic versions

• provided “think before you print” email taglines for university’s electronic community 

• oversaw completion of 2010 Green Report Card

• VCU Goes Green (Eco-Rep) Program • Green Medallion Award Program

• VCU Sustainability Pledge

Climate

Examples: draft climate action plan, greenhouse gas emissions inventory

 

[X]

 

Significant

 

• Completed 2009 GHG Emissions Inventory.

• Completed VCU Climate Action Plan on May 19, 2010.

 

Endowment

Examples: proxy voting guidelines, investment advisory committees

 

[X]

 

 

6/30/2009 - $252,903,000. Please note that VCU only owns and controls $22,554, 651 (or 8.9%) of the total endowment reported as of 6/30/2009. The remaining endowment is owned and controlled by various affiliated organizations

Energy

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

 

[X]

 

Significant

 

Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Arrays

• VCU Central Steam Plant – 30 PV Panel Array (smoke stack) – output: 6.6 kW - energy savings: 4,884 kW - GHG reduction: 3.54 MTCDE

• “N” Deck parking garage - 710 PV Panel Array –  output: 163.3 kW DC - energy savings: 184,000 kWh  –  GHG reduction: 100 MTCDE

• West Broad Street Deck parking garage - 780 PV Panel Array – output: 179.4 kW DC  - energy savings: 200,000 kWh - GHG reduction: 115 MTCDE

• Four pole-mounted dual-axis tracking PV systems – output: 3.6 kW DC each – energy savings: 24,000 kWh  –  GHG reduction: 15 MTCDE  Solar Thermal Domestic Hot Water • Shafer  Court Dining Center  – Solar Thermal domestic hot water (3,000 gal) - energy savings: 20,978 Therms - GHG reduction: 111 MTCDE  Biomass 

• Supplemental biomass gasification unit to VCU Steam Plant Facility – output: 4.02 millionkWh - energy savings: 5.86 million Therms – GHG reduction: 31,423 MTCDE • EarthAid energy behavior change website funded

• MCV Conservation Challenge ( energy & recycling) • Building energy dashboard and live streaming

Food

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

 

[X]

 

Significant

 

• Shafer Court Dining Center – Market 810 – VA Green Restaurant designation;

• Disposable dishware: biodegradable/compostable

• Reusable mug and reusable dishware

• Reusable to-go containers

• 70% diversion rate

• Solar PV trash compactors

• Energy Star equipment

• low-flow faucets and toilets

• lighting sensors and occupancy sensors

• high efficiency air hand dryers

• Waste week

• food drive

Green Building

Examples: design or construction policy

 

[X]

 

Significant

 

• W. J. Baxter Perkinson, Jr.  School of Dentistry Building (55,000 SF) - certified LEED Silver - April 16 ‘10

• School of Medicine (204,000 SF) – LEED Silver – in design

• Walter L. Rice Education Building (4,900 SF) – LEED Gold – LEED EBOM application

Student Involvement

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

 

[X]

 

Significant

 

• Xeriscaping project initiated by GreenUnity4VCU

• Rain garden project initiated by GreenUnity4VCU

• Vegetated roof project initiated by Monroe Park Campus SGA

• Funded speaker for Monroe Park Campus Earth Day events

• Secured speaker for MCV Campus earth day events

• VCU Sustainability Committee

• Year of the Environment Committee

• Eco Fashion show for Earth Day

Transportation

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

 

[X]

 

Significant

 

• Zipcar program

• carpooling incentive policy

• Zimride ride-finding software service funded

• VCU preferred parking for alternate fuel vehicles

• VCU State of Cycling Survey and Study funded

• Air compressor stations for bicycles

• Bike website funded

• Charging stations for electric vehicles funded

• VCU Mobility Hubs

Waste Reduction

Examples: recycling, composting, reducing consumption

 

[X]

 

Significant

 

• VCU recycling rate including e-waste and C&D waste was 51.82% for FY 2009. 

• In-vessel anaerobic digester feasibility study to compost VCU pre and post-consumer organic waste and grass clippings and landscaping debris

• Recyclemania

• America Recycles Day

• Annual VCU Waste Audit

• Student move-in and move-out

• Recycling bag program for students living on-campus

• MCV Conservation Challenge ( energy & recycling)

 

Water

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

 

[X]

 

Significant

 

• Reusable cup – VCU Housing & Residential Life

• Disposable dishware: biodegradable/compostable – VCU Dining Services

• Reusable mug and reusable dishware – VCU Dining Services

• Drinking fountain water bottle refiller – VCU Recreational Sports

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: 2008

Description: Lead campus sustainability efforts

Number of staff in office (in FTE): 3

 

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: FMD/PPD

Time worked (in FTE): 1 FTE

Job description: Staff VCU Sustainability Committee; lead campus efforts to meet requirements of ACUPCC; develop and maintain VCU Sustainability website; work with VCU Recycling to improve recycling; work with VCU Energy Manager and VCU Steam Plant Manager to reduce energy usage across the campuses; participate in Recyclemania and Earth Day; act as advisor and resource to students groups and other VCU departments on sustainability efforts; lead effort to develop and monitor VCU Climate Action Plan; review all construction projects to ensure that the project is being designed to LEED Silver standards; develop signage/information package for all LEED certified buildings; engage organizations external to VCU to encourage their participation in sustainability activities; grantsmanship

 

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

Sustainability Coordinator

 

FMD/PPD

 

1 FTE

 

Provide administrative and programmatic support to the Director of Sustainability; participate in building involvement and support for sustainability initiatives; support GreenUnity4VCU, VCU Student Gardening Association, MPC SGA, MCV SGA, VCU Residential Life & Housing in their sustainability initiatives; plan and coordinate sustainability related events such as Earth Day, RecycleMania, etc; maintain FaceBook and VCU Sustainability website

Green Building Services Manager

 

FMD/PPD

 

1 FTE

 

Provide administrative and programmatic support to the Director of Sustainability: Provide oversight and coordination to the VCU LEED construction program and operations and maintenance programs that support LEED and other sustainable building initiatives.  Will work with A/E firms and others to develop strategies for VCU buildings to obtain and retain ratings such as Energy Star, LEED EB, Green Globes for operations, etc.

VCU Energy Manager

 

FMD/PPD

 

1 FTE

 

Chair of the Climate Action Plan Subcommittee

Sustainability/Recycling Assistant

 

FMD/PPD

 

1 FTE

 

Dining Sales & Services Manager

 

VCU Dining Services

 

0.15 FTE

 

Co-chair of the Waste, Foodservice & Transportation Subcommittee

Director of Recreational Sports

 

VCU Recreational Sports

 

0.15 FTE

 

Co-chair of the Waste, Foodservice & Transportation Subcommittee

Parking & Transportation Manager

 

VCU Parking & Transportation

 

0.15 FTE

 

Assistant Director of Design Services

 

FMD Planning & Design

 

0.50 FTE

 

University Planner

 

FMD Planning & Design

 

0.10 FTE

 

Housing Manager

 

VCU Residential Life & Housing

 

0.15 FTE

 

Assistant Director of Special Events

 

VCU Athletics – Siegel Center

 

0.20 FTE

 

Director of Support Shops & Special Projects

 

FMD/PPD

 

0.20 FTE

 

Director of Engineering & Utilities

 

FMD/PPD

 

0.20 FTE

 

Director of Procurement & Payment

 

VCU Procurement & Payment

 

0.15 FTE

 

Director of Facilities Services

 

FMD/PPD

 

0.20 FTE

 

Chief Technology Officer

 

VCU Technology Services

 

0.10 FTE

 

Campus Coordinators

 

FMD/PPD

 

0.15 FTE

 

Executive Director of Physical Plant Department

 

FMD/PPD

 

0.15 FTE

 

Chair of the Administration Subcommittee

 

WEBSITE


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

If yes, please provide URL

www.vcugoesgreen.vcu.edu

www.vcu.edu/recycling

www.fmd.vcu.edu/ppd/surplus.html

www.fmd.vcu.edu/energyoverview.pdf

www.campusdish.com/en-US/CSMA/VirginiaCommonwealth/Sustainability/

www.deq.virginia.gov/p2/virginiagreen/restaurants.html

www.bsv.vcu.edu/vcupark/GRTC.htm

http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/u/vcu?q=cache:f6SU0RH4-AAJ:www.vcu.edu/procurement/Chap_6a.doc+sustainability&cd=2&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us&ie=UTF-8

www.vcu.edu/rice

www.deq.virginia.gov/p2/virginiagreen/conference_centers.html

http://www.recsports.vcu.edu

 

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.

 

[X]

 

[  ]


Other description: SustainabilityPurchasing strongly encourages departments to be pro-active in identifying opportunities to reduce the environmental impact of everyday business activities. Departments need to be aware of the following requirements:

• Energy Star-rated appliances and equipment must be purchased (or leased) when an Energy Star designation is available. http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=products.pr_find_es_products

• All new copiers, faxes, printers, and other such office equipment purchased or leased must be recycled paper-compatible.

• Recycled paper must be purchased except where equipment limitations preclude such use.

• Individual serving-sized plastic containers of water may not be purchased using State funds, except for use in emergencies or for safety and health reasons. Departments may purchase the aforementioned water using local funds.*NOTE: If purchasing individual serving-sized plastic containers of water using State funds, the department must document the emergency or safety and health reasons. The documentation must be stated on the purchase order.

• When selecting sites within the Commonwealth for conferences and meetings (excluding State facilities) which will be attended by fewer than 50 people, departments should strive to use "Virginia Green" certified facilities.  When selecting sites within the Commonwealth for conferences and meetings (excluding State facilities) which will be attended by 50 or more people (excluding State facilities), only "Virginia Green" certified facilities shall be used unless permission to select a different site has been approved by University Purchasing.  Meetings, regardless of size or location, shall minimize the use of paper; meals should avoid disposable materials; and any disposable materials should be biodegradable or recyclable. The following is a link to the Department of Environmental Quality's website containing information regarding "Virginia Green" (note the Main Menu on the left side) http://www.deq.virginia.gov/p2/virginiagreen/homepage.html :

• Every effort should be made for publications to be published in electronic form only, unless there is a statutory or regulatory requirement to the contrary, or a substantial portion of the intended recipients cannot be reached electronically.

• Durable products should be used rather than disposable whenever practical, including whenever meals are served; if disposable materials must be used they should be biodegradable or recyclable.

• To the extent disposable plastics must be used, they should, whenever practicable, be recycled plastics only.

• As much as practicable, materials and supplies, should be made from recycled and or renewable materials, and be provided with a minimum of packaging.

• Travelers are encouraged to: carpool to meetings; use video conferencing and conference calls; and purchase alternative fuels when available

Purchasing policy per VA Executive Order No. 19 – Conservation and Efficiency in the Operation of State Government

http://www.governor.virginia.gov/Issues/ExecutiveOrders/2010/EO-19.cfm

Integrated Pest Management policy (Oct 2011)

VCU Purchasing A - Z: Surplus Property; Sustainability http://www.vcu.edu/procurement/Chap_6a.pdf

 

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%

 

For all new systems per VA Executive Order19

[X]

 

Building products

 

100%

 

For all new construction  and renovations to be at least LEED Silver or Green Globes two-globe standards per VA Executive Order 19

[X]

 

Computers/electronics     

 

100%

 

For all new systems per VA Executive Order 19

[X]

 

Heating and cooling

 

100%

 

For small buildings >5K SF per VA Executive Order 19

[X]

 

Lighting and fans

 

100%

 

For all new construction  and renovations to be at least LEED Silver or Green Globes two-globe standards per VA Executive Order 19

[X]

 

Plumbing

 

100%

 

For all new construction  and renovations to be at least LEED Silver or Green Globes two-globe standards per VA Executive Order 19

 

Additional comments:

Per "VCU Purchasing A - Z": Energy Star-rated appliances and equipment must be purchased (or leased) when an Energy Star designation is available.

Purchasing policy for vehicles - Departments must met mandate for EPA standards per VA Executive Order 19.. They must submit their vehicle request to VCU Parking & Transportation for EPA review.

 

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

 

100%

 

 

 

Facial tissues

 

N/A

 

 

 

Napkins

 

100%

 

 

100%

 

Tork Universal XpressnapNatural

Notepads

 

25%

 

 

 

Office paper

 

80%

 

80%

 

 

Paper towels

 

100%

 

 

100%

 

Georgia Pacific 100% recycled

Other. Please describe.

 

 

 

 

 

Additional comments: Per "VCU Purchasing A - Z": recycled paper must be purchased except where equipment limitations preclude such use.

 

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

 

700 computers in 25 College of Humanities & Arts teaching labs

 

Computers, monitor, servers

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

 

New building construction and retrofitting of existing buildings

[  ]

 

Endowment investment in on-campus sustainability projects     

 

[X]

 

Operating budget

 

Operating budget of Office of Sustainability

[X]

 

Revolving loan fund for sustainability projects

 

Internal loans that utility savings repay

[X]

 

Student green fee

 

During FY 2009-2010, VCU students petitioned the university to institute a $5 per course per student per semester “green” fee to be levied to support campus sustainability projects. The VCU BOV considered the petition but chose not to institute it since tuition at VCU was increased by 24%. VCU administration committed $200K for FY 2010-2011 to the VCU Sustainability Committee in lieu of the “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

 

VCU Eco-Rep program has been funded for FY 2010-2011

[X]

 

Green office certification program

 

VCU Green medallion Award program has been funded for FY 2010-2011

[X]

 

Green office tips posted online or on staff bulletin boards

 

Sustainability tips on VCU Sustainability website

[X]

 

Incorporation of sustainability issues into new employee orientation

 

Arranging with VCU Human Resources to provide sustainability material and/or presentation as part of new employee orientation.

[X]

 

Other

 

VCU Fall Fest; VCU Year of the Environment; Earth Day; Recyclemania; MCV Conservation Challenge; America Recycles Day; VCU waste audit; Residential Housing & Life sustainability curriculum; Staff, faculty and students unit/department presentations; VCU basketball team 30-second recycling video; participation in academic classes as presenter and/or client; Freshman student orientation; Student Move-in and Student Move-out Days


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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

 

7/08

 

94,287 MTCDE

 

131,253 MTCDE

 

http://acupcc.aashe.org/search/?abs=&q=Virginia%20Commonwealth%20University

 

Year 2 - 7/08-6/09

2008

 

7/07

 

92,870 MTCDE

 

129,774 MTCDE

 

http://acupcc.aashe.org/search/?abs=&q=Virginia%20Commonwealth%20University

 

Year 1- Base Year - 7/07 – 6/08

2007

 

7/06

 

91,762 MTCDE

 

126,461 MTCDE

 

 

Data not reliable- 7/07 – 6/08

2006

 

7/05

 

94,625 MTCDE

 

129,249 MTCDE

 

 

Data not reliable – 7/05 – 6/06

2005

 

7/04

 

87,382 MTCDE

 

120,875 MTCDE

 

 

Data not reliable – 7/04 – 6/05

 

UploadedVCU GHG Emissions Inventory - FY2009 7-2-10.pptx - 1507 KB

 

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. Please list details below:


If yes, please list details below.

 

Reduction level (percentage): 100%

Baseline year: 2008

Baseline emissions level: 129,774 MTCDE

Target year: 2050

 

Additional comments: In support of the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), VCU commits to be carbon neutral (net zero) by 2050.  In the fiscal year (FY) 2008 baseline year, VCU’s GHG emissions were 129,774 metric tons carbon dioxide equivalent (MTCO2E). After accounting for institutional growth, VCU’s gross emissions are expected to increase to 169,744 MTCO2E by 2030 and remain there through mid-century under business-as-usual scenarios.  As an interim goal to carbon neutrality, VCU set a target of reducing its GHG emissions to 30% below business-as-usual by 2025 in accordance with the Virginia Energy Plan (2007). For VCU, this would correspond to an emissions target of 111,510 MTCO2E by 2025, or approximately 50,000 MTCO2E below business-as-usual emissions.  This translates to an annual reduction of 3,000 to 4,000 MTCO2E over a fifteen year period.VCU Climate Action Plan

 

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: 0.729%

Baseline year: 2008

Baseline emissions level: 13.8599 MTCDE/1000 GSF

Year achieved: 2009- 13.7589 MTCDE/1000 GSF

 

Additional comments: Based on MTCDE/1000 GSF

 

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:

 

0.0138

2008:

 

0.0139

2007:

 

0.0149

2006:

 

0.0148

2005:

 

0.0145


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:

 

3.324

2008:

 

3.332

2007:

 

3.374

2006:

 

3.503

2005:

 

3.515

 

ENERGY EFFICIENCY                                                 

 

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

No


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:
  
Gross square feet of building space:

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

Building energy consumption :

Gross square feet of building space :

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

 

[X]

 

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

 

70%

[X]

 

Gas-fired hydronic heating systems

 

40%

[X]

 

Heat recovery systems

 

[X]

 

LED lighting

 

<1%

[X]

 

Lighting sensors

 

<1%

[X]

 

Metering—chilled water

 

[X]

 

Metering—electric

 

100%

[X]

 

Metering—steam

 

100%

[X]

 

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

 

80%

[X]

 

Performing system tune-ups

 

[X]

 

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

 

[  ]

 

Steam turbines

 

[X]

 

Steam-line insulation

 

[X]

 

Timers for temperature control

 

[X]

 

Variable speed drives

 

[  ]

 

Vending machine sensors

 

[  ]

 

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.

[X]

 

Audits or investigations of individual energy use 

[X]

 

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

[X]

 

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    

[  ]

 

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

[X]

 

Biomass

 

 

In design for Central Steam Plant - Prairie Switch Grass

[  ]

 

Concentrated solar power

 

 

[X]

 

Geothermal (shallow depth)

 

<1%

 

VCU Rice Center

[  ]

 

Low-impact hydropower

 

 

[X]

 

Photovoltaics

 

<1%

 

VCU Rice Center (36 panel array- 9,886 kWh/year) & Central Steam Plant  (30 panel array – 6.6 kW) In design – West Broad Street parking facility (760 panel array – 163.3 kW  DC) and N Deck parking facility (710 panel array – 179.4 kW DC))

[  ]

 

Wind

 

 

[X]

 

Other. Please specify below.    

 

<1%

 

 

Other description: Solar thermal domestic hot water


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: 8,469 KBtu

 

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

 

47%

Natural Gas

 

10%

Nuclear

 

38%

Petroleum

 

1%

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

 

5%

Other. Please specify:

 

<1%

Pumped Storage

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: Nov 16,2009
Length of contract: 2 years
Average annual quantity (kWh): 2,632,906
Average percentage of your total annual electric energy use that it represents: 70%

 

ON-SITE COMBUSTION

 

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

499,654

 

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

 

98%

Petroleum

 

2%

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: 25,320
Total waste generated (garbage + recycling + compost): 4,242

Performance year (most recent year for which data are available)
Weighted campus users:
28,677
Total waste generated (garbage + recycling + compost): 6,538

 

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

[  ]

 

Plastics (all)

[X]

 

Plastics (some)

[X]

 

Other. Please list: wood pallets, non-treated wood items, scrap metal

 

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).

14.625%

 

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]

Ballasts, keyboards, hard drives, monitors, fax machines, printers, scanners and microwavesE-Waste Diversion Rate is 0.687%

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:

Computer Recycling of VA

 

COMPOSTING (APART FROM DINING FACILITIES)


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

0%


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:

In-vessel anaerobic digester funded for FY 2010-2011

 

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

 

Limit free printing in computer labs and libraries

[X]  

 

Move-in waste reduction

 

Cardboard boxes, extra water bottles

[X]  

 

Move-out waste reduction

 

Usable clothing, shoes, furniture, microwaves, TVs donated to CARITAS (local organization serving the homeless ) and non-perishable food donated to the Central Virginia Food Bank

[X]  

 

Year-round materials exchange programs     

 

VCU Surplus Furniture & Equipment Program

[  ]  

 

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 new construction and renovations exceeding 5,000 SF shall be designed and constructed to at least the USGBC LEED Silver standard.VA Executive Order No. 19 – Conservation and Efficiency in the Operation of State Government http://www.governor.virginia.gov/Issues/ExecutiveOrders/2010/EO-19.cfm


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

Total number of LEED-certified buildings:3

 

 

 

Combined gross square footage:      

 

Building name(s):

Certified-level   

 

4,000

 

VA Department of Games & Fisheries Building

Silver-level

 

55,439

 

W. J. Baxter Perkinson, Jr.  School of Dentistry Building

Gold-level

 

 

Platinum-level   

 

4,776

 

Walter L. Rice Education Building

 

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

Total number of buildings that meet LEED criteria :8

 

 

 

Combined gross square footage:    

 

Building name(s):

Certified-level criteria met, but not certified

 

625,746

 

Molecular Medicine Research Building; Robert Blackwell Smith Building; Snead Hall – School of Business; School of Engineering East Hall; Broad and Belvidere Student Apartments

Silver-level criteria met, but not certified

 

57,938

 

MCV Campus Recreation and Aquatic Center; School of Engineering - Health and Life Sciences Laboratory

Gold-level criteria met, but not certified

 

178,205

 

Monroe Park Campus Cary Street Recreation Center

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?

81.5%

 

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

Monroe Park Campus Cary Street Recreation Center

 

178,205

 

City Market/Auditorium

 

Recreational Center

 

Cary Street Field Support Building

 

745

 

Carriage House

 

Storage/Repair Shop

 

Brandcenter

 

29,451

 

 

 

Hibbs Hall – VCU Student Services Center

 

20,000

 

Offices

 

Student Center

 

500 Academic Centre

 

33,401

 

Ukrop’s Grocery Store

 

Classroom/Students Commons/Library Stack Storage

 

Brinks Warehouse Building

 

17,500

 

Warehouse

 

Offices/Motor Pool/Recycling Center/Control Shop

 

Broad Street Building

 

15,000

 

Commercial

 

Apartments

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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

 

Student enrollment (FTE): 19,791

Square footage: 5,075,647

 

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

 

Student enrollment (FTE): 28,367

Square footage: 6,852,795

 

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:

Physical Plant Department staff received LEED Green Associates Training plus a module in LEED GBOM. VCU's inaugural LEED EBOM project will be the Walter L. Rice Education Building (August 2010) with buildings to be selected on both campuses to follow. Green Building Services Manager position was created and filled in July 2010 to oversee LEED EBOM projects as well as further LEED GBOM training of PPD staff.


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: Beginning LEED-EB Certification process - building is registered with GBC
Combined gross square footage: 4,776
Building names: Walter L. Rice Education Building

 

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

 

<1%

[X]  

 

Dual-flush toilets

 

<1%

[X]  

 

Gray water systems

 

<1%

[X]  

 

Laundry technology

 

<1%

[X]  

 

Leak detection and reduction  

 

<1%

[X]  

 

Low-flow faucets

 

<1%

[X]  

 

Low-flow showerheads

 

<1%

[X]  

 

Non-potable water usage

 

<1%

[X]  

 

Waterless urinals

 

<1%

[X]  

 

Xeriscaping

 

N/A

[  ]  

 

Weather-informed irrigation

 

N/A

[X]  

 

Other. Please describe below.  

 

<1%

 

Other description: Pre-engineered, on-site wastewater treatment with advanced, clear and odorless effluent infiltrated in wooded dispersal area

 

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

[X]

 

Living or vegetated roofs  

[X]

 

Porous pavement

[X]

 

Retention ponds

[  ]

 

Stone swales

[  ]

 

Vegetated swales

[X]

 

Other. Please describe: Rain Garden

 

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

Brandt Hall

 

Building

 

624

 

Sustainability Learning Curriculum

Rhoads Hall

 

Building

 

697

 

Sustainability Learning Curriculum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

[X]  

 

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:

Sustainability presentations/handouts at MCV Campus student orientation. Each of the five professional schools (Allied Health Sciences, Dentistry,  Medicine, Nursing,  & Pharmacy) has their own school orientation plus orientations of individual departments. MCV Campus Sustainability Intern (doctoral student) is organizing this effort with support from Director of Sustainability, Sustainability Coordinator, Sustainability/Recycling Assistant, Energy Intern and two other Campus Sustainability Interns.Sustainability presentations/handouts at Monroe Park Campus Campus student orientation organized by Sustainability Coordinator and supported by Director of Sustainability, Sustainability/Recycling Assistant, Energy Intern and 3 Campus Sustainability Interns.

 

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

 

4

 

15 – 20 hours per week @ $12/hour

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.”

www.housing.vcu.edu/index.html

 

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.

 

33 RAs

 

12 – 15 hours per week

Positions that award academic credit.   

 

 

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: 2007

Website: www.vcu.edu/recycling   http://www.recyclemaniacs.org/university_detail08.asp?ID=3442#material

 

Frequency that competition is run: Once annually

 

Groups involved in coordinating the competition:

[X]

 

Students

[X]

 

Faculty

[X]

 

Staff

[X]

 

Administrators

[  ]

 

Other, please describe.  

 

Participants in the competition:

[X]

 

Students

[  ]

 

Faculty

[  ]

 

Staff

[  ]

 

Administrators

[  ]

 

Other, please describe:  

 

Incentives for participation:

 

 

 

 

Describe:

[  ]  

 

Cash

 

[X]  

 

Non-monetary prizes  

 

Pizza

[X]  

 

Other

 

Inter-collegiate challenge

 

Goals of competition:

 

 

 

 

Describe:

[  ]  

 

Energy conservation  

 

[X]  

 

Waste reduction

 

[  ]

 

Water conservation  

 

[X]  

 

Other

 

Increase recycling rates. A competitive spirit can often be an excellent venue for raising awareness.

 

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

Category                     National Rank    VA Rank            Score   

Grand Champion        115/267                6/14              27.88 cum recycling rate

Per Capita Classic     148/346                9/17              11.71 cum recyclables lbs/per

Waste Minimization      91/199                 4/9              41.99 cum waste lbs/per

Gorilla Prize                   39/346               2/17             378,220 cum recycling lbs (189 tons)

Paper                            33/223                2/16           9.43 cum paper lbs/per

Cardboard                      175/231            13/16         1.75 cum cardboard lbs/per

Bottles/Cans                 166/223              10/16         0.53 cum bottle/can lbs/per

Lasting effects of competition: New focus on recycling specifically and generally on campus sustainability

Additional Information: “The various art departments and the School of the Arts in general has taken a special interest in promoting recycling and we are now more aware of the amount of paper we are using,” said junior Lauren O’Neill, who recently became an active recycler after she and her fellow graphic design classmates started to notice excess paper piling up during class. This competition has even lead students to push for personal dormitory recycling bins in their residence halls.

 

Second Competition:

 

Competition Overview

 

Competition Name: MCV Campus Conservation Challenge

Year Initiated: 2010

Website: www.vcugoesgreen.vcu.edu

 

Frequency that competition is run: Once annually

 

Groups involved in coordinating the competition:

[X]

 

Students

 

[X]

 

Faculty

 

[X]

 

Staff

 

[X]

 

Administrators

 

[  ]

 

Other, please describe.  

 

 

Participants in the competition:

[X]

 

Students

[X]

 

Faculty

[X]

 

Staff

[X]

 

Administrators

[  ]

 

Other, describe:  

 

Incentives for participation:

 

 

 

 

Describe:

[X]  

 

Cash

 

1st Prize - $10K in energy improvements to the winning building 2nd Prize - $5K in energy improvements to the runner up building

[X]  

 

Non-monetary prizes  

 

Small donated giveaways as individual gifts

[  ]  

 

Other

 

 

Goals of competition:

 

 

 

 

Describe:

[X]  

 

Energy conservation

 

[X]  

 

Waste reduction

 

[  ]  

 

Water conservation  

 

[  ]  

 

Other

 


Percent of energy and/or resource use reduction resulting from the competition: Energy use is being monitored by individual building (except in the cases of the Woods/Lyons and McGuire;  Massey/Goodwin and Randolph Minor; and VMI, Leigh/Grant and the Putneys where those building clusters are considered to be one entity).  Steam and electric consumption for each building are normalized by converting total usage to BTUs per square foot per month.  The results for each building will be compared to the same period last year. There will be no adjustment for weather. Because of the different building types we are comparing the building results from the current period to results from the same building last year and using a percentage improvement as the basis for scoring.  Additionally, the rate of recycling will also be tracked for each building (or clusters of buildings) as pounds per square foot. The total score for each building will be weighted 70% for energy reduction and 30% for increased recycling.

Lasting effects of competition: Increased awareness of both material waste and energy waste and how individual behavior can make an impact on both.

Additional Information: Samuel Putney House & Stephen Putney House: Instead of using the prize for their own building improvements, they decided to give it away. “We really didn’t expect to be the winning building,” said David Sarrett, Ph.D., Associate Vice President for Health Sciences and Interim Dean of the School of Dentistry. “Because we are here to serve our students, Putney Houses’ residents thought the best use for the cash would be for the students. So we donated our prize to make the student spaces at the VMI Building more energy efficient.”The MCV Campus Conservation Challenge, the contest that the Putney Houses won, formed part of an overall effort to encourage earth-friendly behaviors in the health sciences schools. A small group of volunteers spearheaded the efforts by spending the fall and winter months promoting green activities and planning an Earth Day celebration. The celebration included a vendor fair, speakers, giveaways and cash prizes for energy improvements from the Physical Plant.

 

Third Competition:

 

Competition Overview

 

Competition Name: Water Bottle Challenge

Year Initiated: 2009

Website: http://www.news.vcu.edu/news/Green_living_begins_at_home_VCU_residence_halls_promote_recycling

 

Frequency that competition is run: Once annually

 

Groups involved in coordinating the competition:

[X]

 

Students

[X]

 

Faculty

[X]

 

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

 

[X]  

 

Other

 

Knowledge of how they were helping promote sustainable living; an aluminum water bottle at a nominal cost.

 

Goals of competition:

 

 

Describe:

[  ]  

 

Energy conservation  

 

[X]  

 

Waste reduction

 

[X]  

 

Water conservation

 

[  ]  

 

Other

 


Percent of energy and/or resource use reduction resulting from the competition: Unknown reduction in energy and/or waste- 675 aluminum bottles distributed- if the average person drank four bottles of water a day (recommended) for 30 days, there is the potential of 81,000 plastic water bottles that were not disposed of during the month.  Our hope is it carried over for a lot longer than a month for many individuals who pledged.

Lasting effects of competition: Have witnessed students carrying their aluminum water bottles around campus well after the 30-day commitment ended.  The water bottle challenge encouraged students to purchase reusable steel water bottles for $2 and pledge to drink only from them for 30 days. It’s an attempt to lower the number of plastic water bottles that end up in landfills. Money raised through the sale of the water bottles is being donated to www.globalwater.org  and www.waterforpeople.org  to promote safe water supplies in developing countries.

Additional Information: Education for two weeks on benefits of using reusable water bottles and water conservation followed by three days of pledging and receiving a water bottle for a $2.00 donation.  Done at different times in each Residence Hall on campus.

 

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS


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

 

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

Name

 

Description

 

URL

Green Unity 4 VCU

 

Environmental awareness & action

 

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=11761808894

 

 

 

 

 

Green Unity 4 MCV

 

Environmental awareness & action

 

elvesr@vcu.edu

 

 

 

 

 

Food Not Bombs

 

Environmental awareness & action

 

brantley.tyndall@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

Vegetarian Society

 

Environmental awareness & action

 

boltenmj@vcu.edu

 

 

 

 

 

SGA Student Life Committee

 

Student Government Assn

 

youngdd@vcu.edu

 

 

 

 

 

Cycling Club

 

Bicycling Club

 

smithbk@vcu.edu

 

 

 

 

 

Student Gardening Association

 

Gardening Club

 

 

 

 

 

 

Students for Social Actiom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Emerging Leaders Society

 

 

rbrodriguez@vcu.edu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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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.

218

 

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

 

2

[  ]  

 

Diesel-electric hybrid

 

[  ]  

 

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

 

[X]  

 

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

 

62

[  ]  

 

Gasoline-electric hybrid

 

[  ]  

 

Hydrogen fueled

 

[  ]  

 

Plug-in hybrid

 

[X]  

 

Other. Please describe:

Alternative fuel vehicles

 

62

  
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)?

52%

 

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

 

 

 

Percentage

Bicycle

 

7%

Carpool/vanpool

 

3%

Public transit

 

6%

Single-occupancy vehicle    

 

47%

Walking

 

37%

 

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

17%

 

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

 

 

 

Percentage

Bicycle

 

Carpool/vanpool

 

8%

Public transit

 

9%

Single-occupancy vehicle    

 

83%

Walking

 

 

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

[  ] Yes, to students

 

Description: High vehicle occupancy represents the most efficient consumption of parking resources; therefore, VCU will provide incentives that include free parking, access to free exit coupons for secondary members annually, free emergency rides home, and preferred parking assignments.


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

 

 

 

 

 

Description

[X]  

 

Carpool matching

 

RideFinder; Zimride

[X]  

 

Financial remuneration  

 

Free parking

[X]  

 

Preferential parking

 

Spaces will be marked at the determined parking lot or deck.

[  ]  

 

Other

 


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

 

 

 

 

 

Description

[X]  

 

Carpool matching

 

RideFinder; Zimride

[X]  

 

Financial remuneration  

 

Free parking

[X]  

 

Preferential parking

 

paces will be marked at the determined parking lot or deck.

[  ]  

 

Other

 

 

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

 

Full time undergraduate and graduate students are allowed to ride all of the Greater Richmond Transit Authority’s (GRTC) buses for FREE. The VCU Employee Transit Program provides participants with six $25 bus passes quarterly ($600 worth of GRTC bus passes per year) for any GRTC bus. Participation in the Program allows participants to pay $25 per 24 pay periods through pre-tax payroll deductions.

 

 

 

 

Eligible community members:

 

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

[  ]  

 

Faculty

 

[  ]  

 

Staff

 

[X]  

 

Students   

 

100% discount i.e. 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?

 

• The VCU Campus Connector provides transportation service between the Monroe Park campus and the MCV Campus.

• VCU Medical Center Route provides complimentary transportation.

• VCU Medical Center Evening Route provides complimentary transportation throughout the MCV Campus and to the MCV Campus parking facilities.

• VCU Sanger Express Route – A Lot provides complimentary transportation to and from the A Lot and surrounding lots and street parking close to the lot.

• VCU Sanger Express Route – C Lot provides complimentary transportation to and from the C Lot and surrounding lots and street parking close to the lot.

• This service augments a point-to-point security escort service to areas near the university lots. 

http://www.bsv.vcu.edu/vcupark/Transit.htm  

The VCU transportation system has provided approximately one million rides during the last year.

 

 

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

 

The student transit pass allows the holder to ride for free on any GRTC bus.

 

 

BICYCLE PROGRAM

 

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

Yes

 

If yes, please provide details below.


Year created: Shared bike program funded for FY 2010-2011
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: Shared bike program or bike rental program to be operated in conjunction with VCU Recreational Sports

 

71) Does your school offer bicycle repair services?

Yes

 

If yes, please provide details below:


Year created: Basic bike repair program to be operated in conjunction with VCU Recreational Sports during FY 2010 - 2011
Service fee:
Description:

 

CAR SHARING PROGRAM

 

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

Yes

 

If yes, please provide details below.

Year created: Zipcar
Total number of vehicles:  4
Number of hybrid vehicles: 2
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: 

 

Description: Two Zipcars on each campus - Honda Civic, Honda Insight, Toyota Prius, Scion X. Zipcar expects 50 to 100 new members per month and will add more cars to the program as utilization warrants.

 

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)?

VCU has installed 4 customized racks for 16 mopeds/scooters on both campuses - Monroe Park Campus (3) and MCV Campus (1). www.fmd.vcu.edu/scooterrack.pdf    The Monroe Park Campus features 199 bicycle racks providing parking spaces for 1,589 bicycles.  The MCV Campus features 38 bicycle racks providing parking spaces for 304 bicycles.  The VCU 2020 Master Plan locates structured parking on the perimeter of campus in order to minimize traffic flow through the center of campus and encourage more pedestrian movement through the campus.  VCU works in cooperation with the City of Richmond on select street closures to promote both safety and community connectivity.

 

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:

[  ]  

 

Telecommuting

 

 

[  ]  

 

Condensed work week  

 

 

 

Additional comments:


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STATISTICS

 

75) Campus setting:        

Urban

 

76) Total number of buildings on campus:

196

 

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

6,852,795

 

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

24,297

 

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

8,139

 

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

20%

 

 

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)

[  ]    

 

Campus garden or farm

 

 

 

 

 

 

[  ]    

 

Disposable water bottle ban

 

 

 

 

 

 

[X]    

 

Environmental science/studies major (undergraduate-level)

 

Current course offerings include: 

• Applied and Environmental Microbiology (BIOL 401)

• Biological Concepts (BIOL 101)

• Chemistry and Society (CHEM 110)

• Conservation Biology (BIOL 510)

• Ecological Service Learning (BIOL 497)

• Ecology (BIOL 317)

• Energy! (INSC 201)

• Environmental Pollution (BIOL 332/ ENVS 330)

• Environmental Science (BIOL 103/ ENVS 103)

• Focused Inquiry I (UNIV 111)

• Global Societies: Trends and Issues (SOCY 330/ INTL 330)

• Introduction to Marine Biology (BIOL 431)

• Land Use and Infrastructure Planning (GEOG 302/URSP 302)

• Physical Geography (GEOG 203, 204)

• Plant Diversity and Evolution (BIOL 512)

• Stream Ecology (BIOL 514)

• Wetland Ecology (BIOL 535)

• Wilderness Education I (HPEX 203)  

 

Proposed future offerings include: 

• Barrier Island Ecology (BIOL 508)

• Energy and the Environment (PHYS 315/ ENVS 315)

• Environmental Management (GEOG 332/ ENVS 332/ URSP 332)

• Plant Ecology (BIOL 518)

• Water Pollution Biology (BIOL 532)

• Wilderness Education II (RPSM 301)

 

 

 

 

 

[X]    

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

[X]    

 

Graduate-level environmental studies program (graduate-level)

 

 

 

 

 

 

[X]     

 

Graduate-level sustainability studies program

 

Masters in Sustainable Community Development

 

 

 

 

 

[X]    

 

Outdoors club

 

Student Gardening Association

 

 

 

 

 

[X]     

 

Participation in Recyclemania

 

 

 

 

 

 

[  ]    

 

Single-stream recycling

 

 

 

 

 

 

[  ]    

 

Student trustee position

 

 

 

 

 

 

[X]    

 

Sustainability major, minor or concentration (undergraduate-level)   

 

School of Business Certificate in Sustainability  www.ciba.vcu.edu

 


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