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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 Tech

Date submitted: July 21, 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: Virginia Tech is recognized as a campus sustainability leader. The Virginia Tech Board of Visitors approved "The Virginia Tech Climate Action Commitment Resolution" on June 1, 2009. See: http://www.facilities.vt.edu/sustainability/climateAction.pdf . The Virginia Tech University Council accepted the accompanying "Virginia Tech Climate Action Commitment and Sustainability Plan" on Earth Day, April 22, 2009. See: http://www.facilities.vt.edu/sustainability/sustPlan.pdf . The Office of Sustainability has created and maintains the "Virginia Tech Climate Action Commitment (VTCAC) Status Report" that tracks the current status of over 80 ongoing sustainability measures and actions in the VTCAC Sustainability Plan for the "Immediate Phase (2009-2012). See: http://www.facilities.vt.edu/sustainability/vtcac.pdf .

 

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)

[  ]  Talloires Declaration
[X]  Other. Please describe: Virginia Tech President Charles W. Steger approved "The Virginia Tech Climate Action Commitment Resolution" on April 22, 2009. Point #3 established a target for the reduction of Greenhouse Gas emissions to 80% below 1990 emission levels by 2050, and interm targets for 2012 and 2025. See the URL for the VTCAC Resolution in Question 1 above


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 Virginia Tech Climate Action Commitment Resolution item #2 states: "The university will represent the VTCAC&SP (Virginia Tech Climate Action Commitment and Sustainability Plan) in the Virginia Tech Strategic Plan." Virginia Tech President Charles W. Steger has made sustainability a university priority. The Campus Master Plan and Strategic Plan include many references to sustainability and the environment. "Virginia Tech Campus Master Plan 2006 Update": http://www.oua.vt.edu/masterplan/Master%20PlanningBOV06-12-06.pdf . "The 2006-2012 Strategic Plan": http://www.president.vt.edu/strategic-plan/strategic-plan.html . "Selective Mid-Term Review of the 2006-2012 Strategic Plan": http://www.provost.vt.edu/documents/mid_term_review_12_17_09.pdf . "Mid-Term Strategic Plan Review, Provost's Response and Action Plan": http://www.provost.vt.edu/documents/provost_response_1_08_10.pdf . Virginia Tech is in the process of hiring a Director of Energy Initiatives. (See page 2, "Research" paragraph narrative). Virginia Tech will be a leader in campus sutainability. See the President’s Message on page 1 of the Annual Report 2008 – 2009: http://www.president.vt.edu/annual-reports/09-10_annual_report.pdf , and the "Green Gaining Ground at the University" on page 6. President Charles W. Steger featured sustainability in his "Virginia Tech Year in Review, January 2010" message: http://www.reports.president.vt.edu/2009_year_in_review/ (Flash required) 

 

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: Energy and Sustainability Committee

Number of meetings: The Energy and Sustainability Committee meets on a monthly basis. During Academic Year 2009-2010 the Committee met eight times. The Minutes of the E&SC Meeting are posted on the Office of Sustainability website and at: http://www.facilities.vt.edu/sustainability/meeting_minutes_09-10.pdf .

 

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

 

7

Faculty

 

5

Staff

 

4

Students

 

4

Other. Please describe.   

 

Energy and Sustainability Committee (2009-2010) Roster: http://www.facilities.vt.edu/sustainability/e_s_roster_10.pdf

 

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   

 

Mr. Michael Coleman, Associate Vice President for Facilities Services

 

Administrator

Chair 2

 

   

 

Chair 3

 

   

 

 

8)  To whom does the committee report?
[  ]  President/Chancellor
[X]  Vice President/Vice Chancellor
[X] Other: The Energy and Sustainability Committee is a part of the university governance system. The Energy and Sustainability Committee reports to the Commission on University Support which further reports to the University Council. The Vice President for Finance & Chief Financial Officer and the Vice President for Administrative Services are both ex officio members of the Energy and Sustainability Committee.

 

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

 

To implement the Virginia Tech Climate Action Commitment and Sustainability Plan (VTCAC&SP) that was developed by the Energy and Sustainability Committee (ES&C), an initiative on academic programs related to sustainability was established in 2009. The initiative set up an ad hoc academic committee of faculty, administrators, and students to survey campus programs and develop recommendations. The committee reports to the Provost and gives update reports to the E&SC. During Academic Year 2009-2010, the former College of Natural Resources was renamed the "College of Natural Resources and Environment." See: http://www.vtnews.vt.edu/articles/2010/06/2010-489.html . Energy and Sustainability Committee Meeting Minutes for Academic Year 2010-2011 may be viewed at: http://www.facilities.vt.edu/sustainability/meeting_minutes_09-10.pdf .

Administration

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

 

[X]

 

Significant

 

On June 10, 2009, former Commonwealth of Virginia Governor Timothy M. Kaine signed Executive Order 82 (2009) "Greening of State Government." See: http://www.lva.virginia.gov/public/EO/eo82(2009).pdf . During Academic Year 2009-2010 the Energy and Sustainability Committee devoted much time and effort reviewing the requirements set forth in that document, and in revising our existing University Policy 5505 "Campus Energy and Water Policy" to incorporate those requirements. The Committee developed and approved a draft Revision 2 to the existing policy and renamed it University Policy 5505 "Campus Energy, Water, and Waste Reduction Policy." The Committee recommended approval of Revision 2. At the conclusion of Academic Year 2009-2010 the document was in the process of being finalized to be forwarded to the approval authority (Vice President for Administrative Services) for action. In Executive Order 82 (2009) Governor Kaine issued a "Green Commonwealth Challenge" to all state agencies and institutions as a way to promote and encourage voluntary actions to help the greening of state government. Virginia Tech accepted the challenge, placed third, and announced the university would conduct our own "Green Campus Challenge." During the 2010 Spring Semester the Energy and Sustainability Committee developed and implemented our "Virginia Tech Green Campus Challenge Survey." The survey was targeted at the department level and encouraged units to adopt directives/practices consistent with the Virginia Tech Climate Action Commitment and Sustainability Plan, University Policy 5505, and Executuve Order 82 (2009). The survey may be viewed at: http://www.facilities.vt.edu/sustainability/vt_green_campus.pdf . The survey focused on reducing energy, reducing waste, maximizing recycling, promoting alternative transportation, flex work schedules and telecommuting, and sharing innovative sustainability practices. The results are shown in the VT News announcement: http://www.vtnews.vt.edu/articles/2010/06/2010-470.html . (Note: on July 1, 2010 the current Commonwealth of Virginia Governor Robert F. McDonnell issued Executive Order 19 (2010) "Conservation and Efficiency in the Operation of State Government." We anticipate the Energy and Sustainability Committee will review this document when it meets at the beginning of Academic Year 2010-2011 to determine if further revisions to University Policy 5505 will be required). Energy and Sustainability Committee Meeting Minutes for Academic Year 2010-2011 may be viewed at: http://www.facilities.vt.edu/sustainability/meeting_minutes_09-10.pdf .

Climate

Examples: draft climate action plan, greenhouse gas emissions inventory

 

[X]

 

Significant

 

 The Energy and Sustainability Committee spearheaded the development and approval of "The Virginia Tech Climate Action Commitment Resolution" on June 1, 2009. GHG Emissions Inventory was completed in March 2008, and the Office of Sustainability's Energy Manager tracks and reports the current status to the E&SC. Energy and Sustainability Committee Meeting Minutes for Academic Year 2010-2011 may be viewed at: http://www.facilities.vt.edu/sustainability/meeting_minutes_09-10.pdf .

Endowment

Examples: proxy voting guidelines, investment advisory committees

 

[  ]

 

 

Energy

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

 

[X]

 

Significant

 

Please see the Administration Description entry for this question. The Green Campus Challenge was a excellent vehicle to promote conservation/behavioral change at the department level. Energy and Sustainability Committee Meeting Minutes for Academic Year 2010-2011 may be viewed at: http://www.facilities.vt.edu/sustainability/meeting_minutes_09-10.pdf

Food

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

 

[  ]

 

 

 

The Energy and Sustainability Committee periodically received updates from Housing and Dining Services on the incredible number of ongoing sustainability initiatives. (See the Dining Survey for details).

Green Building

Examples: design or construction policy

 

[X]

 

Significant

 

Please see the Administration Description entry above for this question. Energy and Sustainability Committee Meeting Minutes for Academic Year 2010-2011 may be viewed at: http://www.facilities.vt.edu/sustainability/meeting_minutes_09-10.pdf

Student Involvement

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

 

[X]

 

Significant

 

The Energy and Sustainability Committee is a part of the University Governance System and the only committee that has two graduate and two undergraduate student representatives. Student representatives gave presentations on "Student Sustainability Initiatives and Programs." Examples included "Earth Week 2010," Eco-Olympics, Recyclemania 2010, and a Student Green Fee Proposal (see Question 18 "Other" Description). Energy and Sustainability Committee Meeting Minutes for Academic Year 2010-2011 may be viewed at: http://www.facilities.vt.edu/sustainability/meeting_minutes_09-10.pdf

Transportation

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

 

[X]

 

Significant

 

Please see the Administration Description entry above for this question. Energy and Sustainability Committee Meeting Minutes for Academic Year 2010-2011 may be viewed at: http://www.facilities.vt.edu/sustainability/meeting_minutes_09-10.pdf

Waste Reduction

Examples: recycling, composting, reducing consumption

 

[X]

 

Significant

 

 Please see the Administration Description entry above for this question. Energy and Sustainability Committee Meeting Minutes for Academic Year 2010-2011 may be viewed at: http://www.facilities.vt.edu/sustainability/meeting_minutes_09-10.pdf

Water

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

 

[X]

 

Significant

 

Please see the Administration Description entry above for this question. Energy and Sustainability Committee Meeting Minutes for Academic Year 2010-2011 may be viewed at: http://www.facilities.vt.edu/sustainability/meeting_minutes_09-10.pdf

Other

 

[X]

 

Significant

 

The Energy and Sustainability Committee was briefed by the Office of Sustainability on the "VTCAC Status Report" which contains ongoing measures and actions on virtually all categories shown above (except endowment). See: http://www.facilities.vt.edu/sustainability/vtcac.pdf .

 

 

OFFICE OR DEPARTMENT                                  


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

Yes

 

Please provide details below.

 

Office name: Office of Sustainability

Year created: 2009

Description: The Office of Sustainability was established immediately following the approval of "The Virginia Tech Climate Action Commitment Resolution" by the Board of Visitors on June 1, 2009. The office reports directly to the Associate Vice President for Facilities Services who, in turn, reports to the Vice President for Administrative Services. The Office of Sustainability has four primary missions to inlcude: (1) coordinate progams for campus sustainability; (2) oversee the implementation of the Virginia Tech Climate Action Commitment and Sustainability Plan; (3) monitor annual electricity and other energy use and greenhouse gas emissions; and (4) work with faculty and departments, manage a campus-wide student internship program, and foster an undergraduate research program that utilizes the campus as a learning laboratory. The Office of Sustainability created and maintains a VTCAC Status Report to track over 80 ongoing measures/actions listed in the Sustainability Plan for the "Immediate Phase," years 2009-2012. Please see: http://www.facilities.vt.edu/sustainability/vtcac.pdf . This document is updated quarterly and displayed on the Office of Sustainability website. Finally, this office handles all media responsibilities. For example, the "Virginia Tech Magazine" Fall 2009 edition showcased the numerous ongoing sustainability initiatives. Please see: http://www.vtmagazine.vt.edu/fall09/index.html . The following "Sustainability Ad" was featured in all Virginia Tech Football Programs for all home football games in 2009: http://www.facilities.vt.edu/sustainability/vt_sust_ad_2010.pdf .

Number of staff in office (in FTE):   3 - The Office of Sustainability includes the Sustainability Program Manager, the Energy Manager, the Campus Sustainability Planner. In addtition, it has a Graduate Assistant, and Sustainability Consultant.

 

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 Program Manager

Department: Facilities Services

Time worked (in FTE): 100%

Job description:

 

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

Energy Manager

 

Facilities Services, Office of Sustainability

 

Full-Time Postion

 

Campus Sustainability Planner

 

Facilities Services, Office of Sustainability

 

Full-Time Postion

 

Alternative Transportation Manager

 

Transportation & Campus Services

 

Full-Time Postion

 

Sustainability Coordinator

 

Housing and Dining Services

 

Full-Time Postion

 

Associate Director of Buildings & Grounds

 

Facilities Services, Facilities Operations

 

Full-Time Postion

 

Coordinates all administrative, operational, financial affairs of the Buildings and Grounds Operations. Manages the university's critical building envelope, grounds, recycling and trash, roadways and sidewalk infrastructure.

Recycling & Trash Operations Manager

 

Facilities Services, Facilities Operations

 

Full-Time Postion

 

Environmental Engineer

 

Environmental Health and Safety Services

 

Full-Time Postion

 

Graduate Assistant

 

Facilities Services, Office of Sustainability

 

During only the fall and spring semesters

 

Sustainability Consultant (PhD Candidate)

 

Facilities Services, Office of Sustainability

 

Part-Time, 5 hours per week

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEBSITE


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

If yes, please provide URL

http://www.facilities.vt.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.

 

[  ]

 

[X]


Other description: The Virginia Tech Climate Action Commitment Resolution item #9 states: "Virginia Tech will require purchase of Energy Star rated equipment, maximum recycled-content paper, and other low life-cycle cost products, with exceptions for special uses." The Virginia Tech Climate Action Commitment Resolution item #7 states: "Virginia Tech will improve electricity efficiency of campus facilities and their operations, including the heating and cooling infrastructure and operation, lighting efficiency, controls and operation, and equipment efficiency and controls." University Policy 5505 "Campus Energy and Water" includes green procurement requirements. See: http://www.policies.vt.edu/5505.pdf  During Academic Year 2009-2010 the Energy and Sustainability Committee developed a draft Revision 2 to University Policy 5505 "Campus Energy, Water, and Waste Reduction" which incorporates additional procurement requirements established in former Commonwealth of Virginia Governor Timothy M Kaine's Executive Order 82 (2009) "Greening of State Government" issued June 10, 2009. In addition to incorporating language addressing energy use, water use, waste reduction, transportation and travel, and procurement, draft revision 2 recommends changing the title of University Policy 5505 to become "Campus Energy, Water, and Waste Reduction." The Vice President for Administrative Services (VPAS) is the approving authority for Campus Policy 5505. While in the process of forwarding the draft revision to the the VPAS, our current Commonwealth of Virginia Governor Robert F. McDonnell issued a new Executive Order 19 (2010) "Conservation and Efficiency in the Operation of State Government" on July 1, 2010. We anticipate the Energy and Sustainability Committee will revisit draft revision 2 to ensure additional requirements from E.O. 19 (2010) are included. Virginia Tech's Housing and Dining Services Housekeeping Department has been awarded "JANPAK Level III Clean Zone Certification." See: http://www.facilities.vt.edu/sustainability/janpak_cert.doc .  Virginia Tech's Facilities Services Housekeeping Department serves all academic and administrative buildings on campus and they are in the process of converting over to the Johnson Diversey J-Fill controlled dillution station system. Fifty percent of these buildings have been converted and we hope to complete the process within the year. In these systems all products are Green Seal, EcoLogo, and/or GREENGARD approved except the disinfectant. The products are Alpha-HP, Stride Citrus, and Glance NA. The disinfectant is Virex II 256. For additional information see: http://www.johnsondiversey.com/Cultures/en-US/OpCo/Brands/Equipment+Systems.htm .  The department uses micro fiber mops and recently purchased three autoscrubbers.

 

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

 

Not Available

 

See comments below.

[X]

 

Building products

 

Not Available

 

See comments below.

[X]

 

Computers/electronics     

 

Not Available

 

See comments below.

[X]

 

Heating and cooling

 

Not Available

 

See comments below.

[X]

 

Lighting and fans

 

Not Available

 

See comments below.

[X]

 

Plumbing

 

Not Available

 

See comments below.

 

Additional comments:   The Virginia Tech Climate Action Commitment Resolution item #9 states: "Virginia Tech will require purchase of Energy Star rated equipment, maximum recycled-content paper, and other low life-cycle cost products, with exceptions for special uses." The Virginia Tech Climate Action Commitment Resolution item #7 states: "Virginia Tech will improve electricity efficiency of campus facilities and their operations, including the heating and cooling infrastructure and operation, lighting efficiency, controls and operation, and equipment efficiency and controls." University Policy 5505 "Campus Energy and Water" includes green procurement requirements. See: http://www.policies.vt.edu/5505.pdf  Percentages purchased information is not readily available.

 

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

 

Similar to Office paper (see below)

 

 

 

Facial tissues

 

50% (Facilities Services)

 

 

 

Brand: Wausau EcoSoft Line (Facilities Services)

Napkins

 

30%

 

 

 

Notepads

 

100% (Printing Services uses recycled scrap paper to make notepads)

 

 

 

Office paper

 

76% (Purchasing-Material Management Department)

 

 

 

Paper towels

 

100% (Housing), 50% (Facilities Services)

 

75%

 

75%

 

Copy paper. Brands: Office Max 30% pcw, Aspen 30% pcw, and Hitech 50%

Other. Please describe.

 

100% (Printing Services for paper for all of their 520 Copiers)

 

100% (Housing)

 

100% (Housing)

 

Brand: Wausau EcoSoft Line (Facilities Services)

 

Additional comments: Virginia Tech's Housing and Dining Services Housekeeping Department has been awarded "JANPAK Level III Clean Zone Certification." See: http://www.facilities.vt.edu/sustainability/janpak_cert.doc .  Virginia Tech's Facilities Services Housekeeping Department services all academic and administrative buildings on campus. They are using Wausau Paper EcoSoft line of products for tissues and paper towels: http://www.wausaupaper.com/content.aspx?id=64 .

 

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

 

Not Available. This specific information is very difficult to capture given the decentralized nature of computer purchases.

 

Computers (Desktops, Notebooks). We have at least 1,800 computers that are EPEAT 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

 

The Office of Sustainability is exploring opportunities with the Office of the Vice President for University Development to create a "Green Development Fund" for alumni.

[X]

 

Capital budget

 

The Virginia Tech Climate Action Commitment Resolution, item 6 states: "Virginia Tech will pursue LEED Silver certification or better and exceed ASHRAE 90.1 2004 energy performance by 35% (ASHRAE 90.1 2007 by 30%) for all new buildings and major renovations. Capital budgets should account for future energy price, cost of building operation, return on investment, and environmental benefits of achieving this level of performance."

[  ]

 

Endowment investment in on-campus sustainability projects    

 

[X]

 

Operating budget

 

The Virginia Tech Climate Action Commitment Resolution, item 7 states: "Virginia Tech will improve electricity and heating efficiency of campus facilities and their operations, including the heating and cooling infrastructure and operation, lighting efficiency, controls and operation, and equipment efficiency and controls." Facilities Services, Student Programs, Athletic Department, The Inn at Virginia Tech & Skelton Conference Center, and other organizations on campus fund numerous sustianbility projects and initiatives using their operating funds.

[  ]

 

Revolving loan fund for sustainability projects

 

[  ]

 

Student green fee

 

See "Other" and Description below.

[X]    

 

Other. Please describe.

 

As an alternative to a student green fee, the Office of Budget and Financial Planning has developed a pilot program to receive proposals from recognized student organizations for sustainability projects and initiatives that will help advance the Virginia Tech Climate Action Commitment and Sustainability Plan. The Office of Budget and Financial Planning and the Office of Sustainability have established the documentation and milestones to be used. The process will begin at the start of the 2010 fall semester with the Office of Budget and Financial Planning issuing a "2010-2011 Request for Proposal for Student Organization Sustainability Inititiaves (Green RFP)" to the Office of Sustainability. The Office of Sustainability will notify student organizations and assist in them in completing the "Student Organization Funding Proposal-Campus Sustainability Initiative" forms for each project or initiative requested by the beginning of October. The Office of Sustainability will present the "Student Organization Funding Proposals-Campus Sustainability Initiative" forms to the Energy and Sustainability Committee for review and prioritization. The Energy and Sustainability Committee is comprised of faculty, staff, and students, and is part of the University governance system. The Committee will forward the top student proposals to the Office of Sustainability which will work with the Office of Budget and Financial Planning for potential funding strategies and appropriate approvals. If a proposal is funded, the Office of Sustainability will serve as the liaison between student organizations and the University for implementation.

 

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

 

Sustainbility liaisons have been identified at the senior administration, vice president, and college dean levels. Professor John Randolph, in his role as Special Advisor to the Provost of Academic Sustainability Programs, is working with the dean's representatives to inventory all college sustainability academic degress and programs, to capture ongoing collaboraion, integration, innovative teaching and learning, and to address sustainability aspirations. Sustainaibility liaisons have been identified for the 50 department that recently participated in the "Green Campus Challenge." The Energy and Sustainability Committee successfully developed and conducted the first Virginia Tech Green Campus Challenge (GCC) Survey during the 2010 Spring Semester. Blacksburg campus departments with 10 or more employees were eligible to complete the GCC survey. Fifty departments participated representing over 4,700 employees, or 2/3ds of the Blacksburg campus work force. One survey question asked the department to select a "Green Campus Communication Represenative (sustainability liaison). Having sustainability liaisons at the department level provides the ideal vehicle for keeping everyone informed, gathering information, and so forth. The GCC was modeled after the "Green Commonwealth Challenge" that was issued to all Virginia state agencies and institutions in 2009. See: http://www.vtnews.vt.edu/articles/2010/06/2010-470.html .

[X]

 

Green office certification program

 

The Green Campus Challenge was a wonderful vehicle to engage our departments to adopt more sustainability practices and to share innovative ideas. The results are displayed on the Office of Sustainability website and in the following URL: http://www.facilities.vt.edu/sustainability/gcc_results.pdf . Housing and Dining Services Housekeeping has been awarded "JANPAK Level III Clean Zone Certification (see questions 14 and 16). The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center has received "Green Lodging" and "Green Conference Center" status respectively (see question 50).

[X]

 

Green office tips posted online or on staff bulletin boards

 

The Green Campus Challenge VT News article captures a number of practices and innovative ideas used in our departments. See: http://www.vtnews.vt.edu/articles/2010/06/2010-470.html .

[X]

 

Incorporation of sustainability issues into new employee orientation

 

The Office of Sustainability is preparing a "Sustainaiblity Information Paper" for Human Resources Personnel to distribute to new employees during orientation.

[X]

 

Other

 

Virginia Tech is committed to being a campus sustainability leader and programs and opportunities are happening everywhere to address ways to encourage sustainability behavioral change. One very visible was in through the "Sustainability Week" Program. Four years ago Virginia Tech, the Town of Blacksburg, and the local citizens group Sustainable Blacksburg formed a Green Partnership to promote sustainability awareness, education, practical applications, and to encourage behavioral change. "Sustainability Week 2007" was held October 22-27 and included over 30 scheduled activities, events, tours, fairs, and five high-level guest speakers from the public and private sectors. The Commonwealth of Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources gave a presentation and noted that this program was a model for our state. "Sustainability Week 2007" received a Governor's Environmental Excellence Award. See: http://www.vtnews.vt.edu/articles/2008/04/2008-288.html . "Sustainability Week" has become a tradition with successful programs in 2008, 2009, and we are planning "Sustainability Week 2010."


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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

 

1/1/2009

 

270,888

 

312,505

 

 

See attached "College Sustainability Report Card 2011 - GHG Emission Details.xlsx"

2008

 

1/1/2008

 

269,021

 

306,666

 

 

See attached "College Sustainability Report Card 2011 - GHG Emission Details.xlsx"

2007

 

1/1/2007

 

266,592

 

303,897

 

 

See attached "College Sustainability Report Card 2011 - GHG Emission Details.xlsx"

2006

 

1/1/2006

 

251,480

 

286,671

 

http://www.facilities.vt.edu/sustainability/GHG_Emissions_Inventory.pdf

 

See attached "College Sustainability Report Card 2011 - GHG Emission Details.xlsx"

2005

 

1/1/2005

 

239,965

 

273,063

 

http://www.facilities.vt.edu/sustainability/GHG_Emissions_Inventory.pdf

 

See attached "College Sustainability Report Card 2011 - GHG Emission Details.xlsx"

 

College Sustainability Report Card 2011 - GHG Emission Details.xlsx - 18 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


If yes, please list details below.

 

Reduction level (percentage): 80%

Baseline year: 1990

Baseline emissions level:  188,000 tons (short)

Target year: 2050

 

Additional comments: The Virginia Tech Climate Action Commitment Resolution establishes an overall target, as well as interim targets, for greenhouse gas emissions. Item #3 in the Resolution states: "Virginia Tech will establish a target for the reduction of campus GHG emissions to 80% below 1990 emission level by 2050, and interim targets from 2006 emissions of 316,000 tons consistent with the Virginia Energy Plan, the Governor’s Commission on Climate Change, the Town of Blacksburg, and the federal administration: for 2012, 295,000 tons (on path to 2025 target); for 2025, 255,000 tons (2000 emission level); and for 2050, 38,000 tons (80% below 1990 emission level)." In 2008 the National Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota selected Virginia Tech for "Tree Campus USA" status and to be one of nine college and univerity host sites for a "Campus Tree Tour 2008." Virginia Tech received 100 free trees to plant during Sustainability Week 2008. The tree planting event received recognition at the state level and was awarded a Governor's Environmental Excellence Award: http://www.facilities.vt.edu/sustainability/campustree.asp .  Especially noteworthy is that this event tied directly into our Sustainability Plan goal to plant 100 new trees on campus each year to help reduce greehhouse gas emissions while simultaneously beautifying the campus landscape. The National Arbor Day Foundation re-certified Virginia Tech in 2009 for "Tree Campus USA" status. Please see: http://www.arborday.org/media/pressreleases/pressrelease.cfm?id=205 .

 

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: Meeting state agency budget commitments for fiscal year 2010 (July, 2009 through June, 2010) necessitated Virginia Tech maximizing its central power plant coal-burning capability and associated lower operating costs. For calendar year 2008, coal represented 55% of total boiler fuel input, while for calendar year 2009, coal consumption increased to 93% of boiler fuel input; despite the increase in coal consumption, GHG emissions (Scopes 1 & 2) were essentially held flat relative to 2008 due to offsetting campus energy reductions. For questions 22, 23, and 24, see attachment shown at question 20: "College Sustainability Report Card 2011 - GHG Emission Details.xlsx" For question 24, see the following additional attachment: http://www.facilities.vt.edu/sustainability/report_card_ftse_details.xls

 

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:

 

0.0322

2008:

 

0.0322

2007:

 

0.0335

2006:

 

0.0329

2005:

 

0.0320


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:

 

8.98

2008:

 

8.72

2007:

 

8.95

2006:

 

8.79

2005:

 

8.54

 

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:
1,916,831,629 (2005)

Gross square feet of building space: 7,503,425 (2005)

 

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

Building energy consumption : 2,079,961,216 (2009) Note: Through the American Electric Power's eleven invoiced months of Fiscal Year 10 (July 1-June 30), campus purchased electricity consumption is on track to show a 7.19% reduction over Fiscal Year 08; adjusting for a 5.5% increase in campus Gross Square Feet over that same period, campus purchased electricity consumption is on track to show a 12% reduction over Fiscal Year 08.

Gross square feet of building space : 8,403,343 (2009)

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

[X]    Temperature setbacks

[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

[X]

 

Back pressure turbines

 

1.2%

[X]

 

Economizers

 

49.4%

[X]

 

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

 

87.5%

[X]

 

Gas-fired hydronic heating systems

 

11.9%

[X]

 

Heat recovery systems

 

11.4%

[X]

 

LED lighting

 

48.8%

[X]

 

Lighting sensors

 

44.9%

[X]

 

Metering—chilled water

 

12.3%

[X]

 

Metering—electric

 

99.2%

[X]

 

Metering—steam

 

24.5%

[X]

 

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

 

61.4%

[X]

 

Performing system tune-ups

 

87.5%

[  ]

 

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

 

0%

[X]

 

Steam turbines

 

0.4%

[X]

 

Steam-line insulation

 

10%

[X]

 

Timers for temperature control

 

87.5%

[X]

 

Variable speed drives

 

48.7%

[  ]

 

Vending machine sensors

 

0% (See comment below)

[  ]

 

Other. Please describe below.

 

0%

 

Description: Vending machine sensor: while none of the vending machines currently on campus have vending misers, PEPCO Energy Services Inc. from Arlington, Virginia is working with Coke-Cola to install misers on 30 machines to determine how much energy could be saved. For questions 25 and 26, see the following attachment: http://www.facilities.vt.edu/sustainability/report_card_energy_details.xls  For question 25, see the following comment: Energy Use Index (EUI) has improved from 255.46 MBtu/GSF in 2005, to 247.52 MBtu/GSF in 2009.


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 

[  ]

 

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)

[X]

 

Other. Please describe: Web-based energy dashboard is currently under development. Green Campus Challenge and the inaugural Eco-Olympics : see Office of Sustainability Website: www.facilities.vt.edu/sustainability

 

RENEWABLE ENERGY GENERATION

 

28) Does your school generate renewable energy?

No

 

If yes, please provide details below.

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

 

 

 

Renewable
energy type

 

Percent of
total energy
consumption    

 

Production
source description

[  ]

 

Biomass

 

 

[  ]

 

Concentrated solar power

 

 

[  ]

 

Geothermal (shallow depth)

 

 

[  ]

 

Low-impact hydropower

 

 

[  ]

 

Photovoltaics

 

 

See comments 1 & 2 below.

[  ]

 

Wind

 

 

See comment 2 below.

[  ]

 

Other. Please specify below.    

 

 

"Lumenhaus" wins first place in the 2010 Solar Decathlon Europe international competititon. See comment 3 below.

 

Other description:   

1. Virginia Tech will be installing a $1.3 million, 124 kWdc solar photovoltaics system, on our new parking garage to be completed this summer. This system will generate an estimated 148,000 kWh annually and, in a carport type configuration, will cover about 12,440 square feet or about 14% of the top deck.

2. Virginia Tech, the Town of Blacksburg, and the local YMCA were awarded a Community Action Grant for Energy Research from Virginia Tech's Office of the Vice President for Research. The partners have developed a wind and solar photovoltaic demonstration project located at the local YMCA. For details of the project please visit: http://www.blacksburgwindpower.com/  & the Virginia Tech News Release: http://www.vtnews.vt.edu/articles/2010/04/2010-306.html .

3. Virginia Tech's "Lumenhaus" won the 2010 Solar Decathlon Europe international competition. There were 15 entries with only two from colleges and universities in the United States. See: http://www.vtnews.vt.edu/articles/2010/06/062910-caus-lumenhauswins.html .  Please visit the numerous additional articles at the bottom of this Virginia Tech News article.


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

 

66%

Natural Gas

 

22%

Nuclear

 

6%

Petroleum

 

Included in Natural Gas

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

 

6%

Other. Please specify:

 

See Appalachian Power Company URL: http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/aep/accountability2010/#/34

 

Percentage of overall electricity consumption purchased from the grid:  88%


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:

1,005,209,698

Note: http://www.eia.doe.gov/emeu/cbecs/cbecs2003/detailed_tables_2003/detailed_tables_2003.html#enduse03

 

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

 

0%

Coal

 

83.5%

Geothermal

 

0%

Natural gas

 

15.7%%

Petroleum

 

0.8%

Other. Please specify:

 

For questions 30 and 33 see the following attachment: http://www.facilities.vt.edu/sustainability/report_card_energy_details.xls

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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: 26,478

Total waste generated (garbage + recycling + compost): 6,345 tons (calendar year 2005)

Performance year (most recent year for which data are available)
Weighted campus users:
28,659

Total waste generated (garbage + recycling + compost): 5,995 tons (calendar year 2009)  

 

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: Please see the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Environmental Quality "Locality Recycling Rate Report for Calendar Year 2009 for Virginia Tech" on page 3: http://www.facilities.vt.edu/sustainability/recycle_rate_report.pdf .  Virginia Tech is a jurisdiction member of the Montgomery Regional Solid Waste Authority (MRSWA). During Academic Year we participated in the development of the "2010 Solid Waste Management Plan" which was approved by the MRSWA Board of Directors on March 18, 2010. Please see: http://www.mrswa.com/assets/MRSWA_SWMP.pdf .  Finally, Virginia Tech is developing our own "Comprehensive Waste Management Plan with a goal to complete and approve that in Academic Year 2010-2011.

 

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).

36.48%. Please see the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Environmental Quality "Locality Recycling Rate Report for Calendar Year 2009 for Virginia Tech" at the bottom of page 2: http://www.facilities.vt.edu/sustainability/recycle_rate_report.pdf .  Note: The Virginia Tech Climate Action Commitment Resolution set a goal for the university to achieve a 35% recycling rate by 2012. We achieved that goal in 2009.

 

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]

We recycle fluorscent tubes and compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), high intensity discharge (HID) street lamp bulbs, projector bulbs, and some incandescent bulbs. We recycle lamp ballasts (all types), and inoperable/functional obsolete computer monitors.

 

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:

Veolia Environmental Services and Heritage Environmental are firms used for e-waste, battery, and some other recycling. http://veoliaes-ts.com/hazardous-industrial-waste-recycling   http://www.heritage-enviro.com/  Veolia Environmental Services is the firm used for parts washer fluids and other solvent wastes that are recycled. http://veoliaes-ts.com/hazardous-industrial-waste-recycling  Southeast Recycling is the firm used for fluorscent lamps, other lamps, and ballasts. http://www.recyclebulbs.com/  Cycle Systems is the firm used for metals we recycle. http://cyclesystems.com/  We verify that all firms used have the necessary environmental permits and indeed recycle the materials. We avoid companies that resell electronic waste (i.e. take computers apart and resell the components). We do not use companies that ship materials oversees for processing. We do not use companies that have records of environmental violations.

 

COMPOSTING (APART FROM DINING FACILITIES)


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

90%


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

 

Virginia Tech has established a priority to publish publications, policies, and procedures in an electronic format when possible. For example, all University Policies are available electronically at: http://www.policies.vt.edu/index.php .  The Human Resources Department's employment information, processes, and procedures are available electronically at: http://www.hr.vt.edu/employment/index.html .  Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) is Facilities Services' electronic work order system for maintenance and renovation projects. "Laserfiche" is Facilities Services' electronic document storage system for capital projects. "Fleet Commander" is Fleet Service's electronic rental car reservation system. "HokieMart" is Virginia Tech's electronic procurement system. Virginia Tech Board of Visitors meetings to include read ahead material is all conducted electronically.

[X]  

 

Move-in waste reduction

 

Virginia Tech Recycling establishes separate cardboard collection points near all residence halls.

[X]  

 

Move-out waste reduction

 

"Y-Toss?" Reuse/Recycling Program. See Summary Report: http://www.facilities.vt.edu/sustainability/ytoss_2010_summary.pdf .  For Academic Year 2009-2010 the "Y-Toss?" Program received the University Student Leadership Award for Outstanding Achievement by an Organization.

[X]  

 

Year-round materials exchange programs     

 

Policy 3955 "Management of Surplus Property." See: http://www.policies.vt.edu/3955.pdf

[X]  

 

Other

 

Residence Hall Mattress Reuse Program. Virginia Tech has established a partnership with the Virginia Industry for the Blind (VIB), located in Charlottesville, Virginia, to have our Residence Hall mattresses refurbished every five years for each building. A mattress can be refurbished three times. The mattress is torn down to the interspring and rebuilt with new batting and covering. When the interspring is damaged the mattress cannot be refurbished and is discarded.


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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:

See: "The Virginia Tech Climate Action Commitment (VTCAC) Resolution" http://www.facilities.vt.edu/sustainability/climateAction.pdf .  Item #6 states: "Virginia Tech will pursue LEED Silver certification or better and exceed ASHRAE 90.1 2004 energy performance by 35% (ASHRAE 90.1 2007 by 30%) for all new buildings and major renovations. Capital budgets should account for future energy price, cost of building operation, return on investment, and environmental benefits of achieving this level of performance." The University has one completed LEED certified project and eleven LEED registered projects with the U.S. Green Building Council. The Henderson Hall Renovation and Theatre 101 Addition project (38,750 GSF) received LEED "Gold" Certification on February 5, 2010. These two facilities represent the first buildings to be USGBC LEED cerified in Blacksburg, Virginia. Virginia Tech President Charles W. Steger provided remarks during our Earth Day 2010 Celebration on April 22 which included the unveiling of the two USGBC LEED Gold Rating plaques. Pictures of that ceremony may be viewed at: http://www.facilities.vt.edu/sustainability/earth_day_photos.asp  Of the eleven LEED registered projects, six are under construction and five are in design. Under construction totaling 581,855 GSF are the following: Institute for Critical Technologies & Applied Sciences- II (42,000 GSF), Renovate Ambler Johnston Residence Hall (272,000 GSF), Addition to the Football Locker Room (38,500 GSF), Visitors and Undergraduate Admissions CTR (18,155 GSF), Academic & Student Affairs Bldg (91,200 GSF), and the Center for the Arts (120,000 GSF). Under design totaling 422,000 GSF are the following: Virginia Bioinformatics Institute Add (50,000 GSF), Signature Engineering Bldg (160,000 GSF), Human & Ag Biosciences Bldg (92,000 GSF), Renovate Davidson Hall Chemistry Bldg (50,000 GSF), and the Myers Lawson School of Construction Phases II & III (70,000 GSF). All buildings in the construction and design phases, as well as recently completed buildings are shown at the University Planning Design and Construction Services website: http://www.pdc.facilities.vt.edu/mediawiki/index.php/Main_Page .  Especially noteworthy is the Academic and Student Affairs Building (91,200 GSF) which will feature a "green roof." See: http://www.pdc.facilities.vt.edu/mediawiki/index.php/File:Acad_Stu_Afrs_Aug_09_Page_1.jpg .


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

Total number of LEED-certified buildings: 2 LEED-certified buildings (one project)

 

 

 

Combined gross square footage:      

 

Building name(s):

Certified-level   

 

 

Silver-level

 

 

 

 

Gold-level

 

38750

 

Henderson Hall Renovation and Theatre 101 (See Earth Day Celebration and Ceremony to Unveil two LEED Gold Rating Plaques, http://www.facilities.vt.edu/sustainability/earth_day_photos.asp )

Platinum-level   

 

 

 

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

Total number of buildings that meet LEED criteria : 6 (all under construction)

 

 

 

Combined gross square footage:    

 

Building name(s):

Certified-level criteria met, but not certified

 

18155

 

Visitors and Undergraduate Admissions Center.

Silver-level criteria met, but not certified

 

563700

 

Ambler Johnston Residence Hall Renovation, Institute for Critical Technologies and Applied Sciences-II, Academic and Student Affairs Building, Center for the Arts, and Football Locker Room Addition.

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:
0
Combined gross square footage:
Building names: N/A

 

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:
N/A
Total number of buildings:
0
Combined gross square footage: 
0
Building names: N/A

 

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

97.42%

 

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:   0


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

 

Project name     

 

Square footage  

 

Former use       

 

Current use      

 

Additional details

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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

 

Student enrollment (FTE): 24,948

Square footage: 7,895,899 (This figure represents "all" buildings on campus.)

 

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

 

Student enrollment (FTE): 27,880

Square footage: 9,873,750 (This figure represents "all" buildings on campus. For Questions 76 and 77 we are reporting information for just the "main" buildings).

 

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:

Campus Policy 5505 "Energy and Water" paragraph 3.3 See: http://www.policies.vt.edu/5505.pdf  During Academic Year 2009-2010 the Energy and Sustainability Committee developed a draft Revision 2 to Campus Policy 5505 which incorporates additional operation and maintenance requirements established in former Commonwealth of Virginia Governor Timothy Kaine's Executive Order 82 (2009) "Greening of State Government" issued June 10, 2009. In addition to incorporating language addressing energy use, water use, waste reduction, transportation and travel, and procurement, draft revision 2 recommends changing the title of Campus Policy 5505 to become "Energy, Water, and Waste Reduction." The Vice President for Administrative Services (VPAS) is the approving authority for Campus Policy 5505. While in the process of forwarding the draft revision to the the VPAS, our current Commonwealth of Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell issued a new Executive Order 19 (2010) "Conservation and Efficiency in the Operation of State Government" on July 1, 2010 which contains some additional requirements. We anticipate the Energy and Sustainability Committee will revisit draft revision 2 to ensure additional requirements from E.O. 19 (2010) are included. The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center (IVT&SCC)have been awarded "Virginia Green Lodging" and "Virginia Green Conference Center" status respectively by the Commonwealth of Virginia's Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). Located on the campus of Virginia Tech this facility provides refined surroundings for conferences, business meetings, academic programs, entertainment, and access to state-of-the-art technology. The Inn adjoins the Conference Center and sits on 25 lush acres. DEQ recognized this facility for successful practices in recycling and waste reduction, minimization of disposable food service products, water and energy conservation, and for its "green" events package. The Virginia Green Lodging and Conference Center Profile for IVT&SCC: http://www.deq.virginia.gov/export/sites/default/p2/virginiagreen/pdf/inn_at_VT.pdf .  The DEQ criteria for "green" status is as follows: http://www.deq.virginia.gov/p2/virginiagreen/conference_centers.html .


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:  N/A
Building names: 0

 

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: 0
Combined gross square footage: N/A
Building names: 0

 

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:
26,478 (2005)
Water consumed (gallons): 307,043,287 (2005)

Performance year (most recent year for which data are available)
Weighted campus users:
28,659 (2009)
Water consumed (gallons): 384,904,546 (2009) Virginia Tech is a major research institution. During the four year period 2005 to 2009 the university increased it's number of "main" buildings from 127 to 138 (+11), and increased it's "main" building total gross square feet from 7,503,425 to 8,403,343 (+ 899,918 GSF).

 

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

 

100%

[X]  

 

Dual-flush toilets

 

33% (low-flow toilets and urinals)

[  ]  

 

Gray water systems

 

0%

[X]  

 

Laundry technology

 

100%

[X]  

 

Leak detection and reduction  

 

100% (using visual inspection and manual observation)

[X]  

 

Low-flow faucets

 

33%

[X]  

 

Low-flow showerheads

 

64%

[  ]  

 

Non-potable water usage

 

0%

[  ]  

 

Waterless urinals

 

0%

[X]  

 

Xeriscaping

 

N/A

[X]   

 

Weather-informed irrigation

 

N/A

[  ]  

 

Other. Please describe below.  

 

 

Other description:

 

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

[X]

 

Living or vegetated roofs  

[X]

 

Porous pavement

[X]

 

Retention ponds

[X]

 

Stone swales

[X]

 

Vegetated swales

[X]

 

Other. Please describe:

 

Other description: Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Program. In 1987, Congress amended the Clean Water Act (CWA) to require implementation, in two phases, of a comprehensive national program for addressing stormwater discharges into local waterbodies. The program is managed by the Evrionmental Protection Agency's (EPA) National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) which grants local regulatory authority to State governments, including Virginia's Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). Phase I, issued in 1990 requires medium and large cities or certain counties with populations of 100,000 or more to obtain NPDES permit coverage for their stormwater discharges. Phase II, issued in 1999 requires regulated small urbanized areas, as well as small rural areas that are designated by the permitting authority, to obtain NPDES permit coverage for their stormwater discharges. Virginia Tech falls under Phase II and was granted a Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit from DEQ in 1999. The permit allows Virginia Tech to operate its own MS4 Program. Implementation of a comprehensive Stormwater Management Program (SWMP) to reduce the contamination of stormwater runoff and prohibit illicit discharges is required to maintain the MS4 permit. An MS4 is a conveyance or system of conveyances that is: (1) owned by a state, city, town, village, or other public entity that discharges to waters of the U.S, (2) designed or used to collect or convey stormwater (including storm drains, pipes, ditches, etc.), (3) not a combined sewer, and (4) not part of a Publicly Owned Treatment Works (sewage treatment plant). See: http://www.facilities.vt.edu/pdc/stormwater/ms4/ .  The following stormwater Management link provides illustrations of our best management practices on campus: http://www.facilities.vt.edu/pdc/stormwater/home/photos.asp .

 

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

"SUSTAIN"

 

Building

 

7

 

A sustainability focused living learning community, "SUSTAIN", was piloted this year in Pritchard Residence Hall. There were seven active freshman in it and they actively participated in several projects. To highlight a few, they partnered with the student organization Environmental Coalition on the "Think Outside the Bottle" campaign, with the Student Government Association on RecycleMania 2010; and with the Office of Sustainability to conduct a waste audit during Earth Week 2010.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

[X]  

 

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:

In his speech to new students and parents during New Student Orientation 2010, Student Government Association (SGA) President Bo Hart emphasized that Virginia Tech is committed to being a leader in campus sustainability and he encouraged new students to get involved in sustainability organizations and activities. Prior to New Student Orientation 2010, the Sustainability Program Manager, the former SGA Director of Sustainability, and the current SGA Secretary for Sustainability, gave a "Sustainability Initiatives" presentation to all Orientation Leaders and it contained pertinent sustainability information for them to share with their new students. Orientation Leaders also received a "Sustainability Guide for New Student Orientation Leaders." The handout may be viewed at: http://www.facilities.vt.edu/sustainability/nso_handout_2010.pdf .  The presentation and the handout are on the Office of Sustainability website at: http://www.facilities.vt.edu/sustainability .  The University Common Book for Academic Year 2010-2011 is Barbara Kingsolver's "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle." All new students will receive their copy at New Student Orientation, and their RAs will utilize its content during presentations and information sessions with their students. Hosted by the Virginia Tech Division of Student Affairs, Gobblerfest 2010 will occur on August 27, 2010 at the end of the first week of the fall semester. It is a welcome festival for new students, faculty and staff, and actually serves as an extension of New Student Orientaion. This active engagement and comprehensive program began in 2008 and is intended to familarize new students,faculty, and staff with the myriad of opportunities, organizations, and upcoming events for the Virginia Tech and Blacksburg community. See: http://www.gobblerfest.org/about.html  More than 370 student organizations, Virginia Tech departments, businesses, and non-profit organizations participated in Gobblerfest 2009. Photos may be viewed at: http://www.gobblerfest.org/pictures09.html  The Office of Sustainability provides recycling and trash services for Gobblerfest, and operates an information table to promote our sustainability initiatives on campus. The following photos from Gobblerfest 2009 includes the Office of Sustainability's Student Intern and one of the two members of the Green Team: http://www.facilities.vt.edu/sustainability/GobblerFest_09_005.jpg    http://www.facilities.vt.edu/sustainability/GobblerFest_09_001.jpg

 

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

 

3. (Note: the Office of Sustainability had three paid positions during Academic Year 2009-2010. One student intern worked in our office, and the other two were our student "Green Team" Coordinators who worked primarily with student leaders in the residence halls).

 

The student intern assigned to the Office of Sustainability worked on average 20 hours a week, and the two "Green Team" Coordinators worked on average 5 hours a week.

Unpaid positions

 

10. (Note: the Office of Sustainability coordinated a 10 person student intern team during the 2010 spring semester. Interns were involved in four major projects to include: the development of the Comprehensive Waste Management Plan, data collection and graphic design for the Sustainabiity Annual Report, an Attitudes and Awareness Assessement, and Electronic Media Strategies).

 

Our students worked on average 3 to 5 hours a week on these four projects.


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://www.recycle.vt.edu/greenteam/

 

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.

 

2

 

5 hours per week per student

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, two 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: Virginia Tech Eco-Olympics

Year Initiated: 2010

Website: http://www.housing.vt.edu/saveenergy

 

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  

 

Eco-Olympics was an on-campus event that focused on five major residence categories to inlcude: large-size residence halls, mediumsized residence halls, small-sized residence halls, air-conditioned residence halls, and Greek Housing. The winner from each of the five categories received a custom made banner for display in their building. The overall "grand champion" received a human-sized statue made of recycled metal parts that will become the "traveling trophy" for future competitions, and a reusable water bottle refilling station for installation in their building.

[  ]  

 

Other

 

 

Goals of competition:

 

 

 

 

Describe:

[X]  

 

Energy conservation  

 

The Virginia Tech inaugural Eco-Olympics competition was held during the period March 29 to April 30, 2010 and the primary goal was energy conservation. See the promotional banner on the Office of Sustainability website: http://facilities.vt.edu/sustainability . "Earthhour 2010" occurred two days prior to the start of the competition and served as the kick-off event (see flyer: http://www.facilities.vt.edu/sustainability/earth_hour_2010.pdf ). At the beginning of the competition the Virginia Tech Electric Services read the electricity meter for each residence hall and Greek housing unit to establish a baseline reading. For the next four weeks residence halls were encouraged to reduce their energy consumption through a variety of energy conservation and efficiency techniques. The idea was that collectively individual actions could have a huge impact on the energy usage of their residence and the university. Points were awarded to residence halls based on the per capita reduction for each hall. Results were compiled weekly. Residence Hall Advisors were provided with information on energy conservation. The Office of Sustainability conducted an "Energy Conservation Workshop" to teach students how to reduce their energy use.

[  ]  

 

Waste reduction

 

 

[  ]

 

Water conservation  

 

[X]  

 

Other

 

The secondary goal of the competition was sustainability education. A series of workshops and lectures were held during the competition , and the student's residence building earned points with their attendance and particiaption. Topics of these events ranged from biofuels to waste reduction. A few events provided volunteer opportunities such as providing for recycling at the campus "Relay for Life" event and participating in service projects. Students were also awarded points for taking a Sustainability Pledge that was developed by the Residence Life Staff.

 

Percent of energy and/or resource use reduction resulting from the competition: Since this was the inaugural year for Eco-olympics, we did not have energy data to compare results with a previous year. By and large, the five category winners did show a consistent reduction in energy consumption during the month of the competition. Numerous Residence Hall Advisors noted that many students were engaged and taking the competition to heart. Virginia Tech Electric Services did an outstanding job in supporting this event by taking weekly meter readings and providing that information for placement on a web-based scoreboard.

Lasting effects of competition: The overall goal of the competition is to let students on campus realize that collectively they can make a huge difference in reducing the environmental impact of Virginia Tech. By being competitive with other halls, we have seen that students can have fun and help the earth at the same time. The goal is to get each student on campus to pick up at least two or three lifestyle changes that are difficult to teach through a lecture alone. Practical application is very valuable. It is difficult to educate nearly 9,000 on-campus students regarding the implications of environmental impacts and the virtues of sustainability, but this competition will make that much easier to accomplish on a campus-wide scale.

Additional Information: At the conclusion of the Virginia Tech Eco-Olympics we held an Awards Ceremony. Dr. Ed Spencer, Vice President for Student Affairs was the keynote speaker and presented the awards. The following photos were taken at the awards ceremony: http://www.facilities.vt.edu/sustainability/eco_awards.asp .  These are also shown on the Office of Sustainability website: http://facilities.vt.edu/sustainability  Our intent is for the Virginia Tech Eco-Olympics to become an annual event. Consideration should be given for scheduling it in the fall semester soon after our students arrive and perhaps launching it during the already well-established Sustainability Week program.

 

Second Competition:

 

Competition Overview

 

Competition Name: Recyclemania 2010

Year Initiated: 2007

Website: http://www.recyclmania.org , and http://www.facilities.vt.edu/sustainability

 

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

 

Incentives were threefold. First, the university wanted to improve upon our results from the previous year. Second, we wanted to do well as compared to other institutions in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Third, we wanted to do well as compared to other institutions in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

 

Goals of competition:

 

 

 

 

Describe:

[  ]  

 

Energy conservation

 

[X]  

 

Waste reduction

 

Using 2009 as our baseline, the university set goals to increase our total recyclables by 10% and to decrease our total trash by 5%. The Virginia Tech Climate Action Commitment Resolution sets a target for the university to achieve a 35% recycling rate by 2012. Recyclemania 2010 is a venue to help us achieve that target. The Office of Sustainability, the Student Government Association, and other student organizations activley promoted particiaption by students, faculty, and staff throughout the competition.

[  ]  

 

Water conservation  

 

[  ]  

 

Other

 


Percent of energy and/or resource use reduction resulting from the competition: We came very close to achieving our goal. This year Virginia Tech's total recycling rate rose 6.6% to 18.62%. We increased our total recyclable materials by 19,260 pounds (a 7.3 % increase from 2009), and we reduced our total trash by 60,880 pounds (a 4.7% reduction from 2009). Successes included a significant increase in food service organics and reduction in waste minimization per capita. The Recyclemania 2010 results are posted on the Recyclemania 2010 website at: http://recyclemaniacs.org/Results.aspx .  Generally speaking Virginia Tech finished in the middle of the pack when compared to other institutions in the Atlantic Coast Conference and the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Lasting effects of competition: This was the fourth consecutive year of our participation in the Recyclemania friendly competition and our overall results continue to improve. The interest level for this competition was much better this year and we anticipate even more for next year.

Additional Information: Especially noteworthy for this year was the close coordination and teamwork that was established between the Office of Sustainability, Dining Services, Virginia Tech Recycling, the Montgomery Regional Solid Waste Authority in Christiansburg, and Poplar Manor Enterprises who collect our composting materials. As a result, the weekly reporting process was straightforward and easily performed by all parties.

 

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 Government Association (SGA)

 

SGA's Strategic Plan for Academic Year 2009-2010 emphasized sustainability. Goal No.4: Sustainability. Specifically, the Student Government Association will assist all Hokies in developing a more sustainable future, to include an increased emphasis on educational awareness and promoting environment and opportunities for students to be actively engaged in Virginia Tech’s commitment to go green. Two new sustainability positions were created. Alex Funk (Director of Sustainability) and Nathan Latka (Director of Green Initiatives) worked with university administration to promote and enhance current sustainability programs. They introduced the Green Effect Football Game in the fall to promote tailgate recycling, and introduced the Big Event “Green Edition” (BEGE) in the spring. In an effort to spread knowledge and practices of sustainability throughout Blacksburg, the Big Event community service project incorporated green initiatives into existing service projects to promote a green environment. Students were trained and conducted energy audits and provided homeowners with long lasting energy savings tips and suggestions. SGA worked directly with the University’s Energy and Sustainability Committee and the Director of Sustainability was a member.

 

http://www.sga.vt.edu/sgaexterplan.pdf

 

 

 

 

 

Environmental Coalition (EC)

 

EC is the largest and most active environmental group on campus. They plan, sponsor, attend, and execute a variety of sustainability activities and programs throughout the academic year. Their signature event was "Earth Week 2010," April 17-23. The schedule of events may be viewed at: http://www.theecvt.org/EW2010.html.

 

http://www.theecvt.org/

 

 

 

 

 

The Sustainable Food Corps at Virginia Tech

 

To promote economic development within our community to support a resilient, sustainable, locally-owned food system which provides improved citizen access to local and regional food.

 

http://www.vtsustainablefoodcorps.wordpress.com/

Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS)

 

SWCS is a non-profit organization that advocates the protection, enhancement, and wise use of soil, water, and related natural resources, The Virginia Tech Chapter engages in a varietyof service and social activities throughout the year including Save Our Streams Biomonitoring at local streams, educational workshops, stream clean-ups, hiking, and other conservation activities.

 

http://www.swcs.org.vt.edu/home.html

 Seek Education, Explore, DiScover (SEEDS)

 

SEEDS is a 501(c)(3) charitable educational organization that creates inquiry-based discovery oriented activities. It facilitates a learning awareness from an ecological perspective by emphasizing life's cycles, sustainable living, civic, and cultural awareness.

 

http://www.seedsguys.org/index.html

The Green Team

 

A student led sustainability education team focused on outreach to the student body. In coordination with the Office of Sustainability, the Green Team conducts education on environmental issues and principles of sustainability, promotes behavior change, and promotes building a sustainable campus culture.

 

http://www.recycle.vt.edu/greenteam/

YMCA Y-Toss? Student Program

 

Formally called the Applied Environmental Awareness (AEA) this program of the YMCA at Virginia Tech is dedicated to spreading awareness of environmental issues through volunteer service and education. Y-Toss? has become their signature event. It takes place each May during student "Move-Out" and during each August during student "Move-In." Serviceable items obtained during Move-Out are reused and sold during student Move-In to help raise funds for the center.

 

http://www.vtymca.org/index.html

Interior Designers for Education and Sustainability (IDEAS)

 

IDEAS is a service organization that strives to expose its members to sustainability practices in the community and the professional world.

 

http://www.ideas.org.vt.edu/

Mountain Justice Blacksburg (MJB)

 

The mission of MJB is to educate ourselves and our community on the effect the coal industry has on Appalchia and the world, particularly with regard to Mountain Top Removal; to spread awareness of and promote sustainable sources of energy and income for our region,; to network with other organizations working towards these ends; and to stand in solidarity with those most directly affected by the coal industry.

 

http://www.mountainjustice.org.vt.edu/

Beyond Coal at Virginia Tech

 

New student organization focused on encouraging the university to consider alternatives to burning coal in the on campus Steam Plant.

 

http://vtbeyondcoal.wordpress.com/

Residence Hall Federation (RHF)

 

RHF serves as the governing programming body for the Virginia Tech campus and all of its residents. Goal is to improve residence life. The mission is carried out by the many volunteers who are committed to providing residents with a positive living/learning environment through legislation, programs, campus wide activities, and community service.

 

http://www.rhf.vt.edu/

Engineers Without Borders (EWB)

 

EWB's mission is to partner with disadvantaged areas to improve their quality of life through the implementation of environmentally, equitably, and economically sustainable engineering projects, while developing internationally responsible engineers and engineering students through eduction, encouragement, and experience.

 

http://www.ewbvirginiatech.org/

VT Engage

 

The mission of VT Engage is service and to live out the university's motto: "Ut Prosim-That I May Serve." VT Engage wishes to encourage everyone everywhere to do volunteer work as a way to give back to the community. Virginia Tech students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to perform as much community service per year as possible.

 

http://www.engage.vt.edu/mission/


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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.

1002

 

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

 

[X]  

 

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

 

54

[  ]  

 

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

 

[X]  

 

Gasoline-electric hybrid

 

13

[  ]  

 

Hydrogen fueled

 

[  ]  

 

Plug-in hybrid

 

[  ]  

 

Other. Please describe: For additional information on Fleet Service's vehicles and Alternative Transportation initiatives please see the "Virginia Tech Climate Action Commitment Status Report" Transportation Section, on pages 10 & 11: http://www.facilities.vt.edu/sustainability/vtcac.pdf .

 

 

 


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)?

48%

 

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

 

 

 

Percentage

Bicycle

 

 

Carpool/vanpool

 

 

Public transit

 

 

Single-occupancy vehicle    

 

52%

Walking

 

 

 

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

30%

 

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

 

 

 

Percentage

Bicycle

 

 

Carpool/vanpool

 

 

Public transit

 

 

Single-occupancy vehicle    

 

70%

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

[X] Yes, to students

 

Description:  Virginia Tech wins gold for "Best Workplaces for Commuters." See: http://www.vtnews.vt.edu/articles/2010/01/2010-18.html .  Virginia Tech offers carpooling incentives for faculty, staff, and students. "It's a Good Deal, and It's Green." Virginia Tech helps employees cut commute costs. See the "Roanoke Times-New River Valley Current" article, July 18, 2010: http://www.roanoke.com/news/nrv/wb/254007 .


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

 

 

 

 

 

Description

[X]  

 

Carpool matching

 

Two or more faculty/staff employees who choose to ride together and share one parking permit may register to be in a carpool. Carpool parking permits cost 30% less than the cost of a single-occupancy vehicle faculty/staff permit, and the cost is split between the members of the carpool. Carpoolers receive five free daily permits per participant per semester for days when carpooling is not possible.

[  ]  

 

Financial remuneration  

 

[X]  

 

Preferential parking

 

Preferred carpool parking spaces are located at the front of specified parking lots on campus.

[X]  

 

Other

 

Rideshare matching is provided by Ride Solutions. See: http://www.ridesolutions.org/workplace/vt/index.shtml .  Emergency Ride Home Service is available through Parking Services. This service provides carpoolers with a ride to their vehicle or local residence in case of an emergency. This service is available Monday-Friday, from 8:00am to 5:00pm. Emergency Ride Home Service is also available 24/7 for carpoolers registered with Ride Solutions.


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

 

 

 

 

 

Description

[X]  

 

Carpool matching

 

Two or more commuter students who choose to ride together and share one parking permit may register to be in a carpool. Carpool parking permits cost 30% less than the cost of a single-occupancy vehicle commuter/graduate permit, and the cost is split between the members of the carpool. Carpoolers receive five free daily permits per participant per semester for days when carpooling is not possible.

[  ]  

 

Financial remuneration  

 

[X]  

 

Preferential parking

 

Preferred carpool parking spaces are located at the front of specified parking lots on campus.

[X]  

 

Other

 

Rideshare matching is provided by Ride Solutions. See: http://www.ridesolutions.org/workplace/vt/index.shtml .  Emergency Ride Home Service is available through Parking Services. This service provides carpoolers with a ride to their vehicle or local residence in case of an emergency. This service is available Monday-Friday, from 8:00am to 5:00pm. Emergency Ride Home Service is also available 24/7 for carpoolers registered with Ride Solutions.

 

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

 

Transportation and Campus Services offers Virginia Tech faculty, staff, and students a 25% subsidy on the cost of a monthly pass on the regional transit Smart Way Bus. The 25% subsidy reduces the cost of a monthly pass from $120 to $90. The Smart Way Bus is a very popular public transportation addition to Southwestern Virginia, and it runs between our Blacksburg campus and Roanoke, Virginia.

 

 

 

 

Eligible community members:

 

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

[X]  

 

Faculty

 

25%

[X]  

 

Staff

 

25%

[X]  

 

Students   

 

25%


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

Not Applicable

 

68) Does your school provide free transportation around campus?

 

Virginia Tech provides fare-free, unlimited access to Blacksburg Transit (BT) for all university faculty, staff, and students. BT is our local transit provider and it has a number of on-campus routes. Expecially noteworthy is the "Hokie Express" which is a campus circulator route.

 

 

 

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

 

Virginia Tech provides fare-free, unlimited access to Blacksburg Transit (BT) for all university faculty, staff, and students. BT is our local transit provider and it travels to several off-campus destinations.

 

 

 

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: Although Virginia Tech does not have a bike/share rental program, we do have an incentive program for students, faculty and staff who do not bring a single-occupany vehicle to campus. The "Bike, Bus and Walk" (BB&W) Program is available to Virginia Tech students and employees who use alternative transportatin methods as their primary means of commuting to campus (i.e. bicycling, riding the BT or the Smart Way Bus, and/or walking). BB&W participants receive 15 daily parking permits per semester, and have access to Emergency Ride Home Service which provides a ride to their vehicle or local residence in case of an emergency. This service is available Monday-Friday, from 8:00am to 5:00pm. In July 2010 we launched the "Freshmen Orientation Bike Sale" during new student orientation. Blacksburg's three bicycle companies will be selling their products at discounted prices. Bicycles ordered at that time will be available for pick-up just prior to the start of the 2010 fall semester during student move-in. This is a win-win program for it promotes cycling on campus while simulataneously supporting Blacksburg's locally owned businesses. Please see: http://www.facilities.vt.edu/alternative/bikesale.asp  

 

71) Does your school offer bicycle repair services?

No

 

If yes, please provide details below:


Year created:
Service fee:
Description:

 

CAR SHARING PROGRAM

 

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

No

 

If yes, please provide details below.

Year created: 2009
Total number of vehicles:  6
Number of hybrid vehicles: 2
Usage fee per hour: $4.95/hour + $0.49 mile, or $8.50/hour with 180 free miles.
Usage fee per day: $62


Annual membership fee for students:  $25 (see below)

Annual membership fee for faculty, staff, and administrators:  $25 (see below)

Other annual membership fee: 

 

Description: Virginia Tech has established a car-sharing program with "U-Car Share," a division of "U-Haul." See: www.ucarshare.com .  The $25 annual membership fee is actually for a lifetime membership. The annual membership fee is free for university departments.

 

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)?

University Policy 5005 "Bicycle and Personal Transportation Device" promotes and encourages the use of bicycles, scooters, mopeds, EPAMDs, in-line skates, and skateboards on campus. See: http://www.policies.vt.edu/index.php#facilities .  The Virginia Tech Master Plan expressly addresses improvements in alternative transportation modes, specifically transit, pedestrian, and bicycle. The following statements are taken from the 2006 Campus Master Plan Update: (1) "... the hub for Blacksburg Transit will be moved from the Drill Field at Burruss Hall to the transit center on Perry Street north of the Academic Core," and (2) "Great campuses are pedestrian places. Virginia Tech's Academic Core District is a walkable village defined by the 15 minute class change schedule and the distance a pedestrian can walk in 10-15 minutes." In addition, bicycle accommodations will be achieved through the use of parallel bike lanes on streets and roads, and off road trails. Bike lanes primarily provide functional movement, and while trails provide functional routes, they also are used for exercise and recreation. Establishing an integrated system of bike lanes and paths will encourage greater use of bicycles as a primary mode of transportation. Virginia Tech received a Gold Award for its Alternative Transportation programs, in the "Best Workplaces for Commuters (BWC) Race to Excellence in December 2009. The Race to Excellence is designed to encourage sustainable transportation innovtion and recognize organizations that have taken exemplary steps to offer transportation alternatives for their employees. Virginia Tech's "Transportation Program" has consistently been recognized as a "Best Place for Commuter's" with awards from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation.

 

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

 

All teaching faculty.

 

See Additional Comments below.

[X]  

 

Condensed work week  

 

All teaching faculty and select administrative units to include Student Affairs and Facilities Services.

 

See Additional Comments below.

 

Additional comments: Flexible Work Options. See: http://www.worklife.vt.edu/alt_work_opt/index.html .  

University Policy #4325, "Alternate Worksite and Telework." http://www.policies.vt.edu/4325.pdf  

University Policy #4300, "Hours of Work" Section 2.4 addressess alternative work schedules. http://www.policies.vt.edu/4300.pdf  


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STATISTICS

 

75) Campus setting: 

Rural

 

76) Total number of buildings on campus:

138 (main buildings)

 

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

8,403,343 GSF (main buildings)

 

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

27,327

 

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

1,105

 

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

37%

 

 

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

 

Virginia Tech Dining Services manages and operates the "Dining Services Garden" located at Kentland Farms. For additional information see the Dining Survey. The Sustainable Foods Corps is a student organization that manages and operates a one-acre farm near the Smithfield Plantation.

 

 

 

 

 

[  ]    

 

Disposable water bottle ban

 

 

 

 

 

 

[X]    

 

Environmental science/studies major (undergraduate-level)

 

See the Virginia Tech Climate Action Commitment and Sustainability Plan, Table 24, Page 86: http://www.facilities.vt.edu/sustainability/sust_degrees.pdf

 

 

 

 

 

[X]    

 

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

 

See the Virginia Tech Climate Action Commitment and Sustainability Plan, Table 24, Page 86: http://www.facilities.vt.edu/sustainability/sust_degrees.pdf

 

 

 

 

 

[X]    

 

Graduate-level environmental studies program (graduate-level)

 

See the Virginia Tech Climate Action Commitment and Sustainability Plan, Table 24, Page 86: http://www.facilities.vt.edu/sustainability/sust_degrees.pdf

 

 

 

 

 

[X]    

 

Graduate-level sustainability studies program

 

See the Virginia Tech Climate Action Commitment and Sustainability Plan, Table 24, Page 86: http://www.facilities.vt.edu/sustainability/sust_degrees.pdf

 

 

 

 

 

[X]    

 

Outdoors club

 

Venture Out: http://www.uusa.vt.edu/recreation/ventureOut.php. Seek Education, Explore, DiScover (SEEDS) : http://www.seedsguys.org/whatis.html .

 

 

 

 

 

[X]     

 

Participation in Recyclemania

 

Virginia Tech participated in Recyclemania for the fourth consecutive year. For Recyclemania 2010 our overall recycling rate rose 6.6% to 18.62%. We increased our total recyclable materials by 19,260 pounds (a 7.3 % increase from 2009), and we reduced our trash by 60,880 pounds (a 4.7% reduction from 2009). The Recyclemania 2010 results have been posted to the website at: http://recyclemaniacs.org/Results.aspx .

 

 

 

 

 

[  ]    

 

Single-stream recycling

 

 

 

 

 

 

[X]    

 

Student trustee position

 

Virginia Tech has a Graduate Student Representative and an Undergraduate Student Representative to the Board of Visitors (BOV). Names of both current representatives are shown at the bottom of the list of Virginia Tech BOV members: http://www.bov.vt.edu/members/members.html .

 

 

 

 

 

[X]    

 

Sustainability major, minor or concentration (undergraduate-level)   

 

See the Virginia Tech Climate Action Commitment and Sustainability Plan, Table 24, Page 86: http://www.facilities.vt.edu/sustainability/sust_degrees.pdf

 


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