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Agnes Scott College

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Name: Susan Kidd
Title:
  Director of Sustainability
Date survey submitted:
August 5, 2009

ADMINISTRATION

SUSTAINABILITY POLICIES
1) Does your school have its own formal sustainability policy?
[  ]  No
[ X ]  Yes. Please describe and provide URL, if available: The school’s sustainability policy is part of the “Living Honorably” section of its strategic plan.  The plan states that the College will “Become an environmentally sustainable community.” The school has done so by joining the PCC, reducing emissions, expanding the recycling program, and supporting green construction .
http://www.agnesscott.edu/about/planning/strategicplan/livinghonorably.aspx

2) Has the president of your institution signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC)?
[  ]  No
[ X ]  Yes. If completed, please provide the date the GHG Report was submitted to the ACUPCC: September 15, 2008 .

3) Has your institution signed the Talloires Declaration?
[ X ]  No
[  ]  Yes

4) Is there a sustainability component in your institution's master plan and/or strategic plan (check all that apply)?
[  ]  No
[  ]  Yes, in the master plan. Please describe and provide URL, if available:
[ X ]  Yes, in the strategic plan. Please describe and provide URL, if available: The "Living Honorably" section of Agnes Scott's Strategic Plan states the college's plan to "become an environmentally sustainable community" and suggests as possible ways to do so: "Becoming a charter member of the Presidents Climate Commitment, completing a greenhouse gas inventory, reducing energy use, supporting green construction, expanding the recycling program and implementing a plan to become climate-neutral."  URL: http://www.agnesscott.edu/about/planning/strategicplan/livinghonorably.aspx

ADVISORY COUNCIL
5) Does your school have a council or committee that advises on and/or implements policies and programs related to sustainability?
[  ]  No
[ X ]  Yes

If you answered "No" to question 5, please proceed directly to question 11.

6) Please provide the name of the committee and list the number of meetings held since August 2008.
Name: Sustainability Steering Committee
Number of meetings:  Full committee meetings:  4.  Subcommitee meetings:  20.

7) Please provide number of stakeholder representatives on the committee.
[#  5  ]  Administrators
[#  4  ]  Faculty
[#   4 ]  Staff
[#  3  ]  Students
[#   6 ]  Other. Please describe: 3 trustees and 3 alumnae (one of whom also represents the City of Decatur)

8) 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.
If 2009-2010 academic year information is not yet available, please provide information for 2008-2009 instead.
Name of chair(s):  President Elizabeth Kiss
Position(s) (e.g., administrator, faculty, staff, student): President of the college

9) To whom does the committee report (e.g., president, vice president)?

President & Board of Trustees

10) Please list key issues/programs that the committee has addressed or implemented since August 2008.

Key issues/programs that the group has addressed/implemented since August 2008:

     -      More than 300 campus community members involved in sustainability.

-          GHG emissions inventory completed in 2008,  Updated in 2009.  First Climate Action Plan drafted in 2009.

-          Environmental and Sustainability Studies minor established and fund raising for curriculum development began.

-          LEED policy passed.

-          Opened first LEED certified building.

-          Received funding for two building assessments & energy efficiency or green building plans.

-          Green purchasing policy passed.

-          Zero waste plan implemented with major increase in recycling, conversion to food composting and continuation of food grease to bio-fuel.

-          Published “green” issue of alumnae magazine.


Progress made on each of these issues since August 2008:

-          A strong partnership with the City of Decatur to jointly advance our sustainability efforts.  The city pays a portion of our fellow’s salary so she can work for both institutions.

-          A urban agriculture partnership with the City, the Decatur schools, Georgia Organics, and Oakhurst Community Garden.

-          An assessment of our landscape practices.

-          Development of a “learning laboratory” for sustainability where students have internships during school and after graduation.  We had our first 4 interns this year.


SUSTAINABILITY STAFF
11) Does your school employ sustainability staff (excluding student employees and interns)?
[  ]  No
[ X ]  Yes. Please provide titles and number of sustainability staff.
[#   2 ]  Number of full-time staff (in FTE). Titles: [ Director of Sustainability  and Sustainability Fellow
[#    ]  Number of part-time staff (in FTE). Titles: [        ]

12) Does the head of the sustainability staff report directly to the president or another high-level administrator (e.g., vice president, vice chancellor)?
[  ]  N/A
[  ]  No
[ X ]  Yes. Please describe: Reports directly to the president.

OFFICE OR DEPARTMENT
13) Does your school have an office or department specifically dedicated to furthering sustainability on campus?
[  ]  No
[ X ]  Yes. Please describe (including name of office or department and year created):  The sustainability office has been in place since 2008.

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

[  ]  No
[ almost ]  Yes. Please provide URL: we are working on the final text for our web link.  It will be up by the time the survey is published.  MEANWHILE, please go to our web site and then to the alumnae page to see the last issue of the alumnae magazine which is devoted to sustainability on campus & with alumnae.

GREEN PURCHASING
15) Does your school have a formal green purchasing policy?
[  ]  No
[ X ]  Yes. Please describe policy and provide URL to full policy, if available:

16) Does your school purchase ENERGY STAR qualified products?
[  ]  No
[x  ]  Some. Please describe:  we are transitioning to this.  We rarely buy appliances.
[  ]  All

17) Does your school purchase environmentally preferable paper products (e.g., 100 percent post-consumer recycled content, certified by the Forest Stewardship Council)?
[  ]  No
[  ]  Some. Please describe:
[ x ]  All. Please describe:

18) Does your school purchase Green Seal, Environmental Choice certified, or biorenewable cleaning products?
[  ]  No
[x  ]  Some. Please describe:  We are transitioning on cleaning products in August 2009.
[  ]  All. Please describe:

19) Are your school's computer/electronics purchase decisions made in accordance with standards such as the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT)?
[  ]  No
[ ]  Some. Please describe:
[X ]  All

20) Does your school use only pesticides that meet the standards for organic crop production set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture or Canadian Organic Standards (excluding on-campus farms)?
[  ]  No
[  x]  Some. Please describe:  We are transitioning on our landscape practices by trying different solutions.
[  ]  All

CLIMATE CHANGE & ENERGY

GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS INVENTORY
21) Has your school completed a greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventory?
Please check all that apply.
[  ]  No.
[  ]  In progress. Please describe status and provide estimated completion date:
[ X ]  Yes.  Please provide total annual GHG emissions (in metric tons of CO2e). Also, include the start date for each year as well as the URL to each inventory, if available online, or attach the document.

2009:  In progress.  Start date:  July 1, 2008.

2008: 12666 - start date: July 1, 2007 URL:  http://acupcc.aashe.org/ghg-report.php?id=33
2006:
2005:

COMMITMENT TO GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS REDUCTION
The purchase of carbon offsets does not count toward greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions for this indicator. They are counted in a subsequent indicator.
22) Has your school made a commitment to reducing GHG emissions by a specific amount?
[  ]  No
[ x ]  Yes. Please list details.  These figures are being reviewed by our SSC and will be published in September 2009.
Reduction level:
Baseline year:
Target date:

 

If you answered only "No" or "In progress" to question 21, please now skip to question 27.

REALIZED GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS REDUCTIONS
23) Has your school achieved a reduction in GHG emissions?
[  ]  No
[x  ]  Yes. Please list details.
Percentage reduced: 10%
Baseline year:  2008
Date achieved: June 30, 2009

24) Please provide the total heating and cooling degree days averaged over the past three years.
Data on total degree heating and cooling days is available at: http://www.degreedays.net/ . This information will be used to help reduce bias between schools in different climates.
Cooling degree days average over the past three years:     1834
Heating degree days average over the past three years:     2863

25) Please provide GHG emissions figures on a per-thousand-square-foot basis for the past three years.
Per-Thousand-Square-Foot Emissions = Total CO2e in metric tons / Total maintained building space in thousands of square feet.
2009:  preliminary 12.9

2008:  14.4
2007:   13.1

26) Please provide GHG emissions figures on a per-full-time-student basis for the past three years.
Per-Student Emissions = Total CO2e in metric tons / Total number of full-time enrolled students.
2009:  preliminary 12.7

2008: 14.5
2007: 13.2

ENERGY EFFICIENCY
27) What programs or technologies has your school implemented to improve energy efficiency (e.g., cogeneration plant, retrocommissioning of HVAC systems, performing system tune-ups, temperature setbacks)?
    Higher level of maintenance, tune-ups, etc.  Standard temperature settings for “on hours” as well as “off hours”.  Replacement of inefficient equipment.

ENERGY CONSERVATION
28) Do you facilitate programs that encourage members of the campus community to reduce energy use (e.g., cash incentives, signs reminding individuals to turn off lights and appliances)?
[  ]  No
[ x ]  Yes. Please describe:   We are actively encouraging energy reduction with campaigns to turn off lights and computers and unplug appliances.  Also, this year, with tight budgets, we combined this campaign with a budget savings message that we think increased our success.

RENEWABLE ENERGY GENERATION
29)  Does your school generate renewable electricity?
[x  ]  No
[  ]  Yes. Please specify percentage of overall electricity generated from each of the following sources and describe details below.
[    %]  B100 biodiesel
[    %]  Clean biomass
[    %]  Concentrating solar power (CSP)
[    %]  Geothermal
[    %]  Low-impact hydropower
[    %]  Solar photovoltaics
[    %]  Wind
[    %]  Other

Description:

30)  Does your school have solar hot water systems?
[ x ]  No
[  ]  Yes. Please specify number of systems and total BTUs generated annually, if available:


RENEWABLE ENERGY PURCHASE


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 standard.
[  ]  No
[ x ]  Yes. Please describe.  As part of LEED certification for the Alumnae House renovation.
Date of most recent contract:  5/11/09
Quantity (kWh):   150. 960kWh
Percentage of your total electric energy use that it represents:  less than 1%

 

32) Has your school purchased non-electric energy from renewable sources?
[x  ]  No
[  ]  Yes. Please describe.
Date of most recent contract:
Quantity (BTUs):
Percentage of your total non-electric energy use that it represents:

ON-SITE COMBUSTION
33) Please provide total BTUs of energy for heating and cooling from on-site combustion:

2009:  272,477 BTU (heating – natural gas)


34) Please list each fuel source (e.g., coal, natural gas, oil) and the percent of overall BTUs derived from that source:
  see #33 above

35) Is any on-site combustion for heating and cooling derived from renewable sources?
[X  ]  No
[  ]  Yes. Please describe.
Percentage on-site combustion derived from renewable sources: [   %]
Total BTUs of energy generated from renewable sources: [#      ]
Description of renewable energy sources used for on-site combustion for heating and cooling:

FOOD & RECYCLING
The food portion of this category is covered in a separate dining survey.

RECYCLING OF TRADITIONAL MATERIALS
36) Please indicate which traditional materials your institution recycles (check all that apply).

[  ]  None
[ X ]  Aluminum
[ X ]  Cardboard
[ X ]  Glass
[ X ]  Paper
[ X ]  Plastics (all)
[  ]  Plastics (some)
[ X ]  Other. Please list: Fryer Oil

37) Diversion rate: [  20  %]

RECYCLING OF ELECTRONIC WASTE
38) Does your institution have an electronics recycling program?

[  ]  No
[x  ]  Yes. If available, please indicate the total annual weight or volume of each material collected for recycling or reuse. NOT AVAILABLE
[  X  ]  Batteries
[    ]  Cell phones
[   X ]  Computers
[  X  ]  Lightbulbs
[   X ]  Printer cartridges  It is campus policy to ONLY purchase recycled cartridges for all campus computers
[    ]  Other E-waste. Please list:

COMPOSTING (ASIDE FROM DINING FACILITIES)
39) What percentage of your campus's landscaping waste is composted or mulched?

[  100     %]

40) Do you provide composting receptacles around campus in locations other than dining halls (e.g., in residence halls, offices, academic buildings)?
[  ]  No
[ X ]  Yes. Please describe: We are beginning campus-wide food waste composting in August 2009.  Bins will be available in dorms as well as food services.  In addition, directions will be easily accessed to the nearest bin from places without bins.

SOURCE REDUCTION
41) Do you have any source-reduction initiatives (e.g., end-of-semester furniture or clothing swaps and collections)?

[  ]  No
[ X ]  Yes. Please describe: Our staff “Community Day” which happens just after the students leave campus, includes an outreach project where staff gather what students have left and deliver it to the Goodwill agency in our neighborhood.

GREEN BUILDING

GREEN BUILDING POLICY
42) Does your school have a formal green building policy?
[  ]  No
[ X ]  Yes. Please describe policy and provide URL to the full policy, if available: Policy is attached to email.


GREEN BUILDING STANDARDS
43)
Please indicate LEED-certified buildings.
[#      ]  Total number of LEED-certified buildings.
[    sq ft]  Certified-level (combined gross square footage). Please list building names:
[    sq ft]  Silver-level (combined gross square footage). Please list building names:  
[    sq ft]  Gold-level (combined gross square footage). Please list building names:
[    sq ft]  Platinum-level (combined gross square footage). Please list building names:

44) Please indicate buildings that meet LEED certification criteria but are not certified.
[#   1   ]  Total number of buildings that meet LEED criteria
[    sq ft]  Certified-level criteria met, but not certified (combined gross square footage). Please list building names:
[ 5,000   sq ft]  Silver-level criteria met, but not certified (combined gross square footage). Please list building names: Alumnae House (renovation)
[    sq ft]  Gold-level criteria met, but not certified (combined gross square footage). Please list building names:
[    sq ft]  Platinum-level criteria met, but not certified (combined gross square footage). Please list building names:

45) Please indicate buildings that are ENERGY STAR labeled.
[#      ]  Total number of ENERGY STAR buildings. Please list building names:
[    sq ft]  Combined gross square footage.

RENOVATIONS AND RETROFITS
46) Please indicate LEED-EB certified buildings.
[#      ]  Total number of LEED-EB certified buildings. Please list building names:
[    sq ft]  Combined gross square footage.

47) Please indicate buildings that meet LEED-EB certification criteria but are not certified.
[#      ]  Total number of buildings that meet LEED-EB criteria but are not certified. Please list building names:
[    sq ft]  Combined gross square footage.

48) Please indicate renovated buildings that are ENERGY STAR labeled.
[#      ]  Total number of renovated buildings that are ENERGY STAR labeled. Please list building names:
[    sq ft]  Combined gross square footage.

49) What energy-efficiency technologies have you installed in existing buildings (e.g., HVAC systems, motion sensors, ambient light sensors, T5 lighting, LED lighting, timers, laundry technology)?   
For each technology, please indicate the number and type of fixtures installed, and the number of buildings in which those fixtures are installed. If possible, include either the percentage of the overall campus fixtures each type represents or the percentage of overall maintained building space that has been renovated with the technology (e.g., 20 buildings representing 10 percent of maintained building space have been retrofitted with motion sensors; thus, 10 percent of the total maintained building space in square feet would be the desired data).  

-  Replaced all incandescent lamps with fluorescent ones.

-  Installed room motion sensors for lighting control in offices and classrooms.

-  Replaced high-bay metal halide lamps in gymnasium with T-5 fixtures.

-  Replaced swimming pool air water heaters with highly efficient ones.

50) What water-conservation technologies have you installed in existing buildings (e.g., low-flow faucets, low-flow showerheads, waterless urinals, dual-flush toilets, gray water systems, laundry technology)?   
For each technology, please indicate the number and type of fixtures installed, and the number of buildings in which those fixtures are installed. If possible, include either the percentage of the overall campus fixtures each type represents or the percentage of overall maintained building space that has been renovated with the technology (e.g., 20 buildings representing 10 percent of the maintained building space have been retrofitted with low-flow faucets; thus, 10 percent of the total maintained building space in square feet would be the desired data).   

We are in the process of completing a water audit, which includes an inventory of fixtures.  We will be ready to replace fixtures in the coming year, as funding is available.

51) What percentage of your institution's non-hazardous construction and demolition waste is diverted from landfills?
[  NA   %]
Handle on a per project basis.  No general demolition performed by on-campus personnel.   Only project in 2008-2009:  Alumnae House renovation with diversion over 85%.


STUDENT INVOLVEMENT

RESIDENTIAL COMMUNITIES
52) Are there any sustainability-themed residential communities or housing options at your school?
[  ]  No
[X  ]  Yes. Please provide details below.
Name of program:  Theme House
Type of community (e.g., hall, building, house):  house
Number of students involved:  6-8
Additional details: Every year students apply for theme houses.  There will not be a sustainability house every year, but in 2008-2009 we had a biology/chemistry theme house that worked on our water audit.

NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION
53) Does a portion of your new student orientation specifically cover sustainability?
[  ]  No
[X  ]  Yes. Please describe how sustainability is incorporated (e.g., information sessions, green tour):

We are in every event and aspect of orientation:

-          ASC 101 (“training” course about the college that includes a session on the “why” and “how” of global, local and campus sustainability

-          Presentations at dorm meetings

-          Staff representatives to assist first year students

-          Orientation events highlight recycling and food composting

INTERNSHIPS/OUTREACH OPPORTUNITIES
54) Does your school offer on-campus office-based sustainability internships or jobs for students?
[  ]  No
[x  ]  Yes. Please provide number of students and average number of hours worked weekly per student:
[#   2  ]  Paid positions. Average hours worked weekly per student: 10
[#   2 in 2009  ]  Unpaid positions. Average hours worked weekly per student:  15

55) Does your school have residence hall Eco-Reps or other similar programs to promote behavioral change on campus?
[  ]  No
[ x ]  Yes. Please provide details below, and indicate URL if available:
[#     ]  Paid positions. Average hours worked weekly per student:
[#     ]  Positions that award academic credit. Average hours worked weekly per student:
[#  x   ]  Uncompensated positions. Average hours worked weekly per student: 10

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS
56) Does your school have active student-run organizations devoted to sustainability efforts on campus?
[  ]  No
[ X ]  Yes. Please provide total number of active organizations, names of organizations, a brief description of each, and URLs, if available:

 

SUSTAINABILITY CHALLENGES AND COMPETITIONS
57) Does your school organize any sustainability challenges/competitions for your campus and/or with other colleges?
[  ]  No
[ x ]  Yes. Please list details for all competitions.
Name of competition: RecycleMania
Year initiated: 2008
Frequency of competition: annual
Participants: all students (1000) & faculty/staff
Incentives: Bragging rights, plus winning dorm party
Goal of competition: To greatly increase the waste diverted, as well as to increase recycling participation and help awareness of  our new single stream recycling program

Percent of energy/water/waste reduced:  30%
Lasting effects of competition: Higher level of campus understanding and participation in recycling.  Great amount of waster diversion.


TRANSPORTATION

CAMPUS MOTOR FLEET

58) How many vehicles are in your institution's fleet?
[#      20  ]

59) Please list the number of alternative-fuel vehicles in each class.
[#        ]  Hybrid. Please list makes and models:
[#        ]  Electric. Please describe type of vehicles:
[#        ]  Biodiesel. Please describe type of vehicles and list biodiesel blend(s) used:
[#        ]  Other. Please describe:

60) What is the average GHG emission rate per passenger mile of your institution's motorized fleet?
[#        ]  pounds of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) per passenger mile traveled.

Due to the small size of our campus, we have not calculated this.  We have a very low number of fleet miles.

LOCAL TRANSPORTATION ALTERNATIVES
61) Does your school offer incentives for carpooling?
[  ]  N/A. Please explain:
[  ]  No
[ X ]  Yes. Please describe details of the program including the type of the incentive and eligible community members (e.g., faculty, staff, students):

-  For carpooling:  preferential parking, reduced parking fees, and sign-on to the region’s Clean Air Campaign for prizes.  All faculty & staff are eligible.  The majority of Agnes Scott students live on campus, so we have very few commuting students.

62) Does your school offer public transportation subsidies?
[  ]  N/A. Please explain:
[  ]  No
[ X ]  Yes. Please describe the program including the size of the discount (as a percent of full price) and eligible community members (e.g., faculty, staff, students): We offer deeply discounted MARTA (public transit) monthly passes to faculty, staff and students.  Agnes Scott partnered with the Clean Air Campaign to offer other alternative transportation incentives to staff, faculty and students.

63) Does your school provide free transportation around campus?
[  ]  N/A. Please explain:
[  ]  No
[ X ]  Yes. Please describe:  Our campus is so small that we have no on-campus transit.  BUT, we worked to ensure that we are tied into Emory’s free shuttle system for transport in the community.

64) Does your school operate a free transportation shuttle to local off-campus destinations?
[  ]  N/A. Please explain:
[  ]  No
[ X ]  Yes. Please describe: The 'Cliff' South DeKalb Shuttle bus travels into downtown Decatur. It stops at the MARTA bus and at Agnes Scott’s Candler Road parking lot.

BICYCLE PROGRAM
65) Does your school offer a bicycle-sharing/rental program or bicycle repair services?
[  ]  No
[ x ]  Yes. Please provide details below.
Year created: 2008
Number of bikes available: 5
Fees for participation: free
Repair services provided: yes

CAR-SHARING PROGRAM
66) Does your school partner with a car-sharing program?

[  ]  No
[ x ]  Yes. Please provide details below.
Year created: 2007
Total number of vehicles: 1
Number of hybrid vehicles: 1
Fee for membership:  $50 annual (this fee is paid for all first year students in our Agnes Advantage program as part of their incentive package)

PLANNING
67) 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)?

[  ]  N/A. Please explain:
[  ]  No
[X  ]  Yes. Please describe:   The college Master Plan eliminated vehicle use in the center of campus in the 1980s and that holds true today.

68) What percentage of individuals commute to campus via environmentally preferable transportation (e.g., walking, bicycling, carpooling, using public transit)?
[ 10 %]

STATISTICS

69) Campus setting:
[  ]  Rural
[  ]  Suburban
[X ]  Urban
[  ]  Other. Please describe:

70)  Total number of buildings: [#    29     ]
71)  Combined gross square footage of all buildings: [#    880,000     ]
72)  Full-time enrollment (undergraduate and graduate): [#   884      ]
73)  Part-time enrollment (undergraduate and graduate): [#      40   ]
74)  Part-time enrollment as a proportion to a full-time course load: [#    NA   ]
75)  Percent of full-time students that live on campus: [     87      %]

Questions 76-87 are for informational purposes only; responses will NOT be included in the Report Card evaluation process.

OTHER AREAS OF ENVIRONMENTAL ENGAGEMENT

Please mark an "X" next to each item that applies to your institution.

76)  Outdoors club: [X  ]
77)  Disposable water bottle ban: [  ]
78)  Participation in Recyclemania: [X  ]
79)  Student trustee position: [ X ]
80)  Environmental science/studies major: [  ]
81)  Environmental science/studies minor or concentration: [ X ]
82)  Graduate-level environmental program: [  ]
83)  Student green fee: [  ]
84)  Alumni green fund: [  ]
85)  Revolving loan fund for sustainability projects: [  ]
86)  Campus garden or farm: [ X ]
87)  Single-stream recycling: [ X ]

 

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