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Name:  Eddie D. Elsberry      
Title:   Director of Environmental Compliance and Sustainability
Date survey submitted:   

ADMINISTRATION

SUSTAINABILITY POLICIES
1) Does your school have its own formal sustainability policy?

[  ]  No
[X]  Yes. Please describe and provide URL, if available:  Berry College looks forward to the long-term benefits that being a member of the President’s Climate Commitment will create.  Currently, Berry's Sustainability Committee has just collected and analyzed data regarding Berry's greenhouse emissions as part of the commitment. Now, it is developing a plan that will lead our campus to carbon neutrality.  http://www.berry.edu/president/bcsp/overview.asp

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: January 15, 2009.

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:

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

6) Please provide the name of the committee and list the number of meetings held since August 2008.
Name: Sustainability Committee
Number of meetings:  5 since August 2008

7) Please provide number of stakeholder representatives on the committee.
[4 ]  Administrators
[5]  Faculty
[8]  Staff
[3]  Students
[0 ]  Other. Please describe:

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): Dr. William Davin
Position(s) (e.g., administrator, faculty, staff, student): Faculty

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

President

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:

1.       Climate Action Plan in progress

2.       Recycling program participation and promotion

3.       Student involvement in sustainability


Progress made on each of these issues since August 2008:

  • Collecting data and meeting periodically to discuss and work on finalizing the plan.
  • Increased promotion of recycling on campus and an increase in Berry’s Recyclemania rankings from previous years.
  • The Student Government Association formed a 'Green Committee' in September 2008 that will promote sustainability and green initiatives on campus.   


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.
[1 ]  Number of full-time staff (in FTE). Titles: Director of Sustainability and Environmental Compliance
[.5]  Number of part-time staff (in FTE). Titles: Professor of Biology (full-time professor of Biology, 25% of time spent on sustainability – chairs Berry’s PCC committee) and Secretary for Sustainability (full-time employee 25% of time spent as sustainability secretary to Eddie Elsberry)

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: Director of Sustainability and Environmental Compliance reports directly to V.P. of Finance.

OFFICE OR DEPARTMENT
13) Does your school have an office or department specifically dedicated to furthering sustainability on campus?

[  ]  No
[X]  Yes. The Office of Environmental Health and Safety was created in 2007 and transitioned to Office of Sustainability and Environmental Compliance in 2009

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

[  ]   No
[X]  Yes. Please provide URL: http://www.berry.edu/president/bcsp/index.asp

 

GREEN PURCHASING
15) Does your school have a formal green purchasing policy?

[  ]  No
[X]  Yes. Please describe: Berry College will purchase Energy Star equipment whenever practical.  Individuals or college units making product purchases from categories where Energy Star® rated equipment is available should analyze the short- and long-term costs and savings before the purchase is made. http://www.berry.edu/president/bcsp/esp.asp ; http://berry.edu/ehs/documents/EnergyStarPolicy.pdf


16) Does your school purchase ENERGY STAR qualified products?
[  ]  No
[X]  Some. Please describe: Berry has an ENERY STAR purchasing policy that states that the college will purchase ENERGY STAR equipment whenever practical.
[  ]  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
[X]  Some. Please describe: We encourage the use of recycled paper products.  Approximately 25% of all paper products purchased contain recycled materials.
[  ]  All. Please describe:

18) Does your school purchase Green Seal, Environmental Choice certified, or biorenewable cleaning products?
[  ]  No
[X]  Some. Please describe: About 65% of our cleaning products meet these requirements
[  ]  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: When possible the pesticides used on campus meet these standards. 

[  ]  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.  http://acupcc.aashe.org/ghg-report.php?id=633  
2008: 34,062 eCO2 (baseline year; fiscal year from July 1, 2007 – June 30, 2008)
2007: N/A
2006: N/A
2005: N/A

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.  Plan in development
Reduction level:
Baseline year: 2008
Target date:

REALIZED GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS REDUCTIONS
23) Has your school achieved a reduction in GHG emissions?

[  ]  No
[X]  Yes. Please list details.
Percentage reduced: The amount is unknown, but with signing the PCC and raising awareness of global climate change and GHGs, a conscious effort has been made by the Berry community to reduce GHG emissions.  The first GHG inventory for Berry College was conducted in 2008, therefore there is no prior data available that can provide a number for the reduction in GHG emissions.
Baseline year: 2008
Date achieved:

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: 2,113
Heating degree days average over the past three years: 3,292

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.
2008: 34,062 eCO2/1,500 thousand sq feet (1.5 million sq ft total)  = 22.708 eCO2 per-thousand-square-feet
2007:
2006:

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.
2008: 34,062 eCO 2 /1674 = 20.35 eCO 2
2007:
2006:

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)?
 

1.      Temperature setbacks in various facilities

2.      Retrofitting of HVAC systems for Morton-Lemely, Pilgrim, East Mary, West Mary, and Dana residence halls, Green and Cook academic buildings, and Krannert student center (29% of building space).

3.      New energy efficient, double-paned windows installed in Ford buildings and Dana Hall (2,400 total; 14% of building space).


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: Signage posted at various location on campus to remind students, faculty, and staff to turn off lights, computers, etc.

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.
[X]  No
[  ]  Yes. Please describe.
Date of most recent contract:
Quantity (kWh):
Percentage of your total electric energy use that it represents:

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:

Berry does not have a central energy plant.


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

N/A

 

35) Is any on-site combustion for heating and cooling derived from renewable sources?
[  ]  No
[ X ]  Yes. Please describe.  Geothermal grids are used for Heating/Cooling in 12 buildings or approximately 10% of building space.
Percentage on-site combustion derived from renewable sources: [ 7 %]
Total BTUs of energy generated from renewable sources: [# 4,200,000 BTU ]  based on 12,000btu per ton x 350 tons of cooling.
Description of renewable energy sources used for on-site combustion for heating and cooling: Geothermal grids are used for Heating/Cooling in 12 buildings or approximately 10% of building space.

FOOD & RECYCLING – 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)
[  ]  Other. Please list:

37) Diversion rate: [25%]

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.  Total annual weight for 2008 was 27,965 pounds.
[ X ]  Batteries
[ X ]  Cell phones
[ X ]  Computers
[ X ]  Lightbulbs
[ X ]  Printer cartridges
[ X ]  Other E-waste. Please list: Televisions, Monitors, Refrigerator, Lab equipment that would qualify

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: Composting receptacles are located at the Science Building.

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: End of semester E-Waste and recycle events; student participation in Clothes Closet; Salvation Army donation boxes are put in residence hall common areas for clothing and canned/nonperishable food at the end of the academic year.

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: It was decided by Berry’s PCC committee that green technologies and green building practices will be incorporated in all future new buildings projects and renovations when feasible.

GREEN BUILDING STANDARDS
43) Please indicate LEED-certified buildings.
[2]  Total number of LEED-certified buildings.
[    sq ft]  Certified-level (combined gross square footage). Please list building names:
[105,000 sq ft]  Silver-level (combined gross square footage). Please list building names: Morgan and Deerfield residence halls (certification of the residence halls is pending). 
[    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.
[0]  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:
[    sq ft]  Silver-level criteria met, but not certified (combined gross square footage). Please list building names:
[    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.
[0]  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.

[0]  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.
[0]  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.
[0]  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).  

 

  • 200 motion sensor lights; 200 motion sensor thermostats; timers; 100 LED lighting fixtures – installed in four buildings (19% of building space on campus)
  • HVAC with energy recovery wheels – installed in 12 buildings (43% of building space on campus)


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).   

  • 10 waterless urinals in one building (5% of building space)
  • 400 Low-flow Faucets in 16 buildings (50% of building space)
  • 175 Low-flow Showerheads in 8 buildings (23% of building space)
  • 75 low water washers (23% of building space)

 

51) What percentage of your institution's non-hazardous construction and demolition waste is diverted from landfills?
[20%]

STUDENT INVOLVEMENT

RESIDENTIAL COMMUNITIES
52) Are there any sustainability-themed residential communities or housing options at your school?

[X]  No
[  ]  Yes. Please provide details below.
Name of program:
Type of community (e.g., hall, building, house):
Number of students involved:
Additional details: Sustainability-themed residential communities are planned for 2010 - 2014

NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION
53) Does a portion of your new student orientation specifically cover sustainability?

[X]  No
[  ]  Yes. Please describe how sustainability is incorporated (e.g., information sessions, green tour):

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: 
[10]  Paid positions. Average hours worked weekly per student: 15 - 20 hours
[0]  Unpaid positions. Average hours worked weekly per student:

55) Does your school have residence hall Eco-Reps or other similar programs to promote behavioral change on campus?
[X]  No
[  ]  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:
[#     ]  Uncompensated positions. Average hours worked weekly per student:

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:  SAVE (Students Against Violating the Earth) and the Student Government Association (SGA).  SAVE sponsors events such as the Race to Recycle, CRBI River Clean Up, Dana Woods Clean Up, e-waste day (electronics), Recyclemania, Green Week, nature hikes and various guest speakers.  SGA sponsors the Green Committee.

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: 2006
Frequency of competition: Yearly
Participants:  Students, Faculty and Staff – 1,500 +

Incentives:  Pride and positive feeling about environment
Goal of competition: Yearly Improvement in each category and to encourage everyone to recycle.
Percent of energy/water/waste reduced:  10%
Lasting effects of competition: Change in habits and mindset to recycle awareness.
Website:   http://www.berry.edu/pr/news/pressdetail-pf.asp?ID=615

TRANSPORTATION

CAMPUS MOTOR FLEET
58) How many vehicles are in your institution's fleet?

[156]

59) Please list the number of alternative-fuel vehicles in each class.
[0]  Hybrid. Please list makes and models:
[6]  Electric. Please describe type of vehicles: Golf carts for on-campus use.
[1]  Biodiesel. Please describe type of vehicles and list biodiesel blend(s) used: Ford F450 for farm use; B100
[0 ]  Other. Please describe:

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

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): Berry is partners with the Clean Air Campaign in rewarding those who carpool or use alternative methods of transportation to the college.  The Campaign rewards participations $3 per day up to $100 total.  All faculty and staff commuters are eligible to apply for participation and credit from the Clean Air Campaign. 

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): The Clean Air Campaign (as mentioned in question 61) offers subsidies for public transportation to/from work.  All faculty and staff are eligible to apply for the subsidy.    

63) Does your school provide free transportation around campus?
[  ]  N/A. Please explain:
[  ]  No
[X] Yes. Please describe: Campus shuttle bus.

64) Does your school operate a free transportation shuttle to local off-campus destinations?
[  ]  N/A. Please explain:
[X]  No
[  ]  Yes. Please describe:

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:  2009
Number of bikes available: Currently 6-12 free bikes are available for international students; future plans to expand the Bike Shop include offering additional bikes for other members of the Berry community.
Fees for participation: None.
Repair services provided:  Minor repairs at no cost.  No major repairs offered.

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

[ X ]  No
[  ]  Yes. Please provide details below.
Year created:
Total number of vehicles:
Number of hybrid vehicles:
Fee for membership:

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: Berry’s Strategic Plan calls for more pedestrian and bike paths to be incorporated in future building and renovation projects on campus.  During the summer of 2009 one road on Berry’s main campus was closed to vehicle traffic and will reopen in the fall for pedestrian and bike traffic only.  There are over 35 miles of biking and walking trails as alternate routes to popular destinations on campus – one example is the Viking Trail, a 3+ mile walking and biking trail that connects Berry’s main campus to mountain campus.


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:

[X]  Rural
[  ]  Suburban
[  ]  Urban
[  ]  Other. Please describe:

70)  Total number of buildings: [43]
71)  Combined gross square footage of all buildings: [1.5 million sq ft.]

72) Full-time enrollment (undergraduate and graduate): [1674]

73) Part-time enrollment (undergraduate and graduate): [121]

74) Part-time enrollment as a proportion to a full-time course load: [7%]

75) Percent of full-time student that live on campus: [83%]

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

OTHER AREAS OF ENVIRONMENTAL ENGAGEMENT

76)  Outdoors club: [X] 
77)  Disposable water bottle ban: [  ]
78)  Participation in Recyclemania: [X] 
79)  Student trustee position: [  ] 

80)  Environmental science/studies major : [X] 
81)  Environmental science/studies minor or concentration: [  ]
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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