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With the publication of the College Sustainability Report Card 2010, 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 2009 . 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.

 

Name: Scott Hood    
Title:

Date survey submitted:
  July 21, 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 College recently adopted a newly revised environmental mission statement that includes intentions to continue fostering awareness among students, striving for operational sustainability, and applying research and volunteer effort toward identifying and tackling the environmental challenges of the broader Brunswick and Maine communities. http://www.bowdoin.edu/sustainability/sustainable-planning/mission-statement.shtml

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: 10/15/2008

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
[ x ]  Yes, in the master plan. Please describe and provide URL, if available     [ ]  Yes, in the strategic plan. Please describe and provide URL, if available: In 2003 Bowdoin developed a Master Plan.  The plan includes seven guiding principles, several of which directly relate to sustainability and energy use.  They include maintaining a compact and mixed use campus; strengthening the walkability of campus with a focus on pedestrian safety; developing a sustainable strategy for the Campus landscape; and maintaining an ecological campus with established standards for sustainability and energy consumption, utilizing renewable energy sources, monitoring and regulating building energy use and utilizing the LEED rating system in new building construction.

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: Climate Commitment Advisory Committee
Number of meetings:  Five

http://www.bowdoin.edu/sustainability/sustainable-planning/ems.shtml ] 7) Please provide number of stakeholder representatives on the committee.

Climate Commitment Advisory Committee
[#  2  ]  Administrators
[#  3 ]  Faculty
[#  3 ]  Staff
[#  6 ]  Students
[#  2  ]  Other. Please describe:  Trustees

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): Catherine Longley
Position(s) (e.g., administrator, faculty, staff, student): Senior VP for Finance and Administration

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:

  • Developing a comprehensive plan for achieving carbon neutrality Report due to ACUPCC in Sepember 2009.
  • Planned and hosted a 2-day series of campus wide events titled “Climate Matters” highlighting the College’s commitment to achieve carbon neutrality that included a climate fair (highlighting academic, administrative, student and community projects related to climate change), a locavore dinner, an environmental film, an environmental activist speaker (Majora Carter), and a student celebration of the colleges commitment to addressing climate change. http://www.bowdoin.edu/news/archives/1bowdoincampus/006083.shtml
  •  Hosted the  Climate Matters contest, accepting ideas from faculty, staff and students on how the campus can reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  The committee reviewed all submissions and handed out awards for the best overall submission and a People’s Choice award that members of the campus community voted on. 

http://www.bowdoin.edu/sustainability/campus-involvement/discussion/index.shtml


Progress made on each of these issues since August 2008:


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: [ Coordinator for a Sustainable Bowdoin     ]
[#    ]  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 to Director of Facilities Management and Operations (VP level)

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 office is called Sustainable Bowdoin, which was created in June 2001.

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

[  ]  No
[ X ]  Yes. Please provide URL: http://www.bowdoin.edu/sustainability/

This sustainability website was launched in April of 2008 and contains information on environmental initiatives; green building standards,  environmental research and education, Bowdoin’s  emissions profile;  a green living guide and information on college dining and its organic gardening program

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: The College requires the purchase of Energy Star rated appliances wherever such ratings exist.  The College purchases a 30% PC recycled content  paper. For new construction,  materials are purchased in accordance with LEED standards. The College recently conducted a lighting audit and is switching the campus to fluorescent super efficient T-8, T-5, CFL’s and  LED lighting. Low VOC paint and carpets are required.  Environmentally preferable purchasing is encouraged in other areas and is part of the College’s procurement specifications.


1 6) Does your school purchase ENERGY STAR qualified products?
[  ]  No
[  ]  Some. Please describe:
[ X ]  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:   Over 80% of campus paper purchases contain a minimum of 30% post-consumer content.  6% of campus paper purchases are FSC certified.
[  ]  All. Please describe:

18) Does your school purchase Green Seal, Environmental Choice certified, or biorenewable cleaning products?
[  ]  No
[ x  ]  Some. Please describe: Our cleaning products are not currently Green Seal certified, but of the seven cleaning products we use, one has been 3 rd party verified as meeting or exceeding GS-37 standard and the other six products fall under the Sustainability Criteria B California Code of Regulations maximum allowable VOC level requirements for disinfectants, metal polish, floor finishes, strippers or other products not addressed by cleaning product standards such as GS-37.
[ ]  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: All computers purchased by the Bowdoin IT department are evaluated based on EPEAT criteria.  All models purchased are rated Silver or Gold.

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: Bowdoin works with an organic pesticide company to address some of our pest, weed and fertilization needs. This company has developed organic pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers that combine Northeast Organic Farming Association practices with Organic Materials Review Institute and USDA certified organic formulations to create a greener and healthier landscape.  These treatments cover roughly 20% of our campus applications of pesticides and fertilizers.  In all other applications the college adheres to horticulture best management practices.
[  ]  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.

 

Before 2008 we only calculated electricity and heating fuel use in our ghg emissions inventory.  Starting in 2008 Bowdoin now includes fleet gasoline/diesel/bio-diesel use, refrigerant use, campus air travel, employee commuting data, and campus solid waste/recycling data.  Since we would not be comparing the same data, we have left the 2007, 2006 and 2005 years blank. Bowdoin has tracked heating fuel and electricity emissions back to 1990.  A graph showing those emissions can be found at http://www.bowdoin.edu/sustainability/emissions/index.shtml
2008:  24,557
2007: 24,557. start date: July 1, 2007 URL: Link to inventory: http://acupcc.aashe.org/ghg-report.php?id=361 NA
2006: NA
2005: NA

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.  In 2006 Bowdoin accepted the Maine Governor's Carbon Challenge to reduce emissions from electricity and heating fuel use  11% below 2002 levels by 2010.

Reduction level: 11% below 2002 levels by 2010
Baseline year: 2002
Target date: Bowdoin achieved this by the summer of 2007.  Bowdoin received the Governor’s Award for Carbon Emissions Reduction from the Governor’s office in March of 2008.

 

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: Bowdoin has reduced emissions from electricity and heating fuel use by 18.76% between fiscal year 2002 and fiscal year 2008.
Baseline year: 2002
Date achieved: 2008

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:   Annual 3 year average  =   468
Heating degree days average over the past three years: Annual 3 year average  =   7347 

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.

Before 2008 we only calculated electricity and heating fuel use in our ghg emissions inventory.  Starting in 2008 Bowdoin now includes fleet gasoline/diesel/bio-diesel use, refrigerant use, campus air travel, employee commuting data, and campus solid waste/recycling data.  Since we would not be comparing the same data, we have left the 2007& 2006 years blank. Since fiscal year 2009 closed less than a month ago, we have not had time to recalculate our complete emissions profile for the most recent fiscal year, but will be posting that on the ACUPCC website when complete.
2008: 12.5
2007: 12.5 N/A – see note above
2006: N/A – see note above.

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.

Before 2008 we only calculated electricity and heating fuel use in our ghg emissions inventory.  Starting in 2008 Bowdoin now includes fleet gasoline/diesel/bio-diesel use, refrigerant use, campus air travel, employee commuting data, and campus solid waste/recycling data.  Since we would not be comparing the same data, we left the 2007 and 2006 years blank. Since fiscal year 2009 closed less than a month ago, we have not had time to recalculate our complete emissions profile for the most recent fiscal year, but will be posting that on the ACUPCC website when complete.
2008: 14.4
2007: 14.4 NA
2006: NA

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)?
 

Bowdoin switched from #6 to #2 oil in 2003, converted two boilers to dual fuel systems which use natural gas and #2 oil, and discontinued use of idling boiler. The heating system burns used fryolator oil along with #2 oil and natural gas. Bowdoin has set heating temperature back from 72 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit and bumped cooling temperature up to 76 from 72 degrees Fahrenheit.  The school also delays turning on the heat and AC until necessary, rather than relying on set start dates each year. Bowdoin has preventative maintenance procedures in place on semi annual and annual basis on 80% of our systems.  Bowdoin will be installing a co-generation back pressure steam turbine at the central steam plant that will be generating electricity for the campus in time for the 2010-11 heating season.  All satellite college offices and residences will likely burn B5 fuel starting in fall, 2009.


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: 

·         Bowdoin hosts an annual month long energy conservation dorm competition each year for the month of October.  The event is widely publicized, with students going door to door in the dorms to promote what individuals can do to conserve energy.  Cash prizes are awarded to the winning dorms in four separate categories. 

·         The Sustainable Bowdoin Office routinely sends out reminders to campus via the faculty/staff and student digests to encourage energy conservation. 

·         Twice a year, before the beginning of the heating season and beginning of the cooling season, the VP of Finance and Administration sends an e-mail message to all faculty, staff and students with information on how they can conserve energy and help reduce Bowdoin’s energy costs and green house gas emissions.  Set points for heat (68 degrees) and AC (76 degrees) are established centrally.

·         Bowdoin also runs student and staff eco-rep programs that utilize a peer to peer model  designed to foster an environmental culture at Bowdoin that values the efforts of students and employees to actively engage in practices of energy conservation, water conservation, waste reduction, reuse, recycling and environmentally preferable purchasing. 

·         In the Fall of 2009 Bowdoin is working with an outside vendor to install a real-time energy metering software program that will meter 35 campus buildings, allowing occupants to monitor their electricity use in real time on the web.  The program will include a competition module that will allow side-by-side competitions between buildings, providing further motivation for the campus to conserve energy.

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?
[  ]  No
[ X ]  Yes. Please specify number of systems and total BTUs generated annually, if available: The College’s first solar hot water system comprises a 30-tube roof mounted solar panel, an 80-gallon hot water tank, a display panel and related circulating pump and piping. The system is mounted on the Schwartz Outdoor Leadership Center, home of Bowdoin’s 300+ member Outing Club.  The 115 gallons of saved propane from the solar hot water panels helps to reduce the College's carbon footprint by .64 metric tons annually.

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. We purchase RECs from First Wind's Mars Hill wind farm in Mars Hill, Maine, and from Miller Hydro's Worumbo Mill, a certified low impact hydro facility is Lisbon Falls Maine.  We specifically choose these two suppliers because we wanted to support renewable energy in our home state of Maine.

Date of most recent contract: Renewed in 2009
Quantity (kWh): 12,570,000
Percentage of your total electric energy use that it represents: 69% - These voluntary REC purchases complement the green power already provided pursuant to Maine's Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) law. For 2009, 31 percent of Bowdoin's competitive electric supply is from qualifying renewable sources bringing Bowdoin's total "green" electricity supply to 100 percent.

 

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:

BTUs of energy for heat from on-site combustion for fiscal year 2008-2009: 171,684,233,027


34) Please list each fuel source (e.g., coal, natural gas, oil) and the percent of overall BTUs derived from that source:
 For fiscal year 2008-2009:

Natural Gas: 144,511,910,000

#2 oil: 18,775,810,593

K-1: 159,687,666

Propane: 1,470,041,168

Bio-fuel: 1,127,583,600

Waste Vegetable Oil (from dining halls): 47,800,000

35) Is any on-site combustion for heating and cooling derived from renewable sources?
[  ]  No
[  x]  Yes. Please describe.
Percentage on-site combustion derived from renewable sources: [.03%]  Total BTUs of energy generated from renewable sources:  This is data from the 2008-2009 heating season, burning waste vegetable oil from Bowdoin dining fryolators.

Description of renewable energy sources used for on-site combustion for heating and cooling:

·         Bowdoin  utilizes all waste fryolator grease from the dining halls, burning roughly 1000 gallons each year in the campus heating plant. 

·         Bowdoin utilizes a B-20 bio-fuel for heating in three campus buildings.

·         Bowdoin also utilizes ground source heat pumps (geothermal) for heating and cooling in four buildings on campus, including 2 LEED silver certified dorms as well as the Bowdoin Museum of Art and the Studzinski Recital Hall.

 

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: Milk cartons   Tin cans, aerosol cans, aluminum foil, paperboard.  Bowdoin utilizes a single stream recycling program in conjunction with the Town of Brunswick. 

37) Diversion rate: [ 35 %]

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. 

All Bowdoin issued batteries, cell phones, computers, and PDA’s are recycled by the IT dept and campus Manager of Environmental Health and Safety.  Those statistics are provided here.  Student owned batteries, cell phones, computers, etc are recycled using Bowdoin’s Techno-Trash Cans – see “Techno Trash Cans” below.
[ X   ]  Batteries (8) 5-gal pails of alkaline; 303 pounds of metallic and acid units [  X  ] 
[  X  ]  Cell phones see “other e-waste” below.
[ X   ]  Computers 86 CRTs; drives recycled as misc.
[ X   ]  Lightbulbs 4,559 fluorescent units
[ X   ]  Printer cartridges All offices are directed to send used printer cartridges back with our office supply vendor.  Their driver will pick up spent cartridges when making a delivery.
[  x  ]  Other E-waste. Please list: old AV equipment, telephones, computer drives and  peripherals (5,073 units)

Techno-Trash Cans: The Sustainable Bowdoin office maintains Techno Trash Cans in 3 campus computer labs as well as one in the Sustainable Bowdoin Office.  These are primarily used by students, and are used for recycling a mix of computer equipment, diskettes, CD’s DVD’s, jewel cases, video, audio and computer tapes, cell phones, pagers, PDA’s, rechargeable batteries and more. Faculty and staff who have non-Bowdoin issued techno-trash such as CDs, audio tapes and DVD’s send it to the Sustainability Coordinator via campus mail for recycling.  This equals roughly 250 pounds per year.


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 have a “green cone” at our Mayflower campus apartment complex and a composting bin at the Schwartz Outdoor Leadership Center which is used by all the Outing Club trips, and students who are members of the club.

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:  The College contracts with local non profits to have a giant yard sale of student furniture, clothing, and other disposed items.  In 2009,  this event raised $40,000 for  25 local charities in the Brunswick, Maine area.  The annual initiative diverts roughly 100 tons of material from the waste stream every year during student move-out.  Many items (unopened food and toiletries such as shampoo, soaps, etc) are donated to the local food pantry.

Continual efforts to reduce paper by putting many of our reports and forms on the internet. Electronic hiring, annual reviews, time cards and paychecks are now all on line. 

Housekeeping now using reusable rags for cleaning in place of 26,790 rolls of paper towels per 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:  For new construction, Bowdoin follows LEED, preferably LEED silver  For renovations,  Bowdoin has developed its own LEED-like guidelines, in the following categories: indoor environmental quality, energy use, water management, materials, resources, and waste. http://www.bowdoin.edu/sustainability/sustainable-planning/designstandards.shtml

GREEN BUILDING STANDARDS
43)
Please indicate LEED-certified buildings.
[#  3   ]  Total number of LEED-certified buildings.
[  70,520sq ft]  Certified-level (combined gross square footage). Please list building names: Watson Ice Arena
[  69,600  sq ft]  Silver-level (combined gross square footage). Please list building names: Osher and West
[    sq ft]  Gold-level (combined gross square footage). Please list building names:
[    sq ft]  Platinum-level (combined gross square footage). Please list building names:

1 project registered with the USGBC is currently pending:  Buck Health and Fitness Center anticipated completion in fall 2009, currently on track for silver level certification  - 44,659 sq. ft.)


44) Please indicate buildings that meet LEED certification criteria but are not certified.
[#    ]  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.
[#      ]  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).    

 

Bowdoin utilizes numerous energy efficient technologies. 

Lighting: Bowdoin completed a lighting audit on campus in 2007.  Since then we have been systematically replacing all incandescent and older fluorescent technology with CFLs, T-5s and super efficient T-8s.  We have recently begun experimenting with LED lighting in tube lighting fixtures, can lighting fixtures and specific task lighting. 

Student Lighting: Bowdoin provides each incoming first year with a CFL bulb, and they are also handed out to upperclassmen during the month of October during the energy conservation dorm competition.

Motors:  All electric motors for the past seven years have been energy star rated.  All motors over 1 hp utilize variable frequency drives. 

Motion Sensors:  It has  been standard practice to install motion sensor lighting in all offices, hallways and restrooms in new construction and renovations for the past 5 years. 

Timers:  We have been utilizing timers at Bowdoin for many years, but are now phasing them out in favor or ambient light sensors tied to our energy management system.  That way we don’t have to worry about reprogramming the timers twice a year for daylight savings time. 

Ambient Light Sensors:  Bowdoin has been incorporating these into all new dorms for lights in hallways and stairwells.  We currently utilize these light sensors in 7 of our buildings and have several more we are looking to install them in during the next year.

Laundry Systems:  Bowdoin College works with an outside vendor to provide laundry service to Bowdoin students.  The new front loading machines, installed in 2003, consume 50% less water than traditional top-loading washers and help conserve energy by reducing the time needed in the dryer.  The company estimates that Bowdoin has saved 1,078,334 gallons of water since they started tracking machine use in 2006. 

Outside Air Lockout: For HVAC, many Bowdoin buildings utilize outside air lock-outs, shutting down heating or cooling systems if the outside air temperature goes above a certain threshold (during the heating season) or below a designated threshold  (during cooling season). 

Heat Recovery: Bowdoin utilizes heat recovery units in spaces with large outside air turnover such as the swimming pool, science center, gymnasiums, hockey arena and locker rooms.

Supply Air Reset: Bowdoin’s energy management system tracks the humidity and dew point of outside air to fine tune indoor air temperatures.

 
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).

 

Laundry Systems:  Bowdoin College works with an outside vendor to provide laundry service to Bowdoin students.  The new front loading machines, installed in 2003, consume 50% less water than traditional top-loading washers and help conserve energy by reducing the time needed in the dryer.  The company estimates that Bowdoin has saved 1,078,334 gallons of water since they started tracking machine use in 2006.  All Bowdoin shower heads and faucet heads are low-flow.  The restrooms and locker rooms of Bowdoin’s recently completed Watson Hockey Arena  use 38% less water compared with typical water fixtures.

Bowdoin has a gray water system for two dormitories (housing a combine 157 students last year) that uses collected rainwater to flush toilers.  In the event there is not enough water in the cistern, bleed water from the geothermal system is added to the tank.


51) What percentage of your institution's non-hazardous construction and demolition waste is diverted from landfills?
[  86   %]  The College hires a demolition company that certify 86% of building materials are diverted from landfills. In a recent demolition of a barn,  all of the wood was recycled for a new home.  In the demolition of an aging ice arena, over 5000 board feet of pine wood on the bleachers has been retained for future use.
Likewise, on construction projects, we require contractors to maintain on-site recycling of construction waste.  Recent jobs have certified recycling rates of between 80-90%. 


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:

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):
Sustainable Bowdoin has taken part in first year orientation since 2002.  They host a table during the Orientation Fair, providing information on recycling, energy conservation and the Eco-Rep program.  Working with the dorm proctors and RAs, the Eco-Reps meet with all first years during Orientation,  introducing themselves and providing first years with an overview of the program and how they can get involved.  The Eco-Reps work during “move-in day”, handing out CFL bulbs and offering to assist first years as they move into their dorm rooms. 

For the first time this year, the McKeen Center for the Common Good is offering a “sustainability focused” Pre-Orientation trip, where students will participate in an intensive four-day experience of hands-on work confronting the social, economic, and environmental issues facing Midcoast Maine 

 
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:
[7    ]  Paid positions. Average hours worked weekly per student: 3
[# 2    ]  Unpaid positions. Average hours worked weekly per student: 2

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:  Sustainable Bowdoin’s Student Eco-Reps are a group of sophomores, juniors and seniors who work to educate incoming first-year students and upperclassmen about how to live more sustainably.  They host the annual inter-dorm energy conservation competition as well as several other education and outreach events throughout the year.  The Eco-Reps often focus specifically on ways to reduce one’s own carbon footprint using educational tools such as door-to-door “dorm storming” to teach students how to reduce energy use in their dorm rooms, a campaign to get students to unplug their appliances during vacations, and encouraging students to go “trayless” in the dining halls and use reusable mugs.  http://www.bowdoin.edu/sustainability/campus-involvement/ecoreps/ecoreps2009-10.shtml
[#   8  ]  Paid positions. Average hours worked weekly per student: 3
[#     ]  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:

  • Green Global Initiatives, a new student organization chartered in the spring of 2009, focuses on spreading awareness about green jobs and the green economy while trying to reach beyond the traditional crowd of environmentally-minded students to get more people thinking about climate change and sustainability. 
  • The Evergreens, Bowdoin’s environmental activism group, has organized climate-focused campaigns and was involved in the organization of Step It Up, a nation-wide day of climate action in 2007, Focus the Nation, and most recently a campaign geared at reducing bottled water on campus.
  • The Yellow Bike Club reduces car use on campus by providing its members with communal bikes for use on campus and in Brunswick. 
  • The Bowdoin Outing Club, the college’s largest student organization, has begun to focus recently on reducing its carbon impact by scheduling more local trips and installing the new solar thermal system and the new boiler.


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: Energy Conservation Competition
Year initiated: 2002
Frequency of competition: annual
Participants: all 22 student dormitories
Incentives: Financial Prize and bragging rights for the year.
Goal of competition: reduce electric use
Percent of energy/water/waste reduced: 45,000 kWh
Lasting effects of competition:
Website: http://www.bowdoin.edu/sustainability/campus-involvement/calendarofevents.shtml

 

Name of competition: Reusable Mug Competition
Year initiated: 2006
Frequency of competition:annual
Participants: self selected members of student body
Incentives: receive recognition from Eco-Reps
Goal of competition: encourage mug use over paper cups
Percent of energy/water/waste reduced:
Lasting effects of competition:
Website: http://www.bowdoin.edu/sustainability/campus-involvement/energycompresults/halfwayresults08.shtml

 

Name of competition: Colby V. Bowdoin Recyclemania
Year initiated: 2008
Frequency of competition: annual – a four week period during the national recyclemania
Participants: entire campus
Incentives: bragging rights over Colby
Goal of competition: encourage waste reduction and recycling
Percent of energy/water/waste reduced:
Lasting effects of competition: better waste reduction and recycling habits
Website: http://www.bowdoin.edu/sustainability/campus-involvement/recyclemania.shtml

 
TRANSPORTATION   

CAMPUS MOTOR FLEET - Bowdoin has a no-idling policy on campus.  Employees using Bowdoin gasoline or diesel powered passenger vehicles and light trucks should turn them off if idling more than 30 seconds. Visitors to campus including buses and contractor/vendor vehicles are subject to this policy and will be asked to comply.

58) How many vehicles are in your institution's fleet?
[#  61    ]

59) Please list the number of alternative-fuel vehicles in each class.
[#    5    ]  Hybrid. Please list makes and models: 2 Toyota Prius hybrids, 1 Honda Civic hybrid, 1 Toyota Highlander hybrid, 1 Ford Escape hybrid
[#     1   ]  Electric. Please describe type of vehicles: GEM car
[#   7     ]  Biodiesel. Please describe type of vehicles and list biodiesel blend(s) used: Facilities light and heavy duty tractors – B-20 blend
[#    3    ]  Other. Please describe: Suzuki mini-trucks (get 45 mpg) used as facilities maintenance vehicles

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


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): The College sponsors Commute Another Way Week every spring and in addition last fall dedicated the month of October as Commute Another Way month.  http://www.bowdoin.edu/sustainability/campus-involvement/green-living/alternative-transportation/october-is-commute-another-way-month.shtml

The carpool efforts are geared toward faculty and staff, as the campus is primarily a residential college.  Incentives for carpooling include offering reserved parking spaces for carpoolers, a “Bowdoin Only” carpool matching website, and we strongly encourage the campus community to register with “Go Maine” to take advantage of the guaranteed free ride home.

See our Carpool Resources website: http://www.bowdoin.edu/sustainability/campus-involvement/green-living/alternative-transportation/resources-for-carpoolers.shtml

Bowdoin also contracts with Zipcar and will increase our Zipcar fleet to 3 as of August, 2009, allowing those who carpool access to a vehicle during the day for errands.

 

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 College is providing an indirect subsidy by financially supporting  “Wheels”, a hybrid bus public transportation system that is scheduled to begin serving Bowdoin College and the surrounding communities in the coming year.  It was originally scheduled to start in spring of 2009 but was pushed back a year by state funding difficulties


63) Does your school provide free transportation around campus?
[  ]  N/A. Please explain:
[  ]  No
[ X ]  Yes. Please describe: The free Bowdoin Shuttle operates within a one mile radius of the center of campus.  It operates seven days a week when the College is in session, from 6 am to 2 am on the weekdays and until 3 am on weekend nights.

64) Does your school operate a free transportation shuttle to local off-campus destinations?
[  ]  N/A. Please explain:
[  ]  No
[ X ]  Yes. Please describe: The free Bowdoin Shuttle operates within a one mile radius of the center of campus.  It operates seven days a week when the College is in session, from 6 am to 2 am on the weekdays and until 3 am on weekend nights.  The Shuttle route includes downtown Brunswick, the Concord Coach Lines bus stop, and many off-campus student apartments.

BICYCLE PROGRAM
65) Does your school offer a bicycle-sharing/rental program or bicycle repair services?
[  ]  No
[ X ]  Yes. Please provide details below

For an annual fee of $5, the Bowdoin Yellow Bike Club grants its members access to any of the Yellow Bikes scattered across campus. As a Yellow Bike member, you save the stress of repairing and storing your own bicycle, but still enjoy convenient and emissionless transportation. And with Bowdoin's flat campus and Brunswick's official status as a Bicycle Friendly Community , biking is the best way to get around.

Year created: 2006
Number of bikes available: 35
Fees for participation: $5
Repair services provided: Yes, there is a core group of students who get intensive bike maintenance training every year as part of a joint program of the Yellow Bike Club and the Bowdoin Outing Club.  The students  provide bike maintenance to the Yellow Bike fleet.  They also offer free bike tune-ups every spring as part of our Earth Day activities, which is open to all faculty, staff or student bicycles.

http://www.bowdoin.edu/outing/activity/2009/earth-day-bike-maintenance.shtml


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

[  ]  No
[ X ]  Yes. Please provide details below.  ZipCar
Year created: 2008
Total number of vehicles: 3
Number of hybrid vehicles: 1
Fee for membership: $35/year

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’s master plan encourages moving parking off the central campus and encourages a 5-7 minute walk to all buildings.

68) What percentage of individuals commute to campus via environmentally preferable transportation (e.g., walking, bicycling, carpooling, using public transit)?
[    %] Last time we conducted a survey in 2007 it was 15% who do it daily, while 68% said they had commuted via environmentally preferable transportation at least once in the past year.

STATISTICS

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

70)  Total number of buildings: [# 121        ]
71)  Combined gross square footage of all buildings: [#    2.2 million     ]
72)  Full-time enrollment (undergraduate and graduate): [#  1719       ]
73)  Part-time enrollment (undergraduate and graduate): [#  4       ]
74)  Part-time enrollment as a proportion to a full-time course load: [#  1-3       ]
75)  Percent of full-time students that live on campus: [     94      %]

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: [X  ]
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: [X  ]
86)  Campus garden or farm: [X  ]
87)  Single-stream recycling: [X  ]

 

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