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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: John Onderdonk

Title: Manager for Sustainability Programs
Date survey submitted:
7/21/09

ADMINISTRATION

SUSTAINABILITY POLICIES
1) Does your school have its own formal sustainability policy?
[  ]  No
[ X ]  Yes. Please describe and provide URL, if available:   Enhance Caltech’s core mission of research and education by reducing Caltech’s environmental impact and promoting stewardship within the Caltech community.

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

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:   The Master Plan was completed in 2006.  The building and landscaping guidelines are currently being updated to broaden the sustainability content.
[ X ]  Yes, in the strategic plan. Please describe and provide URL, if available: The strategic plan was recently updated to incorporate sustainability objectives.  The recent creation of the Resnick Sustainability Institute, a $90M initiative to address global energy and climate challenges, grew from the revision of the strategic plan.

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 Committee
Number of meetings: 11 (monthly), sub-committee groups meet independently

7) Please provide number of stakeholder representatives on the committee.
[ 1 ]  Administrators
[ 1 ]  Faculty
[ 7 ]  Staff
[ 4 ]  Students
[#    ]  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): Jim Cowell
Position(s) (e.g., administrator, faculty, staff, student): staff

9) To whom does the committee report (e.g., president, vice president)?    Vice President of Business and Finance


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: Energy, greenhouse gas emissions, waste management, alternative transportation, awareness & education
Progress made on each of these issues since August 2008:

Energy:  initiated the Caltech Energy Conservation Fund to pay for retro-commissioning and energy efficiency retrofits, developed energy conservation incentive programs, supported and funded Caltech Student Solar Initiative

Greenhouse gas emissions: supported Greenhouse Gas Reduction Committee in preparation of Climate Action Plan

Waste management: chartered the Waste Reduction sub-committee to analyze the campus waste stream and make recommendations for increasing diversion and reducing waste

Alternative transportation: created incentives to encourage use of fuel efficient vehicles, currently negotiating with Zipcar

Awareness & Education: planned and organized sustainability events (Earth Day, Bike-to-Work day, Rideshare Fair, green vendor fair, Olive Harvest), hosted and mentored undergraduate sustainability interns

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.
[ 5 ]  Number of full-time staff (in FTE). Titles: [Manager for Sustainability Programs, Transportation Coordinator, Energy Manager, two Recycling Specialists]
[#    ]  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: Associate Vice President for Facilities

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): Office of Sustainability Programs (2008)

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

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


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: Caltech’s purchasing policy contains guidelines on purchased items that deal with the items’ durability, toxicity, energy efficiency, ability to be recycled, use of raw materials, manufacturing impact, and packaging.  http://sustainability.caltech.edu/purchasing


16) Does your school purchase ENERGY STAR qualified products?
[  ]  No
[ X ]  Some. Please describe:  The Facilities Dept is drafting an Energy Star procurement standard to make Energy Star purchases mandatory
[  ]  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: 30% post-consumer recycled content minimum, certified by FSC
[  ]  All. Please describe:

18) Does your school purchase Green Seal, Environmental Choice certified, or biorenewable cleaning products?
[  ]  No
[ X ]  Some. Please describe: certified by Green Seal and Environmental Choice
[  ]  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)?
[ X ]  No
[  ]  Some. Please describe:
[  ]  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)?
[ X ]  No
[  ]  Some. Please describe:
[  ]  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.
2008: Data being compiled, estimated at 94,000 MTCO 2 e (Scopes 1 & 2, partial 3)
2007: 91,779 MTCO 2 e (Scopes 1 & 2, partial 3)
2006: 101, 719 MTCO 2 e (Scopes 1 & 2, partial 3)
2005: 106, 244 MTCO 2 e (Scopes 1 & 2, partial 3)

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.  Reduce emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 per California reduction goal
Reduction level: 63,000 MTCO2e
Baseline year: 1990
Target date: 2020

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?
[ X ]  No
[  ]  Yes. Please list details.  Caltech’s co-generation plant has received awards from the DOE and EPA for efficiency.  Without the co-generation plant Caltech’s emissions would have been about 60,000 MTCO2e higher in 2007.
Percentage reduced:
Baseline year:
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: 1852
Heating degree days average over the past three years: 1332

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:  Data being compiled
2007:  24.4 MTCO2e / thousand-square-foot total maintained space

46.6 MTCO2e / thousand-square-foot laboratory space
2006:  27.1 MTCO2e / thousand-square-foot total maintained space

51.7 MTCO2e / thousand-square-foot laboratory space

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:   Data being compiled
2007:   43.9 MTCO2e / full-time student

0.57 MTCO2e / thousand-research dollars
2006:   46.9 MTCO2e / full-time students

0.63 MTCO2e / thousand-research dollars

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)?
  Caltech’s heating plant is a cogeneration plant, which converts waste heat into electricity. Caltech is also replacing air handling equipment with high-efficiency chillers and motors, retrofitting buildings with CFLs, installing motion sensors in buildings, re-roofing buildings with reflective materials to prevent excess heat from being absorbed, and replacing appliances with more energy-efficient ones.  Roughly 50% of existing buildings are currently undergoing at least one phase of retro-commissioning, parking garages are being retrofitted with LED lighting, projects have been initiated to replace central plant boilers and chillers with more efficient models, a feasibility study is currently underway to assess the benefits of thermal energy storage.

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: There is a committee to educate the campus community about energy reduction.  Initiatives underway to encourage conservation include: real-time dorm room monitoring, traditional signage and live energy dashboard displays.

RENEWABLE ENERGY GENERATION
29)  Does your school generate renewable electricity?
[  ]  No
[ X ]  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
[  1 %]  Solar photovoltaics  There is a PV array on the Holliston parking structure
[    %]  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.
Date of most recent contract: 2008
Quantity (kWh): 100% of power for Institute owned off-campus housing
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:
929,893,700,000 BTU

34) Please list each fuel source (e.g., coal, natural gas, oil) and the percent of overall BTUs derived from that source:
100% natural gas

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)
[ X ]  Plastics (some)
[ X ]  Other. Please list:  Hazardous waste, lab glass.

37) Diversion rate: [    40%]

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.
[ X ]  Batteries
[ X ]  Cell phones
[ X ]  Computers
[  X  ]  Lightbulbs
[  X  ]  Printer cartridges
[ X ]  Other E-waste. Please list:  Phones, scanners, VCRs, keyboards, servers, PDAs, DVDs, mice, laptops, fax machines, printers, cassette players, stereos, monitors, shredders, tape drives, copiers and docking stations.   Approximately 50 tons of e-waste was recycled in 2008.

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

[      91 %]

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:  One residence hall started a composting program in their dorm.

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: Surplus Exchange and Household Equipment Loan Pool

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: There is a goal of building LEED-Gold buildings for all new construction and major renovations. Caltech follows LEED guidelines for new construction and major renovations, as well as LEED multi-building/campus guidelines for campus development.  Building Design Guidelines are currently being developed to emphasize energy and water efficiency beyond LEED guidelines.

GREEN BUILDING STANDARDS
43)
Please indicate LEED-certified buildings.
[#  0    ]  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.
[#   3   ]  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:
[ 210,000   sq ft]  Gold-level criteria met, but not certified (combined gross square footage). Please list building names:  Certification is pending for the Cahill Center, the Annenberg Center, the Schlinger Laboratory
[ 45,000   sq ft]  Platinum-level criteria met, but not certified (combined gross square footage). Please list building names: Certification is pending for the Linde + Robinson Laboratory

45) Please indicate buildings that are ENERGY STAR labeled.
[#   0   ]  Total number of ENERGY STAR buildings. Please list building names: Four buildings are currently undergoing retro-commissioning to comply with ENERGY STAR label standards.
[    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).   Please see response to question 27

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).    Low-flow faucets, low-flow showerheads, waterless urinals, dual-flush toilets

51) What percentage of your institution's non-hazardous construction and demolition waste is diverted from landfills?
[   90 – 95  %]

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): Sustainability Programs has a booth at new student check in to answer questions and provide general information, presentations on sustainability related topics are offered during dinner in the residence halls and during required orientation sessions.

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:
[#   3  ]  Paid positions. Average hours worked weekly per student: 40
[#     ]  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:

Engineers for a Sustainable World – focuses on product design for the developing world

Students for Sustainable Agriculture and Gardening – develops gardens on campus and promotes community agriculture/gardening

Caltech Undergrad Sustainability Project – promote awareness through supporting student-led sustainability projects

Caltech Student Solar Initiative – designs, engineers and builds solar photovoltaic arrays on campus.  The first system was 14kW, a second system is in the early design stages.  Please see detailed description in the student survey response section.

Biodiesel Club – produces biodiesel from waste grease generated in the main kitchen

Electric Vehicle Club – builds and maintains electric vehicles

Net Impact – local chapter of the national organization using the power of business to make a positive social, environmental, and economic impact

SUSTAINABILITY CHALLENGES AND COMPETITIONS
57) Does your school organize any sustainability challenges/competitions for your campus and/or with other colleges?
[ X ]  No
[  ]  Yes. Please list details for all competitions.
Name of competition:
Year initiated:
Frequency of competition:
Participants:
Incentives:
Goal of competition:
Percent of energy/water/waste reduced:
Lasting effects of competition:
Website:

TRANSPORTATION

CAMPUS MOTOR FLEET

58) How many vehicles are in your institution's fleet?
[#   139     ]

59) Please list the number of alternative-fuel vehicles in each class.
[#   1     ]  Hybrid. Please list makes and models: Toyota Highlander
[#   74   ]  Electric. Please describe type of vehicles: maintenance/service carts
[#           ]  Biodiesel. Please describe type of vehicles and list biodiesel blend(s) used:
[#   1     ]  Other. Please describe: BMW Hydrogen-7

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): Caltech’s ride-sharing program provides parking discounts to carpool cars for faculty, staff, and students; and Caltech offers financial incentives and preferential parking to employees who carpool.

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): Students get monthly subsidies and discounts on public transportation.

63) Does your school provide free transportation around campus?
[  ]  N/A. Please explain:
[  ]  No
[ X ]  Yes. Please describe: Security provides escort services in electric carts

64) Does your school operate a free transportation shuttle to local off-campus destinations?
[ X ]  N/A. Please explain: Off-campus destinations are assessable by foot/bike or public transportation
[  ]  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:
Number of bikes available:
Fees for participation:
Repair services provided: the Caltech Cycling Club hosts regular repair workshops and operates a bike repair station several times a year

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

[  ]  No
[ X ]  Yes. Please provide details below.  Currently negotiating with Zipcar for fall launch
Year created: TBD (2009)
Total number of vehicles: 3
Number of hybrid vehicles: 1
Fee for membership: ~$25

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: For bike commuters, there is bike storage on campus, and showers and locker facilities on various parts of campus.

68) What percentage of individuals commute to campus via environmentally preferable transportation (e.g., walking, bicycling, carpooling, using public transit)?
[  53   %]

STATISTICS

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

70)  Total number of buildings: [#    125    ]
71)  Combined gross square footage of all buildings: [#  3,883,015      ]
72)  Full-time enrollment (undergraduate and graduate): [#    2,126     ]
73)  Part-time enrollment (undergraduate and graduate): [#    0     ]
74)  Part-time enrollment as a proportion to a full-time course load: [#    0     ]
75)  Percent of full-time students that live on campus: [      40     %]

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: [  ]
79)  Student trustee position: [  ]
80)  Environmental science/studies major: [ X ]
81)  Environmental science/studies minor or concentration: [ X ]
82)  Graduate-level environmental program: [ X ]
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: [  ]

 

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