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Case Western Reserve University

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Name:  Linda Robson
Title:
 Sustainability Coordinator (… and pre-doctoral research fellow “Campus Planning & Operations Fellow for Energy Studies”)

Date survey submitted:   21 July 2009

ADMINISTRATION

SUSTAINABILITY POLICIES
1) Does your school have its own formal sustainability policy?
[ X ]  No
[ ]  Yes. Please describe and provide URL, if available:

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: June 9, 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
X ]  Yes, in the strategic plan. Please describe and provide URL, if available:

  http://www.case.edu/stratplan/ForwardThinking0708.pdf

 

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: Energy Advisory Committee
Number of meetings: 3

7) Please provide number of stakeholder representatives on the committee.
[3]  Administrators
[2]  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):  Linda Robson, Gene Matthews, Mark DeGuire
Position(s) (e.g., administrator, faculty, staff, student):  Sustainability Coordinator / Dir Facilities Services / Engineering Faculty

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

  • VP of Campus Planning & Operations and Chief Administrative Office

 

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:

  • Greenhouse gas emissions inventory findings and making recommendations / responses to data and process
  • Planning annual sustainability event / LEED celebration

 

Progress made on each of these issues since August 2008:

  • Creation and adoption of green printing pledge
  • Creation of an online commuter survey
  • Annual campus sustainability event, highlighting LEED Silver & Gold building certifications

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: [Recycling Coordinator]
[ 6 ]  Number of part-time staff (in FTE). Titles: [Recycling staff members, Research Fellow/Sustainability Coordinator, Sustainability Interns]
 

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: 

  • VP of Operations & Planning and Chief Admin Officer (Senior VP)

 

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, Facilities Services, created November 2005

 

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

[  ]  No
[ X ]  Yes. Please provide URL:

 

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: Residence hall policy mandates the use of low VOC paints, recycled content carpeting, and green cleaning products. 

 

16) 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:

Most campus purchasing is done at the departmental level, so decision to purchase environmentally preferable paper products is made among our department administrators. I know of several departments (10-15) who consistently purchase these products while others might on occasion, and still others not at all.

[  ]  All. Please describe:

18) Does your school purchase Green Seal, Environmental Choice certified, or biorenewable cleaning products?
[  ]  No
X ]  Some. Please describe:

  • CWRU only uses bio-renewable products in our residence halls

[  ]  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
X ]  Some. Please describe:

  • Over 75% of the desktop and laptop computer institutional purchases and our recommendations for windows based Dell computers for students all meet the EPEAT criteria

[  ]  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:   193,773;  Start Date – July 1, 2007;  URL – http://acupcc.aashe.org/ghg-report.php?id=627
2007:  169,196
2006:  178,609
2005:  169,802

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?
[ X ]  No
[  ]  Yes. Please list details.
Reduction level:
Baseline year:
Target date:

 

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

REALIZED GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS REDUCTIONS
23) Has your school achieved a reduction in GHG emissions?
[  ]  No
X ]  Yes. Please list details. 

  • Over the past 2 years, we have reduced energy consumed on the academic campus by 10 million KWH, which (in our area of the country—1 KWH = 2.2 lbs of CO2e) equates to a reduction of 11 million tons of CO2e.  While this has been in support of reducing our energy consumption and green house gas reductions, we didn’t specifically choose a “climate neutral date” or “baseline year”. 

 

Percentage reduced: 3%
Baseline year: 2007
Date achieved: 2009 July

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: 1930
Heating degree days average over the past three years: 4794

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: 25.2
2007: 24.5
2006: 25.8

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: 25.5
2007: 24.8
2006: 26.1

 

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)?
  Installing LED lights and motion sensors across campus, adjusting energy controls during school vacations for decreased occupancy, and there have been focused efforts on one building in particular (MSASS) to reduce the building’s energy consumption.

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:

  • Placards for classrooms about energy consumption & CO2e (specific to that classroom),
  • Reminder signs for turning off lights in dorm rooms
  • Reminders to “shut the sash” on all 2500 campus fume hoods

 

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

Description:

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

 

RENEWABLE ENERGY PURCHASE

31) Has your school purchased electric energy from renewable sources or renewable energy credits (RECs)?

RECs and electricity from renewable sources must be Green-e certified or meet the requirements of the Green-e standard.
[  ]  No
[ X ]  Yes. Please describe.  Purchased to offset consumption of the LEED Gold house AND purchased to offset commencement ceremony and all campus events associated with commencement 2009.
Date of most recent contract: May 2008 (most recent purchase was for commencement ceremony and related celebrations for individual schools)

Quantity (kWh): 4,000 kWh
Percentage of your total electric energy use that it represents: 200%

Update 7/24/09 Our most recent purchase of RECs was to offset our commencement ceremony and all related celebrations and school based events.  We totaled this and a student club purchased the RECS with the university matching their funds, resulting in a 200% consumption offset.  We are still purchasing energy to offset the electrical consumption of our LEED gold residence hall (with far bigger numbers), but that contract was not our most recent.  

Update 8/7/09  We are in an on going contract to purchase 50% of the annual electricity consumed by House 5, our LEED gold residential building (part of the Village), which equates to 175,000 KwH, so for this year alone, the combined REC purchase is almost 180,000 KwH.

 

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:
 

  • Heating provided by natural gas fired boilers:  34,274 MCF Natural Gas @1,000 btu/cf =34,274 MMBTU
  • Cooling provided by two major chilled water plants with electric chillers:  5,880,294 KWH @3,412 btu /KWH = 20,063.57 MMBTU’s

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

  • Natural Gas = 100% heating
  • Electricity = 100% cooling


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
[  ]  Plastics (all)
[ X ]  Plastics (some)  #1, #2, #3, #5
[  ]  Other. Please list:

37) Diversion rate: [ 22%]  

  • Average monthly waste = 134 tons
  • Average monthly recycling = 30 tons

 

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:  Paint, clothing, books.

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

[  90 %]

40) Do you provide composting receptacles around campus in locations other than dining halls (e.g., in residence halls, offices, academic buildings)?
X ]  No
[  ]  Yes. Please describe:

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:

  • clothing donation end of semester
  • yard sale start & end of semester

 

GREEN BUILDING


GREEN BUILDING POLICY
42) Does your school have a formal green building policy?
X ]  No 

  • Currently the policy of building all new construction projects to LEED Silver standards is being decided upon by Senior VPs (President’s Cabinet) and the President (to be announced at the President’s Council meeting August 17 th )

[  ]  Yes. Please describe policy and provide URL to the full policy, if available:

GREEN BUILDING STANDARDS
43)
Please indicate LEED-certified buildings.  The Village at 115th is LEED Silver; House 5 of this complex received LEED Gold.
[ 5 ]  Total number of LEED-certified buildings.
0 sq ft]  Certified-level (combined gross square footage). Please list building names:
[   319,153 sq ft]  Silver-level (combined gross square footage). Please list building names:
[   59,597 sq ft]  Gold-level (combined gross square footage). Please list building names:
[ 0 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
[ 0 sq ft]  Certified-level criteria met, but not certified (combined gross square footage). Please list building names:
[ 0 sq ft]  Silver-level criteria met, but not certified (combined gross square footage). Please list building names:
[ 0 sq ft]  Gold-level criteria met, but not certified (combined gross square footage). Please list building names:
[ 0 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:
0 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:
[ 0 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:
0 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:
[ 0 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)?    Green roof on Mandel Center for Non-Profit Leadership

  • LED 30 watt light panels 3 buildings – 25 fixtures
  • LED 1 watt candelabra based lamps 1 building 130 lamps
  • LED 8 watt retrofits – 1 building 12 fixtures
  • LED Recessed can fixture retrofits – 4 buildings 30 fixtures
  • Retrofit t-12 & magnetic ballasts to T-8 and electronic ballast – 100 building - 90%

 

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)?   

  • Low flow toilets – 75 buildings – 60% toilets
  • “Pint” urinals – 1 building - 3 urinals
  • Low flow showers – 50 building 90%
  • Pervious concrete 4 installations


51) What percentage of your institution's non-hazardous construction and demolition waste is diverted from landfills?
8 %]

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): Freshman orientation features "where to find it" recycling and sustainability programs.

 

INTERNSHIPS/OUTREACH OPPORTUNITIES
54) Does your school offer on-campus office-based sustainability internships or jobs for students?
[  ]  No
[ X ]  Yes. Please provide number of students and average number of hours worked weekly per student:
[ 2 ]  Paid positions. Average hours worked weekly per student: (20 hrs academic year / 40 hrs summer)
[ 2 ]  Unpaid positions. Average hours worked weekly per student: (10 hrs summer)

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: Adopt-a-Building (now called Green Teams) program and Residential Council Recycling Reps
[ 0 ]  Paid positions. Average hours worked weekly per student:
[ 0 ]  Positions that award academic credit. Average hours worked weekly per student:
[ 15 ]  Uncompensated positions. Average hours worked weekly per student:  <5 hrs / week

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:  

  • Student Sustainability Council
  • Engineers without Borders (subcommittee focused on on-campus projects like rain water harvesting)

 

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: CO2 Monthly Challenge
Year initiated: 2007
Frequency of competition: monthly
Participants: 200
Incentives:
Goal of competition: Reduce campus and individual’s carbon footprint.
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?
[112]

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

60) What is the average GHG emission rate per passenger mile of your institution's motorized fleet?
[423 lbs CO2e / year for 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:
[ X ]  No
[  ]  Yes. Please describe details of the program including the type of the incentive and eligible community members (e.g., faculty, staff, students):

62) Does your school offer public transportation subsidies?
[  ]  N/A. Please explain:
[  ]  No
[ X ]  Yes. Please describe the program including the size of the discount (as a percent of full price) and eligible community members (e.g., faculty, staff, students): Undergraduate students get discounts on the regional bus and train system – percent of discount not found.

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

  • Case Western Reserve offers a University Circle wide shuttle service as well as the RTA’s “Neighbrohood Circulator” shuttles which connect the campus / University Circle with neighboring suburbs for shopping, dining, and attractions.

 

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

  • Case Western Reserve offers a University Circle wide shuttle service as well as the RTA’s “Neighbrohood Circulator” shuttles which connect the campus / University Circle with neighboring suburbs for shopping, dining, and attractions.

 

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

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

[  ]  No
X ]  Yes. Please provide details below.
Year created:  2007
Total number of vehicles:  2
Number of hybrid vehicles: 1
Fee for membership: $50 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:

  • Case Western Reserve is situated in an urban setting, taking up only 1/3 of a square mile.  Employee, student, and visitor parking structures on located on the perimeters of campus, forcing people to walk.  Because of our urban setting and placement within University Circle (museums, symphony, botanical gardens, etc) we have roads running through campus, so don’t have a car free zone.  The campus’ broad walkways are purposefully designed for pedestrian and bicycle traffic.

 

68) What percentage of individuals commute to campus via environmentally preferable transportation (e.g., walking, bicycling, carpooling, using public transit)?
[23%]

STATISTICS


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

70)  Total number of buildings: [ 126 ]
71)  Combined gross square footage of all buildings: [ 6.9 million ]
72)  Full-time enrollment (undergraduate and graduate): [ 10,000 40% undergrad / 60% graduate ]
73)  Part-time enrollment (undergraduate and graduate): [#         ]
74)  Part-time enrollment as a proportion to a full-time course load: [#         ]
75)  Percent of full-time students that live on campus: [ 55%]Almost all undergrads and a percentage of graduate students (in university owned apartments).

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

 

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