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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: Catherine Burtness-Adams 
Position (in student organization): President of Drexel Sierra Club
Date survey submitted: July 2009

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS
1) Please describe the student-run campus environmental/sustainability organization in which you have a leadership role.
Name of organization: Drexel Sierra Club
Number of active members: 48
Website: www.drexelsierra.org
Date of last meeting: July 21, 2009
Frequency of meetings: weekly
Key issues addressed and programs implemented since August 2008:

  • Campus Awareness:   We want to draw the campus population's attention to environmental issues including climate change, pollution and the global water crisis.  We have done this through screenings of documentaries, speakers and events including:
    - Screening of "Fighting Goliath: Texas Coal Wars" & discussion - October 8, 2008
    - Screening of "FLOW (For the Love Of Water)" & discussion - February 16, 2009
    - Screening of "One Water" & discussion - April 9, 2009
    - Screening of "Running Dry" & discussion - April 20, 2008 (part of Earth Week)
    - Town Hall on a Just and Clean Energy Future with Senator Arlen Spector - April 13, 2009
    - Earth Week Events (discussed below) - April 20-25, 2009
    - Vegan Potluck - June 2, 2009- We explored and shared the culinary possibilities of a sustainable diet while reducing our carbon footprint through deciding what we put on our plate. 
  • Earth Week 09 -April 20-25, 2009 - We addressed three major global environmental issues while also petitioning Drexel for three major suggestions for more sustainable development.
    - Petition: for Drexel University's Institutional Commitment to Sustainability

      -During Earth Week, we were able to gather over 500 student, faculty and staff signatures supporting our three requests of Drexel:

      -Commit, in writing, to a University-wide carbon reduction of 80% by 2050 (approximately a 2% reduction per year) in accordance with recommendations    from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

      -Create an Office of Sustainability to oversee this reduction, and make Drexel a leader in campus sustainability and education

      -Commit to transparency of Drexel’s endowment, and invest 1% of our 2009 endowment into a revolving loan fund for environmental efficiency projects on campus

       -We presented the petition to the Administrators with our recommendations from PowerShift 09. 

  • Water Day: Monday, April 20, 2009 - In an effort to reduce the purchase of bottle water on campus, we wanted to inform the students about the reality of bottled water.  As part of our effort against bottled water, we held an open event with information dispelling the myth of bottled water and interactive activities. As a visual display, we built a six foot bottle out of water bottles to represent the approximate waste of four students.  That evening, we held a screening of "Running Dry" and a discussion. 
  • Agriculture Day: Wednesday, April 22, 2009 - We presented information on local agriculture opportunities such a local farmer's markets and our local community garden as well as celebrated Earth Day with a plant give away to spread the cheer of nature.
  • Reuse Day: Friday, April 24, 2009 - We hosted a campus wide clothing swap.  Over 100 students participated by bringing their used clothes to swap for "new" or gently used clothing.  This gave students the opportunity to help reuse instead of buying new. 
  • One Little Thing Campaign - turn off the lights - May 2009 to present
    - We are currently working on a project with Facilities to put stickers above over 10,000 light switches all over campus. These stickers will help to remind students, faculty and staff to turn off the lights, computers and other electronics in the dorms, classrooms and offices.  We hope to see significant energy use reduction just by simply reminding everyone to just turn off the lights. 

 

SUSTAINABILITY CHALLENGES AND COMPETITIONS
2) Does your group organize any sustainability challenges/competitions for your campus and/or with other colleges?
[ X ]  No
[  ]  Yes. Please list details for each competition.

SUSTAINABILITY IN STUDENT GOVERNMENT
3) Does your student government include a specific position or committee dedicated to campus sustainability issues?
[X ]  No, but a position is suggested by the Drexel Green Recommendations
[  ]  Yes. Please describe:

OTHER ACTIVITIES
4) Please describe any additional campus sustainability activities or projects that you or your group has initiated at your school:  
Campus Awareness:   We want to draw the campus population's attention to environmental issues including climate change, pollution and the global water crisis.  We have done this through screenings of documentaries, speakers and events including:
- Screening of "Fighting Goliath: Texas Coal Wars" & discussion - October 8, 2008
- Screening of "FLOW (For the Love Of Water)" & discussion - February 16, 2009
- Screening of "One Water" & discussion - April 9, 2009
- Screening of "Running Dry" & discussion - April 20, 2008 (part of Earth Week)
- Town Hall on a Just and Clean Energy Future with Senator Arlen Spector - April 13, 2009
- Earth Week Events (discussed below) - April 20-25, 2009
- Vegan Potluck - June 2, 2009- We explored and shared the culinary possibilities of a sustainable diet while reducing our carbon footprint through deciding what we put on our plate. 
Membership Activities :  In the effort to uphold the enjoy & explore portion of our organization's mantra is  to "enjoy, explore, and protect the planet", we take advantage of the outdoors through group activities such as:
- Camping trips in the fall, spring and summer (November 8, 2009, May 20, 2009, tba)
- Weekly bike rides: We ride Wednesdays during the fall, spring and summer for outdoor physical activity  as well as a reminder to all that bikes belong on the roadways. 
- Gardening: The club maintains a plot in the local community garden to take an active role in our own food production, enjoy the outdoors and interact with our community. 
PowerShift 09:   Thirty five Drexel students participated in the PowerShift 09 Conference in D.C. February 28 - March 2 as part of a large, national movement of youth calling for strong climate legislation.  Members participated in educational and training sessions as well meeting with and communicating their concerns to their legislators.  Recommendations for further sustainable campus improvements were presented to Drexel Administrators and the Drexel Green Committee upon return. 
Earth Week 09 -April 20-25, 2009 - We addressed three major global environmental issues while also petitioning Drexel for three major suggestions for more sustainable development.
- Petition: for Drexel University's Institutional Commitment to Sustainability
During Earth Week, we were able to gather over 500 student, faculty and staff signatures supporting our three requests of Drexel:

Commit, in writing, to a University-wide carbon reduction of 80% by 2050 (approximately a 2% reduction per year) in accordance with recommendations from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Create an Office of Sustainability to oversee this reduction, and make Drexel a leader in campus sustainability and education

Commit to transparency of Drexel’s endowment, and invest 1% of our 2009 endowment into a revolving loan fund for environmental efficiency projects on campus

We presented the petition to the Administrators with our recommendations from PowerShift 09. 
- Water Day: Monday, April 20, 2009 - In an effort to reduce the purchase of bottle water on campus, we wanted to inform the students about the reality of bottled water.  As part of our effort against bottled water, we held an open event with information dispelling the myth of bottled water and interactive activities. As a visual display, we built a six foot bottle out of water bottles to represent the approximate waste of four students.  That evening, we held a screening of "Running Dry" and a discussion. 
- Agriculture Day: Wednesday, April 22, 2009 - We presented information on local agriculture opportunities such a local farmer's markets and our local community garden as well as celebrated Earth Day with a plant give away to spread the cheer of  nature.
- Reuse Day: Friday, April 24, 2009 - We hosted a campus wide clothing swap.  Over 100 students participated by bringing their used clothes to swap for "new" or gently used clothing.   This gave students the opportunity to help reuse instead of buying new. 

One Little Thing Campaign - turn off the lights - May 2009 to present
- We are currently working on a project with Facilities to put stickers above over 10,000 light switches all over campus. These stickers will help to remind students, faculty and staff to turn off the lights, computers and other electronics in the dorms, classrooms and offices.  We hope to see significant energy use reduction just by simply reminding everyone to just turn off the lights. 


5) Please list and briefly describe any other student-run organizations related to campus sustainability at your school, and provide URLs if available (e.g., student groups; student government committees; student-run food co-ops, gardens/farms, bike co-ops) and provide contact information of the student leaders, if possible:

            Drexel Green:  a student, faculty and staff effort to make Drexel a sustainability leader.  The Committee Recommendations for Green Strategic Plan were released this spring and Drexel Green will be working to implement these in the coming year.  Recommendations can be found at http://www.drexel.edu/green/links/podcasts.htm Contact: Kristin Cuprzinski (student), Administrative Assistant, Drexel Green - drexelgreen@drexel.edu

            Drexel Smart House: student-led, multidisciplinary project to construct an urban home to serve as a “living laboratory” for exploring cutting edge design and technology - http://www.drexelsmarthouse.com/  Contact: Jameson Detweiler: jmd922@drexel.edu

            Drexel Engineers Without Borders: student chapter working on implementing sustainable development projects in developing countries: www.drexelewb.org  Contact: Prineha Narang: prineha.narang@gmail.com

 

Questions 6 is for informational purposes only; your response will NOT be included in the Report Card evaluation process.

6) Please list any regional or national networks with which your group is affiliated (e.g., Energy Action Coalition/Campus Climate Challenge, Sierra Student Coalition, a state PIRG, a state student sustainability coalition):
 

Sierra Student Coalition

Energy Action Coalition

Campus Progress

UN Environment Programme (Kick the Carbon Habit Campaign)

 

 

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Name: Cody A. Ray
Position (in student organization): President
Date survey submitted: July 11, 2009

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS
1) Please describe the student-run campus environmental/sustainability organization in which you have a leadership role.
Name of organization: Drexel Smart House
Number of active members: approximately 100 during the Fall, Winter, and Spring terms
Website: http://drexelsmarthouse.com
Date of last meeting: July 8, 2009
Frequency of meetings: Leadership officially meets weekly, but unofficially
meets multiple times per week. Working groups meet as needed, ranging from every other day to biweekly.
Key issues addressed and programs implemented since August 2008
:  see below for a reverse chronological listing

Progress made on each issue/program since August 2008

--The following is a highlight of activities since January 2009 from our recent newsletter (with annotations made for clarity in square brackets). DSH refers to Drexel Smart House, our student organization and program.

  • June, 2009 -

T he Philip B. Lindy Program for Inter-City Students, in which DSH partnered with other programs to provide occasional "green" educational activities for a dozen middle school students over a two-month period, concluded.

The Freshmen Design program in the College of Engineering culminated, in which we mentored over a dozen teams. Several of these technologies look promising for commercial viability, including a project that produces energy from organic waste (biomass digestion).

Drexel Smart House spinoff-company Summalux LLC demonstrated the first prototype LED luminaire employing their proprietary Daylight Engine ™ technology for energy efficient daylight simulation lighting.

Drexel Smart House and Drexel University Libraries presented a collaborative proposal for information-literacy development to the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) in Austin, TX. [This proposal is aimed at increasing the information-literacy in Drexel Smart House's sustainable research projects in the Freshmen Design program in the College of Engineering.]

  • May, 2009 -

An article about Drexel Smart House was published in the May/June edition of Keystone Builder, the magazine of the Pennsylvania Building Association.

Drexel Smart House members involved in the Drexel Green movement played a large part in the preparation, report and public presentation of key sustainability recommendations to the upper administration at the University.

  • April, 2009 -

Trees were planted [around West Philadelphia] for Earth Day with the Community Alumni Network at Drexel University (CAN DU) and UC Green.

DSH applied for a Clinton Global Initiative University Award in order to expand its outreach program with Science Leadership Academy, a local charter high school. [DSH serves as an Individualized Learning Program for students by providing sustainable and smarter living projects on which 4-5 students work for 4 hours weekly throughout the year.]

DSH’s student-led cool roof coating project team was awarded the People, Planet, and Prosperity (P3) grant by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which will sustain the project for the next two years and is valued at $75,000.

The Smart Living Association, a spinoff organization established by a partnership between DSH and Duke, held its inaugural conference.  Nine of our members were sent to engage the representatives of nearly a dozen other member programs dedicated to the concept of smarter living.

  • March, 2009 -

Drexel Smart House received its second provisional patent. [This patent is related to our cool roof coating formulation, while our first patent was related to our daylight simulation engine]

  • February, 2009 -

DSH was recognized in the 2008 Strategic Report published by the LeBow College of Business as a large contributor to Experience-Based Education, which is a foundation of LeBow College and Drexel University.

A conference on climate change was co-hosted with Drexel Green.  An order of magnitude cost estimate for renovating the [abandoned, historic] 3425 Race Street residence was developed with International Consultants, Inc. of central Philadelphia.

  • January, 2009 -

Drexel Smart House transitioned to its second generation of leadership.  The first Pi Lambda Phi reunion in almost a decade was hosted by DSH. This fraternity previously occupied the residence at 3425 Race St. [Reuniting these alumni with our campus and advocating for sustainability and alumni-supported student sustainability programs]


SUSTAINABILITY CHALLENGES AND COMPETITIONS
2) Does your group organize any sustainability challenges/competitions for your campus and/or with other colleges?
[  ]  No

[X]  Yes. Please list details for each competition.
#1 - Name of competition: 3425 Race St Design Competition Phase I
Year initiated: 2007
Frequency of competition: Once
Participants: upper level architecture and engineering students; 12 teams (24 students), 4 final submissions (8 students)
Incentives: $1000 first prize, $500 second prize, first and second place teams move on to compete in the 3425 Race St Design Competition Phase II
Goal of competition: Develop a schematic design for the renovation of an abandoned 4500+ sq ft Victorian twin home dating to the late 1800s. This results of this competition are the basis of design for the future Drexel Smart House, a flexible platform for the integration, testing, and showcase of various designs and technologies aimed to better the quality of urban living. Such research, development, and design focuses in the areas of energy, environment, health, interaction, and lifestyle.
Percent of energy/water/waste reduced: N/A
Lasting effects of competition: Led to
3425 Race St Design Competition Phase II. Raised awareness of sustainability on campus, provided experience-based education for the involved students, and bridged academia and industry with a sustainability-focused project.
Website: http://drexelsmarthouse.com

#2 - Name of competition:
3425 Race St Design Competition Phase II
Year initiated: 2008
Frequency of competition: Once
Participants: upper level architecture, engineering, interior design, and digital media students; two teams (7 students per team) with a shared consultancy group (8 students and at least one dozen industrial consultants)
Incentives: Course credit, design selection and construction
Goal of competition: Develop a basis of design, design documents, and supporting narratives
for the renovation of an abandoned 4500+ sq ft Victorian twin home dating to the late 1800s. This results of this competition are the design documents and guiding principles for the future Drexel Smart House, a flexible platform for the integration, testing, and showcase of various designs and technologies aimed to better the quality of urban living. Such research, development, and design focuses in the areas of energy, environment, health, interaction, and lifestyle.
Percent of energy/water/waste reduced: N/A
Lasting effects of competition: Led to design proposal, cost estimates, and fundraising for the aforementioned renovation and development of a sustainable technology platform and testbed.
Raised awareness of sustainability on campus, provided experience-based education for the involved students, and bridged academia and industry with a sustainability-focused project.
Website: http://drexelsmarthouse.com



SUSTAINABILITY IN STUDENT GOVERNMENT
3) Does your student government include a specific position or committee dedicated to campus sustainability issues?

[X]  No

[  ]  Yes. Please describe:

OTHER ACTIVITIES
4) Please describe any additional campus sustainability activities or projects that you or your group has initiated at your school:  

I believe the key issues / programs section above addresses the major sustainability activities undertaken by our organization.

5) Please list and briefly describe any other student-run organizations related to campus sustainability at your school, and provide URLs if available (e.g., student groups; student government committees; student-run food co-ops, gardens/farms, bike co-ops) and provide contact information of the student leaders, if possible:  

Drexel Green, http://drexel.edu/green , Kristen Cuprzinski, DrexelGreen@drexel.edu

Drexel Sierra Club, http://www.drexelsierra.org , Catey Burtness-Adams, DrexelSierraClub@gmail.com

Drexel Engineers Without Borders, http://www.drexelewb.org , Prineha Narang, EWBDrexel@gmail.com

Drexel Energy Club, N/A, Lisa Leone , DrexelEnergyClub@gmail.com

Questions 6 is for informational purposes only; your response will NOT be included in the Report Card evaluation process.

6) Please list any regional or national networks with which your group is affiliated (e.g., Energy Action Coalition/Campus Climate Challenge, Sierra Student Coalition, a state PIRG, a state student sustainability coalition):  

Smart Living Association (collaboration)

 - new association co-founded along with Duke, Stanford, UVA, Georgia Tech, and UNC

DVGBC Chapter of USGBC (collaboration)

Reflective Roof Coating Institute (presentation)

American Society of Engineering Education (presentation, publication)

Pennsylvania Building Association (publication)

Philadelphia Startup Leaders (networking)

Philadelphia Sustainable Business Networks (networking)

UC Green (collaboration)

 

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Name:  Shams Naim
Position (in student organization):  President, IFC
Date survey submitted:   7/7/09

 

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS
1) Please describe the student-run campus environmental/sustainability organization in which you have a leadership role.

Name of organization: Interfraternity Council
Number of active members: Approximately 600
Website: www.drexelifc.com
Date of last meeting: 7/5/2009
Frequency of meetings: weekly
Key issues addressed and programs implemented since August 2008: (in relation to sustainability) Usage of electricity in fraternity houses, awareness about sustainability on campus, recycling

Progress made on each issue/program since August 2008: Supported Drexel Blackout event, encouraged unified effort to raise awareness of sustainability, encouraged 

 

SUSTAINABILITY CHALLENGES AND COMPETITIONS
2) Does your group organize any sustainability challenges/competitions for your campus and/or with other colleges?
[  ]  No

[x]  Yes. Please list details for each competition.
#1 - Name of competition: Drexel Blackout

Year initiated: 2009
Frequency of competition: Annually 
Participants: campus-wide
Incentives: Monetary incentives, campus wide recognition
Goal of competition: Reduce energy used within the fraternity houses

 

Percent of energy/water/waste reduced:

Lasting effects of competition: More awareness of sustainability, less energy wastage

Website:  http://www.drexel.edu/green/

#2 - Name of competition:
Year initiated:
Frequency of competition:
Participants:
Incentives:
Goal of competition:
Percent of energy/water/waste reduced:
Lasting effects of competition:
Website:

SUSTAINABILITY IN STUDENT GOVERNMENT
3) Does your student government include a specific position or committee dedicated to campus sustainability issues?
[  ]  No

[ X ]  Yes. Please describe: Sustainability committee/presence on Drexel Green, cosponsored Earth Day

OTHER ACTIVITIES
4) Please describe any additional campus sustainability activities or projects that you or your group has initiated at your school:   Drexel Green committee, recyclemania, Earth Day, numerous community service events related to sustainability/"green" activities

5) Please list and briefly describe any other student-run organizations related to campus sustainability at your school, and provide URLs if available

(e.g., student groups; student government committees; student-run food co-ops, gardens/farms, bike co-ops) and provide contact information of the student leaders, if possible:   There's a lot, all of which are either on Drexel Green's website ( www.drexel.edu/green ) or the campus activities website ( drexel.edu/oca ). The major ones are Drexel Green and the Sierra Club


Questions 6 is for informational purposes only; your response will NOT be included in the Report Card evaluation process.

6) Please list any regional or national networks with which your group is affiliated (e.g., Energy Action Coalition/Campus Climate Challenge, Sierra

Student Coalition, a state PIRG, a state student sustainability coalition):  

 

 

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