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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: Merry Rankin             
Title:
Director of Sustainability
Date survey submitted:
7/24/09

ADMINISTRATION

SUSTAINABILITY POLICIES
1) Does your school have its own formal sustainability policy?
[   ]  No
[X ] Yes. Please describe and provide URL, if available: The Iowa Board of Regents has a formal sustainability policy for all regent institutions.  URL: http://www2.state.ia.us/regents/Meetings/DocketMemos/09Memos/March/0309_ITEM15.pdf .  In addition, efforts are currently underway to finalize a sustainability policy specifically reflective of Iowa State University.  The process of finalizing this policy has involved the involvement and input of students, faculty, and staff. 


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:  All project-specific master plans include a sustainability component.  The university master plan from 1991 provides an overall consideration of sustainability.  Discussions are underway for a plan revision.   URL:  http://www.fpm.iastate.edu/planning/masterplan/CampusMasterPlan.pdf .
[ X ]  Yes, in the strategic plan. Please describe and provide URL, if available: Sustainability is noted as a priority goal within the university strategic plan.  URL:  http://www.public.iastate.edu/~strategicplan/ .

 

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: President’s Advisory Committee on Energy Conservation and Global Climate Change
Number of meetings: 6

ISU Council on Sustainability

Number of meetings: 17


7) Please provide number of stakeholder representatives on the committee(s).
[4 ]  Administrators - President Geoffrey and  3 Vice Presidents
[10 ]  Faculty – 7 w/President’s Advisory and 3 w/Council on Sustainability
[8 ]     Staff – 3w/ President’s Advisory and 5 w/Council on Sustainability
[5 ]  Students- 4 President’s Advisory and 1 w/Council on Sustainability
[3]  Other. Please describe:  President’s Advisory Committee on Energy Conservation and Global Climate Change members also include the City of Ames Mayor, City of Ames Director Fleet and Facilities Services, and the Director of the Iowa Energy Center.

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. 
President’s Advisory Committee on Energy Conservation and Global Climate Change
Name of chair(s): President Gregory Geoffrey
Position: Administrator

ISU Council on Sustainability

Name of chair: Janet Krengel

Position: Staff

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

President’s Advisory Committee on Energy Conservation and Global Climate Change reports to the President.

 

ISU Council on Sustainability Committee reports to the Director of Sustainability Programs.

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:
Progress made on each of these issues since August 2008:

 

President’s Advisory Committee on Energy Conservation and Global Climate Change:

 Leadership:

-          Hiring a Director of Sustainability.

-          Development of three-year sustainability strategic plan (in process).

-          Development of sustainability vision.

 

Construction:

-          Establishment of LEED Gold standard for all new major construction and renovation projects.

 

Operations:

-          Replacement of all incandescent lights with fluorescent (ongoing).

-          Replacement of light switches with sensors and timers (ongoing).

-          Metering of all campus buildings (ongoing).

-          Increase use of biorenewables – RFPs being reviewed.

 

Campus Engagement:

-          Establishment of a Live Green, zero interest, Revolving Loan Fund for energy conservation and sustainability projects and initiatives with repayment based upon savings from implementation.

-          Establishment of LEED Gold standard for all new major construction and renovation projects.

-          Completion of a one-day sustainability symposium that was attended by ~350 (unable to capture all webcast participants) students, faculty, and staff.

-          Development of campus green teams dedicated to focuses sustainability efforts related to a specific campus building, college, department, or operation.

 

Education:

-          Weekly Live Green Tips provided to all university leadership and (starting Fall 09) students

-          Development of Live Green website

 

ISU Council on Sustainability:

Education:

-          Educational opportunities about ISU’s sustainability initiatives reached 2,284 participants.

-          Support for conference attendance provided to staff and students.

 

Operations:

-          Vending misers research lead to the implementation of 170 misers being installed in Fall 2009, resulting in $13,400 cost avoidance per year.

-          Occupancy sensors research in classrooms showed a potential for 39cent savings per square foot. 


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.
[ #1.20 ]  Number of full-time staff (in FTE). Titles: [Director of Sustainability Programs] [Administrative Assistant providing 8 hours/week]
[#   ]  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: Director of Sustainability reports to the President.

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): Live Green!, 2009.

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

[  ]  No
[ X ]  Yes. Please provide URL: http://www.livegreen.iastate.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: The purchasing policy includes guidelines for source reduction, Energy Star products, and toxin minimization.  URL: http://www.purchasing.iastate.edu/green/

16) Does your school purchase ENERGY STAR qualified products?
[  ]  No
[ X ]  Some. Please describe:   Purchasing specifies Energy Star when appropriate.  If not available, purchases are often evaluated based on energy consumption or life of equipment.
[  ]  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: 84% of paper is Forest Stewardship Council or Sustainable Forestry Initiative certified.
[  ]  All. Please describe:

18) Does your school purchase Green Seal, Environmental Choice certified, or biorenewable cleaning products?
[  ]  No
[ X]  Some. Please describe:   A number of these products are currently being utilized throughout campus.  Custodial staff utilizes green certified products when product value and performance are assured.  Testing is ongoing.
[  ]  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: When available.
[  ]  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.
[ X]  In progress. Please describe status and provide estimated completion date:  Primary energy inputs are quantified for 2011.  Secondary emission points are being identified.
[  ]  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:
2007:
2006:
2005:

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.  50 percent cutback from 2005 emissions by 2050, with interim goals of 1 percent by 2012 and 11 percent by 2020; and 2) 90 percent cutback from 2005 emissions by 2050, with interim goals of 3 percent by 2012 and 22 percent by 2020.
Reduction level:
Baseline year:
Target date:

 

UPDATE 8/3/09: The above noted commitment strategies are what have been set forth in the Iowa Board of Regents’ Sustainability Policy for all regent institutions.  The policy specifically states, “The Regent institutions shall achieve reductions in Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions consistent with the strategies developed by the Iowa ClimateChange Advisory Council created under Iowa Code § 455B.851 in 2007.”  Prioritization of these strategies by Governor Culver is still in process, thus directing our current focus on obtaining at least a 50% cutback with a goal of 90% Resource:  http://www2.state.ia.us/regents/Meetings/DocketMemos/09Memos/March/0309_ITEM15.pdf  (note Footnote #4)

 

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
[  ]  Yes. Please list details.
Percentage reduced:
Baseline year:
Date achieved:

*Note: Unknown, GHG Inventory is not complete.

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: 3,429
Heating degree days average over the past three years: 18,600

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:
2007:
2006:
*Note: Unknown, GHG Inventory is not complete.

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:
2007:
2006:
*Note: Unknown, GHG Inventory is not complete.

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)?
  Cogeneration plant, HVAC system monitoring, lighting controls, temperature setpoints, decrease building operating hours, establish building specific utility billing strategy, implemented a zero interest energy conservation and sustainability loan fund.

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: Occupant billing for building energy use, implemented a zero interest energy conservation and sustainability loan fund.

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

Description:

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


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

RECs and electricity from renewable sources must be Green-e certified or meet the requirements of the Green-e standard.
[X  ]  No – Discussions are taking place to consider off-setting coal usage with RECs for a showcase university event (i.e. athletic, workshop, lecture, etc.).
[  ]  Yes. Please describe.
Date of most recent contract:
Quantity (kWh):
Percentage of your total electric energy use that it represents:

 

32) Has your school purchased non-electric energy from renewable sources?
[ X ]  No
[  ]  Yes. Please describe.
Date of most recent contract:
Quantity (BTUs):
Percentage of your total non-electric energy use that it represents:

ON-SITE COMBUSTION
33) Please provide total BTUs of energy for heating and cooling from on-site combustion:

4,183,356 MMBtu

34) Please list each fuel source (e.g., coal, natural gas, oil) and the percent of overall BTUs derived from that source:
Coal (99%)  and natural gas (1%)

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
[  ]  Aluminum
[ X ]  Cardboard
[ X ]  Glass
[ X ]  Paper
[  ]  Plastics (all)
[ X]  Plastics (some):  Shrink wrap
[ X ]  Other. Please list: Furniture, oil filters, used oil, scrap metal, phone books, books, newspaper, tires, pallets, scrap wood, glass.

37) Diversion rate: [ 73%] Estimated – construction demolition waste diversion still being quantified.

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: Monitors, printers, speakers, keyboards

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)?
[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: ISU ReCYcles:  sponsored by the Department of Residence and Facilities Planning and Management during spring move out.  Collect gently used clothing, shoes, small household items, furniture, small appliances, and electronics in good working order.  Items collected are taken to the Salvation Army or Goodwill.  Food Drive during spring move out:  collect unopened, non-perishable food times that are donated to the local food pantry.

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: University policy sets a goal for all new and major renovation projects to be LEED certified at the Gold level.  Policy is part of the Facilities Design Manual http://projects.fpm.iastate.edu/IOWASTATE/en-us/Main.asp?sObjectId=1-3-fd-4-0-2a5&iExpiration=1246994521081

GREEN BUILDING STANDARDS
43)
Please indicate LEED-certified buildings.
[#1]  Total number of LEED-certified buildings.
[    sq ft]  Certified-level (combined gross square footage). Please list building names:
[ 27,000 sq ft]  Silver-level (combined gross square footage). Please list building names:  Morrill Hall
[    sq ft]  Gold-level (combined gross square footage). Please list building names:
[ 24,000 sq ft]  Platinum-level (combined gross square footage). Please list building names:   College of Design Foundations Pavilion (certification pending)

44) Please indicate buildings that meet LEED certification criteria but are not certified.
[#3]  Total number of buildings that meet LEED criteria
[ 116,500 sq ft]  Certified-level criteria met, but not certified (combined gross square footage). Please list building names: Alumni Center, Coover Hall Addition, Snedecor Hall Renovation
[    sq ft]  Silver-level criteria met, but not certified (combined gross square footage). Please list building names:
[    sq ft]  Gold-level criteria met, but not certified (combined gross square footage). Please list building names:
[    sq ft]  Platinum-level criteria met, but not certified (combined gross square footage). Please list building names:

45) Please indicate buildings that are ENERGY STAR labeled.
[# 0   ]  Total number of ENERGY STAR buildings. Please list building names:
[    sq ft]  Combined gross square footage.

RENOVATIONS AND RETROFITS
46) Please indicate LEED-EB certified buildings.
[# 0    ]  Total number of LEED-EB certified buildings. Please list building names:
[    sq ft]  Combined gross square footage.

47) Please indicate buildings that meet LEED-EB certification criteria but are not certified.
[# 0    ]  Total number of buildings that meet LEED-EB criteria but are not certified. Please list building names:
[    sq ft]  Combined gross square footage.

48) Please indicate renovated buildings that are ENERGY STAR labeled.
[# 0    ]  Total number of renovated buildings that are ENERGY STAR labeled. Please list building names:
[    sq ft]  Combined gross square footage.

49) What energy-efficiency technologies have you installed in existing buildings (e.g., HVAC systems, motion sensors, ambient light sensors, T5 lighting, LED lighting, timers, laundry technology)?   
For each technology, please indicate the number and type of fixtures installed, and the number of buildings in which those fixtures are installed. If possible, include either the percentage of the overall campus fixtures each type represents or the percentage of overall maintained building space that has been renovated with the technology (e.g., 20 buildings representing 10 percent of maintained building space have been retrofitted with motion sensors; thus, 10 percent of the total maintained building space in square feet would be the desired data).  

All restrooms have occupancy lighting sensors, 95,650 gsf or approximately 1.5% of general university maintained space.

New construction incorporates occupancy light sensors for offices, classrooms, conference rooms and restrooms.  New construction also investigates application of ambient lighting control, for example newly constructed Alumni Center has ambient lighting control technology.

Currently plans underway to fund the purchase and installation of occupancy sensors in classrooms.  A pilot project, involving student, faculty, and staff volunteers, sampled a group of buildings and noted unoccupied classroom space with lights left on.  The sample represented about 9% of total classroom space.  Estimated annual energy cost avoidance (through occupancy sensor installation) for sampled space is $7,500 or about $0.39/gsf.  Total classroom space is 220,000 gsf or about 3.5% of general university total gsf.

Program is also in place to purchase and install vending misers (occupancy monitors) for over 300 soft drink machines and non-refrigerated snack machines.  Savings observed in two test locations ranged from $65 to $100 per machine.  With 50% funding assistance from a soft drink provider, payback is less than one year.

Other technologies being tested include LED fluorescent lamps, LED recessed can light fixtures, LED street lights, and LED walkway lighting.   LED traffic signal lights are a standard replacement fixture.  Currently LED fluorescent lamps are in retrofit kit form, an engineered light fixture isn’t available, and the lamp manufacture isn’t following uniform standards.  ISU’s application has therefore resulted in varying performance and cost. 

In the next academic year, ISU will perform a test comparison of a LED recessed can light fixture (which claims to be dimmable, less energy consuming, and longer lasting), incandescent lamps, and fluorescent lamps. 

To date, ISU has not installed a LED street light or walkway light.


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 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).  

Most general university restrooms have auto flush devices installed, representing about 1.5% of general university maintained space. New construction incorporates auto flush devices and auto faucets, and low flow urinals and faucets as standard procedure.

 

New construction projects investigate the application of gray water systems as standard procedure.  (For example Hach Hall and Biorenewables Research Laboratory will use gray water for toilet flushing and for yard hydrants.)

 

51) What percentage of your institution's non-hazardous construction and demolition waste is diverted from landfills?
[ 85 %]

STUDENT INVOLVEMENT

RESIDENTIAL COMMUNITIES
52) Are there any sustainability-themed residential communities or housing options at your school?
[ X]  No – Options are being explored with various academic departments (including engineering) to create a learning community related to sustainability and living green. 

[  ]  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):   The Director of Sustainability will be addressing 133 Community Assistants and 7 Resident Managers for the Department of Residence, at Student Staff Orientation.  In turn, these residence leaders will discuss sustainability with the residents of the respective “houses” and apartment communities, thus providing all on-campus students with an orientation to sustainability.  This is a new addition to Student Staff Orientation for the 2009-2010 academic year and is planned to be a standard part of orientation hereafter.

In addition, all new incoming students are invited to take part in the Destination Iowa State new student event held each year.  The ISU Council on Sustainability is one of the groups that takes part in this event and will be providing information on sustainability, ideas of ways students can support the Live Green! Initiative and various “green” resources.


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:
[#  1   ]  Paid positions. Average hours worked weekly per student: 40 – In partnership with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ Keepers of the Land AmeriCorps Program, the Office of Sustainability was able to offer a summer AmeriCorps position in 2009.  Discussions are underway to make use of additional AmeriCorps positions in the future.
[#    ]  Unpaid positions. Average hours worked weekly per student:
*Discussion and planning is currently underway to offer unpaid internships to interested students as well as making campus sustainability projects and ideas that support the overall Live Green! Initiative an option for independent study courses.

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: Each of the 130 “houses” is asked to elect/select a Recycling Chair. This is a volunteer position. In addition, all Community Assistants and Resident Managers will routinely and systematically communicate our sustainability goals and information to all residents.  In 2009, a specific eco-group, the Greenhouse Group, was formed among the residence halls through a student initiative to increase recycling opportunities for residents.  The group consisted of 15 active volunteer members and plans are underway to recruit additional members (and the apartment communities) for the upcoming academic year. The group would like to continue their work on the recycling program and also branch out to help the Department of Residence with other sustainability programs/projects.

[#140 ]  Paid positions. Average hours worked weekly per student:  15-20 hours
[#     ]  Positions that award academic credit. Average hours worked weekly per student:
[# 145 ]  Uncompensated positions. Average hours worked weekly per student:  2-4 hours

 

UPDATE 8/3/09: The 140 paid positions are residence life student positions (similar to an RA…Resident Assistant) live on the floors, in the “houses” and in the apartment communities to help our residents live successfully in their communities.  They do both active and passive programs, some of which will hopefully be on sustainability topics. They will play a key role in helping to recruit their house/community recycling chair (and other volunteers) and help to oversee our new recycling program. They will be a very visible part of our Fall Move In campaign which is “Welcome to Your Green Cyclone Home!”

 
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 Environmental Council: aims to raise awareness of environmental issues on campus.  URL: http://sodb.stuorg.iastate.edu/view.php?id=470.
Discussions are currently taking place to expand and diversify the number of student organizations whose sustainability focus is primarily campus-based.


SUSTAINABILITY CHALLENGES AND COMPETITIONS

57) Does your school organize any sustainability challenges/competitions for your campus and/or with other colleges?
[ X]  No – Research and discussions are currently taking place to determine the most effective and fiscally-feasible means of bringing about behavioral change and heightened awareness with respect to sustainability.  Students, faculty, and staff are involved in these brainstorming efforts.
[  ]  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?
[627 ]

59) Please list the number of alternative-fuel vehicles in each class.
[7     ]  Hybrid. Please list makes and models: 2 Toyota Prius & 5 Ford Escapes
[4     ]  Electric. Please describe type of vehicles: 1 Miles Car, 1 Zenn Car and 2 E-Ride Trucks
[53   ]  Biodiesel. Please describe type of vehicles and list biodiesel blend(s) used: We offer a 5% biodiesel blend at our pumps
[150  ]  Other. Please describe: Flex Fuel cars, minivans, suburban, and pickups.

60) What is the average GHG emission rate per passenger mile of your institution's motorized fleet?
[1.19    ] 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): Employees may carpool in our van pool program and split the cost of their transportation to and from work. There are currently four communities that have established vanpools for ISU employees and 44 employees taking part.  


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 University provides a 30% subsidy, approximately $23,295 annually, for transit passes for faculty and staff.  Students voted to increase tuition fees (specifically activity, services & building fee) in 2002 to incorporate unlimited use of the community bus service, CyRide, as part of their student fees.  As a result, an additional average semester fee of $62.60 was incorporated.  The activity, services & building fee is a mandatory fee that supports a variety of activities and services for all students.   It is not based on whether or not a student uses an individual activity or service.  This fee provides several benefits such as student admission rates to concerts and athletic events and, unlimited use of CyRide.  In addition, the fee provides support for campus recreation facilities, the Memorial Union, and campus organizations and services as allocated by the Government of the Student Body.


63) Does your school provide free transportation around campus?

[  ]  N/A. Please explain:
[  ]  No
[ X]  Yes. Please describe:

CyRide offers a free campus bus shuttle service that makes a circular loop around Central Campus, to the College of Veterinary Medicine (located approximately 2.3 miles from campus), and to the commuter parking lot (located at the university’s sports complex, approximately 1.5 miles from campus) to any university employee, student, or visitor.  This is subsidized, in part, by the University. There is also a free shuttle that travels between Central Campus and the Applied Sciences Complex (located approximately 4.5 miles from campus) for any university employee, student, or visitor that is sponsored and subsidized by the Institute for Physical Research and Technology.  Transportation Services also offers free delivery of any rented pool vehicles, if requested. 


64) Does your school operate a free transportation shuttle to local off-campus destinations?
[  ]  N/A. Please explain:
[ X]  No – not at this time.  Various discussions are in progress about developing this service.
[  ]  Yes. Please describe:


BICYCLE PROGRAM
65) Does your school offer a bicycle-sharing/rental program or bicycle repair services?

[ X]  No – not at this time.  Discussions are currently in progress to establish.
[  ]  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?

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

PLANNING
67) Does your school have policies that support a pedestrian-friendly or bike-friendly campus (e.g., in the school's master plan, a policy prohibiting vehicles from the center of campus)?

[  ]  N/A. Please explain:
[  ]  No
[ X ]  Yes. Please describe:  The University has established a gated portion of campus that has restricted access for personal vehicles.  The academic campus covers 600 acres of a nearly 2,000 acre campus.  Within the 600 acres is a traffic-restricted or gated area that accommodates the city/university bus system to facilitate public transportation, bicycles, service vehicles and a limited quantity of personal vehicles.  This policy and plan was adopted over 35 years ago and allows a pedestrian friendly environment for the central campus area.


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

[     %]  - *Not tracking at this time.  Currently looking into tracking mechanism to determine commuting options that are utilized by students, faculty, and staff.  At this time, only bicycle registrations can be quantified.  In 2009, approximately 1435 bicycle registrations were sold to ISU students and employees and 435 CyRide passes were sold to ISU faculty and staff. 

STATISTICS

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

70)  Total number of buildings: [# 213 ]
71)  Combined gross square footage of all buildings: [# 13,028,319 ]
72)  Full-time enrollment (undergraduate and graduate): [#  23,502 ]
73)  Part-time enrollment (undergraduate and graduate): [# 3,354        ]
74)  Part-time enrollment as a proportion to a full-time course load: [# 1,546  ]
75)  Percent of full-time students that live on campus: [ 29.5  %]


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: [  ]*Students have offered a proposal that is being reviewed.
79)  Student trustee position: [  ] *No formal trustee position within President’s Cabinet; however a number of non-formal positions are filled by students on university committees including but not limited to the President’s Advisory Council on Energy Conservation and Global Climate Change, the Live Green Loan Fund Advisory Committee, the Council on Sustainability, and the Sustainability Symposium Planning Committee.
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: [ X ] – All residence halls will be offering recycling starting with the 09-10 academic year.  Although recycling collected will be done in a multi-stream manner to kick off the program and monitor its initial success, the recycler who will be collecting the materials is supportive of a single stream system.

 

 

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