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Ramapo College of New Jersey

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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: Emma Rainforth

Title: Associate Professor, Environmental Science/Geology; Chair, Climate Commitment Task Force; Director, Sharp sustainability Education Center

Date survey submitted: 6/16/09

 

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: 1/15/09

 

3) Has your institution signed the Talloires Declaration?

[ ] No

[ X ] Yes

 

4) Is there a sustainability component in your institution's master plan and/or strategic plan (check all that apply)?

[ ] No

[ ] Yes, in the master plan. Please describe and provide URL, if available:

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

Sustainability is one of the 6 guiding principles in the strategic plan: ‘All strategic goals and objectives must be consistent with the commitment to environmental, social, and economic sustainability by the College.’

http://www.ramapo.edu/administration/presidenthome/strategicplan.html

 

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

We have several bodies with separate mandates, rather than one overarching body. The most active one currently is the one for which the questions are answered.  

If you answered "No" to question 5, please proceed directly to question 11.

 

6) Please provide the name of the committee and list the number of meetings held since August 2008.

Name: Climate Commitment Task Force

Number of meetings: 5 (plus subcommittees have also met)

 

7) Please provide number of stakeholder representatives on the committee.

[# 4 ] Administrators

[# 3 ] Faculty

[# 2 ] Staff

[# 2 ] 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): Dr Emma Rainforth

Position(s) (e.g., administrator, faculty, staff, student): faculty

 

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

 

10) Please list key issues/programs that the committee has addressed or implemented since August 2008.

Key issues/programs that the group has addressed/implemented since August 2008:

(1) improve mass/alternate transit access

(2) adopt LEED policy for new construction/renovations

(3) improve recycling

(4) adopt energy star policy for purchases

(5) energy savings

 

Progress made on each of these issues since August 2008:

(1) additional runs scheduled on the NYC bus run; modified afternoon shuttle to better meet trains for commuters

(2) adopt LEED policy for new construction/renovations: adopted

(3) improve recycling compliance: new program rolling out in Summer 2009; since Fall 08 – additional recycling pickups in res halls

(4) adopt energy star policy for purchases: adopted

(5) energy savings: summer 09 room scheduling to optimize building efficiency (newest academic building)

 

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.

[# ] Number of full-time staff (in FTE). Titles: [ ]

[# 2 ] Number of part-time staff (in FTE). Titles:

1: Chair, Climate Task Force and Director of Sustainability Education center (faculty member with one course release time per semester);

2: Project Manager/Facilities Sustainability Coordinator (staff member with some sustainability focus)

 

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: report to president

 

OFFICE OR DEPARTMENT

13) Does your school have an office or department specifically dedicated to furthering sustainability on campus?

[ x ] No

[ ] Yes. Please describe (including name of office or department and year created):

 

WEBSITE

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

[ ] No

[ x ] Yes. Please provide URL: http://www.ramapo.edu/ramapogreen/

 

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: We have a recommendation to purchase green products but it is not a full requirement, per se:

http://ww2.ramapo.edu/facultystaff/purchasing/green.aspx

 

16) Does your school purchase ENERGY STAR qualified products?

[ ] No

[ x ] Some. Please describe: Policy adopted Fall 08 to purchase Energy Star products.

[ ] 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: See q15: recommendation but not policy

[ ] All. Please describe:

 

18) Does your school purchase Green Seal, Environmental Choice certified, or biorenewable cleaning products?

[ ] No

[ ] Some. Please describe:

[ x ] All. Please describe: b/c required by State of NJ

 

19) Are your school's computer/electronics purchase decisions made in accordance with standards such as the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT)?

[ ] No

[ ] Some. Please describe:

[ ] All

unknown – we use state-approved vendors

 

20) Does your school use only pesticides that meet the standards for organic crop production set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture or Canadian Organic Standards (excluding on-campus farms)?

[ ] No

[ X ] Some. Please describe: (Further info unavailable at this time)

[ ] 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: 27609; http://acupcc.aashe.org/ghg-report.php?id=691

2007: n/a

2006: n/a

2005: n/a

 

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.

Reduction level: reduce to zero (carbon neutrality)

Baseline year: 2008

Target date: tbd (in progress)

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.

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: 642

Heating degree days average over the past three years: 6228

 

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: 16.6

2007: n/a

2006: n/a

 

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: 5.6

2007: n/a

2006: n/a

 

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)?

 

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:

- signage on lightswitches

- website, email communication reminders to turn off electronics/lights

 

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

[ ] 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:

108791 MMBTU (in 2008)

 

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 (in 2008)

 

35) Is any on-site combustion for heating and cooling derived from renewable sources?

[ ] No

[ X ] Yes. Please describe. Geothermal fields currently being installed at two new buildings – will come online in Fall 09.

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)

[ ] Plastics (some)

[ ] Other. Please list:

 

37) Diversion rate: [ %]

not measured

 

RECYCLING OF ELECTRONIC WASTE

38) Does your institution have an electronics recycling program?

[ ] No

[ ] Yes. If available, please indicate the total annual weight or volume of each material collected

for recycling or reuse. NOT MEASURED

[ X ] Batteries

[ X ] Cell phones

[ X ] Computers

[ X ] Lightbulbs

[ X ] Printer cartridges

[ ] Other E-waste. Please list:

 

COMPOSTING (ASIDE FROM DINING FACILITIES)

39) What percentage of your campus's landscaping waste is composted or mulched?

[ %] unknown – contractor!

 

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: Large items (office furniture etc) posted by email when offices renovated; residence halls – end of year books, unused-food collection (donated to charity, 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: effective Fall

08, all new construction and renovation to meet LEED silver (at a minimum)

 

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.

[# 1 ] 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:

[ 1930 sq ft] Silver-level criteria met, but not certified (combined gross square footage). Please list building names: Sharp Sustainability Education Center

[ 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)?

No comprehensive data available (but comprehensive energy audit to be conducted later this year).

 

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 showerheads in all residence halls (3002 beds)

 

51) What percentage of your institution's non-hazardous construction and demolition

waste is diverted from landfills?

[ 0 %]

 

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:

Effective fall 2010, 2 residences (44 students) will be designated ‘Sustainable Living Facilities’ with a commitment to ‘living green’, and with green programming and on- or off-campus community service requirement

 

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): brief info session by students; materials provided electronically to all students

 

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:

[# 5 ] Paid positions. Average hours worked weekly per student: 20 (res hall recycling pickups)

[# ] 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?

[ ] No

[ X ] 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:

[# X ] Uncompensated positions. Average hours worked weekly per student: each semester there are competitions (put on by one of the student clubs) between residence halls to see who is ‘greenest’: http://www.ramapo.edu/ramapogreen/greenfacts.html

 

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:

- 1STEP: liaises with Climate Commitment Task Force and promotes campus sustainability (primarily to students)

http://www.ramapo.edu/ramapogreen/studentcoalition.html

- Environmental Alliance: organizes student events and co-hosts campus-wide conferences

- RCORE: political action organization, one focus is sustainability

 

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: GreenFacts

Year initiated: 2008

Frequency of competition: one/semester

Participants: residence halls

Incentives: prizes!

Goal of competition: reduce carbon footprint of each RH

Percent of energy/water/waste reduced: 171 metric tons of CO2e reduced in AY 2008-9

Lasting effects of competition: raise awareness; led to design of the Sustainable Living Facilities

Website: http://www.ramapo.edu/ramapogreen/greenfacts.html

 

TRANSPORTATION

 

CAMPUS MOTOR FLEET

58) How many vehicles are in your institution's fleet?

[# 87 ]

 

59) Please list the number of alternative-fuel vehicles in each class.

[# 0 ] Hybrid. Please list makes and models:

[# 3 ] Electric. Please describe type of vehicles:

[# ] Biodiesel. Please describe type of vehicles and list biodiesel blend(s) used:

[# 1 ] Other. Please describe: natural gas

 

60) What is the average GHG emission rate per passenger mile of your institution's motorized fleet?

[# 1.1 ] 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): free shuttle from campus

to train station; discount tickets for NYC bus

 

63) Does your school provide free transportation around campus?

[ ] N/A. Please explain:

[ ] No

[ X ] Yes. Please describe: 8pm-2 am only

 

64) Does your school operate a free transportation shuttle to local off-campus destinations?

[ ] N/A. Please explain:

[ ] No

[ X ] Yes. Please describe: to train station, grocery store and small malls in afternoons; to large

mall in evening.

 

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?

[ 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: no vehicles in the academic core of the campus

 

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

[ 10 %]

 

STATISTICS

69) Campus setting:

[ ] Rural

[ X ] Suburban

[ ] Urban

[ ] Other. Please describe:

 

70) Total number of buildings: [# 53 ]

71) Combined gross square footage of all buildings: [# 1668,210 ]

72) Full-time enrollment (undergraduate and graduate): [# 4695 ]

73) Part-time enrollment (undergraduate and graduate): [# 874 ]

74) Part-time enrollment as a proportion to a full-time course load: [# 5% ]

75) Percent of full-time students that live on campus: [ 64%]

 

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: [ ]

77) Disposable water bottle ban: [ ]

78) Participation in Recyclemania: [ ]

79) Student trustee position: [ X ]

80) Environmental science/studies major: [ X (both) ]

81) Environmental science/studies minor or concentration: [ X (both) ]

82) Graduate-level environmental program: [ in planning for Fall 2010 ]

83) Student green fee: [ in discussion ]

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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