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Name: Richard R. Johnson
Title:
Director of Sustainability
Date survey submitted:


ADMINISTRATION

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

 

We have a sustainability policy that was drafted collaboratively by students and the administration, and adopted by our Board of Trustees in March 2004.  The policy is available at:

http://cohesion.rice.edu/facilities/sustainability/index.cfm?doc_id=12831

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: May 29, 2009

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)?
[ X ]  No
[  ]  Yes, in the master plan. Please describe and provide URL, if available:
[  ]  Yes, in the strategic plan. Please describe and provide URL, if available:

ADVISORY COUNCIL
5) Does your school have a council or committee that advises on and/or implements policies and programs related to sustainability?
[ X ]  No
[  ]  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:
Number of meetings:

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

9) To whom does the committee report (e.g., president, vice 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:
Progress made on each of these issues since August 2008:

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

I will also note that we have staff devoted to recycling, which I’ve not included above since they are not explicitly “sustainability staff”. 


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: Reports to the Associate Vice President of Facilities Engineering and Planning.  There are occasional initiatives where the reporting is directly to the Vice President of Administration. 

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.  The Director of Sustainability position (initially titled “sustainability planner”) was created in 2004, and a budget and office name were added in 2007.

WEBSITE  http://sustainability.rice.edu
14) Does your school have a website detailing its sustainability initiatives?

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

GREEN PURCHASING
15) Does your school have a formal green purchasing policy?
[ X ]  No
[  ]  Yes. Please describe policy and provide URL to full policy, if available:

16) Does your school purchase ENERGY STAR qualified products?
[  ]  No
[ X ]  Some. Please describe: we recently purchased ENERGY STAR appliances for our new graduate housing complex, as well as for a laundry room on campus.  We are increasingly specifying ENERGY STAR products in our projects, such as for our new Recreation Center.
[  ]  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: This is an option that is available through our purchasing portal.  Purchasing at Rice is still rather decentralized.
[  ]  All. Please describe:

18) Does your school purchase Green Seal, Environmental Choice certified, or biorenewable cleaning products?
[  ]  No
[ X ]  Some. Please describe: Almost all of the cleaning products for our academic buildings are Green Seal certified (or equivalent), and we are switching to these products for cleaning in our on-campus student housing as well.  We use Envirox H2Orange2 in concentrate as our general cleaner in the academic buildings, which falls below the maximum allowable VOC levels of the California Code of Regulations and meets the requirements for the LEED-EB Operations and Maintenance Green Cleaning credits.  In our academic buildings, we also use Freedom SC floor stripper: Green Seal Certified, purchased as a concentrate and diluted in a 1:15 ratio, Aquaria Floor Finish: Green Seal Certified, purchased ready-to-use, SCA Tissue Tork roll tissue #TJ0922A: 100% recycled fibers, no added dyes or fragrances, Environmental Choice “EcoLogo” Certified, and SCA Tissue Tork roll towel #290088: 100% recycled fibers, EPA Compliant with a minimum of 40% post-consumer waste, EcoLogo and Green Seal Certified.   
[  ]  All. Please describe:

19) Are your school's computer/electronics purchase decisions made in accordance with standards such as the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT)?
[ X ]  No
[  ]  Some. Please describe:
[  ]  All

20) Does your school use only pesticides that meet the standards for organic crop production set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture or Canadian Organic Standards (excluding on-campus farms)?
[  ]  No
[ X ]  Some. Please describe: We generally practice principles of Integrated Pest Management and philosophically begin with the least toxic approach when attacking a pest problem.
[  ]  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: 97,083 July 1, 2007 – June 30, 2008
2007: 95,552 July 1, 2006 – June 30, 2007
2006: 100,426 July 1, 2005 – June 30, 2006
2005: ?

Our 2008 GHG inventory is available via the ACUPCC reporting system. http://acupcc.aashe.org/  


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  - IN PROGRESS
[  ]  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
[  ]  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:
Heating degree days average over the past three years:

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:

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:

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)?
  

- We have two cogeneration turbines. 

- We have adopted and are in the process of implementing a building temperature policy.  (see http://cohesion.rice.edu/facilities/sustainability/index.cfm?doc_id=12833

- We are requiring LEED Silver as a minimum for new buildings.

(see http://cohesion.rice.edu/facilities/sustainability/index.cfm?doc_id=12832

- We have developed in-house campus energy management software that is now being marketed by Incuity, Inc. (a division of Rockwell).  This package was the first winner of the Harvey Mudd College Green Engineering Award.  See http://www.incuity.com/HMC%20Award%20News%20Release.pdf  

- We have an energy conservation team that meets every two weeks, and we use our energy management software to track the progress of conservation initiatives and projects.  Regular meeting attendees represent maintenance, engineering, the central plant, housing and dining, sustainability, and custodial. 

- We have a funded capital project to implement an $850,000 energy retrofit on one of our laboratory buildings.

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: We do have a number of energy conservation posters on campus, as well as signage by light switches.  We conducted a dormitory energy conservation competition in the Fall of 2007, and saved $15-$20k in energy over the course of a month.  We rewarded the winners with a party as well as with “green funds.”  We also have a bulb swap program, where we’ll provided CFLs in exchange for incandescent bulbs. 

RENEWABLE ENERGY GENERATION
29)  Does your school generate renewable electricity?
[  ]  No
[ X ]  Yes. Please specify percentage of overall electricity generated from each of the following sources and describe details below.
[    %]  B100 biodiesel
[    %]  Clean biomass
[    %]  Concentrating solar power (CSP)
[   %]  Geothermal
[    %]  Low-impact hydropower
[  <1  %]  Solar photovoltaics
[    %]  Wind
[    %]  Other

Description: We have a very small installation of PVs at our new utility plant. 

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

RENEWABLE ENERGY PURCHASE
31) Has your school purchased electric energy from renewable sources or renewable energy credits (RECs)?
RECs and electricity from renewable sources must be Green-e certified or meet the requirements of the Green-e standard.
[  ]  No
[ X ]  Yes. Please describe.
Date of most recent contract: December 19, 2009
Quantity (kWh): 198,040
Percentage of your total electric energy use that it represents: 0.25% 

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:
For FY08, we purchased 522,576 mmBTUs of natural gas, which we burned on-site in our cogeneration turbines, etc.  Approximately speaking, our natural gas purchases are used for heating and cooling, and our grid electrical purchases handle our on-campus electrical demands. 

34) Please list each fuel source (e.g., coal, natural gas, oil) and the percent of overall BTUs derived from that source:
100% of on-site combustion for heating and cooling comes from natural gas, excluding emergency generators. 

35) Is any on-site combustion for heating and cooling derived from renewable sources?
[ ]  No
[ X ]  Yes. Please describe.
Percentage on-site combustion derived from renewable sources: [ <1 %]
Total BTUs of energy generated from renewable sources: [#      ]
Description of renewable energy sources used for on-site combustion for heating and cooling:  We have a demonstration-scale geothermal system that provides cooling for the control room and meeting room for our new utility plant. 

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)
[ X ]  Other. Please list: electronics, toner cartridges, cell phones, athletics shoes, metals

37) Diversion rate: [   25 %]

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.  I do not have 2008 figures.  In 2007, we recycled 12,603 lbs of electronics. 
[  X  ]  Batteries
[ X   ]  Cell phones
[  X  ]  Computers
[    ]  Lightbulbs
[  X  ]  Printer cartridges
[  X  ]  Other E-waste. Please list: we will recycle CDs, diskettes, VHS tapes, and other misc. e-waste. 

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

[   95    %]  almost all!

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: We just recently hosted an end-of-the-semester office supply swap.  We also implemented a trayless dining initiative in the spring of 2009.  We use re-usable campus mailing envelopes.  We implemented a junk mail reduction initiative in 2008.  We provide opportunities for clothing and furniture donations by our students during move-out at the end of each academic year.

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:

We have a sustainable facilities policy, which among other things sets a standard of LEED-Silver for new construction. 

http://cohesion.rice.edu/facilities/sustainability/index.cfm?doc_id=12832

GREEN BUILDING STANDARDS
43)
Please indicate LEED-certified buildings.
[#   see below   ]  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:

Completed buildings:

1) The Rice Children’s Campus (9,743 gross sf) is currently being reviewed by the USGBC.  We expect certification at the level of LEED-Certified. 

 

2) The Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen (25,452 gross sf) is currently being reviewed by the USGBC.  We expect certification at the level of LEED-Silver of LEED-Certified.

 

Buildings planned for occupancy in summer 2009:

 

1)      Duncan College (119,529 gross sf) is targeting LEED-Gold.

2)      McMurtry College (approx 120,000 gross sf) is targeting LEED-Gold.

3)      Barbara and David Gibbs Recreation and Wellness Center (103,000 gross sf) is targeting LEED-Silver.

4)      BioSciences Research Center (477,000 gross sf) is targeting LEED-Silver or LEED-Gold. 

 

Buildings under construction and opening 2010 or later:

1)      Brockman Hall for Physics (111,000 gross sf) is targeting LEED-Silver. 

2)      South Colleges renovations (100,257 gross sf) is targeting LEED-Silver. 


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:
[  118,900   sq ft]  Silver-level criteria met, but not certified (combined gross square footage). Please list building names: Rice Village Apartments
[    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).  

-   We have retrofitted the campus with adjustable speed motors and pumps.  (100%)

-   Most of our campus has been retrofitted with CFLs and with T8 lighting/modern ballasts.  We now have some T5 as well. 

-   We recently retrofitted 150 light fixtures in our music school to T5. 

-   We have changed some of our elevator lighting to LED. 

-   Motion sensor lighting is common for campus renovation projects.

-   We have added about 15 vending misers to beverage machines on campus. 


50) What water-conservation technologies have you installed in existing buildings (e.g., low-flow faucets, low-flow showerheads, waterless urinals, dual-flush toilets, gray water systems, laundry technology)?   
For each technology, please indicate the number and type of fixtures installed, and the number of buildings in which those fixtures are installed. If possible, include either the percentage of the overall campus fixtures each type represents or the percentage of overall maintained building space that has been renovated with the technology (e.g., 20 buildings representing 10 percent of the maintained building space have been retrofitted with low-flow faucets; thus, 10 percent of the total maintained building space in square feet would be the desired data).   

-          Our campus kitchens use motion-activated faucets

-          Our campus kitchens use a heated tub for cleaning pots and pans that uses about 1/10 of the water of a conventional pot washer

-          We replaced inefficient toilets across the campus about 10 years ago

-          We use low-flow showerheads in our on-campus student housing

-          We have about 12 waterless urinals installed on campus

-          We have several (6?) dual-flush toilets on campus, and are increasingly using them in retrofits. 

-          We increasingly use sensor-faucets such as the Toto EcoPower in restroom renovations. 

-          We have installed rain sensors on all of our irrigation controllers. 

-          We do not irrigate the green roofs on our South Plant and Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen buildings. 

-          We have replaced some of our washing machines with water-efficient front-loaders, and our intent is to convert all of them within the next couple of years. 


51) What percentage of your institution's non-hazardous construction and demolition waste is diverted from landfills?
[     %]  I do not know the overall percentage.  However, on our major construction projects, an average of about 80-85% would be accurate.  On some projects, we’ve achieved over 90%. 

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): For the last few years, incoming students received a Rice “Green at a Glance” flyer which provides an overview of environmental-themed courses, student organizations, online resources, transportation options, living tips, etc. 

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: Full time during summer. 
[#     ]  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:

http://cohesion.rice.edu/facilities/sustainability/index.cfm?doc_id=12772
[# 9    ]  Paid positions. Average hours worked weekly per student: 2-3
[#     ]  Positions that award academic credit. Average hours worked weekly per student:
[#     ]  Uncompensated positions. Average hours worked weekly per student:

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS
56) Does your school have active student-run organizations devoted to sustainability efforts on campus?
[  ]  No
[ X ]  Yes. Please provide total number of active organizations, names of organizations, a brief description of each, and URLs, if available: Rice Environmental Club; Student Association’s Environmental Committee; Rice Student Green Building Initiative.  The Environmental Club typically forms committees that work on campus sustainability projects.  Our student government – the Student Association – has a committee that also pursues campus sustainability projects.  The Rice Student Green Building Initiative is developing a rating program for green dorm rooms.   

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: Dorm Energy Competition
Year initiated: 2007
Frequency of competition:   
Participants: covered about 2,000 students
Incentives: funded party, green grants
Goal of competition: energy conservation
Percent of energy/water/waste reduced: 5.7%
Lasting effects of competition: saved $15-20k in one month
Website:

TRANSPORTATION

CAMPUS MOTOR FLEET

58) How many vehicles are in your institution's fleet?
[#   it’s about 25-30     ]

59) Please list the number of alternative-fuel vehicles in each class.
[#        ]  Hybrid. Please list makes and models:
[#    2    ]  Electric. Please describe type of vehicles: We have a Miles Electric Vehicle that is used by our EMS group.  In addition, our police department has a GEM electric vehicle. 
[#        ]  Biodiesel. Please describe type of vehicles and list biodiesel blend(s) used:
[#        ]  Other. Please describe: We also have about 180 electric carts used for on-campus transportation.  From time to time, we use biodiesel in a B20 blend in our riding mowers. 

60) What is the average GHG emission rate per passenger mile of your institution's motorized fleet?
[#        ]  pounds of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) per passenger mile traveled.

 

The total lbs of CO2 for our fleet is 28,145.  I do not have this on a per passenger mile traveled.  This does not include our electric cars or carts. 

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):

 

We wave ZipCar registration fees for carpool members.  We also participate in NuRide, which provides rewards to participants. 

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):

 

100% subsidy (free) for Metro buses and light rail for our students.  There are 3 light rail stations adjacent to campus, and numerous bus lines. 

63) Does your school provide free transportation around campus?
[  ]  N/A. Please explain:
[  ]  No
[ X ]  Yes. Please describe: We have a campus shuttle bus system with several routes.

64) Does your school operate a free transportation shuttle to local off-campus destinations?
[  ]  N/A. Please explain:
[  ]  No
[ X ]  Yes. Please describe: Our campus shuttle bus system has a route that goes to the Texas Medical Center.  In addition, there are special weekend routes to the Rice Village (a local commercial district), as well as to local shopping destinations like Target and a food store called Fiesta. 

BICYCLE PROGRAM
65) Does your school offer a bicycle-sharing/rental program or bicycle repair services?
[  ]  No
[ X ]  Yes. Please provide details below.
Year created: 2009
Number of bikes available: 35
Fees for participation: n/a
Repair services provided: n/a
We provided free bicycles to 35 residents of our Rice Village Apartments who agreed not to own/register/park a car at the complex. 


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

[  ]  No
[ X ]  Yes. Please provide details below.  ZipCar! 
Year created: 2008
Total number of vehicles: 2
Number of hybrid vehicles: 1
Fee for membership: $35

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: We are implementing a bicycle policy, which requires bicycle registration while also providing a free bell to alert pedestrians if they are about to be passed.  The policy will also identify areas on campus where cyclists should walk their bikes – such as under covered walkways – to increase safety of both the pedestrian and the cyclist. 

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

STATISTICS

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

70)  Total number of buildings: [#   70      ]  approx
71)  Combined gross square footage of all buildings: [#   3.7M sf approx      ]
72)  Full-time enrollment (undergraduate and graduate): [# 2810 undergraduates, 1937 graduate students        ]  spring 2008 data
73)  Part-time enrollment (undergraduate and graduate): [#  73 undergraduates, 93 graduate students       ]  spring 2008 data
74)  Part-time enrollment as a proportion to a full-time course load: [#   ??      ]
75)  Percent of full-time students that live on campus: [69.8% of undergraduates]  spring 2008 data

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: [  ]
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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