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Report Card 2010

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Saint Louis University

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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: Bob Woodruff

Title: VP & Chief Financial Officer

Date survey submitted:

 

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)?

[ 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)?

[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)?

[X] No

[ ] Yes. Please provide titles and number of sustainability staff.

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

[# ] 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)?

[X] N/A

[ ] No

[ ] Yes. Please describe:

 

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?

[X] No

[ ] Yes. Please provide URL:

 

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

[ ] Some. Please describe:

[X] All

 

17) Does your school purchase environmentally preferable paper products (e.g., 100 percent post-consumer recycled content, certified by the Forest Stewardship Council)?

[ ] No

[ X ] Some. Please describe: Janitorial toilet tissue is 100% recycled as certified by Environment Choice Agency. Paper towels are 100 % recycled, 15% of Copy Paper is 100% post consumer recycled content certified by the FSC.

[ ] All. Please describe:

 

18) Does your school purchase Green Seal, Environmental Choice certified, or

biorenewable cleaning products?

[ ] No

[ X ] Some. Please describe: 55% by total expenditures of cleaning products are Green Seal, Environmental Choice 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)?

[ ] No

[X] Some. Please describe: Our Desktop and monitor computer purchases are EPEAT and HE compliant and we are working towards a data center platform that will be as well.

[ ] 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.

[X] No.

[ ] In progress. Please describe status and provide estimated completion date:

[ ] 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?

[X] No

[ ] Yes. Please list details.

Reduction level:

Baseline year:

Target date:

 

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

 

REALIZED GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS REDUCTIONS

23) Has your school achieved a reduction in GHG emissions?

[] No

[ ] 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., co generation plant, retro commissioning of HVAC systems, performing system tune-ups, temperature setbacks)?

Metasys upgrade to enable night setbacks, unoccupied and local operation of remote buildings

Installed new computer control boiler burner assembly

 

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)?

[ x ] No

[] Yes. Please describe:

 

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:

0

 

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

N/A

 

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

[X] No

[ ] Yes. Please describe.

Percentage on-site combustion derived from renewable sources: [ %]

Total BTUs of energy generated from renewable sources: [# ]

Description of renewable energy sources used for on-site combustion for heating and cooling:

 

FOOD & RECYCLING

The food portion of this category is covered in a separate dining survey.

 

RECYCLING OF TRADITIONAL MATERIALS

36) Please indicate which traditional materials your institution recycles (check all that apply).

[ ] None

[ X] Aluminum

[ X] Cardboard

[ X] Glass

[ X] Paper

[ X ] Plastics (all)

[ ] Plastics (some)

[ ] Other. Please list:

 

37) Diversion rate: [ 29 %]

 

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

[ ] Cell

[ x ] Computers

[ x ] Lightbulbs

[ x] Printer cartridges: Also order Remanufactured Cartridges

[ ] Other E-waste. Please list:

 

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:

*end of semester donation of furniture/clothing to the Salvation Army by students in residential halls

*re-use of old office furniture for departments on campus through distribution services' furniture reuse program

*re-use of inter-office mailing envelopes by mail services

*reduction in unsolicited mailings through outside broker by mail services

*transition from paper filing system to electronic bar coding system for inbound packages and storage of boxes

 

GREEN BUILDING

 

GREEN BUILDING POLICY

42) Does your school have a formal green building policy?

[X] No

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

 

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:

[208,000 sq ft] Silver-level criteria met, but not certified (combined gross square footage).

Please list building names: Doisy Research 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)?

Metasys upgrade to enable night setbacks, umoccupied and local operation of remote buildings.

Installed new energy efficient rooftop units

Audited all steam traps for proper operation.

Installed new computer control boiler burner assembly

Retro fitted lights with new T-8 ballasts and lamps

Installed motion sensors in classrooms

Installed timers on exhaust fans

Installed tank-less water heaters

Installed frequency drives

Installed Premium motors

Installed CFL verse incandescent lamps

Installed LED exit light

Use CO2 sensors for HVAC equipment

Daylight Harvesting

Plate exchangers for free cooling

Installed vending-miser equipment on vending machines

 

50) What water-conservation technologies have you installed in existing buildings (e.g., lowflow faucets, low-flow showerheads, waterless urinals, dual-flush toilets, gray water systems, laundry technology)?

Installed low-flow faucets and showerheads

Removed water cooled condenser equipment

Installed low-flow urinals and toilets

 

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

[ 10 - 25 % depending on the type of project]

 

STUDENT INVOLVEMENT

 

RESIDENTIAL COMMUNITIES

52) Are there any sustainability-themed residential communities or housing options at your school?

[ ] No

[X ] Yes. Please provide details below.

Name of program: Environmental Learning Community

Type of community (e.g., hall, building, house): two residence hall floors

Number of students involved: unsure yet for fall 2009, but space reserved for 60 students

Additional details: Description of the Learning Community

Environmental Learning Community

The Environmental Learning Community is open to all students of all academic interests and majors who are interested in the environment, sustainability and “living green”. Residents selfselecting into this community should be dedicated to learning about environmental issues and exploring creative solutions as a community. This community will explore the key topics tied to sustainability: economy, environment, and social justice. Additionally, residents should share an interest in service that is supportive of the environment and leaving the earth in a better place for future generations. Students in this community have participated in such activities as touring the City Museum, attending speakers on campus, and participating in the sustainability effort on campus.

 

NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION

53) Does a portion of your new student orientation specifically cover sustainability?

[ X] No

[ ] Yes. Please describe how sustainability is incorporated (e.g., information sessions, green tour):

 

INTERNSHIPS/OUTREACH OPPORTUNITIES

54) Does your school offer on-campus office-based sustainability internships or jobs for students?

[ ] No

[ ] Yes. Please provide number of students and average number of hours worked weekly per student:

[# ] Paid positions. Average hours worked weekly per student: 15

[# ] Unpaid positions. Average hours worked weekly per student: 7

 

Saint Louis University does have a recycling program (paper, aluminum, plastic, etc.) supported by the University, food service, and in the residence halls. Our food service has reduced its waste by going trayless and reducing the amount of paper and plastic products used for meal services. An environmental task force handed out energy-efficient light bulbs to all students in the residence halls. An increased number of University publications are going "online" to replace paper copies. Also, most of the University "forms" are now online instead of in paper format. Many students do work in the residence halls and on campus in positions that are either directly or indirectly related to sustainability efforts/programs named above.

 

55) Does your school have residence hall Eco-Reps or other similar programs to promote behavioral change on campus?

[X] No

[ ] 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:

[# ] 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?

[X] No

There is the Environmental Task Force through SGA, but it's not a formal student organization. Their mission is as follows: "With the intention of advancing Saint Louis University's efforts toward sustainability, the Environmental Task Force serves both as a liaison between departments to initiate and facilitate communication and as a promoter of awareness and education in the student body with the ultimate goal of working toward a unification of all areas of campus to foster a change in university ideals."

[ ] Yes. Please provide total number of active organizations, names of organizations, a brief description of each, and URLs, if available:

 

SUSTAINABILITY CHALLENGES AND COMPETITIONS

57) Does your school organize any sustainability challenges/competitions for your campus and/or with other colleges?

[X] No

[ ] 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?

[# 6]

 

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

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

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

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

[# 0 ] Other. Please describe:

 

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

[# ] pounds of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) per passenger mile traveled.

Not known

 

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): *students receive a discounted rate for purchase of metro passes

*faculty & staff receive pre-tax incentives for purchase of metro passes through payroll

reduction

 

63) Does your school provide free transportation around campus?

[ ] N/A. Please explain:

[ ] No

[ x] Yes. Please describe:

*2 shuttle services run from 7am -6pm Mon-Fri (during the school year)

*1 shuttle service runs Mon- Fri 7am -7pm, Sat 7-6pm

*SLU Ride program operates shuttle services for on call operations at night and weekends on campus

 

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

[ ] N/A. Please explain:

[ ] No

[ x ] Yes. Please describe: 2 Shuttles run from various shopping and destination locations in the metro St. Louis area

*Shuttle 1 - 12pm - 1am

*Shuttle 2 - 2:30pm -10:30pm

 

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)?

[ x] N/A. Please explain: The interior of the campus has been blocked off, formerly where streets were located, now are pedestrian walk-ways.

[ ] No

[ ] Yes. Please describe:

 

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

Not known

[  %]

 

STATISTICS

69) Campus setting:

[ ] Rural

[ ] Suburban

[ X ] Urban

[ ] Other. Please describe:

70) Total number of buildings: [#128 ]

71) Combined gross square footage of all buildings: [# 7,215,720 ]

72) Full-time enrollment (undergraduate and graduate): [# 10121 ]

73) Part-time enrollment (undergraduate and graduate): [# 2612 ]

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

75) Percent of full-time students that live on campus: [ 53 %]

 

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: [ ]

80) Environmental science/studies major: [ ]

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

82) Graduate-level environmental program: [ ]

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: [ X ]

 

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