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Sewanee–The University of the South

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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: Sewanee’s sustainability policy is embodied in the nine Strategic Objectives in the Strategic Plan.  Please see URL in question 4. 

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:

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: http://www.googlesyndicatedsearch.com/u/Sewanee?hl=en&ie=ISO-8859-1&q=%22energy+efficiency%22&btnG=Search

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: Campus Sustainability Committee
Number of meetings: 5

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

9) To whom does the committee report (e.g., president, vice president)? Strategic Planning Committee/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: Recommended addendum to Strategic Plan (adopted and ratified by Regents and Trustees).  Addendum includes plan to: a)Create an Office of Sustainability; b)Appoint a Director of Sustainability; c) Develop a Sustainability Master Plan; d) Undertake and new energy conservation effort.
Progress made on each of these issues since August 2008: Posting for Director of Sustainability imminent; final planning for energy conservation effort underway.

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: [Resident Sustainability Coordinator; Sustainability Coordinator         ]

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
[x  ]  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?

[  ]  No
[ x ]  Yes. Please provide URL: http://www2.sewanee.edu/sewaneescene/forms/green/green

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: Physical plant services has a policy that all appliance purchases will be Energy Star
[  ]  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:
[  ]  All. Please describe:

18) Does your school purchase Green Seal, Environmental Choice certified, or biorenewable cleaning products?
[  ]  No
[x  ]  Some. Please describe:
[  ]  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:
[  ]  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
[  ]  Some. Please describe:
[x  ]  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: 16159, July 1, 2007 start date, http://acupcc.aashe.org/ghg-report.php?id=774
2007: 15563   
2006:  15634  
2005:  15011                 


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?
[x  ]  No  (Not significant).
[  ]  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: 1633
Heating degree days average over the past three years: 4154

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: 12.3
2007: 11.8

2006: 12.7


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: 10.6
2007: 10.0
2006: 10.5

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)?
 

1. Building Automation System executes the following HVAC energy saving control strategies in many areas of 36 largest buildings:

a) limiting space temperatures to specific range during occupancy

b) setting back and shutting down systems during unoccupied periods

c) optimal start routine

d) ventilation optimization using CO2 sensors

e) outside air temperature deadbands

f) reset of hot water supply temperature with outside air temperature

 

2. Very high efficiency central chilled water plant serves central campus air conditioning which includes:

a) very low Kw/ton centrifugal chillers

b) variable secondary chilled water flow

c) most-open-valve control of chilled water flow to air handling units

 

3.  Variable Air Volume systems with variable speed drives for most systems added or upgraded in last 15 years

4.  Low flow lab hoods

5.  Heat wheel for lab exhaust/make-up air systems

6.  Programmable thermostats (in many buildings not served by BAS)

7.  Lighting retrofits have been done for virtually all fixtures on campus:

a) T12 to T8 fluorescents

b) incandescants to compact fluorescent

c) LED exit lights

d) High pressure sodium outdoor lights controlled by photocells

 

8.  Low flow shower heads throughout all resident halls

9.  Low flow toilets in most buildings

10.  Waterless urinals in a couple of residence halls and 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: Students in residence halls are led by Environmental Residents that educate and encourage energy conservation

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:

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.
[  ]  No
[ x ]  Yes. Please describe.  Electricity through TVAs Green Power Switch program.
Date of most recent contract: Annually
Quantity (kWh): approximately 300,000 Kwh/year

Percentage of your total electric energy use that it represents: 1%

 

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:
56,900 MMBTU    Note: this includes natural gas for domestic water heating too.

34) Please list each fuel source (e.g., coal, natural gas, oil) and the percent of overall BTUs derived from that source:
Natural gas --- 100%

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
[   ]  Glass
[ x ]  Paper
[  ]  Plastics (all)
[ x ]  Plastics (some)
[  ]  Other. Please list:

37) Diversion rate: [    %]

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.
[    ]  Batteries
[    ]  Cell phones
[    ]  Computers
[    ]  Lightbulbs
[    ]  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?

[   80    %]

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: Abandoned residence hall furniture and other items are made available to members of the Sewanee community. 

GREEN BUILDING
GREEN BUILDING POLICY
42) Does your school have a formal green building policy?
[ x ]  No  However, we have submitted to ACUPCC that LEED silver or equivalent for future buildings is a ‘tangible action’ we expect to achieve.  Our last two buildings seek LEED silver or better. 
[  ]  Yes. Please describe policy and provide URL to the full policy, if available:

GREEN BUILDING STANDARDS
43)
Please indicate LEED-certified buildings.
[#      ]  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.
[#   2   ]  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:
[  73,500  sq ft]  Silver-level criteria met, but not certified (combined gross square footage). Please list building names: Spencer Hall and Snowden Hall
[    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.
[#      ]  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.
[#      ]  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.
[#      ]  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.
[#      ]  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)?    See answer to question 27
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).  

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)?    See answer to question 27
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).   

51) What percentage of your institution's non-hazardous construction and demolition waste is diverted from landfills?
[  70   %]

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: Green House
Type of community (e.g., hall, building, house): House
Number of students involved: 10
Additional details: started in 2003, moved to new location last year

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): Eco-Residents from each dorm lead a session called “Yea, Sewanee’s Green” (derived from a well-known sports cheer that ended with the words “Yea, Sewanee’s Right!”) that focuses on sustainability issues on campus.

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:
[#  12   ]  Paid positions. Average hours worked weekly per student: 40 hours/week during summer. One of the 12 will continue all during the fall semester.
[#     ]  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:
[#  2   ]  Paid positions. Average hours worked weekly per student:  Residential requirement, not specific hours.
[#     ]  Positions that award academic credit. Average hours worked weekly per student:
[#  16   ]  Uncompensated positions. Average hours worked weekly per student: Residential requirement, not specific hours.

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: Environmental Residents Program (leads green efforts in all residence halls), Waste-Not Program (campus recycling), Green House (residential green living).

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: Eco-Cup
Year initiated: 2005
Frequency of competition:
Participants: Students that live in residence halls.
Incentives:
Goal of competition: Conserve water and energy
Percent of energy/water/waste reduced:
Lasting effects of competition:
Website: http://www2.sewanee.edu/sewaneescene/forms/green/greenlife

TRANSPORTATION
CAMPUS MOTOR FLEET

58) How many vehicles are in your institution's fleet?
[#  81      ]

59) Please list the number of alternative-fuel vehicles in each class.
[#        ]  Hybrid. Please list makes and models:
[#  16      ]  Electric. Please describe type of vehicles: 3 GEM cars, the rest are electric utility vehicles (from Club Car)
[#        ]  Biodiesel. Please describe type of vehicles and list biodiesel blend(s) used:
[#        ]  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.  Don’t know.  We emit 705,479 Lbs COe/Year from the fleet based on the quantity of overall gasoline we buy for them. 

LOCAL TRANSPORTATION ALTERNATIVES
61) Does your school offer incentives for carpooling?
[ x ]  N/A. Please explain: Sewanee is located in a very rural area where 75% of faculty and staff live within 1 mile from the center of campus.  The rest are widely scattered. 
[  ]  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?
[ x]  N/A. Please explain: See answer to question 61. 
  ]  No
[  ]  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):

63) Does your school provide free transportation around campus?
[x  ]  N/A. Please explain: Very little driving is done on campus.  Parking is mostly limited to several larger parking lots and people walk from there anywhere they need to go.  Students in residence halls are not allowed to drive to class.  Thus there is mostly pedestrian and bicycle traffic. 
[   ]  No
[  ]  Yes. Please describe:

64) Does your school operate a free transportation shuttle to local off-campus destinations?
[  ]  N/A. Please explain:
[  ]  No
[x  ]  Yes. Please describe: Low cost shuttle provided to take students to nearby cities for holidays, etc.

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:
Number of bikes available:
Fees for participation:
Repair services provided: The outing club repairs bikes in their basement for free, but there are no bike sharing programs.

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 Campus Master Plan “creates a campus that is geared to pedestrians” and “embraces sensitivity to the environment as the Domain is developed.”  The Domain is the term used to describe the 13,000 acres that comprise the campus at Sewanee. 

68) What percentage of individuals commute to campus via environmentally preferable transportation (e.g., walking, bicycling, carpooling, using public transit)?
[  5   %] This is a guess.  We do not have measured values, but many faculty and staff live on the campus and quite a number walk or bicycle to work. 

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

70)  Total number of buildings: [#  123       ]
71)  Combined gross square footage of all buildings: [# 1,319,057        ]
72)  Full-time enrollment (undergraduate and graduate): [#   1514      ]
73)  Part-time enrollment (undergraduate and graduate): [#  22       ]
74)  Part-time enrollment as a proportion to a full-time course load: [# 11        ]
75)  Percent of full-time students that live on campus: [   98        %]

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: [  ]
81)  Environmental science/studies minor or concentration: [ x ]
82)  Graduate-level environmental program: [  ]
83)  Student green fee: [x  ]
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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