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University of Arkansas–Fayetteville

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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:  Dr. Nick Brown
Title:
 Executive Assistant for Sustainability
Date survey submitted:
 21 July 2009

ADMINISTRATION

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

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?
[ x ]  No
[  ]  Yes

4) Is there a sustainability component in your institution's master plan and/or strategic plan (check all that apply)?
[   ]  No
[ x ]  Yes, in the master plan. Please describe and provide URL, if available:  The University has adopted an explicit Statement of Sustainable Practices, which can be found at  http://planning.uark.edu/campus_planning/design_construction/index.html .
[  ]  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?
[  ]  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:  Sustainability Council
Number of meetings:  8

7) Please provide number of stakeholder representatives on the committee.
[# 7   ]  Administrators
[#  11  ]  Faculty
[#  12  ]  Staff
[# 4   ]  Students
[#  2  ]  Other. Please describe: community representatives

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):  Mike Johnson (Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities, staff), Jon Johnson (Professor for Business, faculty), Maddie Bookhout (senior undergraduate student)
Position(s) (e.g., administrator, faculty, staff, student):

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


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:

·         Submitted GHG emissions inventory

·         Carried out drinking water public education project

·         Supervised Students F1rst Sustainability Competition

·         Drafted Climate Action Plan

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.  Executive Assistant for Sustainability.  The Applied Sustainability Center in the Walton College of Business has an executive director, an operations director, two program managers and an executive assistant.
[#  6  ]  Number of full-time staff (in FTE). Titles: [         ]
[#  3  ]  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)? Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities
[  ]  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?
[  ]  No
[  x]  Yes. Please describe (including name of office or department and year created): Fall 07, Sustainability Council

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

[  ]  No
[ x ]  Yes. Please provide URL: http://sustainability.uark.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 recommend only Energy Star products be purchased.
[  ]  All

17) Does your school purchase environmentally preferable paper products (e.g., 100 percent post-consumer recycled content, certified by the Forest Stewardship Council)?
[  X]  No
[  ]  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: They are available but not mandatory.
[  ]  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: It is not mandatory.
[  ]  All

20) Does your school use only pesticides that meet the standards for organic crop production set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture or Canadian Organic Standards (excluding on-campus farms)?
[ X ]  No
[  ]  Some. Please describe:
[  ]  All

CLIMATE CHANGE & ENERGY

GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS INVENTORY
21) Has your school completed a greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventory?
Please check all that apply.
[  ]  No.
[  ]  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: http://sustainability.uark.edu
2007: http://sustainability.uark.edu
2006: http://sustainability.uark.edu
2005: http://sustainability.uark.edu

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:  50% below BAU
Baseline year:  1990
Target date:  2021

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:  1466
Heating degree days average over the past three years:  4314

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: 23.71
2007: 23.02
2006: 24.45

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: 12.62
2007: 12.47
2006: 12.44

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)?
  A $14.2 million upgrade of central utility plant facilities has reduced utility bills and improved the efficiency of delivering heating and cooling to 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:   A recently implemented energy savings performance contract includes installation of occupancy sensors in most rooms on campus.

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:

522,228 MMBtu natural gas to fire chillers

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

·         Natural gas:                 522,228 MMBtu

·         Purchased electricity:  382,163 MMBtu

 
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)
[ x ]  Other. Please list: Waste vegetable oil, motor oil and filters, antifreeze, tires, auto batteries, consumer batteries, scrap metals, pallets, florescent lamps, yard waste, toner cartridges, printer plates, furniture, e-waste, construction debris, carpet, lead shot.

37) Diversion rate: [ 35 %]

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:  2.1 tons
[ x]  Cell phones:  0.1 tons
[ x]  Computers:  2 tons
[ x]  Lightbulbs:  12 tons
[ x]  Printer cartridges:  3 tons
[    ]  Other E-waste. Please list:

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

[  10   %]

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:   Trash to Treasures is a move-out recycling program.  We recycled 5 tons of cardboard during move-in week.

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: LEED Silver or Two Green Globes

http://planning.uark.edu/campus_planning/content/sustainablepractices.pdf

GREEN BUILDING STANDARDS
43)
Please indicate LEED-certified buildings.
[#    1  ]  Total number of LEED-certified buildings.
[  35,000 sq ft]  Certified-level (combined gross square footage). Please list building names:  Innovation Center
[    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.
[   12    ]  Total number of buildings that meet LEED criteria
[0 sq ft]  Certified-level criteria met, but not certified (combined gross square footage). Please list building names:
[746,107 sq ft]  Silver-level criteria met, but not certified (combined gross square footage). Please list building names:

       Fowler Residence

       J.B. Hunt Transport, inc. Center for Academic Excellence Center

       Willard J. Walker Hall

       Law Programs Center Phase One and Two

       Garland Av. Parking Garage

       Garland Avenue Bookstore

       Phi Delta Theta Fraternity

       Alpha Omega Pi Sorority

       Duncan Avenue apartments

       Maple Hill One (East and West)

       Maple Hill Two (South)

       Bogle Park
[   0 sq ft]  Gold-level criteria met, but not certified (combined gross square footage). Please list building names:
[   0 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:
[  0  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:
[   0 sq ft]  Combined gross square footage.

47) Please indicate buildings that meet LEED-EB certification criteria but are not certified.
[#   2   ]  Total number of buildings that meet LEED-EB criteria but are not certified. Please list building names:  Davis Hall, Peabody Hall
[ 40,799   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:
[  0  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).  

1,500 interior LED fixtures (2.3% of campus in three buildings, 173,000 GSF) are installed.

10 LED outdoor lights (0.7% of the total) have been installed.

500 street and parking lot lights (36% of all outdoor fixtures on campus) have been upgraded to CFL. 

Occupancy sensors have been installed in 4% of building spaces.


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).   

None.


51) What percentage of your institution's non-hazardous construction and demolition waste is diverted from landfills?
[ 60 %]

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):

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:
[#  3  ]  Paid positions. Average hours worked weekly per student:  20
[#   1 ]  Unpaid positions. Average hours worked weekly per student:  5 - 8

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?
[  ]  No
[x  ]  Yes. Please provide total number of active organizations, names of organizations, a brief description of each, and URLs, if available:

American Society of Landscape Architects   www.asla.org

OMNI Center for Peace Justice and Ecology    www.omnicenter.org

Crops Soils and Environmental Sciences Club

Environmental Law Society

Engineers without Borders

American Ecological Engineering Society  http://uark.edu/ua/aees/  

Biology Club


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:  Students F1rst Sustainability Competition
Year initiated: 2009
Frequency of competition:  annual
Participants:  17 teams entered in 2009
Incentives:  $15,000, $10,000, and $5,000 prizes
Goal of competition:  provide road map of practical, energy-saving projects
Percent of energy/water/waste reduced:  not yet known
Lasting effects of competition:  not yet known
Website: http://sustainability.uark.edu

TRANSPORTATION

CAMPUS MOTOR FLEET

58) How many vehicles are in your institution's fleet?
[#   147 ]

59) Please list the number of alternative-fuel vehicles in each class.
[#   2  ]  Hybrid. Please list makes and models:
[#   0  ]  Electric. Please describe type of vehicles:
[#   7  ]  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.

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):  Cost free rides at all times on Razorback Transit buses.

63) Does your school provide free transportation around campus?
[  ]  N/A. Please explain:
[  ]  No
[ x ]  Yes. Please describe:  10 bus lines around and through campus

64) Does your school operate a free transportation shuttle to local off-campus destinations?
[  ]  N/A. Please explain:
[  ]  No
[ x ]  Yes. Please describe:  10 bus lines throughout Fayetteville

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:  2008
Number of bikes available: 25
Fees for participation:  free
Repair services provided: yes

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:  Motor vehicles are prohibited on the historic core campus area.

68) What percentage of individuals commute to campus via environmentally preferable transportation (e.g., walking, bicycling, carpooling, using public transit)?
[  36 %]

STATISTICS

69) Campus setting:
[  ]  Rural
[  ]  Suburban
[  ]  Urban
[ x ]  Other. Please describe:   Located in a city of 75,000 people, UA retains a ‘small town’ feeling in an area that also has some urban features and amenities.

70)  Total number of buildings: [#    160   ]
71)  Combined gross square footage of all buildings: [#  7,663,035 ]
72)  Full-time enrollment (undergraduate and graduate): [# 14,814 ]
73)  Part-time enrollment (undergraduate and graduate): [#  4,380 ]
74)  Part-time enrollment as a proportion to a full-time course load: [#         ]
75)  Percent of full-time students that live on campus: [ 35 %]

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: [ x ]
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: [ x ]

 

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