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University of Connecticut–Storrs

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Name: Richard Miller
Title:
Director, Environmental Policy
Date survey submitted:
07/16/09

ADMINISTRATION

SUSTAINABILITY POLICIES
1) Does your school have its own formal sustainability policy?
[  ]  No
[ X ]  Yes. Please describe and provide URL, if available: UConn’s Environmental Policy was adopted on Earth Day in 2004  http://www.ecohusky.uconn.edu/policystate.html


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:  GHG inventory was submitted on May 15, 2009, Climate Action Plan is about 80% complete as of June 30, 2009  http://www.ecohusky.uconn.edu/pcc/catf.html


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 2004/2006 update of UConn’s Master Plan for the Storrs (main) campus included the East Campus Plan of Conservation & Development, which was based on an inventory and GIS mapping of natural and historic resources for this 886-acre, largely undeveloped portion of our main campus. Priority was given to conservation and preservation of those resources. http://www.masterplan.uconn.edu/images/ecampus_web.pdf

That master plan update also incorporated by reference UConn’s 2004 Sustainable Design Guidelines, http://www.ecohusky.uconn.edu/sustainabledesign.html , which were a precursor to our 2007 Sustainable Design & Construction Policy

[ X ]  Yes, in the strategic (academic) plan. Please describe and provide URL, if available: UConn’s 2008-2013 Academic Plan identifies The Environment: Our World as one of three focus areas of excellence, meaning it is one of our existing areas of academic strength and a priority for future investment and strategic allocation of resources; it includes multiple references to the importance of environmental sustainability, including a section on Outreach/Engagement which calls for collaboration with the University community in addressing environmental challenges and developing our Climate Action Plan : http://academicplan.uconn.edu/


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: Environmental Policy Advisory Council (EPAC)
Number of meetings: 1 per semester, although EPAC workgroups (e.g., Recycling, Environmental Literacy) meet more frequently; EPAC was in hiatus during the 2008-09 AY in deference to the president’s newly-appointed Climate Action Task Force and its 5 related workgroups, which met several times over the year to develop our Climate Action Plan (CAP) per the ACUPCC.  With the CAP expected to be completed by September 1 st , EPAC meetings will resume this coming fall semester.

7) Please provide number of stakeholder representatives on the committee.
[# 4-5]  Administrators (Deans, President’s Office, AVPs or VPs)
[# 8-9]  Faculty
[# 7-8]  Staff
[# 3-4]  Students
[# 1]  Other. Please describe: Alumni representative

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):  EPAC chair - Rich Miller (staff); CATF co-chairs: Rich Miller and Tom Callahan (administrator)
Position(s) (e.g., administrator, faculty, staff, student):  Miller- Director, Office of Environmental Policy, Callahan – Associate Vice President, Administration & Operations

9) To whom does the committee report (e.g., president, vice president)? EPAC is advisory to UConn’s president and provost; CATF is advisory to the 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: Climate Action Plan (CAP) development; siting and construction of animal waste compost facility; expanding academic programs for improved environmental literacy; initiating campus-wide move-out program
Progress made on each of these issues since August 2008:

CAP development - EPAC was in hiatus during the 2008-09 AY in deference to the president’s newly-appointed Climate Action Task Force and its 5 related workgroups, which met several times over the year to develop our Climate Action Plan (CAP) per the ACUPCC.  Many members of EPAC were actively involved or played leadership roles in the 5 CATF workgroups (Energy, Transportation, Sustainable Development, Recycling, Environmental Literacy).  These workgroups have focused on developing relevant sections of UConn’s CAP, which will be completed by September 2009.

Compost Facility – formed advisory committee, including town officials and residents, to help identify suitable site for University’s agricultural waste compost facility (for composting 2000 to 5000 tons of manure per year).  Advisory committee recommended a site, design has been completed, $700,000 facility is out to bid for construction to begin later this summer/fall.

Environmental literacy -   (1) Worked with First-Year Programs & Learning Communities Office and ResLife to establish on-campus environmental living and learning community (EcoHouse), developed programmatic ideas, identified host dormitory and greening opportunities, hired faculty director and staff program coordinator, recruited student residents and RAs; (2) developed concept proposal for new interdisciplinary B.A. degree in Environmental Studies (UConn currently has a popular B.S. degree program in Environmental Science), identified extant courses being taught in various academic departments that would be suitable for the B.A. curriculum, presented to Provost who will advance proposal to Council of Deans; (3) worked with Engineering faculty  and received Provost’s grant for  development of new Gen Ed course in Environmental Sustainability   

Move-Out program – Expanded annual spring move-out program (re-named as Give-and-Go) from 3 dorms to approximately 11 campus locations, improved outreach to promote event, expanded number of local charities receiving items collected, diverted from the University’s waste stream nearly 7,000 lbs more re-useable items for donation than in any previous year

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, Office of Environmental Policy ]
[ 2   ]  Number of part-time staff (in FTE). Titles: [ Sustainability Coordinator; Climate Action Plan Project Manager (August 2008 – August 2009 only)  ]

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: The director of the Office of Environmental Policy reports directly to the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the University and has bi-monthly meetings with the Special Assistant to the President.


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):

The Office of Environmental Policy (OEP) was created in 2002 to focus on and pursue excellence in environmental performance, emphasizing sustainability initiatives ranging from energy and water conservation, recycling and environmental literacy to green building.  More recently, this office has added a regulatory compliance oversight function covering air, water, remediation, land use permitting and NEPA/CEPA compliance with three full-time staff analysts.

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

[  ]  No
[  X ]  Yes. Please provide URL: http://www.ecohusky.uconn.edu


GREEN PURCHASING
15) Does your school have a formal green purchasing policy?

[  ]  No
[ X ]  Yes. Please describe policy and provide URL to full policy, if available: The Green Cleaning White Paper lays out guidelines for purchase of green cleaning products. http://www.ecohusky.uconn.edu/greencleanrequirements.htm


16) Does your school purchase ENERGY STAR qualified products?
[  ]  No
[  ]  Some. Please describe: 

[  X ]  All.  UConn purchases Energy Star-rated appliances and electronics pursuant to state law.

17) Does your school purchase environmentally preferable paper products (e.g., 100 percent post-consumer recycled content, certified by the Forest Stewardship Council)?
[  ]  No
[  ]  Some. Please describe:

[ X ]  All. Please describe: we purchase 30% post-consumer recycled content paper but not FSC-certified

18) Does your school purchase Green Seal, Environmental Choice certified, or biorenewable cleaning products?
[  ]  No
[  ]  Some. Please describe:  

[ X ]  All. Please describe: The University of Connecticut purchases Green Seal cleaning products in accordance with state law. 

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: UConn purchases Energy Star-rated computers, A/V equipment and other electronics
[  ]  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.
*All inventories are conducted by calendar year: Jan 1-Dec 31. 
2008:  In progress - not available. 
2007:  201,770 metric tons of CO2e; available from EcoHusky or AASHE websites – http://www.ecohusky.uconn.edu/pcc/ghginventory.html

http://acupcc.aashe.org/ghg-report.php?id=587

2006:  Estimated: 174,943 CO2e  *Performed by previous interns prior to ACUPCC signing - not as comprehensive as the current (i.e. 2007) inventory - full inventory not available
2005:  Estimated: 131,095 CO2e  *Performed by previous interns prior to ACUPCC signing - not as comprehensive as the current (i.e. 2007) inventory - full inventory not available

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:  100%
Baseline year:  2007
Target date:  2050 per the ACUPCC

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
[ X ]  Yes. Please list details.  Just began in-depth analysis and monitoring; writing emissions reduction plan presently; will begin monitoring/assessing progress in 2010.  However in 2006, we did switch from purchasing power from the grid to an on-campus gas-fired 25 MW cogeneration facility, which caused a 30% improvement in overall efficiency of energy production and distribution from the grid, and replaced use of oil-fired boilers for centralized steam heating and cooling. Also in 2005, began using a biodiesel blend in campus shuttle buses - the biodiesel is produced from waste cooking oil in a UConn chemical engineering lab.

Percentage reduced: estimated 20-30%
Baseline year: 2005
Date achieved: 2006 and annually thereafter

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:  645
Heating degree days average over the past three years: 5711

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:  In progress- not yet available
2007:  18.9  MTeCO2/1000 sq. ft.
2006:  Not available - using 2007 as our ACUPCC baseline

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:  In progress- not yet available
2007:   10.8 MTeCO2/FTE
2006:  Not available- using 2007 as baseline
 

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)?
 

Approximately 90% of the electricity and 70% of the heating and cooling needs at the main campus are met by a 25 MW, 75-80% efficient, natural-gas fired cogeneration facility which came online in mid-2006.  We commission all new construction and meet LEED Silver standards for all new buildings and major renovations projects, per our 2007 Sustainable Design & Construction Policy. We have employed temperature setbacks during peak energy demand periods or during water conservation advisories.  As owner and operator of the water and sewer utilities at our main campus, we annually audit, repair and replace any leaking distribution and transmission pipes and have recently replaced pumps, motors, treatment systems and automated controls to reduce waste and improve the efficiency of these systems, which are energy intensive. We have installed individual, automated sub-meters for electricity, water, steam and sewer utilities at 70% of the buildings on campus. 


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:
Each year, the University of Connecticut runs “EcoMadness” water and energy conservation contests in the residence halls.  The winning building is the one that reduces its per capita water and energy consumption by the greatest percentage throughout the duration of the contest.  Departments and offices within the University have jointly funded CFL giveaways for the past 3 years for students living in the residence halls and/or during the Textbooks-to-Go program at the Co-Op for most first-year students.  The Office of Environmental Policy (OEP) runs a “Sustainable Offices Program” which helps departments/offices across campus identify ways to reduce their ecological footprints, including energy use.  The OEP has also prepared and compiled outreach materials for RAs, including online packets, brochures, pre-made monthly bulletin boards, door knob hangers, and other materials to post in dormitories and/or present at floor meetings.  Our “Stop the Drop” water conservation leak reporting program saves energy used to pump and treat water through the university-owned and -operated water supply system by facilitating leak reporting in academic and residential buildings.


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
[  < 1 %]  Solar photovoltaics (task PVs – sirens, several bus stops)
[    %]  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.

Purchased electricity from renewable sources : Primarily electricity that is purchased by our 5 regional campuses and the UCHC in Farmington, CT, but also 10% of the electric demand at our main campus, which is not supplied by our campus cogen facility - UConn purchased from CL&P, through a reverse state auction, electricity that contractually must be 15-22% supplied from renewable generating sources (varies by campus location).
Purchased RECs : We have purchased RECs equivalent to the amount of energy saved during the annual EcoMadness competition and awarded this REC certificate to the dorm that conserves the most energy during the competition.  More notably, the University operates a highly-efficient natural gas fired cogen facility which qualifies as a Class 3 renewable resource under CT’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) law.  Therefore, we are able to generate and sell RECs to other energy providers throughout the state, in accordance with the RPS.
Date of most recent contract: Fall 2008
Quantity (kWh): 15,000 kWh
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:

2,989,888,806,000 BTUs


34) Please list each fuel source (e.g., coal, natural gas, oil) and the percent of overall BTUs derived from that source:
 Oil:  5.9%; Natural Gas: 94%; Propane <1%

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:  We co-sponsor with Athletics an annual sneaker recycling drive culminating in a Mt. Sneaker demonstration event during Earth Day – this year we collected 5,000 lbs of sneakers

37) Diversion rate: [ 24%]

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. http://www.ecohusky.uconn.edu/E-Waste.htm
[  X  ]  Batteries
[  X ]  Cell phones
[  X]  Computers
[  X ]  Lightbulbs
[  X ]  Printer cartridges
[  X  ]  Other E-waste. Please list: cameras, MP3 & iPods, PDAs and other electronic devices

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

[  10  %] Soon to be 100% with the construction and operation this fall of our $700,000 agricultural waste compost facility (design complete, construction bids due next week)

40) Do you provide composting receptacles around campus in locations other than dining halls (e.g., in residence halls, offices, academic buildings)?
[  ]  No
[ X ]  Yes. Please describe: for Earth Day celebrations and other picnics and events where food is served, we usually add food waste composting bins and coordinate with the town to compost waste collected – our new ag waste compost facility will not be large enough to accept food waste given the volume of manure it will accept

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:
Small scale move-out programs run by student organizations have been capturing re-useable items and donating them locally since 2005.  2009 was the first year that the University ran a campus-wide move-out program (Give-and-Go) which ultimately collected 9000 lbs of re-useable materials for donation to local non-profit organizations. 

 
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: UConn was among the first public universities in the nation to set LEED Silver as a minimum performance standard for all new construction and major renovation projects.

The University of Connecticut
Sustainable Design and Construction Policy
(Adopted March 2007)
    

The University of Connecticut shall plan, design, construct, renovate and maintain sustainable, energy- and water-efficient buildings that:

  • Yield cost savings through lowered lifetime operating costs,
       
  • Provide enhanced learning atmospheres for students and healthier environments for all building occupants and visitors, and
       
  • Realize the University’s commitment to responsible growth and environmental stewardship.

  

Accordingly, for any building construction or renovation project entering the pre-design planning phase, and whenever the estimated total project cost exceeds $5 million, excluding the cost of equipment other than building systems, the University shall establish the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Silver rating as a minimum performance requirement. The University shall comply with all applicable LEED protocols, including registering the project with the US Green Building Council at the beginning of the design phase and applying for LEED certification at project completion.

  

The University may exempt a project from the minimum performance requirements of this policy only with the approval of the University’s Board of Trustees (acting through its Building, Grounds & Environment Committee).  To attain such exemption, and in addition to complying with procedures specified for a similar exemption pursuant to any applicable state law or regulation, the University shall prepare a written analysis substantiating that the costs of achieving LEED certification would significantly outweigh the benefits.  

The text of this policy can be found at: http://www.ecohusky.uconn.edu/SDCpolicy.htm


GREEN BUILDING STANDARDS
43) Please indicate LEED-certified buildings.
[#  2   ]  Total number of LEED-certified buildings. 4 buildings are LEED-registered and in design/construction phases – Stem Cell Research Center (UCHC), Social Sciences and Humanities Classroom Buildings, Gentry Building
[    sq ft]  Certified-level (combined gross square footage). Please list building names:
[  165,000  sq ft]  Silver-level (combined gross square footage). Please list building names:

The Burton Family Football Complex and Mark R. Shenkman Training Center

 [    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. (How could anyone prove this one?)
[#      ]  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:
[    sq ft]  Silver-level criteria met, but not certified (combined gross square footage). Please list building names:
[    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)?   
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).  

 

All campus exit signs are LED.  We have replaced outdated lighting in several buildings with T5 fluorescent bulbs and indirect pendants.  We have retrofitted several buildings with VFDs for HVAC and motion/occupancy sensors for lighting.  We have installed vending misers on many vending machines and replaced incandescent bulbs with CFLs for overhead lighting in on-campus student suites and apartments.  We are completing a multi-year window replacement project in all older-vintage student housing, retrofitting with low-E, well-insulated windows.  All student housing has installed energy and water efficient front-loading washing machines and the LEED Silver football complex has efficient front-loading washing machines used for many varsity sports teams’ laundry.

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).   

 

This past year, all student on-campus housing has been fitted with low-flow faucet aerators and shower heads. A few years ago, ResLife also installed 522 (Maytag Neptune) high efficiency, front- load washing machines at all on-campus student housing. These washers use 15-18 gallons per load, compared to the 30-32 with top loader machines that were replaced - saving 2,600,000 gallons of water annually.

A few years ago, the University also upgraded the watering system used for chicken coops located at the agricultural campus by installing a nipple-drinker system, replacing a bubbler-drinker system and saving 1,000,000 gallons of water annually.

 All new construction built since 2007 has new low-flow fixtures installed per UConn’s Sustainable Design & Construction Policy, including the Burton/Shenkman football facility and indoor training center, which also have dual-flush toilets.


51) What percentage of your institution's non-hazardous construction and demolition waste is diverted from landfills?
[    80-90 %]

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:  EcoHouse
Type of community (e.g., hall, building, house):  Residential Living & Learning Community
Number of students involved:  approx. 50 (enrollment has not yet concluded for the year)
Additional details:  The students involved in the EcoHouse program will work on planning and implementing green renovations in their residence hall. They will also assist with implementing UConn’s Climate Action Plan, developing sustainability workshops for other students, doing trail work in the UConn forest and at the UConn Hillside Environmental Education Park, and hosting and attending campus environmental events.

Complete information about the EcoHouse Learning Community can be found at the following website: http://www.lc.uconn.edu/communities/ecohouse/


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
[ X  ]  Yes. Please provide number of students and average number of hours worked weekly per student:
[#  7   ]  Paid positions. With the OEP. Average hours worked weekly per student:  8-12
[#     ]  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: Not a year-round program but we recruit and appoint dozens of unpaid Eco-Captains for this purpose in each participating dorm to coordinate outreach on their floor(s) during the annual 1-month EcoMadness competition http://www.ecohusky.uconn.edu/ecomadness.htm#c

[#     ]  Paid positions. Average hours worked weekly per student:
[#     ]  Positions that award academic credit. Average hours worked weekly per student:
[#   ~20-30  ]  Uncompensated positions. Average hours worked weekly per student: 2-3 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:
EcoHusky:
  EcoHusky is the umbrella environmental student organization on campus.  EcoHusky students work to educate their peers about the importance of living more sustainably by hosting campus events throughout the year, including “Green Week” in the fall and being an integral part of Earth Day planning in the spring.

EcoGarden:   EcoGarden students manage an on-campus organic garden which is now also functioning as a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) project.  Produce from the garden is served in one of the campus dining halls.

ConnPIRG Campus Climate Challenge: Members of PIRG focus their efforts on influencing the political process and working towards more effective climate legislation on the state and national level.

Soil & Water Conservation Society:   Members of the UConn SWCS chapter work on campus projects mainly related to water issues.  They are working on installing the first green roof on campus, perform bio-assays in the nearby Fenton River, do trail work in the UConn Forest, and help mark storm drains around campus.

Real Slow Food:   This is the newest environmental student group on campus.  Their mission is to promote the use of local and organic foods on campus in addition to educating the campus community about the nature of the current food system/policy, both in the US and globally.


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: EcoMadness
Year initiated: 2006
Frequency of competition: Annual
Participants: Approx. 3000
Incentives: UConn Dairy Bar ice cream party, Purchase of carbon offset certificates
Goal of competition: Encourage students to make behavioral changes that result in water and energy savings.  The ultimate goal is to have students incorporate these changes into their lifestyles even after the contest is finished.
Percent of energy/water/waste reduced:  In 2008, the winning building reduced its energy use by 28%.  Average water savings are around 10%.
Lasting effects of competition: Uncertain- still being measured.
Website: http://www.ecohusky.uconn.edu/ecomadness.htm


TRANSPORTATION

For questions 58-60, this is not how we track this information for our GHG inventory.  Here is information relevant to our metrics: For the UConn fleet we estimate emissions directly from recorded Motor Pool fuel use.  So we don't actually have figures regarding vehicle type, number, or mileage - something that might be worth collecting in the future though.  (For 2007 we used 158,602 gallons of gasoline and 124,025 gallons of diesel, and 1,600 gallons of B100, which produced an estimated 2,665.2 MTeCO2.) 


CAMPUS MOTOR FLEET

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

59) Please list the number of alternative-fuel vehicles in each class.
[#        ]  Hybrid. Please list makes and models:
[#        ]  Electric. Please describe type of vehicles:
[#        ]  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):  Anyone with a University ID (students, faculty, staff) can ride the Windham Region Transit District buses for free.

63) Does your school provide free transportation around campus?
[  ]  N/A. Please explain:
[  ]  No
[ X  ]  Yes. Please describe:  The University operates 6 different free shuttle bus routes around campus.  There are also free shuttles running between campus and nearby apartment complexes.

64) Does your school operate a free transportation shuttle to local off-campus destinations?
[  ]  N/A. Please explain:
[  ]  No
[ X ]  Yes. Please describe: There are free shuttle buses that run between campus and nearby apartment complexes where residents are primarily students.

BICYCLE PROGRAM
65) Does your school offer a bicycle-sharing/rental program or bicycle repair services?
[ X  ]  No. Planning still underway to pilot two bike-sharing programs this coming AY – one campus-wide, another for students, faculty and staff in the Neag School of Education.  UConn Cycles is a student club formed in 2008 to help advance a bike sharing program
[  ]  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.  RFIs sent and three firms (including ZipCar) that responded were recently interviewed toward establishing a car-sharing program
[  ]  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:  A Campus Bicycle Network Plan was adopted and incorporated by reference into the Campus Master Plan Update in 2004-2006.   Soon after that, approximately 20 additional campus bike storage racks were installed at key destinations and street parking was removed from one of the main streets through the science quad on the north side of campus in favor of 5-ft. wide bike lanes.  There was a Campus Bicycling Support Ride held in 2005 and again in 2008 and the new gateway entrance to the University’s main campus (to begin construction in 2010) has been designed to include 5-ft. wide, striped and signed bicycle lanes, separate from an 8-ft. wide pedestrian walkway. http://www.ecohusky.uconn.edu/campusbikeplan.htm


68) What percentage of individuals commute to campus via environmentally preferable transportation (e.g., walking, bicycling, carpooling, using public transit)?
[  19  %] based on limited number of responses to survey

STATISTICS

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

70)  Total number of buildings: [#  525       ]
71)  Combined gross square footage of all buildings: [#  12,427,790    ]
72)  Full-time enrollment (undergraduate and graduate): [#  24,042    ]
73)  Part-time enrollment (undergraduate and graduate): [# 3,979    ]
74)  Part-time enrollment as a proportion to a full-time course load: [#   We calculate FTE using the total registered credits divided by 15 for undergraduate students, and by 12 for graduate and professional students      ]
75)  Percent of full-time students that live on campus: [  74 %]

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: [ X ]
80)  Environmental science/studies major: [ X ]
81)  Environmental science/studies minor or concentration: [ X ]
82)  Graduate-level environmental program: [ X ] Green Grads
83)  Student green fee: [  ]
84)  Alumni green fund: [ X ] UConn Green Campus Fund
85)  Revolving loan fund for sustainability projects: [  ]
86)  Campus garden or farm: [ X  ] EcoGarden
87)  Single-stream recycling: [  ]

 

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