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University of Wisconsin–Madison

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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:   Faramarz Vakili

Title:   WE CONSERVE Program Director

Date survey submitted:   July 21, 2009

ADMINISTRATION

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

 

The listings on  http://www.sustainability.wisc.edu/  website lead to an array of enterprises offering a multitude of opportunities, information, and resources.  However, In April 2006, follow up to a $29 million investment to increase the energy efficiency of the campus facilities, UW-Madison initiated the WE CONSERVE program to strengthen its environmental stewardship programs and to promote education and motivation to the community on this serious matter.  Please visit  www.conserve.wisc.edu

 

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Goals:

1.      To instill the lifelong spirit of environmental stewardship in the community's consciousness

2.      To reduce campus energy consumption and environmental footprint by 20% by year 2010

Guiding Principals:

1)      Efficiency Systems

2)      Informed People

3)      Reasonable Expectations

4)      Responsible Actions

Accomplishments -- Annual Reductions  (April 2006-July 2009)

·       Energy Costs    = $7.0 Million (14% reduction)

·       Water Usage     = 178,000,000 gallons (41% reduction)

·       CO2 Emission = 53,000 tons

·       Diesel fuel     = 10,000 gallons

·       Trash           = 9 percent

In addition:

·       Campus has increased its use of natural gas as fuel source resulting in 28% less coal usage and reducing 20,000 tons of CO2 emissions annually.

·       A $250 million project is in design to replace coal with biomass based fuels at Charter Street Heating Plant is underway.

·       10% of campus electricity is purchased from wind power

 

WE CONSERVE Areas of concentration :

 

Awareness & Education

Student Programs
• Directed studies, class projects & presentations
• Culture of green lifestyles, attitudes, habits

Faculty & Staff
• Departmental & faculty committees and agendas
• User education on building-specific energy issues

Community Outreach
• K-12 projects and awareness programs
• Community events, conferences, sharing ideas

Communications & Promotions
• Web-site, media, video, signs, Facebook profile
• Concerts, competitions, advertisements         

 

Accomplishments
• “Why We Conserve” course is offered in Fall ‘09
• Our campaign is featured on the front cover of the Dane county 2009 AT&T The Real Yellow Pages telephone book as a joint community outreach effort
• Over 20,000 people have visited this website
• Joint programs with UW-Admissions office and the Division of Housing for new and perspective students
• WE CONSERVE week in Sept 2008 started with a concert & ended with a forum on “Why Conserve”
• CFL exchange programs to promote conservation

 

Energy Efficient Buildings


Existing Buildings
• Energy audits, modeling, retro-commissioning
• Rehabilitative & pro-active maintenance

New Construction & Major Remodeling
• LEED compatible deign standards
• Design & construction commissioning

Plug-in Equipment
• Reduction of under-utilized/unnecessary devices
• Energy efficiency of equipment

Building Operations
• Maximizing use of building automation systems
• Measurement & verification of energy usage     

 

Accomplishments
• To-date, audit of campus buildings have identified annual reduction of over 53,000 tons of CO2 emission.
• New construction projects meet LEED standards
• FP&M’s new design and construction quality control program has proven to be a great success
• Pilot program for energy saving for vending machines is implemented
• Over 640 major air handling systems are monitored and scheduled for energy conservation
• CURB program extends the life of existing buildings  

 

Usage Reduction & Recycling

Reducing
• Disposable bottles, dishware, bags, etc…
• Transition from paper to e-commerce & internet

Re-using
• Used clothing, furniture, books, appliances
• Used office equipment, building materials

Recycling
• Office Paper, newspaper, magazines, cardboard
• Can & bottles (plastic, glass, aluminum)
• Light bulbs, metal, construction materials

Composting
• Food products & biodegradable dishware         

 

Accomplishments
• 9 percent increase in recycling since year 2006
• Working with UW-Housing on a students move-out program to increase landfill diversion & material reuse
• Planning the expansion of “drink refill” programs at the Unions & UW-Housing food services
• Alliance with UW-SWAP to streamline campus recycling and material re-use programs & procedures
• Expansion of construction materials recycling
• Expansion of composting program to include 365 tons of food products & biodegradable dishware

 

Clean Power Generation

Fuel Sources
• Increasing use of renewable energy
• Reducing usage of coal

Production Efficiency
• Equipment & operations efficiency optimization
• Demand shifting and demand limiting

Use of Technology
• Emission controls technology
• Monitoring, measurement, and verification

Distribution Efficiency
• Utilities distribution systems reconditioning
• Aggressive steam trap maintenance program      

 

Accomplishments
• Chiller replacement project at WSHP will save $1.5 million & 5,000 tons of CO2 emission annually
• A comprehensive study to replace coal with biomass based fuels at CSHP is underway
• Per Governor Doyle’s executive order, 10% of campus electricity is purchased from wind power
• Campus burns 28% less coal due to a legal settlement reducing 20,000 tons of CO2 annually
• An aggressive repair & energy conservation program is under way for the campus utilities distribution systems

 

Smart Transportation

Campus Fleet
• Use of Bio-diesel fuel
• Electric cars, hybrid & energy efficient vehicles

Public Transportation
• Supporting UW Transportation Services’
transportation demand management initiatives

Alternative Transportation
• Encouraging use of bicycles and car pooling
• Reducing usage of mopeds in campus

Alternatives to Transportation
• Promoting telecommuting & distance learning
• Video conferencing
 

Accomplishments
• Replaced use of over 10,000 gallons per year of petro-diesel by campus fleet with renewable carbon neutral fuel
• Addition of 7 battery powered Neighborhood Electric Vehicles and 16 hybrid electric cars
• Transportation Services was the recipient of 2006 EPA award for best employer for commuters
• Campus transportation master plan aims at increasing bus services, bike parking, and bike paths
• Developing educational campaign to discourage students from using mopeds
       

Water Conservation

Usage Reduction
• Low-flow plumbing fixtures
• Alternatives to water cooled equipment

Campus Operations
• Smart irrigation, leave collection
• Minimum use of road salt, pesticides, herbicides

Water Re-use
• Green roofs, rain gardens, rain water collection
• Drought resistant and native plantings

Storm Water Management
• Pervious paving in parking lots and sidewalks
• Storm water impacts on lakes & watersheds
 

  Accomplishments
• Amount of water saved in campus will fill two Olympic size swimming pools every day. It takes 660,000 gallons of water to fill one such swimming pool
• Replacement of many water cooled air conditioning systems with more energy efficient alternatives
• Controlled watering of campus lawns, trees, and flowerbeds
• On-going enhancement of the campus’ storm water management programs by FP&M
• Green roofs on several campus buildings      

 

Eco-friendly Choices & Practices

Green Purchasing
• Examining current product purchasing policies
• Minimizing product packaging and shipping

Chemical Usage Reduction
• Green cleaning products
• Operations & maintenance best practices

Computing
• Enabling computers power-save features
• Virtualization of servers & desktops

Food Sustainability
• Buying local food products
• Supporting the efforts of UW’ food services    

 

Accomplishments
• Pilot project using green cleaning products in 7 campus buildings by the Custodial Department
• Collaboration with UW Purchasing Department to investigate green purchasing and disposal options
• Minimizing use of salt for ice and snow removal by the Physical Plant Grounds Department
• Minimizing the use of pesticides and herbicides for lawn maintenance
• Pilot programs for enabling and managing power-save for computers    

 

Participation & Collaboration

Involvement & Motivation
• Grassroots activism & volunteering
• “I Pledge” membership Program

Funding
• State and University funding
• Grants, rebates, fund raising, donations

Partnerships
• Various levels of the University community
• Private sector and peer organizations

Creating Opportunities
• Synergies with other green programs & efforts
• Joint initiatives with student groups   Accomplishments
• Over $18 million of investment in energy efficiency projects by the State of Wisconsin since April 2006
• Partnership with the City of Madison’s Mpower campaign to reduce Madison’s carbon dioxide emission by 100,00 tons
• Incentive rebates from Focus on Energy to expedite implementation of energy projects
• Over 2,000 people have joined the “I Pledge” program
• Pilot program for “Energy Smart” designation at Atmospheric Oceanic & Space Science building 

 

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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)?
[  ]  No
[ x ]  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:

https://fpm-www3.fpm.wisc.edu/campusplanning/
https://fpm-www3.fpm.wisc.edu/cpd/UWBuildsGreen/tabid/193/Default.aspx

 

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

Please accept this explanation for questions #5 thru 10:

Due to the size and decentralized governing structure at UW-Madison, there are many formal and ad hoc groups and committees that work with WE CONSERE to implement this campus wide initiative.   Frequent reports are made to the University’s high level committees such as the Campus Planning Committee, University Senate, Space and Remodeling Committee, etc.


If you answered "No" to question 5, please proceed directly to question 11.

6) Please provide the name of the committee and list the number of meetings held since August 2008.
Name:
Number of meetings:

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

 

8) Please provide the name of the chair(s) of the committee for the 2009-2010 academic year, and indicate which stakeholder group the chair(s) represents.
If 2009-2010 academic year information is not yet available, please provide information for 2008-2009 instead.
Name of chair(s):
Position(s) (e.g., administrator, faculty, staff, student):

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

10) Please list key issues/programs that the committee has addressed or implemented since August 2008.

Key issues/programs that the group has addressed/implemented since August 2008:
Progress made on each of these issues since August 2008:

SUSTAINABILITY STAFF
11) Does your school employ sustainability staff (excluding student employees and interns)?
[  ]  No
[ x ]  Yes. Please provide titles and number of sustainability staff.

(1 FTE) WE CONSERVE, Director

(3 FTE) WE CONSERVE, Project Coordinators

(5 FTE) WE CONSERVE, Engineers and technical support

Plus many professional in the various sustainability related programs and activities of the campus

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 UW-Madison’s Environmental Stewardship initiative, WE CONSERVE, is charged by the Chancellor to reach the stated goals for the initiative.

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 WE CONSERVE initiative was established in April 2006

WEBSITE
14) Does your school have a
  website detailing its sustainability initiatives?
[  ]  No
[ x ]  Yes. Please provide URL:    www.conserve.wisc.edu

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

[ x ]  No  (Project under development)
[  ]  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:   Recycled paper accounts for a high percentage of paper used by the various campus departments.
[  ]  All. Please describe:

18) Does your school purchase Green Seal, Environmental Choice certified, or biorenewable  cleaning products?
[  ]  No
[ x]  Some. Please describe:  A pilot program in green cleaning is under way in 7 buildings.
[  ]  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
[x]  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.
[ x ]  In progress. Please describe status and provide estimated completion date:

UW-Madison is in the process of building new boilers in its central heating plants to eliminate use of coal as a fuel source.  These boilers will use bio-mass and natural gas.  The campus’ final GHG emission inventory will be heavily influenced by this project which is expected to be completed in year 2012.
[  ]  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?
[  ]  No
[ x]  Yes. Please list details.

Reduction level:   73,000 tons of CO2 emissions are reduced since April 2006 as the result of conservation measures and switching 28% of the heating plants fuel source from coal to natural gas.   Our continuous effort in the area of energy conservation is expected to reduce GHG emissions by another 20,000 tons by year 2010. In addition to conservation, the GHG emissions will be further reduced by the new bio-mass boilers that will eliminate use of coal, which currently accounts for 61% of our fuel burned in the campus central plants.  
Baseline year:  2006
Target date:  2012

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.  73,000 tons of CO2 emissions are reduced since April 2006 as the result of conservation measures (53,000 tons) and switching 28% of the heating plants fuel source from coal to natural gas (20,000 tons).
Percentage reduced:
Baseline year:  2006
Date achieved: 2009

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:   ~780 cooling days

Heating degree days average over the past three years:  ~6,800 heating days

25)   Please provide GHG emissions figures on a per-thousand-square-foot basis for the past three years.
Per-Thousand-Square-Foot Emissions = Total CO2e in metric tons / Total maintained building space in thousands of square feet.
2008:
2007:
2006:

26)   Please provide GHG emissions figures on a per-full-time-student basis for the past three years.
Per-Student Emissions = Total CO2e in metric tons / Total number of full-time enrolled students.
2008:
2007:
2006:

ENERGY EFFICIENCY
27) What programs or technologies has your school implemented to improve energy efficiency (e.g., cogeneration plant, retrocommissioning of HVAC systems, performing system tune-ups, temperature setbacks)?
 

We have been engaged in a comprehensive energy conservation program since year 2001 which has resulted in savings of over 8 million per year.   Please visit  www.conserve.wisc.edu    website “accomplishments--energy efficient buildings” tab.

 

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:   Awareness & Education is one of the major areas of concentration for WE CONSERVE.  Please visit www.conserve.wisc.edu    website “accomplishments—Awareness & Education” tab.


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.
[  ]  No
[ x ]  Yes. Please describe.
Date of most recent contract:  10% of UW-Madison’s electricity is purchased from wind power
Quantity (kWh): ~40,000,000
Percentage of your total electric energy use that it represents: 10%

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:
 4,440,000 Million BTU (excludes electricity)

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

Coal = 61%

Gas  = 36%

PDF = 2%

TDF = 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
[  ]  Plastics (all)
[ x ]  Plastics (some)
[ x ]  Other. Please list: Scrap metal, paper pellets, construction materials, carpet, light bulbs. 


37) Diversion rate:  [   35%]

RECYCLING OF ELECTRONIC WASTE
38) Does your institution have an electronics recycling program?

[  ]  No
[  ]  Yes. If available, please indicate the total annual weight or volume of each material collected for recycling or reuse.
[    ]  Batteries
[    ]  Cell phones
[    ]  Computers
[  x ]  Lightbulbs
[  x ]  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)?
[  ]  No
[  x]  Yes. Please describe: All food services of the University are participating in a comprehensive food composting program.  Routine pickups by WE CONSERVE staff is made several times a week.

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:  In addition to a robust campus wide SWAP operation that reassigns unwanted campus items to other state users or sell them, WE CONSERVE now have a formal move-out program for the Res halls and student apartments. 

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: The University of Wisconsin Madison is committed to constructing buildings that not only aid in the success of its students and staff, but are environmentally conscious and sustainable for years to come. The University is committed to achieve LEED certification for all new buildings and major renovations and will seek Silver-level rating at a minimum. The UW’s policy requires sustainable design guidelines to be applied to all new major construction and renovation projects. Further, the University is integrating sustainable design in new construction projects through research from its’ students, faculty and staff.
https://fpm-www3.fpm.wisc.edu/cpd/UWBuildsGreen/tabid/193/Default.aspx

 

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.
[#  8 in design/construction    ]  Total number of buildings that meet LEED criteria
[ 128,000   sq ft]  Certified-level criteria met, but not certified (combined gross square footage). Please list building names: Kohl Center Hockey/Swimming Facility
[  1,015,849  sq ft]  Silver-level criteria met, but not certified (combined gross square footage). Please list building names: WisconsinInstitutes for Discovery, School of Human Ecology, SMPH Faculty Office Building, Lakeshore Residence Hall/Food Service Facility
[ 772,664   sq ft]  Gold-level criteria met, but not certified (combined gross square footage). Please list building names: Education Building, New South Campus Union
[   200,000 sq ft]  Platinum-level criteria met, but not certified (combined gross square footage). Please list building names: TBD-Wisconsin Energy Institute

45)  Please indicate buildings that are ENERGY STAR labeled.
[# 1 to date    ]  Total number of ENERGY STAR buildings. Please list building names: Education Building
[  108,000  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.
[#  1   ]  Total number of renovated buildings that are ENERGY STAR labeled. Please list building names: Education Building
[  108,000  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).  

 

Year 2001-2006, Investment of $29 million resulting in campus-wide installation of:

·       More efficient chillers in central plants

·       200,000 high efficiency fluorescent lights (T8 with electronic ballasts)

·       2,000 premium efficiency motors

·       10,000 occupancy sensors

·       6,000 LED exit lights

·       643 HVAC units on building automation system

·       3,000 water-saving plumbing fixtures

·       10,000 window inserts

Since year 2006, investment of $21 million in 19 buildings:

·       Fume hood elimination

·       Fume hood replacement to low flow type

·       VAV installation

·       DDC controls

·       More aggressive space HVAC scheduling

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 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).  

 

·       Low flow plumbing fixtures campus wide (faucets, toilets, shower heads, …)

·       Eliminating water cooled condensers where possible

·       Controlled watering of campus lawns, trees, and flowerbeds

·       On-going enhancement of the campus’ storm water management programs

51)  What percentage of your institution's non-hazardous construction and demolition waste is diverted from landfills?
[     %] Do not know

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: A new learning community themed “GreenHouse” will be 2 floors of Cole Hall, and the University Housing
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):   WE CONSERVE has a partnership with the University’s Center for the 1st year experience to provide reusable bags, water bottles, Ice cream, music, and information on sustainability and the WE CONSERVE program and sustainability 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:   3 students work for WE CONSERVE
[#   3  ]  Paid positions. Average hours worked weekly per student:   20   hour

]  Unpaid positions. Average hours worked weekly per student: 10 hours

55) Does your school have residence hall Eco-Reps or other similar programs to promote behavioral change on campus?
[  ]  No
[  ]  Yes. Please provide details below, and indicate URL if available: WE CONSERVE is working with Res Halls on establishing “Eco-friendly certification” for dorm rooms
[#     ]  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:   Please visit the University student organization Websites for information on the numerous organizations.  Please see http://students.wisc.edu/   WE CONSERVE program works with many student organizations on joint projects and initiatives.

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.  There are many events during the year for the dorms.
Name of competition:
Year initiated:
Frequency of competition:
Participants:
Incentives:
Goal of competition:
Percent of energy/water/waste reduced:
Lasting effects of competition:

 

TRANSPORTATION

CAMPUS MOTOR FLEET

58) How many vehicles are in your institution's fleet?
[#  648   ]

59) Please list the number of alternative-fuel vehicles in each class.
[#    25   ]  Hybrid. Please list makes and models:
[#    19   ]  Electric. Please describe type of vehicles:
[#  124   ]  Biodiesel. Please describe type of vehicles and list biodiesel blend(s) used:
[#  226   ]  Other. Please describe: Flex fuel E85

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:
[  ]  No
[X]  Yes. Please describe details of the program including the type of the incentive and eligible community members (e.g., faculty, staff, students): Carpool permits for up to four drivers cost the same as a regular permit for one driver, i.e., the cost for parking alone could be split between up to four people, making carpool parking as much as 75% cheaper than driving alone.

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): Unlimited annual bus passes for the local transit system are provided to all employees at no cost to the employee. This is a value of up to $660 to the employee. Students receive complimentary bus passes which are paid via their segregated fees (the fees are a fraction of what it would cost for them to purchase a pass outright). The campus bus is free to all users. (Normally transit rides are $2/ride).

63) Does your school provide free transportation around campus?
[  ]  N/A. Please explain:
[  ]  No
[X]  Yes. Please describe: Yes. We have five routes. Three of these run at night and three run during the day. Headways range from six minutes at peak times to 45 minutes during off peak. The campus bus has over 2.5 million rides per year.

64) Does your school operate a free transportation shuttle to local off-campus destinations?
[  ]  N/A. Please explain:
[X]  No. (Note, we do provide complimentary transit passes for the local transit company which provides for a similar transportation service.)
[  ]  Yes. Please describe:

 

BICYCLE PROGRAM
65) Does your school offer a bicycle-sharing/rental program or bicycle repair services?
[  ]  No
[X]  Yes. Please provide details below.

Shared bikes are available on a request basis to university departments for use by their employees.
Year created: n/a
Number of bikes available: currently about 15 with plans to expand.
Fees for participation: none
Repair services provided: defective department bikes can be exchanged for working ones.

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

[  ]  No
[ X ]  Yes. Please provide details below.
University contracts with Community Car ( www.communitycar.com )
Year created: 2005
Total number of vehicles: 8
Number of hybrid vehicles: 6
Fee for membership: $25 application plus per hour fee (varies, around $8/hr). University employees and students receive half off regular application fee of $50 and get $45 in free driving. Currently there are about 500 campus members who belong to Community Car, representing about half of the total membership in Community Car. Those 500 members have made nearly 5,000 trips in the last year via car sharing.

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 University constructs and maintains independent multi-use ped/bike paths, a system of bike lanes and routes and sidewalks. We have converted two key street corridors to ped and bike malls, including the new East Campus Mall (formerly Murray St.) and Orchard St. Before being required by MUTCD the University and City of Madison installed timed ped signals at all major street crossings and has and is in the process of installing four new ped traffic signals on its two major pedestrian malls. All city and campus buses have bike racks and UW Transportation Services provides customized ped or bike route service to all staff and faculty. For more information our long range transportation plan at: https://fpm-www3.fpm.wisc.edu/campusplanning/?TabId=66

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

 68 % total—i.e., 40% faculty/staff, 17% hospital staff, and 85% studentsWebsite:

STATISTICS

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

70)  Total number of buildings:  [#      350 major buildings   ]
71)  Combined gross square footage of all buildings:  [#   ~20 million      ]
72)  Full-time enrollment (undergraduate and graduate):  [# 41,000        ]
73)  Part-time enrollment (undergraduate and graduate):  [#         ]
74)  Part-time enrollment as a proportion to a full-time course load:  [#         ]
75)  Percent of full-time students that live on campus:  [ 15% living in res Halls ]

 

For more information, please see  http://students.wisc.edu/

 

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:  [ 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:  [x  ]
86)  Campus garden or farm:  [ x ]
87)  Single-stream recycling:  [ x ]

 

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