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School name: Bowdoin College

Date submitted: July 29, 2010

 

ADMINISTRATION

 

SUSTAINABILITY POLICIES

 

1)  Does your school have its own formal sustainability policy and/or sustainability plan? Check all that apply.

[  ]  No

[X]  Yes, a sustainability policy. Please describe and provide the URL below.

[  ]  Yes, a sustainability plan. Please describe and provide the URL below.

 

Description: Bowdoin's Environmental Mission Statement was updated in 2009 and publicly released by Bowdoin's President during our "Climate Days" events .  http://www.bowdoin.edu/sustainability/statements/mission-statement.shtml

 

2)  Has the president of your institution signed any commitments related to environmental stewardship and/or greenhouse gas reductions? Check all that apply.

[  ]  None

[X]  American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC)

[  ]  Talloires Declaration
[  ]  Other. Please describe:


3)  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 the URL below.

[  ]  Yes, in the strategic plan. Please describe and provide the URL below.

 

Description: Bowdoin's master plan, developed in 2004, consists of 7 guiding principles, many of which focus explicitly on sustainability.  The master plan is not posted on the web - but the guiding principles are:* Bowdoin College is a compact and mixed use campus.* Bowdoin College is a walkable campus.* Bowdoin College is a historically significant campus.* Bowdoin College is connected to the Town of Brunswick and the larger community.* Bowdoin College is a steward of the natural environment.* Bowdoin is an ecological campus with established standards for sustainability and energy consumption.* Bowdoin College will have clear design standards for all construction and renovation projects.

 

ADMINISTRATIVE COMMITTEES

 

4)  Does your school have any administrative councils, committees or task forces that advise on and/or implement sustainability policies and programs?

You may provide detailed information for up to three committees. If you have one advisory committee that is broken down into subcommittees, please indicate that you have one committee and answer the questions on the following page for the entire committee (the sum of data for all subcommittees).

Yes

 

Please provide the number of committees: Three committees

 

Committee I

 

5)  Please provide the name of the committee and note the number of meetings held since August 2009.

 

Committee name: President's Climate Commitment Advisory Committee

Number of meetings: 4

 

6)  Please provide the number of stakeholder representatives on the committee.

When providing the data on each stakeholder group, you should provide the total number across all subcommittees (you do not need to numerate individual tallies for subcommittees).

 

 

 

Number of representatives

Administrators

 

2 (President and VP of Finance)

Faculty

 

3

Staff

 

2

Students

 

6

Other. Please describe.   

 

We also have 2 active trustees on the committee, and two additional staff that are ex. officio

 

7)  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.

 

 

 

Name       

 

Position

Chair 1   

 

S. Catherine Longley  

 

Administrator

Chair 2

 

Philip Camil  

 

Faculty

Chair 3

 

   

 

 

8)  To whom does the committee report?
[X]  President/Chancellor
[  ]  Vice President/Vice Chancellor
[  ] Other:

 

9)  Please indicate the key issues/programs that the committee has addressed or implemented since August 2009. For each issue addressed, please indicate and describe progress made.
“Moderate” progress indicates that issues were discussed thoroughly and projects are in the early stages of planning. “Significant” progress indicates that new policies or programs were implemented, or are in the final stages of planning and approval.

 

 

 

Addressed       

 

Progress     

 

Description

Academics

Examples: minor, major and concentration programs, curricular additions, research projects

 

[  ]

 

 

Administration

Examples: procurement policies, institution-wide sustainability policy, sustainability-related staff positions

 

[X]

 

Significant

 

Committee provided input to the new Environmental Mission Statement that was developed in spring 2009.

Climate

Examples: draft climate action plan, greenhouse gas emissions inventory

 

[X]

 

Significant

 

The committee, on  behalf of Bowdoin College,  released it's blueprint and climate action plan to the ACUPCC, declaring a carbon neutral goal in 2020.

 

Endowment

Examples: proxy voting guidelines, investment advisory committees

 

[  ]

 

 

Energy

Examples: conservation/behavioral change programs, retrofits and efficiency improvements

 

[X]

 

Significant

 

Bowdoin's Blueprint lays out key steps to reduce on site GHG emissions by 28% over the next 10 years.  Significant projects have already been started, including installing a more efficient boiler in the heating plant, installing solar hot water panels on the dining hall, and replacing several oil furnaces with NG furnances.

Food

Examples: policies to increase purchase of local/sustainably produced foods, implementing campus gardens

 

[X]

 

Significant

 

Committee hosted second annual Locavore Dinners to raise awareness about the relationship between food and climate issues.  Over 1000 campus members attended the dinner in April 2010, where each table was staffed by a host that shared information about Bowdoin's Climate Action Plan and campus sustainability efforts.

Green Building

Examples: design or construction policy

 

[  ]

 

 

Student Involvement

Examples:  speaker series, peer-to-peer residential sustainability education programs, student guide to sustainable living on campus

 

[X]

 

Significant

 

Through the committee's annual "Locavore Dinner" as part of Climate Days we trained 70 student "hosts" so they would feel comfortable talking with dinner guests about Bowdoin's Climate Action Plan.

Transportation

Examples: incentives for use of environmentally-preferable commuting options, campus fleet improvements, connecting students with public transit     

 

[X]

 

Significant

 

Committee provided input in decision to eliminate cars for first years

Waste Reduction

Examples: recycling, composting, reducing consumption

 

[  ]

 

 

 

Water

Examples: water conservation, reducing campus pollution, bottled water campaigns

 

[  ]

 

 

Other

 

[X]

 

Significant

 

Now that the Climate Action Plan is in place, this committee helped brainstorm the development of two new committees that will take its place - the Environmental Implementation Committee, which will track progress on the College Climate Action Plan, including current green house gas emissions, new efficiency projects and the College's energy procurement strategy; and  the "Faculty Wroking Group on Sustainability", which is a two-year committee that is charged with the task of producing a set of specific proposals that help align the work and lives of Bowdoin faculty, staff, and students with the goals of the Climate Action Plan and Environmental Mission Statement.  This latter committee will consist of President Mills and Vice President for Finance and Administration Katy Longley, along with three faculty representatives, two students, and staff representatives.  The working group will consider all aspects of campus life, including the calendar, the curriculum, student activities, residential life, athletics, dining, facilities, IT, and transportation.

 

Committee II

 

5b)  Please provide the name of the committee and note the number of meetings held since August 2009.

 

Committee name: Environmental Action Committee

Number of meetings: 2

 

6b)  Please provide the number of stakeholder representatives on the committee.

When providing the data on each stakeholder group, you should provide the total number across all subcommittees (you do not need to numerate individual tallies for subcommittees).

 

 

 

Number of representatives

Administrators

 

Faculty

 

1

Staff

 

8

Students

 

1

Other. Please describe.     

 

 

7b)  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.

 

 

 

Name      

 

Position

Chair 1    

 

Ted Stam, Director of Facilities Mgmt

 

Staff

Chair 2

 

Mark Fisher, Environmental Health and Safety Mgr

 

Staff

Chair 3

 

 

 

8b)  To whom does the committee report?
[  ]  President/Chancellor
[X]  Vice President/Vice Chancellor
[  ]  Other:  

 

9b)  Please indicate the key issues/programs that the committee has addressed or implemented since August 2009. For each issue addressed, please indicate and describe progress made.
“Moderate” progress indicates that issues were discussed thoroughly and projects are in the early stages of planning. “Significant” progress indicates that new policies or programs were implemented, or are in the final stages of planning and approval.

 

 

 

Addressed  

 

Progress 

 

Description

Academics

Examples: minor, major and concentration programs, curricular additions, research projects

 

[  ]

 

 

 

Administration

Examples: procurement policies, institution-wide sustainability policy, sustainability-related staff positions

 

[  ]

 

 

Climate

Examples: draft climate action plan, greenhouse gas emissions inventory

 

[X]

 

Moderate

 

The EMS tracks progress of air emissions, power co-generation, green energy purchasing, building inefficiencies, and heating alternatives.

Endowment

Examples: proxy voting guidelines, investment advisory committees

 

[  ]

 

 

Energy

Examples: conservation/behavioral change programs, retrofits and efficiency improvements

 

[X]

 

Moderate

 

The EMS tracks air emissions, co-generation, green energy purchasing, building inefficiencies, and heating alternatives.

Food

Examples: policies to increase purchase of local/sustainably produced foods, implementing campus gardens

 

[X]

 

Moderate

 

Green Building

Examples: design or construction policy

 

[X]

 

Moderate

 

The EMS tracks Green Product Alternatives, Sustainable Building Practices, and building inefficiencies.

Student Involvement

Examples:  speaker series, peer-to-peer residential sustainability education programs, student guide to sustainable living on campus

 

[  ]

 

 

Transportation

Examples: incentives for use of environmentally-preferable commuting options, campus fleet improvements, connecting students with public transit     

 

[X]

 

Moderate

 

The EMS tracks transportation planning

Waste Reduction

Examples: recycling, composting, reducing consumption

 

[X]

 

Moderate

 

The EMS tracks solid waste reduction and recycling

Water

Examples: water conservation, reducing campus pollution, bottled water campaigns

 

[X]

 

Moderate

 

The EMS tracks compliance with ground water protection and water use.

Other

 

[X]

 

 

The Environmental Action Committee, as chaired by the Director of Facilities Operations and Management, oversees the College's Environmental Managment System(EMS).  The EMS provides a framework to assess such factors as the feasibility, cost, impact, etc., of existing and proposed programs; a means to apply measurable roadmarks and goals to those programs; and guidelines for documenting and auditing our compliance and progress.  See http://www.bowdoin.edu/sustainability/buildings-grounds/ems.shtml

 

Committee III

 

5c)  Please provide the name of the committee and note the number of meetings held since August 2009.

 

Committee name: ESCOM (Environmental Studies Committee)

Number of meetings: 7

 

6c)  Please provide the number of stakeholder representatives on the committee.

When providing the data on each stakeholder group, you should provide the total number across all subcommittees (you do not need to numerate individual tallies for subcommittees).

 

 

 

Number of representatives

Administrators

 

Faculty

 

21.   Departments represented:  Sociology, Physics, History, Economics, Government, Visual Arts, Earth and Oceonographic Science, Philosophy, Chemistry

Staff

 

3 - representing: Environmental Studies, Coastal Studies, Kent Island Research Station

Students

 

Other. Please describe.     

 

 

7c)  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.

 

 

 

Name      

 

Position

Chair 1    

 

Philip Camill – Environmental Studies Director, Faculty appointment in Earth and Oceographic Science

 

Faculty

Chair 2

 

 

Chair 3

 

 

 

8c)  To whom does the committee report?
[  ]  President/Chancellor
[  ]  Vice President/Vice Chancellor
[X]  Other:  Dean of Academic Affairs

 

9c)  Please indicate the key issues/programs that the committee has addressed or implemented since August 2009. For each issue addressed, please indicate and describe progress made.
“Moderate” progress indicates that issues were discussed thoroughly and projects are in the early stages of planning. “Significant” progress indicates that new policies or programs were implemented, or are in the final stages of planning and approval.

 

 

 

Addressed  

 

Progress  

 

Description

Academics

Examples: minor, major and concentration programs, curricular additions, research projects

 

[X]

 

 

The Environmental Studies program has focused its co curricular programming on climate change and sustainability concerns as part of the 2009-2010 academic year.  In addition, the program has worked to connect with a wider range of academic departments in the development and sponsorship of these events, as well as working collaboratively with organizations in developing programming of interest to the general public.  During the 2009-2010 academic year, the program sponsored 16 events that had a sustainability focus.  Many of these events were developed in conjunction with the college’s Climate Days and were held during the spring semester 2010.  In the fall 2009, the Environmental Studies program organized a day long symposium on climate adaptation in cooperation with the Nature Conservancy.  This international symposium brought speakers to talk about the impact of climate change on areas throughout the world including sub-Sahara Africa, China, Micronesia and the United States.  As part of Climate Days, the Environmental Studies program coordinated a number of lectures leading up to the April events.  These events were cosponsored by a range of departments including:  Music, Africana Studies, Anthropology/Sociology, Arctic Studies, Coastal Studies, Gender and Women’s Study, History, Visual Arts, McKeen Center, Athletics, and Film Studies.

Administration

Examples: procurement policies, institution-wide sustainability policy, sustainability-related staff positions

 

[  ]

 

 

Climate

Examples: draft climate action plan, greenhouse gas emissions inventory

 

[  ]

 

 

Endowment

Examples: proxy voting guidelines, investment advisory committees

 

[  ]

 

 

Energy

Examples: conservation/behavioral change programs, retrofits and efficiency improvements

 

[  ]

 

 

Food

Examples: policies to increase purchase of local/sustainably produced foods, implementing campus gardens     

 

[  ]

 

 

Green Building

Examples: design or construction policy

 

[  ]

 

 

Student Involvement

Examples:  speaker series, peer-to-peer residential sustainability education programs, student guide to sustainable living on campus

 

[X]

 

Significant

 

This year, the Green Global Initiatives held two events that provided students with the opportunity to hear directly from professionals working in the field of sustainability.  In the fall, the Environmental Studies program will develop a new academic summer fellowship program that will provide students with more opportunities to work directly with the Environmental Studies program in organizing co curricular events and disseminating information on student and faculty research as well as community based projects.  It is anticipated that many of these projects will have a sustainability focus.  The program was also a cosponsor of a student initiated event, “The Food Chain”  which brought the attention of local food security through the collection and distribution of food to a local food pantry while incorporating aspects of local food and sustainability within the program.

Transportation

Examples: incentives for use of environmentally-preferable commuting options, campus fleet improvements, connecting students with public transit      

 

[  ]

 

 

Waste Reduction

Examples: recycling, composting, reducing consumption

 

[  ]

 

 

Water

Examples: water conservation, reducing campus pollution, bottled water campaigns

 

[  ]

 

 

Other

 

[  ]

 

 

 

OFFICE OR DEPARTMENT                                  


10) Does your school have an office or department exclusively dedicated to furthering sustainability on campus? Please note: this does not include academic programs focused on sustainability.
Please provide the number of staff in the office in terms of full-time equivalent (FTE). FTE for a full-time staff member would be 1, FTE for a half-time staff member would be 0.5.

Yes

 

Please provide details below.

 

Office name: Sustainable Bowdoin

Year created: 2001

Description: The Sustainable Bowdoin office is housed in Facilities Mgmt and reports to the VP of Finance.

Number of staff in office (in FTE): 1

 

SUSTAINABILITY STAFF

Please provide your answers to questions 11-12 in terms of full-time equivalent (FTE). For example, FTE for a half-time staff member would be 0.5.

 

11) Does your school employ a sustainability coordinator, director, or manager?

Your response may include faculty/staff who, in addition to their regular responsibilities, are overseeing campus sustainability initiatives (similar to the responsibilities of a full-time sustainability coordinator). For those faculty/staff partially assigned to sustainability work, please indicate time allotted for sustainability efforts in full-time equivalent (FTE).

Yes

 

Please provide details below.

 

Title:  Sustainability Coordinator

Department:  Facilities Mgmt

Time worked (in FTE):  1

Job description:  http://www.aashe.org/resources/sust_professionals.php

 

12) Please list the titles and a brief job description for all other full- and part-time staff who are engaged in planning, implementing or managing sustainability initiatives on your campus (e.g. Assistant Sustainability Coordinator, Food Services Sustainability Coordinator, Green Office Program Manager).

Your response may include faculty/staff who, in addition to their regular responsibilities, are overseeing campus sustainability initiatives (similar to the responsibilities of a full-time sustainability coordinator). For those faculty/staff partially assigned to sustainability work, please indicate time allotted for sustainability efforts (in FTE).Your response may include graduate assistants.

 

Your response should exclude academic researchers, administrative assistants, technical support staff, and recycling/compost collections staff. Your response should also exclude information about undergraduate student interns and student employees. This information should be provided in the Student Involvement section of the survey (questions 56-61).

 

Title      

 

Department      

 

Time worked (in FTE)      

 

Job description

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEBSITE


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

If yes, please provide URL

http://www.bowdoin.edu/sustainability

 

GREEN PURCHASING


14) Does your school have a formal green purchasing policy?

Yes

 

If yes, please indicate the areas to which your policy pertains, and whether purchase is required or encouraged:

 

 

 

Required      

 

Encouraged      

Appliances

 

[X]

 

[  ]

Cleaning products

 

[X]

 

[  ]

Computers/electronics

 

[X]

 

[  ]

Lighting

 

[X]

 

[  ]

Office supplies

 

[  ]

 

[X]

Paper products

 

[  ]

 

[X]

Reduced packaging for purchases               

 

[X]

 

[  ]

Other. Please describe below.

 

[  ]

 

[  ]


Other description: Bowdoin has worked with our Office Supply vendor to eliminate packaging in our deliveries - we are moving to a reusable tote vessel for office supply delivery.

 

15) Please indicate in which categories you regularly purchase ENERGY STAR qualified products. Check all that apply.  If possible, provide the percentage of products purchased that are ENERGY STAR qualified for each category.

 

 

 

 

 

Percentage purchased  

 

Description

[X]

 

Appliances

 

 

[X]

 

Building products

 

 

[X]

 

Computers/electronics     

 

 

We use EPEAT Silver and Gold as our standard for computer puchases

[X]

 

Heating and cooling

 

 

[  ]

 

Lighting and fans

 

 

[  ]

 

Plumbing

 

 

 

Additional comments: All computer monitors are Energy Star 5.0

 

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

Yes

 

If yes, please provide details below.

For each of the items below, please indicate the percentage of purchases that contain post-consumer recycled content, are chlorine-free processed, and/or are Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified. Please provide approximate data, to the best of your ability, if your institution uses a decentralized purchasing structure.

               

 

 

Percentage
post-consumer
recycled content     

 

Percentage
Forest Stewardship
Council certified   

 

Percentage
chlorine-free
 processed     

 

Description

Envelopes

 

 

 

 

Facial tissues

 

100

 

 

 

Napkins

 

100

 

 

 

Notepads

 

 

 

 

Office paper

 

98

 

6

 

 

Paper towels

 

100

 

 

 

Other. Please describe.

 

 

 

 

 

Additional comments:

 

17)  Does your school purchase computers or electronics that are Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) certified?

Yes

 

If yes, please describe below.

Please indicate the portion of computer or electronics purchases that are EPEAT certified. Please provide the percentage of each product purchased that is EPEAT certified, where data are available. Note which products have been purchased in the “Product description” column (e.g., desktop computers, laptops).

 

 

 

Portion
EPEAT certified      

 

Percentage
EPEAT certified      

 

Product description (e.g. computers, printers)

Product 1

 

All

 

90

 

desk top computers

Product 2

 

All

 

100

 

lap tops

Product 3

 

All

 

 

 

FUNDING MECHANISMS

 

18)  What mechanisms does your school use to fund sustainability projects on campus? Check and describe all that apply. If no specific mechanisms are in place, indicate as such and move on to question 19.

Data collected for this question is for informational purposes only and will not be evaluated for grading.

 

[  ]  No specific mechanisms are in place.

 

 

 

 

 

Description

[  ]

 

Alumni green fund

 

[  ]

 

Capital budget

 

[  ]

 

Endowment investment in on-campus sustainability projects    

 

[X]

 

Operating budget

 

When a project in the operational budget comes in under budget any exess funds must be used for conservation measures.

[X]

 

Revolving loan fund for sustainability projects

 

The college utilizes surplus funds from the utilities budget to fund energy efficiency or renewable energy projects.

[  ]

 

Student green fee

 

[  ]    

 

Other. Please describe.

 

 

EMPLOYEE OUTREACH OPPORTUNITIES

19) What programs does your school facilitate that encourage sustainable behavioral change among departments, offices, faculty and staff? Check all that apply.

 

 

 

 

 

Description

[X]

 

Departmental sustainability liaisons

 

Office EcoReps http://www.bowdoin.edu/sustainability/campus-initiatives/ecoreps/office.shtml

[X]

 

Green office certification program

 

Bowdoin is currently test piloting a green office certification program

[X]

 

Green office tips posted online or on staff bulletin boards

 

Throughout the year the Sustainable Bowdoin Office posts tips in the Faculty/Staff digest on recycling, waste reduction and energy conservation.

[X]

 

Incorporation of sustainability issues into new employee orientation

 

All new employees are made aware of Bowdoin's single stream recycling guidelines and energy conservation practices.

[  ]

 

Other

 


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CLIMATE CHANGE & ENERGY

 

Please note: Unless otherwise indicated, when providing data about greenhouse gas emissions levels, please provide data based on scopes 1 & 2 emissions. Scope 1 emissions refer to GHG emissions directly resulting from sources owned or operated by the institution (e.g. on-campus combustion of fossil fuels, emissions from campus vehicles). Scope 2 emissions refer to emissions generated indirectly due to the production of electricity that the institution consumes. Scope 3 emissions refer to all other indirect emissions that result from activities of the institution (e.g. employee travel).

 

GREENHOUSE GAS INVENTORY


20)
Has your school completed a greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventory? Please check all that apply.

The year the inventory was started (rather than ended) should be the year of the inventory. For example, if you began an inventory in June 2008, this would be your 2008 inventory.

[  ]  No
[  ]  In progress. Please describe status and provide estimated completion date:

[X]  Yes.  Please provide total annual GHG emissions (Scopes 1 & 2, as well as scopes 1, 2 & 3 in metric tons of CO2e). Include the start date for each year as well as the URL to each inventory, if available online, or attach the document.

 

 

Start Date         

 

Emissions level

(Scopes 1 & 2)

 

Emissions level

(Scopes 1, 2 & 3)

 

URL          

 

Notes

2009

 

     

 

 

 

 

2008

 

July 1, 2008

 

21,697 eMTCO2

 

24,992 eMTCO2

 

http://www.bowdoin.edu/sustainability/carbon-neutrality/current-carbon-footprint.shtml

 

During the four years shown here, Bowdoin was purchasing RECs to offset 100% of the non-renewable electricity we used - but that is not reflected in these numbers here.

2007

 

July 1, 2007

 

20,755 eMTCO2

 

24,048 eMTCO2

 

 

2006

 

 

 

 

 

2005

 

 

 

 

 

 

Uploaded CarbonTrackerModel_08-09_072709.doc - 1244 KB

 

COMMITMENT TO GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS REDUCTION

 

21) Has your school made a commitment to reduce GHG emissions a specific amount by a target year?

The commitment should be to reducing actual campus greenhouse gas emissions, and does not include offsets or renewable energy credits (purchase of RECs is addressed in question 31). For example, if the university is committed to reaching carbon neutrality by 2030, and aims to do so by reducing campus emissions by 50 percent and buying offsets for the remaining 50 percent, you would indicate “50%” as the reduction level.

Yes


If yes, please list details below.

 

Reduction level (percentage): Carbon Neutral

Baseline year: 2008

Baseline emissions level: 24,000 tons of CO2e

Target year: 2020

 

Additional comments:

 

REALIZED GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS REDUCTIONS

22) Has your school achieved a reduction in GHG emissions? Answer should be based on scopes 1 & 2 emissions.

Please indicate whether your school has achieved actual reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. This does not include the purchase of carbon offsets or renewable energy credits. (Purchase of RECs is considered in question 31.)

No


If yes, please list details below.

 

Percentage reduced:

Baseline year:

Baseline emissions level:

Year achieved:

 

Additional comments:

 

23) Please provide GHG emissions figures in terms of gross square feet on campus for the past four years. Answers should be based on scopes 1 & 2 emissions.
Per-gross-square-foot emissions = Total CO2e in metric tons / Total maintained building space

 

The year the inventory was started (rather than ended) should be the year of the inventory. For example, if you began an inventory in June 2008, this would be your 2008 inventory.

 

 

 

2009:

 

2008:

 

.0105616

2007:

 

.0106012

2006:

 

2005:

 


24) Please provide GHG emissions figures per full-time student equivalent for the past four years. Answers should be based on scopes 1 & 2 emissions.

Per full-time student equivalent emissions = Total CO2e in metric tons / Total number of full-time equivalent students.

 

The year the inventory was started (rather than ended) should be the year of the inventory. For example, if you began an inventory in June 2008, this would be your 2008 inventory.

 

 

 

2009:

 

2008:

 

12.62

2007:

 

12.14

2006:

 

2005:

 

ENERGY EFFICIENCY                                                 

 

25) Has your school achieved a reduction in building energy consumption compared to a 2005 baseline?

Yes


If yes, please list details below.

Data must be provided in terms of MBtus (one thousand British thermal units) .

2005 baseline year
Building energy consumption:
  125,757 
Gross square feet of building space:  

Performance year (most recent year for which data are available)

Building energy consumption 124,378

Gross square feet of building space :  

26) Please indicate which programs or technologies your school has implemented to improve energy efficiency since 2000. Check all that apply.
[  ]    Cogeneration

[X]    Temperature setbacks

[X]    Steam trap systems

 

For the following technologies and programs, please indicate the percentage of possible campus building space in which they have been implemented.

 

 

 

 

 

Percentage of building space

[  ]

 

Back pressure turbines

 

[X]

 

Economizers

 

50%

[X]

 

Energy management system; building automation system, energy information system, or monitoring-based commissioning (MBCx) system

 

90%

[X]

 

Gas-fired hydronic heating systems

 

40%

[X]

 

Heat recovery systems

 

100% of buildings that exhaust air to the outside

[X]

 

LED lighting

 

1

[X]

 

Lighting sensors

 

[  ]

 

Metering—chilled water

 

[X]

 

Metering—electric

 

[X]

 

Metering—steam

 

[X]

 

Other energy-efficient lighting (e.g. T5 or T8)

 

80

[X]

 

Performing system tune-ups

 

100

[X]

 

Retrocommissioning of HVAC systems (buildings must have been commissioned, retrocommissioned or re-commissioned within the last 10 years)

 

20

[  ]

 

Steam turbines

 

[X]

 

Steam-line insulation

 

100

[X]

 

Timers for temperature control

 

75

[X]

 

Variable speed drives

 

50

[X]

 

Vending machine sensors

 

100

[  ]

 

Other. Please describe below.

 

 .

 

Description:


27) What programs does your school facilitate that encourage members of the campus community to reduce energy use? Check all that apply.

[  ]

 

Audits or investigations of individual energy use 

[  ]

 

Cash incentives for energy reductions among departments

[X]

 

Energy monitoring website or dashboard displays for buildings

[  ]

 

Energy reduction competitions among departments and/or offices

[X]

 

Fume hoods in science buildings

[X]

 

Green IT policies (e.g. enabling power management)

[X]

 

PR campaigns (increased/innovative signage, newsletters, slogans, saturation), demonstrations to raise awareness, pledge drives    

[X]

 

Trade-in or rebate programs for inefficient appliances (e.g. CFLs, refrigerators)

[X]

 

Other. Please describe: Cash incentives for energy reduction among dorms.                                                         

 

RENEWABLE ENERGY GENERATION

 

28) Does your school generate renewable energy?

Yes

 

If yes, please provide details below.

Please check all types of renewable energy that are generated, and provide data on the percentage of your total energy consumption fulfilled by each renewable source listed. If less than one percent is fulfilled by a given source, leave percent box blank. For each type of renewable energy, please describe the production source.

 

 

 

Renewable
energy type

 

Percent of
total energy
consumption    

 

Production
source description

[  ]

 

Biomass

 

 

[  ]

 

Concentrated solar power

 

 

[X]

 

Geothermal (shallow depth)

 

4.3% of campus heating

 

open loop standing column wells

[  ]

 

Low-impact hydropower

 

 

[  ]

 

Photovoltaics

 

 

[  ]

 

Wind

 

 

[  ]

 

Other. Please specify below.    

 

 

 

Other description: The geothermal energy is used for heating and cooling.


29) Does your school have solar hot water systems?

Yes

 

If yes, please specify number of systems and total MBtus generated annually, if available.

 

Number of systems: 2

Total MBtus generated annually: 416,000,000 estimated (installed 6/30/10)

 

RENEWABLE ENERGY PURCHASE

 

30) What is the fuel mix of electricity purchased from the grid for your campus? Please provide the percentage for each source.

If less than one percent of a source is purchased, leave the percent box blank.

 

Energy source

 

Percent of total energy purchase

Coal

 

9.2

Natural Gas

 

23.6

Nuclear

 

20

Petroleum

 

5.2

Renewables (biomass, solar, wind, low-impact hydropower, photovoltaics, geothermal)      

 

42

Other. Please specify:

 



Percentage of overall electricity consumption purchased from the grid: 100%


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 standards .

Yes

 

If yes, please describe below.

Date of most recent purchase:   3/3/2009
Length of contract:   4 yrs
Average annual quantity (kWh):   12,570,000
Average percentage of your total annual electric energy use that it represents:   69%

 

ON-SITE COMBUSTION

 

32) Please provide total MBtus of energy for heating and cooling generated annually from on-site combustion:

171,684,233,026

 

33) Please list each fuel source used in on-site combustion for heating and cooling, and note the percentage of overall BTUs derived from that source:
If less than one percent of a source is purchased, leave the percent box blank.

 

Energy Source    

 

Percent of overall BTUs   

Biomass

 

-

Coal

 

-

Geothermal

 

4

Natural gas

 

85

Petroleum

 

11

Other. Please specify:

 

This is for the fiscal year 2008-2009. 09-10 data not yet available.  These BTUs cover domestic hot water for campus as well as they could not be separated out.    

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FOOD & RECYCLING

Please note: The food portion of this category and information about waste reduction in dining services is covered in a separate dining survey .

 

WASTE REDUCTION

 

34) Please provide the following information pertaining to trends in waste generation per weighted campus user.

2005 baseline year

Weighted campus users:  2,263
Total waste generated (garbage + recycling + compost):   1,189,862
 

Performance year (most recent year for which data are available)
Weighted campus users:
 2,418
Total waste generated (garbage + recycling + compost):  1,138,000

 

RECYCLING OF TRADITIONAL MATERIALS

 

35) 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: Milk cartons   Tin cans, aerosol cans, aluminum foil, paperboard.  Bowdoin utilizes a single stream recycling program in conjunction with the Town of Brunswick.    

 

36) Please indicate the campus-wide diversion rate of recyclable waste from traditional disposal.

The diversion rate should be calculated based on the diversion of traditional recyclables (paper, plastics, aluminum, cardboard, glass). Please do not include recycled electronic waste, recycled construction waste, or composted food and landscaping waste in the calculation of this figure.

The diversion rate is equal to the (total amount of traditional recycled materials) divided by the (total amount of landfill waste plus the total amount of traditional recycled materials).

37%

 

RECYCLING OF ELECTRONIC WASTE


37) Does your institution have an electronics recycling program?

Yes

 

If yes, please provide details below.

Please indicate recycling of the following items is available for students (through receptacles on campus, recycling drives, or other means), and/or for institutional electronics waste. Check all that apply.

 

 

 

For waste generated by students  

 

For waste generated by the institution

Batteries

 

[X]

 

[X]

Cell phones

 

[X]

 

[X]

Computers

 

[  ]

 

[X]

Light bulbs

 

[X]

 

[X]

Printer cartridges

 

[X]

 

[X]

Other E-waste. Please list items:

 

[X]

 

[X]

We utilize Green Disk's Techno Trash Cans in 5 locations around campus, including three of the student computer labs in addition to the recycling above.

If possible, describe the organization and/or company you are using to collect your e-waste for recycling, and the environmental and social safeguards that they take in disposal:

We utilize two companies: Green Disk and Environmental Projects Inc. is the hauler of Bowdoin Colleges E-waste, which is actually recycled by Universal Recycling Technologies in Dover N.H.GreenDisk is committed to responsibly managing the disposition of your electronic waste. This commitment means that GreenDisk:ð Securely destroys any information you have on your media no matter what form it is in.ð Reuses any salvageable items whenever possible. Reuse is the highest form of recycling; if the items can not be reused due to age, wear, or economic reasons, we break down the material to its raw components and recycle them.ð Ensures all recycling processes meet or exceed governmental regulations and minimizes the environmental impact as much as possible. No hazardous materials are sent outside the country. 99% of all material we receive is either reused or recycled.GreenDisk regularly evaluates new technologies, procedures, and the processes of our partner organizations to ensure that we are utilizing the latest thinking in electronic waste disposal from a social, environmental, and compliance perspective.Universal REcycling Technologies strictly supervises all recycling, never shipping items offshore, ensuring  products are disposed of correctly. Compliance documentation is always provided.

 

COMPOSTING (APART FROM DINING FACILITIES)


38) What percentage of your campus's landscaping waste is composted or mulched?

100%


39) Do you provide composting receptacles around campus in locations other than dining halls (e.g., in residence halls, offices, academic buildings)?

Yes

 

If yes, please provide details below.

[  ]  

 

Academic buildings

[X]  

 

Offices

[  ]  

 

Outdoors

[X]  

 

Residence halls

 

Description:

We have a total of 4 additional composting sites on campus.  We have a “green cone” at our Mayflower campus apartment complex and a composting bin at the Schwartz Outdoor Leadership Center which is used by all Outing Club trips, and students who are members of the club.  This year we have added two additional residential size composters serving multiple residence halls.

 

SOURCE REDUCTION


40) Does your campus run any source-reduction initiatives (e.g., end-of-semester furniture or clothing swaps and collections)?

Yes

 

If yes, please check and describe all of the programs below that are in place at your institution:

 

 

 

 

Description

[X]  

 

Limited printing

 

The Bowdoin Printing Group (BPG), a committee composed of representatives from the library, Finance, and Information Technology (IT), recently approved a new measure that is expected to reduce paper waste by 20 to 40 percent.  See"Printing plan switches to eco-friendlier option" in the Bowdoin Orient  http://orient.bowdoin.edu/orient/article.php?date=2010-05-07&section=1&id=4

[X]  

 

Move-in waste reduction

 

We provide 10-yard collection units outside the first year dorms during move in to collect the cardboard boxes that typically arrive on campus during move in.  Residential Life and Housekeeping team up to direct all cardboard to the bins for proper recycling.

[X]  

 

Move-out waste reduction

 

see http://www.bowdoin.edu/sustainability/campus-initiatives/give-and-go/give-and-go-2009.shtml

[X]  

 

Year-round materials exchange programs     

 

We don't have a location for a materials exchange, but offices are encouraged to use the daily digest to post unwanted items that are still useful.  This can be anything from file folders to an office desk.

[  ]  

 

Other

 


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GREEN BUILDING

 

DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION


41) Does your school have a formal green building policy pertaining to design and construction for new buildings and major renovations?

Yes

 

If yes, please describe policy and provide URL to the full policy, if available:

December 2003: Bowdoin makes a commitment to apply for LEED certification for all new campus buildings. In practice,  the College has achieved LEED Silver for many of its building projects.  The buildings listed in question 43 were renovations, not new building construction. The College has adopted LEED like standards for all renovations on campus.


42) Please provide the following information about LEED-certified buildings on your campus:

Total number of LEED-certified buildings: 4

 

 

 

Combined gross square footage:      

 

Building name(s):

Certified-level   

 

70,520  

 

Watson Arena

Silver-level

 

114,259

 

Osher & West Halls & Buck Fitness Center

Gold-level

 

 

Platinum-level   

 

 

 

43) Please provide information about campus buildings that meet LEED certification criteria, but are not certified.

Total number of buildings that meet LEED criteria : 9

 

 

 

Combined gross square footage:    

 

Building name(s):

Certified-level criteria met, but not certified

 

173,241  

 

Studzinski Recital Hall, Adams Hall, Moore Hall, Coleman Hall, Hyde Hall, Appleton Hall, Maine Hall, Winthrop Hall, Schwartz Outdoor Leadership Center

Silver-level criteria met, but not certified

 

  

 

Gold-level criteria met, but not certified

 

  

 

Platinum-level criteria met, but not certified   

 

  

 

 

44) Please provide information about buildings that are ENERGY STAR labeled.

Total number of ENERGY STAR buildings:  

Combined gross square footage:
Building names:

 

45) Please provide information about buildings on your campus that meet the standards of other third-party green building certifications (e.g. Green Globes).

Certification type:
 
Total number of buildings:
     
Combined gross square footage: 

Building names:  

 

46) For the 2009-2010 academic year, what percentage of your institution's non-hazardous construction and demolition waste was diverted from landfills?

86%

 

ADAPTIVE REUSE

 

47) Please provide information about adaptive reuse projects your campus has completed since the year 2000.

Total number of adaptive reuse projects completed since the year 2000:  


Please provide additional details for up to ten of the most comprehensive projects:

 

Project name     

 

Square footage  

 

Former use       

 

Current use      

 

Additional details

Studzinski Recital hall

 

19,800

 

Swimming Pool

 

Recital Hall

 

The transformation of the long vacant Curtis Pool building into Studzinski Recital Hall preserved an important campus landmark and enhances the core of Bowdoin’s campus. Key aspects of the approach to sustainable design include a re-use of the existing building with a new building type that is ideally suited to its open span interior and heavy masonry walls. The Curtis Pool building was a natural fit for the Recital Hall with wide spans and massive exterior walls (which generate the appropriate low frequency bass responsiveness important for the acoustical success of the project). Preserving these massive walls and roof structure kept these elements out of a landfill and meant additional resources and cost did not have to be spent building new exterior walls, windows and roof structure.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


48) Please provide the student enrollment and gross square footage of buildings on campus in the 2000-2001 academic year.

 

Student enrollment (FTE):   1,605

Square footage:   1,825,991

 

49) Please provide the student enrollment and gross square footage of buildings on campus for the 2009-2010 academic year.

 

Student enrollment (FTE):   1,773

Square footage:   2,028,102

 

OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE


50) Does your school have a formal green building policy specifically pertaining to operations and maintenance?

No

 

If yes, please describe policy and provide URL to the full policy, if available:

In practice, sustainable practices are embedded in our culture.  Grounds crew use organic mulch and avoid pesticides in many areas of the campus; the electrical shop is converting all of the campus to LED's or flourescents; we use non VOC carpeting and paints by way of examples. Housekeeping uses environmentally friendly products. We provide training to operations and maintenance staff on green practices.


51) Please provide the following information about LEED-EB certified buildings on your campus:

Total number of LEED-EB certified buildings:  
Combined gross square footage: 
Building names:

 

52) Please provide the following information about buildings that meet LEED-EB certification criteria but are not certified:

Total number of buildings that meet LEED-EB criteria but are not certified:
Combined gross square footage: 
Building names:

WATER MANAGEMENT

 

53) Has your institution reduced its water consumption per weighted campus user, as compared to a 2005 baseline?
Weighted campus users = (1 * number of on-campus residents) + (0.75 * number of non-residential or commuter full-time students, faculty and staff members) + (0.5 * number of non-residential or commuter part-time students, faculty, and staff members) .

 

If yes, please provide the following information:

2005 baseline year
Weighted campus users:
  2263
Water consumed (gallons):  49,540,712

Performance year (most recent year for which data are available)
Weighted campus users:
  2418
Water consumed (gallons):   43,944,311

 

54) Please indicate which of the following water-conservation technologies have been installed in existing buildings on campus. Check all that apply. For each item, please indicate the percentage of possible campus building space in which the technology has been installed.

For example, if dual-flush toilets have been installed in all bathrooms on campus, you would indicate “100” as the percentage of building space in which the technology has been installed.

 

 

 

 

Percentage of building space     

[X]  

 

Building water metering

 

[  ]  

 

Dual-flush toilets

 

[X]  

 

Gray water systems

 

[X]  

 

Laundry technology

 

100%

[  ]  

 

Leak detection and reduction  

 

[X]  

 

Low-flow faucets

 

70%

[X]  

 

Low-flow showerheads

 

100%

[X]  

 

Non-potable water usage

 

4%

[  ]  

 

Waterless urinals

 

[  ]  

 

Xeriscaping

 

N/A

[X]  

 

Weather-informed irrigation

 

N/A

[X]  

 

Other. Please describe below.  

 

 

Other description:

 

55) What stormwater management technologies or strategies are used on your campus?

[X]

 

Living or vegetated roofs  

[X]

 

Porous pavement

[X]

 

Retention ponds

[  ]

 

Stone swales

[X]

 

Vegetated swales

[X]

 

Other. Please describe: We have been experimenting with a green roof on our heating plant  since last March, but we haven't officially built out the whole roof yet.  And we also utilize a rainwater capture system on the roof of two dorms - we utilize the water for toilet flushing in the two buildings.  The campus landscapes with indigenous plants that do not require irrigation.  Additionally, surfaces are designed to direct rainwater runoff toward plants and maintain plant health.  We have storm water retentions ponds, vegetative swales, infiltration galleries, under drained soil filters, under drained bioretention cells to name some strategies.

 

ENERGY MANAGEMENT

Information concerning energy management will be drawn from question 26 (Climate Change & Energy) . If you wish to provide any additional information about energy-efficiency technologies installed in campus buildings, please attach it in a supplemental document at the end of the survey.


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STUDENT INVOLVEMENT

 

RESIDENTIAL COMMUNITIES

 

56) Please list sustainability-themed residential communities or housing options at your school.

 A sustainability-themed residential community is created specifically to provide students with a living-and-learning experience focused on sustainability.  Students must have actively selected or applied to live in the residence. Example: Synergy House at Colorado College .

 

For each sustainability-themed residential community, please provide the following information:

 

Name of program     

 

Type of community     

 

Number of students involved     

 

Additional details

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION


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

Yes

 

If yes, please check and describe all ways in which sustainability is incorporated into new student orientation:

[X]  

 

Skits, speakers, or presentations that take place in large venues that most or all first-year students attend. Topics must include at least one of the following: promoting the Office of Sustainability, student campus sustainability groups, or sustainability as an important campus issue.

[X]  

 

Incorporating sustainability information into presentations made by RAs to individual hallways.

[X]  

 

Active engagement of students in activities that raise awareness about sustainability, highlight how sustainability occurs on campus, or in which students take part in a productive activity, such as volunteer work or projects (e.g., working in the on-campus garden).

[X]  

 

Making orientation more sustainable through efforts such as a zero-waste meal or carbon offsets.

[X]  

 

Other. Please describe:

 * Bowdoin's first year Orientation trips include trips focused exclusively on issues of sustainability. The experience includes daily service projects, field trips to sites of interest, discussions with staff from area non-profits, nightly reflective discussions, and social activities which support local businesses.  http://www.bowdoin.edu/mckeen-center/service-leadership/community-immersion-pre-orientation.shtml * Bowdoin's Sustainability Office hosts an info booth at the first year orientation and appears at many first year events.* Bowdoin's EcoReps take part in first year orientation activities.* Bowdoin Dining Service holds a locavore dinner during orientation that focuses on Maine foods.  Bowdoin's Organic Garden manager hosts a table at the event with information about Bowdoin's Organic Garden and Bowdoin's EcoReps host a table that promotes the EcoRep program.

 

INTERNSHIPS/OUTREACH OPPORTUNITIES


58) Does your school offer on-campus, office-based sustainability internships or jobs for students during the academic year?

Yes

 

If yes, please provide the number of students and average number of hours worked weekly per student below.

 

 

 

Number of students:     

 

Average hours worked weekly per student:    

Paid positions

 

4

 

4

Unpaid positions

 

 


59) Does your school have residence hall Eco-Reps or a similar program to promote behavioral change on campus?

 

If yes, please provide the URL to the program's website. If not, select “no.”

http://www.bowdoin.edu/sustainability/campus-initiatives/ecoreps/ecoreps2010-11.shtml

 

Please provide the following details about the number of students involved in program, their average working hours, and any compensation that they receive.

 

 

 

Number of students:     

 

Average hours worked weekly per student:

Paid positions.

 

8

 

3

Positions that award academic credit.  

 

 

Uncompensated positions.

 

16

 

1

 

SUSTAINABILITY CHALLENGES AND COMPETITIONS

 

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

Yes, three or more competitions.

 

For each competition or challenge that is run on campus, please provide the details requested. You may provide detailed information for up to three competitions.

 

First Competition:

 

Competition Overview

 

Competition Name: Annual Energy Conservation Dorm Competition

Year Initiated: 2001

Website: http://www.bowdoin.edu/sustainability/campus-initiatives/energy-conservation/competition/index.shtml

 

Frequency that competition is run:   Once each semester

 

Groups involved in coordinating the competition:

[X]

 

Students

[  ]

 

Faculty

[X]

 

Staff

[  ]

 

Administrators

[  ]

 

Other, please describe.  

 

Participants in the competition:

[X]

 

Students

[  ]

 

Faculty

[  ]

 

Staff

[  ]

 

Administrators

[  ]

 

Other, please describe:  

 

Incentives for participation:

 

 

 

 

Describe:

[X]  

 

Cash

 

4 prizes worth $150 each goes to the winner of each category

[  ]  

 

Non-monetary prizes  

 

[  ]  

 

Other

 

 

Goals of competition:

 

 

 

 

Describe:

[X]  

 

Energy conservation  

 

measured electricity use

[  ]  

 

Waste reduction

 

[  ]

 

Water conservation  

 

[  ]  

 

Other

 

 

Percent of energy and/or resource use reduction resulting from the competition:   The electricity usage from last October for all residences (dorms and houses) was 22% below the previous year’s usage – and was the lowest October electricity usage of the past 5 years!That additional 22% savings of electricity is equal to 50.4 Metric Tons of CO2 equivalent – or put another way – that’s the equivalent of the carbon dioxide emissions from burning 5,717 gallons of gasoline.

Lasting effects of competition:   We do the competition for one month with the hope of ingraining these conservation habits into the students everyday activity.  This year we hope to expand the competition due to the addition of the Building Dashboard.

Additional Information:   Read the article in the Bowdoin student newspaper http://orient.bowdoin.edu/orient/article.php?date=2009-10-16&section=1&id=5  about how the competition also builds community in the dorms.

 

Second Competition:

 

Competition Overview

 

Competition Name: Recycle - Maine - ia

Year Initiated: 2006

Website: http://www.bowdoin.edu/sustainability/campus-initiatives/recycling-and-waste-management/recyclemania.shtml

 

Frequency that competition is run:  Once annually

 

Groups involved in coordinating the competition:

[X]

 

Students

 

[  ]

 

Faculty

 

[X]

 

Staff

 

[  ]

 

Administrators

 

[X]

 

Other, please describe.  
Office EcoReps, which is a mix of  faculty and staff

 

 

Participants in the competition:

[X]

 

Students

[X]

 

Faculty

[X]

 

Staff

[X]

 

Administrators

[  ]

 

Other, describe:  

 

Incentives for participation:

 

 

 

 

Describe:

[  ]  

 

Cash

 

[X]  

 

Non-monetary prizes  

 

The thrill of the victory!  We personalize Recyclemania within the state of Maine and compete agaist one of our sports rivals - the Colby Mules.

[  ]   

 

Other

 

 

Goals of competition:

 

 

 

 

Describe:

[  ]  

 

Energy conservation

 

[X]  

 

Waste reduction

 

[  ]  

 

Water conservation  

 

[  ]  

 

Other

 


Percent of energy and/or resource use reduction resulting from the competition:   Our recycling rate remains relatively steady during the year - not an appreciable spike during recyclemania.

Lasting effects of competition:   The goal of the contest is to raise awareness about recycling and waste minimization.  We post educational messages in the campus daily digest throughout the month that focus on recycling and waste reduction tips.

Additional Information:  

 

Third Competition:

 

Competition Overview

 

Competition Name: Climate Contest

Year Initiated: 2009

Website: for 2010 see:  http://www.bowdoin.edu/news/archives/1bowdoincampus/007339.shtml   For 2009 see Climate Matters Contest at: http://www.bowdoin.edu/news/archives/1bowdoincampus/006083.shtml

 

Frequency that competition is run: Once annually

 

Groups involved in coordinating the competition:

[X]

 

Students

[X]

 

Faculty

[X]

 

Staff

[X]

 

Administrators

[X]

 

Other, please describe.

Faculty, Staff, Students and Administrators on the President's Climate Committee  

 

Participants in the competition:

[X]

 

Students

[X]

 

Faculty

[X]

 

Staff

[  ]

 

Administrators

[  ]

 

Other, describe:

 

Incentives for participation:

 

 

 

 

Describe:

[X]  

 

Cash

 

Gift certificate to local eatery

[X]  

 

Non-monetary prizes

 

Campus recognition

[  ]  

 

Other

 

 

Goals of competition:

 

 

Describe:

[X]  

 

Energy conservation  

 

promote energy conservation

[X]  

 

Waste reduction

 

[X]  

 

Water conservation

 

[X]  

 

Other

 

Climate Awareness


Percent of energy and/or resource use reduction resulting from the competition:  

Lasting effects of competition:  Both of these events were focused on keeping awareness about Bowdoin's Climate Commitment in the minds of the Bowdoin community.

Additional Information:  The competitions were celebrated at our annual Locavore Dinner in both 2009 and 2010, serving over 1000 campus community members as part of our efforts to engage the campus in our climate commitment.

 

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS


61) Does your school have active student-run organizations devoted to sustainability efforts on campus?

Yes

 

If yes, please provide names of organizations, a brief description of each, and URLs for the organizations’ websites, if available:

Name

 

Description

 

URL

Bowdoin Evergreens

 

The Evergreens Club is Bowdoin’s go-to student environmental group on campus. They are dedicated to promoting environmental issues both locally and nationally and work both on campus and in the greater Brunswick Community.

 

http://www.bowdoin.edu/sustainability/student-involvement/index.shtml

 

 

 

 

 

Green Global Initiatives

 

Green Global Initiatives recognizes that Climate Change is one of the most pressing issues that our generation faces. They are primarily focused on the organization of a spring speaker series to workshop with students on "green" jobs. They strive to encourage an interdisciplinary and diverse approach to combat climate change in the future.

 

http://www.bowdoin.edu/sustainability/student-involvement/index.shtml

 

 

 

 

 

Bowdoin Organic Garden Club

 

The Bowdoin Organic Garden Club works both on campus as well as at the off campus Bowdoin Organic Garden to produce fruits, vegetables, flowers and herbs for use in Bowdoin's Dining Halls. Students are involved in the planning, seed buying, planting, weeding, harvesting and delivering of produce. Come out and learn more about organic farming with the Bowdoin Organic Garden Club.

 

http://www.bowdoin.edu/organic-garden/bog-club/index.shtml

 

 

 

 

 

Bowdoin Outing Club

 

The Bowdoin Outing Club, located at the Schwartz Outdoor Leadership Center provides outdoors activities and education to Bowdoin's students. They send out a wide variety of trips each weekend including canoeing, sea kayaking, hiking, apple picking, whitewater rafting, telemark skiing, and winter camping. Trips are lead by trained student leaders, and are open to all members of the Bowdoin Outing Club.

 

http://www.bowdoin.edu/outing/

 

 

 

 

 

Yellow Bike Club

 

For an annual fee of only $15.00 members of the Yellow Bike Club have unlimited access to the Yellow Bike Club’s fleet of new and used bicycles scattered around the Bowdoin campus. The YBC is an effort to make the Bowdoin community more sustainable and provide affordable transportation to the Bowdoin Community. All bikes are maintained students.

 

http://students.bowdoin.edu/yellow-bike-club/the-ybc-fleet/

 

 

 

 

 

The Bowdoin Co-Op

 

The Bowdoin Co-op is a student run food cooperative that meets weekly, Thursday nights at Ladd House. They are committed to buying food that is local, organic and fair trade.

 

http://www.bowdoin.edu/sustainability/student-involvement/index.shtml

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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TRANSPORTATION

 

CAMPUS MOTOR FLEET

 

62) How many vehicles are in your institution's fleet?
The fleet includes all vehicles owned by the campus such as cars, trucks, and carts. It does not include lawnmowers or other off-road vehicles.

59

 

63) Please indicate which of the following alternative-fuel vehicles are included in your fleet. Check all that apply. Please list the number of vehicles for each class.

 

 

 

 

Number of vehicles

[X]  

 

100 percent electric

 

1

[  ]  

 

Diesel-electric hybrid

 

[  ]  

 

Fueled with B20 or higher biofuel for more than 6 months of the year

 

[  ]  

 

Fueled with E85 or higher ethanol for more than 6 months of the year    

 

[X]  

 

Gasoline-electric hybrid

 

7

[  ]  

 

Hydrogen fueled

 

[  ]  

 

Plug-in hybrid

 

[X]  

 

Other. Please describe:

Three of our facilities vehicles are suzuki "mini-trucks" which get equal or better milage than our hybrids (the mini's get up to 40-45 mpg) and replaced old mini-vans that were getting 13-15 mpg.

 

3

 


COMMUTE MODAL SPLIT

64) What portion of the student body commutes via transportation methods other than single-occupancy vehicles (e.g., bicycle, walking, public transportation, carpool/vanpool)?

98%

 

If data are available, please provide the percentage of students who commute by each of the following means.

 

 

 

Percentage

Bicycle

 

Carpool/vanpool

 

Public transit

 

Single-occupancy vehicle    

 

Walking

 

 

65) What percentage of employees commute via transportation methods other than single-occupancy vehicles (e.g., bicycle, walking, public transportation, carpool)?

15%

 

If data are available, please provide the percentage of employees who commute by each of the following means.

 

 

 

Percentage

Bicycle

 

Carpool/vanpool

 

Public transit

 

Single-occupancy vehicle    

 

Walking

 

 

LOCAL TRANSPORTATION ALTERNATIVES

 

66) Does your school offer incentives for carpooling to faculty, staff and/or students? Check all that apply, and describe below.

[  ] No

[X] Yes, to faculty and staff

[  ] Yes, to students

 

Description:  Bowdoin offers preferred parking for faculty and staff who carpool.http://www.bowdoin.edu/sustainability/campus-initiatives/alternative-transportation/resources-for-carpoolers.shtml


Please check and describe carpooling incentives provided for faculty/staff . Check all that apply.

 

 

 

 

 

Description

[X]  

 

Carpool matching

 

See Purpool - a "Bowdoin only" carpool matching tool http://www.bowdoin.edu/sustainability/campus-initiatives/alternative-transportation/purpool.shtml

[  ]  

 

Financial remuneration  

 

[X]  

 

Preferential parking

 

Bowdoin’s Carpool program has been established to provide incentives to those who choose to carpool to Bowdoin. Carpooling reduces the College’s carbon footprint while lessening the financial burden of commuting. The Carpool program also reduces overcrowding in staff and visitor lots, as well as minimizing campus traffic and congestion.  See "Preferred Parking for Carpoolers" on the following website http://www.bowdoin.edu/sustainability/campus-initiatives/alternative-transportation/resources-for-carpoolers.shtml

[  ]  

 

Other

 


Please check and describe carpooling incentives provided for students . Check all that apply.

 

 

 

 

 

Description

[  ]  

 

Carpool matching

 

[  ]  

 

Financial remuneration  

 

[  ]  

 

Preferential parking

 

[X]  

 

Other

 

Bowdoin maintains an electronic Ride Board for students and promotes its use before student breaks.

 

67) Does your school offer subsidies for the use of public transportation?

 

The College is a financial contributor to a local shuttle that will service the community starting in September, 2010. Reduced ticket prices will be availabe to staff and students.

 

  

 

 

 

Eligible community members:

 

Size of the discount (as a percent of full price)

[  ]  

 

Faculty

 

[  ]  

 

Staff

 

[  ]  

 

Students   

 


[   ]  Check here if subsidy takes the form of pre-tax payroll deduction. Please describe below:

 

68) Does your school provide free transportation around campus?

 

Yes, the Bowdoin Shuttle provides safe and convenient transportation for Bowdoin students while classes are in session.  The shuttle operates within an approximate one-mile radius of the campus center, an area that includes downtown Brunswick, the Concord Coach Lines bus stop on Bath Road, and many off-campus student apartments.  See: http://www.bowdoin.edu/security/thebowdoinshuttle/index.shtml

 

  

 

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

 

Yes, the Bowdoin Shuttle goes to the local grocery store, a popular brew-pub/restaurant, Fort Andross and the Concord Coach Lines bust stop  See:  http://www.bowdoin.edu/security/thebowdoinshuttle/index.shtml

 

  

 

BICYCLE PROGRAM

 

70) Does your school offer a bicycle sharing/rental program?

Yes

 

If yes, please provide details below.


Year created:   2006
Number of bikes available:   40
Usage fee per hour:     $0
Usage fee per day:    $0

 

Annual membership fee for students:  $15

Annual membership fee for faculty, staff, and administrators:   $15

Other annual membership fee: 

 

Description: The Bowdoin Yellow Bike Club grants its members access to any of the Yellow Bikes located across campus. As a Yellow Bike member, you save the stress of repairing and storing your own bicycle, but still enjoy convenient and emission less transportation. And with Bowdoin’s flat campus and Brunswick’s official status as Bicycle Friendly Community, biking is the best way to get around.  See http://students.bowdoin.edu/yellow-bike-club/the-ybc-fleet/ for more details.

 

71) Does your school offer bicycle repair services?

Yes

 

If yes, please provide details below:


Year created:   Bowdoin holds free bike repair sessions usually once or twice per semester
Service fee:   No
Description:   A Bike Mechanic Course is offered each semester. At the start of the course, the bicycles are all completely dismantled down to the smallest part. Over the 25 hours of the course, students work in pairs to clean, repair and rebuild the pieces into fully functioning bicycles! They leave the course with a complete working knowledge of the bicycle and it's various components and have the ability to competently diagnose any issues a bike may be having. Upon completion of this course, student bike mechanics have access to the BOC bike tools and offer repair sessions on campus periodically for the campus community.

 

CAR SHARING PROGRAM

 

72) Does your school partner with a car-sharing program?

Yes

 

If yes, please provide details below.

Year created:   2008
Total number of vehicles:  3
Number of hybrid vehicles:    1
Usage fee per hour:   9
Usage fee per day:   $66


Annual membership fee for students:  $35

Annual membership fee for faculty, staff, and administrators:  $35

Other annual membership fee: 

 

Description: Bowdoin hosts three "Zipcars" on campus.  The membership fee is credited to your account the first month.  The cars are also available to local community members.

 

PLANNING

 

73) 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)?

Bowdoin's master plan specifically calls for the development of an overall campus parking strategy that supports a pedestrian campus.  There is limited student parking on campus - and first years are not allowed to brig cars to campus.

 

74) Do you offer the option of a condensed work week or telecommuting to at least ten percent of full-time employees? For each option, please indicate who is eligible.

 

 

 

 

Employees eligible

 

Description:

[  ]  

 

Telecommuting

 

 

[  ]  

 

Condensed work week  

 

 

 

Additional comments: While some Bowdoin employees do utilize either telecommuting or a condensed work week, there is no formal telecommuting or condensed work week policy at Bowdoin. Decisions to telecommute or work a condensed week are made on a case by case basis to meet operational needs.


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STATISTICS

 

75) Campus setting:        

Suburban

 

76) Total number of buildings on campus:

116

 

77) Combined gross square footage of all buildings on campus: 

2,028,102 as of June 30, 2010

 

78) Full-time enrollment (undergraduate + graduate, headcount at start of academic year): 

1,771

 

79) Part-time enrollment (undergraduate + graduate, headcount at start of academic year): 

6

 

80) Percent of full-time students that live on campus: 

94%

 

 

OTHER AREAS OF ENVIRONMENTAL ENGAGEMENT

Question 81 is for informational purposes only; responses will NOT be included in the Report Card evaluation process.

 

81) Please check all items that apply to your institution:

 

 

 

 

 

Description (optional)

[X]    

 

Campus garden or farm

 

organic farm on campus

 

 

 

 

 

[  ]    

 

Disposable water bottle ban

 

 

 

 

 

 

[X]    

 

Environmental science/studies major (undergraduate-level)

 

 

 

 

 

 

[X]    

 

Environmental science/studies minor or concentration (undergraduate-level)   

 

 

 

 

 

 

[  ]    

 

Graduate-level environmental studies program (graduate-level)

 

 

 

 

 

 

[  ]    

 

Graduate-level sustainability studies program

 

 

 

 

 

 

[X]    

 

Outdoors club

 

 

 

 

 

 

[X]     

 

Participation in Recyclemania

 

 

 

 

 

 

[X]    

 

Single-stream recycling

 

 

 

 

 

 

[  ]    

 

Student trustee position

 

 

 

 

 

 

[  ]    

 

Sustainability major, minor or concentration (undergraduate-level)   

 

 


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