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With the publication of the College Sustainability Report Card 2011, 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 2010 . 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.

 

School name: Grand Valley State University

Date submitted: July 26, 2010

 

ADMINISTRATION

 

SUSTAINABILITY POLICIES

 

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

[  ]  No

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

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

 

Description: 2009-2010 Sustainable Community Development Initiative (SCDI) dept2010-2015 GVSU Strategic PlanValues @ http://www.gvsu.edu/strategicplanning/values-17.htm

 

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)

[X]  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.

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

 

Description: Page 6 @ http://issuu.com/gvsu/docs/strategic_plan_2010-2015?mode=embed&layout=http://skin.issuu.com/v/darkicons/layout.xml&showFlipBtn=true

 

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: Two committees

 

Committee I

 

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

 

Committee name: SCDI Advisory Council

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

 

5

Faculty

 

1

Staff

 

2

Students

 

2

Other. Please describe.   

 

8

 

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   

 

Dean Wendy Wenner  

 

Administrator

Chair 2

 

   

 

Chair 3

 

   

 

 

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

 

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

 

[X]

 

Significant

 

Complete: Green Chemistry certificate; Liberal Arts degree with emphasis in sustainability; Environmental Studies minor

Administration

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

 

[X]

 

Significant

 

Complete: Sustainability Indicator Report; Accountability Report; GVSU 2010-2015 Strategic Plan

Climate

Examples: draft climate action plan, greenhouse gas emissions inventory

 

[X]

 

Significant

 

Complete: GHG inventory; Climate Action Plan; Carbon neutrality date on/before 2037

 

Endowment

Examples: proxy voting guidelines, investment advisory committees

 

[X]

 

Moderate

 

Complete: Sustainability progress reported to Board of Trustees; Explored investment in renewable energy funds

Energy

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

 

[X]

 

Significant

 

Complete: Energy conservation projects save >$1M annually; Residence hall energy competitions; Implemented trayless initiative in dining halls

Food

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

 

[X]

 

Significant

 

Complete: >30% annual procurement of local foods/MI brands; Annual campus farmers market; One acre campus community garden

Green Building

Examples: design or construction policy

 

[X]

 

Significant

 

Complete: Policy that all new construction built to LEED Silver certification standards; 12 Certified LEED building projects; >20% of all building square footage (>1M sq ft) built to LEED standards

Student Involvement

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

 

[X]

 

Significant

 

Complete: Environmental Awareness Week; Student Sustainability Coalition; Student Sustainability Pledge; Annual Campus Sustainability Week engaged >2,500 students; >4,000 students engaged annually in sustainability projects, internships, programs, events, and experience learning activities

Transportation

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

 

[X]

 

Significant

 

Complete: >2M annual bus rides on public transit; Annual cost savings of >$5M with 10k MT eCO2 emissions avoided

Waste Reduction

Examples: recycling, composting, reducing consumption

 

[X]

 

Significant

 

Complete: Nearly 40% landfill waste avoided; Food composting project avoids additional 10k lbs waste per week; RecycleMania competition resulted in 36% diversion rate/est. 550 tons

 

Water

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

 

[X]

 

Significant

 

Complete: >30% water conservation in LEED buildings; Storm water management to pre-construction 1960 levels

Other

 

[X]

 

Moderate

 

Bottled water elimination campaign

 

Committee II

 

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

 

Committee name: SCDI Team

Number of meetings: 4

 

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

 

1

Faculty

 

0

Staff

 

3

Students

 

10

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    

 

Norman Christopher

 

Administrator

Chair 2

 

 

Chair 3

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

[X]

 

Significant

 

University strategic plan goals interface; Budget restrictions; Sustainability Guidebook update; Website upgrade; STARS project

Climate

Examples: draft climate action plan, greenhouse gas emissions inventory

 

[X]

 

Significant

 

Internship Projects: City of Grand Rapids Climate Change

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

 

[X]

 

Significant

 

Community Garden, Farmers Market sales; Hoop house project; GAP certification

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

 

Internship Projects: City of Grand Rapids Sustainable Development, Seeds of Promise, Sustainability Website developer;  West MI Symphony

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

 

[X]

 

Significant

 

Internship Projects: Green jobs database, Green library database; Sustainapalooza celebration event; Sustainable office awards for campus champions; Campus move-ins orientation

 

Committee III

 

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

 

Committee name:

Number of meetings:

 

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

 

Staff

 

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    

 

 

Chair 2

 

 

Chair 3

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

[  ]

 

 

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

 

[  ]

 

 

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 Community Development Initiative (SCDI)

Year created: 2006

Description: Mission: To provide GVSU and community constituents with the required skills and capabilities to become better stewards and responsible global citizens in the workforce, communities, and family life.

Number of staff in office (in FTE): 3.5

 

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:  Executive Director

Department:  SCDI

Time worked (in FTE):  1 FTE

Job description:  Directs strategies and procedures that support the university’s mission, vision, and values of a sustainable community.

 

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

Project Manager

 

SCDI

 

1 FTE

 

Project Manager

 

SCDI

 

.5

 

Asst Director of Procurement Services

 

Procurement Services

 

.25

 

Director of Housing, Residence Life & Health Services

 

Housing

 

.25

 

Assoc Director of Housing & Residence Life

 

Housing

 

.25

 

Director of Student Life & Event Services

 

Student Life Office

 

.25

 

Asst VP for Facilities Planning

 

Facilities Planning

 

.5

 

Asst VP of Facilities Services

 

Facilities Services

 

.5

 

Operations Supervisor

 

Facilities Services

 

.75

 

Grounds Supervisor

 

Facilities Services

 

.75

 

Engineer

 

Facilities Services

 

.75

 

Superintendent

 

The Meadows Golf Course

 

.75

 

Asst VP of Pew Campus Operations

 

Pew Campus Operations

 

.25

 

Supervisor

 

Pew Campus Operations

 

.5

 

Executive Director

 

MI Alternative & Renewable Energy Center

 

1

 

Faculty

 

Environmental Studies

 

1

 

Faculty

 

Natural Resources Mgmt

 

1

 

Faculty

 

Engineering

 

1

 

 

WEBSITE


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

If yes, please provide URL

http://www.gvsu.edu/sustainability/

 

GREEN PURCHASING


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

No

 

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: 1. EPP program to be completed this fall.  Green purchasing is encouraged.2. Cleaning Products: Basic cleaning chemicals (glass cleaner, all purpose cleaner, neutral cleaner, carpet cleaner) are Green Seal certified. Non-green seal specialty chemicals used for challenges that do not respond to the green chemicals.3. Reduced Packaging: Terms re. supplier responsibility are included in RFPs and new office supplies contract.

 

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

 

80%

 

kitchen appliances, televisions, filtered water systems, coffee makers

[X]

 

Building products

 

90%

 

*

[X]

 

Computers/electronics     

 

100%

 

computers, peripherals, A/V equipment

[X]

 

Heating and cooling

 

90%

 

*

[X]

 

Lighting and fans

 

90%

 

*

[X]

 

Plumbing

 

90%

 

*

 

Additional comments: Appliances: Energy Star rated for all new and replacement projects! Energy Star designation for the Mark A. Murray Living Center.* All new construction to be LEED certified standards.

 

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

 

90%

 

 

 

mailing and interdepartmental

Facial tissues

 

90%

 

 

 

Napkins

 

80%

 

 

 

Notepads

 

90%

 

 

 

Office paper

 

90%

 

 

 

copy, letterhead, labels

Paper towels

 

100%

 

 

 

Other. Please describe.

 

100%

 

60%

 

 

printed materials

 

Additional comments: 1. GVSU has a decentralized purchasing environment.2. Office Paper: There has been a shift from primarily 30% recycled copy paper to primarily 50% recycled paper. Use of 100% recycled paper continues to increase.

 

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

 

37%

 

desktop - Dell Optiplex 760/780

Product 2

 

All

 

27%

 

laptop - Dell Latitude Laptop

Product 3

 

All

 

18% each

 

laptop & desktop - Apple MacBook Pro & Apple Mac Mini/iMac

 

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

 

[X]

 

Capital budget

 

Facilities Services, Facilities Planning

[  ]

 

Endowment investment in on-campus sustainability projects    

 

[X]

 

Operating budget

 

Annual departmental budgets

[X]

 

Revolving loan fund for sustainability projects

 

Sustainability reinvestment fund for mini-loans/grants to students/faculty

[  ]

 

Student green fee

 

Contribution directly from Student Senate to Campus Sustainability Reinvestment Fund

[X]    

 

Other. Please describe.

 

One-time contingency budget; Nichols Sustainability Scholarship Fund

 

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

 

Volunteer champions

[X]

 

Green office certification program

 

Sustainable Office Certification & Award Program for departments and/or individual employees

[X]

 

Green office tips posted online or on staff bulletin boards

 

Posted on SCDI website and other department websites

[X]

 

Incorporation of sustainability issues into new employee orientation

 

Health & Wellness programs offered by Human Resources office; other orientation occurs at department level

[X]

 

Other

 

Environmental Awareness Week; Campus Sustainability Week; RecycleMania; Women & Gender Studies program; Greener Office Summit; Procurement Services supplier diversity program


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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

 

July 1, 2008    

 

55,502

 

85,355

 

http://acupcc.aashe.org/cap/126/

 

2008

 

July 1, 2007

 

52,762

 

81,341

 

 

2007

 

July 1, 2006

 

53,706

 

81,803

 

 

2006

 

July 1, 2005

 

56,778

 

84,655

 

 

2005

 

July 1, 2004

 

56,001

 

83,572

 

 

 

 

 

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): 20%

Baseline year: 2006

Baseline emissions level: 56,778

Target year: 2020

 

Additional comments: Scope 1 & 2.Does not include transmission loss that is viewed as scope 3.* Norman Christopher, Executive Director of SCDI serves on the Michigan Climate Action Council; appointed by the governor.

 

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.)

Yes


If yes, please list details below.

 

Percentage reduced: 2.2%

Baseline year: 2006

Baseline emissions level: 55,502

Year achieved: 2009

 

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:

 

4,758,101

2008:

 

4,264,913

2007:

 

4,189,524

2006:

 

4,189,524

2005:

 

4,124,730


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:

 

20,027

2008:

 

19,278

2007:

 

19,078

2006:

 

18,414

2005:

 

17,794

 

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:
  458,227 
Gross square feet of building space:   4,124,730

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

Building energy consumption 476,787

Gross square feet of building space :  4,758,101

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

 

60%

[X]

 

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

 

95%

[X]

 

Gas-fired hydronic heating systems

 

40%

[X]

 

Heat recovery systems

 

5%

[X]

 

LED lighting

 

< 1

[X]

 

Lighting sensors

 

25%

[X]

 

Metering—chilled water

 

70%

[X]

 

Metering—electric

 

100%

[X]

 

Metering—steam

 

100%

[X]

 

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

 

85%

[  ]

 

Performing system tune-ups

 

80%

[  ]

 

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

 

3%

[  ]

 

Steam turbines

 

[X]

 

Steam-line insulation

 

3%

[X]

 

Timers for temperature control

 

100%

[X]

 

Variable speed drives

 

85%

[  ]

 

Vending machine sensors

 

[X]

 

Other. Please describe below.

 

20% .

 

Description: 1.  Aircuity to control lab space conditioned.2.  Air 2CO2 sensors to control conditioned air in building spaces, and for cooling tower optimization.3.  Temperature setbacks, mixed air temperature settings.4.  Motion sensors tied to lighting and VAV.5.  Day/Night scheduling of HVAC equipment, conversion of pneumatic controls to DDC.6.  Day light harvesting controls, reduced lamp wattage installations, installation of VFD’s.7.  Installation of CO2 sensors to control outside air, steam temp setbacks (holiday breaks) power factor correction projects.8.  Boiler tubes cleaned.


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

[  ]

 

Energy monitoring website or dashboard displays for buildings

[X]

 

Energy reduction competitions among departments and/or offices

[X]

 

Fume hoods in science buildings

[  ]

 

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

[X]

 

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

[  ]

 

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

[X]

 

Other. Please describe: Provide energy data to housing units for student awareness, provide weekly ads in school paper (weekly), promote housing energy conservation contest with prizes, provide promotional energy conservation awareness items to incoming freshman.                                                         

 

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)

 

< 1%

 

[  ]

 

Low-impact hydropower

 

 

[X]

 

Photovoltaics

 

< 1%

 

[  ]

 

Wind

 

 

[  ]

 

Other. Please specify below.    

 

 

 

Other description:


29) Does your school have solar hot water systems?

No

 

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

 

Number of systems:

Total MBtus generated annually:

 

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

 

63.5%

Natural Gas

 

5.6%

Nuclear

 

23.3%

Petroleum

 

.6%

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

 

5%

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:   2004
Length of contract:   2 yrs
Average annual quantity (kWh):   100,000 kwh
Average percentage of your total annual electric energy use that it represents:   < 1%

 

ON-SITE COMBUSTION

 

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

275,610

 

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

 

Natural gas

 

97%

Petroleum

 

3%

Other. Please specify:

 

     

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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:  
Total waste generated (garbage + recycling + compost):  
 

Performance year (most recent year for which data are available)
Weighted campus users:
 
Total waste generated (garbage + recycling + compost):  2,128 tons

 

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: pallets, scrap steel    

 

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).

36%

 

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]

 

[X]

Light bulbs

 

[X]

 

[X]

Printer cartridges

 

[X]

 

[X]

Other E-waste. Please list items:

 

[X]

 

[X]

Surplus computer peripherals, CDs, diskettes

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:

Comprenew - computersBatteries Plus - batteriesOffice Depot - cartridges

 

COMPOSTING (APART FROM DINING FACILITIES)


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

70%


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

No

 

If yes, please provide details below.

[  ]  

 

Academic buildings

[  ]  

 

Offices

[  ]  

 

Outdoors

[  ]  

 

Residence halls

 

Description:

 

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

 

Duplex printing in library and computer labs from networked printers

[X]  

 

Move-in waste reduction

 

Cardboard boxes

[X]  

 

Move-out waste reduction

 

Project Donation: at move-out, we collect unwanted items (computers, food, furniture, clothing, etc.) and donate them to local organizations.

[X]  

 

Year-round materials exchange programs     

 

Reusable surplus property available for exchange between campus depts

[  ]  

 

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:

Facility standards require design and construction to LEED standards.


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

Total number of LEED-certified buildings: 11

 

 

 

Combined gross square footage:      

 

Building name(s):

Certified-level   

 

91,532  

 

John C Kennedy Hall of Engineering; Kirkhof Center Addition; Mackinac Hall Unit C Renovation

Silver-level

 

393871

 

House on Watson; Lake Ontario Hall; Neimeyer Honors College; Neimeyer Honors Housing; Mackinac Hall 2008 Addition; Bike Factory Rental Space

Gold-level

 

16081

 

Michigan Alternative & Renewable Energy Center; Laker Turf Building

Platinum-level   

 

0

 

 

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

Total number of buildings that meet LEED criteria: 1

 

 

 

Combined gross square footage:    

 

Building name(s):

Certified-level criteria met, but not certified

 

3129  

 

Annis Water Resources Institute Boat Storage

Silver-level criteria met, but not certified

 

0  

 

Gold-level criteria met, but not certified

 

0  

 

Platinum-level criteria met, but not certified   

 

0  

 

 

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

Total number of ENERGY STAR buildings:  
1
Combined gross square footage: 103,806
Building names: Mark A Murray Living Center

 

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:
  0   
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?

80%

 

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:   0


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

 

Project name     

 

Square footage  

 

Former use       

 

Current use      

 

Additional details

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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

 

Student enrollment (FTE):   18,579

Square footage:   2,177,642

 

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

 

Student enrollment (FTE):   24,408

Square footage:   4,684,737

 

OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE


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

Yes

 

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

Green cleaning program; http://www.gvsu.edu/cms3/assets/F2334EB2-DF42-D918-1064005B916644D4/GVSU%20Green%20Housekeeping%20Policy%209-26-2008.pdf


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

Total number of LEED-EB certified buildings:  0
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: 0
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) .

Yes

 

If yes, please provide the following information:

2005 baseline year
Weighted campus users:
 
Water consumed (gallons):  

Performance year (most recent year for which data are available)
Weighted campus users:
 
Water consumed (gallons):  

 

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

 

100%

[X]  

 

Dual-flush toilets

 

30%

[  ]  

 

Gray water systems

 

[  ]  

 

Laundry technology

 

[  ]  

 

Leak detection and reduction  

 

[X]  

 

Low-flow faucets

 

50%

[X]  

 

Low-flow showerheads

 

50%

[  ]  

 

Non-potable water usage

 

[X]  

 

Waterless urinals

 

10%

[  ]  

 

Xeriscaping

 

N/A

[X]  

 

Weather-informed irrigation

 

N/A

[  ]  

 

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: Storm water reuse

 

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

Honors College Housing

 

Building

 

450

 

Sustainability is not the central theme but an underlying principle of the residential community.  Niemeyer Living Center is a LEED Certified building encouraging students to practice an environmentally sustainable lifestyle.  Academic and residential programming for the community incorporate various sustainability themes.  A Sustainability Handbook for the community available via the web supports the sustainability education.

Women in Science & Engineering (WISE)

 

Building

 

72

 

Sustainability is not the central theme but an underlying principle of the residential community.  South C Living Center has been constructed to LEED standards (LEED rating tbd) encouraging students to practice an environmentally sustainable lifestyle.  Academic and residential programming for the community incorporate various sustainability themes mostly related to science and the environment.  A Sustainability Handbook for the community available via the web supports the sustainability education.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

[  ]  

 

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:

 1. Campus Life Night is a great way for first-year students to learn about the over 300 registered student organizations on campus, campus resources, and local businesses and non profits. Several sustainability student organizations are represented.2. Sustainability activities and information on leading a sustainable lifestyle on-campus are incorporated into our Housing & Residences Life Handbook that applies to every student on-campus.  Sustainability is incorporated into the overall programming expectations of our RA staff including participation in energy competitions, Recyclemania, Campus Sustainability Week, and other applicable opportunities. A Sustainable Living program is being developed by the Student Leadership organization. 3.  First year students are oriented to duplex printing from networked copiers in the library and all computer labs.

 

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

 

16

 

10

Unpaid positions

 

10

 

10


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://issuu.com/gvsu/docs/gvhousing2010?mode=embed&layout=http://skin.issuu.com/v/darkicons/layout.xml&showFlipBtn=true&proShowSidebar=true

 

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.

 

0

 

Positions that award academic credit.  

 

0

 

Uncompensated positions.

 

50

 

Resident Assistants provide information at orientation and throughout the school year.  Informal orientation for residential students through the inclusion of the Student Sustainability Guide in the Housing & Residence Life Handbook.

 

SUSTAINABILITY CHALLENGES AND COMPETITIONS

 

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

Yes, two 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: Energy Competition

Year Initiated: Fall 2006

Website: http://www.gvsu.edu/housing/index.cfm?id=16532B83-AC25-8F58-D4D11F9ADB362300

 

Frequency that competition is run:   Once each semester

 

Groups involved in coordinating the competition:

[X]

 

Students

[  ]

 

Faculty

[X]

 

Staff

[X]

 

Administrators

[  ]

 

Other, please describe.  

 

Participants in the competition:

[X]

 

Students

[X]

 

Faculty

[X]

 

Staff

[X]

 

Administrators

[  ]

 

Other, please describe:  

 

Incentives for participation:

 

 

 

 

Describe:

[  ]  

 

Cash

 

[X]  

 

Non-monetary prizes  

 

Selection from a community improvement prize (energy star appliance, furniture/fixtures etc.)

[  ]  

 

Other

 

 

Goals of competition:

 

 

 

 

Describe:

[X]  

 

Energy conservation  

 

Bring awareness to energy use and promote ways students can conserve energy and money.

[  ]  

 

Waste reduction

 

[  ]

 

Water conservation  

 

[  ]  

 

Other

 

 

Percent of energy and/or resource use reduction resulting from the competition:   6-7%; Typical overall reduction in energy use for the month of the competition or an overall reduction of 53,500 kwh – 65,500 kwh for a residential population of 5400.

Lasting effects of competition:   Believe students would like to see a national competition for energy reduction where they could compete against other institutions similar to recyclemania.  Each year we continue to increase our overall rate of recycling on campus and have recently added composting.

Additional Information:   It is not competition related, but each year during move-in we promote bringing sustainable items to campus for residential students and recycling at move-in.  Annual move-out process supports year end donation programs to area 501c3 organizations.  We seek to have our programs and processes all support sustainability rather than engage in incident driven activities.

 

Second Competition:

 

Competition Overview

 

Competition Name: RecycleMania

Year Initiated: Winter 2008

Website: http://www.gvsu.edu/facilitiesservices/index.cfm?id=7A35702E-D089-7913-B495E8C24D8EB962

 

Frequency that competition is run:  Once annually

 

Groups involved in coordinating the competition:

[X]

 

Students

 

[  ]

 

Faculty

 

[X]

 

Staff

 

[X]

 

Administrators

 

[  ]

 

Other, please describe.  

 

 

Participants in the competition:

[X]

 

Students

[X]

 

Faculty

[X]

 

Staff

[X]

 

Administrators

[  ]

 

Other, describe:  

 

Incentives for participation:

 

 

 

 

Describe:

[  ]  

 

Cash

 

[X]   

 

Non-monetary prizes  

 

Prizes and the applicable media coverage

[  ]  

 

Other

 

 

Goals of competition:

 

 

 

 

Describe:

[  ]  

 

Energy conservation

 

[X]  

 

Waste reduction

 

Participate in Recyclemania categories – Per Capita Classic, Gorilla Prize, Waste Minimization & Grand Champion. Continue to increase recycling & composting overall on campus.

[  ]  

 

Water conservation  

 

[  ]  

 

Other

 


Percent of energy and/or resource use reduction resulting from the competition:   Annual increases: 2007-2008 = 27%; 2008-2009 = 31%; 2009-2010 = 37%

Lasting effects of competition:   Believe students would like to see a national competition for energy reduction where they could compete against other institutions similar to recyclemania.  Each year we continue to increase our overall rate of recycling on campus and have recently added composting.

Additional Information:   It is not competition related, but each year during move-in we promote bringing sustainable items to campus for residential students and recycling at move-in.  Annual move-out process supports year end donation programs to area 501c3 organizations.  We seek to have our programs and processes all support sustainability rather than engage in incident driven activities.

 

Third Competition:

 

Competition Overview

 

Competition Name:

Year Initiated:

Website:

 

Frequency that competition is run:

 

Groups involved in coordinating the competition:

[  ]

 

Students

[  ]

 

Faculty

[  ]

 

Staff

[  ]

 

Administrators

[  ]

 

Other, please describe.

   

 

Participants in the competition:

[  ]

 

Students

[  ]

 

Faculty

[  ]

 

Staff

[  ]

 

Administrators

[  ]

 

Other, describe:

 

Incentives for participation:

 

 

 

 

Describe:

[  ]  

 

Cash

 

[  ]  

 

Non-monetary prizes

 

[  ]  

 

Other

 

 

Goals of competition:

 

 

Describe:

[  ]  

 

Energy conservation  

 

[  ]  

 

Waste reduction

 

[  ]  

 

Water conservation

 

[  ]  

 

Other

 


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

Lasting effects of competition:  

Additional Information:  

 

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

Alpha Kappa Alpha

 

Collect can goods, Adopt a Beach

 

http://www.gvsu.edu/studentlife/stuey/

 

 

 

 

 

Alpha Phi Omega

 

Plant dune grass

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alpha Tau Omega

 

Habitat for Humanity

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alternative Breaks

 

Social Equity World Wide

 

 

 

 

 

 

Black Student Union

 

Habitat for Humanity

 

 

 

 

 

 

GVSU Humane Society

 

Campaign for cage-free eggs

 

 

 

 

 

 

Student Environmental Coalition

 

Campaign to eliminate bottled water

 

 

 

 

 

 

Phi Mu

 

Dance Marathon Fundraiser

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kappa Alpha Psi

 

Food Band

 

 

 

 

 

 

Student Sustainable Partnership

 

Relay for Life

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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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.

97

 

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

 

8

[X]  

 

Diesel-electric hybrid

 

3

[X]  

 

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

 

12

[  ]  

 

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

 

[X]  

 

Gasoline-electric hybrid

 

5

[  ]  

 

Hydrogen fueled

 

[  ]  

 

Plug-in hybrid

 

[  ]  

 

Other. Please describe:

 

 


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)?

75%

 

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

 

 

 

Percentage

Bicycle

 

1%

Carpool/vanpool

 

Public transit

 

38%

Single-occupancy vehicle    

 

42%

Walking

 

 

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

16%

 

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:  


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

 

 

 

 

 

Description

[  ]  

 

Carpool matching

 

[  ]  

 

Financial remuneration  

 

[X]  

 

Preferential parking

 

Reserved parking spaces for employee vehicles w/shared riders at select parking lots.

[  ]  

 

Other

 


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

 

 

 

 

 

Description

[  ]  

 

Carpool matching

 

[  ]  

 

Financial remuneration  

 

[  ]  

 

Preferential parking

 

[  ]  

 

Other

 

 

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

 

All students, faculty, and staff are provided public transportation both on and off campus at 100% discount. The program is completely free with a valid student or faculty/staff identification card. The 100% subsidy applies to both university bus routes as well as all city bus routes. All community members are eligible.

 

  

 

 

 

Eligible community members:

 

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

[X]  

 

Faculty

 

100%

[X]  

 

Staff

 

100%

[X]  

 

Students   

 

100%


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

 

68) Does your school provide free transportation around campus?

 

GVSU currently provides five (5) free bus routes both throughout the campus and into the surrounding neighborhoods. Routes are free for all students, faculty, and staff. GVSU also has an agreement with the local city transportation authority (the Rapid) to provide free service on any city routes for access to and around campus.

 

  

 

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

 

All five (5) of our current routes run off-campus at a given time in the route providing accessibility to local apartment communities, restaurants, shopping, medical support, and community services. GVSU also has an agreement with the local city transportation authority (the Rapid) to provide free service on any city routes for access to and around campus.

 

  

 

BICYCLE PROGRAM

 

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

No

 

If yes, please provide details below.


Year created:  
Number of bikes available:  
Usage fee per hour:    
Usage fee per day:   

 

Annual membership fee for students: 

Annual membership fee for faculty, staff, and administrators:  

Other annual membership fee: 

 

Description: We are currently in process of creating this program for next spring.

 

71) Does your school offer bicycle repair services?

No

 

If yes, please provide details below:


Year created:  
Service fee:  
Description:  

 

CAR SHARING PROGRAM

 

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

No

 

If yes, please provide details below.

Year created:  
Total number of vehicles: 
Number of hybrid vehicles:   
Usage fee per hour:  
Usage fee per day:  


Annual membership fee for students: 

Annual membership fee for faculty, staff, and administrators: 

Other annual membership fee: 

 

Description: We do offer access to a ride-share sustainable program called GreenRide.

 

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)?

Parking for the most part is an outer ring commodity.  the master plan supports a 10 minute waling radius on building planning.

 

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:

[X]  

 

Telecommuting

 

100%

 

Flex work program offered to all employees; requires supervisor approval

[X]  

 

Condensed work week  

 

100%

 

Flex work program offered to all employees; requires supervisor approval

 

Additional comments: http://www.gvsu.edu/fwa/


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STATISTICS

 

75) Campus setting:        

Multiple locations

 

76) Total number of buildings on campus:

107

 

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

4,634,737

 

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

19,391

 

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

5,017

 

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

27%

 

 

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

 

A student led initiative to promote and educate the community on the benefits of locally grown agriculture using organic practices.

 

 

 

 

 

[X]    

 

Disposable water bottle ban

 

The Student Environmental Coalition created an initiative called Students on Tap to raise awareness about the health, economic, and environmental benefits of drinking tap instead of bottled water.

 

 

 

 

 

[X]    

 

Environmental science/studies major (undergraduate-level)

 

The Natural Resources Management (NRM) program prepares students to care for the land and water resources of Michigan and beyond, and to serve the people whose well-being depends on these resources.

 

 

 

 

 

[X]    

 

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

 

While distinct from ecology and environmental science, the discipline encompasses study in their basic principles as well as the associated subjects, such as: policy, politics, law, economics, social aspects, planning, pollution control, natural resources, and the interactions of human beings and nature.

 

 

 

 

 

[  ]    

 

Graduate-level environmental studies program (graduate-level)

 

 

 

 

 

 

[  ]    

 

Graduate-level sustainability studies program

 

 

 

 

 

 

[X]    

 

Outdoors club

 

 

 

 

 

 

[X]     

 

Participation in Recyclemania

 

A friendly competition among college and university recycling programs in the United States that provides the campus community with a fun, proactive activity in waste reduction.

 

 

 

 

 

[X]    

 

Single-stream recycling

 

 

 

 

 

 

[  ]    

 

Student trustee position

 

 

 

 

 

 

[X]    

 

Sustainability major, minor or concentration (undergraduate-level)   

 

Liberal Studies major with emphasis in sustainability

 


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