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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: Iowa State University

Date submitted: September 18, 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: The Iowa Board of Regents has a formal sustainability policy for all regent institutions.  URL: http://www2.state.ia.us/regents/Meetings/DocketMemos/09Memos/March/0309_ITEM15.pdf.   In addition, efforts are currently underway to finalize a sustainability plan for Iowa State University. The process of finalizing this plan has involved the involvement and input of students, faculty, and staff.

 

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

[  ]  None

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

[  ]  Talloires Declaration
[X]  Other. Please describe: Iowa Board of Regents Sustainability Policy http://www2.state.ia.us/regents/Meetings/DocketMemos/09Memos/March/0309_ITEM15.pdf


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: All project-specific master plans include a sustainability component.  The university master plan from 1991 provides an overall consideration of sustainability.  Discussions are underway for a plan revision.   URL:  http://www.fpm.iastate.edu/planning/masterplan/CampusMasterPlan.pdf. Sustainability is noted as a priority goal within the university strategic plan.  URL:  http://www.public.iastate.edu/~strategicplan/ .

 

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: President's Advisory Committee on Energy Conservation and Global Climate Change

Number of meetings: 3

 

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

 

4

Faculty

 

7

Staff

 

4

Students

 

4

Other. Please describe.   

 

3 (City of Ames Mayor and Director of Fleet and Facilities Services and Director of the Iowa Energy Center)

 

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   

 

President Gregory Geoffroy  

 

Administrator

Chair 2

 

   

 

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

 

[X]

 

Moderate

 

A sustainability minor is being developed and discussed.

Administration

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

 

[X]

 

Moderate

 

A working group is being coordinated which will focus specifically on visioning, developing goals and action steps, and implementing events and initiatives that support the objectives of the Board of Regents Sustainability Policy as well as the President's 15% energy reduction goal.

Climate

Examples: draft climate action plan, greenhouse gas emissions inventory

 

[X]

 

Moderate

 

Monitoring of carbon emissions is underway and finetuning of carbon footprint measurement is ongoing.

 

Endowment

Examples: proxy voting guidelines, investment advisory committees

 

[  ]

 

 

Energy

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

 

[X]

 

Significant

 

A joint wind energy contract was signed with the City of Ames, equivalent to ~10% of electrical energy consumption. Various areas of energy conservation and reduction were discussed and implemented or piloted including building HVAC system settings, occupant education and behavior, virtual servers and auto powerdown for IT systems.  In FY10, energy consumption was reduced by 10% (electric), 18% (chilled water/cooling), and 8.6% (steam/heating).

Food

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

 

[X]

 

Significant

 

Trayless dining in all residential dining center.  Has resulted in 50% reduction in food waste. Food waste that is produced is composted at the University Compost Facility and utilized for campus projects.  A food donation project also provides pre-made food items from campus cafes to a local free meal community program. Local food expenditures = 9% of the annual food budget.

Green Building

Examples: design or construction policy

 

[X]

 

Significant

 

Certified Iowa's first LEED Platinum educational building. LEED gold certification is a baseline goal for all new construction and major renovation projects. In addition to the prereq credits required by LEED, ISU has also put into policy ISU specific required credits.

Student Involvement

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

 

[X]

 

Significant

 

Student membership is included on all administrative level committees related to sustainability, including the annual Symposium on Sustainability. A Student Engagement Working Group has been created in conjunction with the President's Office and the Director of Sustainability.  The Director of Sustainability serves as advisor to a student organized Green Umbrella Group that serves as a collaborative body for all sustainability-minded student events, organizations, and initiatives on campus. ISU will participate in Recyclemania (in benchmarking status).

Transportation

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

 

[X]

 

Moderate

 

Government of the Student Body has developed an interactive RideShare website for all students, faculty, and staff. Discussions are in process regarding a Bike Share and Car Share program.

Waste Reduction

Examples: recycling, composting, reducing consumption

 

[X]

 

Significant

 

In addition to efforts in reducing food waste, the Department of Residence and student GreenHouse Group have organized a multi-commodity recycling program for all campus residence halls and apartment complexes.

 

Water

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

 

[X]

 

Moderate

 

Water conservation and storm water management policies are a part of all construction and major renovation projects, including green roofs, gray water reuse, rain gardens, bioswales, and pervious paving.

Other

 

[X]

 

Moderate

 

Campus and Community Engagement - working closely with the City of Ames as well as campus administrative leadership to ensure and encourage faculty, staff, and community involvement in sustainability as well as student involvement.

 

Committee II

 

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

 

Committee name: Council on Sustainability

Number of meetings: 20

 

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

 

35

Staff

 

58

Students

 

14

Other. Please describe.     

 

2 (Representatives from Iowa Organizations - Environment Iowa and the Onion Patch)

 

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    

 

Janet Krengel

 

Staff

Chair 2

 

 

Chair 3

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

[X]

 

Moderate

 

Dovetailing with administrative discussions and priorities, provided funding support for faculty participation in AASHE's Sustainability Across the Curriculum Leadership Conference

 

Administration

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

 

[X]

 

Moderate

 

Spearheaded student engagement in finalizing a campus sustainability policy through a series of focus groups.

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

 

[X]

 

Significant

 

Spearheaded campus wide initiative to install vending misers and lecture hall occupancy sensors toward increasing energy conservation and achieving university energy reduction goals.

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

 

Engaged over 7,000 faculty, staff, & students through the organizing and funding of sustainability-focused speakers and events.

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

 

[  ]

 

 

 

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: Office of Sustainability Programs

Year created: 2008

Description: www.livegreen.iastate.edu

Number of staff in office (in FTE): 1.0

 

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:  Director of Sustainability

Department:  President's Office

Time worked (in FTE):  1.0

Job description:  Serves as the central leadership, support and coordination of sustainable initiatives on campus. This position helps bring many initiatives that are all working towards similar sustainability goals together under the Live Green! Initiative as well as expand ISU's green footprint.

 

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

Green Team Members

 

Various - Library, Custodial, College of Engineering, Dining Services, Department of Residence, Facilities Planning and Management, Printing Services, Informational Technology Services, University Compost Facility, College of Human Sciences, Vice-President for Student Affairs, Alumni Association, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, Administration, Athletics, and Curriculum

 

1.5 (~4 hours/month for 352 Green Team members)

 

Green Teams are groups of faculty, staff, and students who have voluntarily come together with the goal of furthering sustainability practices, policies, behavior, and opportunities at Iowa State University. These teams have organized in conjunction with various alliances representing specific buildings, colleges, departments, and functional areas across campus. http://www.livegreen.iastate.edu/involved/teams/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEBSITE


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

If yes, please provide URL

http://www.livegreen.iastate.edu/

 

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.

 

[  ]

 

[X]


Other description: Dining Services has specifications in their purchasing policies to encourage the purchase of compostable, recyclable, and refillable, reusable products.

 

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

 

 

[  ]

 

Building products

 

 

[X]

 

Computers/electronics     

 

 

[  ]

 

Heating and cooling

 

 

[X]

 

Lighting and fans

 

 

[X]

 

Plumbing

 

 

 

Additional comments:

 

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

 

99.9%

 

 

99.9%

 

Notepads

 

 

 

 

Office paper

 

99%

 

65%

 

 

Paper towels

 

100%

 

 

 

Other. Please describe.

 

Toilet Paper 100%

 

 

 

 

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

 

Some

 

88%

 

Desktop Computers

Product 2

 

Some

 

94%

 

Laptop Computers

Product 3

 

 

 

 

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

 

Green building and sustainable development are an important consideration for all capital projects that are completed.

[  ]

 

Endowment investment in on-campus sustainability projects    

 

[X]

 

Operating budget

 

With a revised budget model that offers colleges and administrative units to maintain operational savings (including savings incurred through energy reduction and conservation) within their individual operating budgets and determine how it is utilized, sustainability projects, events, and initiatives can be funded above and beyond those funded and spearheaded through the Office of Sustainability Programs.

[X]

 

Revolving loan fund for sustainability projects

 

$1 million annual budget is targeted toward sustainability projects and initiatives that will result in savings. Loans are paid back through savings incurred. http://www.livegreen.iastate.edu/loan/

[  ]

 

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

 

There are 28 campus Green Teams that focus on increasing sustainability efforts, education, and involvement across the ISU campus. http://www.livegreen.iastate.edu/involved/teams/

[  ]

 

Green office certification program

 

[X]

 

Green office tips posted online or on staff bulletin boards

 

Green Tips are provided via email to administrative leadership and students as well as on the Live Green Website http://www.livegreen.iastate.edu/

[X]

 

Incorporation of sustainability issues into new employee orientation

 

Some departments and administrative units offer information and awareness about campus sustainability and the Live Green! initiative in their orientation training.

[X]

 

Other

 

An annual Symposium on Sustainability event including national and international sustainability keynote speakers, campus sustainbility updates, panel discussions, and interactive strategic planning and visioning sessions is free for all faculty, staff, and students. http://www.livegreen.iastate.edu/about/pillars/


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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

 

June 2008    

 

571,617

 

 

 

2008

 

June 2007

 

569,878

 

 

 

2007

 

June 2006

 

588,160

 

 

 

2006

 

June 2005

 

578,064

 

 

 

2005

 

June 2004

 

528,259

 

 

 

 

Uploaded GHG Emission Factors.xls - 66 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): 90%

Baseline year: 2005

Baseline emissions level: 528,259

Target year: 2050

 

Additional comments: 50 percent cutback from 2005 emissions by 2050, with interim goals of 1 percent by 2012 and 11 percent by 2020; and 2) 90 percent cutback from 2005 emissions by 2050, with interim goals of 3 percent by 2012 and 22 percent by 2020.

 

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: 4.5%

Baseline year: 2005

Baseline emissions level: 528,259

Year achieved: 2009

 

Additional comments: Based on gsf.

 

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:

 

.0515

2008:

 

.0519

2007:

 

.0540

2006:

 

.0539

2005:

 

.0492


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:

 

21.1366

2008:

 

22.1260

2007:

 

23.6399

2006:

 

23.7857

2005:

 

21.5186

 

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:
  399,948 
Gross square feet of building space:   10,733,448

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

Building energy consumption 368,973

Gross square feet of building space :  11,095,418

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

 

100%

[X]

 

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

 

90%

[X]

 

Gas-fired hydronic heating systems

 

[X]

 

Heat recovery systems

 

[X]

 

LED lighting

 

[X]

 

Lighting sensors

 

[X]

 

Metering—chilled water

 

92.5%

[X]

 

Metering—electric

 

100%

[X]

 

Metering—steam

 

92.5%

[X]

 

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

 

[X]

 

Performing system tune-ups

 

[X]

 

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

 

2.3%

[X]

 

Steam turbines

 

[X]

 

Steam-line insulation

 

[X]

 

Timers for temperature control

 

[X]

 

Variable speed drives

 

[X]

 

Vending machine sensors

 

87.5%

[  ]

 

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.

[X]

 

Audits or investigations of individual energy use 

[X]

 

Cash incentives for energy reductions among departments

[X]

 

Energy monitoring website or dashboard displays for buildings

[X]

 

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: Green Teams                                                         

 

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

 

 

[  ]

 

Geothermal (shallow depth)

 

 

[  ]

 

Low-impact hydropower

 

 

[  ]

 

Photovoltaics

 

 

[X]

 

Wind

 

10%

 

Local Wind Farm

[  ]

 

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

 

100%

Natural Gas

 

Nuclear

 

Petroleum

 

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

 

Other. Please specify:

 



Percentage of overall electricity consumption purchased from the grid: 26%


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:   1/19/2010
Length of contract:   2 years
Average annual quantity (kWh):   393,695
Average percentage of your total annual electric energy use that it represents:   .73%

 

ON-SITE COMBUSTION

 

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

1,512,782,000

 

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

 

100%

Geothermal

 

Natural gas

 

Petroleum

 

Other. Please specify:

 

30%

Cogeneration    

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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:  24,556.5
Total waste generated (garbage + recycling + compost):   5,676.38 tons
 

Performance year (most recent year for which data are available)
Weighted campus users:
 26,353.75
Total waste generated (garbage + recycling + compost):  13,792.97 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: Wetboard    

 

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).

37.6%

 

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]

Computer peripherals, printers, scanners, copy machines, personal data and entertainment devices (IPODS, etc. - students only).

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:

All facilites involved in the collection, processing, and recycling of electronic waste have been personally visited, inspected, and audited by Iowa State University environmental health and safety staff to ensure all safety and licensing requirements are met and in place as well as a strong commitment to full-circle best management practices. Additionally, it is a requirement of Iowa State University that no e-waste will be sent overseas for dismantling or recovery.

 

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.

[X]  

 

Academic buildings

[  ]  

 

Offices

[X]  

 

Outdoors

[  ]  

 

Residence halls

 

Description:

Collection points are located at various outdoor locations and at applicable academic buildings that generate compostable waste as a part of daily operations.

 

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

 

Computer Labs are limiting number of printed pages per online session. Double-sided printing (to reduce paper usage) is being implemented in various labs and offices and in the campus library.

[X]  

 

Move-in waste reduction

 

Designated cardboard recycling areas are signed and information about recycling locations and options is posted on residence hall announcement boards and throughout high traffic areas.

[X]  

 

Move-out waste reduction

 

Annual moveout collection (SAVE - Simple Act Vital Effect) of perishable food items and reusable items are collected and distributed to local food pantries and charities.

[X]  

 

Year-round materials exchange programs     

 

ISU Surplus provides exchange of any campus furniture, equipment, and supply items.  All items not utilized for exchange purposes are made available in a weekly public sale. Department of Residence offers a light bulb exchange program for student apartment residents.

[X]  

 

Other

 

Green Your Scene is an annual office "clean-out" opportunity for recyclable and reusable items via a door-to-door pick-up service. A campus survey determines the items that will be targeted from year to year. Closets Collide is a student organized and facilitated community clothing swap event.This is planned to be an annual event.


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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:

In 2008, Iowa State President Gregory Geoffroy established a goal of LEED Gold for all new construction and renovation.  See site: www.livegreen.iastate.edu/constructionIn addition, the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, established a sustainability goal of LEED Silver for all new construction at Regent’s institutions.  The most current reporting on the status of this can be found at: www.regents.iowa.gov/Meetings/DocketMemos/10Memos/June2010/0610_ITEM16b.pdf


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

Total number of LEED-certified buildings: 2

 

 

 

Combined gross square footage:      

 

Building name(s):

Certified-level   

 

  

 

Silver-level

 

27172

 

Morrill Hall

Gold-level

 

 

Platinum-level   

 

22317

 

King Pavilion

 

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

Total number of buildings that meet LEED criteria: 7

 

 

 

Combined gross square footage:    

 

Building name(s):

Certified-level criteria met, but not certified

 

197000  

 

Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center

Silver-level criteria met, but not certified

 

148910  

 

Gerdin Business Building, Environmental Health and Safety Services Building

Gold-level criteria met, but not certified

 

291131  

 

Coover Hall Addition, Snedecor Hall, Hach Hall, Biorenewables Research Laboratory

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?

75%

 

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:   2


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

 

Project name     

 

Square footage  

 

Former use       

 

Current use      

 

Additional details

Morrill Hall

 

27,172

 

Abandoned

 

Classroom/Museum/Office

 

Built in 1891, the building had been slated for demolition and had been vacant for 7 years before the decision was made to repurpose instead of demolition.

Advanced Machinery Systems Laboratory

 

6,132

 

Storage

 

Agricultural Engineering Teaching and Research Labs

 

Building was an old library storage (stacks) facility that was converted to dry storage and then renovated in 2009 to occupied space.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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

 

Student enrollment (FTE):   24,368

Square footage:   9,493,466

 

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

 

Student enrollment (FTE):   27,044

Square footage:   11,095,148

 

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 Policy http://www.fpm.iastate.edu/custodial/Green%20Cleaning%20Guidelines.htm


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) .

Yes

 

If yes, please provide the following information:

2005 baseline year
Weighted campus users:
  26,373.25
Water consumed (gallons):  337,401,864

Performance year (most recent year for which data are available)
Weighted campus users:
  24,556.50
Water consumed (gallons):   319,319,116

 

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

 

40%

[X]  

 

Dual-flush toilets

 

[X]  

 

Gray water systems

 

[X]  

 

Laundry technology

 

[X]  

 

Leak detection and reduction  

 

[X]  

 

Low-flow faucets

 

[X]  

 

Low-flow showerheads

 

[X]  

 

Non-potable water usage

 

[X]  

 

Waterless urinals

 

[X]  

 

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: Rain Gardens, collection for gray water use, and detention cells.

 

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:

 As a part of annual at the Department of Residence Student Staff Orientation, the Director of Sustainability provides information about past, present, and future sustainability efforts, initiatives, and accomplishments to 128 Community Assistants and 78 Resident Managers.  In turn, these residence leaders discuss campus sustainability initiatives and opportunities with the residents of the respective “houses” and apartment communities, thus providing all on-campus students with an orientation to sustainability. In addition, all new incoming students are invited to take part in the Destination Iowa State new student event held each year.  The ISU Council on Sustainability is one of the groups that takes part in this event and provides information on sustainability, ideas of ways students can support the Live Green! Initiative and various “green” resources. As well, sustainability facets (waste reduction, recycling, local foods, volunteerism, etc.) are incorporated into various orientation and new student activities and events.

 

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

 

 

Unpaid positions

 

2

 

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.”

No URL available

 

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.

 

140

 

15-20

Positions that award academic credit.  

 

 

Uncompensated positions.

 

145

 

2-4

 

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: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Green Team Energy Conservation Competition

Year Initiated: 2009

Website: http://www.las.iastate.edu/greenteam/

 

Frequency that competition is run:   Once annually

 

Groups involved in coordinating the competition:

[X]

 

Students

[X]

 

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  

 

Plaques and Certificates

[X]  

 

Other

 

Weekly email updates on competition results and end of competition awards announcement and presentation event

 

Goals of competition:

 

 

 

 

Describe:

[X]  

 

Energy conservation  

 

Weekly building electrical meter readings took place for all buildings housing Liberal Arts and Sciences faculty and staff (a total of 24 buildings).  Buildings competed with themselves, in terms of percentage change from week to week as well as overall in comparison to last fiscal year. Some buildings were put in direct competition with another campus building of similar size and use and a weekly winner (whoever had the lower electrical consumption) was declared the weekly winner and overall winner.

[  ]  

 

Waste reduction

 

[  ]

 

Water conservation  

 

[X]  

 

Other

 

Raising awareness of sustainability efforts and opportunities.

 

Percent of energy and/or resource use reduction resulting from the competition:   There were four levels of awareness for this competition - general awareness of a competition, signage encouraging energy conservation, weekly emails noting individual building progress, and weekly emails noting the winner (to date) of building to building competitions. Competition resulted in an average building electrical consumption reduction of 8% and a net savings of $37,817.

Lasting effects of competition:   In these buildings, as well as all campus buildings, collectively, an average electrical comsumption reduction of 12% from FY09-FY10, resulting in savings of over $3million.

Additional Information:   Planning is underway for future competitions.

 

Second Competition:

 

Competition Overview

 

Competition Name: VEISHEA Recycling

Year Initiated: 2009

Website:

 

Frequency that competition is run:  Once annually

 

Groups involved in coordinating the competition:

[X]

 

Students

 

[X]

 

Faculty

 

[X]

 

Staff

 

[X]

 

Administrators

 

[  ]

 

Other, please describe.  

 

 

Participants in the competition:

[X]

 

Students

[X]

 

Faculty

[X]

 

Staff

[X]

 

Administrators

[X]

 

Other, describe:  
Campus Visitors

 

Incentives for participation:

 

 

 

 

Describe:

[  ]  

 

Cash

 

[X]  

 

Non-monetary prizes  

 

T-shirts and hats made out of PET plastics

[  ]  

 

Other

 

 

Goals of competition:

 

 

 

 

Describe:

[  ]  

 

Energy conservation

 

[X]  

 

Waste reduction

 

VEISHEA is the University's annual spring festival that includes a parade, open houses of colleges, departments, and organizations, and various activities and demonstrations. Although there have been informal recycling efforts that have taken place occasionally during the history of this event, the student GreenHouse Group decided to make the effort a formal one that involved prizes for achieving recycling targets.

[  ]  

 

Water conservation  

 

[X]  

 

Other

 

Raising awareness of sustainability efforts and opportunities.


Percent of energy and/or resource use reduction resulting from the competition:   2389 beverage containers were collected in this first year competition. As overall numbers of beverage containers consumed was unable to be calculated, an overall percentage of reduction is not available.  However, as formal recycling had never been done for this event, this number will set a baseline for future years. More impressive was the number of participants that were engaged in making a difference and informed of the University's campus sustainability intiative and efforts.

Lasting effects of competition:   Additional and expanded recycling efforts have been spearheaded by students across campus in various campus buildings that are used frequently by visitors and the public, as well as students, faculty, and staff.

Additional Information:   This is planned to be an annual event.

 

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

The Green Umbrella

 

The mission of The Green Umbrella is to bring together different student sustainability organizations to make Iowa State students more aware of sustainable efforts around them. Our goals are three-fold. 1. Create an open forum for discussion about Green Initiatives at ISU. 2. Act as one voice to ISU administration about student sustainability issues 3. Brainstorm ways to teach students how they can make their lives more sustainably, how they can participate in Go Green efforts, and how they can voice their opinions on sustainable issues.

 

http://www.livegreen.iastate.edu/involved/projects/project.php?a=view&id=300

 

 

 

 

 

The GreenHouse Group

 

The purpose of the GreenHouse Group is to… Educate students living in campus housing about recycling and sustainability; Involve residents in sustainability activities and events; Manage and support the recycling program in the residence halls and campus apartments; and Serve as the student voice for sustainability issues in the Department of Residence.

 

http://housing.iastate.edu/sustainability/greenhouse.html

 

 

 

 

 

Student Environmental Council

 

The Student Environmental Council (SEC) strives to raise the awareness of the ISU community to issues concerning the integrity of our natural environment. Members periodically set up information tables or displays on important issues as well as attend conferences and conservation events. Special projects, which take on greater depth, are aimed at improving local environmental stewardship.

 

http://sodb.stuorg.iastate.edu/view.php?id=470

 

 

 

 

 

ActivUS

 

We the members of ActivUs are committed to achieving environmental and social justice on the Iowa State campus for both current and future generations through means of public education, grassroots organizing and non-violent direct action.

 

http://sodb.stuorg.iastate.edu/view.php?id=718

 

 

 

 

 

Enginneers for a Sustainable World

 

To motivate and mobilize students and professionals through local and international service projects that improve the quality of life through sustainable engineering and development

 

http://www.stuorg.iastate.edu/esw/

 

 

 

 

 

Environmental Studies Club

 

The Environmental Studies Club purpose is to: -Discuss and communicate current issues in the environmental science arena -Network with students and faculty interested in environmental science -Volunteer for projects for community service and practical experience -Provide opportunities for social interaction among students interested in the environmental sciences

 

http://sodb.stuorg.iastate.edu/view.php?id=1150

 

 

 

 

 

Environmental Technologies Club

 

The mission of the Environmental Technologies Club (Entech) is to further the interest and education in environmentally friendly technologies through student projects that demonstrate and apply those technologies.

 

http://www.stuorg.iastate.edu/entech/

 

 

 

 

 

ISU BioBus

 

ISU BioBus is a student group that seeks to make biodiesel from reclaimed vegetable oil and supply it to CyRide for use in one or more of the transit vehicles which services Iowa State University and the community of Ames, Iowa. ISU BioBus is open to all students on campus as well as faculty, staff, and members from the surrounding communities.

 

http://sodb.stuorg.iastate.edu/view.php?id=1304

 

 

 

 

 

ISU Emerging Green Builders

 

The purpose of the Emerging Green Builders is to integrate students and young professionals into the green building movement, promote interaction with professionals and other 'green' organizations, undertake programs and activities to enhance educational development, and to serve as a common meeting ground for understanding, cooperation, and education to keep informed about green design and building.

 

http://www.stuorg.iastate.edu/egb/

 

 

 

 

 

ISU Solar Car Team - PrISUm

 

Team PrISUm is a multidisciplinary, student-run organization at Iowa State University (ISU) which designs, builds, and races solar powered electric vehicles across the United States every few years in the American Solar Challenge. Outreach and education are also important aspects of our project as we work to raise awareness about solar energy and efficient transportation.

 

http://solarcar.stuorg.iastate.edu/home.php

 

 

 

 

 

Closets Collide

 

Closets Collide is a student organization that organizes clothing swap events. These events will promote sustainable retail on Iowa State Campus that will include not only the ISU Campus but also the Ames Community. Closets Collide promotes sustainability in fashion and retail as well as educate people regarding these issues at the event. Closets Collide is an organization that will inspire students and residents of Ames to get involved with the event and promote it on campus. Closets Collide will also parter with Ames Businesses and organizations around campus. The Closets Collide organization will foster a positive environment where all majors and areas of interest can get involved.

 

http://sodb.stuorg.iastate.edu/view.php?id=1648

 

 

 

 

 

ISU Student Organic Farm

 

Promote hands on experience with agriculture and ecology while producing local food for students and the community.

 

http://isustudentorganicfarm.weebly.com/index.html

 

 

 

 

 

Inter-Residence Hall Association

 

To serve as the student voice in the Residence Halls

 

http://www.housing.iastate.edu/sustainability/

 

 

 

 

 

Graduate Program in Sustainable Agriculture Student Association

 

The GPSASA is a student-led organization that works to promote sustainable agriculture, consumer outreach and education, and improvement of current agricultural practices.

 

http://sodb.stuorg.iastate.edu/view.php?id=966

 

 

 

 

 

Natural Resource Ecology and Management Graduate Student Organization

 

The goal of the organization is to further the professional development of graduate students and the department of Natural Resource Ecology & Management. Our organization achieves this goal in a number of ways, including organizing a departmental seminar series where students have an opportunity to learn about the research of others in their field and eventually present their own research, and by purchasing relevant computer software.

 

http://www.livegreen.iastate.edu/involved/projects/project.php?a=view&id=298

 

 

 

 

 

Soil and Water Conservation Club

 

SWCC has two main projects it regularly works on.  One is the publication of an annual magazine addressing water issues.  It is distributed to high school science teachers, relevant government agencies, and alumni.  The other project is the Groundwater Flow Model.  The club builds this education tool and sells it to educators around the world.  The club also demonstrates the Groundwater Flow Model for educational fairs, classes, and interested organizations.

 

http://www.stuorg.iastate.edu/swcc/

 

 

 

 

 

ISU Cycling Club

 

Promote and participate in bicycling in the form of racing and transportation.

 

http://sodb.stuorg.iastate.edu/view.php?id=163

 

 

 

 

 

Iowa State University Students in Free Enterprise

 

To better the community in and around Ames in all aspects of life by following the SIFE criteria of Financial Literacy, Business Ethics, Environmental Sustainability, Market Economics, Entrepreneurship and Success Skills.

 

http://www.livegreen.iastate.edu/involved/projects/project.php?a=view&id=276

 

 

 

 

 

ISU Ducks Unlimited

 

Ducks Unlimited conserves, restores and manages wetlands and associated habitats for North America's waterfowl. These habitats also benefit other wildlife and people.

 

http://www.sodb.stuorg.iastate.edu/view.php?id=182

 

 

 

 

 

Government of the Student Body

 

The Government of the Student Body is taking the initiative to inform students how they can make their daily routine green!

 

http://www.gsb.iastate.edu/projects/gogreen/


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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.

655

 

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

 

4

[  ]  

 

Diesel-electric hybrid

 

[  ]  

 

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

 

[X]  

 

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

 

192

[X]  

 

Gasoline-electric hybrid

 

9

[  ]  

 

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)?

 

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

[X] Yes, to students

 

Description:  


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

 

 

 

 

 

Description

[X]  

 

Carpool matching

 

Carpool matching website offered to students, faculty and staff.

[  ]  

 

Financial remuneration  

 

[X]  

 

Preferential parking

 

Reserved parking wait list priority is given to employee households that agree to only purchase one parking permit.

[X]  

 

Other

 

Some drivers receive a discount. Single day parking permits are offered to allow occasional parking options to those who are interested in carpooling, but may not be able to always utilize it.


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

 

 

 

 

 

Description

[X]  

 

Carpool matching

 

Carpool matching website offered to students, faculty and staff.

[  ]  

 

Financial remuneration  

 

[  ]  

 

Preferential parking

 

[  ]  

 

Other

 

 

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

 

The University provides a 30% subsidy, approximately $23,295 annually, for transit passes for faculty and staff.  Students voted to increase tuition fees (specifically activity, services & building fee) in 2002 to incorporate unlimited use of the community bus service, CyRide, as part of their student fees.  As a result, an additional average semester fee of $62.60 was incorporated.  The activity, services & building fee is a mandatory fee that supports a variety of activities and services for all students.   It is not based on whether or not a student uses an individual activity or service.  This fee provides several benefits such as student admission rates to concerts and athletic events and, unlimited use of CyRide.  In addition, the fee provides support for campus recreation facilities, the Memorial Union, and campus organizations and services as allocated by the Government of the Student Body.

 

  

 

 

 

Eligible community members:

 

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

[X]  

 

Faculty

 

30%

[X]  

 

Staff

 

30%

[X]  

 

Students   

 

73.3%


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

 

68) Does your school provide free transportation around campus?

 

CyRide offers a free campus bus shuttle service that makes a circular loop around Central Campus, to the College of Veterinary Medicine (located approximately 2.3 miles from campus), and to the commuter parking lot (located at the university’s sports complex, approximately 1.5 miles from campus) to any university employee, student, or visitor.  This is subsidized, in part, by the University. There is also a free shuttle that travels between Central Campus and the Applied Sciences Complex (located approximately 4.5 miles from campus) for any university employee, student, or visitor that is sponsored and subsidized by the Institute for Physical Research and Technology.  Transportation Services also offers free delivery of any rented pool vehicles, if requested.

 

  

 

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

 

No

 

  

 

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:

 

71) Does your school offer bicycle repair services?

Yes

 

If yes, please provide details below:


Year created:   2002
Service fee:   No
Description:   Full bicycle offered both in-house at ISU Outdoor Recreation Services' facility and on-site through various campus events including Earth Week and Campus Sustainability Day.  In addition, bicycle maintenance workshops are provided to students, faculty, and staff (for a minimal fee) each semester.

 

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:

 

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)?

The University has established a gated portion of campus that has restricted access for personal vehicles.  The academic campus covers 600 acres of a nearly 2,000 acre campus.  Within the 600 acres is a traffic-restricted or gated area that accommodates the city/university bus system to facilitate public transportation, bicycles, service vehicles and a limited quantity of personal vehicles.  This policy and plan was adopted over 35 years ago and allows a pedestrian friendly environment for the central campus area.

 

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

 

5439

 

All employees are eligible, final determination is determined by employee and supervisor.

[X]  

 

Condensed work week  

 

5439

 

All employees are eligible, final determination is determined by employee and supervisor.

 

Additional comments:


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STATISTICS

 

75) Campus setting:        

Rural

 

76) Total number of buildings on campus:

206

 

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

11,095,148

 

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

22,869

 

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

4,825

 

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

37.4%

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

[  ]    

 

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)

 

 

 

 

 

 

[X]    

 

Graduate-level sustainability studies program

 

 

 

 

 

 

[X]    

 

Outdoors club

 

 

 

 

 

 

[  ]     

 

Participation in Recyclemania

 

 

 

 

 

 

[X]    

 

Single-stream recycling

 

 

 

 

 

 

[  ]    

 

Student trustee position

 

 

 

 

 

 

[  ]    

 

Sustainability major, minor or concentration (undergraduate-level)   

 

 


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