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University of Connecticut–Storrs

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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: University of Connecticut

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

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

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

 

Description: UConn’s Environmental Policy statement was adopted on Earth Day in 2004.  It is organized around the following principles: performance, responsible growth and management, outreach, academics, conservation, and teamwork.  A full copy is available at: http://www.ecohusky.uconn.edu/policystate.htmlOur Climate Action Plan covers general sustainability themes beyond GHG reductions and probably qualifies as a sustainability plan: http://www.ecohusky.uconn.edu/pcc/climateactionplan.html

 

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

[  ]  None

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

[  ]  Talloires Declaration
[  ]  Other. Please describe:


3)  Is there a sustainability component in your institution's master plan and/or strategic plan? Check all that apply.
[  ]  No
[X]  Yes, in the master plan. Please describe and provide the URL below.

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

 

Description: The 2004/2006 update of UConn’s Master Plan for the main UConn campus in Storrs, CT included the East Campus Plan of Conservation & Development, which was based on an inventory and GIS mapping of natural and historic resources for this 886-acre, largely undeveloped portion of our main campus. Priority was given to conservation and preservation of those resources. http://www.masterplan.uconn.edu/images/ecampus_web.pdfThat master plan update also incorporated by reference UConn’s 2004 Sustainable Design Guidelines, http://www.ecohusky.uconn.edu/sustainabledesign.html, which were a precursor to our 2007 Sustainable Design & Construction PolicyUConn’s 2008-2013 Academic Plan identifies The Environment: Our World as one of three Focus Areas of Excellence, meaning it is one of our existing areas of academic strength and a priority for future investment and strategic allocation of resources; it includes multiple references to the importance of environmental sustainability, including a section on Outreach/Engagement which calls for collaboration with the University community in addressing environmental challenges and developing our Climate Action Plan : http://academicplan.uconn.edu/

 

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: Environmental Policy Advisory Council (EPAC)

Number of meetings: 7

 

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

 

4-5

Faculty

 

8-9

Staff

 

7-8

Students

 

3-4

Other. Please describe.   

 

1

 

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   

 

Rich Miller, EPAC Chair  

 

Staff

Chair 2

 

Jenny Sayers, Recycling Workgroup Chair  

 

Staff

Chair 3

 

Dave Wagner and Kathy Segerson, Environmental Literacy Workgroup co-chairs  

 

Faculty

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

Addressed       

 

Progress     

 

Description

Academics

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

 

[  ]

 

 

Administration

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

 

[  ]

 

 

Climate

Examples: draft climate action plan, greenhouse gas emissions inventory

 

[X]

 

Moderate

 

Review and approval of the Climate Action Plan

 

Endowment

Examples: proxy voting guidelines, investment advisory committees

 

[  ]

 

 

Energy

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

 

[X]

 

Significant

 

Review and approval of the Energy recommendations in the CAP.

Food

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

 

[  ]

 

 

Green Building

Examples: design or construction policy

 

[X]

 

Significant

 

Review and approval of the Sustainable Development recommendations in the CAP.

Student Involvement

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

 

[  ]

 

 

Transportation

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

 

[X]

 

Significant

 

Review and approval of the Transportation recommendations in the CAP.

Waste Reduction

Examples: recycling, composting, reducing consumption

 

[X]

 

Significant

 

Through EPAC’s Recycling Workgroup, expansion of Give-and-Go move-out program, and the construction of a $1 million agricultural waste compost facility, completed in June 2010.

 

Water

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

 

[  ]

 

 

Other

 

[  ]

 

 

 

Committee II

 

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

 

Committee name: Provost’s Environmental Committee

Number of meetings: 5

 

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

 

16

Staff

 

1

Students

 

1

Other. Please describe.     

 

 

7b)  Please provide the name of the chair(s) of the committee for the 2009-2010 academic year, and indicate which stakeholder group the chair(s) represents.

 

 

 

Name      

 

Position

Chair 1    

 

Dean Gregory Weidemann

 

Administrator

Chair 2

 

 

Chair 3

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

Addressed  

 

Progress 

 

Description

Academics

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

 

[X]

 

Significant

 

Through EPAC’s Environmental Literacy Workgroup, gained Provost’s and Dean’s support for, and ongoing development of, an Environmental Studies B.A.

 

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

 

[  ]

 

 

 

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: UConn Office of Environmental Policy (Sustainability Office)

Year created: 2002

Description: The Office of Environmental Policy (OEP) was created in 2002 to focus on and pursue excellence in environmental performance, emphasizing sustainability initiatives ranging from energy and water conservation, recycling and environmental literacy to green building.  The OEP works closely with staff and faculty throughout the University who spend a portion of their time, planning, implementing or managing sustainability initiatives.  The OEP is often the catalyst and driver/organizer for these initiatives but sometimes we are partners with or even play a support role for other departments who lead their own initiatives.  This happens most frequently with managers in ResLife, Dining Services, Facilities, Community Outreach and Athletics.

Number of staff in office (in FTE): 1.5

 

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:  Director

Department:  Office of Environmental Policy - Sustainability Office

Time worked (in FTE):  .5

Job description:  The full-time Director of the Office of Environmental Policy is responsible for overseeing the activities of the Sustainability Office including developing policies and guidelines for protecting natural resources, reducing the University’s ecological footprint, and ensuring accountability for “green” building and low-impact development. (Note:  The other half of the director’s responsibilities are overseeing UConn’s Environmental Compliance Office).

 

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

Sustainability Coordinator

 

Office of Environmental Policy – Sustainability Office

 

.5

 

The role of the sustainability coordinator is to develop, plan and administer UConn’s sustainability initiatives and programs that reduce the environmental impacts of the University’s operations, increase environmental awareness, provide students with experiential and co-curricular learning opportunities, and demonstrate research into sustainable technologies and practices.  The sustainability coordinator is also responsible for supervising a team of 5-6 sustainability interns employed in the office each semester.

Administrative Coordinator

 

Office of Environmental Policy – Sustainability Office

 

.5

 

The administrative coordinator provides administrative support to staff within the Sustainability Office.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEBSITE


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

If yes, please provide URL

http://www.ecohusky.uconn.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               

 

[  ]

 

[  ]

Other. Please describe below.

 

[X]

 

[  ]


Other description: UConn's policies also address fuel purchases.  UConn's purchasing policies mandate that 1) all new appliances must be Energy-Star rated, 2) all cleaning supplies must be Green Seal approved 3) all fuel must be ultra-low sulfur content (mitigating acid rain), and 4) all paper must be minimum 30% recycled content.  http://www.ecohusky.uconn.edu/greencleanrequirements.htm

 

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

 

100%

 

All new appliances must be ENERGY STAR rated.

[  ]

 

Building products

 

 

[X]

 

Computers/electronics     

 

100%

 

All new computers & electronics must be ENERGY STAR rated.

[  ]

 

Heating and cooling

 

 

[  ]

 

Lighting and fans

 

 

[  ]

 

Plumbing

 

 

 

Additional comments: UConn purchases Energy Star-rated appliances and electronics pursuant to state law.

 

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

 

 

 

 

Napkins

 

 

 

 

Notepads

 

 

 

 

Office paper

 

100%

 

0%

 

0%

 

All office paper purchased for campus use must contain a minimum 30% post-consumer recycled content.

Paper towels

 

 

 

 

Other. Please describe.

 

 

 

 

 

Additional comments:

 

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

No

 

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

 

 

 

Product 2

 

 

 

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

 

[  ]

 

Endowment investment in on-campus sustainability projects    

 

[X]

 

Operating budget

 

[  ]

 

Revolving loan fund for sustainability projects

 

[  ]

 

Student green fee

 

[X]    

 

Other. Please describe.

 

The UConn Foundation's new Campus Sustainability Fund will help meet programmatic needs and continue to support high-visibility demonstration projects like green roofs, renewable energy and biofuels, recycling and composting enhancements, campus bicycling amenities, and successful outreach events that raise awareness and build sustainable behavior among UConn students.  The Campus Sustainability Fund accepts donations from students, faculty, staff, alumni, and corporate partners.

 

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

 

The Office of Environmental Policy facilitates a voluntary Sustainable Offices Program which utilizes representatives from the different participating offices and departments.

[X]

 

Green office certification program

 

The Sustainable Offices program includes meeting with staff from the Office of Environmental Policy to do an office sustainability assessment and developing action items for areas identified as needing improvement.

[X]

 

Green office tips posted online or on staff bulletin boards

 

Sustainable Offices liaisons are responsible for posting the UConn recycling guidelines and other sustainability materials around their offices.  During Recyclemania and other campus-wide events, we also reach out to administrative staff to post similar materials.

[X]

 

Incorporation of sustainability issues into new employee orientation

 

All new employees are required to review the UConn Recycling guidelines.

[  ]

 

Other

 


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CLIMATE CHANGE & ENERGY

 

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

 

GREENHOUSE GAS INVENTORY


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

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

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

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

 

 

Start Date         

 

Emissions level

(Scopes 1 & 2)

 

Emissions level

(Scopes 1, 2 & 3)

 

URL          

 

Notes

2009

 

Jan 2010    

 

 

 

 

2008

 

August 2009

 

 

 

 

2007

 

 

178,914 CO2e

 

201,770 CO2e

 

http://www.ecohusky.uconn.edu/pcc/ghginventory.html; http://acupcc.aashe.org/ghg-report.php?id=587

 

2006

 

 

Estimated: 174,943 CO2e

 

 

 

*Performed by previous interns prior to ACUPCC signing - not as comprehensive as the current (i.e. 2007) inventory - full inventory not available

2005

 

 

Estimated: 131,095 CO2e

 

 

 

*Performed by previous interns prior to ACUPCC signing - not as comprehensive as the current (i.e. 2007) inventory - full inventory not available

 

 

 

COMMITMENT TO GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS REDUCTION

 

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): 100%

Baseline year: 2007

Baseline emissions level: 178,914 CO2e

Target year: 2050 per the ACUPCC

 

Additional comments:

 

REALIZED GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS REDUCTIONS

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

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

Yes


If yes, please list details below.

 

Percentage reduced: estimated 20-30%

Baseline year: 2005

Baseline emissions level: Estimated: 131,095 CO2e

Year achieved: 2006 and annually thereafter

 

Additional comments: After signing the ACUPCC in 2008, we conducted our most rigorous GHG inventory yet (2007 baseline) for purposes of developing our Climate Action Plan, which was approved earlier this year. We’ve just begun more in-depth monitoring, analysis and implementation of GHG reduction plans.  However in 2006, we switched from purchasing power from the grid and burning oil at our central utility plant to an on-campus natural gas-fired 25 MW cogeneration facility (combined power with steam heating and cooling).  Because of the switch from oil to natural gas, the efficiency of the cogeneration facility, especially the use of steam for heating and cooling, and energy saved by avoiding transmission and distribution from remote power plants, this resulted in a 30% reduction in GHG emissions compared with emissions from sources on the regional grid. Also in 2005, we began using a biodiesel blend in campus shuttle buses - the biodiesel is produced from waste cooking oil in a UConn chemical engineering lab.

 

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:

 

In progress-not yet available

2008:

 

In progress-not yet available

2007:

 

18.9  MTeCO2/1000 sq. ft.

2006:

 

Not available - using 2007 as our ACUPCC baseline

2005:

 


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

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

 

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

 

 

 

2009:

 

In progress-not yet available

2008:

 

In progress-not yet available

2007:

 

10.8 MTeCO2/FTE students

2006:

 

Not available- using 2007 as baseline

2005:

 

 

ENERGY EFFICIENCY                                                 

 

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

No


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:
 
Gross square feet of building space:  

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

Building energy consumption

Gross square feet of building space :  

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

 

[  ]

 

Economizers

 

[  ]

 

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

 

[  ]

 

Gas-fired hydronic heating systems

 

[  ]

 

Heat recovery systems

 

[  ]

 

LED lighting

 

[  ]

 

Lighting sensors

 

[X]

 

Metering—chilled water

 

75% of SF (but > 90% of demand)

[X]

 

Metering—electric

 

75% of SF (but > 90% of demand)

[X]

 

Metering—steam

 

75% of SF (but > 90% of demand)

[  ]

 

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

 

[  ]

 

Performing system tune-ups

 

[  ]

 

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

 

34 buildings currently undergoing retro-commissioning, totaling 3,224,761.74 SF in area, or approx. 26% of total bldg. SF on campus (but a higher percentage of our total campus energy demand)

[  ]

 

Steam turbines

 

[  ]

 

Steam-line insulation

 

[  ]

 

Timers for temperature control

 

[  ]

 

Variable speed drives

 

[  ]

 

Vending machine sensors

 

[  ]

 

Other. Please describe below.

 

 .

 

Description:


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

[  ]

 

Audits or investigations of individual energy use 

[  ]

 

Cash incentives for energy reductions among departments

[X]

 

Energy monitoring website or dashboard displays for buildings

[  ]

 

Energy reduction competitions among departments and/or offices

[X]

 

Fume hoods in science buildings

[  ]

 

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: We run an annual “EcoMadness” water and energy conservation contest between the freshmen residence halls on campus.  In 2009, the winning residence hall reduced its energy consumption by 13.2% and its water consumption by 14.2%. http://www.ecohusky.uconn.edu/EcoMadness2009.htm                                                          

 

RENEWABLE ENERGY GENERATION

 

28) Does your school generate renewable energy?

No

 

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

 

 

[  ]

 

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

 

Natural Gas

 

Nuclear

 

Petroleum

 

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

 

22-25%

Other. Please specify:

 

70% of the main campus electricity is provided by a UConn-owned and operated, 25 MW natural-gas fired Co-Generation Facility.  This facility produces 112,391,903 kWh of electricity and 241,651 MMBtu of steam per annum.  Currently the facility is operating at 50-60% efficiency, but this is expected to increase to a maximum of 80% in the coming years.  The remaining electricity is purchased from the grid and 22-25% of this electricity is generated from renewable sources per a long-term contract.

Percentage of overall electricity consumption purchased from the grid:


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:   2009
Length of contract:   long-term contract
Average annual quantity (kWh):   10,596,950
Average percentage of your total annual electric energy use that it represents:   7%

 

ON-SITE COMBUSTION

 

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

2,989,888,806,000

 

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

 

Geothermal

 

Natural gas

 

94%

Petroleum

 

5.9%

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:  22,397
Total waste generated (garbage + recycling + compost):   24,278
 

Performance year (most recent year for which data are available)
Weighted campus users:
  889
Total waste generated (garbage + recycling + compost):  1,093

 

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: We co-sponsor an annual sneaker recycling drive with the Division of Athletics, culminating in a Mt. Sneaker demonstration event during Earth Day – in Spring 2010, we collected 6,000 lbs of sneakers.    

 

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).

24%

 

RECYCLING OF ELECTRONIC WASTE


37) Does your institution have an electronics recycling program?

Yes

 

If yes, please provide details below.

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

 

 

 

For waste generated by students  

 

For waste generated by the institution

Batteries

 

[X]

 

[X]

Cell phones

 

[X]

 

[X]

Computers

 

[  ]

 

[X]

Light bulbs

 

[  ]

 

[X]

Printer cartridges

 

[X]

 

[X]

Other E-waste. Please list items:

 

[X]

 

[X]

cameras, MP3 & iPods, PDAs and other electronic devices

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:

Our student-generated e-wasted is shipped to the company Think-Recycle to be recycled appropriately.

 

COMPOSTING (APART FROM DINING FACILITIES)


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

0%


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

Yes

 

If yes, please provide details below.

[  ]  

 

Academic buildings

[  ]  

 

Offices

[X]  

 

Outdoors

[X]  

 

Residence halls

 

Description:

A new compost facility will be operational in summer 2010.  This will compost up to 100% of our leaves and other landscaping waste.  Vermi-composting is available for a very limited amount of food composting in one residence hall on campus, Hollister Hall (home to the EcoHouse learning community).  During our Earth Day celebration, we also offer food waste composting for any waste generated by the celebration.  The EcoGarden student club accepts food waste from 2 campus dining halls for composting at their garden plot.  The Floriculture building also has a small composting operation.

 

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

[  ]  

 

Limited printing

 

[  ]  

 

Move-in waste reduction

 

[X]  

 

Move-out waste reduction

 

[  ]  

 

Year-round materials exchange programs     

 

[X]  

 

Other

 

University Surplus store, deep discounts for used office furniture, appliances, etc.  Small scale move-out programs run by student organizations have been capturing re-useable items and donating them locally since 2005.  2009 was the first year that the University ran a campus-wide move-out program (Give-and-Go) which ultimately collected 9000 lbs of re-useable materials for donation to local non-profit organizations.  In 2010, the Give-and-Go move-out program was expanded and included 15 different collection points on campus. During the last 4 days of finals, the program collected over 14,000 pounds of gently used items which were then donated to local charities and non-profit groups.


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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:

UConn was among the first public universities in the nation to set LEED Silver as a minimum performance standard for all new construction and major renovation projects.  The text of this policy can be found at: http://www.ecohusky.uconn.edu/SDCpolicy.htm


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

Total number of LEED-certified buildings: 1

 

 

 

Combined gross square footage:       

 

Building name(s):

Certified-level   

 

0  

 

Silver-level

 

165,000

 

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

Gold-level

 

0

 

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 :

 

 

 

Combined gross square footage:    

 

Building name(s):

Certified-level criteria met, but not certified

 

0  

 

Silver-level criteria met, but not certified

 

401,394  

 

Stem Cell Research Center (UConn Health Center), Social Sciences and Humanities Classroom East, Social Sciences and Humanities Classroom West, Gentry Building

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:  

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?

90-95%

 

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:   3


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

 

Project name     

 

Square footage  

 

Former use       

 

Current use      

 

Additional details

Lakeside Apartments

 

15,000

 

University guest housing

 

Administrative offices for UConn Communications/University Relations

 

Lakeside Apartments were constructed in the 1930s to house overnight guests to the University.  In 2006, they were preserved, renovated, and converted to administrative offices for UConn Communications/University Relations.

Hillside Environmental Education Park

 

64

 

UConn Landfill

 

Hillside Environmental Education Park

 

In 2008, the former UConn landfill was remediated, affected wetlands were restored, some new wetlands and a vernal pool were created.  That area, plus an undeveloped, adjacent wooded area, were placed under a 64-acre, permanent conservation easement.  The site is now used as the Hillside Environmental Education Park with 2 miles of hiking and biking trails, and for education and research purposes.

Stem Cell Research Center at the UConn Health Center

 

118,480

 

Chemical manufacturing and research facility

 

Stem Cell Research Center at the UConn Health Center

 

In 2010, the Stem Cell Research Center at the UConn Health Center was constructed as a gut rehabilitation of a long-vacant, privately-owned, former chemical manufacturing and research facility.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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

 

Student enrollment (FTE):   19,393

Square footage:   11,000,000

 

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

 

Student enrollment (FTE):   25,029

Square footage:   12,427,790

 

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:

The UConn Sustainable Design and Construction Policy mandates that all building construction or renovation project with a cost exceeding $5 million (excluding the cost of equipment other than building systems) be LEED Silver certified, at a minimum.  This policy contains a clause which specifies that these buildings be “maintained” to a LEED Silver standard. The text of this policy can be found at: http://www.ecohusky.uconn.edu/SDCpolicy.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:
  25,000
Water consumed (gallons):   1.5 million gallons avg daily demand


Performance year (most recent year for which data are available)
Weighted campus users:
  26,500

Water consumed (gallons):   1.35 million gallons avg daily demand

 

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

 

75% (but > 90% of demand)

[X]  

 

Dual-flush toilets

 

Unknown

[  ]  

 

Gray water systems

 

[X]  

 

Laundry technology

 

Unknown

[X]  

 

Leak detection and reduction  

 

annual, distribution system-wide

[X]  

 

Low-flow faucets

 

Unknown

[X]  

 

Low-flow showerheads

 

Unknown

[  ]  

 

Non-potable water usage

 

[  ]  

 

Waterless urinals

 

[X]  

 

Xeriscaping

 

N/A

[X]  

 

Weather-informed irrigation

 

N/A

[X]  

 

Other. Please describe below.  

 

 

Other description: UConn has also completed the design and feasibility study for a $30 million reclaimed water facility, scheduled to bid for construction this fall, with plans to reuse up to 500,000 gallons per day of treated effluent from UConn’s sewage treatment facility, replacing potable water with non-potable water use, primarily for boiler makeup water at our campus cogen facility during the cooling season, and for irrigation of our Athletic fields.

 

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

[X]

 

Living or vegetated roofs  

[X]

 

Porous pavement

[X]

 

Retention ponds

[X]

 

Stone swales

[X]

 

Vegetated swales

[X]

 

Other. Please describe: In 2009, UConn installed the first porous concrete and permeable asphalt parking lots in the state of CT, we have 12 rain gardens on our main campus and porous architectural pavers were used to reconstruct a terrace during the renovation and adaptive reuse of Lakeside Apartments into an administrative office building.

 

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

EcoHouse

 

Building

 

60-100

 

Living and Learning Community

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION


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

No

 

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

[  ]  

 

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.

[  ]  

 

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).

[  ]  

 

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

[  ]  

 

Other. Please describe:

 

 

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

 

5

 

8-12

Unpaid positions

 

 


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

 

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

Not a year-round program but we recruit and appoint dozens of unpaid Eco-Captains for this purpose in each participating dorm to coordinate outreach on their floor(s) during the annual 1-month EcoMadness competition http://www.ecohusky.uconn.edu/ecomadness.htm#c

 

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.

 

 

Positions that award academic credit.  

 

 

Uncompensated positions.

 

20-30

 

1-2

 

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: EcoMadness

Year Initiated: 2006

Website: http://www.ecohusky.uconn.edu/EcoMadness2009.htm

 

Frequency that competition is run:   Once annually

 

Groups involved in coordinating the competition:

[X]

 

Students

[  ]

 

Faculty

[X]

 

Staff

[  ]

 

Administrators

[X]

 

Other, please describe.  
Interns

 

Participants in the competition:

[X]

 

Students

[  ]

 

Faculty

[  ]

 

Staff

[  ]

 

Administrators

[  ]

 

Other, please describe:  

 

Incentives for participation:

 

 

 

 

Describe:

[  ]  

 

Cash

 

[X]  

 

Non-monetary prizes  

 

Ice cream party and carbon offsets

[  ]  

 

Other

 

 

Goals of competition:

 

 

 

 

Describe:

[X]  

 

Energy conservation  

 

[  ]  

 

Waste reduction

 

[X]

 

Water conservation  

 

[  ]  

 

Other

 

 

Percent of energy and/or resource use reduction resulting from the competition:   In Fall 2009, the winning residence hall reduced its energy consumption by 13.2% and its water consumption by 14.2%.

Lasting effects of competition:   Instill culture of conservation in student body.

Additional Information:  

 

Second Competition:

 

Competition Overview

 

Competition Name: Recyclemania

Year Initiated: 2008

Website: http://www.ecohusky.uconn.edu/Recyclemania.html

 

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, describe:  

 

Incentives for participation:

 

 

 

 

Describe:

[  ]  

 

Cash

 

[  ]  

 

Non-monetary prizes   

 

[X]  

 

Other

 

Intercollegiate recognition

 

Goals of competition:

 

 

 

 

Describe:

[  ]  

 

Energy conservation

 

[X]  

 

Waste reduction

 

[  ]  

 

Water conservation  

 

[X]  

 

Other

 


Percent of energy and/or resource use reduction resulting from the competition:   0%

Lasting effects of competition:   Education and outreach to campus community and building a culture of conservation.

Additional Information:  

 

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

EcoHusky

 

:  EcoHusky is the umbrella environmental student organization on campus.  EcoHusky students work to educate their peers about the importance of living more sustainably by hosting campus events throughout the year, including “Green Week” in the fall and being an integral part of Earth Day planning in the spring.

 

http://ecohusky.uconn.edu/students.html

 

 

 

 

 

EcoGarden

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

ConnPIRG Campus Climate Challenge

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Soil & Water Conservation Society

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Real Slow Food

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

EcoHouse

 

EcoHouse is a living-learning community that is home to 100 students for the 2010-2011 academic year.  The students take a number of sustainability seminars together each semester in addition to completing 40 hours of environmentally-related service on campus each semester.

 

http://www.lc.uconn.edu/communities/ecohouse/

 

 

 

 

 

Honors Program Sustainability Subcommittee

 

This is a subcommittee of the Honors Council.  The group plans events and activities to raise awareness around environmental issues in the honors community.

 

 

 

 

 

 

UConn Forestry and Wildlife Club

 

This student club explores issues related to wildlife conservation in the local area and plans events and activities to educate the rest of the campus about them.  The club also operates a maple-sugaring business on campus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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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.

472

 

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

[  ]  

 

100 percent electric

 

[  ]  

 

Diesel-electric hybrid

 

[  ]  

 

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

 

[  ]  

 

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

 

[X]  

 

Gasoline-electric hybrid

 

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)?

3%

 

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)?

 

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

[X]  

 

Carpool matching

 

Human Resources provides an electronic database to help students, faculty, and staff locate other University community members living within a specified radius to help set up car-pooling relationships.

[  ]  

 

Financial remuneration  

 

[  ]  

 

Preferential parking

 

[  ]  

 

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?

 

Anyone with a University ID (students, faculty, staff) can ride the Windham Region Transit District buses for free.

 

  

 

 

 

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?

 

The University operates 6 different free shuttle bus routes around campus.  There are also free shuttles running between campus and nearby apartment complexes.

 

  

 

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

 

There are free shuttle buses that run between campus and nearby apartment complexes where residents are primarily students.  All University ID holders are also able to ride the Windham Region Transit District buses for free.

 

  

 

BICYCLE PROGRAM

 

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

Yes

 

If yes, please provide details below.


Year created:   2010
Number of bikes available:   20
Usage fee per hour:     None
Usage fee per day:    None

 

Annual membership fee for students: 

Annual membership fee for faculty, staff, and administrators:  

Other annual membership fee: 

 

Description: Students, faculty, and staff members with a vailid UConn ID are able to check out the bikes for free. University ID holders are able to check out a bike, helmet, and lock just as they would any other library materials.

 

71) Does your school offer bicycle repair services?

Yes

 

If yes, please provide details below:


Year created:   2010
Service fee:   No
Description:   Basic maintenance for the bikes that are a part of the bike loaner program occurs on campus with students earning 1 credit for helping to keep the bikes maintained.

 

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)?

A Campus Bicycle Network Plan was adopted and incorporated by reference into the Campus Master Plan Update in 2004-2006.   Soon after that, approximately 20 additional campus bike storage racks were installed at key destinations and street parking was removed from one of the main streets through the science quad on the north side of campus in favor of 5-ft. wide bike lanes.  There was a Campus Bicycling Support Ride held in 2005 and again in 2008 and the new gateway entrance to the University’s main campus (to begin construction in 2010) has been designed to include 5-ft. wide, striped and signed bicycle lanes, separate from an 8-ft. wide pedestrian walkway. http://www.ecohusky.uconn.edu/campusbikeplan.htm.  In mid-2010, UConn installed an additional 50-75 outdoor bike racks and engaged a transportation engineering firm to develop a plan to improve pavement markings and signage for all bikeways on campus.  This summer, UConn purchased 20 bikes, helmets and locks and, in August 2010, will pilot a campus bike-sharing program based at the Babbidge Library.

 

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

 

 

 

 

Employees eligible

 

Description:

[  ]  

 

Telecommuting

 

 

[  ]  

 

Condensed work week  

 

 

 

Additional comments:


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STATISTICS

 

75) Campus setting:        

Rural

 

76) Total number of buildings on campus:

525

 

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

12,427,790

 

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

21,191

 

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

3,838

 

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

74%

 

 

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)

 

 

 

 

 

 

[  ]    

 

Graduate-level sustainability studies program

 

 

 

 

 

 

[X]    

 

Outdoors club

 

 

 

 

 

 

[X]     

 

Participation in Recyclemania

 

 

 

 

 

 

[X]    

 

Single-stream recycling

 

 

 

 

 

 

[X]    

 

Student trustee position

 

 

 

 

 

 

[  ]    

 

Sustainability major, minor or concentration (undergraduate-level)   

 

 


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