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1 Drexel Green Community Presentations May 18, 2009

2 Student Life Academics Research Events & Planning Communications Buildings Operations Community

3 Student Life

4 Activities Increase, promote and celebrate the campus-wide initiative Student Life Athletics Green Game Green Machine Residential Living Resident Assistant (RA) program FSBS (For Students By Students) Student Orgs Powershift Conference Human Powered Vehicle Competition CAN DU Earth Day Project Earth Week with Jay Coen Gilbert Earth Day Education Fair

5 Recommendations-Athletics Create more of a collective focus on Green initiatives through DAC users, Intramural and Club athletes and athletic teams Short Term Continue using athletic events as a forum to promote Drexel Green Long Term Recycled Energy Recycled Water Student Life

6 Recommendations-Residential Living Short Term Recycling/Donation Bins for Move-Out Days Increasing Bins Long Term Develop off-campus housing Develop online RA Application Process Promoting residential student engagement Student Life

7 Recommendations- Greek Housing Short Term Each Greek House having a Green Program Participating in Greek Week next year Green Greek Competition/Recognition Long Term Green Greek Advisory Board Greek composting Student Life

8 Recommendations-Student Orgs Create easy ways for faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends to support student activities that are sustainability related. Short Term Encourage Students to visit the wiki, Student Org. websites Encourage Students to attend green events Start planning Earth Week in October Long Term Recruit more students for green related student orgs. Team up with middle/high schools around the area Team up with the surrounding community Student Life

9 Recommendations-Commuters Short Term E-Waste Bins located at key points on campus Dumpsters, Recycling Bins and Donations Trucks for Move- Out Days for non-residential Students Long Term Special Parking for Hybrids and people who carpool Special Discounts for Students/Faculty/Staff Student Life

10 Recommendations- Other Short Term Education Seminar at Student Orientation, New Student Days, Floor meetings Green Section in the Triangle Green tips in the Drexel Daily Digest Long Term Reusable cups with a discounted price Educate Student Groups through SOOT Student Life

11 Academics

12 Introduction Our committee addressed Drexels academic programs and courses Activities to Date List of sustainability courses, by term and master list National Teach-In on Global Warming AASHE Workshop Academics Media Credit: Dave HernandezDave Hernandez

13 Benchmarking Drexel currently performs well: Sustainability-focused academic programs. Drexel has an opportunity to improve our standing: Increase sustainability course offerings. Offer incentives and rewards to faculty members and include criteria for tenure and promotion for sustainability efforts. Provide faculty development to help faculty infuse sustainability into the classroom. Require that all students take a sustainability course. Implement a sustainability literacy assessment. Academics

14 Recommendations - Faculty Provide faculty training to incorporate sustainability across curricula Implement faculty incentives to engage in multidisciplinary sustainability activities and programs Recruit faculty with sustainability-related areas of research Integrate sustainability criteria into hiring decisions Academics

15 Recommendations - Academics Strengthen existing environmental programs Incorporate sustainability in UNIV 101 Require a minimum of one course in sustainability specific to each major Require environmental literacy graduation requirement Academics

16 Recommendations - Centralization Create Office of Sustainability University-wide entity directly under President Create Center for Sustainability Support and guide Academics and Research Require all colleges and schools to commit a certain amount of funding, personnel, and space to supporting sustainability Academics

17 Research

18 Activities Assessing Green Research at Drexel Research office reports Limitations of Keyword Searching Undergraduate Research Programs Benchmarking with Other Institutions Web presence & documentation of Green Research Web Searching of Keywords Recommendations for Action: 1.Develop a Searchable Research Database 2.Create a Green Research Institute 3.Enhance Funding of Green Research 4.Increase Number of Green Faculty Research

19 Benchmarking Although some schools show clear leadership, generally it is hard to find research information, and beyond that it is very difficult to see what the emphasis on green research is. Keyword Searching of Research Office Reports Difficult and Inherently Inaccurate Research Rochester Delaware GWU CMU WPI RPI Case Western Temple Drexel

20 Recommendations - Develop a Database of Drexel Research Currently Very Difficult to Obtain List of Green Research Inherently Inaccurate Many false positives/negatives Hard to Identify Green Faculty Need for Searchable Database of Faculty Research Keyword Searchable (both Green and other keywords) Facilitates Internal Connections between Drexel Researchers Facilitates External Collaborations and Consulting Useful for Populating Drexel Green Web-site with Research Info Research Efforts

21 Recommendations - Create an Institute for Sustainability Research Research Leading Drexels Academic and Research Efforts in Sustainability Core Topical Areas in Sustainability: Climate Change, Renewable Energy, Environmental Impacts, and Economy Core Faculty with Primary Appointments in Home Departments Endowed Faculty Position(s) in Sustainability Degree Programs: minor, certificate, and/or MS Multi-Disciplinary, Cross-college Representation Fosters Collaborative Proposals

22 Recommendations - Enhance Funding of Green Research Research 1.Internal Incentives for Sustainability Research 2.Active Pursuit of Sustainability Grants 3.Additional Incentives for Undergraduate Research 4.Money Saved on Green Activities STAR Poster Session 2008 EPA Phase II Award 2009 EPA Phase II Award

23 Events & Planning

24 Introduction Earth Week Logo Competition Farmers Market Earth Day Eco Rhythm Concert Trayless Tuesday Drexel BlackOut Just 1 Thing Events

25 Benchmarking Events

26 Recommendations Keep It Simple o Drexel Green Window Stickers & Tee Shirts o Green Tips in the Daily Drexel Digest Make It Personal o New Student Orientation o Eco- Ambassadors o Bring It Home Have Fun o April Earth Month and Earth Week Celebration o Sustainability Celebration in the Fall o An Annual Drexel BlackOut Events Recommendations ( )

27 Recommendations (by 2012) Events and promotions are planned in accordance with Drexel Green and Drexel University sustainability efforts. Develop measures of success and evaluate events and programs for effectiveness on an on-going basis. A Drexel Green events budget should be administered by a central Office of Sustainability with allocations made to student organizations and departments presenting sustainable programs. o Drexel BlackOut University Housing and Residential Living o Bring It Home Human Resources o New Student Orientation Undergraduate Student Government Association Events

28 Recommendations (by 2014) The Integrated Green Campus o Sustainable practices and activities should be fully integrated into the fabric of Drexel University. o Drexel Green will be a repository for centralization of information and advisory group for departments and organizations hosting their own events. o The Drexel Green Events Committee… Events

29 Communications

30 Communications & Marketing GOAL: Develop strategies and create materials to drive awareness of Drexel Green events and initiatives. Develop Identity and Presence 1.Website developed Reviewed Drexels Benchmark Universities websites George Washington, NYU*, Boston, Northeastern, Carnegie Mellon*, Case Western Reserve, Tufts*, Lehigh 2.Drexel Green Logo designed * Best designed websites with substantive content; have an office of sustainability Communications

31 Traditional Communications and Marketing Methods Utilized Drexel Green Website Drexel Daily Digest Drexel InfoNET Drexelink Monthly Newsletter Triangle Advertisements and Articles Posters / Flyers / Brochures Table Banners University-wide s Communications

32 Social Media Implemented Facebook Wiki Podcasts Communications

33 Recommendations Moving Forward Survey audience to develop a strategic communications plan Utilize faculty in Department of Culture and Communication Determine audiences preferred methods to receive communications Where should resources be focused? – Traditional communication methods and/or new social media? Measure behavioral change – adopting a greener lifestyle Redesign the Drexel Green website utilizing CMS Develop an Academics and Research section Feature testimonials about how Drexel Green has positively changed lifestyles Explore use of Twitter, RSS, Flickr, Blogs, YouTube, etc. Centralize communications/marketing duties for initiative Communications

34 Buildings

35 Introduction/Activities Research: Drexel Buildings Sightlines Report- Energy consumption relative to other institutions Sustainable Endowment Fund (SEI) Report Cards Deferred Maintenance List- Greening opportunities Green Globes and LEED- Rating the sustainability of new construction Policy: Green Building Guidelines Improved policy for new construction Condensed, user-friendly reference guide Refers to a combination of codes and rating systems Buildings

36 Introduction/Activities Raising Awareness about Drexels Sustainability Commitment: Campus awareness through participation Community awareness through publication Buildings

37 Benchmarking- Sightlines Report Buildings

38 Benchmarking- Sightlines Report Buildings

39 Near Term Recommendations Buildings 1-3 Years Complete Steam Loop Project Steam is a major heat source for Drexel facilities Major carbon producer Implement Fundamental Commissioning for All Building Projects Regular evaluation of building systems In-house or 3 rd party commissioning on all capital projects Implement a Drexel Community Energy Agreement Document Students – Optional, small, monthly fee added to housing costs Faculty/Staff – Optional, small, monthly payroll deduction No added financial burden on University

40 Near Term Recommendations Buildings 1-3 Years Implement New Green Building Guidelines Public access to document via Drexel Green Website Reference key elements of well-established guidelines Provide a Written Plan for Carbon Reduction Based on baseline GHG inventory completed Improve SEI Report Card Scores Green Building grade ultimate goal: A

41 Long Term Recommendations Buildings 3-5 Years Replace Unit Ventilators Forced air units will significantly improve occupant comfort and air quality Weatherize All Windows Improvements to building will increase energy efficiency Double-paned, low-e glass Include Improved Metering of Utilities Critical to identify inefficiencies and the impact of cost saving measures Ability to compare consumption/performance of individual buildings

42 Long Term Recommendations Buildings 3-5 Years Installation of Domestic Pods Steam produced on site Fuel selection flexibility Efficiency Institutional Action Plan for a Climate Neutral Campus Set a target date for achieving climate neutrality Establish mechanisms for tracking progress on goals and actions

43 Operations

44 Introduction/Activities The Green Pledge: As of May 5, 2009, over 1500 faculty, staff and students have signed the pledge Goal: 75 percent of the University community will take the pledge by June 2010 Goal: 95 percent of the University community will take the pledge by June 2012 Reduce, Reuse and Recycle- the Three Rs in Action Individual responsibility University responsibility The University must provide the resources to enable members of the community to act responsibly Operations

45 Benchmarking- Recyclemania 2009 Results Operations

46 Reduce Goal: To reduce energy usage (per person) by 25% by 2020 Increase the coverage and capability of Building Automation Systems Increase the use of high efficiency lighting (move beyond compact fluorescent to LED) Stride towards campus energy independence through the use of windmills, geothermal, photovoltaic arrays, co-generation facilities, and ice plants Goal: To reduce natural resource consumption (per person) by 25% by 2020 Reduce paper usage by encouraging the use of electronic communication; where printing is necessary the use of duplex printing Develop a prototype (50 student) computer testing center by August 2011; by August 2015 have facilities to handle 1000 students Reduce the usage of plastics and eliminate the usage of styrofoam by July 2012 Reduce water usage by incorporating low-flow devices in all renovations by July 2009 Achieve 100% recycling of packaging material by July 2012 Goal: To reduce the usage of hazardous materials in research and teaching laboratories by 10% by 2015 Operations

47 Reuse Goal: To maximize the usage of existing materials, equipment and furnishings Create a dedicated asset management position by July 2010 Develop a database of existing scientific equipment by January 2011 Encourage the reuse/recycling of used scientific equipment Develop a database of hazardous materials by January 2011 to facilitate fiscal and environmental responsibility Implement a Dragoncycle TM freecycle system by July 2011 Operations

48 Recycle Goal: To increase the recycling tonnage by 60% by 2020 Require recycling centers to be designed into new construction specifications effective July 2009 Complete a survey of existing recycling containers by January 2010 Develop improved signage for recycling and trash containers by July 2010 Create easily identified recycling centers on each floor of every building July 2011 Standardize recycling containers across all buildings and campuses by July 2012 Operations

49 Improve Communications Goal: To improve communications regarding campus sustainability initiatives Develop an on-line FAQ page by September 2009 Create an on-line suggestions page by September 2009 Develop a sustainability presentation for Freshmen orientation 2009 Distribute a reusable mug, a recycling brochure, an information brochure about the bike-share program and the SEPTA ComPass program, a copy of the Green Pledge Institute a student video contest for Earth Week 2010 Operations

50 Community

51 Introduction Our committee was organized around one central question: How can Drexel Students, Faculty and Staff play a more meaningful role outside Drexels borders with regard to greening and sustainability? We conceived of community as a triad: Micro: Drexels immediate physical communities. Meta: Other colleges, universities and large non-profits in the region. Macro: Broader set policy-making bodies such as the city, metropolitan or state actors. Community

52 Benchmarking As an urban university, Drexel has numerous connections to community based partners across our three campuses. Drexel, like many Universities around the country, has recently accelerated its activities and programs around environmental stewardship on campus as well as engaging community partners. Community-based engagement around sustainability includes the work of student groups, and the efforts of Drexels Office of Civic Engagement; the Co-op Office and Drexels Engineering Cities Initiative. Community

53 Recommendations - Micro Engage local stakeholders in sustainability-related activities, including weatherization, multi-modal transit enhancement, community greening, green jobs and green building activities. Create a community-sustainability web portal. Find community applications to Drexels basic and applied science and engineering activities. Take on a community sustainability project each year that engages Drexel actors that has the potential to improve community outcomes. Community

54 Recommendations - Meta Continue to support student, staff and faculty membership of national higher education, sustainability-focused organizations. Host regional events and conferences on sustainability that attracts local researchers, educators, activists and citizens. Take the lead in forming a regional organization of colleges and universities and other large non-profits focused on sustainability. Community

55 Recommendations - Macro Expand current support for scientific and policy research done by Drexel faculty that has clear community benefits. Expand current relationships with the policy-making, public administration and non-profit agencies. Continue support for conferences, workshops and community- based planning efforts around sustainability programming. Community

56 Moving Forward

57 Institutional Commitments to Support Sustainability Moving Forward University Mission Statement College/Department/ Program Mission Statements Strategic Plan Budgetary Support Transparency Hiring and Promotion Reward System Measurement Celebration Infrastructure Sources: Checkoway, 2001; Holland, 1999;Ramaley, 2005; Stephens, Colby, Ehrlich & Beaumont, 2000; Stott, 2006; Thomas, 1998; Wellman, 1999

58 Proposed Infrastructure to Support Sustainability Moving Forward Board of Trustees Committee on Sustainability Sustainability Office (Administrative) Center/Institute for Sustainability (Academic) Sustainability Council Students, Faculty and Staff

59 Response and Discussion

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