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1 University Sustainability Task Force Open House January 24, 2011

2 Sustainability Vision “UDC will serve as a sustainability leader among institutions of higher education and as a national model for urban sustainability in both campus operations and educational offerings.” - Dr. Allen L. Sessoms. 2

3 What is Sustainability? 3 US EPA (http://www.epa.gov/sustainability/basicinfo.htm Sustainability calls for policies and strategies that meet society’s present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

4 Strategic Plan

5 5 Goal 1 – Academic Programs: Offer academic programs with relevance to the District of Columbia, the region and the world. Objective 1.5: Increase contributions to city and regional economic development. Promote an understanding of global trends, such as sustainability and urbanization, and their application to the local and regional context (2012 and ongoing). Objective 2.2: Significantly improve retention and graduation rate of students. Involve students in on-campus sustainability projects to promote an increased sense of belonging and ownership in the University (by 2012). Objective 2.4: Improve student life at the University. Promote outreach, volunteerism, sustainability and healthy living in the student community (2011 and ongoing).

6 Strategic Plan 2011 Goal 3 – Campus Infrastructure: Create an enhanced campus environment through the acquisition, construction, renovation and preventive maintenance of university facilities. Objective 3.4: Expand University sustainability activities to promote environmental stewardship, minimize waste and reduce overall operation and maintenance costs. Use the Sustainability Task Force to establish the University as a national model for urban sustainability and environmentally responsive campus operations (2014–2020 and ongoing). Perform an extensive assessment of the University’s energy usage, and develop a University- wide utility reduction strategy (2011). Expand campus-wide recycling programs to ensure proper resource management and conservation (2012). Award new, performance-based recycling/janitorial contracts for the University system (2010). Assess current power plant conditions, and investigate the decentralization of the power plant system (by 2012). Investigate future expansion of current environmental facility upgrades, such as the Plaza Deck, green roofs and recycling program (2012). Incentivize environmentally responsible commuting (by 2011). 6

7 UDC Sustainability Timeline August 2010 UDC Sustainability Initiative created Joined Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Registered as a Charter Participant (1 of 2 universities in DC) in the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System (STARS) September 2010 University Sustainability Task Force (USTF) established 7

8 October – December 2010 USTF met bi-monthly, established committees, reviewed best practices, and co-chairs attended AASHE Conference December 2010 USTF prepared draft recommendations for upcoming contracting solicitations, including janitorial, waste management and recycling services 8 UDC Sustainability Timeline

9 January 2011 USTF hosts Open House sessions to facilitate feedback on draft recommendations. February 2011 USTF opens University community comment period and assembles final draft. March 2011 Strategic Sustainability Plan submitted to the President 9 UDC Sustainability Timeline

10 10 Energy Use Impact Reduction Green Communities Environmental Justice Social Justice Acceptable Triple-Bottom-Line Cleaning up the Environment Recycling Sustainable Operations Social Anthropology Low-Carbon Restorative Actions have Consequences Socially Desirable Economically Feasible “Better Than We Found It” A Way of Life Food, Energy and Water Consciousness Waste Management Responsibility Opportunity Conservation Reuse Think, Live Green Maximize Utility System Interdependence Environmentally Conscious Education Balance Connectedness Thinking Ahead Energy Sourcing Long-Term Planning Way of Thinking Zero Waste Zero Emissions No Divisions Leadership Greening our Homes Preservation Systems approach Staying ahead of local and national policy Educating students and the UDC community Behavior change Measurement and verification Economic and operational efficiency Urban land-grant identity Job development for emerging sectors Following best practices Interdisciplinary focus Themes: UDC Sustainability

11 A Systems Approach Material Flows – Procurement – Asset Management – Waste Management and Recycling Energy, Water, and Climate – Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy – Information Technology – Water Management – Transportation – Greenhouse Gas Management Food Systems – Dining Services – Composting – On-Campus Food Production 11 Scholarship – Curriculum – Research – Service Learning Student Development – Recruitment and Retention – Co-Curricular Programs – Internships and Jobs Planning and Administration – Change Management – Staffing and Resources – Policy Development Stakeholder Engagement – Internal and External Communication – Partnership Development

12 12 Sustainability Initiative Academics and Research (Provost, Colleges, Departments) Green IT (Office of Information Technology) Buildings and Capital Projects (Facilities and Real Estate) Student Leadership (Environmental Law Society, Campus Garden Group) Purchasing (Office of Contracting and Procurement) External Partnerships (Government, Non-Profit, Business) Aux. Services and Recycling & Waste Mgmt. (Campus Services, Aux. Services) Service (Cooperative Extension, Service Learning) University Sustainability Task Force A Cross-Functional Effort

13 Best Practices From Higher Education 13

14 Use solar thermal and solar PV Recycling rate goal 2020 – 75% Promote the use of bikes and mass transit 1,500 bulbs were removed, replaced, or reduced to optimize the performance and increase energy efficiency. The total cost of the project was $26,700. UCF estimates that Rosen College saved $36,500 with a nine month ROI 14 University of Central Florida

15 2,900 graduate and undergraduate students Since 2003, require 60 hours of service learning plus reflective paper, journal, blog, etc. Consciously connect arts to sustainability projects through service learning projects Restored an eco-trail through an old landfill with interpretive stations using recycled materials – old tree stumps, parking bumpers, etc. – over a five year period (24 students) 15 Daemen College

16 Established the Center for the Advancement of Reuse of Electronic Waste Sustainable Campus Environment Fee: A refundable fee to help establish a sustainable campus environment by financing initiatives such as green buildings, engagement of the university community, recycling, energy efficiency, and environmentally responsible purchasing. Cleaner Energy Technologies Fee (CET): A fee used to purchase cleaner energy technologies for campus including solar, wind, hydrogen and geothermal projects, energy efficiency purchases, and the purchase of renewable energy from non-university producers. 16 University of Illinois

17 2,600 graduate and undergraduate students Conducted water audit of its residents halls Average student uses 203 gallons of water per week Average sink use is.82 gallons of water University had 7, loads of laundry done per month Executed a $4.65 million energy performance contract with Ameresco, Inc. 17 Lynchburg College

18 Passed along 1,500 old computers to surplus store to be sold 3,000 computers sold for parts collected 834,000 pounds of electronic waste 2010 – collected 650,000 pounds of electronic waste Provide pick up service to other departments – collected 33,000 pounds 18 Indiana University

19 Founded in 2008 as the Office for Sustainability in the College of Science and Technology Evolved in 2009 into the Center for Sustainability Faculty led Provide on-line schedule of sustainability events Required Coca Cola to install energy savings devices on their on-campus vending machines All students must take two environmental science classes to graduate (service learning is required) Student can design their own service learning project with faculty approval All service learning classes require a reflective paper 19 Georgia Southern University

20 500 students live on campus – 6,000 commute No sustainability office or officer Interdepartmental sustainability task force led by the Associate Dean of the Business School Promoted recycling, energy efficiency and renewable energy Eliminate the “empty truck syndrome” Installed solar powered trash compactor receptacles (reduced pick up from once a day to once a week) Required Dell to take back packaging as well as electronic waste Established a checklist for purchasing department and product/services pre-qualification form 20 Rutgers University – Camden

21 Use existing courses, existing assignments Focus on a single geographic region Point all academic efforts toward that region Perform an intensive, interdisciplinary investigation of the problems facing that city Involve 10 professors, 30+ courses, and 500 students Perform 80,000 hours of direct service while meeting learning outcomes Become a low-cost idea mill for city agencies Students obtain real experience and make connections with potential future employers Renew the social contract of the public university Increase relevance! 21 U Oregon – Sustainable City Year

22 Students did a survey of drinking fountains on campus – Found 100 fountains, many of which were out of service Performed a comparative analysis of water from the tap vs. drinking water – Deer Park costs 900 times as much as tap – Compared monetary costs, embodied energy, transparency, health and safety, and third-party standards Worked with capital projects managers to spec a water bottle filling spout as a retrofit to all on-campus fountains and planned in new construction 22 American U. – Drinking Water Audit

23 23 Assessing our Potential

24 Campus Sustainability Journey 24 EFFICIENT CREDIBLEAUTHENTICCULTURAL VALUE-ADDED SYSTEMS-BASED AWAKENINGPIONEERINGTRANSFORMATION AWARENESS APPLICATION & INVESTMENT PROGRESS UNDERSTANDING CHANGE (TRANSITIONAL) (TRANSFORMATIVE) RECRUITMENT COALITION BUILDING SYMBIOSIS PUBLIC DEMONSTRATION LOW-RISK PILOT INTEGRATION

25 Gauging Where We Are – What is our current performance level? – What is the relative importance of this issue to our campus? – What is the level of effort required for success? – How significant is the potential impact of achieving success? 25

26 26 COLOR: LEVEL OF EFFORT REQUIRED HIGH (7-10) MID (4-6) LOW (0-3) Sustainability Performance Matrix SIZE: POTENTIAL IMPACT HIGH (7-10) MID (4-6) LOW (0-3)

27 27 LOW PERFORMANCE HIGH PERFORMANCE HIGH IMPORTANCE LOW IMPORTANCE INSTITUTIONAL STRENGTH VISIBLE LIABILITY HIDDEN ASSET HIDDEN WEAKNESS BUILT ENVIRONMENT STEWARD- SHIP AESTHETICS FOOD PARTNERSHIPS STUDENT LIFE ENERGY & WATER MATERIALS & WASTE ACADEMICS OPERATIONS INNOVATION COMMUNICATIONS

28 28 Early Progress in Implementation

29 Scholarship New Courses for Spring 2011 Politics of the Green Economy (CAS) Sustainable Community Development (CAS) Introduction Sustainable Entrepreneurship (SBPA) Revised: Intro to Environmental Science (CAUSES) Future Courses Green Buildings, Energy Efficiency & Climate Change (SEAS) Sustainable Transportation Planning (SBPA) 29

30 Awarded waste management contract to new vendor, improving data transparency In discussions with new janitorial services provider to implement sustainable practices Registered UDC to participate in RecycleMania for the first time ever 30 Materials Flows

31 Broke ground on the Dennard Plaza renovations Initiated the Campus Master Plan facilitating input from USTF on plan’s Sustainability Element Participating in integrated design process for New Student Center, with goal of LEED Platinum 31 Energy, Water, and Climate

32 Planned installation of five green roofs on Van Ness campus buildings Initiated utility benchmarking process in compliance with DC law Campus plug-load audit via UDC strategic grant funding 32 Energy, Water, and Climate

33 Campus Plan community meetings 2010 Green Your Home Expo 2011 Green Living Expo Steering Committee Connecticut Avenue Beautification Study 33 Stakeholder Engagement

34 UDC Un-Plugged campaign Sustainability Website and Online Pledge Twitter and Facebook presence Bi-monthly newsletters 34 Stakeholder Engagement

35 Awarded food service contract to Fresh Start Solar Pod project underway to study extended growing season 35 Food Systems

36 Currently planning events for Green Week during April 2011 Developed a new student orientation session entitled “Sustainability, UDC, Future Careers, and YOU” for Spring 2011 Presented to off-campus housing residential students in Fall Student Development

37 37 Low-Hanging Fruit

38 Implement green janitorial practices. Unplug vending machines overnight or have energy saving devices installed. Install occupancy sensors to control lighting in offices, classrooms, hallways, and restrooms. Require that printers and copiers will have two-sided printing and copying set as their default. Encourage all university marketing materials and communications to be printed on recycled-content paper. Invest in a membership with a ridesharing platform. Place signs at each recycling location that clearly denotes what can be recycled. 38 LHF Recommendations (1)

39 Repair broken water fountains and install filtration units with water bottle faucets. Install a Brita ® Hydration Station™ to demonstrate the benefits of filtered tap water and the cost savings of using reusable bottles (about one cent per 16 ounces). Ensure that janitorial staff does not mix recyclables with trash. Ensure that the UDC bookstore carries environmentally preferred products. Implement a sustainability review for all capital expenditures over $25,000 and all non-research operating expenditures over $10,000. Replace all incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs. Prohibit the purchase of incandescent bulbs in the future. Require all equipment purchases or leases to be ENERGY STAR models or of comparable energy efficiency. 39 LHF Recommendations (2)

40 Publish online information and statistics regarding UDC’s sustainability performance in terms of energy consumed, water used, waste generated, solid waste diverted from landfills and greenhouse gases emitted. Provide permanent informational signage on the green attributes of the plaza deck renovations and the green roof demonstration project. Require that all University suppliers, vendors and contractors complete a green product and services prequalification form. Establish an annual university-sponsored Earth Day event. Require carbon offsets for university-sponsored air travel, when available. Include education on UDC sustainability efforts as a part of new employee orientation, new student orientation and campus tours for prospective students. 40 LHF Recommendations (3)

41 41 Priority Recommendations

42 Scholarship Priority 1 – Long-term objective – Establish an Institute or Research Center for Sustainability Priority 2 – Spring 2011 – Conduct sustainability workshop for faculty development day each fall and spring semesters – Create a sustainability module for EVERY course during Green Week in April – Add sustainability link to the LRD web portal – Add bonus points on the SEED Grant for proposals that provide sustainability projects Priority 3 – Summer 2011 – Provide faculty incentives for sustainability course development – Provide incentive grants for joint faculty/student research projects Priority 4 – Fall 2011 – Develop common introductory course on sustainability with established conceptual framework – Conduct a sustainability research conference for Washington, DC metro area. 42

43 Priority 1 – Adopt Rutgers University-like procurement system. Priority 2 – Develop a recycling plan to be kept on file with the Department of Public Works. Priority 3 – Conduct an annual waste audit. Additional recommendations include: – Determine that electronic waste is not going into landfills, incinerators or to developing countries for disposal. – Reassess the practice of sending used computers to out of state Federal penitentiaries to be refurbished by prison labor. An alternative approach is to send the computers to a locally based nonprofit for refurbishing. – Extend producer responsibility in contracts. – Explore adopting a zero waste goal. – Revitalize the UDC recycling program. 43 Materials Flows

44 Priority 1 – Complete the Dennard Plaza Deck renovations already under construction. Priority 2 – Install green roofs throughout the campus. Priority 3 –Complete the window replacement project. – rolling out on a façade-by-façade basis Priority 4 – Design and construct the new Student Center Priority 5 – Expand the resources for redeveloping the campus Other current activities: – Retrofitting water fountains with the water bottle filler faucets. – Replacing old recycling containers with new, more distinctive and more durable containers. – Preparing a package for the District government on the necessity for allowing Energy Service Company financing for to expedite energy retrofit. 44 Energy, Water, and Climate

45 Priority 1 - Build awareness across campus Priority 2 - Create opportunities for engagement for various stakeholders Priority 3 - Build support for sustainability commitments Additional recommendations for developing community around sustainability issues: – Daily and weekly walks around campus – UDC Eco-Thon – Weekly brown bag/pot luck lunches – Conferences – Monthly cafes (semi-formal gatherings) – On-line green calendar – Alumni Sustainability Council 45 Stakeholder Engagement & Student Development

46 Priority 1 – Develop a composting program with the cafeteria. Priority 2 – Promote and expand the UDC Farmer’s Market which operates March to November. Priority 3 – Provide for healthy food options in all on-campus vending machines. Additional recommendations include: – Explore service learning opportunities such as having students participate in the production of the food and all the processes of growing, cooking, and disposing (composting) of the food. – Develop partnerships with external organizations to promote healthy food production. – Increase community involvement. – Identify additional funding sources. 46 Food Systems

47 Priority 1 – Establish an Office of Sustainability within the President’s cabinet Priority 2 – Provide dedicated funding to create the new Office of Sustainability Priority 3 – Sign the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) Priority 4 – Establish Sustainability Captains for each department Priority 5 – Create a publicly accessible dashboard which allows people to track the progress by department Priority 6 – Adopt a centralized printing policy like the one utilized by CCDC Priority 7 – Institute a green procurement and purchasing monitoring system Priority 8 – Establish Student Sustainability Captains (SSCs) to promote sustainability Priority 9 – Develop a green product list and a Green Preferred Vendors list Priority 10 – Include sustainability clauses in all contracts 47 Planning & Administration

48 Draft strategic sustainability plan will be made available on udc.edu/sustainability University community comment period will remain open through end of February Final plan submitted to President Sessoms in March Next Steps

49 Thank You Task Force Members 49 Adenike Ogunbode Alvin Venson Barbara Jumper Barbara J. Riddick Benjamin G. Marcus Bryant E. Evans Coy McKinney Clearance Pearson Deborah Lyons Diane Hyman Douglas William Spetalnick Erik L. Thompson Gloria Wyche-Moore Howard Ways Iveracottis Short Joe Libertelli Josh Lasky Jovita Wells Karen Wong Kimberly Pennamon Laurie Morin A. Lillie Monroe-Lord Linda Carmichael-Freeman Mary Harris Maxwell Fairweather Mike Ewall Noel Richey Patricia Thomas Patrick F. Bateman Pradeep K. Behera Rachel G. Perry Selvon Waldron Stacie Mills Stacy Griffith Thomas Kakovitch Tolessa Deksissa Okolo Thomas-Toure William Hare William Clemmons Tracy Williams

50 Questions and Comments 50

51 51.edu Howard Ways, AICPJosh Lasky, LEED AP Director of Planning and SustainabilitySustainability Manager (202) | | at Join the UDC Sustainability Society group on Facebook Visit us on the web at Contact Us


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