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Dennis Milechin Yan Wang Ha Hoang Advisors: Professor Frederick L. Hart Professor Guillermo F. Salazar Klaas Rodenburg Shawn Paulson
Doing a project about “campus sustainability” Sustainability movement among campuses Stantec potential market Develop a sustainability master plan template
Gain background knowledge Research what other institutions have done Make our recommendations Interview people to confirm our recommendations
“Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” - Brundtland Commission Report
No accepted definition of campus sustainability. Global Reporting Initiative definition Environment Economics Society http://www.rso.cornell.edu/sustainabilityhub/Pictures/Sustainability%20venn% 20diagram.jpg www.umoncton.ca/symbiose/files/CSAF.pdf Campus Sustainability Assessment Framework (CSAF) Campuses create their own definition of sustainability.
Why there is no definite answer of how to green campus Presently, campuses are still in the early phase of sustainability movement Characteristics of each campus are different, such as the campus’ location and size etc.
Immediate Policies Commitment to Sustainability Sustainability Committee Action Plan Implement Action Plan Modify Action Plan Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4Step 5 Step 6
“Public Declaration of Commitment to Environmental Protection and Serves as Frame Work for Decision Making and Goals” - - Greening the Ivory Tower Show institution’s determination toward sustainability Defines institution’s own campus sustainability definition Commitment greatly increases the likelihood that actual actions will be taken. Commitment to Sustainability
http://www.greencampus.harvard.edu/about/documents/sustainabilityprincipleshandout. pdf http://www.presidentsclimatecommitment.org/
Task of a Committee Structure and Membership of A Committee Influence of The Committee Immediate Policies Sustainability Committee Why this is not the 1 st or 3 rd :
Action Plan “Walks” Too Slow What are Immediate Policies What are immediate policies for Immediate Policies Why this step is behind Committee & before Action Plan:
Anti-Idling “All vehicles should be turned off when not in use or when the driver leaves the unit for any length of time." --University of Waterloo Document “Whenever possible, forms should be filled out and processed electronically.” --UCSD Facility Operation Policy: “The following equipment and components will be switched off at the end of each work day when feasible: Office Lights Office Computers, Printers and Monitors Office Copy Machines” --University of South Carolina
Identify Possible Solutions Identify Problem Areas Analyze Data Take Inventory of Campus Start Create/ Modify Action Plan Set Targets and Goals Action Plan
https://www.indiana.edu/~sustain/wp-content/uploads/Campus_Sustainability_Report.pdf Indiana University of Bloomington - 2008 Report
Identify Problem Areas EnergyWaterWaste Social Action Plan
In 2006, a recycling truck in Harvard was retrofitted and started running on straight waste vegetable oil from Harvard’s Dinning Hall. Biodiesel Exhaust smells good !!
46 Blackstone Street, Cambridge campus, Harvard University LEED Platinum Reduced 43% indoor water usage – Dual flush toilets – Waterless U – Low flow sinks Eliminated all potable water consumption for irrigation – Plant the native, drought-tolerant species that require no irrigation
Seven steps to a paperless office Commit: Promote a paperless workplace. Be creative: Solicit ideas from front- line employees. E-mails: Don’t print e-mails. If you have trouble reading, increase monitor settings. Photocopies: Instead of making copies, use the photocopier to make PDFs and email digital file to yourself. Trust: Back-up computer files regularly. Innovate: Laminate forms and use dry erase pens. Invest: Allocate resources to paperless systems. http://www.publicaffairs.ubc.ca/ubcreports/2008/08feb07/paperless.html
A “prompt” is something to remind people actually carry out their sustainable actions. “Prompt”
Using prompt strategy increased the amount of recycled paper by 54% in one department of Florida State University. Florida State University
Immediate Policies Commitment to Sustainability Create Sustainability Committee Action Plan Implement Action Plan Modify Action Plan Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4Step 5 Step 6 Repeat steps 5 and 6 To demonstrate progress. To identify new problem areas. To implement new sustainability solutions.
Confident recommending six steps above to institutions as a starting point Limitation: – Time constraint – Only focus on the environmental aspect of the campus sustainability – Metric to identify the problem areas – Work in progress