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    Business and Environment Series: Short - University of Minnesota Sustainability Business and Environment Series: Short - University of Minnesota Sustainability Presentation Transcript

    • University ofMinnesotaSustainabilityMay 2012Amy ShortSustainability DirectorUniversity of Minnesota
    • The Twin Cities campus is… Urban Research Intensive Older than the state of Minnesota ….more than 150 years old Host to 80,000 people dailyBisected by one of the world’s great rivers and a national park 250+ buildings In a climate of extremes Spending $45 Million per year on Energy
    • Sustainability Matters Because…• Sustainability Unifies• Sustainability Inspires and Transforms• Sustainability Pays
    • Sustainability Matters to Students 69% of Students Say a Schools Commitment to the Environment Influences College Decisions“College-bound students are increasingly interested in sustainability issues. Among 8,200 collegeapplicants who participated in our spring 2011 ‘College Hopes & Worries Survey,’ nearly 7 out of10 (69%) told us that having information about a school’s commitment to the environment wouldinfluence their decision to apply to or attend the school.” - Robert Franek, Princeton Review
    • Sustainability Matters to Faculty2011 Twin Cities data reveals…247 Faculty engaged in sustainability research 37 Academic departments involved in sustainability 73 Departments offer sustainability-related undergraduate courses
    • Sustainability Matters ….Internal Measures External Measures• Climate Action Plans • President’s Climate• Annual Reports Commitment (ACUPCC)• Goals & Measures • Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE STARS) • Surveys
    • Campus SustainabilityMeasurement• Administration and Planning• Curriculum & Research• Operations • Energy – Use of, Source, Buildings • Waste (recycle, water, food) • Dining • Residential Living • Purchasing• Transportation• Student Involvement• Social Concerns• Carbon Footprint Assn for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education – AASHE
    • Systemwide Sustainability Goals Reporting • Framed by 2004 Regents Policy • 35 Goals and 95 Measures • Annual Reporting Policy Guiding PrinciplesLeadership * Modeling * Operational Improvements * Energy * Research * Education and Outreach
    • SustainabilityStructure Systemwide Strategic Sustainability Committee Connect the dots: Campus Sustainability • goals • measures Committees • communications Work Teams, Grass Roots, and Subcommittees Policy Guiding PrinciplesLeadership * Modeling * Operational Improvements * Energy * Research * Education and Outreach
    • Sustainability Unifies: Workteams Energy
    • Sustainability Unifies:Student Leaders“This inspired me to thinkabout the U as a wholesystem and I want to makesure that if students on onecampus are working on acampaign or project, otherscould learn from them andutilize their resources.” – Emma Wright,student employee & leader 2011 Student Engagement Leadership Workshop
    • Sustainability TransformsCurriculumand Research
    • Sustainability TransformsCampusClick photos for a virtual sustainability tours!
    • Sustainability Transforms Transforming Campus ....a Living Laboratory UMC Nature Nook Nature Nook Raingardens Edible Landscape Organic GardensUMM Three Sisters Garden Renewable Energy Projects
    • Sustainability Pays
    • Climate Action Planning Process Years 2011 - 2016 CO2 Reduction GoalsStrategy Est. Tons 700000Description Reduced EstimatedComputer 4,000 600000 Reduction by 2016 ReductionEfficiency Goal from CAP 1.1 500000Lighting 5,400 Metric Tons of CO2e -29%Efficiency 400000Building 48,000Recomissioning -49% 300000 ProjectedSustainable 35,900 200000 ReductionBuilding from StrategiesLab Efficiency 55,900 100000 TBDReduce Campus 11,000 0Size 2008 2016 2021 2026 2031 2036 2041 2046 2050Reduce Coal 27,300 YearUseACUPCC - Climate Action Plans
    • Sustainability Pays
    • 6,600 Campus Residents • Purchases: green cleaners, sustainable carpet, furniture, compostable dining ware • 162 energy efficient washers • 200,000 loads! = 3.5 million gallons water saved annually
    • Sustainability Pays Conservation • Annually recycled 6 million pounds and reduced costs by $180,000 Build Local Economies • Food from local providers (2010) – 183,000 pounds local produce – 920,000 gallons local dairy – 22,000 pounds local bakery • $200,000 Corn Cob Contract for Biofuel
    • Sustainability Inspires and Transforms Follow “It All Adds Up” on Facebook
    • Coffman UnionGarbage Dump and Sort:Recycling and ReuseAwareness EventsMN Team Recycle
    • 80,000 visitors to campus per day.• Fleet 73 hybrid vehicles & 2 hybrid buses• UPass discounted unlimited bus access• Bike Share with city and Nice Ride MN
    • Click images for more!Step It Up!ZAP Twin Cities!Bicycle Commuters:40 round trips = 50 points
    • It All Adds Up “Refresh” 2012:
    • President Kaler driving Centaurus II Solar Car Built by Students! Follow UMN Sustainability on Facebook and Twitter