We are not experts
Rhetorical Question: So why are we here?
Obligatory shot of smoke stacks.(http://greenbristolblog.blogspot.com/2009/11/global-warming-solution-part-1.html)
Air pollution from carbon emissionsCarbon Dioxide levels, largely man made, are increasing the world average temperature. Increase temperatures on hot summer days, leading to more "red alert" air pollution days in the coming years. Ozone pollution, aka smog, causes asthma and other respiratory illnesses, especially in youth and the elderly.
Global warming affect Air Quality, Quality of lifeAs earth's thermostat continues to rise, human health problems will only become more frequent. The threats range from emerging tropical diseases to life-threatening temperatures to an increase in allergies and asthma.(picture from Chinese streets prior to Olympics, http://www.waxingamerica.com/2008/08/masks-in-china-the-olympic-committe-is-a-joke-nothing-has-changed.html)
Global warming impacts our ecosystemAverage temperatures in the Arctic region are rising twice as fast as they are elsewhere in the world. Arctic ice is getting thinner, melting and rupturing. The polar ice cap as a whole is shrinking. Images from NASA satellites show that the area of permanent ice cover is contracting at a rate of 9% each decade. If this trend continues, summers in the Arctic could become ice-free by the end of the century.Melting glaciers and land-based ice sheets contribute to: rising sea levels, threatening low-lying areas around the globe with beach erosion, coastal floodingcontamination of freshwater supplies.
Global warming causes erratic weatherA warmer Arctic will also affect weather patterns and thus food production around the world. (Hurricane Katrina, http://web.mit.edu/12.000/www/m2010/)
Global warming causes flooding and massive economic destruction200 million people around the world could be displaced by more intense droughts, sea level rise and flooding by 2080 if nothing is done.(Hurricane Katrina, http://www.gettingprepared.info/blog/hurricane-katrina-five-years-later/)
Temperatures are rising and sources of freshwater are increasingly unpredictable. Two and a half billion people already lack access to basic sanitation, and nearly one billion people lack access to safe drinking water. Global warming is expected to lead to more floods and more droughts, both of which reduce the availability of freshwater for drinking, sanitation, irrigation and other basic needs. Forty-three thousand tons of food is thrown out in the United States each day(http://www.hunger-undernutrition.org/.a/6a01156f72691f970c013487752717970c-800wi)
America's national forest system was created in the early 20th century to preserve pristine wilderness and the wildlife that lives. Since then, more than 1/2 of the system's forested land has been developed or crisscrossed by roads.Every year, 900 million trees are cut down to provide raw materials for American paper and pulp mills. Just in the USA.Hotter and drier conditions, and extreme storms and flooding, put plant communities everywhere at risk. With habitats and food sources devastated, wildlife are already struggling to survive. (Brazillian Sugar Cane Farm, http://www.rechargenews.com/multimedia/archive/00027/amaz2_27672a.JPG)
In one day, Americans get rid of 20,000 cars and 4,000 trucks and buses. Thousands of motorists in China have been stuck for ten days in a jam that goes on for more than 60 miles.(http://newcovermagazine.com/2010/08/23/going-no-were-chinese-traffic-jam-enters-9th-day/)
And we’re doing thisIn the U.S., a person accumulates4.6 pounds of trash per day and up to 56 tons of trash per year Each day the United States throws away enough trash to fill 63,000 garbage trucksAlmost 1/3 of the waste generated in the U.S. is packaging
But we can fix it.
Educational, research & public service missionsShaping tomorrow’s leadersFaculty, staff & student involvementInnovate and role-model solutionsCatalyze investmentSupport green industries & demand for renewable energyJob creationLocal communities engagement
Depends on who you askOur definition: that which meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs
People, Planet, Profit- the three pillars. TBL captures an expanded criteria for measuring organizational (and societal) success: economic, ecological and social. People(human capital) fair and beneficial business practices toward labor and the community and region where a corp. conducts business. Planet (natural capital) sustainable environmental practices. carefully managing its consumption of energy and non-renewables and reducing manufacturing wasterendering waste less toxic before disposing of it in a safe and legal manner.Profit is the economic value created by the organization after deducting the cost of all inputs, including the cost of the capital. the "profit" aspect is the real economic benefit enjoyed bysociety. the real economic impact the organization has on its economic environment. The big question: How can we design and build a world in which the Earth thrives and people can pursue flourishing lives?
Focus on environment for the purpose of this presentation
What stage are you in with your strategic plan?Is sustainability a part of those conversations?You commitment needs to start from the top.It needs to cross all categories of staff, faculty, students and across departments.What to do:Attend strategic planning meetings.Bring up sustainability in every meeting and area.Integrating sustainability into academicsCommitting to carbon neutralityCommitting to workers rights and fair laborCreating a culture that embeds sustainability into the communityCommitting to include sustainability in institution’s strategic planAU is committed to acting on our values through social responsibility, service and the active pursuit of sustainabilityCreating a sustainability office and project teamsInvite stakeholders into meaningful purposeMission fulfillmentAttract top students, faculty, and staffOperate more efficiently – cost savingsLead technology racePublic-private partnershipsStay ahead of regulatory curve
Where is your culture right now?Is sustainability on your university’s radar?It’s a philosophy. Not a specific action or program.
Association of colleges and universities working to create a sustainable future. Mission: empower higher education to lead the sustainability transformation. Provides resources, professional development, and a network of support to enable institutions to model and advance sustainability in everything they do, from governance and operations to education and research.
Once of AASHE’s signature programs.A lot of College’s and University's are turning to it as a “report Card” for sustainability in Higher ed.Also serves as a good guide for planning your sustainability efforts. Regardless of whether you subscribe to the actual program it offers a great way of organizing your thinking.The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS®) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to gauge relative progress toward sustainability. STARS was developed by AASHE (Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education) with broad participation from the higher education community.STARS is designed to:Provide a framework for understanding sustainability in all sectors of higher education.Enable meaningful comparisons over time and across institutions using a common set of measurements developed with broad participation from the campus sustainability community.Create incentives for continual improvement toward sustainability.Facilitate information sharing about higher education sustainability practices and performance.Build a stronger, more diverse campus sustainability community.The STARS framework is intended to engage and recognize the full spectrum of colleges and universities in the United States and Canada – from community colleges to research universities, and from institutions just starting their sustainability programs to long-time campus sustainability leaders. STARS encompasses long-term sustainability goals for already high-achieving institutions as well as entry points of recognition for institutions that are taking first steps toward sustainability. STARS 1.0, which launched on January 19, 2010, after a three-year development process, is the first version of STARS in which participants can earn a rating.American University was a charter participant in the STARS inception.
Three main issues in this category.Report on issues in the curriculum and co-curriculum.
This slide should be about Co-Cirriculum.Student sustainability peer educator programsstudent activism and outreach campaignsOrganic community gardensOrientation activities and programming. demonstrates that sus. is an institutional goal and encourages students to adopt sustainable habits in their new school environments. Orientation sets the tone for the campus experience.Produce outreach materials and publications that enhance student learning about sustainability outside the classroom sustainability newsletter, sustainability website, publication on alternative methods of transportation, a guide to green living in the residence halls
Piloted in 2008 at AURewards faculty members who are green teachers, while giving green courses a familiar face among students. The Green Teaching Certificate is based on a system of self-reporting on their efforts to make their courses moresustainable. Upon evaluation, qualified courses are rewarded with a seal representing one of four different levels of the Green Teaching Certificate, Can be put on syllabi and Blackboard pages to market courses as greenQualification Criteria:Reducing Paper Use: electronic syllabuses, print double-sided and on recycled paper, assigning e-books, not using colored paper, only accepting papers electronically, etc.Saving Energy and Reducing Emissions: Turn off the lights if the room has enough daylight for your needs, turn off electronic equipment not being used, Schedule office hours before or after class so students do not need to make a separate trip to campus, invite guest speakers via speakerphone or videoconferencing Other Measures: Encourage students to undertake actions to reduce their ecological footprint ,teach about the environment, encourage student volunteer activities in environment, help students find internships and jobs in "green" areas, recycle transparencies and other materials from previous courses rather than reprinting them Bonus Points: receive bonus points for any measure taken to make course greener that is not listed in Questionnaire.
degrees, courses, faculty researchCurriculumConducting an inventory of academic offerings provides a foundation for advancing sustainability curriculum. Offers a sense of where the institution is and helps identify strengths and opportunities for growth. A list of sustainability courses helps current and prospective students find and understand sustainability course offeringsResearchHave faculty gefine sustainability research at your institutionSurvey faculty members and ask them to self‐identify as being engaged in sus research using the sustainability definition developed
institutionalizing sustainability by dedicating resources to sustainability coordination, incorporating sustainability into their primary campus plans, and developing plans to move towards sustainability. Staff and other resources help an institution organize, implement, and publicize sustainability initiatives. These resources provide the infrastructure that fosters sustainability within an institution. Strategic and physical campus plans guide an institution and its physical development. These important documents establish an institution’s priorities and influence budgeting and decision‐making. Incorporating sustainability into these plans is an important step in making sustainability a campus priority and may help advocates implement sustainable changes. Sustainability plans and climate plans provide a road map for how to achieve sustainability goals, employee wellness program.sustainability committee, office, and/or coordinator that are tasked by the administration or board of trustees to advise on and implement policies and programs related to sustainability on campus, formal plan to mitigate its greenhouse gas emissions, diversity and equity committee that are tasked by the administration to advise on and implement policies and programs related to diversity and equity on campus, programs in place to support under‐represented groups on campus, implementing strategies to improve their accessibility and affordability, offers housing options to accommodate the special needs of transgender and transitioning students (either as a matter of policy or as standard practice), including sustainability training in new employee trainings.
Created by Presidents of UniversitiesCreated in 1990, 22 Universities“institutions of higher learning will be world leaders in developing, creating, supporting and maintaining sustainability” Registrar is University Leaders for a Sustainable FutureAs of August 14, 2010, 421 college and university presidents have signed the declaration. These span 52 countries on five continents, with 165 in the United States
The ACUPCC network is a learning communityPublications and guidance documents share best practices and create solutions on:Climate action planningEducational components of climate actionGreen building; energy efficiency and performance contracting; renewable energy; carbon offsets; etc.Leading transformational change initiatives A network led by presidents & chancellorsHigh-visibility, national initiativeJoint action to leverage change representing over 650 institutions and one-third of the total student populationAction plan for climate neutralityResearch & educationVision & leadership of higher education
The Fair Labor Association (FLA)Non-profit labor rights organization, Multi-stakeholder initiative bringing together companies, universities, and civil society organizations to improve working conditions worldwidePromoting adherence to international and national labor laws. Established in 1999 Evolved from task force created by President Bill Clinton around the use of child labor and other sweatshop practices in apparel and footwear factories.The Worker Rights Consortium (WRC) Independent labor rights monitoring organization Focused on protecting the rights of workers who sew apparel and other products sold in the United States, particularly those bearing college or university logos. Conducts investigations, issues public reports , aids workers to end labor abuses and defend workplace rights. Founded in 2001 by university administrators, labor rights experts, and student activists Over 180 college and university affiliates, and a number of high school affiliates.
Buildings are the largest user of energy and the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions on campuses. use significant amounts of potable water. Institutions can design, build, and maintain buildings in ways that provide a safe and healthy indoor environment for inhabitants while simultaneously mitigating the building’s impact on the outdoor environment.
Built environment accounts for about 40% of greenhouse gas emissionsEnvironmental and health problems by construction and use of campus buildings,Building high-performance, healthy facilities reduces or eliminate harmful emissions and waste and increases quality of life and productivity foroccupants. Green building will result in 10-20% annual energy savings over the long-term.
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Habitat Management and Restoration Sustainable landscapingCampus Beautification DayGreen roofsStorm water managementCampus gardensIntegrated pest management plan for pest control keeping away from pesticides, Native plants during landscaping, Renewable sources for non‐electric, on‐site energy generation, Purchase Renewable Energy Certificates, Motion, infrared, and/or light sensors to reduce energy use for lighting
Collectively, colleges and universities spend many billions of dollars on goods and services annually. Each purchasing decision represents an opportunity for institutions to choose environmentally and socially preferable products and services and support companies with strong commitments to sustainability. Use purchasing power to help build a sustainable economy. preference to purchase Green Seal™ or EcoLogoTM certified cleaning products, preference to purchase recycled content office paper, sets expectations about the social and environmental responsibility of vendors with whom the institution does businessSustainable Purchasing Policy- a guide to university procurement in ways that advance social responsibility and environmental sustainability by using, maintaining, disposing or re-purposing, goods and services which: improve energy, water and material efficiency; utilize renewable materials; encourage employees to adopt sustainable practices; reward vendors with sustainable production, distribution and end of life management systems/services; support locally produced goods and services; enable the university to attain carbon neutrality or net positive renewable energy production; eliminate waste, especially hazardous materials; enhance the physical campus environment; and protect and enhance the health of the university community.
(http://www.sarahsnorwexonline.com/i//This_is_NOT_Green_Cleaning.jpg)Use green seal products,handsoaps/toilet tissue, work with housekeeping to secure these products. Chemicals that do not cause workers or students to inhale hazardous fumes, or those which are bad for the environment.
Buy local via food grown and processed within 250 miles of the institutionTrayless diningFarmers marketsStudent grown food gardensCommunity Food Security CoalitionReal Food Challengeoffering diverse vegetarian and vegan dining options, composting, reusable mug discountsfood donations/drives
Create policies that reduce carbon consumption and shift sources of energyReduce consumptionProduce renewable energy on campusRenewable energy on campus through solar photovoltaic arrays, wind turbines, purchasing a Vegawatt which converts used cooking oil into electricity.Support renewable energy off campusPurchase RECSupport projects that offset emissionsAmerican College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment Conduct a GHG emissions inventory- the GHG emissions inventory is publicly available, either through the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment reporting site, Policies and/or programs in place to reduce emissions from air travel, implement projects that reduce GHG emissions in the local community (i.e., students weathering homes in neighboring community)Purchasing renewable energy credits supports renewable energy off camus and mitigates on campus greenhouse gas emissionsPurchasing renewable energy credits ensures that the amount of electricity you use is replaced onto the power grid with wind power from wind farms, making it cleaner for you and everyone else on the planet.http://media.photobucket.com/image/lump+of+coal/preppypauper/lump_of_coal.jpg
Offering material online instead of printingConduct waste audit Helping AU with moving toward papertowel compostingMattresses- certified mattress recyclingMove in/Move Out Waste Reduction Programs- Donation CollectionsE-waste contains toxic components that contaminate soil and groundwater….and can easily be recycled. Partner with a company that you can donate to or sell parts at a reduced costZero Waste- the purpose of this policy is to protect and restore our environment by managing material flows through the university and manage waste/recycling processes that: improve energy, water, and material efficiency; utilize renewable materials; enable the university to attain carbon neutrality or net positive renewable energy production; eliminate waste, especially hazardous materials; enhance the physical campus environment; and protect and enhance the health of the university community.E‐waste typically contains toxic components, such as lead and mercury, that can contaminate soil and groundwater, and have detrimental human health impacts if handled improperly. At the same time, e‐waste contains components that can be recycled. Likewise, computers, cellular phones, and other electronic materials can be donated or re‐sold at reduced cost to non‐profit organizations and community groups.
Water usage… bottled water to reusableThe Dav reusable mug programTap That campaignshttp://www.teluglobe.com/podcasts/say-no-to-bottled-water-in-usa
Light bulb exchange
Farmers markets, CSA Collectives – Community supported Agriculture
collaboration with academic affairs and campus business operations. Use yourself as a stakeholder to gain influence in your area. Develop goals that require collaboration with other departments in working towards sustainability whether through operations, purchasing, renovation building, or events planning. There are ways to get involved and make an impact at a university wide level.
Develop a green mission statement within your department that sets you a part from yourcompetion schools. More and more students are actively engaged in looking for schools that support their goals and sustainability is a hot topic for future generations.
Develop departmental committees which focus on sustainability initiatives whether this is through your orientation programs, move in/out check-ins, purchasing, or programming.
The Eco-Certification program is a program that was developed and currently being run by AU Eco-Sensecertification process aims to educate offices in sustainable practices as well as highlight and congratulate them for being sustainablelist of criteria developed by Eco-Sense, with help of the Purchasing Department and the Office of Sustainability. There are 44 actions on the list, some that we require to be done and some that we let the office choose from. In all, each office must complete a total of at least 30 of the 44 criteria.
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