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- Carleton College: Environmental Audit Miller Cochran Jamie Long Lauren Miller Stephanie Pimm Damian Winters Authors : 2004 ENTS Capstone Presentation
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- Environment and Health Energy and Water Materials and Waste Environment, Health, and Safety
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- Energy and Water
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- Carleton is well within the Good Companys Benchmark Problems with monitoring of individual buildings and off-campus housing Use of MN Sustainable Design Guide Energy Use Performance: Recommendations: Better monitoring Provide feedback and information to campus users Look towards meeting Kyoto standards
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- Carleton does not currently purchase renewable energy Wind turbine project Renewable Energy Performance: Recommendations: Use any profit from wind turbine to buy green energy Offer students/faculty/staff option for taxing themselves in order to purchase green energy.
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- Air emission estimates Global Change Biology project Carleton has never completed a full report on GHG inventory that includes travel, transportation, etc. Greenhouse Gas Inventory Performance: Recommendations: Encourage student project on environmental footprint for Carleton College
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- Current changes in parking regulations recommend that no new parking lots should be built Yellow Bike Club Carleton meets suggested benchmark for car/bike spaces Transportation Performance: Recommendations: Dead storage for cars should be reviewed and enforced Coordination of Yellow Bike Club should be compensated as a student job Make commitment for hybrid vehicles in the future
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- Within or below the 90-120 gallons/SCU/day benchmark Some water-saving devices implemented Toilets, urinals, showerheads Buildings monitored separately, but residential and most irrigation combined Little or no feedback to campus users Water Use Performance: Recommendations: Establish system for better monitoring and reporting Provide feedback to campus users
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- Materials and Waste
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- Offer wide range of services: commingled, paper, batteries, cardboard, ink cartridges Good campus infrastructure bins in key locations About 65 tons of waste per week, 30% recycling rate Recycling Systems Performance: Recommendations: To reach the goal of a 50% recycling rate, which some institutions have achieved, Carleton should compost food waste and be more vigorous about our recycling education.
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- Paper purchased through Printing and Mailing Eucalyptus or 30% recycled options Efforts in past to increase recycled content discontinued due to concerns about printing, brightness No fee for printing on campus, creates wasted paper Paper Use and Printing Performance: Recommendations: Carleton should offer higher recycled-content paper options in the future as product quality increases Carleton should strongly consider adopting a fee system for printing, which could significantly decrease paper use on campus
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- Largely switched from large CRT monitors to LCD (flat-panel) displays in an effort to comply with Kyoto protocol high initial cost but high energy savings All used electronic parts sent to Materials Processing Corporation for break down into reusable/recyclable parts NEO formed to distribute old/used computers to students Computer Hardware Purchasing and Disposal Performance: Recommendations: Communicate with Dell and other hardware suppliers to find out what materials they can take back themselves Recycle CDs Redirect NEOs efforts at more practical computer distribution Consolidate machine rooms for better energy efficiency
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- Some produce from Midwest Food Alliance Earth Day organic meal, fair trade coffee Little pre-consumer food waste, no food recovery program Approx. 500-600 lbs/day post-consumer food waste, currently no composting of cafeteria food waste Food procurement/disposal Performance: Recommendations: Continue efforts to compost cafeteria food waste Increase labeling and self-serve where possible Consider expanding organic and local food options Consider donating pre-consumer waste to food bank
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- Environment, Health, and Safety
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- Unusual size & scope: Arb 880 acres, McKnight 35 acres Habitat for threatened species, buffer zone for Cannon Active restoration program, but work is slow-going Chemical use for invasive removal is low and declining Limited interpretive program Conservation & Restoration Performance: Recommendations: Continue expanding interpretive program to better educate students about Minnesotas natural history and Carletons role in preserving biodiversity and natural areas
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- No data available on irrigation water use Two rain sensors and minimalist philosophy Broadleaf herbicide use fairly low, increasing corn gluten use Campus master plan promotes native, low-maintenance landscaping No construction policies regarding minimizing storm water runoff Grounds maintenance Performance: Recommendations: Better monitoring system for irrigation water use Continue to reduce chemical herbicide use Explicit policies regarding minimizing runoff with new construction
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- All chemicals used come from one company, Ecolab All the impacts of a product are considered The college stays up to date with current product developments and innovations The safety of staff and others is considered Chemical Use: Custodial and Maintenance Performance: Recommendations: The college should continue to stay current with products that minimize environmental impacts. Carleton could consider a more formalized process of product selection and evaluation.
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- The college does a good job of handling hazardous materials. Only very small amounts of hazardous materials escape down drains or are otherwise not properly disposed of. Facilities and the college work through the chemistry department for disposal. Chemical Use: Hazardous Materials Performance: Recommendations: The college should consider using micro-sizing in labs and using a more green curriculum.
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- The college has recently begun an aggressive program to assess and combat indoor air quality issues. The college has in place policies to prevent indoor air quality issues before they arise. Indoor Air Quality Performance: Recommendations: The college could speed up the IAQ assessment program with additional funding and attention. Once the IAQ program has been completed, the college should continue to focus on prevention.
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- Governance, Learning and Policy Planning and Purchasing Learning and Governance
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- Planning and Purchasing
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- Recent completion of 100-year plan Integration of Arboretum with campus, Northfield Green space Campus planning Performance: Recommendations: Work out specific plans for deconstruction materials, etc. Develop specific College goals/guidelines for sustainable design, working from MN Sustainable Design Guide and/or LEED evaluation points
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- Purchasing is very decentralized departments and offices exercise most of control Little effort for sustainable purchasing campus wide Facilities department has purchased sustainable wood, recycled paint Purchasing Tools and Strategies Performance: Recommendations: Carleton should work towards implementing a strategy to reduce the environmental impact of its purchasing decisions, and adopt the proposed Environmentally Responsible Purchasing Policy.
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- Learning and Governance
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- Environmental Advisory Committee Active in making recommendations, reviewing campus issues, budget to make campus improvements Environmental Statement of Principles Largely unknown, non-binding Governance and Leadership Performance: Recommendations: Continue to support the work of the EAC and ensure that its recommendations are considered carefully and in a timely manner through the appropriate chain of command. Consider adopting more specific goals in its pursuit of sustainability.
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- Currently no formal process for considering the social and environmental consequences of its investment practices Investment Policy Performance: Recommendations: Carleton should create a formal structure, such as a committee, to engage in an ongoing discussion of investment responsibility
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- ENTS exists as program (not dept.), concentration 2004 ENTS program review document just completed High enthusiasm from faculty, students Recent loss of faculty Requires more organization Environmental Studies Curriculum Performance: Recommendations: 2004 review document as starting point Maintenance as viable concentration requires input Increase in staffing should be seriously considered Clearly delineate organizational structure in writing
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- Strong support from students and faculty Many groups with environmental affiliation: SOPE, MPIRG, Green House, Farmhouse, ENTS Program, EAC Requires greater organization Campus Culture and Environmental Awareness Performance: Recommendations: Reestablish Green Network Encourage dialogue and cooperative projects among student groups, faculty and administration Greater integration with campus as a whole
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- Energy and water monitoring and information dissemination are similar problems across campuses Many colleges are now at least looking further into food procurement and composting Larger universities have more concrete sustainability and environmental plans Chemical awareness seems higher at Carleton than at other schools Many schools are now looking at using 100% post consumer recycled paper Reasonable number of car/bike spaces Renewable energy use/interest high at Carleton Green chemistry more widely used in larger universities Overall Performance
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- The College should : improve its monitoring and reporting of water and energy usage and provide better feedback and information to campus users. continue working towards composting the post-consumer food waste generated by the dining halls. consider expanding local and organic food options in the dining halls. adopt the proposed Environmentally Responsible Purchasing Policy, and work towards creating and implementing a strategy to reduce the environmental impact of its purchasing decisions. create a formal structure, such as a committee, to engage in an ongoing discussion of investment responsibility adopt specific goals and targets in its pursuit of sustainability. Overall Recommendations High Priority Tasks
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