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Bemidji State University

Campus Liaison: 
Erika Bailey-Johnson
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Institutional Summary: 

Bemidji State University, located in northern Minnesota's lake district, occupies a beautiful campus along the shore of Lake Bemidji. The University enrolls nearly 5,000 students annually and offerings include more than 65 undergraduate majors and 13 graduate programs encompassing the liberal arts, interdisciplinary studies and applied fields. The University is a member of the Minnesota State College and Universities System and has a faculty and staff of nearly 600. University signature themes include environmental stewardship, civic engagement and global/multicultural understanding. For further information about the University, visit our web site at:

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Century College

Campus Liaison: 
Pamela Thinesen
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Institutional Summary: 

Century College is a two-year community and technical college located in suburban St. Paul, Minnesota. It is a commuter college with 15,000 full and part-time students enrolling in credit coursework each year and another 15,000 enrolling in the college’s continuing education/certified training courses. Century College is one of 54 colleges and universities in the Minnesota State College and University system (MnSCU) and ranks second in level of diversity of students.

Sustainability Summary and Highlights: 

According to the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, ) and thousands of other scientific experts, climate change is a reality that we must face sooner rather than later if there is any hope of reigning it in before it’s reached a point of no return. Since colleges and universities have traditionally been a major source of societal change, it is important for these institutions to take a leading role in seeking ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and teach others ways to work toward sustainability by way of being a role model, providing educational opportunities in renewable energy and green jobs training, and more.

In 2006, a group of 12 college and university presidents attending an AASHE (Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education) developed the idea of a national college and university sustainability movement. They officially launched the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) in February 2007. By March 2007, 152 presidents and chancellors became signatories to the Commitment. As of this writing (August 2009), 650 college and university presidents have signed the Commitment.

The Presidents’ Climate Commitment provides a framework and support for America’s colleges and universities to go climate neutral. Coordination and support are provided by AASHE, ecoAmerica, Second Nature. These three non-profit organizations collectively provide the infrastructure for the initiative, including the website (, outreach, tracking, and financial management. Presidents signing the Commitment are pledging to eliminate their campuses’ greenhouse gas emissions over time. This involves:

1. Completing periodic greenhouse gas emissions inventories.
2. Within two years, setting a target date and interim milestones for becoming climate neutral.
3. Taking immediate steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by choosing from a list of short-term actions.
4. Integrating sustainability into the curriculum and making it part of the educational experience.
5. Making the action plan, inventory and progress reports publicly available.

Century College's President, Dr. Lawrence Litecky, signed the commitment in October 2007. While Dr. Litecky was on sabbatical to research high school-community college initiatives, Acting President O’Brien requested the formation of a climate committee in August 2008. The Century College President’s Climate Committee is made up of 20 members, including students, faculty, staff, and administrators.

Century College’s short-term action plan includes the following:

1. Establish policy that all new building construction and renovation will be done to at least the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED* Silver Standard or equivalent.
-- In August, 2008, Century College’s new Science/Library Building opened. The building meets the guidelines for LEED Silver Standard Certification. Applying for LEED certification was considered but not pursued after receiving cost estimate.
*Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design

2. Adopt an energy-efficient appliance purchasing policy requiring purchase of ENERGY STAR certified products in all areas for which such ratings exist.

3. Within one year of signing this document, reduce energy consumption by 15% or begin purchasing or producing at least 15% of our institution's electricity from renewable sources.
– According to experts and best practices, recommissioning/increasing efficiency is said to be a way of making significant reductions and should be done first.

4. Participate in the waste minimization component of the national RecycleMania competition, and adopt 3 or more associated measures to reduce waste.
a) Increase recycling efforts
b) Increase composting program (volumes and collection)
c) Set goals in other ways to reduce waste, including reduction of paper use, climate change and sustainability education of employees and students.

As of this writing, Century College has completed its baseline greenhouse gas inventory and is in the process of implementing its short-term actions. The long-term climate action plan is presently being drafted and should be completed and published at in January 2010.

Century College is currently developing the following new certificate and Associate Degrees:

Renewable Energy Technologist
Our new 16-credit certificate is designed for individuals who want more background in renewable energy concepts and theory, and may be of particular interest to engineering and science students.

Associate of Applied Science – Solar Energy Technologist
This degree will offer students a choice of emphasis areas in the emerging solar field. These emphasis areas will also be available as stand-alone certificates.

Associate of Applied Science in Renewable Energy
As part of a state-wide consortium, Century College will be offering a shared degree in Renewable Energy. Century College students will be able to take courses in wind, solar, biofuels and other energy fields. A series of certificates will be available from Century College and the other consortium schools.

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Concordia College

Campus Liaison: 
Kristin Brethova
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DePauw University

Campus Liaison: 
Carol Steele
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Illinois Central College

Campus Liaison: 
John Vogelsang
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Sustainability Summary and Highlights: 

The Board at ICC adopted a sustainability policy directing and challenging the faculty and staff to achieve a high level of sustainability. We have purchased three electric vehicles, are training on green purchashing, and are adding a silver LEED addition to our gym. We believe by learning we can change minds and changed minds can change the world.

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Luther College

Campus Liaison: 
Jon Jensen, Director of Environmental Studies
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Institutional Summary: 

Luther College is a private liberal arts college of 2600 students (all undergrad) located in Decorah, Iowa, a town of 8,000 near the borders with Minnesota and Wisconsin. Luther was founded in 1861 and is affiliated with the ELCA. Largest majors on campus include Biology, Education, Music, and Business.

Sustainability Summary and Highlights: 

Luther has made sustainability one of its three priorities in a strategic plan approved in May 2008 and has committed to reducing its carbon footprint by 50%. Campus sustainability highlights include:
•Calculated “carbon footprint” for 6 years and ongoing monitoring of sustainability indicators.
•Invested $1.6 million in energy efficiency in 2003 – reduced electricity consumption by 22% and carbon footprint by 15%.
•Used geothermal heating and cooling in Baker Village and Center for the Arts.
•New Sampson Hoffland Laboratories and renovated Valders Hall of Science with LEED gold certification.
•Purchased seven hybrid vehicles for the college fleet.
•Purchased four all electric vehicles for Campus Facilities Services .
•Converting 100% of waste vegetable oil to biodiesel and using it in all grounds equipment.
•Conducting analyses of strategies for further reducing energy usage: efficiency, biomass for heating and electrical, wind energy, and photovoltaic solar.
•Hired a campus sustainability intern to work on energy education and sustainability initiatives.

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Macalester College

Campus Liaison: 
Suzanne Savanick Hansen, Sustainability Manager
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Michigan State University

Campus Liaison: 
Viktor Nikolovski
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Michigan State University currently houses the largest on-campus coal plant in the nation. Recently, the university has passed an energy transition plan which is claimed to serve as a general outline for its transition off of coal to 100% renewable energy. Environmental groups on campus have been concerned with the ambiguities and lack of aggressiveness of the plan, and more specifically, the lack of commitment to a specific date in which it will retire the plant. There is a committee including professors, administrators, and students, which will be dealing with the ongoing transition process, but there is currently a high degree of uncertainty as to whether MSU will be able to transition to clean energy in a timely fashion. We hope to learn from the input and experiences of other universities in the mid-west to both strengthen our understanding of practical barriers so that such a transition might become a reality, and to create ties with others that are equally concerned.

I have attached the link leading to the transition plan that MSU has put out on their site.

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Northland College

Campus Liaison: 
Clare Hintz
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Northland College is a private, environmental liberal arts college, of 700 students, located in Ashland,WI on the shores of Lake Superior. Founded in 1892, Northland adopted it's environmental mission in 1971.

Sustainability Summary and Highlights: 

At Northland College, sustainability is all about people. We believe that environmental change requires more than technical knowledge of renewable energy, ecosystems and sustainable business practices; it demands as exploration of human nature an exploration of ourselves. Our commitment to sustainability is about acting from a position of hope: we can only construct a positive future if we can envision it.

Our campus is a lab where we pursue sustainability - testing theories in real world projects, with real impacts and risks. Our students participate in all levels of campus life- from volunteering to enhance our "commons", to work study jobs that support our green features, to capstone projects that help our college innovate. Students are active in governance, strategic planning, and vision-setting, creating a more sustainable future now.

In the last year students have taken the lead on such projects as removing trays from the cafeteria, expanding the community garden, increasing the renewable energy fund to $40 per semester, hiring a Sustainability Director for the student association, creating a reuse center, creating business plans for green initiatives, and presenting at events around the country.

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The College of St. Benedict|St. John's University

Campus Liaison: 
Dr. Derek Larson
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The College of St. Benedict, a college for women, and St. John's University, a college for men, are private liberal arts colleges located in St. Joseph and Collegeville, Minnesota. Though separately incorporated and five miles apart, the schools enjoy a "coordinate relationship" under which 2,000 undergraduate women and 2,000 undergraduate men take courses together on both campuses from a joint faculty and under a single academic program. Both institutions were founded by Benedictine monasteries and continue to operate in the Catholic, Benedictine tradition of stewardship.

University of Minnesota, Morris

Campus Liaison: 
Troy Goodnough
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Morris is an undergraduate, public, liberal arts college of 1700 students. Morris is located in Morris, Minnesota a town of 5,000 people. Morris was founded in 1960, but its history goes back over 100 years as an educational institution. Morris provides a personalized educational experience with the resources of a top-ten research school. Our goal is a renewable, sustainable education.

Sustainability Summary and Highlights: 

Morris has a goal of carbon neutrality and energy self-sufficiency by 2010. Morris is a charter signatory of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment. Morris is building an integrated small-scale renewable energy platform and has an ongoing, aggressive multi-million dollar conservation approach - over half of the electricity at Morris is provided by a large 1.65MW wind turbine. Morris has built a first-of-a-kind biomass gasification reactor on campus. Students are engaged in a wide variety of sustainability-related research. Morris has a unique shared governance structure that engages students in resource decision-making. Morris is a founding member of Pride of the Prairie - one of the longest running local food initiatives in Minnesota higher education.

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University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Campus Liaison: 
Shane Stennes, Beth Mercer-Taylor (
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The University of Minnesota Twin Cities is located in the vibrant Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area. The U of M enrolls over 50,000 students, offering more than 135 majors. Student learning is enhanced by extensive research opportunities, study abroad, community engagement, and volunteering opportunities. The mission of Minnesota’s land-grant university is threefold: research & discovery, teaching & learning, and outreach & public service.

Sustainability Summary and Highlights: 

In 2004, the Board of Regents adopted the policy Sustainability and Energy Efficiency, which established guiding principles in the areas of Leadership, Modeling, Operational Improvements, Energy Efficiency, Research, and Education & Outreach. A Systemwide Sustainability Committee then produced a report in 2009 entitled University of Minnesota Systemwide Sustainability: Goals, Outcomes, Measures, Process. This report set out specific goals and measures to accomplish the Regent’s principles.

To further support the goals of the Regents and the committee, President Bruininks signed the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment. He then charged a committee of faculty, staff, and students with creating a Climate Action Plan for the campus. The UMTC Sustainability Committee completed Version 1.0 of the Climate Action Plan in 2010, with plans to revise it every two years.

The University not only hosts an institutional structure intertwined with sustainability; it also hosts a variety of innovative sustainability initiatives on campus. Some of these include:

·Institute on the Environment (IonE) - IonE works to solve some of the most important environmental issues through cutting-edge research, partnerships and leadership development. The Institute hosts campus-wide events to incorporate the University community in the discussion through a weekly Frontiers on the Environment lecture series and a new event series, Momentum. The Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment, a project within IonE, focuses on finding renewable energy solutions for the University and the state of Minnesota. (

·Sustainability Studies Minor - The University’s Sustainability Studies Minor began in 2006, hosting students and faculty from 7 different colleges. Student coursework ranges from natural, physical, applied, and social sciences. The minor courses encourage students to explore and solve the challenges of the 21st century through integrative, collaborative learning. (

·Student Group Involvement - The University of Minnesota Twin Cities hosts 16+ student groups focused on sustainability issues. Some of these student groups include Active Energy Club, EcoWatch, Greenlight, GreenBiz, Campus Beyond Coal, Engineers Without Borders, and the Minnesota Public Interest Research Group. These groups have been involved in planning numerous campus events and educational opportunities, encouraging an active discussion around sustainability on campus. (

·It All Adds Up - It All Adds Up is an innovative sustainability campaign at the University of Minnesota’s Twin Cities Campus. The program is a combined partnership of University employees, student groups, utilities, and external vendors that initially focused on energy conservation and has since expanded into recycling and transportation. As a result of the campaign the campus set an energy conservation goal that was achieved in 2010 saving the University $2.25 million in annual utility costs and reducing energy related carbon emissions by more than 25,000 tons per year. In 2011, new energy conservation goals and a recycling goal were established. (

·Housing and Residential Life Sustainability Committee - Housing & Residential Life is dedicated to providing a sustainable environment for its many residents. The Housing & Residential Life Sustainability Committee (founded in March 2007) has implemented many programs focused on sustainability education and lifestyles, including environmentally-friendly renovation to the residence halls, such as replacing all light bulbs with compact-fluorescent light bulbs. Housing & Residential Life also has a student sustainability education coordinator (now in the 3rd year of that program) who works on expanding the message of sustainability throughout the residence halls. The student sustainability education coordinator also leads a group of sustainability advocates, who are individuals from each hall that engage in peer-to-peer mentoring around the subject of sustainability. (

·University Printing Services - Printing Services currently follows environmentally friendly printing practices. These practices include purchasing recycled paper, maintaining certification as a Forest Stewardship Council Chain of Custody Company, reducing chemical usage through technological improvements, and donating worn-out materials to be reused or recycled. (

·UMN Recycling Program - The Recycling program began in 1984 and shifted to its current Quad system in 1991. The Quad system facilitated behavior change around campus recycling, leading to waste diversion rates above 40%. Currently, the recycling program has a goal to increase recycling rates an additional 5% by the end of 2012 through the It All Adds Up Campaign. (

·UMN Reuse Center - The Reuse Center collects materials that are no longer needed and redistributes them either within the University community or resells them to the public. The Reuse Center also works with construction projects to divert the amount of materials sent to a landfill. (

·University Dining Services - University Dining Services strives to incorporate sustainability into everyday operations and purchases. Dining purchases cage free eggs, sustainable coffee, and local and organic foods. In addition, UDS reduces waste through a composting program, reusable to-go containers, biodegradable packaging, and fryer oil recycling. They have developed a “Green Team” Internship Program for U students to assist in research and customer engagement in these efforts, providing education about organic composting, recycling and other UDS sustainability efforts for students, faculty, and staff on campus. (

·Parking and Transportation Services - Parking and Transportation hosts a variety of initiatives to promote more sustainable transportation options. Zipcar is a car sharing program that gives students and staff an alternative to bringing their own vehicles to campus. Zimride is an online social network site for carpooling. Campus shuttles transport people for free between the St. Paul and Minneapolis campus. Discounted city bus passes are also offered. PTS hosts many bike racks and lockers throughout campus, while continually improving and expanding University bike paths on campus. In addition, PTS has partnered with Nice Ride MN to provide a bike sharing program and opened a bike center in fall 2011. (

·Green Buildings - The University of Minnesota follows the state’s rigorous B3 benchmarking standards for major construction or renovations. These standards focus on energy efficiency and conservation, material costs, operating costs, building occupant well-being and productivity, and the quality of the natural environment. In addition, the University’s new TCF Bank Stadium earned LEED Silver Certification, becoming the first football facility in the country to do so, and LEED Gold was awarded to the Science Teaching and Student Services Building. (

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University of Northern Iowa

Campus Liaison: 
Rebecca Schultze
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Institutional Summary: 

The University of Northern Iowa is a public university with approximately 13,000 students. Founded in 1876, UNI is located in Cedar Falls, Iowa, and offers more than 120 majors across the colleges of Business Administration, Education, Humanities and Fine Arts, Natural Sciences and Social and Behavioral Sciences and the graduate college.

Sustainability Summary and Highlights: 

The University of Northern Iowa is committed to sustainability through reducing carbon emissions, conserving energy, engaging and educating the university community to establish lifelong behaviors, and promoting the general public interest.

Energy conservation and sustainability were on the radar at UNI as early as 1915 when UNI offered one of the nation's first collegiate-level courses in conservation. Now UNI offers more than 180 sustainability-related courses; leads outreach programs in K-12 classrooms across the state; researches new and refines old methods for energy conservation; provides speakers and education for community and business leaders; and works to establish efficient and energy-saving measure across campus.

Highlights include:

- In 1990, then President Constantine Curris was one of the 20 original signers of the Talliores Agreement, the first official commitment to environmental sustainability in higher education.

- In 2006, current President Benjamin Allen appointed a Sustainability Council and created an Energy Conservation Committee to lead and promote the university's sustainability efforts.

- UNI programs such as the Center for Energy & Environmental Education (CEEE), Iowa Waste Reduction Center (IWRC) and Recycle and Reuse Technology Transfer Center (RRTTC) have taught K-12 students and business owners the importance of reducing waste, recycling and using renewable sources of energy and provided tips on how to incorporate them into life and work. During the last fiscal year, CEEE education programs reached approximately 9,800 K-12 students and more than 1,100 K-12 teachers; 47 companies and organizations received assistance from RRTTC projects and services; and the IWRC provided technical assistance and on-site reviews to 253 small businesses.

- Research within the physics, chemistry and industrial technology departments and at the Tallgrass Prairie Center and National Ag-Based Lubricants Center is moving energy conservation forward by improving hydrogen-storage and solar cell capabilities, exploring biomass-energy production and using biolubricants to reduce the use of fossil fuels. UNI undergraduate students participate in many of these research projects.

- The UNI Speakers Bureau features several well-regarded experts in energy conservation and sustainability fields. These UNI faculty and staff members are available to community organizations, businesses and industries that want speakers for meetings, summits, conferences and more. Many of these presentations are made free of charge.

- The UNI power plant is 70 to 80 percent more efficient than typical power plants, and produces 40 percent of the university's energy. UNI Power Plant staff and Cedar Falls Utilities have and continue to explore alternative energy sources. UNI also continues to explore ways to decrease non-renewable energy consumption by monitoring current energy costs compared to wind energy, replacing incandescent lights with LED lights, working Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards into new and existing buildings, making electric hybrid vehicles available in the motor pool and purchasing produce and products from local vendors when available.

- In 2009, UNI Dining Services spent more than $700,000 of its budget on produce and products from Iowa vendors, growers and farmers.

- Over the past decade, about 40 acres that were once mowed are now natural vegetation, requiring little maintenance and providing a learning opportunity for UNI students.

- UNI and the city of Cedar Falls established a joint recycling-reuse center on campus, which continues to collect increasing amounts of material for recycling.

- This year UNI will install photovoltaic panels on the new Multimodal Transportation Center to harness the suns energy and make the building a net-zero-energy facility, meaning it will produce its own power needs.

Increased energy savings and sustainability efforts have become a major priority for local, state and federal governments. UNI will continue to promote sustainability through reducing carbon emissions, conserving energy, engaging and educating the university community to establish responsible lifelong behaviors, and promoting the general public interest. Working as an institution, UNI is helping to build and promote a secure future for Iowa and its citizens.

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University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

Campus Liaison: 
Dr. Kate Hale Wilson
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Institutional Summary: 

UW-Eau Claire was founded in 1916 as the Eau Claire State Normal School, housed in a single building constructed on 12 acres of land. The institution evolved into a State Teachers College in 1927, the Wisconsin State College at Eau Claire in 1951 and attained university status in 1964. In 1971 the university, with other state-supported higher learning institutions, became a full partner in the new UW System and has continued to expand its mission of providing quality undergraduate programs in liberal arts and sciences, business, education, nursing, human sciences and services, and pre-professional programs.

Sustainability Summary and Highlights: 

Students enrolled in HNRS 302 "Tracking the University's Carbon Footprint" are well along in data gathering that will contribute to our campus's second greenhouse gas emissions inventory.

The campus Climate Action Plan is under development and expected to be done by mid-June.

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University of Wisconsin-Madison

Campus Liaison: 
Jennifer Hayner
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Institutional Summary: 

UW-Madison is a public institution with a current enrollment of 42,000 students, comprising both undergraduate and graduate students. UW-Madison was founded in 1848 and is located in the heart of downtown Madison.

Sustainability Summary and Highlights: 

UW-Madison is committed to identifying and minimizing its environmental footprint. In 2006 UW-Madison initiated an aggressive program, WE CONSERVE, to strengthen its environmental stewardship. The goals of the WE Conserve Campaign are 1) To reduce campus energy consumption by 20% by 2010 and 2) To instill the spirit of environmental stewardship in the community consciousness ( UW-Madison is taking steps to purchase more local food. Ten percent of the university’s annual food budget is spent on local products. Dining halls receive weekly produce deliveries from a sustainable agricultural group on campus, work to educate residents about alternatives to disposable to-go containers and some halls host organic dinners throughout the semester. Environmental centers on campus sponsor multiple speakers and programs throughout the year. The Nelson Institute hosts weekly community forums centered on current environmental topics. The SAGE center sponsored its first Climate Leadership Challenge, which is a student competition that stimulates creative solutions for global warming. The Business, Environment & Social Responsibility Program (BESR) was recently created by the Wisconsin School of Business. The program currently offers a graduate certificate and is developing an Executive Training program. The certificate is designed to provide knowledge and skills in strategically applying business principles to environmental and social challenges and to prepare students to systematically integrate sustainability issues into day-to-day management decision-making. The Wisconsin School of Business is also a key facilitator for the WI Sustainable Business Council, which is a network of Wisconsin businesses and organizations that are interested in, or actively responding to, the challenge of sustainability. The University also has a very active student community with a variety of student organizations focused around sustainability. These include: B.A.S.E, Net Impact, WISPIRG, the UW Energy Hub, Big Red Go Green, Emerging Green Builders, Greener RE, and the Future Energy Challenge.

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University of Wisconsin-River Falls

Campus Liaison: 
Kelly Cain
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Institutional Summary: 

The University of Wisconsin-River Falls was founded in 1874 as the fourth State Normal School in Wisconsin and the first in the northwestern part of the state. The present name came with the merger of the state universities and the University of Wisconsin in the fall of 1971. A boom in growth began after World War II. Since then, hardly a year has passed without an addition to the campus in the form of new lands, buildings or remodeling.

Sustainability Summary and Highlights: 

While UWRF has had a long history of sustainability-based courses, curriculum, facility design, and operational initiatives, 2005 marked the initiation of a campus strategic planning process that brought the breadth and depth of such to the forefront. Goal #2 of the plan is that “UWRF Will Model and Champion the Principles of Sustainable Community Development.” In 2006, Gov. Jim Doyle selected the UW-River Falls campus as one of four UW schools to be “Off-the-Grid by 2012”. A celebration of the opening of the new University Center in January of 2007 reflected the role that 'green' building will play on campus, in the region and beyond. As a Charter and Leadership Circle signatory to the ACUPCC, UWRF Chancellor Don Betz joined what is now more than 600 other college and university presidents in formally committing the campus to carbon neutrality. Also in 2007, UWRF received a $500,000 grant for sustainable agriculture curriculum and outreach projects from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The St. Croix Institute for Sustainable Community Development (SCISCD) was founded in May of 2007 to become a premier venue for deliberation and demonstration of sustainable community development principles on campus, in the community, around the region, state, nation, and internationally. The Director of the Institute is Chair of the Sustainability Working Group, which is responsible for all sustainability initiatives on campus and through targeted community outreach. Some of the sustainability highlights on campus include 100% green block electricity for residence halls and the university center provided by student fees; dining service waste vegetable oil conversion to bio-diesel for use in campus vehicles; a sustainability kiosk for education and on-campus energy use/conservation updates; masters degree program in sustainable community development; and work toward a locally sourced food service model. The Earth Consciousness Organization (ECO) club is a student organization involved in activities and events in support of sustainability. Off campus, we are involved in a number of high profile projects targeting “Cash Positive - Carbon Negative, Sustainable Community Design Models”, especially for energy and food independence. Examples are the Osceola, WI “100 x 25 Project” (100% energy and food self-sufficiency by 2025 for the Village and School District), and the “Eco-Village Project” for the St. Croix Valley Habitat for Humanity chapter in River Falls, WI.

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University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

Campus Liaison: 
Shelly Janowski
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Institutional Summary: 

The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP) is a four-year comprehensive undergraduate institution located in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, a city of 25,000 situated in north-central Wisconsin. UWSP is part of the University of Wisconsin System.
Our Four Colleges
• College of Fine Arts and Communication
The college includes, Art & Design, Arts Management, Theatre & Dance, Music, Communication and the Aber Suzuki Center.
• College of Letters and Sciences
The largest college at UWSP, it offers more than 50 majors, minors, certification, emphases, and graduate degrees within the 13 departments.
• College of Natural Resources
The largest undergraduate natural resources college in North America, with internationally renown faculty and programs.
• College of Professional Studies
Enrolls about 1700 undergraduates and 1000 graduate students in high-demand majors including health sciences and business.

• 13 major academic and administrative buildings
• 14 residence halls and 3 residence centers
• The 400-acre campus with 35 buildings, includes a 275-acre nature
preserve and 24-acre lake
• Three off-site field stations at Amherst Junction, Tomahawk, and Bayfield
• Enrollment: Total 9,120
• 593 faculty and teaching academic staff
• 228 nonteaching faculty and academic staff
• 419 classified support staff
• Over 100 undergraduate program choices within 51 majors and 78 minors
• 15 graduate programs including a doctorate in audiology and cooperative programs with other UW Campuses
• Collaborative Degree Program with UW Colleges in Fond du Lac, Fox Valley, Marathon County, Marshfield/Wood County and Marinette
• UWSP Continuing Education credit and noncredit offerings

Sustainability Summary and Highlights: 

• Demolition of Hyer Hall, targeting 80% of old building will be recycled.
• TNR floor tile replacement completed with recycled gypsum board (wall board).
• Parking Lot R: reduce storm water run-off and LED lighting.
• 2008 Replace pneumatic controls on air handlers in the TNR with Direct Digital Controls to provide better, more reliable control of this equipment and save energy through better control strategies and more accurate control.
• Purchased a second electric vehicle to be delivered in July 2009 (two more likely in fall)
• Campus sustainability website was created in 2009; which included development of a university sustainability logo designed by students
• Grant received to study the land use and ecological consequences of a wood gasification energy facility at UW-Stevens Point
• Study underway between campus and DSF to study identified energy efficiency projects. Grumman/Butkus Associates to study, evaluate and analyze potential energy projects including lighting, decommissioning fume hoods, heating & cooling circulating pumps, steam system and boiler tune-ups, compressed air survey and chilled water optimization and chiller services.
• Hired student sustainability coordinators to perform background research on initiatives, perform continued maintenance on the campus sustainability website, plant and organize student events and outreach
• Summer 2009 IT installed a software package that will put university-owned desktop computers into a hibernating state or standby state when not in use. Significant power savings will be realized (IT has projected figures-see evaluation included)
• In the design phase of a new Waste Management Laboratory which will feature a instructional wastewater treatment plant, a composting lab, a microbiology lab and an adjoined campus resource recovery center.
• Co-hosted the Climate Change Summit-Wisconsin Communities Take Action with the Office of the Lt. Governor
• As a direct request from former Chancellor Bunnell, the Public Relations Student Society of America has created a campus-wide sustainability pledge to promote sustainable living. Pins are handed out to any student, staff or faculty member who commits to the pledge
• New energy efficient air conditioner installed at the radio station – projecting 42% greater efficiency
• With the recent hiring of the self-operated food service director, better tracking of utilities and gauging reductions is in the works. Several systems will be put in place, including equipment firing schedules, motion activated lights in key areas and replacing lighting.
• E-waste pickup held during spring move out – student initiative
• Regular meetings of the Sustainability Task Force to report work and research completed by its subcommittees, which include transportation/travel/waste, green power and energy, physical campus, procurement and investing, institutional best practices and other sustainable initiatives.
• Signed the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). Committed to take tangible actions to reach sustainability, completed a greenhouse gas inventory to understand our carbon footprint, and are presently working on a climate neutrality action plan to take steps to reduce those emissions (to completed by September 2009)
• UWSP utilizes 19% of electrical energy from renewable sources. Student Government Association budgeting $25,000 from their segregated fees to pay the premium required to purchase renewable fuels through our provider, Wisconsin Public Service.

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