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Title: EICCD Chancellors Initiative on Sustainability


1
EICCD Chancellors Initiative on Sustainability
2
Definition of Sustainability
  • Sustainable development is development that
    meets the needs of the present without
    compromising the ability of future generations to
    meet their own needs.

  • United Nations Brundtlanel Report, 1987

3
The Triple Bottom Line
4
Why Sustainability?
  • Fits with education and public service mission
  • Involves a primary intellectual sector of society
  • Accelerates the development of new technology
  • Society takes notice when higher education sees
    an issue as critical

5
Why Sustainability at EICCD?
  • EICCD facilities and operations have a
  • carbon footprint
  • EICCD houses several environmental
  • programs
  • EICCD is a community leader
  • EICCD educates and trains the workforce
  • and next generation of citizens

6
EICCD Involvement in Sustainability
is not really just beginning
7
ATEEC - Advanced Technology Environmental
Energy Center
National Science Foundation Center of
Excellence Resource for curriculum development,
professional development and information sharing
in the environmental and energy technology
fields. Partners Include National Renewable
Energy Lab Massachusetts Institute of
Technology Est. 1994
8
HSET - Health, Safety Environmental Technician
Program
  • Two Year Associate Degree
  • Or
  • Certificate Program
  • Skills, Knowledge and abilities to gain
    entry-level employment in the fields of health,
    safety, and environmental technology
  • Est. 1987

9
Iowa Waste Exchange
  • Provides reuse recycling opportunities for Iowa
    business industry
  • EICCD has been a partner in this program since
    its inception in 1990

10
Eco-Education at Nahant Marsh
  • Nahant Marsh is one of the last remaining urban
    wetlands of its size on the Upper Mississippi
    River.
  • 1996 Superfund Site
  • EICCD has developed and overseen environmental
    education activities at the marsh since 2006

11
Renewable Energy Program
  • Associate Degree
  • Or
  • Certificate Program
  • Focus on small wind, large wind, and solar
    technology
  • New Program Fall 2008

12
District-Wide Projects
  • Re-Lamping
  • Replaced T-12 with T-8 fluorescent fixtures
  • 10,000 bulbs recycled
  • Payback 4 years
  • (less with rebates received)
  • Vending Misers
  • Cost 250/unit
  • Payback 3 years

13
Midwest Center for Safety Rescue
  • A water park complete
  • with slides, bumper boats, and beaches
  • A training center for
  • Firefighters and emergency personnel

After
Before
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IDEAS Campus Sustainability Project
  • Waste Sort and Recycling - CCC
  • Energy Audit - MCC
  • Native Prairie
  • Expansion/Bioswale SCC

15
Taking it to the Next Level
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Chancellors Sustainability Initiative
  • Robin Blount and Julie Plummer appointed as
    co-leaders of the initiative
  • Retreat held October 2007
  • Guest Speaker
  • Any interested staff, faculty, administrator or
    student could attend

17
Brainstorming At the Retreat
  • Encourage colleges, vendors, staff, students to
    buy local
  • Create a 1 hour course in sustainability
  • Put motion sensors in classrooms restrooms
  • Mandate suppliers who use recycled content,
    reduced, or bio-degradable packaging
  • Sponsor conferences and book discussions
  • Create a policy for recycling
  • Locate facilities closer to student population
    bases
  • Increase on-line course offerings
  • Purchase environmentally friendly vehicles

18
Volunteer Teams Formed
  • Team Recycling/Solid Waste
  • Team New/Existing Facilities
  • Team Curriculum Programs
  • Team Business Practices/Transportation
  • Team Community Leadership
  • Team Measurement Celebration

58
19
American College University Presidents Climate
Commitment signed November 2007
  • Commit to the Future

20
Iowas Signatories
  • Community Colleges
  • Des Moines Area Community College
  • Eastern Iowa Community College District
  • Iowa Lakes Community College
  • 4 Year Institutions
  • Central College
  • Coe College
  • Drake University
  • Loras College
  • Luther College
  • Maharishi University of Management

578 have signed to date
21
The ACUPCC Commitment
  • Signatories to the American College
    University Presidents Climate Commitment are
    committing to real, meaningful action to
    eliminate their contribution to global warming
  • by requiring

22
Climate CommitmentRequirements
  • Initiate development of a plan to achieve climate
    neutrality as soon as possible
  • Within 2 months
  • Create institutional structure
  • Within 1 year
  • Complete greenhouse gas emissions inventory
  • Within 2 years
  • Create institutional action plan

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Requirement
1
  • Within 2 months create an institutional structure

24
EICCD Structure
  • District policy on sustainability approved by
    EICCD Board of Trustees January, 2008
  • As an educational institution and a community
    leader, EICCD seeks to engage in sustainable
    practices as an organization and to promote an
    understanding of the importance and practices of
    sustainability within our students and community.
    To the greatest extent feasible, EICCD commits
    to conserving natural resources, reducing
    greenhouse gas emissions, minimizing generation
    of waste, purchasing environmentally friendly
    energy-efficient products, using recycled
    recyclable materials, accessing renewable energy
    sources, reducing student staff commuting, and
    striving to employ a minimum of the LEED silver
    standard in new construction

25
EICCD Structure and Planning
  • Sustainability incorporated into EICCD ethics
    statement
  • Chancellor provided funding of 10,000 per
    year towards initiative

26
EICCD Structure and Planning
  • Team Business Practices and Transportation
  • Reducing district travel teleconference/ICN
    incentives for carpooling
  • Environmentally preferable purchasing
  • Renewable energy purchasing
  • Policy development no paper cups vendor
    contracts no space heaters
  • Team Leaders Suteesh Tandon and Honey Bedell

27
EICCD Structure and Planning
  • Team Recycling/Solid Waste
  • Assessing recycling practices at all facilities
  • Standardizing and enhancing recycling programs
  • Must implement paper, can/bottle, and cardboard
  • recycling program for STARS credits
  • Must participate in Recyclemania January 2009 for
    Climate Commitment
  • Team Leaders Pat Cawiezell and Deb Richter

28
EICCD Structure and Planning
  • Team New/Existing Facilities
  • Existing
  • Energy audits at all facilities FY09
  • Stormwater discharge issues
  • Recycle CD waste
  • Motion sensors/low-flow plumbing
  • Landscaping with native plants/eliminate turf
    watering
  • Green cleaning products
  • Team Leaders Kirk Barkdoll and Janet Coogan

29
EICCD Structure and Planning
New Construction
  • US Green Building Council
  • LEED Silver Standard
  • Sustainable Energy Building to Platinum
  • Certification costs
  • 2-5 of building cost
  • Bond Referendum
  • Science/Technology buildings or additions
  • Sustainable Energy Building
  • 4 Outreach Centers

30
LEED Certification for New Construction
  • Credits for
  • Sustainable Sites
  • Water Efficiency
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Indoor Environment
  • Innovation

31
EICCD Structure and Planning
  • Team Community Leadership
  • Outreach and involvement are important,
  • especially since our student population includes
  • members of todays workforce.
  • Speakers Bureau
  • Webpage
  • Survey for awareness of sustainability
  • Participate in community events
  • Team Leaders Lora Kaisler and Jane Campagna

32
EICCD Structure and Planning
  • Team Curriculum and Programs
  • Increase sustainability-related course offerings
  • Incorporate sustainability across curriculum
  • pilot Social Problems and
    Environmental Science
  • Provide all with a basic understanding of
    sustainability issues
  • Team Leaders Mark Aronson and Scott Wheat

33
EICCD Structure and Planning
Curriculum
  • Potential Requirement for Staff/Faculty
  • Options
  • Staff development day
  • College meetings
  • CQI component
  • On-line course
  • Potential Graduation Requirement for Students
  • Options
  • Prior experience
  • New credit course
  • Current credit course
  • New honors course

34
EICCD Structure and Planning
Team Measurement and Celebration
  • Assisting all Teams with data collection and
    recording
  • Developed meeting guidelines, minutes forms, and
    problem solving strategies

Team Leaders Laurie Hanson and Nancy Dugan
35
Additional Project - STARS Pilot Project
  • Provides For
  • Common standard of measurement for sustainability
    in higher education
  • Comparisons across time and between institutions
  • Incentives for continuous improvement
  • Comprehensive understanding of social, economic,
    environmental aspects of sustainability
  • Sustainability
  • Tracking
  • Assessment
  • Rating
  • System
  • Developed by AASHE
  • Over 90 participating institutions
  • February December 2008

36
Back to Requirement
1
  • Within 1 year Greenhouse Gas Emissions

37
Greenhouse Gasses
  • Carbon Dioxide CO2
  • Methane CH4
  • Nitrous Oxide N2O (NOX)
  • Hydrofluorocarbons HFC
  • Perfluorocarbons PFC
  • Sulphur Hexafluoride SF6
  • As covered under the
    Kyoto Protocol

38
GHG Can Contribute to Global Warming
  • Directly
  • Gas absorbs radiation
  • Indirectly
  • Cause chemical breakdown
  • Cause cloud formation
  • Affect other GHGs

39
What is Climate Neutrality?
  • Having no net Greenhouse Gas Emissions
  • minimize emissions
  • offset emissions

40
Greenhouse GasEmissions Inventory
  • Makes it possible to
  • Develop a baseline
  • Track trends
  • Measure and communicate progress
  • Determine impact on climate change
  • Inform priorities for action
  • Provide strategic direction

41
Greenhouse GasEmissions Inventory
  • Three Steps Involved
  • Data Collection
  • Calculating GHG Emissions
  • Analyzing Summarizing Results

42
Scope One EmissionsEICCD must report these
  • Direct GHG Emissions from sources the
    institution owns or controls
  • Production of electricity, heat, steam
  • natural gas for
    heating/hot water
  • Institution owned or controlled vehicles
  • gas/diesel
  • Fugitive Emissions

43
Scope Two EmissionsEICCD must report these
  • Indirect GHG Emissions from the generation of
    purchased electricity consumed by equipment or
    operations owned or controlled by the
    institution
  • Electricity generated with fossil fuels (coal
    fired power plants)

  • EICCD electric bills

44
Scope Three Emissions
  • Indirect GHG Emissions from all other sources
    that occur as a consequence of the institutions
    activities but are not owned or operated by the
    institution
  • Examples
  • Business travel, commuting
  • Cost to manufacture transport goods
  • Emissions from waste sent to landfill

45
Greenhouse GasEmissions Inventory
  • Energy sources will contribute the vast majority
    of our GHG emissions
  • Electricity
  • Natural Gas for heating
  • Gas/diesel for vehicle fleet
  • Commuting of students and staff
  • Air travel

46
Greenhouse GasEmissions Inventory
  • Our most challenging data collection task -
  • Commuting
  • Our entire population commutes to campus !

47
What will EICCD do with the GHG Inventory
Information ?
  • Take Climate Action !
  • Develop and implement strategies to become
    climate neutral

48
Back to Requirement
1
  • Within 2 years develop a plan to become carbon
    neutral
  • Plan currently being drafted for policy review
    and for eventual incorporation into the district
    strategic plan

49
Climate CommitmentRequirements
  • Initiate tangible actions to reduce greenhouse
    gas emissions while long-term plan is being
    developed
  • New construction to LEED silver standard
  • Energy Star rated appliance purchasing
  • Participate in Recyclemania / adopt three waste
    reduction measures

2
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Climate CommitmentRequirements
  • Make climate neutrality plan, GHG emissions
    inventory, and periodic progress reports
    available to the public
  • AASHE
  • Association for the Advancement of
    Sustainability in Higher Education
  • www.aashe.org

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Challenges to Becoming Sustainable
  • Our student population
  • Location and history of our facilities
  • Funding and taxpayer dollars
  • All volunteer initiative

52
Opportunities
  • Reduced operating costs
  • Buffer against uncertain future energy supplies
  • Identify new research and learning opportunities
  • Encourage interdisciplinary collaboration
  • Prepare students for sustainability leadership
  • Appeal to current and prospective students
  • foster a campus-wide ethic of environmental
    stewardship
  • Higher Education in a Warming World, 2008

53
What Other Schools are Doing
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Next steps
  • District-wide policy development
  • Implement actions from each team
  • Finalize sustainability strategic plan and
    develop climate neutrality plan based on GHG
    inventory and initiative findings

55
You are invited to attend
  • 2nd Annual
  • Sustainability Retreat
  • Friday October 24
  • Noon 5 pm
  • Dr. Keirs home

Discussion of planning document, telecommuting
and the four-day work week
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Contact Information
  • Julie Plummer
  • 563-336-3319
  • jplummer_at_eicc.edu
  • Robin Blount
  • 563-336-3309
  • rblount_at_eicc.edu
  • Sustainability website

57
Discussion
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