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									Successes and Lessons
Learned: Developing A
State University
Sustainability Program
2009 Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference
Richard Bachoo, Chief Administrative Officer,
Central Connecticut State University
Jason Eisenhuth, Woodard & Curran
Presentation Agenda
   ▀   An Introduction to Central Connecticut State University
   ▀   CCSU’s Sustainability Program: The Beginnings
   ▀   CCSU’s Sustainability Program Development
        ▀   Beginning the Program
        ▀   Performing the Environmental Sustainability Baseline
        ▀   Realizing Successes and Improvement Areas
        ▀   Moving Forward
   ▀   Lessons Learned in Developing the Sustainability Program
  Introduction to
Central Connecticut
 State University
Overview of Central Connecticut State
University
▀   CCSU Statistics:
    ▀   ~12,000 Students
    ▀   ~600 Faculty
    ▀   ~600 Staff
    ▀   Nearly 3.4 Million ft2 of
        Building Space
                                    CCSU is a commuter and residential campus,
    ▀   85,000 ft2 Research         located in New Britain, Connecticut, on the
        Building Space              outskirts of Hartford. Over 75% of CCSU’s
    ▀   312-Acre Campus             students are commuters.
CCSU’s Peer Institutions
▀   CCSU’s Peer Institutions
    include:
    ▀   UMass Dartmouth
    ▀   University of Southern Maine
    ▀   Bridgewater State College
    ▀   Montclair State University
    ▀   CUNY Brooklyn
    ▀   Southern Illinois University
    ▀   University of Central Missouri
    ▀   Valdosta State University
    ▀   William Patterson University of
        New Jersey
CCSU’s Sustainability Program:
       The Beginnings
Sustainability At CCSU– The Beginnings
                   ▀   Many CCSU departments and
                       individuals have been
                       practicing/ teaching/ promoting
                       sustainability for years, even
                       decades.
                       ▀   Facilities
                       ▀   Housekeeping
                       ▀   Faculty
                       ▀   Purchasing
Examples of Sustainability At CCSU
– The Beginnings
   ▀   Installation of the new co-generation energy center
   ▀   Use of green chemicals by housekeeping
   ▀   Purchasing working recycled materials into contracts
   ▀   Faculty developing sustainability into the curriculum
CCSU’s Sustainability
Program Development
CCSU Recognized These Important Steps to
Developing a Successful Program
  ▀   Step 1:   Secure Buy-In From Senior Leadership
  ▀   Step 2:   Form A Committee of Key Stakeholders
  ▀   Step 3:   Find A Starting Point
  ▀   Step 4:   Determine Environmental Sustainability Baseline
  ▀   Step 5:   Raise Awareness of Prior and Current Successes
  ▀   Step 6:   Develop Recommendations
  ▀   Step 7:   Chart a Course of Action
  ▀   Step 8:   Implementing Sustainability Initiatives
CCSU Recognized These Important Steps to
Developing a Successful Program
  ▀   Step 1:    Secure Buy-In From Senior Leadership
  ▀   Step 2:   Form A Committee of Key Stakeholders
  ▀   Step 3:   Find A Starting Point
  ▀   Step 4:   Determine Environmental Sustainability Baseline
  ▀   Step 5:   Raise Awareness of Prior and Current Successes
  ▀   Step 6:   Develop Recommendations
  ▀   Step 7:   Chart a Course of Action
  ▀   Step 8:   Implementing Sustainability Initiatives
CCSU’s Sustainability Program
Development Was Led By Senior Leadership
 ▀   In 2006, CCSU attended “Campus of the Future – A Meeting
     of the Minds”
 ▀   Conference was presented in a joint venture between
     NACUBO, APPA, SCUP
CCSU’s Sustainability Program
Development Was Led By Senior Leadership

 In 2006, President Jack Miller convened an
 Advisory Committee on Environmental Sustainability
 with an overall goal of developing an Institutional Plan
 for Sustainability.
CCSU Recognized These Important Steps to
Developing a Successful Program
  ▀   Step 1:   Secure Buy-In From Senior Leadership
  ▀   Step 2:    Form A Committee of Key Stakeholders
  ▀   Step 3:   Find A Starting Point
  ▀   Step 4:   Determine Environmental Sustainability Baseline
  ▀   Step 5:   Raise Awareness of Prior and Current Successes
  ▀   Step 6:   Develop Recommendations
  ▀   Step 7:   Chart a Course of Action
  ▀   Step 8:   Implementing Sustainability Initiatives
President’s Advisory Committee on
Environmental Sustainability Membership
   ▀   Co-Chaired by members of Faculty and Facilities Staff
        ▀   Dr. Abigail E. Adams, Professor of Anthropology
        ▀   Dan Moran, Associate Chief Administrative Officer, Facilities
   ▀   Includes members from across campus
        ▀   Facilities
        ▀   Environmental Health & Safety
        ▀   Purchasing
        ▀   Faculty from various departments
        ▀   Student Life/Student Affairs
        ▀   Sodexho (Dining Services)
        ▀   Students
CCSU Recognized These Important Steps to
Developing a Successful Program
  ▀   Step 1:   Secure Buy-In From Senior Leadership
  ▀   Step 2:   Form A Committee of Key Stakeholders
  ▀   Step 3:    Find A Starting Point
  ▀   Step 4:   Determine Environmental Sustainability Baseline
  ▀   Step 5:   Raise Awareness of Prior and Current Successes
  ▀   Step 6:   Develop Recommendations
  ▀   Step 7:   Chart a Course of Action
  ▀   Step 8:   Implementing Sustainability Initiatives
CCSU Sustainability Committee’s
First Steps

CCSU selected Woodard & Curran as a partner
to create a more sustainable campus.
 ▀   Performed Baseline Sustainability Audit
 ▀   Drafted Plans to Address Two Major Initiatives:
     Recycling and Energy Conservation
 ▀   Benchmarked CCSU Against Peer Institutions
 ▀   Developed the first Greenhouse Gas Inventory
CCSU Recognized These Important Steps to
Developing a Successful Program
  ▀   Step 1: Secure Buy-In From Senior Leadership
  ▀   Step 2: Form A Committee of Key Stakeholders
  ▀   Step 3: Find A Starting Point
  ▀   Step 4: Determine Environmental Sustainability
      Baseline
  ▀   Step 5: Raise Awareness of Prior and Current Successes
  ▀   Step 6: Develop Recommendations
  ▀   Step 7: Chart a Course of Action
  ▀   Step 8: Implementing Sustainability Initiatives
Benefits of Performing Environmental
Sustainability Baseline Assessment
    ▀   It is unlikely baseline metrics exist for all areas, even
        with a strong campus sustainability program
    ▀   Real cost savings can be identified
    ▀   Identify opportunities to reduce footprint
    ▀   Enhances sustainability culture on campus
    ▀   Engages campus stakeholders on all levels
    ▀   Highlights current and past program successes
    ▀   Helps to frame future initiatives
    ▀   Benchmarking – Measuring your campus against
        peers
Environmental Sustainability Baseline
Scope – Addressed Ten Program Areas
   ▀   Energy Use & Air Emissions
   ▀   Solid Waste & Recycling
   ▀   Water
   ▀   Purchasing
   ▀   Hazardous/Chemical Waste
   ▀   Building Design and Construction
   ▀   Property Maintenance, Landscaping
       & Pesticides
   ▀   Transportation
   ▀   Food Service Operations
   ▀   Academic Programs
   ▀   Campus Awareness/ Outreach
Environmental Sustainability Baseline
Assessment Process
 ▀   Developed a questionnaire
     based upon scope of the
     assessment and metrics to be
     reviewed
 ▀   Worked with CCSU to identify
     stakeholders
 ▀   Distributed questionnaire to
     key stakeholders as identified
     by CCSU
 ▀   Comprehensive data review,
     gap identification, and
     analysis
Environmental Sustainability Baseline
Assessment Process
 ▀   Developed a questionnaire
     based upon scope of the
     assessment and metrics to be
     reviewed.
 ▀   Worked with CCSU to identify
     stakeholders.
 ▀   Distributed questionnaire to
     key stakeholders as identified
     by CCSU.
 ▀   Comprehensive data review,
     gap identification, and
     analysis.
Environmental Sustainability Baseline
Assessment Process
 ▀   Developed a questionnaire
     based upon scope of the
     assessment and metrics to be
     reviewed.
 ▀   Worked with CCSU to identify
     stakeholders.
 ▀   Distributed questionnaire to
     key stakeholders as identified
     by CCSU.
 ▀   Comprehensive data review,
     gap identification, and
     analysis.
Environmental Sustainability Baseline
Assessment Process
 ▀   Developed a questionnaire
     based upon scope of the
     assessment and metrics to be
     reviewed.
 ▀   Worked with CCSU to identify
     stakeholders.
 ▀   Distributed questionnaire to
     key stakeholders as identified
     by CCSU.
 ▀   Comprehensive data review,
     gap identification, and
     analysis.
Environmental Sustainability Baseline
Assessment Process
 ▀   Developed a questionnaire
     based upon scope of the
     assessment and metrics to be
     reviewed.
 ▀   Worked with CCSU to identify
     stakeholders.
 ▀   Distributed questionnaire to
     key stakeholders as identified
     by CCSU.
 ▀   Comprehensive data review,
     gap identification, and
     analysis.
Environmental Sustainability Baseline
Assessment Process
  ▀   Interview with Faculty, Staff, and Students in
      their working areas to gather information
      through interviews, observations, and records
      review.
  ▀   Gather solid and correct quantitative data
  ▀   Gather multiple points-of-view on
      qualitative information about CCSU
  ▀   Engage with key stakeholders to
      educate and become educated
  ▀   Observe, review, and fill in data gaps
      associated with each program area
Baseline Sustainability Assessment Results
Baseline Sustainability Assessment Results
Baseline Sustainability Assessment Results
Baseline Sustainability Assessment Results
CCSU Recognized These Important Steps to
Developing a Successful Program
  ▀   Step 1: Secure Buy-In From Senior Leadership
  ▀   Step 2: Form A Committee of Key Stakeholders
  ▀   Step 3: Find A Starting Point
  ▀   Step 4: Determine Environmental Sustainability Baseline
  ▀   Step 5: Raise Awareness of Prior and Current
      Successes
  ▀   Step 6: Develop Recommendations
  ▀   Step 7: Chart a Course of Action
  ▀   Step 8: Implementing Sustainability Initiatives
Results of Baseline Sustainability Assessment –
CCSU’s Past Sustainability Successes
    ▀   New Energy Center: new,
        state-of-the-art, efficient Energy
        Center with cogeneration capabilities

    ▀   Existing Recycling Program:
        current recycling rate of 31%; CCSU
        would have been 13th in
        Recyclemania (nation-wide campus
        recycling contest) if it had
        participated in 2006

    ▀   Water Conservation Measures:
        56% of campus residences have low-
        flow features
Results of Baseline Sustainability Assessment –
CCSU’s Past Sustainability Successes
   ▀   Green Purchasing Practices: contracts promote
       recycling; Purchasing buys green supplies where
       possible
   ▀   Hazardous Waste Minimization: chemical clean-outs;
       CCSU has low generation rates compared with other
       schools
   ▀   Green Building Design: many buildings have green
       features; CCSU has committed to constructing new
       buildings in accordance with LEED
   ▀   Green Cleaning Chemicals: Housekeeping uses green
       supplies
CCSU Recognized These Important Steps to
Developing a Successful Program
  ▀   Step 1:   Secure Buy-In From Senior Leadership
  ▀   Step 2:   Form A Committee of Key Stakeholders
  ▀   Step 3:   Find A Starting Point
  ▀   Step 4:   Determine Environmental Sustainability Baseline
  ▀   Step 5:   Raise Awareness of Prior and Current Successes
  ▀   Step 6:    Develop Recommendations
  ▀   Step 7:   Chart a Course of Action
  ▀   Step 8:   Implementing Sustainability Initiatives
Results of Baseline Sustainability Assessment –
5 Potential Areas for Opportunity
    ▀   Assign Sustainability/Recycling Coordinator
        to Implement Recycling Management Plan
    ▀   Launch Educational Campaign on Water
        Conservation, Energy Conservation, and
        Reduce/Reuse/Recycle
    ▀   Re-Evaluate Financial Feasibility of
        Increasing Cogeneration (to decrease
        carbon footprint)
    ▀   Develop, Adopt, and Implement a Green
        Building Policy
    ▀   Develop, Adopt, and Implement an
        Environmentally Preferable Purchasing
        Policy
CCSU Recognized These Important Steps to
Developing a Successful Program
  ▀   Step 1:   Secure Buy-In From Senior Leadership
  ▀   Step 2:   Form A Committee of Key Stakeholders
  ▀   Step 3:   Find A Starting Point
  ▀   Step 4:   Determine Environmental Sustainability Baseline
  ▀   Step 5:   Raise Awareness of Prior and Current Successes
  ▀   Step 6:   Develop Recommendations
  ▀   Step 7:    Chart a Course of Action
  ▀   Step 8:   Implementing Sustainability Initiatives
Progress Since Environmental
Sustainability Assessment
   ▀   President’s Climate
       Commitment
       ▀   Became a Charter Signatory to
           the PCC.
       ▀   Committed to:
           ▀   Performing GHG inventory
           ▀   Reducing GHG emissions to achieve
               climate neutrality
           ▀   Developing a Climate Action Plan
           ▀   Sharing results with other schools
Progress Since Environmental
Sustainability Assessment

 ▀   Recycling
     ▀   Finalized Solid Waste
         Reduction & Recycling
         Management Plan
     ▀   Pilot Recycling Program
         has been Implemented
Progress Since Environmental
Sustainability Assessment
                     ▀   Energy Conservation
                         ▀   Draft Energy
                             Conservation Plan
                             completed
CCSU Recognized These Important Steps to
Developing a Successful Program
  ▀   Step 1:   Secure Buy-In From Senior Leadership
  ▀   Step 2:   Form A Committee of Key Stakeholders
  ▀   Step 3:   Find A Starting Point
  ▀   Step 4:   Determine Environmental Sustainability Baseline
  ▀   Step 5:   Raise Awareness of Prior and Current Successes
  ▀   Step 6:   Develop Recommendations
  ▀   Step 7:   Chart a Course of Action
  ▀   Step 8:   Implementing Sustainability Initiatives
Develop an Institutional Sustainability Plan
    ▀   Develop a document of achievable sustainability goals
        and initiatives for CCSU.
    ▀   CCSU has set sustainability as a campus priority and a
        Strategic Plan Objective.
Next Steps
  Before Final Plan is Adopted:
  ▀   The Committee will circulate draft Institutional Sustainability Plan
  ▀   Make publicly available CCSU’s efforts with the Association for the
      Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) and
      elsewhere
Next Steps, cont.
  The CCSU Community can:
  ▀ Review draft institutional

    sustainability plan
  ▀ Report on work/research/courses

    already in place that relate to
    sustainability
  ▀ Consider serving on the

    permanent sustainability council
Lessons Learned
Campus Sustainability is a
Cooperative Effort!
  ▀   Successful sustainability programs
      include the entire campus community
      – Administrators, Faculty, Staff,
      Students, Alumni, Community
      Members
  ▀   CCSU’s Sustainability Program has
      brought Faculty and Staff closer
      together
  ▀   Cooperation erases the idea that
      stakeholders are dragging their feet in
      campus sustainability efforts
Senior Leadership Buy-In is Essential
    ▀   CCSU’s program was established by the President
    ▀   The Sustainability Committee is co-chaired by a
        Professor and the Associate Chief Administrative
        Officer
    ▀   High-ranking members of the campus community
        serve on the Sustainability Committee
    ▀   Adequate reporting structure: The Sustainability
        Committee reports to the President, and the Chief
        Administrative Officer is the Executive Committee
        Member responsible for the Council
Understand the Big Picture and Goals from
the Beginning
    1.   Define Sustainability for Your Campus
    2.   How does sustainability fit into your campus’
         goals?
    3.   Is creating a sustainable campus a top objective?
Human Practices Take Time to Adjust
                  Undertaking sustainability is a dynamic
                  process that must permeate all facets of
                  an organization’s culture.
              ▀   Some solutions do not alter human
                  practices
                   ▀   Re-lighting the parking garage
                   ▀   Installation of low-flow features
              ▀   Other initiatives require an adjustment of
                  human behavior
                   ▀   Carpooling
                   ▀   Individual water and electric use
Keys to a Successful Sustainability Program
  Understand Your Sustainability Goals          Sustainability Starts at the Top
      Define campus sustainability goals and          Commitment and support by senior
      determine measures of success.                  campus leadership.




                 Successful Sustainability Program

  Diverse Groups of Stakeholders               Allow Time to Adjust Human Practices
       Encourages shared governance and        Establishes systems to maintain focus and drive
       cooperation in decision making and      improvement.
       implementation.
Questions, Comments, and Discussion
    Thank you! To follow up with the presenters, please
                          contact:

    Richard Bachoo, Chief Administrative Officer, CCSU
                bachoor@mail.ccsu.edu

                      Jason Eisenhuth
                  jeisenhuth@gmail.com
                       (315) 854-5001

								
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