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Sustainability Policies

Sustainability Policies

Green Building

All construction, including new construction, major renovation, and major replacement/repair projects will be implemented to be equal to the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) LEED Gold, or better. Existing campus facilities will be operated and maintained to be equal to LEED Certified, or better. Click here to read the Green Building Policy.

Green Cleaning

The University will conduct and contract cleaning services that use cleaning products and practices with less environmental impact than conventional products and practices. This is to be consistent with the requirements of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance 2009 standards. Click here to read the Green Cleaning Policy.

No Idling

Engines of gasoline or diesel-powered motor vehicles and equipment will not idle for more than three minutes, in order to reduce vehicle emissions. Click here to read the No Idling Policy.

Sustainable Purchasing

University personal shall aim to achieve, at minimum, the following goals:

1.   Ongoing Consumables:
  • Achieve sustainable purchase of at least 60% of total annual spend;
  • Purchase only 100% post-consumer recycled content paper by the end of calendar year 2015;
  • Support fair trade by sourcing Fair Trade certified products;

2.   Durable Goods:

  • Achieve sustainable purchases of at least 40% of total annual spend on electric powered equipment;
  • Achieve sustainable purchase of at least 40% of total annual spend on furniture;

3.   Reduced Mercury Lamps: At least 90% of all mercury-containing lamps contain no more than 90 picograms of mercury per lumen hour.

4.   Facility Alterations and Additions: Achieve sustainable purchase of at least 50% of annual spend on materials for facility renovations, demolitions, refits, and additions.

5.   Bottled Water: Purchase no single-serve bottled water for university consumption by the end of calendar year 2015.

6.   Food: Source at least 50% of dining services food from sustainable sources, according to LEED criteria, by the end of calendar year 2016.

7.   Apparel: Source from apparel suppliers who conform to the Fair Labor Association's code of conduct and who have been included in the Designated Suppliers Program by the Worker Rights Consortium, as applicable. 

Click here to read the Sustainable Purchasing Policy.

Zero Waste

The University will strive to send zero waste to landfills and incinerators by the year 2020. The following milestones, at minimum, will be bet:

1.   By July 21, 2013, reuse, recycle, or compost 50% of ongoing consumables, 75% of durable goods, and 50% of construction and demolition debris;divert 80% of discarded batteries;and recycle all mercury-containing lamps.

2.   By December 31, 2015, reduce solid waste by 10%, and divert 90% of solid waste from being sent to landfills and incineration.

3.   By December 31, 2020, reduce waste by an additional 10% and send zero waste to landfill and incineration.

Click here to read the Zero Waste Policy.