Submitted on January 15, 2010; last updated on January 10, 2012
Seattle University will evaluate purchasing offsets as a strategy. After a comprehensive evaluation, Seattle University will make a determination about offsets and a climate neutrality date.
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Seattle University will work to reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions through energy conservation from facilities improvement projects, improving efficiency of campus vehicles and equipment, waste diversion and implementing the Transportation Management Plan. Key energy conservation strategies may include upgrades to building exteriors such as window replacement; improvements to HVAC and plumbing; replacement of water boilers; lighting upgrades and occupancy sensors; retrofits and retro-commissioning on major mechanical systems; and planned maintenance.
Emissions caused by campus vehicles and equipment will be reduced over time in two key ways. First, older, inefficient campus vehicles and equipment will be replaced by newer, high-efficiency models. Second, by incorporating more ways to move about campus without using a vehicle, such as hand-trucks and bicycles, Seattle University will avoid emissions caused by vehicles. Seattle University can also avoid emissions by increasing the amount of waste it diverts from the landfill. Strategies for increasing Seattle Universitys waste diversion rate include expanding composting and recycling programs and increasing opportunities to donate goods for reuse.
To reduce its commute trip SOV rate, Seattle University will continue and increase alternative transportation programming. Specifically, the university will advocate for and engage in community dialogue about light rail expansion and station development, and streetcar development; implement the transportation master plan, offer employees and students alternatives to commuting to campus, increase the percentage of students living on campus and increase the rate of bicycle use on campus.
The university will implement the Academic Strategic Action Plan, which integrates sustainability into undergraduate and graduate education. The Co-curricular Programs Subcommittee of the President’s Committee for Sustainability created student learning outcomes adapted from the American College Personnel Association: College Student Educators International monograph, Toward a More Sustainable Future: The Role of Student Affairs in Creating Healthy Environments, Social Justice and Strong Economies. The subcommittee is developing a communications plan to make all students aware of existing co-curricular sustainability programs. They are developed a peer education program by working with Housing and Residence Life and Commuter and Transfer Student Life to infuse sustainability in its programming and community building efforts.
The President's Committee for Sustainability's Marketing subcommittee created a communications plan to update campus members and the Seattle community on progress.
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