ACUPCC Reporting System

Implementation Profile for Columbia College Chicago

Submitted on June 10, 2010; last updated on July 6, 2015

Institution Information

Basic Carnegie Classification Master's/M: Master's Colleges and Universities (medium programs)
Control Private not-for-profit
Location Chicago, IL
Community Setting Large city
USDOE Climate Zone 5
Current President or Chancellor's Name Kwang-Wu Kim
Current President or Chancellor's Title President
Main Web Site http://www.colum.edu/
Sustainability Web Site http://www.colum.edu/sustainability

Implementation Structure

Implementation Liaison's Name John Wawrzaszek
Implementation Liaison's Title Sustainability Manager
Implementation Liaison's Department Campus Environment
Format of Structure Individual
Number of Individuals in Structure 1
Stakeholder Groups Represented Faculty, Students, Executive, Staff
Description The position of Sustainability Manager is tasked with the coordination of programs and initiatives that further campus sustainability. That position interacts with college stakeholders comprised of faculty, staff and students. The position came out of the college's commitments to sustainability as detailed in their climate action plan and public support of programs like the ACUPCC.

Tangible Actions

1. Establish a policy that all new campus construction will be built to at least the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED Silver standard or equivalent.

Yes: Columbia College Chicago's first and only new construction building, our Media Production Center, is LEED Gold certified. We follow a policy that all major construction must follow LEED standards.

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

No: No information provided.

3. Establish a policy of offsetting all greenhouse gas emissions generated by air travel paid for by our institution.

No: No information provided.

4. Encourage use of and provide access to public transportation for all faculty, staff, students and visitors at our institution.

Yes: No information provided.

5. Within one year of signing this document, begin purchasing or producing at least 15% of our institution's electricity consumption from renewable sources.

No: No information provided.

6. Establish a policy or a committee that supports climate and sustainability shareholder proposals at companies where our institution's endowment is invested.

No: No information provided.

7. Participate in the Waste Minimization component of the national RecycleMania competition, and adopt 3 or more associated measures to reduce waste.

No: No information provided.