ACUPCC Reporting System

Implementation Profile for Columbia College Chicago

Submitted on June 10, 2010; last updated on May 13, 2014

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 Task Force
Number of Individuals in Structure 10
Stakeholder Groups Represented Faculty, Students, Executive, Staff
Description The Sustainability Task Force consists of representatives from departments across the college. The representatives were chosen by The Office of Campus Environment. The members of the task force act as leaders of select Green Teams as well as liaisons to their departments as advocates and leaders for implementation. The Task Force meets monthly. The task force input was integral in the writing of the college's sustainability roadmap.

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: Our first new building built under that policy is our Media Production Center which is LEED Gold certified.

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.