ACUPCC Reporting System

Implementation Profile for Gonzaga University

Submitted on March 15, 2011; last updated on January 5, 2015

Institution Information

Basic Carnegie Classification Master's/L: Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
Control Private not-for-profit
Location Spokane, WA
Community Setting Mid-size city
USDOE Climate Zone 5
Current President or Chancellor's Name Thayne M McCulloh
Current President or Chancellor's Title President
Main Website
Sustainability Website

Implementation Structure

Implementation Liaison's Name Jim Simon
Implementation Liaison's Title Director of Sustainability
Implementation Liaison's Department Sustainability
Format of Structure Committee
Number of Individuals in Structure 21+
Stakeholder Groups Represented Faculty, Students, Executive, Community Members, Staff
Description In 2008, Dr. Monica Bartlett (Psychology) and Dr. Brian G. Henning (Philosophy) started the Advisory Council on Stewardship and Sustainability, a grassroots group of faculty, student, and staff interested in advancing sustainability work at Gonzaga. After several meetings it became apparent that we would quickly need some official status on campus, if our work was to be effective. In January of 2009, Gonzaga's President, Fr. Robert Spitzer, S.J., officially approved the body and directed that it report to the President's. At the request of the Council, in October of 2010 our new President, Dr. Thayne McCulloh, signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment and officially charged the ACSS with the responsibility of implementing the Commitment.

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: All new campus construction as well as large renovation projects will target the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Silver standard or equivalent. This policy covers all building types as well as building components.

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

Yes: All energy using products purchased by Gonzaga shall meet the U.S. EPA Energy Star certification when available and practicable. When Energy Star labels are not available, all purchasing units shall choose energy products that are in the upper 25% of energy efficiency as designated by the Federal Energy Management Program.

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.

No: 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.

Yes: 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.