ACUPCC Reporting System

Implementation Profile for West Chester University of Pennsylvania

Submitted on March 15, 2011; last updated on May 16, 2014

Institution Information

Basic Carnegie Classification Master's/L: Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
Control Public
Location West Chester, PA
Community Setting Urban fringe of large city
USDOE Climate Zone 3
Current President or Chancellor's Name Greg Weisenstein
Current President or Chancellor's Title President
Main Website
Sustainability Website

Implementation Structure

Implementation Liaison's Name Joy Fritschle
Implementation Liaison's Title Sustainability Coordinator
Implementation Liaison's Department Geography & Planning
Format of Structure Committee
Number of Individuals in Structure 21+
Stakeholder Groups Represented Faculty, Students, Community Members, Staff, Alumni
Description The Sustainability Coordinator, appointed by the President, nominated 21 members of the Sustainability Advisory Council, a semi-formal group of faculty, staff, and students that has existed for more than ten years. The President approved the nominees to become the Climate Commitment Action Team. Appointments are being made formally at the present time.

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.

No: No information provided.

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

Yes: West Chester University has carried out several energy efficiency efforts, including improved building energy efficiency campus-wide. We are in the process of entirely replacing our steam heat with geothermal heat exchange. We plan to pursue Energy Star as a continuation of this effort.

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: Public transportation buses (SE PA Transit Authority, or SEPTA) have stops on our campus and sources of information about buses and routes are routinely given in our student and parent handbooks. The University also runs its own shuttle buses between campus locations and advertizes these to students. We also offer an on-line ride-sharing service for faculty and students.

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: In AY 09-10, approximately 23% of the electricity the University consumed came from renewable sources via renewable energy credits purchased by the PA State System of Higher Education. In AY 10-11, our allocation of renewable electricity is expected to be about 33% of our consumption.

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.

Yes: We have participated in the benchmark division of Recyclemania for several years, but not in the Waste Minimization category. We are pursuing ways to increase campus recycling, especially of demolition materials, and to reduce waste.