ACUPCC Reporting System

Implementation Profile for Philadelphia University

Submitted on July 8, 2011; 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 Philadelphia, PA
Community Setting Large city
USDOE Climate Zone 3
Current President or Chancellor's Name Stephen Spinelli Jr.
Current President or Chancellor's Title President
Main Website
Sustainability Website

Implementation Structure

Implementation Liaison's Name J. Thomas Becker
Implementation Liaison's Title Assoc VP for Operations, Sustainability Steering Committee
Implementation Liaison's Department Physical Plant
Format of Structure Committee
Number of Individuals in Structure 11-20
Stakeholder Groups Represented Faculty, Students, , Executive, Staff
Description Philadelphia University's sustainability related initiatives, committees, and student groups in different formats, have been in existence for over two decades.

During that time the Physical Plant has been primarily responsible for an ongoing baseline of improvements, along with tracking from an operational standpoint.

Over the past few years sustainability has blossomed on campus in all aspects, and become much more integrated and interactive. In response to that we have evolved to a sustainability steering committee structure with representation from operations, administration, public relations, graduate and undergraduate faculty from all three colleges, student group representation including the Student Organization for Sustainable Action (SOSA), and a graduate intern.

The sustainability steering committee is now chaired by Geoffrey Cromarty, VP of Administration / COO. Tom Schrand is the primary faculty representative of the undergraduate program in Environmental Sustainability, and Rob Fleming represents our graduate sustainability programs. Student organizations are also represented. It's member count adjusts but is nominally around 12.

We are focusing and aligning priorities and ad hoc sub-committees related to desired STARS initiatives, along with supporting efforts brought forth by the student groups, but have not formally adopted STARS.

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: Recent construction has incorporated LEED standards into our university construction standards. The SEED Graduate Center completed in 2010 has been awarded LEED Gold.
The DEC building just recently completed is under LEED evaluation and is on track for LEED silver or better.
It is the University's intention to maintain this level going forward. However should the LEED criteria or credentialing process change substantially, or should the construction environment commence to add substantial premiums for this credential, the University reserves the right re-evaluate this commitment.

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

Yes: Philadelphia University has adopted a purchasing procedure within plant operations for the purchase of energy star equipment related to University owned buildings for both single and mass purchases whenever financially possible.

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

No: This is not something we can commit to at this time.

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

Yes: Philadelphia University encourages the use of public transportation. The University has public bus stops at the University's main intersections. Train travel is also encouraged which is available a few blocks away. Shuttle service to the train station is provided along with shuttles to University off-campus housing. Train and bus schedule information is made publically available at the campus center information desk.

Freshman residents are not permitted cars except by special exception of the dean.

In addition to public transportation Philadelphia University strongly encourages bike transportation and provides rack locations at most building entrances as well as in the parking garage.

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: Currently Philadelphia University purchases 15% of its electrical energy from renewable resources and is a certified EPA green power partner.

The University will increase that committment to 100% of our power requirement commencing July 1. 2014.

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

No: This is not something we can commit to at this time.

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

No: The University has adopted several waste reduction programs and provides extensive web information about those programs. We also do internal waste and energy reduction contests amongst student groups.
In addition we are a PJM electrical grid partner through Energy Connect and do voluntary load reductions.
At this time we cannot commit to the recyclemania competition, but it is intriguing to us and something we may consider in the near future.