ACUPCC Reporting System

Implementation Profile for Clemson University

Submitted on November 14, 2007; last updated on February 24, 2015

Institution Information

Basic Carnegie Classification RU/H: Research Universities (high research activity)
Control Public
Location Clemson, SC
Community Setting Urban fringe of mid-size city
USDOE Climate Zone 7
Current President or Chancellor's Name James Clements
Current President or Chancellor's Title President
Main Website
Sustainability Website

Implementation Structure

Implementation Liaison's Name Gerald A Vander Mey
Implementation Liaison's Title Director, Clemson University
Implementation Liaison's Department University Planning & Design
Format of Structure Committee
Number of Individuals in Structure 21+
Stakeholder Groups Represented Faculty, Students, Staff
Description The committee was proposed to the President by the Sustainable Universities Initiative, a group of interested faculty working on promoting sustainability considerations in teaching, research, public service and university operations. . The President charged the committee and sanctioned its structure of representatives. Individual units in the structure (colleges, committees, staff and operational units, student groups) appoint their representatives.

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: Clemson University President James Barker responded to suggestions fro the Sustainable Universities Initiative and others that Clemson pursue "green buildings", and this led to a policy implementation that all new buildings and major renovations will qualify for at least LEED silver certification. Several new buildings and renovations have successfully met this goal already, and numerous others are in the planning and construction phases.

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

Yes: 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: Clemson University participates in a bus system with the city of Clemson that provides free bus service to anyone around campus, to campuses of three other colleges, to four surrounding towns and to student residential areas ( It is one of the largest free bus systems in the country.

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.

Yes: No information provided.