ACUPCC Reporting System

Implementation Profile for Chatham University

Submitted on November 8, 2007; last updated on August 15, 2012

Institution Information

Basic Carnegie Classification Master's/M: Master's Colleges and Universities (medium programs)
Control Private not-for-profit
Location Pittsburgh, PA
Community Setting Large city
USDOE Climate Zone 5
Current President or Chancellor's Name Esther L Barazzone
Current President or Chancellor's Title President
Main Web Site http://www.chatham.edu/
Sustainability Web Site http://www.chatham.edu/outreach/sustainability/

Implementation Structure

Implementation Liaison's Name Walter B Fowler
Implementation Liaison's Title Vice President for Finance & Administration
Implementation Liaison's Department Finance and Administration
Format of Structure Committee
Number of Individuals in Structure 15
Stakeholder Groups Represented Community Leaders, Faculty, Students, Community Members, Staff, Alumni
Description The institutional structure comprises two supporting Committees: an Operating Committee & an Advisory Committee. The membership of the Operating Committee includes faculty, staff, students and an outside expert. The committee is led by Walter Fowler from Chatham University and Patricia DeMarco, Executive Director of the Rachel Carson Homestead. Dr. DeMarco also chairs the Advisory Committee which will comprise outside experts and community members. The Operating Committee will be the primary implementation body for the Climate Commitment and reports directly to the University President.

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: 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: 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: All students, faculty and staff are encouraged to use public or institutional transportation. The University offers deeply discounted public transportation passes ($30 per semester). It also offers a free shuttle service between the Chatham campus and the campuses of Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh.

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: Chatham University has committed to purchasing 15% of its electricity requirement from a commercial wind energy source.

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 adopted 9 of the 18 measures.