ACUPCC Reporting System

Implementation Profile for Villanova University

Submitted on November 6, 2007; last updated on August 21, 2013

Institution Information

Basic Carnegie Classification Master's/L: Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
Control Private not-for-profit
Location Villanova, PA
Community Setting Urban fringe of large city
USDOE Climate Zone 5
Current President or Chancellor's Name Peter Donohue
Current President or Chancellor's Title President
Main Website
Sustainability Website No information provided

Implementation Structure

Implementation Liaison's Name Liesel Schwarz
Implementation Liaison's Title Sustainability Manager
Implementation Liaison's Department Facilities Management
Format of Structure Committee
Number of Individuals in Structure 11-20
Stakeholder Groups Represented Faculty, Students, Staff
Description The University president, Father Peter M. Donohue, established a committee of faculty, staff, and students, who have all been involved in environmental committees on campus in previous years, with most providing an expertise in sustainability and environmental issues. The members of this core committee will also be supported by a sub-committee that includes many other faculty, staff, and students who will assist in the implementation of efforts directly related to 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: Two (2) new buildings, currently under construction, are pursuing LEED certification, with a goal of silver on each.

The University has also established a goal that all future new construction and major renovation projects will pursue a LEED certification.

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

Yes: A policy to purchase ENERGY STAR products has been established and is actively applied throughout the University.

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: 1. The campus provides access to two (2) different SEPTA rail lines and one (1) SEPTA bus line. Additionally, a free campus shuttle available to all faculty, staff, and students includes stops at or near each of the on-campus public transportation stops during its regular loop.

2. As an incentive to encourage the use of public transportation, the University has implemented a Commuter Benefit Plan, which allows all faculty and staff to pay for eligible transit expenses through pre-tax payroll deductions.

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.

Yes: The University's Investment Committee has established a Committee on Social Responsibility Proxy Vote which uses, as its guide, the Principles on Sustainability espoused in the United States Conference of Bishops Guidelines.

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

Yes: The University does participate in the Waste Minimization component of the national RecycleMania competition. Additionally, the University reduces waste through the following measures:
1. Campus Recycling Program: The University has a Recycling Coordinator on the Facilities Management staff that manages recycling programs for paper, cans, bottles, landscape waste, food waste, computers, ink jet cartridges and fluorescent light bulbs. Additionally, construction debris is recycled on most new or renovation projects on campus.
2. Furniture re-use: The Facilities Management Office attempts to re-use furniture throughout campus by maintaining an inventory of furniture needs on campus and items that are either kept in storage or may becoming available through a renovation project.
3. Donating end-of-year student debris: The University's Recycling Coordinator manages an effort to sort through debris created by students during the end-of-year move out and donates items that can be used by local charities.