ACUPCC Reporting System

Implementation Profile for Utah State University

Submitted on November 13, 2007; last updated on February 14, 2013

Institution Information

Basic Carnegie Classification RU/H: Research Universities (high research activity)
Control Public
Location Logan, UT
Community Setting Large town
USDOE Climate Zone 6
Current President or Chancellor's Name Stan Albrecht
Current President or Chancellor's Title President
Main Web Site http://www.usu.edu/
Sustainability Web Site http://www.sustainability.usu.edu/

Implementation Structure

Implementation Liaison's Name Alexi Lamm
Implementation Liaison's Title Sustainability Coordinator
Implementation Liaison's Department Facilities
Format of Structure Committee
Number of Individuals in Structure 37
Stakeholder Groups Represented Faculty, Students, Community Members, Staff
Description Appointed by the President and the VP For Business and Finance; additional members through appointment by unit leaders (deans & VPs)

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: Effective July 1, 2012, USU's energy policy requires appliances, heating and cooling devices, and computers must be Energy Star certified when models are available.

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: Cache valley has severe air quality problems during winter inversions. Cache Valley Transit District and Aggie Shuttle both provide fare free bus transportation. The university's Aggie Shuttle buses run on natural gas. The university's CAP included both heightened PR to encourage greater use of public transportation as well as informing faculty, staff, students, and visitors of the benefits to local air quality. The Aggie Shuttle is running in 2013 at full capacity. Additionally, the university established a shuttle service between the Logan and Brigham City Campuses and is considering other options to address winter months with the worst air quality.

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: We will participate in the Waste Minimization component of RecycleMania in 2008. The three measures we are adopting are:
Establishing a campus recycling program [reversing current practice -- custodial staff will empty individual recycle cans while office occupants take on responsibility for emptying their own non-recyclable trash; this is opposite of what occurs now]
Creating and promoting a system for the campus community to report wasteful practices
Offering discounts or other incentives for using reusable mugs in campus dining operations