ACUPCC Reporting System

Implementation Profile for Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

Submitted on June 24, 2008; last updated on March 25, 2010

Institution Information

Basic Carnegie Classification Bac/A&S: Baccalaureate Colleges Arts & Sciences
Control Public
Location North Adams, MA
Community Setting Small town
USDOE Climate Zone 5
Current President or Chancellor's Name Mary K. Grant, Ph.D.
Current President or Chancellor's Title President
Main Web Site http://www.mcla.edu
Sustainability Web Site http://www.mcla.edu/green

Implementation Structure

Implementation Liaison's Name James A Stakenas
Implementation Liaison's Title Vice President
Implementation Liaison's Department Adminnistration & Finance
Format of Structure Committee
Number of Individuals in Structure 25
Stakeholder Groups Represented Faculty, Students, Executive, Community Members, Staff
Description The MCLA Sustainability Committee better known as the Green Team was established in September 2007 by President Grant in order to make sustainability efforts on campus a priority as well as to determine the campus's carbon footprint. Consisting of faculty, staff and students the Sustainability Committee immediately developed three sub-committees to undertake the agenda. The sub-committees originally consisted of the Recycling Sub-Committee, the Energy Sub-Committee, and the Education and Awareness Sub-Committee. The Green Team met on a bi-weekly basis with sub-committees meeting during the weeks in between.

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: All new major campus construction projects are required to be constructed to LEED Plus standards (exceeds LEEDS silver). This is mandated by the Massachusetts Governor's Executive Order 484, signed in the spring of 2007.

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

Yes: This is mandated by the Massachusetts Governor's Executive Order 484, signed in the spring of 2007.

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.

No: n/a

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

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

No: n/a

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

Yes: The College has converted all building cleaning products to 'green'. A comprehensive recycling program is in place to reduce waste: all buildings have recycle receptacles; recycling program is a college-wide effort; working directly with our food service vendor to minimize waste in food service area and implement composting program; Admissions' staff using Prius for road travel.