ACUPCC Reporting System

Implementation Profile for University of Richmond

Submitted on April 24, 2008; last updated on August 23, 2013

Institution Information

Basic Carnegie Classification Bac/A&S: Baccalaureate Colleges Arts & Sciences
Control Private not-for-profit
Location Richmond, VA
Community Setting Mid-size city
USDOE Climate Zone 4
Current President or Chancellor's Name Edward L Ayers
Current President or Chancellor's Title President
Main Web Site http://www.richmond.edu/
Sustainability Web Site http://sustainability.richmond.edu/

Implementation Structure

Implementation Liaison's Name Megan E Zanella-Litke
Implementation Liaison's Title Sustainability Manager
Implementation Liaison's Department Business and Finance
Format of Structure Committee
Number of Individuals in Structure 13
Stakeholder Groups Represented Faculty, Students, Executive, Staff
Description After consultation with the chair of the existing faculty-led Environmental Awareness Group (EAG) (which includes representation from faculty, staff, administration and students), the University chose to create a Green Working Group to take responsibility for the day-to-day implementation of the PCC as well as planning for University environmental efforts. This group works in concert with other existing structures including the EAG and a variety of established operational efforts.

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: In recent years, all of the University's new construction has been LEED certified, and the University's major renovations have also focused on green design elements. As part of the President's Climate Commitment, the University will commit to a goal that all new campus construction will be built to at least LEED Silver standard or its equivalent.

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

Yes: In practice, the University has already been purchasing Energy Star appliances for many areas in which such criteria exist. We are also working towards using only vendors that meet the Life Cycle Assessment by using sound environmental practices for procurement of raw materials, production methods, packaging and transportation methods and where applicable, use Forest Stewardship Council Certified Wood. As we move forward with PCC implementation, a sub-committee of the Green Working Group will develop a University wide energy-efficient appliance procurement policy, develop communication methods and create a process that encompasses University purchase-card transactions.

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: The University has completed a study for designing and implementing a comprehensive transportation plan. Under this plan to be launched in early 2011, the entire public transportation fleet, buses and shuttles, will operate on propane. We have also worked on car-pooling to campus and made public transportation more affordable for all employees. To encourage the use of public transportation, we provide free swipe cards for bus fare to and from work for all employees who use public transportation

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: University of Richmond has participated in Recyclemania since 2009; with the support of the student organization, GreenUR, we will enroll in Recyclemania in February of 2011. We will register in the per capita classic and waste minimization competitions, targeted materials will be paper, cardboard, bottles and cans. The University already has a campus recycling program for traditional recyclables as well as used carpeting, fluorescent lamps, computing equipment and other University waste. Whenever possible, printers in the library and computer labs have duplex printing as the default setting. In cooperation with campus chapters of Sierra Club and Habitat for Humanity, the University collects and re-sells tens of thousands of pounds of surplus student property at the end of each school year.