Implementation Profile for Virginia Commonwealth University
Submitted on August 27, 2008; last updated on January 4, 2013
|Basic Carnegie Classification||RU/H: Research Universities (high research activity)|
|Community Setting||Mid-size city|
|USDOE Climate Zone||4|
|Current President or Chancellor's Name||Michael Rao|
|Current President or Chancellor's Title||President|
|Main Web Site||http://www.vcu.edu/|
|Sustainability Web Site||http://www.vcugoesgreen.vcu.edu/|
|Implementation Liaison's Name||Jacek Ghosh|
|Implementation Liaison's Title||Director of Sustainability|
|Implementation Liaison's Department||Office of Sustainability- FMD/PPD|
|Format of Structure||Committee|
|Number of Individuals in Structure||54|
|Stakeholder Groups Represented||Faculty, Students, Executive, Staff|
VCU Sustainability Committee consists of the following positions:
Provost & Vice-President for Academic Affairs- co-chair;
Vice-President for Finance & Administration - co-chair;
Degree Audit & Edit Administrator;
Vice-Provost of Community Engagement;
Director of Service-Learning Program;
Executive Director, VCU ASPiRE;
VCU Faculty (8);
Associate Professor, Interior Design
Associate Professor, Teaching & Learning
Associate Professor, Social Psychology
Assistant Professor, Urban Studies & Regional Planning (2)
Associate Professor, Homeland security/Emergency Preparedness
Assistant Professor, Focused Inquiry
Assistant Director-Center for Environmental Studies;
Assistant VP for Research;
Executive Director of Health Sciences Resources & Planning- VCUHS;
Lab Research Specialist;
Director of Recreational Sports;
Director of VCU Business Services;
Dining Sales & Services Manager;
Associate Vice-President of Facilities Management;
Executive Director of Physical Plant/Deputy for Facilities Management;
Assistant Director of Design Services;
Interior Design Project Manager;
Director of Support Shops & Special Projects;
Superintendent of Grounds;
Director of Sustainability;
Sustainability Reporting & Outreach Coordinator;
Sustainability Operations Coordinator;
Director, Parking & Transportation;
Asst Manager, Parking & Transportation;
Alternative Transportation Coordinator;
Human Resources Operations Manager;
Director of Procurement & Payment;
Director of University Purchasing;
Assistant Director of VCU Technology Services;
Associate University Librarian for Admid & Policy Development;
Office of Community Policing, VCU Police;
Associate Dean of Student Affairs/ Dean, Student Affairs MCV;
Asst Director & Nutrition Services Coordinator;
Senior Director, Marketing Communications;
Public Relations Specialist - Communications & Public Relations;
VCU MPC students (5);
VCU MCV students (1);
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.
Per Commonwealth of Virginia Executive Order 19: Conservation and Efficiency in the Operation of State Government all new or renovated buildings of more than 5,000 GSF shall conform to LEED Silver or Green Globes two-globe standards.
2. Adopt an energy-efficient appliance purchasing policy requiring purchase of ENERGY STAR certified products in all areas for which such ratings exist.
Per Commonwealth of Virginia Executive Order 19: Conservation and Efficiency in the Operation of State Government, Commonwealth agencies and institutions shall purchase or lease Energy Star rated appliances and equipment for all classifications for which an Energy Star designation is available.
3. Establish a policy of offsetting all greenhouse gas emissions generated by air travel paid for by our institution.
No: 55,439 SF Recommended action in VCU Climate Action Plan (May 2010).
4. Encourage use of and provide access to public transportation for all faculty, staff, students and visitors at our institution.
VCU operates inter and intra-campus shuttles that are free to students, faculty and staff, hours have been expanded and frequencies increased to encourage use and minimize personal car travel between campuses.
5. Within one year of signing this document, begin purchasing or producing at least 15% of our institution's electricity consumption from renewable sources.
VCU has had discussions with local power provider (Virginia Dominion Power) and the purchase of renewable sources of electricity (for example wind generated electrical power) is not currently available.
6. Establish a policy or a committee that supports climate and sustainability shareholder proposals at companies where our institution's endowment is invested.
No: It has been recommended to appropriate university departments managing endowments to have discussions with other universities, colleges and investment firms on their policies.
7. Participate in the Waste Minimization component of the national RecycleMania competition, and adopt 3 or more associated measures to reduce waste.
VCU has participated in RecycleMania since 2008.