ACUPCC Reporting System

Implementation Profile for Bucknell University

Submitted on July 15, 2008; last updated on January 30, 2015

Institution Information

Basic Carnegie Classification Bac/A&S: Baccalaureate Colleges Arts & Sciences
Control Private not-for-profit
Location Lewisburg, PA
Community Setting Small town
USDOE Climate Zone 5
Current President or Chancellor's Name John Bravman
Current President or Chancellor's Title President
Main Website
Sustainability Website

Implementation Structure

Implementation Liaison's Name Dennis W Hawley
Implementation Liaison's Title Associate Vice President for Facilities
Implementation Liaison's Department Facilities
Format of Structure Committee
Number of Individuals in Structure 21+
Stakeholder Groups Represented Faculty, Students, Executive, Staff
Description Based on the recommendation of the Bucknell University Environmental Center, the Campus Greening Council was created to oversee the implementation of the Presidents Climate Commitment, review greening initiatives and recommend policy to the President. The Council members were selected from an all-campus call for volunteers representing students, faculty and staff, as well as by placement through specific positions with oversight in operations across campus. There are 26 Council members and it is co-chaired by the Associate Vice President for Facilities and the Sustainability Coordinator who is a member of the faculty.

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: The current practice is to pursue LEED Silver certification for all new construction over $1,000,000. There is no official written policy, but Bucknell Facilities adheres to this standard. All new construction since 2012 (3 certified, 5 under construction) have been designed to the LEED Silver standard.

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

Yes: An operational policy is in place, and was formalized by the Campus Greening Council as part of the University's Green Purchasing Policy.

3. Establish a policy of offsetting all greenhouse gas emissions generated by air travel paid for by our institution.

No: Data is being collected on air travel for future consideration of air travel offsets.

4. Encourage use of and provide access to public transportation for all faculty, staff, students and visitors at our institution.

No: There is limited public transportation in this rural community so the current emphasis is on car sharing and bike sharing initiatives.

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: The university co-generates electricity and steam and purchases the balance of electricity (10%) from renewable resources (wind REC's).

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: Bucknell University is currently a RecycleMania participant and has implemented three additional waste minimization/reduction action items, including a sustainable move-out, Terracycle participation, and implementation of single-stream recycling.