ACUPCC Reporting System

Implementation Profile for Aquinas College

Submitted on December 19, 2008; last updated on November 6, 2014

Institution Information

Basic Carnegie Classification Master's/M: Master's Colleges and Universities (medium programs)
Control Private not-for-profit
Location Grand Rapids, MI
Community Setting Mid-size city
USDOE Climate Zone 5
Current President or Chancellor's Name Juan Olivarez
Current President or Chancellor's Title President
Main Website
Sustainability Website

Implementation Structure

Implementation Liaison's Name Jessica Eimer
Implementation Liaison's Title Director of Sustainability
Implementation Liaison's Department Center for Sustainability at Aquinas College
Format of Structure Center- or Institute-Led
Number of Individuals in Structure 11-20
Stakeholder Groups Represented Community Leaders, Faculty, Students, Executive, Staff, Alumni
Description Our attention to the Climate Commitment is embedded into our formal sustainability governance structure which includes sustainability committees in each of our three governing bodies of our campus community, as well as key administrative positions. Individuals associated with sustainability efforts as well as relevant areas of responsibility are included among these "Climate Commitment Catalysts", which are coordinated through the Center for Sustainability as they bring their expertise and insights to bear on the ACUPCC goal of "carbon neutrality." Project administration reports directly to the Aquinas President Juan Olivarez, Ph.D.

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.

No: 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: We have been routinely purchasing energy-efficient appliances and plan to develop a formal purchasing policy.

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: We currently offer a public transportation subsidy for students and faculty/staff in concert with the our regional transportation authority (The Rapid)as well as promote its availability near campus. We have also installed numerous bike racks to encourage emission-free transportion. We aggressively market these opportunities in the upcoming year.

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: At the end of each semester, a regular e-waste collection program is conducted and all e-waste is donated to Comprenew Environmental, a local non-profit electronic waste recycler. We have also hosted community e-waste collections in association with Comprenew Environmental. We have a full campus single-stream recycling program including opportunities to recycle paper, cardboard, metals and glass. We also have a composting system. Our student newspaper publishes an on-line edition, and we have been actively promoting more faculty utilization of our on-line teaching utility (Course Connect) in order to greatly reduce paper usage, among other innovations. We have participated in RecycleMania since 2009.