ACUPCC Reporting System

Implementation Profile for Xavier University

Submitted on October 28, 2008; last updated on February 25, 2014

Institution Information

Basic Carnegie Classification Master's/L: Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
Control Private not-for-profit
Location Cincinnati, OH
Community Setting Large city
USDOE Climate Zone 4
Current President or Chancellor's Name Michael Graham
Current President or Chancellor's Title President
Main Web Site http://www.xavier.edu/
Sustainability Web Site http://www.xavier.edu/green/

Implementation Structure

Implementation Liaison's Name Ann Dougherty
Implementation Liaison's Title Sustainability Director
Implementation Liaison's Department Physical Plant
Format of Structure Committee
Number of Individuals in Structure 15
Stakeholder Groups Represented Faculty, Students, Staff
Description A Climate and Sustainability Committee was appointed by the President Michael Graham S.J.and endorsed by the Academic Vice President and Provost Roger Fortin. Co-chairs Dave Lococo (Physical Plant) and Kathleen Smythe (Faculty, History) then assisted in the subdivision of the committee into the following groups: Tangible Actions, GHG Inventory, Institutional Action Plan, Communications, and Funding.

In 2012, Provost Scott Chadwick appointed Dr. Smythe to Senior Fellow for Sustainability, and appointed a new faculty co-chair, Dr. Nancy Bertaux of Economics, to the committee. Under the leadership of Bertaux and Lococo, the committee has divided in 2013 into topic work groups including: Food & Farming, Waste Management, Transportation, and Energy.

The committee meets monthly to assess progress toward ACUPCC goals.

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 University is currently undergoing significant expansion. All new construction is designated to be built to the standards of LEED Silver or equivalent. The University is a member, but does not pursue certification of buildings with US Green Building Council.

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

Yes: Energy Star products have been recommended for all incoming students; ENERGY STAR has become the standard. Laundry facilities have been retrofitted with new ENERGY STAR appliances. All University purchased appliances must meet ENERGY STAR requirements.

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: In 2013, local bus service METRO built shelters at the university, and instituted a fast and frequent bus service, considered pre-bus rapid transit (BRT), which stops at the shelters, connecting the University with hospitals, malls, downtown, and other universities. Brochures are provided at five locations on campus, and Metro customer service representatives meet with classes and student government regularly.

5. Within one year of signing this document, begin purchasing or producing at least 15% of our institution's electricity consumption from renewable sources.

Yes: The University's electricity supplier reported 3-5% renewable purchases in 2013. We are pursuing three ways of increasing this portion: asking students to petition the University to specify renewable energy, funding renewable energy on campus, and asking our current supplier to increase their renewable energy use.

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: The University participated in the 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 RecycleMania competitions. The University has diverted cafeteria food waste from landfill since 2011, with composting being done at local farms. Two Earth Tubs were installed in 2013 for onsite composting, and 40 food waste pails are being deployed in 2014 to offices and student areas. A major focus is the conference center/ sports arena, which operations generate one-third of the campus waste; cardboard and food waste diversion are being instituted at this center in 2014.