ACUPCC Reporting System

Implementation Profile for Wofford College

Submitted on December 22, 2008; last updated on April 15, 2015

Institution Information

Basic Carnegie Classification Bac/A&S: Baccalaureate Colleges Arts & Sciences
Control Private not-for-profit
Location Spartanburg, SC
Community Setting Mid-size city
USDOE Climate Zone 3
Current President or Chancellor's Name Nayef H Samhat
Current President or Chancellor's Title President
Main Website
Sustainability Website No information provided

Implementation Structure

Implementation Liaison's Name Sustainability Coordinator
Implementation Liaison's Title Sustainability Coordinator
Implementation Liaison's Department Office of Sustainability
Format of Structure Committee
Number of Individuals in Structure 11-20
Stakeholder Groups Represented Faculty, Students, Executive, Staff, Alumni
Description In the Summer of 2008, Bob Keasler (Senior Vice President for Internal Operations), Lani Foster (Director of Special Projects), and Allyn Steele (Sustainability Coordinator)--who together form the Office of Sustainability--responded to the PCC charge by inviting 13 members of the Wofford community to develop and steer the implementation of Wofford's sustainability initiatives and climate commitment. At its first meeting in September 2008, Allyn Steele and Lindy Bunch, a student, were elected co-chairs of the committee. Additionally, the committee decided that its principal purpose was to serve as the campus's first Sustainability Committee, which would identify and bear additional responsibilities over time. The committee recognized, however, that its current and more pressing function would be more akin to a task force's, with the express purpose of meeting the goals of the PCC.

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: Although no formal policy has been adopted, LEED Silver standards are a significant part of discussions and planning regarding all new and future campus construction projects. Several of Wofford's newest projects are likely to achieve LEED Silver designation.

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

No: Although no formal policy has been adopted, Wofford's current purchasing practices include ENERGY STAR certified products in all related areas.

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: A faculty and staff task force formed in September 2008 to begin advocating for increased use and provisions of public and alternative transportation to and from campus. Part of the task force's goals include collaborating with other area institutions so as to increase the feasibility of mass transit offerings and use. In December 2008, the task force joined the Sustainability Committee/PCC Task Force.

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 Sustainability Committee/PCC Task Force has created a sub-committee to begin researching and designing an institutional plan to purchase at least 15% of its electricity from renewable sources. Additionally, the sub-committee aims to collaborate with other institutions of higher learning in the Upstate to advocate for renewable energy options at the state and corporate level.

6. Establish a policy or a committee that supports climate and sustainability shareholder proposals at companies where our institution's endowment is invested.

No: At this point, no formal policy or committee exists to fulfill this action, but Wofford has begun a process of inquiring into its options regarding climate and sustainability shareholder proposals and other investment opportunities.

7. Participate in the Waste Minimization component of the national RecycleMania competition, and adopt 3 or more associated measures to reduce waste.

Yes: Wofford will participate in RecycleMania for the second year in Spring 2009. Three additional waste minimization measures include: composting programs for kitchen and grounds waste; a battery recycling program; and a new purchasing policy of compostable/eco-friendly cups, plates and other wares in collaboration with the college's food service provider.