Progress Report for Salisbury University
Submitted on Jan. 13, 2012; Last updated on Jan. 13, 2012
The Progress Report is intended to help signatories assess and track progress toward the goals outlined
in their Climate Action Plans and to share that progress with their stakeholders and the general public.
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With the first campus carbon footprint completed in 2008 and the development of a comprehensive climate action plan in 2010, Salisbury University has come a long way. Though the climate action plan has only been in place for a year, many of the changes prescribed in the plan are quickly becoming a part of the fabric of the campus community. Among them, development of undergraduate degree programs related to climate change and sustainability, and a growing number of classes which include sustainability subject matter have been developed. In addition, all major renovation and new buildings built since 2008 have been a minimum of LEED silver designation. The number of energy-saving projects is on the rise and includes an energy/water-saving dishwasher system and a food waste composting process for dining services. There has also been an increase in renewable energy credits in the energy portfolio for the campus with nearly 15% accounted for by RECs. Students are taking an active role in defining campus sustainability projects with, most recently, sustainable water bottle filling stations replacing standard drinking water fountains. Another recent project is the development of a ride sharing program to reduce the number of student, faculty and staff cars travelling to campus or home for weekends.
|Climate Neutrality Target Date:||2050|
|Interim Milestone Emission-Reduction Target||Target Date||Baseline*|
|15% reduction in Total Scopes 1, 2, 3 Emissions||by 2012||relative to baseline emissions in 2005|
|25% reduction in Total Scopes 1, 2, 3 Emissions||by 2015||relative to baseline emissions in 2005|
|30% reduction in Total Scopes 1, 2, 3 Emissions||by 2020||relative to baseline emissions in 2005|
|50% reduction in Total Scopes 1, 2, 3 Emissions||by 2025||relative to baseline emissions in 2005|
|100% reduction in Total Scopes 1, 2, 3 Emissions||by 2050||relative to baseline emissions in 2005|
|Reporting Year||Gross Emissions||Net Emissions||Full Time Enrollments||Total Bldg. Sq. Ft.||[action]|
|2005||26696.0||26678.0||6277.0||1444989.0||[ view ]|
|2008||26441.0||26413.62||7074.0||1444989.0||[ view ]|
|2010||25679.0||24841.62||7747.0||1871731.0||[ view ]|
|2011||27868.0||26672.62||7716.0||1889463.0||[ view ]|
|2012||27003.0||24650.62||7881.0||2206748.0||[ view ]|
Change in GHG gross emissions
Change in GHG emissions per 1000 sq.ft. building space
Change in GHG emissions per full time enrollment (FTE)
How is your institution making climate neutrality and sustainability a part of the curriculum and other educational experiences for all students?One way that Salisbury University provides experiential learning opportunities related to the environment and sustainability is through the “Green” Living Learning Community, which is open to all first year students. Although many are pursuing conflict analysis and dispute resolution, environmental studies, or geography, the community is open to all students interested in an eco-friendly world. Required courses focus on the environment, and extra-curricular activities include kayaking on the local waterways, meeting area environmental experts and cultivating SU’s campus garden.
In addition, there are a number of University-sponsored clubs and organizations focused on the climate and environment: Students can choose to participate in the Environmental Student Association/Gulls Going Green, Smart Growth, Outdoor Club, and Bio Environs.
Does your institution offer an undergraduate degree program(s) related to climate change/sustainability?Yes
Salisbury University offers to degree programs related to climate change/sustainability: Environmental Studies (http://www.salisbury.edu/environmentalstudies/) and Geography and Geosciences, Environmental Planning Track (http://www.salisbury.edu/geography/acad_programs/elup_track.html)
In addition, courses from disciplines found in three of Salisbury University’s four schools include a focus on the past or future of our environment. *Although the overall content area may not relate to sustainability issues, specific assignments are geared toward the subject matter.
Course descriptions available at http://www.salisbury.edu/catalog/.
ANTH 102; *ART 280; BIO 101; BIOL 370; BIOL 410; CHEM 221; *CMAT 100; ELED 408; EMAT 527; EMAT 529; *ENGL 103; ENGL 347; ENVR 102; ENVR 495; GEOG 325; GEOG 402; GEOG 416; *HIST 407; *HONR 111; *NURS 430; PHYS 108; SCED 374; SCED 474; SOCI 390; and SOWK 302.
Does your institution offer a graduate degree program in climate change/sustainability?No
At this time, Salisbury University does not offer a graduate degree program in climate change/sustainability. However, the MS in Applied Biology addresses the growing need for a technologically trained workforce with special skills in laboratory, biotechnology and environmental science.
Does your institution have a central sustainability website that consolidates information about the institution's sustainability efforts?Yes
If applicable, how is your institution expanding research efforts toward the achievement of climate neutrality research?Currently, there is not a program/process in place to expand climate neutrality research.
Does your institution have a program to encourage student climate and or sustainability research?No
Although there is not a specific program to encourage student climate and sustainability research, many students and faculty focus their research attention on such issues.
SU’s Student Research Conference, 2011: The Birds of Deal Island; Species Diversity and Succession of Dung Beetles to Pony Dung on Assateague Island; Species Diversity and Foraging Height of Silphide (Coleopters) in the Nassawango Creek Preserve; Viewing Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon Through the Lens of an Econometrician; Scarabaeoidea of Old growth and Second Growth Upland Hardwood Forests; The Chesapeake Bay and Puget Sound: A Bi-Coastal Survey of Environmental Issues and Perceptions
-Social Issues in the Restoration of the Chesapeake Bay;Analysis of Maryland Watershed Implementation Plan and its Inadequacies Regarding Natural Filters; The Maryland Watershed Implementation Plan – What’s Being Neglected in the Chesapeake Bay Clean-Up Efforts;Renewable Fuel from Sweet Sorghum Juice & more.
Does your institution have a program to encourage faculty climate and or sustainability research?No
-A Geographic Analysis of Storm Water Run-off as a Problem
-Effects of Human-Generated Sounds on Saltwater Fish, Brackish Water Fish, and Freshwater Fish
-Social Issues in the Chesapeake Bay Restoration
-Changes in Gene Expression for Lipid Metabolism in Chinook Salmon During Temperature Change
-The Chesapeake Bay and Puget Sound: A Bi-Coastal Survey of Environmental Issues and Perceptions
-Analysis of the Maryland Watershed Implementation Plan and its Inadequacies Regarding Natural Fibers
-The Maryland Watershed Implementation Plan – What’s Being Neglected in the Chesapeake Bay Clean-Up Efforts
2011 Faculty Grant Proposals
-Monogenean Ectoparasites of White Marlin
-Chesapeake Bay Farms Feasibility Study
-Integrating Surveys, Satellites, and Streams: The Sum of Small Effects in Rondonia Brazil
In addition, Salisbury University has produced 3 winners of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) National Greater Research Opportunity Fellowship
How is your institution expanding community outreach efforts toward the achievement of climate neutrality?The Eastern Shore Regional GIS Cooperative (ESRGC) provides access to geographic information system (GIS) technology, data, technical support, and training to the local governments of Maryland's Eastern Shore. The ESRGC is an outreach entity of Salisbury University, and is a joint effort between the Mid-Shore Regional Council, the Tri-County Council of the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland and the University. Current projects include Critical Area Boundary Mapping and Flood Vulnerability Analysis. One focus of the Edward H. Nabb Research Center provides resources related to biological, environmental and ecological work. Wicomico Creekwatchers monitors 25 sites throughout the Wicomico River system, collecting samples from Wicomico tributaries and ponds.
Does your institution participate in community climate change and or sustainability partnerships?Yes
Wicomico County Creek Watchers Water Quality Monitoring Program
Has your institution advocated for federal, state, and/or local public policies that support campus sustainability or that otherwise advance your goal of climate neutrality?No
Energy Efficiency Projects
Number of Energy Efficiency Retrofit Projects planned, but not yet implemented:2
Number of Energy Efficiency Retrofit Projects completed since signing the ACUPCC:25
Number of buildings that have received a green building certification since signing the ACUPCC:8
Number of green buildings planned or scheduled for completion in the next 2 years:0
For all buildings, the green building certification/rating used is:USGBC:LEED
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