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Progress Report for Southwestern College - Kansas

Submitted on Jan. 6, 2012; Last updated on March 11, 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.

General Statement of Progress

Upon implementing our Climate Action Plan, the college has done the following to focus the college community towards sustainability:
• Developed a service learning team “Green Team” which provides activity scholarships and sustainability programming.
• Developed a College Sustainability Council with wide student, staff and faculty representation.
• Developed a Climate Action Team which works on carbon reduction projects.
• Has had a number of lectures, conferences and programs on sustainability.
• Developed a minor in sustainability.
• Added a commitment to live by and teach a sustainable lifestyle to the college mission statement.
• Developed a college wide definition of sustainability.
• Developed a College Sustainability web site.

Specific projects and programs which have helped the college become more sustainable have come from the efforts of these initiatives.

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GHG Emissions & Reduction Targets

Climate Neutrality Target Date: 2060
Interim Milestone Emission-Reduction Target Target Date Baseline*
10% reduction in Total Scopes 1, 2, 3 Emissions by 2015 relative to baseline emissions in 2006
29% reduction in Total Scopes 1, 2, 3 Emissions by 2020 relative to baseline emissions in 2006
[click to view Climate Action Plan - Climate Action Plan - Southwestern College - 8-2015]

GHGs summary

GHGs for Southwestern College - Kansas
Reporting Year Gross Emissions Net Emissions Full Time Enrollments Total Bldg. Sq. Ft. [action]
2006 4757.0 4757.0 621.0 393716.0 [ view ]
2008 4353.0 4353.0 582.0 393716.0 [ view ]
2010 4299.0 4299.0 609.0 393716.0 [ 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)


Education, Research, & Community Engagement


  • How is your institution making climate neutrality and sustainability a part of the curriculum and other educational experiences for all students?

    We currently have 8 courses that focus on sustainability and need for climate neutrality, three of which are part of our General Education program.

  • Does your institution offer an undergraduate degree program(s) related to climate change/sustainability?

    Sustainability and Environmental Studies minor -

  • Does your institution offer a graduate degree program in climate change/sustainability?



  • Does your institution have a central sustainability website that consolidates information about the institution's sustainability efforts?


  • Does your institution include sustainability prominently in new student orientation?

    We attempt to provide some sustainability training at Builder Camp, our freshman orientation.


  • If applicable, how is your institution expanding research efforts toward the achievement of climate neutrality research?


  • Does your institution have a program to encourage student climate and or sustainability research?

    Green Team Southwestern (

  • Does your institution have a program to encourage faculty climate and or sustainability research?


Community Engagement

  • How is your institution expanding community outreach efforts toward the achievement of climate neutrality?

    Over the last 4 years, Southwestern has developed a student-based Green Team that focuses on service learning and campus and community engagement around issues of sustainability. The Mission of Green Team Southwestern: Green Team Southwestern is a service-learning program dedicated to responsible citizenship and environmental sustainability. Mission Interpreted: The Green Team is dedicated to: • Creating a living laboratory of sustainable learning in which all members of the community develop healthy habits of environmental stewardship. • Implementing organizational changes that result in carbon neutrality. • Infusing the broader communities of Winfield, Cowley County and beyond with the principles and practical applications of environmental sustainability.

  • Does your institution participate in community climate change and or sustainability partnerships?


  • 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?


Energy & Finances

Energy Efficiency Projects

  • Number of Energy Efficiency Retrofit Projects planned, but not yet implemented:


  • Number of Energy Efficiency Retrofit Projects completed since signing the ACUPCC:


  • Number of buildings that have received a green building certification since signing the ACUPCC:


  • Number of green buildings planned or scheduled for completion in the next 2 years:


Renewable Energy

  • Annual output (in kWhs) for each renewable energy system utilized by Southwestern College - Kansas

    • Solar output: 750 kWh

    • Wind output: 3500 kWh

    • Annual renewable energy purchased: 103000 kWh

Financial Data

  • Has your Climate Action Plan and/or related sustainability efforts saved your institution money so far, e.g. by reducing operational expenses?


  • Amount spent on CAP projects:


  • Estimated amount saved to date from implementing your CAP projects:


  • Financial resources (dollar amount) secured from outside sources to support mitigation efforts related to the Climate Action Plan (grants, gifts, etc...) :


  • Additional information on secured outside funding:

    Wind for schools grant provided a small wind turbine for the campus. Another grant provided an electric mower for the college
finance methods...
  • Financing Methods utilized for Mitigation or Renewable Energy Projects:
    • Other
        Expenditure of college-budgeted funds

Non-public data

This data is available to signatories with reporting system access.
"" fields in which no data was submitted have been omitted from this report