Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 59.66
Liaison Christina Erickson
Submission Date Aug. 15, 2022

STARS v2.2

Champlain College
PRE-2: Points of Distinction

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete N/A Christina Erickson
Sustainability Director
Campus Planning
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Name of the institution’s featured sustainability program, initiative, or accomplishment:
Energy Efficiency despite physical growth of campus

A brief description of the institution’s featured program, initiative, or accomplishment:

The Champlain College campus comprises The core campus consists of 52 buildings, ranging in age from the late 1800s to 2018 on 27.3 acres. Through the vision of the 2007 Master Plan, there has been a significant drive to a) build highly efficient buildings and b) renovate our Victorian era buildings to a highly efficient state. With an increase of 57% gross square footage over the past decade+, we've decreased our energy (electric and natural gas) consumption by 52%.

Our annual report on our greenhouse gas emissions has several graphs on our energy efficiency progress
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1B5Frw4p0Sjp-9vAicpRxSAEwEKMHXhAu/view?usp=sharing

These websites list recent and new capital construction projects:

https://www.champlain.edu/faculty-and-staff/campus-information/campus-operations/recent-construction-and-major-renovations

https://www.champlain.edu/faculty-and-staff/campus-information/campus-operations/new-construction-and-major-renovations


Which of the following impact areas does the featured program, initiative, or accomplishment most closely relate to?:
Air & Climate
Buildings
Energy

Website URL where more information about the accomplishment may be found:
STARS credit in which the featured program, initiative, or accomplishment is reported (if applicable):
OP-5

A photograph or document associated with the featured program, initiative, or accomplishment:
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Name of a second highlighted sustainability program/initiative/accomplishment:
Students Abroad in Dublin Plant Trees to Offset Flight Carbon Emissions

A brief description of the second program/initiative/accomplishment:

Champlain College operates a small campus in Dublin, Ireland that serves as a popular study abroad site. After several student research and capstone projects, the program was able to implement a tree planting project in Ireland to offset flight emissions for students' travel to and from the site. Students were able to partner with a community organization in Ireland to do some active landscape rewildling.

This effort follows on our Dublin campus being named a 2020 Finalist for the GoAbroad.com Innovation in Sustainability award. https://view.champlain.edu/2020/05/29/champlain-college-dublin-recognized-for-innovation-in-sustainability/

Finally - our Director of the Dublin campus wrote a chapter, “Carbon Footprints and Carbon Offsetting and Insetting” in a forthcoming book, Standards in Action Series: Sustainable Education Abroad- due to come out in late 2022/early 2023.


Which impact areas does the second program/initiative/accomplishment most closely relate to?:
Curriculum
Public Engagement
Air & Climate

Website URL where more information about the second program/initiative/accomplishment may be found:
STARS credit in which the second program/initiative/accomplishment is reported (if applicable):
AC-8

A photograph or document associated with the second program/initiative/accomplishment:
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Name of a third highlighted program/initiative/accomplishment:
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A brief description of the third program/initiative/accomplishment:
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Which impact areas does the third program/initiative/accomplishment most closely relate to?:
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Website URL where more information about the third program/initiative/accomplishment may be found:
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STARS credit in which the third program/initiative/accomplishment is reported (if applicable):
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