Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 46.48
Liaison Jennifer McMillin
Submission Date July 21, 2011
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Cleveland State University
PAE-4: Sustainability Plan

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Nathan Engstrom
Coordinator, Campus Sustainability
Business Affairs and Finance
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Does the institution have a sustainability plan that meets the criteria for this credit?:

A brief description of how multiple stakeholder groups were involved in developing the plan:

CSU's Campus Sustainability Plan was written by our Campus Sustainability Coalition (CSC), which is comprised of administrators, department heads, faculty members, and students. The CSC meets monthly, with several subcommittees meeting regularly inbetween.

A brief description of the plan’s measurable goals :

Energy, materials and water conservation

•% energy reduction from baseline year
•% CO2 reduction from baseline year
•BTU per sq.ft. reduction from baseline year
•Decrease total solid waste generated
•Increase recycled material generated
•Increase campus diversion rate
•Reduce waste generated per capita
•Reduce hazardous waste generated and disposed
•Gallons of water consumed and decrease water consumption per capita
•Increase % of campus square footage sub metered for water use
•Decrease gallons/day of wastewater discharge per capita/per sq.ft.

Building and Grounds

•Obtain higher LEED certifications
•Implement a Departmental LEED Design Standards Manual
•Pursue additional certifications such as LEED-EB
•Increase % of high efficiency water fixtures
•Reuse of condensate from HVAC and cooling systems for irrigation
•Use of reclaimed or recycled water for gray water applications.
•Increase % of landscaping planted with drought-resistant plants

Campus support services
•Comparison of utility usage in residnce halls
•Number of residents who report participation in energy reduction efforts
•Amount of recycled materials collected in residence halls
•Comparison of food waste from dining halls
•Number of dining events offered in dining areas that specifically showcase local products
•Number of resident diners who report participation in food waste reduction efforts and/or in dining events featuring local products
•Comparison of number of students claiming UPASS (transit pass)
•Number of students, faculty and staff who report participation in efforts to reduce the use of their personal vehicles
•Participation and sales data from the farmers market
•Number of events presented in university space related to sustainability

A brief description of how progress in meeting the plan’s goals is measured:

The Campus Sustainability Coalition meets monthly and Work Teams offer progress reports at each meeting. The energy and water conservation metrics are being tracked and verified as part of a $43M performance contract and are being measured and guaranteed by the contractor who provides the University with regular reports. Additionally, with the recent hiring of a full time Sustainability Coordinator, the Coordinator and CSC will develop additional dashboards and reporting systems moving forward.

The website URL where more information about the sustainability plan is available:

The year the plan was developed or last updated:

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