Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 56.21
Liaison Jennifer McMillin
Submission Date July 28, 2020

STARS v2.2

Cleveland State University
PRE-2: Points of Distinction

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete N/A Jennifer McMillin
Director of Sustainability
Facilities l Architect l Safety l Technology
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Name of the institution’s featured sustainability program, initiative, or accomplishment:
Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reductions

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

In FY2019, CSU emitted 60,201 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MTCO2e). Since 2007, we have reduced our campus carbon footprint by 28,745 MTCO2e, representing a 32% overall reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. This was achieved mainly through energy efficiency projects, procurement of green power, and our district steam provider’s transition from coal to natural gas.

CSU has achieved a 40% reduction in adjusted net Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions per weighted campus user from a 2007 baseline.


Which of the following impact areas does the featured program, initiative, or accomplishment most closely relate to?:
Air & Climate
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-2: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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:
58% Green Power Purchase

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

Cleveland State University has made a dedicated effort to expand its purchase of renewable power. Each electricity supply contract has included an increasing proportion of renewable electricity (Green-e certified RECs). The University's most recent three-year electricity contract includes an all-time high of 58 percent green power.

• From 2014 to 2015, 15% of our electricity came from green power sources
• From 2016 to 2019, 30% of our electricity came from green power sources
• From May 2019, our three-year electricity supply contract includes 58% renewable power


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

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):
OP-6: Clean and Renewable Energy

A photograph or document associated with the second program/initiative/accomplishment:
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Name of a third highlighted program/initiative/accomplishment:
Bird Friendly Film Installation

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

The Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Library at Cleveland State University installed a dot pattern film on entryway glass in August 2019 to prevent bird fatalities.

Collisions with buildings are a leading cause of bird fatalities in North America. A combination of light pollution and reflective building materials confuse migratory birds leading to collisions with buildings. The reflections of trees or clouds can cause birds to misinterpret windows as safe landing spots or open areas.

The CSU Department of Sustainability, Lights Out Cleveland, and the American Bird Conservancy worked to custom design a retrofit window film to address this problem.

Before the installation of the bird-deterrent pattern, the CSU Grounds team found that the east entry of the Law Library was one of the most frequent spots for bird collisions. The retrofit, which put 3/8” white vinyl dots spaced 2 inches apart on the glass, reduced fall 2019 collisions to zero!

Tim Jasinski, a wildlife rehabilitation specialist at the Lake Erie Nature and Science Center said, “It has been a 100 percent success and no more birds have been found there! Those films truly work wonders!”

Additionally, CSU’s design standards have been updated to encourage design and material selection that mitigates bird-building collisions. The following language was inserted into the campus A/E standards:

When designing exterior facades and specifying glazing products for exterior applications, mitigating measures to avoid bird strikes must be factored into design decisions and materials selected accordingly. For useful information about bird friendly design solutions and cost effective products, see: https://abcbirds.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Bird-friendlyBuilding-Guide_LINKS.pdf


Which impact areas does the third program/initiative/accomplishment most closely relate to?:
Buildings

Website URL where more information about the third program/initiative/accomplishment may be found:
STARS credit in which the third program/initiative/accomplishment is reported (if applicable):
IN-47: Innovation A

A photograph or document associated with the third program/initiative/accomplishment:

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