Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 67.33
Liaison Scott Doyle
Submission Date Nov. 25, 2019
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Ithaca College
IN-25: Innovation B

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Rebecca Evans
Campus Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Energy Management and Sustainability
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
SHERP & Circle Apartment Energy

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

The Student Housing Energy Reduction Program (SHERP)(formerly SHORE) is a partnership between IC's Office of Energy Management & Sustainability and the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County. Together, resources were developed to help students living off-campus navigate the lease process, the student-landlord relationship, finding an apartment/house, and how to save water, energy, and resources.

The Eco Reps are responsible for leading monthly lectures and discussions that focus on different themes within off-campus housing, including:
- Picking and living with roommates
- Picking a place (red flags to avoid, tenant rights, etc.)
- Heat and fossil fuels
- "Stuff" (linear production, product lifecycles, etc.)
- Saving energy in summer
- Summer sublets
- General climate change

The goal of this program is to improve the relationship between our South Hill neighbors and off-campus students and to decrease GHG emissions and water use in housing that is not owned by the College. Students have also improved their knowledge of how to live on their own, including how to read energy bills and adjust use to save money, red flags to look for in rental units, and basic tenant rights.

Concurrently, students living in the on-campus Circle Apartments are receiving mock energy bills to illustrate the amount of electricity and gas they use each month. Students receive a "bill" with the total amount of money it would cost, should they be responsible for utility costs, and the carbon emissions associated with their use.

Which of the following impact areas does the innovation most closely relate to? (select up to three):

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

The SHERP program has been an evolutionary process for many years. It wasn't until 2017 that OEMS took ownership and responsibility for training, educating, and supporting the SHERP program.

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