|Submission Date||Aug. 1, 2019|
University of New Haven
EN-11: Inter-Campus Collaboration
|2.50 / 3.00||
Director of Energy & Sustainability
Office of Facilities
Is the institution an active member of a national or international sustainability network?:
The name of the national or international sustainability network(s):
The University of New Haven is a member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).
Is the institution an active member of a regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network?:
The name of the regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network(s):
The University of New Haven is a member of the Northeast Campus Sustainability Consortium (NECSC).
Has the institution presented at a sustainability conference during the previous year? :
A list or brief description of the conference(s) and presentation(s):
The University of New Haven’s Director of Sustainability, Laura Miller, sat on a sustainability panel at the Northeast Campus Sustainability Consortium Annual Meeting held at Wesleyan University in 2018. She presented alongside Wesleyan University’s Provost, Joyce Jacobsen; Director of Financial Services, Valerie Nye; and Director of Physical Plant, Alan Rubacha.
The focus of the 2018 Northeast Campus Sustainability Consortium Annual Meeting was Effective Collaborations: within campuses, between campuses, and between campuses and communities. The panel team presented “How to effect meaningful change on campus by working with senior leaders.”
Has the institution submitted a case study during the previous year to a sustainability awards program that is inclusive of multiple campuses? :
A list or brief description of the awards program(s) and submission(s):
The University of New Haven submitted a case study to the Greener U Resource Center. The case study detailed the five-year energy plan the University put in place to increase energy efficiencies in four buildings: Bartels Hall, Beckerman Recreation Center, Charger Gymnasium, and Peterson Library. Some efficiency improvements included the installation of automated lighting controls and expansion and optimization of the campus building automation system. Cost savings are a result of reduced run hours on lighting, HVAC systems, and HVAC control sequence improvements. Since the implementation of the energy plan in January 2014, the university has saved approximately $100,000.
Has the institution had staff, students or faculty serving on a board or committee of a sustainability network or conference during the previous three years? :
A list or brief description of the board or committee appointment(s):
Does the institution have an ongoing mentoring relationship with another institution through which it assists the institution with its sustainability reporting and/or the development of its sustainability program?:
A brief description of the mentoring relationship and activities:
Has the institution had staff, faculty, or students serving as peer reviewers of another institution’s sustainability data (e.g. GHG emissions or course inventory) and/or STARS submission during the previous three years?:
A brief description of the peer review activities:
Has the institution participated in other collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year, e.g. joint planning or resource sharing with other institutions? :
A brief description of other collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year:
Since March 2018, the University of New Haven has engaged in an ongoing collaboration with Southern CT State University, United Illuminated, and Southern CT Gas to discuss retrofit projects at both institutions. Each of the institutions signed a mutual letter of understanding stating that they will be strategic in their energy management decisions and optimize sustainability efforts.
University of New Haven’s Director of Sustainability, Laura Miller, meets with United Illuminating experts monthly to identify energy-saving opportunities. The program uses an incentive strategy to promote energy-savings on the campus by providing cash incentives to replace inefficient equipment with high-efficiency replacement options. For qualifying custom projects, these financial incentives are based on a percentage of the installed cost. Throughout the process, the University of New Haven and Southern CT State University present their proposed energy projects to each other and brainstorm together ways in which both campuses can be more energy efficient.
The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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