Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 28.79
Liaison William Ghrist
Submission Date May 23, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Washtenaw Community College
PA-2: Sustainability Planning

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.75 / 4.00 Bill Ghrist
Manager of Energy and System Integration
Energy Services
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Does the institution have a published strategic plan or equivalent guiding document that includes sustainability at a high level? :
No

A brief description of how the institution’s strategic plan or equivalent guiding document addresses sustainability:
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A copy of the strategic plan:
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The website URL where the strategic plan is publicly available:
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Does the institution have a published sustainability plan (apart from what is reported above)? :
Yes

A copy of the sustainability plan:
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The website URL where the sustainability plan is publicly available:
Does the institution have a published climate action plan (apart from what is reported above)? :
Yes

A copy of the climate action plan:
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The website URL where the climate action plan is publicly available:
Does the institution have other published plans that address sustainability or include measurable sustainability objectives (e.g. campus master plan, physical campus plan, diversity plan, human resources plan)? :
Yes

A list of other published plans that address sustainability, including public website URLs (if available):

Master Plan 2007, A Vision for the Future
Includes sections on Natural Environment, Environmental policies and Environmental Guidelines
(not available online)


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Curriculum?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Curriculum and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Research?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Research and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Campus Engagement?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Campus Engagement and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Public Engagement?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Public Engagement and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Air & Climate?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Air & Climate and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Please refer to WCC Climate Action and Sustainability Plan for details:
Section 4.0 Reduction Targets - The goal for neutrality is 2060. Interim targets start with a 10% reduction by 2015
Section 6.0 Mitigation Strategies - Table 5: Summary of Short-Term Measures 2013-2016
6.1.4 Goals
6.1.5 Strategies
6.1.6 Short Term Measures
6.1.7 Mid Term Measures


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Buildings?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Buildings and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Please refer to WCC Climate Action and Sustainability Plan for details:
Section 4.0 Reduction Targets - The goal for neutrality is 2060. Interim targets start with a 10% reduction by 2015
Section 6.0 Mitigation Strategies - Table 5: Summary of Short-Term Measures 2013-2016
6.1 Buildings and Energy
6.1.4 Goals
Implement all short-term measures identified in the energy audit by 2014.
 Reduce building energy-related GHG emissions by 10% (from baseline) by 2015.
 Reduce building energy-related GHG emissions by 40% (from baseline) by 2025.
 Produce 5% of energy used on campus from renewable resources by 2020.
Migrate all construction from the current LEED standard to the 2030 Challenge
6.1.5 Strategies
All new construction and renovation will be done by LEED Silver or greater
Improve Building Energy Efficiency and Conservation
Increase Use of Renewable Energy Resources
6.1.6 Short Term Measures
*Implement low-cost energy conservation measures (ECMs) to reduce and optimize
energy use
* Implement a user behavior education campaign targeting energy and sustainability issues
*Optimize building use schedules to use most efficient systems
*Implement a continuous commissioning program
6.1.7 Mid Term Measures
*Continuous Commissioning Program
* Seek additional buildings to incorporate geothermal systems
* Investigate the feasibility of on-site or off-site Solar PV.
Source: http://webfiles.wccnet.edu/Sustainable/Web/WCC%20Climate%20Action%20and%20Sustainability%20Plan.pdf


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Energy?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Energy and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Please refer to WCC Climate Action and Sustainability Plan for details:
Section 4.0 Reduction Targets - The goal for neutrality is 2060. Interim targets start with a 10% reduction by 2015
Section 6.0 Mitigation Strategies - Table 5: Summary of Short-Term Measures 2013-2016
6.1 Buildings and Energy
6.1.4 Goals
Implement all short-term measures identified in the energy audit by 2014.
 Reduce building energy-related GHG emissions by 10% (from baseline) by 2015.
 Reduce building energy-related GHG emissions by 40% (from baseline) by 2025.
 Produce 5% of energy used on campus from renewable resources by 2020.
6.1.5 Strategies
Improve Building Energy Efficiency and Conservation
Increase Use of Renewable Energy Resources
6.1.6 Short Term Measures
*Implement low-cost energy conservation measures (ECMs) to reduce and optimize
energy use
* Implement a user behavior education campaign targeting energy and sustainability issues
*Optimize building use schedules to use most efficient systems
*Implement a continuous commissioning program
6.1.7 Mid Term Measures
*Continuous Commissioning Program
* Seek additional buildings to incorporate geothermal systems
* Investigate the feasibility of on-site or off-site Solar PV.
Source: http://webfiles.wccnet.edu/Sustainable/Web/WCC%20Climate%20Action%20and%20Sustainability%20Plan.pdf


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Food & Dining?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Food & Dining and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Grounds?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Grounds and the published plans in which each objective is included:

It is part of the department and division goal to achieve a 30 percent rate of the managed campus as a organic IPM program.

Goals:
Reduce water consumption by at least 25% by 2015.
 Reduce water consumption by at least 50% by 2025.
Use native or adaptive, drought tolerant plants for all new landscaping projects.
Create greater amounts of natural open spaces
Increase the volume of composted landscape material
Develop advanced water system for landscape by use of computer-controlled monitoring
Conversion of current parking lots to permeable surfaces.

Source: http://webfiles.wccnet.edu/Sustainable/Web/WCC%20Climate%20Action%20and%20Sustainability%20Plan.pdf


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Purchasing?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Purchasing and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Transportation?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Transportation and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Please refer to WCC Climate Action and Sustainability Plan for details:
Section 6.2 Transportation
6.2.4 Goals
 Conduct annual transportation survey to better understand actual commuting practices.
 Reduce transportation-related GHG emissions by 7% (from baseline) by 2015.
 Reduce single occupancy vehicle trips by students to 82% and by staff/faculty to 80% by
2015.
 Reduce transportation-related GHG emissions by 20% (from baseline) by 2025.
 Reduce single occupancy vehicle trips by students to 70% and by staff/faculty to 50% by
2025.
6.2.5 Strategies
1. Improve Alternative Transportation Infrastructure
 Provide a comprehensive alternative transportation commuting program
 Install bike facilities on campus to support cyclists
2. Reduce Vehicle Impacts
 Develop and implement campus wide parking policy
 Develop and implement a fleet vehicle policy
 Increase online class options
3. Increase Alternative Transportation Advocacy
 Work with public agencies to improve transportation options, including more bus
service and safer biking and walking routes to campus
6.2.6 Short Term Measures
6.2.7 Mid Term Measures

Washtenaw Community College is planning to incorporate more electric vehicle type purchases in the future.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Waste?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Waste and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Washtenaw Community College is planning to improve the diversion from the current level to a goal of 80%.
Please refer to WCC Climate Action and Sustainability Plan for details:
6.3 Waste
6.3.3 Goals:
 Conduct annual waste stream audit by 2013.
 Increase recycling rate on campus to at least 50% by 2015.
 Increase recycling rate on campus to at least 75% by 2025.
 Achieve recycling rates of 75% or higher for all new construction or renovation projects.
6.3.4 Strategies
1. Reduce Waste
a. Reduce consumption of bottled water on campus
b. Increase use of electronic documents
2. Improve Recycling
a. Conduct a waste audit
b. Evaluate cost options for single stream recycling to increase diversion rate
c. Conduct a campus inventory of recycling containers and improve container
location and labeling
d. Integrate outdoor recycling containers into recycling program
e. Implement a campus wide recycling education campaign
f. Create a “trading center” for people to exchange used materials
3. Expand Composting
a. Expand composting program on campus
6.3.5 Short Term Measures
6.3.6. Mid Term Measures


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Water?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Water and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Washtenaw Community College will work to reduce the overall water consumption across the campus for both potable and non-potable water by technology improvements, campus campaigns, and greater awareness.

Please refer to WCC Climate Action and Sustainability Plan for details:
6.4 Water
6.4.3 Goals
 Reduce water consumption by at least 25% by 2015.
 Reduce water consumption by at least 50% by 2025.
 Install low-flow or waterless fixtures in all new construction or renovation projects.
 Use native or adaptive, drought tolerant plants for all new landscaping projects.
6.4.4 Strategies
1. Reduce Building Water Use
a. Upgrade and Optimize low-flow water fixtures in key areas
b. Install aerators and sensors in restroom lavatories
2. Reduce Irrigation Water Use
a. Create natural open spaces to replace existing turf grass
b. Capture rainwater & use for irrigation or other means
c. Use advanced watering systems for grounds
3. Reduce Stormwater Runoff
a. Create permeable parking lots
6.4.5 Short-Term Measures
6.4.6 Mid-Term Measures


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Diversity & Affordability?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Diversity & Affordability and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Investment & Finance?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Investment & Finance and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Wellbeing & Work?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Wellbeing & Work and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address other areas (e.g. arts and culture or technology)?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address other areas and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Does the institution have a formal statement in support of sustainability endorsed by its governing body (e.g. a mission statement that specifically includes sustainability and is endorsed by the Board of Trustees)? :
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The formal statement in support of sustainability:
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The institution’s definition of sustainability (e.g. as included in a published statement or plan):
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Is the institution an endorser or signatory of the following? :
Yes or No
The Earth Charter No
The Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI) No
ISCN-GULF Sustainable Campus Charter No
Second Nature’s Carbon Commitment (formerly known as the ACUPCC), Resilience Commitment, and/or integrated Climate Commitment Yes
The Talloires Declaration (TD) No
UN Global Compact No
Other multi-dimensional sustainability commitments (please specify below) No

A brief description of the institution’s formal sustainability commitments, including the specific initiatives selected above:

Washtenaw Community College has a Climate Action Plan in place that is followed in efforts to reduce the College's Greenhouse inventory with the ultimate goal of being carbon neutral by the year 2060.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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