Implementation Profile for Naropa University
Submitted on November 13, 2007; last updated on September 15, 2010
|Basic Carnegie Classification||Master's/L: Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)|
|Community Setting||Mid-size city|
|USDOE Climate Zone||5|
|Current President or Chancellor's Name||Stuart C Lord|
|Current President or Chancellor's Title||President|
|Main Web Site||http://www.naropa.edu|
|Sustainability Web Site||http://www.naropa.edu|
|Implementation Liaison's Name||Don Rasmussen|
|Implementation Liaison's Title||Director of Facilities and Operations|
|Implementation Liaison's Department||Facilities|
|Format of Structure||Committee|
|Number of Individuals in Structure||7|
|Stakeholder Groups Represented||Board, Faculty, Students, Executive, Staff|
|Description||The President and VPO discussed potential candidates. The individuals were invited to participate. Students volunteered through awareness of the project via faculty.|
1. Establish a policy that all new campus construction will be built to at least the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED Silver standard or equivalent.
Yes: Naropa University has adopted a policy that stipulates all new construction and major renovation projects over 5, 000 square feet are expected to incorporate design and materials that meet or exceed certification standards of the LEED silver level.
2. Adopt an energy-efficient appliance purchasing policy requiring purchase of ENERGY STAR certified products in all areas for which such ratings exist.
Yes: Naropa University has adopted a policy that stipulates the university will purchase, unless not practical, all equipment and appliances that have Energy Star certified ratings.
3. Establish a policy of offsetting all greenhouse gas emissions generated by air travel paid for by our institution.
No: No information provided.
4. Encourage use of and provide access to public transportation for all faculty, staff, students and visitors at our institution.
Yes: All students, faculty and staff of the Naropa University receive fare-free transit passes allowing unlimited use of public transportation within the region. Additionally, the university has a bicycle fleet which offers free loaner bikes to any constituent who would like the use of a bicycle. Bicycle repairs and maintenance are offered at the university's Bike Shack.
5. Within one year of signing this document, begin purchasing or producing at least 15% of our institution's electricity consumption from renewable sources.
Yes: At the present time Naropa University purchases 100% of its electricity consumption from wind power. We are in discussions with solar companies to explore photovoltaic options for our campuses.
6. Establish a policy or a committee that supports climate and sustainability shareholder proposals at companies where our institution's endowment is invested.
Yes: The specifics of the Climate Commitment's implementation guide have been shared with the chair of the Board of Trustees' Endowment Committee. He will be in conversation with the balance of the committee and the university's investment manager to discuss feasibility.
7. Participate in the Waste Minimization component of the national RecycleMania competition, and adopt 3 or more associated measures to reduce waste.
Yes: Naropa University has a robust and effective recycling program in addition to a zero waste initiative. However, at the present time, being a small, private school, it has been determined that we do not have the personnel resources to participate in the RecyleMania competition. This is concerning because we believe our recycling efforts should be factored into our carbon neutrality efforts and evaluation. We presently implement at least ten (10) of the associated measures mentioned in the guide book.