Implementation Profile for Wesley College
Submitted on October 22, 2007; last updated on June 20, 2011
|Basic Carnegie Classification||Bac/Diverse: Baccalaureate Colleges Diverse Fields|
|Community Setting||Urban fringe of mid-size city|
|USDOE Climate Zone||4|
|Current President or Chancellor's Name||Dr. William N Johnston|
|Current President or Chancellor's Title||President of the College|
|Main Web Site||http://www.wesley.edu/|
|Sustainability Web Site||No information provided|
|Implementation Liaison's Name||Eric Nelson|
|Implementation Liaison's Title||Vice President for Finance|
|Implementation Liaison's Department||Finance|
|Format of Structure||Committee|
|Number of Individuals in Structure||8|
|Stakeholder Groups Represented||Faculty, Students, Staff|
|Description||The President's Cabinet nominated individuals to serve on the committees associated with this initiative. The nominees were chosen based upon their involvement in the decision making processes associated with recycling, green house gas emissions, building/construction, and purchasing. Students were also sought out that would play an influential role in getting the word out on our commitment. Academically, environmental awareness is intended to be initiated in the College curriculum through formal and informal education.|
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: Wesley College uses the ARAMARK Corporation for the management of all its building construction and remodeling. The College has indicated to ARAMARK that it has joined this initiative and that all new construction should meet the LEED Silver standard or equivalent and the same with renovations. The College being a United Methodist affiliated institution subscribes to the 2005-2008 United Methodist Social Principles. These Principles in Section 160.I. The Natural World recognizes that the church, its members and affiliates have a "responsibility to place high priority in economic, political, social, and technological lifestyles to support a more ecologically equitable and sustainable world leading to a higher quality of life for all of God's creation."
2. Adopt an energy-efficient appliance purchasing policy requiring purchase of ENERGY STAR certified products in all areas for which such ratings exist.
Yes: The College's purchasing standards have been updated so that all new equipment purchased carries the Energy Star certified label.
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: Although public transportation in Dover, DE, where Wesley College is located, is limited to the mode of bus transportation, we provide information to all employees and students about bus schedules. DART, the regional transit authority has been represented at all student activity and faculty/staff employment information gatherings. Wesley hosts two public bus stops and two open parking lots available to commuters and car pool participants from our neighboring communities.
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: The College has through a consultant provided through the ARAMARK Corporation begun discussions with the City of Dover, who is the exclusive provider of electricity within the City limits, regarding the purchasing of at least 15% of our electricity from renewable sources. The City at first was less than cooperative in negotiating the providing this type of energy but as recently been more cooperative and we are hopeful that we will be successful in meeting this goal.
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 Board of Trustees is considering more strict guides with regards to investment strategies with more focus given towards "Green" initiative based companies.
7. Participate in the Waste Minimization component of the national RecycleMania competition, and adopt 3 or more associated measures to reduce waste.
Yes: We have recently contracted with the Delaware Solid Waste Authority to provide our campus with a recycling program. Recycling receptacles have been placed in all residence halls, academic and office buildings, and the cafeteria. Our recycling program accepts paper, plastic bottles and aluminum cans. ARAMARK who provide housekeeping, grounds and maintenance services has adopted a non hazardous waste policy with regards to its cleaning and maintenance products.