Implementation Profile for Dickinson College
Submitted on November 12, 2007; last updated on July 13, 2009
|Basic Carnegie Classification||Bac/A&S: Baccalaureate Colleges Arts & Sciences|
|Community Setting||Mid-size city|
|USDOE Climate Zone||Not applicable|
|Current President or Chancellor's Name||William Durden|
|Current President or Chancellor's Title||President|
|Main Web Site||http://www.dickinson.edu|
|Sustainability Web Site||http://www.dickinson.edu/departments/sustainability|
|Implementation Liaison's Name||Kenneth Shultes|
|Implementation Liaison's Title||Associate Vice President of Campus Operations|
|Implementation Liaison's Department||No information provided|
|Format of Structure||Committee|
|Number of Individuals in Structure||15|
|Stakeholder Groups Represented||Faculty, Students, Staff, Alumni|
|Description||Dickinson Society Advocating Environmental Sustainability (SAVES) was originally a Presidentially appointed group of faculty, staff, and students and it reports to the President of the College. SAVES mission statement is "working together as an alliance of faculty, staff, students, and alumni committed to improving Dickinson College's environmental footprint, and make informed recommendations about how to do so..." SAVES has implemented a number of energy savings program with the 2 degree temperature policy being the latest.|
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: Dickinson College is committed to a campus construction plan that meets LEED Silver standards for all new construction projects greater than $500,000.
2. Adopt an energy-efficient appliance purchasing policy requiring purchase of ENERGY STAR certified products in all areas for which such ratings exist.
Yes: Dickinson has committed to purchasing ENERGY STAR certified products in all areas where these products are available. Our latest purchase is ENERGY STAR washing machines for residential campus laundry rooms which is not only energy efficient, but it saves on water use as well.
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: Dickinson has an on-campus transportation opportunity in the form of bikes. These bikes can be checked out by faculty, staff, or students for use around campus and the Carlisle Community. The bikes have traveled as far as Hershey, PA, a 35 mile one-way trip. The College is also working with Capitol Trailways, a bus service that would have a bus stop on the College Campus and would make stops at The Harrisburg Mall, Lehigh Valley, and the NY Port Authority stops. The fare will be very competitive with other local bus stations. Currently, the College has transportation to and from the airport at the beginning and end of all College breaks (i.e. Fall Pause, Thanksgiving Break, Winter Break, Spring Break, etc.). Students sign up for these shuttles to transport them to the local bus station, train station, or airport. Also, weekend shuttles are available to locations around Carlisle including mall locations in the surrounding area.
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: Dickinson College is currently in a two year contract with _____ to purchase 50 % of the institutions electricity consumption from wind power. Dickinson also is gaining 0.5% of its electricity consumption from solar panels mounted on Kaufman Hall, an academic building housing the Environmental Studies, Geology, and Psychology Departments along with the Department of Public Safety.
6. Establish a policy or a committee that supports climate and sustainability shareholder proposals at companies where our institution's endowment is invested.
Yes: At the 2007 Convocation, President Durden announced the creation of the Socially Responsible Investment Discussion Group for the purpose of studying socially responsible and sustainable investment alongside the College's current policies and portfolio. The discussion group comprises students, faculty, staff, alumni, and trustees, and is working to create a cohesive presentation for the administration of Dickinson College detailing the meaning, the motivation, and the practicality of socially responsible and sustainable investment with the goal of making the portfolio more closely match that ideal. Representatives of Dickinson SAVES and Students for Social Action represent the sustainability movement on campus within the group.
7. Participate in the Waste Minimization component of the national RecycleMania competition, and adopt 3 or more associated measures to reduce waste.
Yes: Dickinson College has participated in the national RecycleMania competition for the past two years and will continue to participate in the Waste Minimization component of the competition. So far the College has put the following measures into place: reclaiming envelops to use as inter office envelopes, bulk condiment containers instead of individually packaged condiments, working to replace paper grab-and-go take out bags with a cloth bag for all students (the entire first year class was given cloth bags for this purpose during orientation), and materials management training where sustainability is a part in new student and new employee orientations. Dickinson is also working towards limiting the printing instead of unlimited printing in the College Library and Microroom.