ACUPCC Reporting System

Implementation Profile for Centre College

Submitted on November 14, 2007; last updated on October 13, 2011

Institution Information

Basic Carnegie Classification Bac/A&S: Baccalaureate Colleges Arts & Sciences
Control Private not-for-profit
Location Danville, KY
Community Setting Small town
USDOE Climate Zone 4
Current President or Chancellor's Name John Roush
Current President or Chancellor's Title President
Main Web Site http://www.centre.edu/
Sustainability Web Site http://www.centre.edu/sustainable_centre/

Implementation Structure

Implementation Liaison's Name Preston Miles
Implementation Liaison's Title Professor of Chemistry
Implementation Liaison's Department Chemistry
Format of Structure Committee
Number of Individuals in Structure 12
Stakeholder Groups Represented Community Leaders, Faculty, Students, Staff, Alumni
Description The Advisory Committee for Presidents Climate Commitment was established during summer 2007 and is charged to advise the President on matters regarding the PCC, on matters of sustainability, on efforts to become more climate neutral, and on other environmentally-friendly actions. Composed of staff, students, and faculty, the committee also reports to the College Council, the primary governing body of the institution.

Tangible Actions

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: All new buildings and major renovations will be designed and built to conserve energy and enhance the human environment as evaluated by LEED silver standards or equivalent. Certification through U.S.G.B.C. will be pursued as appropriate

2. Adopt an energy-efficient appliance purchasing policy requiring purchase of ENERGY STAR certified products in all areas for which such ratings exist.

Yes: Energy consumption and life-cycle costs will be considered in purchases of all equipment and appliances. The intention will be to purchase E.P.A. Energy Star© products in all areas for which such ratings exist.

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.

No: No information provided.

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: Centre began purchasing renewable energy certificates sourced from a green-e certified low-fall hydroelectric plant in fall 2009. In December 2010, the number of REC's purchased was increased. As of early 2011, REC purchases represent approximately 25% of all electricity used.

6. Establish a policy or a committee that supports climate and sustainability shareholder proposals at companies where our institution's endowment is invested.

No: No information provided.

7. Participate in the Waste Minimization component of the national RecycleMania competition, and adopt 3 or more associated measures to reduce waste.

Yes: Waste minimization will be promoted and pursued by policy and practice. Specific activities will depend upon technical and economic opportunities. Current efforts include:

a. A vigorous recycling program with collection in all major buildings of paper, cardboard, etc.
b. Participation in the waste minimization component of the RecycleMania competition.
c. A vigorous program of conservation of paper and other materials through a centralized mail and copying service.
d. Incorporation of materials management information into new employee and new student orientation programs.
e. Encourage use of re-useable drink containers by providing re-useable mugs to students and price discounts in café and grill.