Implementation Profile for Bowdoin College
Submitted on November 28, 2007; last updated on March 9, 2010
|Basic Carnegie Classification||Bac/A&S: Baccalaureate Colleges Arts & Sciences|
|Community Setting||Small town|
|USDOE Climate Zone||6|
|Current President or Chancellor's Name||Barry Mills|
|Current President or Chancellor's Title||President|
|Main Web Site||http://www.bowdoin.edu|
|Sustainability Web Site||http://www.bowdoin.edu/sustainablebowdoin|
|Implementation Liaison's Name||Catherine S Longley|
|Implementation Liaison's Title||Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration|
|Implementation Liaison's Department||Treasurer|
|Format of Structure||Committee|
|Number of Individuals in Structure||13|
|Stakeholder Groups Represented||Board, Faculty, Students, Executive, Staff, Alumni|
|Description||Bowdoin President Barry Mills appointed a Climate Advisory Committee comprised of 13 members in 2007. The committee is chaired by the Sr. VP for Finance and Administration and includes 3 faculty members (one each from Economics, Physics and the Chair of the Environmental Studies Program), as well as six students chosen from the Bowdoin Student Government, and two staff members, one from Information Technology and one from the Environmental Studies Program. There are two staff members appointed to support the committee: the Director of Facilities Management and the Campus Sustainability Coordinator.|
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: The Campus Master Plan includes a guiding principle to construct new buildings in accordance with LEED standards. Of the 4 new buildings constructed, 2 have received LEED- basic and 2 LEED silver.
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 already has a purchasing policy in place that requires the purchase of Energy Star certified 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.
The College has contributed funds to develop a new transit system in our community in conjunction with Coastal Trans, the Maine Department of Transportation and the Town of Brunswick. This new shuttle will begin in fall, 2010. The College has also supported the extension of Amtrack to Brunswick, Maine. Recently, Federal funding was approved to make this extension and the train is expected to begin operating in 2012.
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: By law the power mix sold in Maine must be at least 30% renewable, and it often exceeds this amount. In addition, Bowdoin offsets 100% of its electricity purchases with REC's purchased from local wind and low impact hydro facilities.
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.
The College will continue its participation in the national RecycleMainia competition, including participation in the Waste Minimization category.