Implementation Profile for Bentley University
Submitted on February 8, 2008; last updated on February 15, 2012
|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||Gloria Larson|
|Current President or Chancellor's Title||President|
|Main Web Site||http://www.bentley.edu/|
|Sustainability Web Site||No information provided|
|Implementation Liaison's Name||Amanda King|
|Implementation Liaison's Title||Manager of Sustainability|
|Implementation Liaison's Department||Facilities Management|
|Format of Structure||Task Force|
|Number of Individuals in Structure||25|
|Stakeholder Groups Represented||Faculty, Students, Executive, Staff, Alumni|
The Bentley University Office of Sustainability aspires to make Bentley a model for campus and community sustainability. It is our goal to graduate business leaders who look through a "sustainability lens" when addressing challenges in their operations.
It is Bentley University’s ambition to establish institutional practices that promote environmental sustainability, including measures to increase energy and water efficiency while decreasing waste generation, with the ultimate goal of shrinking both our carbon and ecological footprints.
Leading by example, Bentley will take both aggressive and achievable steps towards sustainability. The Bentley Office of Sustainability will build partnerships with student groups and with faculty and staff to engage the Bentley community fully in the sustainability mission.
The Office of Sustainability will challenge students, faculty and staff to develop green habits that will last lifetimes. Bentley’s sustainability efforts will be defined as commitments and behaviors that are ecologically viable, economically sound, and socially just; now and for future generations.
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.
Sustainable Design & Construction Policy
2. Adopt an energy-efficient appliance purchasing policy requiring purchase of ENERGY STAR certified products in all areas for which such ratings exist.
Yes: Bentley University's Energy Star purchasing policy is in place.
3. Establish a policy of offsetting all greenhouse gas emissions generated by air travel paid for by our institution.
Yes: Task force will work towards a plan for this.
4. Encourage use of and provide access to public transportation for all faculty, staff, students and visitors at our institution.
Yes: Task force will develop a formal program for this.
5. Within one year of signing this document, begin purchasing or producing at least 15% of our institution's electricity consumption from renewable sources.
No: No information provided.
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.
A comprehensive recycling program has been developed at Bentley. The program includes increased numbers of recycling receptacles on campus and education and awareness about recycling.