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2011-2012 Campus Sustainability at SLU Annual Report Saint Louis University 2011-2012

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2 |2011-2012 Annual Report - Campus Sustainability at SLU 2011-2012 Annual Report - Campus Sustainability Table of Contents Executive Summary Background Timeline ............................................................................................................................ 4 Collaboration .................................................................................................................... 5 Education & Research Organization ...................................................................................................................... 6 Programming .................................................................................................................... 7 Research............................................................................................................................ 8 Partnership & Engagement ................................................................................................ 9 Operations Awareness ....................................................................................................................... 12 Ongoing Efforts ............................................................................................................... 13 Projects & Initiatives ........................................................................................................ 16 Recognition ...................................................................................................................... 17 Integration Applied Learning............................................................................................................. 18 Campus Community ........................................................................................................ 20 Strategic Planning............................................................................................................ 20 Engagement .................................................................................................................... 21

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Executive Summary At Saint Louis University, a vital partnership developed between the Center for Sustainability and Facilities Services to advance various dimensions of sustainability on campus. This partnership and close cooperation has helped the University to embrace sustainability as an ongoing, holistic and interdisciplinary venture, which is being integrated into the University's vision. Sustainability encourages departments, schools, organizations, etc. to consider their actions and balance their efforts in relation to the bigger picture. It breaks down walls or silos and creates greater unity in functioning for the common good. As the topic of sustainability has seen increased traction across the country and in the higher education sector, Saint Louis University has taken the opportunity to reflect on the past and prepare for the future. The University aims to reduce waste, increase energy efficiency and become a better steward of the environment. Although there are many different sustainability efforts that have occurred on campus, they were not always identified or promoted to the University community or external partners. Saint Louis University has increased its focus on sustainability during the past few years. Many of the activities have happened due to the increased attention on sustainability based on the University’s strategic plan, Facilities Services’ strategic plan, the introduction of the Center for Sustainability and increased expectations by SLU students. In this first edition of our campus sustainability annual report, we will primarily showcase the efforts of the Center for Sustainability and Facilities Services. The intention is to increase the communication and transparency of the ongoing efforts to make SLU more sustainable. With all of the strides made during the past year, many new faces, ideas, and accolades have come together, building the momentum to create and enhance a better SLU for today and for the future. 2011-2012 Annual Report on Campus Sustainability at SLU 3

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4 |2011-2012 Annual Report - Campus Sustainability at SLU Background Sustainability Defined Sustainability can be defined as, “Meeting the needs of today’s generation without compromising the potential for future generations to do the same.” (United Nations, 1987) Sustainability is foremost an ethical framework for daily decisions to be aligned with a shared long-term vision for stability. The “Triple Bottom Line” (TBL) consists of three Ps: profit, people and planet. It aims to measure the financial, social and environmental performance of the institution or development over a period of time. Only an institution that considers the TBL is taking into account the full cost involved in doing business. A focus on sustainability allows us to bring together the University community and break down silos to ensure that SLU becomes known for its consideration of the Triple Bottom Line. Timeline 2009 Single-Stream Recycling implemented 2010 Facilities strategic plan includes sustainability 2011 STARS Bronze rating earned 2012 SLUstainability website designed 2012 Sustainability Advisory Council created 2010 Center for Sustainability established 2011 The Center and Facilities partner 2012 1st Graduate Assistant in Facilities 2012 SGA Sustainability Committee formed

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Collaboration Much of the advances in sustainability within the past year could not have been accomplished without the heightened awareness and communication among members of the campus community on the topic of sustainability. Saint Louis University recognizes that creating and sustaining an environmentally responsible campus requires the commitment and engagement of all stakeholders. To that end, numerous partnerships have grown during the year that will position Saint Louis University to make enormous strides in the future. AASHE STARS – Bronze Rating In October 2011, Saint Louis University earned a Bronze rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). The association's Sustainability, Tracking, Assessment & Rating System program, more commonly known as STARS, recognizes colleges' and universities' efforts in not just eco-friendliness, but also social and economic sustainability. The Center for Sustainability collaborated with Facilities Services and numerous other departments on campus to assemble a comprehensive sustainability assessment that earned Saint Louis University national recognition in addition to the Bronze STARS rating. The SLU STARS report is publicly available through AASHE's website. STARS tracks sustainability efforts and achievements across four primary categories: education and research, operations, planning and engagement, and innovation. 2011-2012 Annual Report on Campus Sustainability at SLU 5

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6 |2011-2012 Annual Report - Campus Sustainability at SLU Education & Research The Center for Sustainability Organization BANPU Endowed Chair In 2011 the Banpu Endowed Chair was established with a $2 million gift from Banpu Public Company Limited of Thailand. This generous donation broke the record as the largest international gift in SLU’s history and enabled the Center for Sustainability to begin the exciting search for its new leader. The person selected for this prestigious position will be expected to build and manage the vibrant multidisciplinary graduate program in sustainability and master's in urban planning and real estate development, build a robust research portfolio, enhance relations with a variety of organizations operating in the energy/sustainability sector, and build local, national, and global partnerships. Expansion of the Center for Sustainability In spring 2012 it was announced that the Urban Planning and Real Estate Development Program (UPRED) would move from Public Policy Studies to the Center as a second degree program. Two faculty members, Dr. Sarah Coffin and Dr. Joanna Ganning, would transfer to the Center starting July 1, 2012. With an increased emphasis on sustainability within planning programs, this move positions both degree programs to share resources and to provide the only planning program housed in a sustainability center. Both Dr. Coffin and Dr. Ganning will bring grants to the Center and will partner with other faculty who teach in the Center for new grant submissions in FY13. Additionally the Center for Environmental Sciences, which is directed by Dr. Jack Fishman (Earth an Atmospheric Sciences) and co-directed by Dr. Jason Knouft (Biology), was scheduled for a July 1, 2012, move to the Center to further enhance research efforts. Drs. Fishman and Knouft will hold secondary appointments in the Center. The Center embarked on three faculty searches, two for assistant professors and one for the Banpu chair, to expand the faculty assigned to the Center. A grants administrator position and an administrative assistant were also scheduled to be hired in FY13.

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Programming Accelerated Master’s Program In February 2012 the Center for Sustainability announced the official launch of its Accelerated Master's Degree in Sustainability. The accelerated degree gives undergraduate students the opportunity to get a head start on graduate coursework in sustainability. Exceptionally qualified undergraduate students can begin taking courses in the department during their junior and senior years. Students can complete up to one full year of graduate coursework prior to entering the program. The First Master’s Degrees in Sustainability – Inaugural Graduating Class The Center for Sustainability graduated its first class in May 2012. As leaders in the growing field of sustainability, many of these individuals have already gone on to make significant contributions to sustainability in the fields of higher education, business and technology, engineering, and government. The inaugural class was instrumental in helping to shape the sustainability degree program at Saint Louis University, and the Center for Sustainability is grateful for their energy and enthusiasm and proud of their accomplishments. The inaugural graduates are: Master of Science in Sustainability Thomas David Edwards Gary Dishno Annsih Samu KesMaa-Serud Laura J. Mannix Michael Charles Milster Eric Joseph Mueller Maurice K. N. Muia David E. Webb Deborah A. Williams Michael David Wohlstadter Curriculum Development As with any new program, the curriculum continues to evolve. In the summer of 2012, the Center for Sustainability reengineered the curriculum based on extensive research on best practices in sustainability education at other leading institutions and a thorough analysis of 2011-2012 Annual Report on Campus Sustainability at SLU Master of Arts in Sustainability Brett Hector Markwort Katherine Michele McAnnar Sarah Michelle Vilimek 7

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8 |2011-2012 Annual Report - Campus Sustainability at SLU market demand. Since its inception in 2010, the Center for Sustainability has surveyed its students and faculty members to gain valuable feedback on the program. This input helped the Center to restructure the curriculum to be more competitive in the burgeoning sustainability market while being sensitive to the needs and interests of students and instructors. The Center now offers three graduate degree programs: a Master of Arts in Sustainability, a Master of Science in Sustainability, and a Master of Arts in Urban Planning and Real Estate Development. Research Sustainability Research Fund The Center for Sustainability established the Sustainability Research Fund (SRF) to support promising research projects that have strong potential to attract external grant funding. Consistent with the Center's mission, the Sustainability Research Fund supports projects that promote multi-disciplinary approaches aimed at first discovering the causal factors of sustainability-related issues and, second, identifying integrated solutions. The first SRF grant call was issued in June 2012 and received more than a dozen responses. The St. Louis Ozone Garden Located in Forest Park, the St. Louis Ozone Garden is a featured activity within Saint Louis University’s Center for Environmental Sciences, now part of the Center for Sustainability. It has been established as an education and public outreach project that demonstrates the impact of air pollution on living systems. In collaboration with the St Louis Science Center (SLSC) and the Missouri Botanical Garden, the Ozone Garden was planted in May 2012 in a highly trafficked location near the entrance to the SLSC’s McDonnell Planetarium . This garden is a prototype for NASA’s Air Quality Applications Science Team, and it is envisioned that similar gardens will be planted in other locations in future years. Another component of this garden and future gardens is the collection of high-quality ozone (O3) and meteorological data that can be used to provide scientific insight into the relationship between high O3 concentrations and foliar damage.

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Partnership & Engagement Sustainability Partnership with the City of St. Louis Thanks in large part to support from the Center for Sustainability at Saint Louis University, the City of St. Louis was chosen as one of only 10 cities nationally to participate in the development of the STAR Community Index software platform, a tool that local governments across the globe will use to help create the sustainable cities of the future. The developing organization was founded in 1990 as the “International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives” (ICLEI) at the United Nations' first "World Congress of Local Governments for a Sustainable Future.” It now goes by the name “Local Governments for Sustainability” but has retained the “ICLEI” acronym. Since its founding, ICLEI has grown to represent more than 1,200 local governments across 70 countries in sustainable development initiatives such as the creation of the STAR Community Index software. The city's participation in the STAR Community Index project is being supported by the Center for Sustainability at SLU with seed funding, as well as hands-on research through the "REAL Partners" program, an initiative that provides research support from the Center's graduate students. The STAR Community Index software will help the city's sustainability efforts through the measuring and tracking of local sustainability assets and barriers, with the goal of integrating the data into a long-term sustainable development plan for the region. Global Reporting Initiative Global Reporting Initiative’s Focal Point USA held its first Conference in St. Louis on May 22-23, 2012, with the support of Saint Louis University’s Center for Sustainability, the Emerson Ethics Center, and the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association. From left, Catherine Werner, sustainability director for the City of St. Louis, John Sondag, president of AT&T Missouri, Tim Keane, former executive director of the SLU Center for Sustainability, Mayor Francis Slay and Paul Dickinson, executive chairman of the Carbon Disclosure Project, announced a research project to test a new sustainability software platform designed to help the city develop a comprehensive sustainability plan. 2011-2012 Annual Report on Campus Sustainability at SLU 9

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10 |2011-2012 Annual Report - Campus Sustainability at SLU GRI Focal Point USA provides guidance and support to local organizations, driving GRI’s mission to make sustainability reporting standard practice. According to research, more than 75 percent of the top 100 companies in the United States report on their corporate responsibility performance. There are three key drivers behind this statistic: ethical considerations, economic considerations, and innovation and learning. Herman Mulder, Chairman of Global Reporting Initiative, kick-started the conference with a talk about the future of reporting. More than 300 delegates, speakers and students gathered to share stories and experiences, explore trends in reporting and gain new expertise. GRI master classes helped to further equip delegates with the practical knowledge needed to advance sustainability reporting in their organization, while providing SLU students with valuable skills to advance their studies and professional pursuits in growing field of sustainability. Webster University Sustainability Conference As a hub for sustainability education, research and engagement, SLU Center for Sustainability students, faculty and staff often participate in sustainability-related conferences and events throughout the St. Louis region. In April 2012, Webster University in Webster Groves, MO, accepted a Center for Sustainability-authored presentation titled, "The Gateway to Green: Sustainability Transformation at the Speed of Light," for its inaugural Sustainability Conference. The theme for the conference was the state of sustainability in higher education and its role in society and the advancement of responsible global citizenship. David Webb, Program Manager for the Center and graduate of the inaugural master’s class in sustainability, delivered the presentation. The presentation chronicled the evolution of sustainability at Saint Louis University and highlighted key achievements within the last couple of years. Included in these achievements was Saint Louis University’s completion of the Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System (STARS) in October 2011, which earned SLU a bronze rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) and the opportunity to represent SLU on the national stage at the 2011 AASHE Conference and Expo in Pittsburgh. Also representing Saint Louis University was Beth-Anne Yakubu, Assistant Director of the Center for Sustainability, who served as a panelist in the Sustainability Reporting Breakout Session. Maurice Muia, another graduate of the inaugural master’s class in sustainability,

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presented a poster highlighting his research into alternative fuel production using discarded sugar cane stocks in Haiti. Sustainable Disaster Recovery Conference In May 2012 the Center for Sustainability began laying the groundwork for a national sustainability conference to be held October 29 and 30. What started with a brief conversation with Daniel Wallach, co-founder and executive director of Greensburg GreenTown and GreenTown Joplin, blossomed into a full-scale, national conference with more than 40 speakers and hundreds of registrations. A collaborative effort between the Center for Sustainability, Greensburg Greentown and GreenTown Joplin, the conference is designed to help disaster-stricken towns rebuild strong, livable communities by weaving the principles of sustainability and energy efficiency into the recovery effort. It will serve as a forum for all towns to learn more about disaster preparedness and how they might incorporate “green” design and development into efforts to renovate and revive their own communities. The two-day conference will bring together leaders in the fields of disaster response and recovery, government, urban planning, design, public and private enterprise, green building and sustainability. It features an impressive lineup of speakers and exhibitors eager to share stories and resources designed to help individuals and communities rebuild efficiently in the wake of a natural disaster and to be better prepared for any type of calamitous event in the future. The Center for Sustainability intends for this to become an annual event and the premier national/international conference for sustainable disaster recovery. More details about the conference are available on the Center for Sustainability’s website at http://green.slu.edu. 2011-2012 Annual Report on Campus Sustainability at SLU 11

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12 |2011-2012 Annual Report - Campus Sustainability at SLU Operations Awareness SLUstainability Website During the spring of 2012, the sustainability awareness action team created a website designed around sustainability under the Facilities Services web page. The intention of the SLUstainability website is to ensure that the operational aspects of campus sustainability are made visible to the university community. The website includes information regarding: Buildings and Grounds, Recycling, Composting and Waste Reduction, Purchasing, Utilities, Transportation, Environmental Health and Safety, Initiatives, News, Tips, FAQs, Reports and Awards and a Calendar of Events. To visit the page go to fs.slu.edu and click on SLUstainability in the navigation bar on the left. Digital Media & Marketing Universitas Article In the past, Facilities Services operated mostly behind the scenes. This spring, Facilities Services partnered with MarCom to develop an article in Universitas. The article titled, “Sustainability: Saint Louis University is Going Green,” demonstrates some of Facilities Services’ sustainable initiatives, plans and activities occurring across campus. Digital Signage Digital signage was introduced this past spring to help broadcast Facilities Services sustainability tips, facts and messages across campus. This information was a first step in the process of getting the sustainability message to students, faculty and staff. Signage was posted in the Residence Halls, Busch Student Center, Simon Rec and Des Peres Hall. More signs will be utilized going forward.

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Ongoing Efforts Energy Reduction Facilities Services completed a number of energy-saving projects this year, including lighting retrofits and HVAC system upgrades. LED retrofits were performed in Tegeler Hall - Carlo Auditorium and DuBoug Hall's Sinquefield stateroom. These two projects produced a total wattage reduction of 17,095. In addition, time clocks were changed to astronomical clocks, which produced a total wattage reduction of 270,047 watts and approximately $6,000 year in savings. All mechanical systems have been retro-commissioned throughout both Morrissey and the Allied Health buildings. Waste Minimization Waste and Recycling Metrics Saint Louis University's Grounds and Custodial departments have been hard at work trying to increase awareness of recycling services on campus. Each year, an increase in SLU’s recycling tonnage reduces total waste sent to the landfill, as well as a decrease in waste hauling costs, saving the University money while helping the planet. During the past year, Facilities Services has increased overall waste diversion on campus from 11 percent to nearly 20 percent at year’s end, when including all materials that have been recycled and reused. SLU has increased its recycling tonnage by 92 percent during the past four years. In FY12 alone there was a 30 percent increase in recycling tonnage collected. The following table shows the breakdown of waste diversion on campus from July 1, 2011, to June 30, 2012: Weights are estimated Waste and Recycling in Tons 3,000 2,800 2,600 2,400 2,200 2,000 FY10 227 2,657 FY11 269 2,553 FY12 319 2,316 Total Tonnage Recycling in Tons Waste in Tons 2011-2012 Annual Report on Campus Sustainability at SLU 13

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14 |2011-2012 Annual Report - Campus Sustainability at SLU Diversion Category Tons Diverted Reuse – Distribution Services Student Move Out Yard Compost Lamps and Ballasts Electronic Waste Construction Materials Recycled WM - Recycling WM - Garbage 56 2 21 2 24 24 The Saint Louis University community was able to take the equivalent of 238 cars off the road monthly using comingled (singlestream) recycling.* 319 2,316 * Equivalent calculated through StopWaste Partnership Greenhouse Gas Reduction Calculator at http://www.stopwaste.us/partnership/calculator/ RecycleMania 2012 SLU’s participation in the national RecyleMania Challenge at the beginning of 2012 marked the University’s second year in the challenge. RecycleMania is a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities. During a 10-week period, schools report recycling and trash data, which are then ranked according to the school that collects the largest amount of recyclables per capita, the largest amount of total recyclables, the least amount of trash per capita or has the highest recycling rate. For 2012, SLU posted a 20 percent waste diversion rate during the competition and in the following categories placed: • Ninth out of ten Missouri schools with 21.08 percent in the Grand Champion category, which combines trash and each of the core recyclable materials to determine a school's recycling rate as a percentage of its overall waste generation Fifth out of nine with 11.24 lbs/person in the per Capita category, where schools compete to see which will collect the largest combined amount of paper, cardboard and bottles and cans on a per person basis. Third out of ten with 190,860 pounds in the Gorilla Prize category, which recognizes schools that recycle the highest gross tonnage of combined paper, cardboard and bottles and cans regardless of campus population. • •

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Electronics Recycling Drive In our effort to promote sustainability, Facilities Services and Athletics teamed up with Midwest Recycling to offer a FREE electronics/appliance recycling drive for the SLU community. This event marked the second year Saint Louis University has hosted an e-waste drive for the campus. Midwest Recycling Company recycles "anything with a cord" and even collected TVs and monitors for free this year. A total weight of 48,791 pounds (or 24 tons) of electronics equipment was kept from entering a landfill. This is an increase of more than 36,000 pounds over last year's event total of 12,350 pounds (or 6 tons). Initiatives “No Idling” Implemented Facilities Services, in partnership with Clean Air Saint Louis, is working to improve the air quality in the St. Louis area. In 2010, the City of St. Louis passed an ordinance (612.340) reducing the allowable idling limit from 10 minutes down to five minutes. It is a public health hazard to allow vehicle engines to idle for any length of time. With this in mind, ‘No Idling’ signs were placed on campus. The installation targets campus loading docks and curb cut-outs, where most offenses occur. An additional aspect of the initiative instructs all vendor vehicles to also adhere to the ordinance while on the Saint Louis University campus. Current sign installations can be found at the following locations: Earhart Dock Salus/Water Tower Inn Loop Georgetown Loop Earhart Parking Area DuBourg Hall cut-out Ritter Schwitalla Dock Salus Dock Pius Library Loop BSC Loading Dock College Church Searls Bannister House DRC Loading Dock McDonnell Douglas 2011-2012 Annual Report on Campus Sustainability at SLU 15

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