Projects to be Considered in the Next Three Years

Categories of sustainability from National Wildlife Federation - (Updated April 29, 2010)

Environmental Education (or Outreach)

  • Continue to sponsor environmentally-related symposia, etc. for the campus and off-campus communities.
  • Embed Environmental Sustainability in the culture of CUW.
  • Consider a Winterim travel experience to study sustainability efforts elsewhere in the world.
  • Nurture in individuals who come in contact with CUW the desire to be faithful stewards who foster sustainability of all the gifts of God in His created world.
  • Encourage individuals to find satisfaction in acquiring and strengthening relationships rather than in acquiring material things. Learn to live frugally.
  • Promote on campus use of the 2010 LCMS document(s) of a Lutheran/-Christian perspective on environmental sustainability.
  • Develop a program of student ambassadors to promote environmental sustainability in residence halls.

Water

  • Expand emphasis on fresh water studies in the MS-EE program.
  • Participate in LMSA (Lake Michigan Shorelands Alliance-a collaborative group of land trusts working to protect critical land and water resources in Wisconsin's Lake Michigan basin)
  • Connect with the M-7's Water Council program that "seeks to establish the Milwaukee Region to serve as the global capital for freshwater research, economic development, and education."
  • Consider sustainable Storm Water Management measures.
    • "Green" roof can provide "gray" water & avoid water retention structures.
    • Semi-permeable parking areas
    • Rain gardens
  • Challenge students to limit themselves to 5 minute hot water showers.
  • Complete a campus hydrology study to guide development of parking lots, green roof, rain gardens.
  • Investigate use of reverse osmosis process for producing drinking water.

Energy

  • Consider solar water heating for residence halls and kitchen, as feasible. (Milwaukee has recently been named one of 25 U.S. "Solar America Cities" Wisconsin is said to have "one of the best incentive programs" in the U.S. Solar heating can have as little as a 2-year payback period and its mechanical systems are projected to have a 40-year lifetime. Federal Solar Energy Tax credits have recently been extended to 2016.
  • Establish policy to purchase only "Energy Star" appliances (where there's an option)
  • Consider solar-powered lighting in future outdoor installations.
  • Explore feasibility of wind turbines.
  • Consider possibility of four 10-hour day workweeks in offices where feasible.
  • Use clothing, not just HVAC, to adjust to weather changes.
  • Challenge students to limit themselves to 5 minute hot water showers.
  • Complete study of gas-electricity-water use on campus.
  • Develop model residence hall rooms that educate both incoming and returning students on energy savings.
  • Production and distribution in 2010 of a Student Sustainability Handbook.

Building Design

  • Qualify for LEED Gold or Platinum certification for Concordia Center for Environmental Stewardship.
  • Research costs and payback on geothermal HVAC installations for all new construction.
  • Determine amount of gas/electric/water metering to install on a building-by-building basis for the purposes of monitoring, adjusting, and building support.

Dining Services

  • Exploration with Sodexho management to determine feasibility of local purchasing.
  • Consideration being given to establishing vegetable gardens.

Waste Reduction

  • Work with Sodexho management to reduce garbage by having eaters indicate size of serving they want and servers to inquire size of portion customer wishes to have.
  • Eliminate (or greatly decrease) bottled water sales and use. In general, reduce use of plastic bottles.
  • Researching whether to initiate producing biofuels from spent kitchen (and other) oils.
  • Print double-sided whenever possible.
  • Accept plastic bags sparingly and reuse them when possible.
  • Explore the use of more reusable containers related to food service.
  • Develop an ink/toner recycling program.

Habitat

  • Consider implementation of "Tree Campus USA" program.

Composting

  • Determine feasibility of composting left over food products.

Transportation

  • Evaluate whether a ZipCar (by-the-hour car rental) franchise on campus is feasible.
  • Purchase hybrid (or other most fuel efficient)automobiles for university.
  • Purchase electric vehicles (preferably plug-in) vehicles for Maintenance, Safety departments.

Purchasing

Green House Gas (GHG) Inventory

  • Conduct green house gas inventory, reaching back either five years or to FY2001.

Assessment

  • Consider implementation of AASHE's "STARS" program.

Climate Action Plan

  • Determine whether to sign American College and University President's Climate Commitment.

Administration (not a NWF category)

  • Prepare policy for adoption by the Board of Regents that would give emphasis and support to environmental efforts of the institution.
  • Include environmental concerns in the next iteration of CUW's Strategic Plan.
  • Manage for "Triple Bottom Line" (Economic Prosperity, Environmental Stewardship, Social Responsibility).
  • Determine amount of gas/electric/water metering to install on a building-by-building basis for the purposes of monitoring, adjusting, and building support.