Projects On-Going and Completed

Categories of sustainability - expect for Administation - from National Wildlife Federation
(Updated November 10, 2010)

Environmental Education (or Outreach)

  • Undergraduate program: Environmental Studies major
  • Undergraduate program: Environmental Studies minor
  • Graduate program: MSE in Environmental Education
  • A five-course emphasis in Environmental Studies is offered in the MBA program.
  • Concordia Center for Environmental Stewardship (CCES) was dedicated in September 2010.
  • Project Eden, a student environmental awareness/advocacy organization has been formed.
  • Symposia were conducted on Atomic Energy in October 2008; on alternate fuel vehicles in September 2009. Green building will be the theme of the Fall 2010 symposium, with a focus on strategies used in construction of the Concordia Center for Environmental Stewardship (CCES).
  • A Sustainability/Stewardship page is included on the CUW website.
  • Two brief video "commercials" for sustainable living has been produced by the Graphic Arts Department for use on CUW's internal network.
  • Four committees of students, staff, faculty, administrators, and community members are working to promote and enhance various aspects of sustainability on campus.


  • Low flow showerheads being installed in residence halls (2010)
  • Water-saving floor scrubber is being used.


  • Variable Frequency Drives have been installed on about 35% of boiler pumps on campus, considerably reducing electricity usage (2010)
  • All microfridges in residence halls have Energy Star rating (2004).
  • Use of LED fixtures (low wattage lighting) is being piloted (2008).
  • Efficient fluorescent fixtures have been installed throughout campus.
  • Installed water-saving, energy-efficient dish washing machine (12/08).
  • Much of HVAC (and some lighting) can be electronically controlled remotely-for efficiency and accuracy (2006).
  • Have begun energy audit process with outside contractor.
  • Participates as an associate with MATC in a grant to demonstrate feasibility of movable solar arrays.

Building Design

  • Coburg residence hall features airtight construction, efficient HVAC system (2008).
  • Concordia Center for Environmental Stewardship (dedicated 2010) is awaiting final decision whether it will be certified at LEED Platinum or Gold Certification level. Included are 32 geothermal wells, 85% reuse of salvaged materials, and installation of a ~24kWh photovoltaic solar array.

Dining Services

  • "Trayless Thursdays," introduced in January 2009, reduced waste approximately 45 pounds per day. A complete change to trayless dining was done 2009-10. "Trayless Optional" started in August 2010.

Waste Reduction

  • Recycling program has been in operation for many years. In 2008 it became a "single stream" program.
  • Print quotas for students were established in computer labs, resulting in a 75% reduction in wasted paper.
  • As of 4/23/10, the following savings have been realized in construction of the Concordia Center for Environmental Stewardship:
    • 1/2 ton of steel, copper, and aluminum (recycling aluminum, for instance, saves 95% of energy required to produce aluminum from raw bauxite)
    • 4/5 ton of cardboard (saving 14 trees and 5600 gallons of water)
    • 6 tons of drywall (adding calcium and sulfur to a farm field)
    • 4 tons of wood (equivalent of 26 trees)
  • Additional single-stream waste receptacles have been placed throughout campus with instructions educating people on how to use them most effectively.
  • In 2009 Concordia recycle 83 tons of cardboard and comingled waste; this is the equivalent of 291 cubic yards of landfill airspace.
  • A campus-wide hazardous waste policy and procedure was adopted and implemented.


  • Bluff has been stabilized and seeded with native plants (10/07).
  • Coastal and perched wetlands, as well as a beach, have been established at the base of the bluff.



  • A web-based bulletin board for ride sharing was introduced in December 2008.
  • Making increasing use of videoconferencing to reduce travel to meetings.


  • Housekeeping Department uses primarily "green" cleaning materials and chemicals (2008).
  • Newer vacuum cleaners have HEPA filters.
  • If available are available, no paper core roll materials are purchased.

Green House Gas (GHG) Inventory

  • Green House Gas Inventory (Phases 1 & 2) has been completed for 2009. Base line data for 2005 is now being sought.
  • Amount of CO2 sequestration has been calculated for 3.8A of CUW's west woods. Other CUW properties are yet to be calculated.


Climate Action Plan

Administration (not a NWF category)

  • STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System of AASHE (Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education) was used in 2009-10 as a guide for further sustainability actions.
  • Board of Regents is adding sustainability outcomes to university governance policy.