TRACKING

HIGHLIGHTS

WATER

  • 40% of CMC’s grass has been replaced with drought-tolerant turf
  • Drip and evapotranspiration irrigation systems replaced our water-inefficient sprinkler system

ELECTRICITY

  • All lightbulbs have been replaced with 100% LED
  • All dorm appliances are ENERGY STAR certified
  • Reflective and insulating roof materials have been installed throughout campus

 

GAS

  • ENERGY STAR certified water heaters were installed, increasing efficiency by 20%
  • Since 2010, Collins gas usage has decreased by 37%
  • All Facilities and Campus Services vehicles are electric

CONSTRUCTION TIMELINE

WHICH RESIDENCE HALLS USE THE LEAST ELECTRICITY?

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STARS TRACKING

CMC currently has an AASHE Silver Star rating, which is a sustainability scoring system based on 5 categories: Academics, Engagement, Operations, Planning & Administration, and Innovation & Leadership.

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PLANNING & ADMIN

ACADEMICS

This component evaluates our institutional commitment to sustainability within our curriculum and research opportunities.

What have we done?

  • 70% of academic departments offer sustainability courses
  • 40% of courses are considered sustainability related
  • 44% of CMC’s faculty and staff are engageed in sustainability research
  • 100% of our academic departments have at least one faculty or staff member engaged in sustainability research

What more can we do?

  • We want to develop and institute a sustainability literacy assessment for first years

ENGAGEMENT

This component evaluates our level of campus and public engagement regarding sustainability initiatives. This analyzes our student life, outreach campaigns, community partnerships, participation in public policy, and more.

What have we done?

  • CMC commits $15-25K annually to support sustainability peer-educator programs
  • The CMC Sustainability Fund grants students interested in designing and implementing sustainability projects $2K

What more can we do?

  • CMC’s sustainability committee is considering developing a monthly sustainability newsletter to publish our sustainability efforts and progress
  • CMC is planning to distribute a sustainability culture survey to gauge the sustainability values, behaviors, and beliefs of students
OPERATIONS
This component measures our effort in embracing sustainability initiatives that relate to the air & climate, buildings, energy, food & dining, grounds, purchasing, transportation, and waste.

What have we done?

  • 10% of electricity use is generated by wind energy, and 13% is generated by solar photovoltaic energy
  • Our tree trimmings and leaves are recycled via our green waste program
  • The institution only waters the drought tolerant landscaped areas on campus that are necessary, instead of watering the entire campus on a daily basis
  • The CMC Grounds team has installed a new WeatherTrak system offers the latest in technology that continuously monitors our (500) schedules/stations on a daily basis and automatically adjusts the watering times according to ET, (evapotransporation rates) for each station on a daily basis

What more can we do?

  • To better monitor our greenhouse gas (GHG) footprint, we will inventory all GHG emissions generated through business travel, purchasing goods & services, and waste generated in operations
  • We will continue to certify a greater proportion of our buildings under green building rating systems, like LEED
  • CMC’s dining services will increase their sustainability efforts by evaluating the environmental impact of our food and beverage purchasing
  • Our CMC ACTS committee is developing an institutional written policy to mandate sustainable commodity purchasing across campus
  • Our CMC ACTS committee is designing a procurement sustainability guideline for construction and renovation projects to be published
  • Our outreach and facilities team is reducing their paper purchasing and promoting digital platforms to distribute receipts, donations, and other messaging materials.
PLANNING & ADMINISTRATION
This component evaluates how we incorporate sustainability into all administrative dimensions of our institution: diversity & affordability, coordination & planning, investment & finance, and wellbeing & work.

What have we done?

  • We have a formal assessment process to understand the attitudes, perceptions and behaviors of faculty, staff, administrators and students, including the experiences of underrepresented groups
  • In March 2020, the CMC ACTS committee was established to outline strategic climate action plans and integrate student voices into our sustainability projects and plans

What more can we do?

  • We are designing a comprehensive sustainability plan to be published
  • We are working on expanding sustainability engagement and participation efforts to lower income members within our wider Claremont community through outreach, paid fellowships, and certification programs
  • Our community is researching ways to approach sustainable investment, and potentially partner with clubs and organizations on campus to promote green financing and investment projects