Sustainability  >  Policy

Draft version of sustainability policy

This is a draft version of the policy, which is currently in the approval process. 

Purpose

As a Jesuit and Catholic University, Creighton University affirms its moral obligation to practice ecological responsibility and social justice to work towards creating a better, more sustainable world for us and for those that come after us. Such a pledge is  a living embodiment of the Jesuit ideals of Magis and Cura Personalis.  This policy establishes Creighton University’s commitment to employing more sustainable practices and educating the University community about environmental responsibility.

Scope

This policy applies to all University employees, contractors, and employees of contractors to the University.

Policy

The University is committed to integrating sustainable practices into daily operations, construction, education, research, and outreach - integrating the goals of ecological restoration, economic development, and social equity. In pursuit of this goal the University will encourage and facilitate the collaborative efforts of faculty, students, and staff to generate knowledge, acquire skills, develop values, and initiate practices that contribute to a sustainable, high quality of life on campus and in Nebraska.

Definitions

Energy Star - program was created in 1992 by the United States Environmental Protection Agency in an attempt to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emission by power plants.

LEED  (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) – is the nationally recognized benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings.  LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability.

Renewable Energy Credits
(carbon) - are tradable environmental commodities that represent proof that 1 megawatt-hour (MWh) of electricity was generated from an eligible renewable energy resource. These certificates can be sold and traded and the owner of the REC can claim to have purchased renewable energy.

Sustainability – development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. (Created 1987 at the World Commission on Environment and Development (the Brundtland Commission))

Administration and Interpretations

This policy shall be administered by Facilities Management.  Questions regarding this policy can be addressed to the Director of Facilities Management.

Amendments or termination of this policy

Creighton University reserves the right to modify, amend, or terminate this policy at any time.

References to applicable policies

Section: Administration 2.3.2  Chapter: Facilities  Policy: Energy Conservation 

Exceptions

None.

Other

Creighton University is committed to sustainability and is pledging, as far as resources allow, pursuing the following issues and other relevant initiatives:

I.       Conserve natural resources, including water, land, and energy

A.     Comply with the University policy for energy conservation

B.     Purchase 20% of electrical power generated from green fuels like wind and solar generation.

II.    Reduce waste and minimize pollution

A.     Recycle Program

B.     Purchase products that are made from recycled materials

III. Adopt green building standards

A.     Construct buildings that are LEED Certified.

B.     Remodel projects to include designs for LEED certification

C.     Incorporate landscape design that includes wetland areas and areas of minimal irrigation to confirm to the regional ecosystem.

D.     Require construction contract general conditions to incorporate clauses that direct constructors to implement business practices promoting sustainability.

IV.  Incorporate sustainability considerations into strategic planning and capital expenditures

V.     Establish responsible purchasing and investing policies

A.     Seek out opportunities to purchase locally grown food stuff

B.     Buy locally produced and manufactured products whenever possible

C.     Purchase Energy Star rated appliances

D.     Opt to not sell Carbon Credits

VI.  Integrate social and environmental responsibility into the curriculum to educate students about the importance of sustainable practices by promoting walking paths and bicycle routes encouraging activity.

VII.           Promote the above practices among faculty, staff, students, and the community neighbors. 

A.     Continue with a Sustainability Council charged with development of sustainable practices for policy and procedure for approval by the University.

B.     Identify resources for key personnel to attend relevant meetings, seminars and conferences

VIII.        Seek out further opportunities for including sustainability initiatives into the University’s operations

A.     Use of renewable fuels

B.     Recycling program

C.     Reduce both local and long distant travel

D.     Create a funding source to support individual or departmental innovative ideas for sustainability.  The implementation of those ideas must generate sufficient savings that replace the used funds from the source.