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<p>March 29, 2011 Pro-Writing ENC3250.797S11 Professor Tobienne TEAM 3: Green Life Jeffrey Dempsey Justin Fredericks Irene Hernandez Deanna McGarth</p> <p>Table of ContentsExecutive Summary. Page 1 USF Going Green Efforts Page 3 LEED.. Page 3 College Sustainability Report Card Page 4 Office of Sustainability.... Page 4 School of Global Sustainability.. Page 6 PNC Financial Services Group . Page 6 PNC Financial Services Interview Page 8 Ford Interview. Page 9 Office of Sustainability Page 11 Comparison to University of Florida. Page 14 Works Cited... Page 16</p> <p>Page |1</p> <p>Executive summary The University of South Florida has joined the going green movement. Since its Establishment in 1956 USF has progressed to an environmentally friendly, green university. For example, USF has a formal sustainability policy and incorporates sustainability in the campus master plan. USF has begun to build LEED or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certified buildings such as the Patel Building on the Lakeland campus. This will ultimately change the face of the earth as well as the university itself. USF not only provides its students with a quality education but the benefit of being a student reaches far beyond the boundaries of education. As a matter of fact USF has boosted its College Sustainability Report Card from a grade D in 2009 to an A in 2011. The University offers many programs such as on campus recycling. The on campus recycling center is for students, faculty as well as the general public. This benefits the students who dont have the option to recycle at their apartment complexes or in their neighborhood. The university also has a Sustainability Initiative Steering Committee in which drives the school to becoming more environmentally friendly. USF also provides the students with a bus system, the Bull Runner, in which the buses operate solely on biodiesel. The Bull Runner also works hand in hand with the HART, the Hillsborough County bus system by charging a reduced fair for students and faculty. Instilling the concept of conserving energy, and not to mentions a few dollars commuting to and from work is a phenomenal idea. The University system in the state of Florida has many diverse incredible programs for educating and maintaining a sustainable world. For example, UF in Gainesville Florida has created a similar committee called the Office of Sustainability. UF recently received a Silver STARS rating. This program measures and encourages sustainability in all aspects of higher education. Throughout the research process there were several different perspectives analyzed from the University level to the corporate level. From information USF president Dr. Judy Genshaft provided to Ford employee Michael Cialo.</p> <p>Page |2</p> <p>During a brief interview a Ford employee there were several issues discussed such as the government requirements for manufacturing vehicles to the benefits of creating environmentally friendly vehicles. Another major corporation analyzed is Pittsburgh National Corporation (PNC). PNC integrates environmentally friendly practices while doing day to day business. PNC has already constructed more LEED certified green buildings than any other company in the world. The damage we as society create on our environment has and will have a lasting impact on all of our lives, it is essential for the well-being of our earth to put factors into play now. Education and technology are two ways humans can legitimately alter the deterioration of our environment.</p> <p>Page |3</p> <p>As human population continues to increase globally the need to care for the Earth and its precious resources seem more vital now than ever. People from all over the globe are doing their part to preserve our limited resources. Many institutions, companies, organizations, businesses are trying to encourage recycling, educating people on renewable energy and promote environmental conservation. The relatively new phrase Going Green is to describe ones efforts in conserving. Recognizing the importance of environmentally friendly initiatives, The University of South Florida has a formal sustainability policy and incorporates sustainability in the campus master plan and strategic plan to promote environmental conservation to its students, faculty, staff and even community. The Sustainability Initiative Steering Committee works to improve sustainability with just eight staff members. USF is in the process of implementing a green purchasing policy called Green Building.</p> <p>Green Building is a policy and practice of an institutions adoption and use of high-performance green building design. This includes the adoption of campus-wide green building policies or guidelines, integration of green building practices into new construction projects, and the incorporation of green building design features into retrofits of existing buildings. The leader in determining the true influence that organizations exemplify by undertaking green projects is The Green Building Councils Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system. This certification provides independent, third-party verification that a building project is environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy place to live and work. USF is adhering to the LEED requirements and has requested stat funds to build its first green building on the Lakeland campus. The LEED certified buildings will have lower operating costs, increased asset values,</p> <p>Page |4</p> <p>reduce wastes sent to landfills, conserve energy and water as well as the buildings are safer for its occupants. This is the first building of many buildings the school plans to build to help further their image as a green university.</p> <p>to reduce emissions with the aid of carbon offsets. To decrease energy use, heat recovery systems, lighting systems, and energy-efficient lighting fixtures have been installed. The school conducts audits of individual energy use and has energy monitoring displays on campus. The school also generates renewable energy through the use of solar panels, and purchases electricity from renewable sources. In line with The Sustainability Initiative Steering Committee, the campus master plan includes policies that support green building initiatives. Two buildings are being evaluated for LEED Gold certification, and several others meet LEED criteria. The installed water metering technology, lighting sensors, and LED lighting in all buildings, as well as low-flow showerheads and dual-flush toilets in some buildings, is a small portion of efforts undertaken to promote Green Building. The implementation of the green purchasing policy has made tremendous strides already. The College Sustainability Report Card is an example of the extraordinary measures that institutions such as USF, have undertaken in order to fulfill its commitment to adopting the most environmentally friendly practices.</p> <p>Abstractly, in addition to Green Building efforts already undertaken by USF, it also operates the Bull Runner, which is a bus service that uses biodiesel fuel and is free with a valid USF identification card. The USF U-Pass, which is a partnership with the regional bus service (HART), allows students to ride free and staff and faculty to ride for 25 cents. There are more than 30 HART stops on campus, and all Bull Runner and regional buses are equipped with bike racks. USF has photovoltaic solar system for charging electric golf carts. USF has conducted a greenhouse gas emissions inventory and is working</p> <p>Page |5</p> <p>From 2009 to 2011 USF has boosted its Green Building practices from grade D to grade A. As a community leader, outstanding achievement in the one of the most expansive aspects of our economy in terms of awareness and sustainability is a symbol of pride. The adoption of a more aggressive Green Building strategic plan would both further USFs aspirations to become a more environmentally and economically friendly institution, as well as set an example for others to follow. While there are various other areas of concentration which help USF to attain some of its green goals, a focus on green building is sure to have the intended and lasting affect that USF strives to reach. As further proof of USFs commitment to the environment and its community, the board of trustees has adopted policies in the campus master plan to guide campus development and to address the location, design, and construction of site development and facilities. These policies incorporate both large scale and detailed green design principles, including preservation of open space, infill development, storm water management, erosion control, and tree protection. USFs internal recycling program collects mixed paper, aluminum cans, and</p> <p>scrap metal. The USF Community Recycling Site is open for use to members of the general community as well as students, faculty, and staff who do not have access to home recycling pickup. A newly formed subcommittee that addresses recycling and waste management is a priority focus for the Climate Committee. USF has also installed energy meters in each building for all utilities, including, electricity, gas, and water, to allow for energy accounting and measuring the success of energy efficiency initiatives. With the volume of students that attend USF, this is one of the building practices that have had the biggest impact on USFs goal to promote a green society. Blow down discharge from the storm water and cooling tower is collected in on-campus ponds. Some of this storm water is utilized for landscape irrigation. USF continues to make great strides in efforts to promote a culture of going green within its students, faculty, staff and the community. Another organization to help with their initiative that is extending beyond the Tampa Bay region is the Engineers of a Sustainable World. Engineers of a Sustainable World is an interdisciplinary education with hands-on research experiences for students in the engineering profession. They have sincere</p> <p>Page |6</p> <p>concerns for the earth and its humanity with focuses on sustainability and renewable energy sources. Also known as ESW, they work on not only research but various other projects including digging wells that provide clean water and improved sanitary conditions for African villages. As we see USF has several organizations to help with the going green movement, one of the main organizations is the Office of Sustainability that was established in 1995. Therefore, going green is nothing new to USF and its students. The Office of Sustainability is the single point of contact for all sustainability activities within USF. They have developed an advisory council as well as an advisory board. USFs Office of Sustainability primary commitment is to not only provide education, training and resources to the students but extend well beyond into the Tampa Bay community. For this reason companies in the Tampa Bay area like Tampa Electric Company (TECO) have been funding this organization because they see the importance of USFs vision.</p> <p>A graduate student at USF named Frank Michael Malatesta, explains some of his valuable contributions to USF's Office of Sustainability as well as his contributions to politics. The student describes his many grueling hours of hard work to further the state of Florida's understanding of the importance of educating its college students about sustainability. Mr. Malatesta also explains his viewpoint on creating a Students Office for Sustainability as well as how this committee is governed. For example, the Student Office for Sustainability and Awareness is composed of an advisor and Renewable Energy Initiatives Board or REIB. This board has five students and five faculty members. The board is responsible for the allocation of revenue and projects are proposed by the students themselves. The benefit of using such a model is the fact half of the staff are students within the</p> <p>Page |7</p> <p>university. This means instead of paying a staff member a salary, the staff member is actually paying tuition or paying for his or her own services. This reduces the cost of running the Sustainability program. There are several different models or examples one could look at for guidance when creating a Students Office for Sustainability. For example, UC Boulder gives their students the opportunity to create potential projects such as incorporating renewable energy, energy efficiency, recycling as well as waste reduction. These projects have not only reduced the impact the campus makes on the environment but have also given the students the opportunity to contribute to the well-being of planet earth. These worthy programs have all been funded threw a small fee, in UC Boulders case the fee was $2.80 per student per semester. This fee is called a renewable energy fee.</p> <p>Creating a renewable energy fee built in to every students tuition is quite controversial because many college students dont have sufficient income to support such a fee. On the contrary a proposed fee is only a matter of a few dollars and will benefit the environment not only on USFs campus but far beyond as well. There are also several different ways a university could assess such fees. For example, a school could create a CITF or Capital Improvement Trust Fund which is a per credit hour fee created by State legislature. Another prime example is an activity and service fee, this per credit hour fee usually is applied to improve campus life, transportation etc. There have been several attempts to have such a bill passed</p> <p>Page |8</p> <p>in the state of Florida but they have all been stopped. Some of the projects that the Office of Sustainability has been working on include planting of 2,000 trees, implementing a free off-campus shuttle that is powered by bio-fuel technology to reduce the campus traffic congestion, saved over ten million with Green lights replacement that has resulted in a three percent reduction in electrical consumption over the past six years, established a recycling community on its campus by placing containers throughout the campus. USFs Office of Sustainability is also working on programs such as the Sustainability Scholars program, Sustainability Fellows and Sustainability Mentors. More recently, in January of 2010 USF created a School of Global Sustainability. The school is an inclusive and holistic academic unit, based on integrated interdisciplinary research, scholarship and teaching. Its strength derives from the committed involvement of faculty representing natural and social sciences, engineering, business, the humanities, arts and health, according to Kalanithy Vairavamoorty, Subcommittee Chair. The program primarily focuses on water but have</p> <p>concentrations in food security, health, environments, transportations climate change and many more. The program is mostly generated by performances, collaborations, discussions, research and explorations. The School of Global Sustainability...</p>