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Sustainability Dashboard August 2010 – DRAFT. MISSION: “ To positively enhance our local and global environment ” Key processes include: Value (VL “Role Model”) Resources Provide global sustainability leadership Control costs

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sustainability dashboard august 2010 draft
Sustainability DashboardAugust 2010 – DRAFT

MISSION: “To positively enhance our local and global environment”

Key processes include:

Value (VL “Role Model”) Resources

Provide global sustainability leadership Control costs

Be a responsible global citizen Attract new resources

Internal Processes Staff Learning & Growth (VL “Culture”)

Reduce consumption Develop awareness

Reduce toxins/pollutants indoors & outdoors

Increase sustainable practices

The University of Washington has 3 campuses and owns property in downtown Seattle, on San Juan Island (the Friday Harbor lab), Pack Forest (near Mount Rainier) and other locations (50 total).

UW also operates and manages three Medical Centers; The UW Medical Center on campus, Harborview Medical Center and Northwest Hospital (both of which are less than 5 miles from the Seattle campus).

(VL)With UW’s vast reach comes a great responsibility and opportunity as an environmentally sustainable leader. The dashboard is an attempt to:

1. Identify our areas of impact and areas of improvement

2. Communicate to our wide range of constituents our efforts and direction

3. Create a common foundation to generate discussion and projects that benefit Sustainability.

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MEASURE 1: Peer comparison report rankings

Our ratings: SEI report card Princeton Green Rating Sierra Cool Schools

2008 B 99 9th

2009 A- 99 2nd

2010 ? (available in September) 96 4th

GOAL: achieve the highest rankings possible (A+, 99 & 1st place).

MEASURE 2: Number of office green teams

Green teams create more sustainable office environments by enabling people who are committed to sustainability to make changes in their own work setting. The ESS office plays a role in providing support to these groups and facilitate communications between them.

To date, there are 4 active green teams (listed below). We would like to see at least one more established during the fall quarter, 2010.

NOTE: Updates to this data will be made quarterly

UW Green Team logo designed & donated by

David Wolbrecht of uwcreative

Existing teams:

  • UW Tower Green Team
  • Environmental Stewards (Financial Management, Treasury, Strategy Management)
  • Student Fiscal Services Sustainability Team
  • Health Sciences Building Green Team

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measure 3 commuting mode split
Walking and transit have increased while driving alone has decreased to 21%. Our goal is to get below 20% driving alone.

NOTE: This data is gathered and processed every 2 years (we’re moving toward gathering this data yearly). 2010 data will be available in 2011.

MEASURE 3: Commuting Mode split


This is a visual representation of the community mode split which gives a sense of the traffic created by UW staff, students & faculty):

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MEASURE 4a. Paper purchased through Purchasing

MEASURE 4b. % recycled content

  • In July 2009, Washington State passed a paper conservation and recycling act (Substitute House Bill 2287) directing state agencies to create programs to reduce paper consumption by at least 30% and use 100% recycled copy paper.
  • In response, the UW has created the following goals:
  • To decrease total paper consumption from 2008-2009 levels by 5% by the end of the first quarter of 2011, 15% by the second quarter, 22.5% by the end of the third quarter and 30% by the end of the fourth quarter.

To increase the amount of 100% recycled paper by 5% by the end of the second quarter of fiscal year 2011 (and to establish more long-term goals at that point).

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NOTE: Updates to this data are available quarterly

MEASURE 5. Waste diversion rate

In 2010, 56% of our waste was diverted from landfills. Our 2012 goal is 60% diversion.

A sample of our garbage was analyzed in the March, 2010 ‘trash-in’. The results suggested that more waste can be diverted. Roughly 1/3 of the material headed to the landfill was recyclable or compostable.

See the following pages for a breakdown of materials diverted.

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NOTE: Updates to this data are available yearly

MEASURE 5. Waste diversion rate, cont…

Breakdown of waste by category (see following page for item-by-item display)

Percentage of waste, by weight

Tons of waste

This graphs shows the total amount of waste we produce year-to-year.

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MEASURE 5. Waste diversion rate, cont…

Item-by-item breakdown of waste materials showing percentage of total waste stream for each category

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MEASURE 6. Average MPG (miles per gallon) of fleet

Fleet vehicles by fuel source

The UW fleet consists of over 650 vehicles. Vehicles are being transitioned to electric vehicles to reduce costs and environmental impact.

The chart on the right shows the current make-up of fleet vehicles by fuel type.

[The metric for the Fleet is under construction, it will be MPG]

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There are many elements of food production that affect overall sustainability. The charts below show the percentage of our food budget spent on locally grown/processed food and organically grown food.

MEASURE 7. Food served:

7a. % organic

7b. % grown or raised locally

The amount spent on locally grown or raised food increased by 1.1%

The amount spent on locally processed food increased by 15%

The amount spent on organic food increased by 1.5%

NOTE: This data is gathered and processed yearly. New data is available in late July/early August

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MEASURE 8. Estimated CO2 emissions from professional air travel

Since professional air travel plays a role in the research mission of the University, no goal has been set, though tracking it important as it is a significant source of greenhouse gas emissions.

Yearly data is available for 2006, 2007 & 2008 and monthly data for 2009 to the present. In December 2008, an out-of-state travel freeze was instituted in response to state budget cuts. The freeze is still in place, but travel is increasing. Total estimated emissions in calendar 2009 was 18,301 MgCO2.

NOTE: Updates to this data are available quarterly

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MEASURE 9. Scope 1 & 2 GHG emissions

By far the dominant source of scope 1&2 emissions is the Seattle Power Plant which produces steam for heating. Emissions are largely driven by weather (expressed here as Heating Degree Days).

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MEASURE 10. GHG emissions per capita & per gross square foot (gsf)

These graphs show building and student population growth on the Seattle campus and the GHG emissions per square foot and per capita. Current values are .0054 metric tons CO2 per gsf, and 2.44 metric tons CO2 per capita.

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MEASURE 11a. Water consumption

Aggressive water conservations efforts begun in 2001 have resulted in dramatic reductions in consumption. The downward trend is clear in the graph below (indicated with the orange line). The summer peaks are also apparent reflecting the fact that significant amounts of water are used for cooling and irrigation. We currently consume 112,500 gallons per day which is less (better) than the targeted 118,800 gallons per day.













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Sent this info to Dave July 29

Hi Dave,When I showed the sustainability metrics to Sandra Archibald she thought it would be good to show the cost of the water conservation projects relative to the reduction in consumption.Do we have that information?Thanks,Marilyn

MEASURE 11b. Electricity Consumption

This graph shows total electricity consumption for the Seattle campus over a 4-year period. The overall trend in consumption is slightly upward, but this trend is less steep than the upward trend in in building space (the next page shows a monthly breakdown of this data).

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MEASURE 11b. Electricity Consumption, cont.

This chart shows that electricity consumption fluctuates, but is fairly consistent throughout the year. The green line shows the trend over this 4-year period. Note that increase in gross square feet of buildings space (which is shown by the orange line) is greater than the increase in consumption.

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MEASURE 12. Number of LEED projects

The number of LEED-certified buildings has increased from 6 in 2009 to 11 in 2010. The number of buildings pending certification has gone from 3 to 8.

12.5% of UW building space is LEED (either certified or pending certification).

The UW was rated 4th in the nation for LEED projects in higher education institutions

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MEASURE 12. Number of LEED projects, cont.

LEED structures on the Seattle campus (as of August, 2010):

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MEASURE 13: Network traffic

Network traffic is used here as a proxy for power consumption by computers (both in the form of electricity demand and cooling demand in data centers). Ultimately, our goal is to reduce energy consumption by maximizing efficiency which isn’t captured directly with this metric.

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Green Cleaning

14a. Number of garbage bag liners disposed of

14b. Water consumed for cleaning

14c. Gallons of floor stripper used

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MEASURE 14 a. Garbage bags: In 2009-2010 we replaced some of our garbage can liners with lighter-gage liners reducing the amount going into the landfill by 6,542 pounds:

In addition, the number of liners consumed has been reduced by converting 3,000 office waste cans to the MinMaxsystem which means smaller liners that are replaced less frequently saving an estimated 156,000 liners.

MEASURE 14b. Water consumed for cleaning

Another goal of Custodial Services is to reduce the amount of water and electricity consumed by cleaning. An estimated 819,000 gallons of water was saved FROM ENTERING THE SEWER SYSTEM by moving to a BUCKET-less system for cleaning floors:

Daily water savings = 3.5 gallons per bucket x emptied 3 times x300 buckets = 3,150 gals.

Est. Annual savings = 3,150 gals. x 260 = 819,000 gals.

MEASURE 14c. Gallons of floor stripper consumed

One of the ongoing goals of Custodial Services is to eliminate products that are hazardous to human health or the environment. One of the remaining hard-to-replace products is floor stripper.

2009-2010 will be the baseline year against which to measure reduction. The amount consumed was:

415 gallons of Bravo 1500+ (Total cost = $3,612.99)

Approximately 94 gallons of 3M #22H (Total cost = $6,233.56)

Total strippers used in 2009 = 509 gallons.

Total cost = $9,846.55


Amount of yard waste converted to mulch

Decrease in pesticide and fertilizer use

Decrease in fuel usage:

reduce carbon footprint by using smaller vehicles and electric vehicles

Future: water consumption for irrigation

Future: green belt maintenance


Working to identify a metric related to Environmental Health & Safety

The amounts below represent savings resulting from conservation measures. An estimated 9.89 million dollars were saved in 2009, 1.11 million above the 8.78 target.

MEASURE 16. Utilities Cost Avoided

A project for which the UW usually receives an financial incentive from Seattle City Light for reducing electricity consumption.  

MEASURE 17. Cost avoided by diverting waste from the landfill


The environmental costs of burying waste in a landfill include the production of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, and the emissions from shipping (our landfill waste is sent to Oregon).

The monetary costs of sending our waste to a landfill are also high and continue to rise. While there are expenses associated with gathering and transporting material for recycling, composting and other forms of re-use, they are significantly lower. As a result, the more we divert from the landfill, the more we save. In 2008-2009 we saved $795,442

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MEASURE 18. Cost avoided by reducing paper consumption

….awaiting data for this metric

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MEASURE 19. Growth of the Husky Green Fund

“The Husky Green Fund supports activities that continue the University's vision and leadership for environmental stewardship.” The fund was established in the fall of 2009 and has not yet been promoted. As of May, 2010, the fund contained approximately $500. Our goal for the year is to reach $1000 [I made this up - we need to set a goal]

MEASURE 20. Campus Sustainability Fund (CSF) $ allocated & spent

The Campus Sustainability Fund will bring in $340,000 from Student Activity fees. The fund will support campus sustainability projects in which students will participate. In August of 2010, two students will be hired by the Office of Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability to set up the process for managing the fund.

Our target for the first year is to spend $340,000 on projects.

June, 2010

CSF approved

by students and


August, 2010

2 students will be hired to manage the fund

December, 2010

GOAL: $ allocated

$ spent

MEASURE 21: Sustainability education

This is a place-holder for an academic metric. We initially considered counting the number of students who graduate with a sustainability-oriented degree. We’ve decided this is not necessarily meaningful or easily measured, but haven’t yet defined an alternative.

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MEASURE 22. Number of sustainability questions addressed by the ESS website

This metric is addressing our goal of informing ourselves and others about sustainability efforts on campus. Much of this information is already online, but we recognize a need to tie those pieces of information together to create a coherent sense of our efforts across campus (something many other campuses have already done).

Ultimately, our goal is an informed campus. This metrics pushes us to reflect upon how well the ESS website helps people become informed. Our goal is that ESS website will address all of the following questions either by providing the information or pointing to it:

  • For each of the topic areas listed below, the following questions should be addressed:
  • How is the UW doing (compared to previous years and compared to peers)
  • What actions are we taking and who is taking these actions?
  • What can individuals do in this area?
  • EmissionsGreenhouse gas emissions? Commuting? Professional travel? Continued on next page…
MEASURE 22. Number of sustainability questions addressed by the ESS website

Questions continued…

DisposalElectronic waste? Recycling? Composting? Landfill waste? Hazardous waste?

MaintenanceCleaning products & practices

Irrigation and pest management practices

Storm-water runoff management

UtilitiesWater consumption? Electricity consumption? Natural gas consumption?Onsite energy production (solar)?PurchasingRecycled paper? Local & organic food?Meat consumption/availability of non-meat options?Sustainable seafood consumption? Other purchasing practices

MEASURE 23. Sustainability-related research projects

We want to look into the possibility of having OSP (the Office of Sponsored Projects) track which research projects have a sustainability component.