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Sustainability Report Card for Franklin Pierce University: Progress towards Environmental Responsibility

ES340: Creating Sustainable Communities Emmy Andersen, Katie Bogaard, Pat Deane, Sean Doyle, Greta Frost, Derrick Gardner, Patti Gillen, Katie Hadsell, Andrew LaFleur, Reid Lichwell, Tom Merkt, Catherine Owen Koning

what is sustainability
What is sustainability?
  • If our activities are sustainable, then we are meeting the needs of our present society without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
  • Recognizing the limits of the earth’s resources
ecological footprint ef
Ecological Footprint (EF)
  • Measures resource use in terms of acres of land or sea needed to produce food, material goods, shelter, absorb waste, etc.
  • If all earth divided equally between all people on earth: 4.5 acres per person
  • Avg. for Americans: 24 acres

With 0% of the earth set aside for other species,it takesFIVE EARTHSto support human population at average American’s standard of living!!!


Footprint –

22.5 acres

sustainability goal
Sustainability Goal
  • Reduce the Ecological footprint of the average FPC student from 22.5 acres in 2006 to 5 acres by 2026
  • Difficult to achieve in the context of modern American society!
environmental responsibility goal
Environmental Responsibility Goal
  • Based on a comparison with the most environmentally committed colleges
  • Reduce resource use by 25% by 2026
student presentations
Student presentations
  • FOOD
          • Baseline data
          • Results from similar colleges
          • Goals – Short-term and Long-term
          • Suggested Actions
          • “Grade” for the FPC community
grading system
Grading system

A= Best possible/excellent effort

B= Better than most/good effort

C= Average; what most colleges are doing/some effort

D= Less than average/little effort

F= Much less than average/no effort

buildings grounds

Buildings & Grounds

Katie Hadsell

Tom Merkt

overall grade
Overall Grade
  • B+
    • Response time is good
    • % of metals and furniture being recycled needs work
    • Water heater insulation is good, but can improve
    • Salt, fertilizer and pesticide use is good
    • Land use on campus is good
    • Native Flora and Fauna are great
    • Building Design can improve


Sean Doyle

Andrew LaFleur


1999 kWh usage median per capita 3,733 kWh (Yearly), 311.08 kWh (Monthly) of Colleges surveyed (National Wildlife Federation 2001).

psnh audit recommendations
PSNH Audit Recommendations
  • Replace Chiller in Marcucella (Summer 2006)
  • Energy Efficient light bulbs (T-5) in some buildings.
  • Replacing conventional light bulbs with compact fluorescent
  • Purchasing energy efficient products
  • Etc.
survey information
Survey Information
  • Sample Size: 60 Students
  • 50% of students leave their lights on, while not in their room.
  • 83% of students leave their computer on, while it is not in use.
  • 65% of students leave their windows open during the winter.
  • 0% of students have compact fluorescent light bulbs
average costs
Average Costs
  • Oil
    • $2.28 per gallon
    • Estimated FPC Cost of Oil per year
      • $2,559,713
  • Gasoline
    • $2.50
    • Estimated FPC Cost of Gasoline per year
      • $57,957
  • Propane
    • $2.23
    • Estimated FPC Cost of Propane
      • $354,422
Energy Information Administration. (2006, April 11). Short Term Energy and Summer Fuel Outlook.
grade for energy
Grade For Energy
  • B+
  • Electricity
    • Our increase in electricity has been manageable over the past 10 years. Following the recommendations by PSNH the college has installed energy saving techniques and products.
  • Oil/Propane/Gasoline
    • Some steps have been taken to reduce the use of the these fuel sources, and more actions are planned for the future to reduce our usage of these energy sources. Room for improvement exists, isn’t planned.
food services

Food Services

Reid Lichwell

Katrina Bogaard

baseline data
Baseline Data
  • Average number of meals served per week: 8,936 for the month of Feb. 2006
  • Percent of locally grown foods (NH,VT, MA, ME and CT): unknown, 47.7% of Sodexho purveyors are local
  • Beef Purchased per month: 146.2 lbs per month or 0.004lb/student (Feb. 2006)
  • Fish Purchased per month: 105 lbs per month or 0.003lb/student (Feb 2006)
baseline data continued
Baseline Data Continued
  • Percent of organic food prepared per meal: 0.0%
  • Amount of disposable dining material purchased per month: 1,500 plates, 5,250 cups, 2,000 lids, 1,000 forks, 500 knives (Feb 2006)
what other schools are doing
What Other Schools Are Doing
  • Raising awareness about food sources and the environmental effect of obtaining those foods
  • Raising Food waste awareness
  • Increasing local and organic food purchases
  • Establish a fish and seafood purchasing policy using “Fish List”
  • More efficient cooking techniques like “just in time” cooking
  • Provide Organic snack options for purchase
what other schools are doing continued
What Other Schools Are Doing Continued
  • Reducing disposable dining materials: plates, cups, forks, knives
  • Donating excess food to shelters
  • Organizing organic dinners
  • Buying coffee that has been shade grown
what fpc and sodexho are doing
What FPC and Sodexho Are Doing
  • Collecting data to make the analysis more accurate
  • Being open to possible change
  • Providing data and cooperating with the effort in reaching sustainability
  • Sodexho will soon feature foods from farms and ranches endorsed by the Food Alliance
food sustainability grade
Food Sustainability Grade
  • Grade: C+
    • A little better than the average school
    • Good vegetarian and vegan alternatives
    • Sells plastics mugs to reduce disposable cups
    • But…
    • No organic food
    • Could work more with local food purveyors
    • There is room for improvement


Derrick Gardner and Emmy Andersen

environmental criteria in contracts
Environmental Criteria in Contracts
  • At this time FPC has no environmental criteria in any contracts.
  • Short Term Goals: Incorporate policy for purchasing recycled products.
  • Long Term Goals: Improve upon short term goals and mandate the use of “green” materials in all bidding contracts.
purchased items containing green or recycled products
Purchased Items Containing “Green” or Recycled Products
  • 5.4% ($5,368.43) of total sales ($99,491.90) from central purchasing department are recycled or “green” products
  • Short Term Goals: Increase purchasing of recycled or “green” products to 20% by 2012.
  • Long Term Goals: Increase purchasing of recycled or “green” products to 65% by 2026.
purchases from local vendors
Purchases From Local Vendors
  • ~ 80% of items purchased are from local vendors.
  • Short Term Goal: Increase this amount to 85%.
  • Long Term Goal: Increase this amount to 95%
appliances with energy star rating
Appliances With Energy Star Rating
  • At this time all washers, dryers and refrigerators are energy star rated.
  • Short Term Goal: Upgrade copy machines and printers to energy star rated ones.
  • Long Term Goal: Purchase only electronics/appliances with maximum energy efficiency
committee student group to help with purchasing of env friendly products
Committee/Student Group to Help With Purchasing of Env. Friendly Products
  • At this time no committee or student group exists
  • Short Term Goal: Establish a committee or student group.
  • Long Term Goal: Have committee or student group play an active role in all purchasing.
  • 49% of colleges have established programs to encourage environmentally sound purchasing.
      • Franklin Pierce does not have any program to encourage environmentally sound purchasing.
  • 29% of colleges require a minimum of 25% post consumer waste for purchased paper.
      • Franklin Pierce currently has no requirement for purchasing paper that contains any post consumer waste.
  • 8% of colleges require chlorine-free paper.
      • Franklin Pierce has no purchasing requirements for chlorine free paper.
  • At the present time, Franklin Pierce’s grade is D.
  • No Env. Criteria in purchasing (49% of colleges have it)
  • Low percentage of recycled products purchased
  • Less than average amount of recycled paper used (29% of colleges require recycled paper)
  • High percentage of local vendors
  • Most appliances purchased are energy star rated
  • No established group to help make environmentally sound purchasing
  • Final Grade: D


Pat Deane

Greta Frost

Patti Gillen

  • Monthly Solid Waste/Student is double the average peer institution
  • More campus-wide effort needs to be put into recycling to reduce solid waste
  • Composting would help to reduce solid waste
  • Water use can be reduced; considerably higher than US average


thank you
  • Kim Knox, Sodexho Food Services
  • Doug Lear, Facilities
  • Robert St. Jean, Purchasing
  • Barbara Peloquin, Environmental Services
  • John Weir, Maintenance
report card
Report Card

Buildings/Grounds: B+

Energy: B+

Food: C+

Purchasing: D

Waste: C-

references partial list
References (partial list)
  • National Wildlife Federation. 2001 “State of the Campus Environment.” National Wildlife Federation. Reston, VA.
  • Franklin Pierce. 2004-2006 “Propane Billing Statement.” Rindge, NH.
  • Franklin Pierce. 1993-2005 “Electricity Usage.” Rindge, NH.
  • Franklin Pierce. 2005-2006 “Lorden Oil Company Billing Statement.” Rindge, NH.
  • Franklin Pierce. 2005-2006 “ Gasoline Usage By Department.” Rindge, NH.
  • American Water Works Association
  • EPA
  • Warren Wilson
  • Bates
Energy Information Administration. (2006, April 11). Short Term Energy and Summer Fuel Outlook.