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The following Campus Environmental Audit Response Form is a questionnaire for collecting information from campus officials. Data for the Environmental Audit of University of Wisconsin Oshkosh was collected based on the following questions. We encourage you to contribute any information that would be related to any of those questions. This information will help us maintain an up-to-date database and keep track of campus environmental efforts.

  • 011 Name of School
  • 002 Address (State, Zip code, Phone number)
  • 003 Is your campus public or private?
  • 004 Is your campus located in a rural, suburban, or urban area?
  • 005 Number of students on campus (Undergrad, Grad, Part-time, Full-time)
  • 006 Number of employees on campus (faculty, non-student staff (non-faculty), student employees)
  • 007 Total campus population
  • 008 Total acreage
  • 009 Building space (total square feet)
  • 010 Are there any environmental organizations or committees on campus? (Yes No)
  • 011 Does your school have an environmental ombudsman or vice-chancellor? (Yes No, Please name and describe)
  • 012 What are the names and affiliations of the members of the Board of Trustees or Regents?
  • 013 How much total solid waste does your campus generate annually?
  • 014 Have any waste-composition-studies been conducted? (Yes No; If so, please provide information on the composition of campus solid waste)
  • 015 For the past academic year, how much solid waste waslandfilled, incinerated, recycled?
  • 016 What were the costs of solid-waste disposal for the last academic year?
  • 017 How have they changed over the past five years?
  • 018 Does your campus have a recycling program? (Yes No; When was the program started? Who operates the program?)
  • 019 What is the budget for the program? How is it funded? Indicate revenues from recyclables, compost and mulch sold?
  • 020 If your school has a recycling program, how many tons of each material were recycled during the last academic year? (newsprint, aluminum, white ledger/ mixed/, glass computer paper colored paper, other metals, cardboard, plastic)
  • 021 Please describe any programs your campus has implemented to promote source reduction (such as a reusable mug program, double-sided copying policies, switching from disposable to washable dishes, etc).
  • 022 What kind of hazardous waste does your school generate and what are the sources?
  • 023 How much hazardous waste does your campus generate annually?
  • 024 How has this figure changed over the past five years?
  • 025 How is this waste disposed of?
  • 026 How much is recycled? incinerated? landfilled?
  • 027 What were the total hazardous-waste disposal costs for the last academic year?
  • 028 How have these costs changed over the past five years?
  • 029 What is being done on campus to minimize the quantity of hazardous substances used and waste generated?
  • 030 Have microscale chemistry techniques/surplus chemical exchange programs been initiated?
    (Yes No) If so, please describe, including date of implementation and cost-savings to date.
  • 031 If the Chemistry Department has implemented a microscale laboratory program, how many courses use microscale techniques and how many students does this include?
  • 032 Roughly, what portion of the chemistry program does this represent? (All, Most. More than half, Less than half, Only a small fraction)
  • 033 Does your school have a system for tracking and inventorying hazardous chemicals bought and used? (Yes No) If so, please describe.
  • 034 What departments and activities on your campus generate radioactive waste and use radioactive substances?
  • 035 What are the quantities of radioactive substances used and wastes generated on campus annually?
  • 036 How has this figure changed over the past five years?
  • 037 How and where is radioactive waste disposed of and where does it go?
  • 038 How much is landfllled? Incinerated?
  • 039 Does your school have an on-site radioactive-waste incinerator? (Yes No)
  • 040 What were the total radioactive-waste disposal costs for the last academic year?
  • 041 How have these costs changed over the past five years?
  • 042 Has your campus initiated a radioactive-waste reduction program? (Yes No; If so, please describe, including Implementation date and cost-savings to date.)
  • 043 What campus facilities generate medical waste?
  • 044 How much medical waste does your campus generate annually?
  • 045 How has this figure changed over the past five years?
  • 046 How is medical waste disposed of and where does it go?
  • 047 How much is landfilled? Incinerated?
  • 048 What are the annual medical-waste disposal costs?
  • 049 How have these costs changed over the past five years?
  • 050 Approximately, what percentage of the medical waste is recyclable?
  • 051 Have any efforts been implemented to separate recyclable materials from non-recyclable medical waste? (Yes No; If so, please describe.)
  • 052 Has your campus initiated a medical-waste reduction program? YES NO
  • 053 if so, please describe, including implementation date and cost-savings to date.
  • 054 How much wastewater (sewage) does your campus generate annually?
  • 055 Where is campus wastewater treated?
  • 056 Where is this treated wastewater discharged?
  • 057 What percentage of the capacity of your community's wastewater treatment facility is used to process campus-generated wastewater?
  • 058 What kind of treatment does it receive?
  • 059 What costs, if any, are associated with treating campus wastewater?
  • 060 Has your campus initiated any programs to reduce wastewater volume and/or toxicity? (Yes No) If so, please describe.
  • 061 Does your school use any reclaimed water in its facilities or on landscaping? If so, how much?
  • 062 What is the source of this water?
  • 063 Is campus storm water runoff treated, or does it flow directly to a body of water? (treated, untreated)
  • 064 What pesticides are used on campus and in what quantities?
  • 065 How has this quantity changed over the past five years?
  • 066 What kind of pests are they controlling and where? (Specify indoor and outdoor applications.)
  • 067 What are the total costs for contracts and purchases related to pest control?
  • 068 How have these costs changed over the past five years?
  • 069 Has your campus initiated an Integrated Pest Management program? (Yes No)
  • 070 If so, please describe, including implementation date and cost-savings to date.
  • 071 Are federal air-quality standards exceeded In your area? (Yes No; If so, which ones?)
  • 072 How often?
  • 073 What stationary sources on campus emit toxic air pollutants?
  • 074 How much air pollution does your campus generate annually?
  • 075 What are the most common pollutants? (Distinguish between stationary and mobile sources.)
  • 076 Has your campus initiated programs to reduce air pollutants from stationary sources? (Yes No If so. please describe, including implementation date.)
  • 077 What kinds of ozone depleting compounds are used on campus and what are the sources?
  • 078 Are any programs in place to recapture ozone-depleting compounds or find safer alternatives? (Yes No)
  • 079 What kinds of occupational environmental hazards exist on campus?
  • 080 Does your campus have a history of worker/student health and safety complaints or problems? (Yes No)
  • 081 What kind of training is required for faculty and students exposed to environmental hazards in departments such as chemistry, medicine, or art?
  • 082 Are any courses or seminars conducted on art safety for students? (Yes No)
    for faculty? (Yes No)
  • 083 Is there a non-smoking policy in effect on campus? YES NO
  • 084 Have workers or students complained of health problems that may be due to poor indoor air quality? (Yes No)
  • 085 What are the sources of poor indoor air quality on campus?
  • 086 Have campus officials investigated indoor air-pollution problems, including radon? (Yes No)
  • 087 What is the status of asbestos abatement in campus facilities?
  • 088 Is water quality a concern in your community? (Yes No)
  • 089 What is the quality of drinking water on campus? Has It been tested for contaminants, such as lead?
  • 090 Has your school developed policies and procedures regarding the use of Video Display Terminals (VDTs)? (Yes No)
  • 091 Is your school located near a power-generating station? (Yes No)
  • 092 Is there any cause for concern on campus regarding electromagnetic fields (EMFs)? (Yes, Resources and infrastructure)
  • 093 Where does your campus water supply originate?
  • 094 Are water-supply issues a concern in your region? (Yes No)
  • 095 How many total gallons of water did your school consume last year?
  • 096 How many gallons did your school consume: per square foot of building space? per capita?
  • 097 Now has this figure changed over the past five years?
  • 098 What percentage of water is used indoors versus outdoors?
  • 099 What were the water utility costs for the university for the last academic year?
  • 100 Now have these costs changed over the past five years and why?
  • 101 Does the campus have a water conservation program? (Yes No)
    • If so, what measures are included?
      Performing waste audits
      Leak detection and repair
      Low-flow showerheads in new restrooms
      In existing restrooms
      Low-water landscaping (xeriscaping)
      In new landscaped areas
      In existing areas
      Efficient irrigation system: drip, automatic timers, automatic sensors
      Use of reclaimed water
  • 102 Are there any estimates of water savings from such programs? YES NO If so, how much? NO


  • 103 What are the sources of energy for the electric utility serving your school?
  • 104 How much energy did campus buildings and grounds consume in the last academic year, and what were the costs associated with each type of fuel? (indicate totals and square-foot consumption.)
  • *** Electricity: total use (KWHs), total cost cost/KWH?
  • 105 Natural gas: total consumption (BTUs), total cost cost/BTU
  • 106 Fuel oil: total use (gals. or STUB), total cost cost/BTU or gals.
  • 107 How has campus energy use changed over the past five years? Why?
  • 108 Does your campus have an energy-efficiency program? (Yes No)
    • Which of the following programs does it include?
      Regular energy audits of campus buildings
      Replacement of incandescent lighting with more efficient lighting systems
      Computerized energy-management system
      Energy-conservation-awareness program for staff and/or on-campus residents
      Solar water heating
      Passive solar building design
      On-campus cogeneration
      Energy-efficient windows
      Energy-efficient appliances
  • 109 Who operates your campus food service?
  • 110 Does your campus administration manage the operation or do they contract for services? (Manage Contract)
  • 111 Does your school have a food-service committee? (Yes No)
  • 112 Who sits on the committee?
  • 113 To what extent does food services purchase from regional growers and food processors?
  • 114 Does your food service operation offer vegetarian meats on a regular basis? (Yes No)
  • 115 Does your school purchase certified organically-grown produce or meat and dairy products? (Yes No)
  • 116 Have any surveys been conducted to estimate the demand for vegetarian food on campus? (Yes No) It yes, what were the results?
  • 117 Have food services discontinued the purchase of any food products for environmental reasons? (Yes No)
  • 118 Have any programs or events taken place on campus highlighting the connection between diet and the environment? (Yes No)
  • 119 How many reams or tons of high-grade writing paper and copy paper does your campus purchase annually?
  • 120 What is the associated cost?
  • 121 Does the campus, one or more departments, or student association have a policy of preferentially buying products-such as paper products, building materials, oil, and tires-made from recycled materials instead of virgin materials? (Yes No)
  • 122 Please specify the material and the quantity of the purchase. What is the cost difference between these products and their virgin equivalents?
  • 123 Do campus food services use primarily disposable plastic and paper products, washable dishes, or a combination of both? (disposable, washable, combination)
  • 124 Are any tropical hardwoods used in the construction of new buildings or other campus fixtures, such as landscape trellises? (Yes No)
  • 125 Does your school purchase any tropical hardwood furniture? (Yes No)
  • 126 What kind of wood is used and where does it come from?
  • 127 What programs and policies have been established on your campus to promote the use of ecologically sound products (such as organic produce, compact fluorescent light bulbs, non-toxic cleaning prod-ucts, etc)?
  • 129 How many vehicles travel to campus daily?
  • 130 How far do people commute on average?
  • 131 What percentage of your campus area is devoted to roads and parking lots?
  • 132 Does the campus have a program to promote ride-sharing? (e.g. carpool, matching services, pref-erential parking, reduced parking rates, subsidized vanpools, etc.) (Yes No; If so, please describe)
  • 133 Are transit passes subsidized for students, staff, or faculty? (Yes No; If so, please describe)
  • 134 Does the campus have enough parking to meet the demand? (Yes No)
  • 135 Is It campus policy to provide parking to meet demand? (Yes No)
  • 136 Are students, staff, and faculty charged for parking? (Yes No; How much?)
  • 137 Are any campus fleet vehicles operated using alternative fuels (e.g. propane, methanol, natural gas)? (Yes No)
  • 138 Does your school own or lease any electric vehicles? (Yes No; If so, please describe)
  • 139 When was your school established?
  • 140 flow much land is now owned or operated by your school and what is its geographical disperse-ment?
  • 141 What are your school's current plans for expansion or renovation?
  • 142 Does your school have a long-range development plan describing existing and future land uses for campus? (Yes No; If so, does the document contain environmental criteria? (Yes No)
  • 143 Does your school have an ongoing planning committee? (Yes No)
  • 144 Who sits on the committee? Please describe.
  • 145 is the campus exempt from any local (city or county) land-use planning and zoning laws? YES NO
  • 146 Are there, or have there been, any land-use conflicts between the campus and the surrounding community? (Yes No; If so, how were they dealt with? Please describe)
  • 147 Does the campus own any land that will be developed for private, noneducational facilities (e.g. office park, shopping center, non-staff or student housing, etc.)? (Yes No)
    If so, please describe.
  • 148 Are there any examples on campus of environmental building design? (Yes No; If so, please describe)
  • 149 Does your school offer cooperative housing? (Yes No)
  • 150 How have environmental principles been incorporated into these housing arrangements?
  • 151 What are the largest research projects at your school, in terms of funding?
  • 152 What are the titles of the projects, affiliated campus departments, and the levels of funding?
  • 153 Name the research projects that deal with the subject of toxics or hazardous waste, including research on the generation, use, and disposal of such materials, as well as occupational and environmental hazards involved.
  • 154 Are there any projects to research pollution prevention or hazardous-waste-reduction? (Yes No)
  • 155 If so, please provide a short description of the projects.
  • 156 What are the funding levels for these projects?
  • 157 Who are the project sponsors?
  • 158 Who are the participating faculty and departments?
  • 159 Name the research projects that deal with the subject of solid waste.
  • 160 What are the funding levels for these projects?
  • 161 Who are the sponsors?
  • 162 Who are the participating faculty and departments?
  • 163 Please provide a short description of the projects.
  • 164 Are there any projects to research solid-waste-reduction and recycling? YES NO
  • 165 Describe any other environmentally-related research efforts (e.g. alternative energy, organic agriculture, xeriscaping, etc) Please provide information on funding, sponsors, and participating faculty and departments.
  • 166 Does your campus have Department of Defense contracts? (Yes No)
    What is the nature of this research?
  • 167 Does your campus have Department of Energy contracts? YES NO What is the nature of this research?
  • 168 What is the total amount of your school or school system's investment holdings?
  • 169 Does your school rank among the largest investors in any particular company? (Yes No)
  • 170 What are the names of the top ten companies (in value of shares) that your school or school system invests in? Assign number of shares, their "book" (original) value, and their current value.
  • 171 Does your school invest in corporations with poor environmental records? (Yes No) If so, which companies? What are the number of shares held and their value?
  • 172 Does your school have an Environmentally or Socially Responsible Investment policy? (Yes
    No; Please describe)
  • 173 Does your school screen investments for any social or environmental reasons? (Yes No; Please describe)
  • 174 Has your school divested from any companies for social or environmental reasons? (Yes No)
    Please describe.
  • 175 Has your school used its proxy votes to try to change any social or environmental policies and practices of any companies? (Yes No)
    Please describe.
  • 176 Has your school actively invested in environmentally responsible companies? (Yes No; Please describe)
  • 177 Does your Board of Trustees/Regents have a student representative? (Yes No)
  • 178 Does your school have a policy that makes the environmental practices of a company a criterion in selecting campus suppliers and vendors? (Yes No)
  • 179 Has your school chosen to stop doing business with a particular company because of environmental reasons? (Yes No; If so, which ones and why?)
  • 180 What companies have the top ten largest contracts with your school?
  • 181 What are their environmental records? Do these companies have environmental policy statement.
  • 182 Does your school have an Environmental or Social Responsibility Policy which enables the campus community to formally scrutinize the companies your school does business with? (Yes No)
  • What are the types of environmental studies programs offered at your school? Please provide the following information for each program:
  • 183 Name of program
  • 184 Department
  • 185 School
  • 186 Undergraduate degree offered ? (Yes No) Graduate degree offered? (Yes No)
  • 187 Annual budget
  • 188 Year program was created
  • 189 Enrollment
  • 194 Number of FM
  • 191 Program Chair (Name, Address, Phone)
  • 192 Please list specific courses offered in the following subjects:
    • Toxics/hazardous waste Solid waste
      Energy efficiency and management Water conservation
      Air quality 0 Water
      Environmental economics
      Environmental law
      Environmental business
      Forest management
  • 193 Which, if any, environmental courses have included the study and research of campus environmental issues in the curriculum?
  • 194 Describe any student research projects (include dates) that have resulted from these courses and any campus environmental programs that were subsequently implemented.
  • 195 Do any environmental literacy programs exist on campus that train faculty to incorporate environ-mental themes into their curricula? (Yes No)
  • 196 Does your Career Placement Center (CPC) or other entity organize job fairs focused on environmental careers? (Yes No)
  • 197 Does your CPC provide information on environmentally-oriented jobs? (Yes No)
  • 198 Does your center place access fees on a sliding scale so that small environmental firms and non-profit organizations can afford to recruit university graduates? (Yes No)
  • 199 Have students organized any boycotts against particular companies recruiting on campus for environmental reasons? (Yes No; If so, which companies and why?)
  • 200 Do you know of any efforts on campus to get students to sign a pledge encouraging them to work for socially responsible companies upon graduation? YES NO
  • Please list below the student(s) responsible for completing the Campus Environmental Audit Response Form:
  • 201 Name
    • Year in school
      Campus address
      Campus phone number
      Permanent address
      Permanent phone number
  • 202 Date of completion
  • 203 Any comment, suggestion, useful information are welocome. Contact us.
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