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Operations

Buildings

  • Construction:
    • LEED Silver is the Butler standard for new construction and major renovations, but Gold or higher is attempted whenever possible. Even small renovation projects on campus incorporate the LEED sustainability concepts. Butler has two LEED Gold buildings (Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts and College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Addition). Butler is tracking LEED Silver renovation in updates to Hinkle Fieldhouse, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, and the Athletic Annex. More information can be found here
  • Lighting:
    • Butler construction standards specify that all new construction projects follow the lighting guidelines of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Standard 189.1, which includes the utilization of high efficiency lighting and occupancy sensors whenever appropriate. A strong preference is given to LED lighting for all new construction and renovation of existing buildings, hallways, or rooms, as well as for outdoor lighting projects. Occupancy sensors are gradually being integrated into common areas most likely to result in decreased electricity use (e.g., restrooms, hallways, labs, some classrooms, etc.). Recent projects adhering to the newly adopted building standards, such as of the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences addition in 2009 and the construction of the Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts in 2013, have integrated daylighting harvesting techniques that have decreased the need for artificial lighting while maintaining HVAC efficiency.
  • On-Campus Stationary Sources
    • Heating is provided via several high-efficiency water boilers located throughout campus. Water is chilled on-site to provide air-conditioning for most of the buildings on campus, either via the central chilled-water plant or within each individual building. All of the campus academic, administrative, and residence buildings are heated, while all but two of these buildings (Ross and Schwitzer residence halls) are equipped with air-conditioning. Butler consumed 114,919 MMBtu of energy through natural gas in the baseline 2011-2012 academic year, which translates to 6,112 MTCDE. Almost all of this natural gas consumption is devoted to physical plant heating. Between 2005 and 2012, Butler underwent the process of replacing the outdated central steam boiler system located throughout campus with several smaller, high efficiency water boilers. Butler construction and renovation standards specify a strong preference for high efficiency HVAC equipment whenever such equipment is being replaced and/or installed. Recent projects, including the construction of the Schrott Center in 2013, have integrated dual-pane windows designed to reduce heat loss in the winter and heat gain in the summer by up to 50 percent. This saves energy previously expended on heating and air conditioning. In addition, individual offices and classrooms are equipped with VAV boxes and temperature control units, which allows occupants to respond to temperature concerns on a context-specific basis. While these units do not necessarily result in energy savings, their presence offers opportunities for encouraging and enacting positive behavioral change.

Climate

Butler University is a signatory of Second Nature’s Carbon Commitment, and strives to become carbon neutral by 2050. The Butler University Sustainability and Climate Action Plan (BUSCA) outlines goals and strategies to achieve this. Butler is also utilizing Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System reporting tool, and plans to submit the STARS assessment in Spring 2017.

Dining Services

  • Composting
    • Butler contracts with Green With Indy, a locally owned and operated food waste hauler, to compost pre-consumer food waste. Between 800-1000 pounds of food waste is hauled away weekly and composted at GreenCycle—a large scale composting facility. Composting is made possible through funding provided by the Butler Student Government Association
  • Food Recovery Network
    • Butler is a member of the Food Recovery Network—a student-led initiative to rescue excess prepared food from dining halls and sporting events and donate it to area shelters. Butler’s Food Recovery Network chapter rescues food two-three times weekly and works primarily with the Julian Center to coordinate donations. The organization received Butler’s prestigious Brady Award in April 2016 for outstanding student organization of the year.
  • ARAMARK Higher Education operates dining services at Butler. As part of the ARAMARK global network, dining services benefit from all of the sustainable management and purchasing policies included in ARAMARK’S Green Thread™ program. These include:          
    • Rescuing all “waste” fryer oil, which is being used to fuel Butler’s campus fleet. These vehicles are being converted to run exclusively on biodiesel made from waste oil.
    • Removing trays from both of Butler’s dining halls to conserve water and energy while eliminating the necessary production and maintenance processes.
    • Purchasing only paper products with recycled content.
    • Incrementally increasing the percentage of sustainable foods served on campus by at least 5 percent each year.
    • Gradually ensuring purchased seafood adheres to the highest standards of Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch’s sustainable seafood procurement classification systems.

Energy Use

  • Lighting:
    • Butler construction standards specify that all new construction projects follow the lighting guidelines of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Standard 189.1, which includes the utilization of high efficiency lighting and occupancy sensors whenever appropriate. A strong preference is given to LED lighting for all new construction and renovation of existing buildings, hallways, or rooms, as well as for outdoor lighting projects. Occupancy sensors are gradually being integrated into common areas most likely to result in decreased electricity use (e.g., restrooms, hallways, labs, some classrooms, etc.). Recent projects adhering to the newly adopted building standards, such as of the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences addition in 2009 and the construction of the Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts in 2013, have integrated daylighting harvesting techniques that have decreased the need for artificial lighting while maintaining HVAC efficiency.
  • On Campus Stationary Sources and HVAC
    • Heating is provided via several high-efficiency water boilers located throughout campus. Water is chilled on-site to provide air-conditioning for most of the buildings on campus, either via the central chilled-water plant or within each individual building. All of the campus academic, administrative, and residence buildings are heated, while all but two of these buildings (Ross and Schwitzer residence halls) are equipped with air conditioning. Butler consumed 114,919 MMBtu of energy through natural gas in the baseline 2011-2012 academic year, which translates to 6,112 MTCDE. Almost all of this natural gas consumption is devoted to physical plant heating. Between 2005 and 2012, Butler underwent the process of replacing the outdated central steam boiler system located throughout campus with several smaller, high efficiency water boilers. Butler construction and renovation standards specify a strong preference for high efficiency HVAC equipment whenever such equipment is being replaced and/or installed. Recent projects, including the construction of the Schrott Center in 2013, have integrated dual-pane windows designed to reduce heat loss in the winter and heat gain in the summer by up to 50 percent. This saves energy previously expended on heating and air conditioning. In addition, individual offices and classrooms are equipped with VAV boxes and temperature control units, which allows occupants to respond to temperature concerns on a context-specific basis. While these units do not necessarily result in energy savings, their presence offers opportunities for encouraging and enacting positive behavioral change.
  • Fume Hoods
    • Campus laboratories consume roughly twice the amount of energy as a standard office or administrative space. To reduce the electricity and natural gas needed to operate laboratories on campus, in 2011 Butler replaced the ducted fume hoods in four of its chemistry labs with ductless, filtered fume hoods. At the time, Butler had the largest application of the technology in the United States. Prior to this renovation, Butler’s physical sciences building (Gallahue Hall), had approximately 49 constant volume ducted fume hoods, which exhaust a constant amount of air at all times. This resulted in 66,000 cubic feet per meter of air annually. The chemistry teaching labs renovation replaced 10 of these fume hoods with 27 green fume hood technology. Green fume hoods use a new filtering technology that allows the exhaust from the fume hoods to be filtered and recirculated back into the lab. Since the indoor air is permitted to remain within the laboratories, temperature within the building can be maintained without additional heating or cooling. As a result, the total building cubic-feet-per-meter required for fume hood exhaust was reduced from 66,000 to approximately 45,200 cubic-feet-per-meter—a 31 percent reduction.
  • University Appliances:
    • All University appliances must be Energy StarTM rated. These appliances are estimated to consume 10 to 50 percent less electricity than standard appliances. 

Landscaping & Grounds

  • CUE Farm                                                    
    • Located on an acre of land near the Butler Prairie and intramural fields, the CUE Farm concept arose from student interest in local organic foods, sustainability, environmental justice, and food security. CUE Farm was initially proposed to the CUE by the student organization Earth Charter Butler in fall 2009. It began its first harvest in spring 2010 and hired its first full-time farm manager in fall 2011. Since then, the farm has tripled in size and diversified its crops to include perennial plants such as fruit trees, berries, and herbs. A bee project first implemented in May 2011 introduced honeybees to the farm to better facilitate healthy pollination. In addition to supplying produce to Butler’s dining services for catering events, the CUE Farm sells its harvest to community members and to several local restaurants in Indianapolis. Through education and volunteer programs at the farm, Butler students, K-12 school students, and community members are able to gain valuable insight into sustainable food production.
    • The CUE Farm hosts a farm stand every Thursday from 4:00-6:00 PM from June through October.
  • Butler is a Tree Campus USA University and a Gold Level Conservation Champion—the highest level of landscape conservation management identified by the Indiana Wildlife Federation. Butler has implemented strategies that infiltrate rainwater on campus. Most recently, Butler completed a “Complete Streets” green infrastructure project in cooperation with the City of Indianapolis that captures storm water runoff from the Hinkle Fieldhouse parking lot via a rain garden filled with native plants. Bike lanes along the adjacent road also help filter storm water with pervious pavement. More detailed information about Butler’s landscaping methods can be found in the Sustainable Landscaping Plan.

Purchasing

  • Two of Butler’s purchasing policies are designed specifically to uphold the University’s commitment to sustainable procurement: the Butler Way Construction Specifications and Guidelines and the Butler University Green Cleaning Policy (Appendix B). Some notable standards enumerated within these two policies include:
    • Energy Star purchasing for all new appliances.
    • Regional priority (within 500 miles) for construction, restoration, and maintenance goods and services.
    • Filtered water bottle-filling stations for all new water fountains.
    • All of the carpeting and furniture meets Cradle-to-Cradle certification standards.
    • Every cleaning product employed by custodial and maintenance staff meets one of the standards set by either the EPA or the independent nonprofit certification company, Green Seal, Inc.

Technology

Over the past several years, Butler has implemented a number of strategies focused on increasing the energy efficiency of its computing practices. The vast majority of these strategies have centered on improvements to servers and University desktops. More than 80 percent of Butler’s servers are now virtual, further reducing the costs necessary to operate University technology. Solid-state storage devices, blade servers, and storage virtualization have also furthered the reduction of electricity used in traditional data centers. More than 100 computers throughout campus have been replaced by Zero Client computers, reducing the electricity consumed by each unit to one-third of that a standard desktop computer. The Butler Data Center, which opened in 2009, recycles much of the heat generated by its servers and other equipment for reuse elsewhere in the building while using high voltage power distribution to improve efficiency.

Transportation

  • Bicycle racks are provided for students, faculty, staff, and guests’ convenience near all major campus buildings and outdoor spaces. The campus is linked to Indianapolis’ two most frequented bicycle and pedestrian trails through the Central Canal Towpath: the Indianapolis Cultural Trail and the Monon Trail. This allows the campus cyclist community safe access to the City of Indianapolis.
  • Indianapolis Power and Light (IPL) installed a free high-voltage charging station at the Butler Service Center as part of its electric powered vehicle grant. IPL also installed two rapid-charging stations. Butler also has eight spots dedicated to hybrid vehicle parking only. The Butler University Police Department has a 100 percent electric truck in its fleet as well as a Flex Fuel vehicle. University Police patrol campus on bicycles and Segways.
  • IndyGo (waiting on information)
  • Blue Indy
  • Indianapolis Mayor’s Bicycle Advisory Council member

Recycling and Waste Reduction

  • Recycled Waste:
    • Butler University utilizes a single-stream recycling program that serves to recycle all paper products, plastics #1-7, aluminum, and tin. Items are collected in more than 90 recycle stations located throughout the various building hallways and outdoors. Currently, Butler houses one external dumpster for recycling glass, as well as two cardboard compactors, which generate revenue for the recycling program when emptied by the local recycling provider. Butler’s Building Services collects used batteries, light fixtures and ballasts, empty toner cartridges, telephone books, laptops, tablet batteries, and electronic cabling to be recycled from offices, departments, and residence halls on an as-needed basis. Dedicated University staff coordinate recycling opportunities for writing utensil recycling and reusable office supplies. All usable items are donated to Teacher’s Treasures.
  • Battery Recycling 
    • Batteries are accepted in multiple locations across campus. Look for the battery bins in the following locations: 
      • Irwin Library Print Station 
      • Next to Student Accounts
      • Holcomb 2nd Floor Elevator Bank
    • You can also send batteries via campus mail to Rebecca DeGrazia, JH109
  • Salvaging, Repurposing, and Reusing:
    • Through policies adopted by Butler’s Operations/Facilities and Building Services departments, the University is able to save materials that would be sent to the landfill:
      • For new construction and renovations, 90 percent of construction debris is diverted from landfills, including scrap metal, bricks, and old/unused wood.
      • Used and outdated dorm mattresses and furniture are donated to Indianapolis’s local branch of the St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Charitable Organization.
      • Any usable older computers, printers, fax machines, copiers, and monitors are sold through Christy’s Auction House.
      • All landscaping waste is kept out of campus waste receptacles.      
      • All old carpeting removed during building renovation is recycled.
      • Hinkle Fieldhouse seats were salvaged during the renovation project and sold to the public. 
    • The Butler Sustainability Council recently developed a program called Trash to Treasure in cooperation with the Intercollegiate YMCA. Its mission is to collect unwanted household items during move out and donate them to local non-profit organizations that assist people in need. 

Water Use

Butler’s campus consumed 61,415,288 gallons of potable water in 2011. Approximately 12.1 percent of this total was expended through campus irrigation. To reduce the potable water consumed by the campus community, Butler facilities staff has implemented a low-flow water-saving device preference for all new construction and restroom renovations. Low- flow urinals have been installed in four campus buildings. These are estimated to reduce the amount of water consumed by each unit by 87.5 percent. Standard showerheads also have been replaced with low-flow showerheads in the Apartment Village residence complex and the LEED Gold College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences addition constructed in 2009.