In the Spring of 2013, the first graduating class of the Environmental Science and Policy Program researched the overall sustainability of the campus. The sustainability audit presents the findings and recommendations of the class, and is the first environmental document of its kind to be created at Chapman University. The audit is meant to help understand the current state of sustainability on campus as well as to aid in development of future programming and projects.
The ten areas of campus sustainability that were selected for this audit were: Building Construction, Curriculum, Dining Services, Energy, Landscaping, Procurement, Recycling, Transportation, Waste Management, and Water Usage. Each chapter provides an introduction to the specific topic, followed by a brief history of the concept at Chapman, its current status, and a concluding assessment with possible recommendations.
Ultimately, the 2013 Environmental Sustainability Audit provides information on specific areas of campus life and operations with regards to the level of sustainability they maintain. The information provided in each of the ten chapters serves as a baseline for future generations of students and administration to reflect upon when considering growth at Chapman.