» Policies, Standards and Scheduling

Policies and standard regulations are highly beneficial. This chapter of the 2015 Environmental Audit recommends the establishment of permanent subsections within Chapman University's sustainability policy, such as "Building Use" and "Class Scheduling" policies. Read the details on these and other possible changes to Chapman's sustainability policies in Chapter 8 of the 2015 Environmental Audit.

  • New Policies
  • National Initiatives
  • 56% of Students strongly support a New Construction Policy. There is additional support for further sustainable policy creation, which could benefit the University in a variety of ways at no cost. Figure 8.8 demonstrates the need for a class scheduling policy; over 40% of classes in Argyros Forum from 2012- 2013 were held mid-day. It is recommended Chapman implement the following policies as subsections to the existing sustainability policy:

    • Energy- Efficient Design in New Construction Policy
    • Building Use Policy
    • Class Scheduling Policy

    Class times in Argyros Forum

  • 69% of students and 61% of staff and faculty support the University’s participation in national initiatives. As a long-term goal, it is strongly recommended Chapman become a signatory for the following:

    • Billion Dollar Green Challenge
    • American College and University President's Climate Commitment

    Benefits of becoming a participant of the Billion Dollar Green Challenge include:

    • More Green Revolving Funds (GRF), which are revolving funds for sustainability projects
    • Money saved from energy use reduction can be placed into sustainability projects
    • Conservative estimates show that a GRF can earn at least a 20% annual return on investment
    • Networking and PR benefits from the Green Revolving Investment Tracking System (GRITS)