- 100 percent of all the University’s power is purchased with Green e-Certificates.
- CUA is 15th on the EPA’s list of Top 20 Colleges and Universities as part of the EPA Green Power Partnership.
- 1,500 solar panels installed and another 500 to be installed later this year on campus.
- With the additional panels, CUA will have the largest solar installation in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.
- Participation in the Pennsylvania/Maryland/New Jersey’s demand response program by utilizing CUA’s three thermal storage systems and emergency generators
- Recycling program with CWI Inc.
- Commingling of recyclables on campus
- Comprehensive E-Cycling program of old electronics
- Integrated pest management
- Reduces the amount of chemicals on campus
- Custodial employees use Green Seal certified product.
- Carbon footprint analysis has been done.
- Comprehensive utilities sub-metering program in progress
- Sustainability policies have been integrated into the current University Strategic Plan and the proposed 2012 Campus Master Plan.
- Construction of LEED-certified residence hall
- Use of Energy Star appliances
- Installation of two green roofs on campus; a third roof is being designed.
Campus Landscape Initiatives
- Partnership with Casey Trees
- To help restore, enhance, and protect the tree canopy of the nation’s capital
- Green Star award for ground management
- A tree canopy protection plan
- Recognition for being a 2011 Tree Campus USA Schools
- Zip cars available on campus
- CUA shuttle program
- Bike racks throughout campus
- CUA is located on a train and bus hub on the Metrorail Red Line.
- Commuter survey of faculty, staff, and students completed in 2011.
- A comprehensive Transportation Demand Management Plan (TDM) is part of the proposed 2012 Campus Master Plan.
- Participation in Recyclemania (CUA is ranked 117th out of 266 plus colleges and universities.)
- Solar Design Competitions
- 2012: CUA students are designing a solar-powered mini bus station.
- 2011: CUA students designed a prototype functional solar picnic table.
- The Turn It Off Program The CUA community actively conserves energy by turning off lights, computers, etc.
- Team Capitol D.C. Harvest — led by students at CUA’s School of Architecture and Planning — is participating in the 2013 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. The group, which also includes students from American and George Washington universities, is the first-ever Washington, D.C., team to participate in the decathlon.
- Green Club, CUA chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), and Engineers without Borders
- Masters of Science in Sustainable Design (School of Architecture and Planning)
- Certificate in Sustainable Design (School of Architecture and Planning)
- LEED Lab (School of Architecture and Planning and USGBC) Pilot program that allows students to work directly with the USGBC to achieve LEED certification for an existing building
- Concentration in Alternative and Renewable Energy Systems (Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science)