- The University of Guam has a formal green purchasing policy for energy-efficient light bulbs, Energy Star appliances and environmentally friendly cleaning products.
- The purchasing policy also stipulates that all products purchased must be compostable or recyclable, including a specific ban on Styrofoam. All Styrofoam packing materials are given back to companies from which products were purchased, and building contractors must also comply with the Styrofoam ban.
- The school has made a commitment to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.
- UOG’s Green Task Force, including a member from each college, facilitates discussion about sustainability and energy conservation.
- A two-day regional conference was held off-campus that focused on sustainability and energy.
- The Go Green Initiative employs a full-time media employee who handles sustainability-related public relations.
- A sustainability coordinator is also employed to coordinate efforts on campus.
- According to the school’s green building policy, all new construction and renovations must adhere to LEED building guidelines.
- Two buildings under construction, the Student Services Center and the School of Engineering, are being built to meet LEED Silver standards.
- The School of Education and the TADEO building will be audited for energy use and retrofitted with new windows to improve insulation.
- The Center for Island Sustainability building, in the planning phase, will use off-the-grid solar and wind energy, with the goal of being carbon-neutral.
- LED lights for streets and walkways are being installed throughout campus.
- The university plans to install rainwater catchment systems on many dorms and campus buildings, for use in irrigation and domestic water use.
Climate Change & Energy
- The university is planning to reduce the energy bill of the School of Education at least 60 percent by installing solar panels, weatherizing the building, installing a new HVAC system, and insulating the windows.
- UOG is also looking into installing wind turbines on campus and is investigating the potential of using ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC).
- Every building has a designated energy officer who ensures that lights are turned off and collects energy usage data every week.
- The university runs energy reduction competitions among offices and hosts campaigns to encourage members of the campus community to reduce their energy use.
- School computers have been set to save energy when not in use.
- Cardboard and paper are composted on campus. Shredded paper is used by the Agricultural Research facilities in mulching and dry litter systems.
- Aluminum and plastics are recycled.
- Campus community members are encouraged to use both sides of sheets of paper and to utilize electronic communication when possible.
- When the new Student Services building is completed, in November 2011, the university will implement full recycling and composting and will initiate a ban on plastics.
- The campus dining halls do not have trays, reducing food waste and saving water and energy.
- Food waste is composted, and the university is working to expand its composting program.
- The Green Army program gives students the opportunity to promote energy conservation, recycling, and sustainability in local schools. Members of the Green Army also participate in recycling drives and environmental clean-ups in the community.
- Dorm energy reduction competitions are being planned.
- Green Interns coordinate projects for the Green Army, serve as Energy Officers for campus buildings, and work with the local government to promote education about recycling and sustainable purchasing at community centers.
- The university is in the process of incorporating sustainability into its curriculum, and it will require all students to take a sustainability-themed course.
- Fifteen students are enrolled in the university’s graduate-level environmental science program.
- The campus fleet includes a gasoline-electric hybrid car.
- An electric Nissan Leaf car has been pre-ordered, and the university is building a solar garage to house it.
- The university is working to encourage carpooling.