The Office of Sustainability Management (OSM) collaborates with a variety of internal and external stakeholders in the creation of policies that help the college realize the goal of developing and cultivating college-wide sustainability initiatives. The policies listed below were developed with expert advice from the members of the President's Climate and Sustainability Committee(PCSC).
For specific details on a given policy, please view the respective titles.
Green Car Parking Permit Policy
Bunker Hill Community College is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions associated with transportation and will offer incentives and resources to students, faculty and staff that utilize low emission and fuel efficient vehicles.
Incentives for Students
The College will offer a limited number of free Green Parking Permits each semester, assigned on a first come-first serve basis, to students with eligible vehicles. Eligible students will receive a special parking permit window decal and the BHCC Alternative Transportation Pocket Guide. This reference includes a T-Map maps and links to resources such as Hubway, Zipcar, the Boston Cycling Union, NuRide and MassRIDES.
To determine eligibility for a green car parking permit, go to: www.epa.gov/greenvehicles/ and look up the vehicle’s year, make and model. If the vehicle has the “Smartway” leaf designation, please contact the Office of Sustainability Management at email@example.com to process an application.
Resources for Faculty and Staff
Faculty and Staff who drive eligible vehicles may also receive a special window decal and the BHCC Alternative Transportation Pocket Guide. This reference includes a T-Map maps and links to resources such as Hubway, Zipcar, the Boston Cycling Union, NuRide and MassRIDES.
This policy complies with guidelines for LEED Gold Certification awarded to the Health and Wellness Center on behalf of the US Green Building Council (USGBC). Specifically, the policy meets guidelines for the Sustainable Sites Credit 4.3 (Alternative Transportation: Low Emitting and Fuel Efficient Vehicles) which has the intent to reduce pollution and land development impacts from automobile use.
Policy Statement on Heating Cooling Temperatures
Effective 12-10-2007, Bunker Hill Community College adopts a formalized standard for indoor temperature ranges to be expected by building occupants in academic and administrative spaces depending upon the season. Adoption of a formalized standard on indoor temperature ranges will reduce utility costs associated with the consumption of energy to operate the heating and cooling systems.
This policy supports the College’s educational mission and commitment to environmental stewardship. Energy reduction resulting from this measure helps curtail global, social and environmental impacts including the country's dependency on foreign oil and reduces the production of greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming.
The Facilities Management Department will use the standard temperature ranges in addressing indoor environmental comfort complaints with regard to temperature. The standard temperature ranges are consistent with policies of our peer institutions and with research performed by the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). The enforcement of the standard temperature ranges will prevent inefficient and wasteful operation of the heating and cooling systems.
College Vehicle Use Guidelines
The College Facilities Management Department has three vehicles that are available for authorized staff to use for College related travel. These guidelines are used by the Facilities Management Department to determine the appropriateness of vehicle usage by destination, use and number of passengers traveling.
Vehicles are assigned on a first come first served basis; therefore, requests should be made as soon as possible. Request forms are available in the Facilities Management Department. The signature of the immediate supervisor must be obtained on all forms. Vehicle usage for out-of-state travel requires the signature of the President or designee. Vehicle usage for overnight in-state travel requires the signature of the Executive Vice President and CFO, or designee.
The Toyota Camry is available for transport of up to five individuals. This vehicle is a Hybrid and reduces the carbon footprint consistent with the College’s Climate Commitment. The shuttle bus should be used when attending a meeting at our Chelsea Campus. Individuals transporting heavy materials or bringing prospective candidates to the Chelsea Campus will be allowed to use the Camry for such travel.
Two 15 passenger vans are available for groups of six or more. The Athletics Department is given first priority in reserving these vans so that our sports teams can travel to away games. If the vans are not reserved by the Athletics Department, a staff member can reserve them for travel. These vans are designed for groups of six or more; therefore, they will not be reserved for an individual or a group smaller than six.
If the type of vehicle is not available to honor a request, the staff will be informed in a timely manner so that other travel arrangements can be made. Anyone who has a special circumstance for travel should discuss the situation with Paul Righi, who can be reached at Ext. 3474.
Energy Star Procurement Policy
Effective12-17-07, Bunker Hill Community College is committed to adopting an ENERGY STAR© Purchasing Program for all products where such ratings exist and whenever financially and operationally feasible.
For product categories that have ENERGY STAR© rated products available, the College will focus its procurement efforts only on products with an ENERGY STAR© rating, consistent with the needs of the College community.
Bunker Hill Community College will establish an ongoing partnership with the ENERGY STAR© Program administered by the EPA, and continually press the market for greater energy efficiency for the products and services regularly purchased by the College.
Green Building Policy
Effective12-17-2007, Bunker Hill Community College is committed to adopt LEED certification for the design, construction, and operation of new buildings.
The US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy Efficient Design (LEED) certification recognizes buildings that are designed, constructed, and operated in environmentally responsible ways. The LEED Program is a building rating system that awards points in various design categories and rates buildings based on the number of points attained. BHCC will adopt LEED Silver certification that exceeds the LEED MA+ mandated by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as the mechanism to guide the design and construction of all new building projects.
Heating Cooling Temperature Set Points Policy
Effective 10-23-08, the creation of a standard for indoor temperature set points to operate the heating and cooling systems will reduce the cost and consumption of energy to operate the systems and reduce the production of greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming.
Online Parking Permit Policy
Bunker Hill Community College is committed to reducing waste associated with parking permits and will offer an incentive to reduce the paper usage associated with printing and processing of parking permits. The reduction in paper will save trees, energy, waste water, solid waste and reduce greenhouse gases at the college.
Effective December 9, 2010, visitor parking permits may now be processed electronically. Digital forms are available on the Bunker Hill Community College TODAY page. Once complete, the request may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. A Visitor Parking Permit will then be issued and sent back to the requester via email. Permits may then be printed out by user and displayed on the driver’s side dashboard of the visitor’s vehicle. Please allow 24 hours to process Visitor Parking Permit requests. Same day requests may still be processed in person at the Public Safety Office, Room E-127.
Recycled Copy Paper Policy
Effective beginning with the Fall 2010 semester, Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) will purchase copy paper with 30 percent recycled content whenever possible. This decision was made in an effort to reduce the environmental impacts of paper usage. BHCC’s decision to purchase only 30 percent recycled copy paper is projected to save nearly 500 trees, reduced CO2 emissions by nearly 50,000 tones, save over 227,000 gallons of water and reduced solid waste by 13,800 pounds in the first year alone.
Waste Minimization Policy
Effective 12-17-07, Bunker Hill Community College is committed to minimize waste generated by the college and creating awareness programs to foster waste minimization.
Bunker Hill Community College will expand its waste management program to include purchasing, minimizing waste, and recycling. To the extent financially and operationally feasible, procure materials, equipment, and supplies that are biodegradable and/or contain recycled materials. Where equipment permits, institute double sided printing and copying of documents. Furthermore, require vendors and contractors to abide by the college’s waste minimization policy whenever financially and operationally feasible. Bunker Hill Community College will also develop a waste management awareness program for faculty, staff and students to expand the program beyond the borders of the College.