Assignment Q and A – I have incorporated general questions from the tutorials and questions students have asked me directly or via email. Please ask any additional questions via the discussion board as other students may be having similar problems.
• Indicate the major impact areas for your faculty – areas that have the greatest impact on overall EF • Choose 2/3 variations (schemes) that may be implemented within these categories to reduce footprint by 2030. Evaluate these 2 /3 variations using 4 criteria: economic, social, environmental factors and the EF calculator comparison results. They must also be functionally viable. • Realistic targets are usually between 15-30% (targets can be outside of this range so long as you can justify them) • Develop strategy that includes your 1/2 recommendations (variations) that created the greatest reduction in footprint.
This would have been evident from your evaluation (eg SWOT) where you also took into consideration economic, social and environmental factors. • Comparing Results: this can be done in 3 ways: •
1. From ‘Your Workspace’ select the tick box next to the assessments you want to compare and scroll to the bottom of the screen then click ‘compare’. This will show how the overall EF per functional unit of the selected assessments compare to each other (in gha and gm2/EFT). •
2. Complete the ‘Campus Footprint Comparison Template’ by entering in the corresponding data from your detailed reports. •
3. Make your own tables/graphs in excel. You can do this using the data output from different assessments. • Make use of the readings in the assignment instructions. They cover other sustainability strategies and limitations, benefits, details etc of EF. • Don’t enter any ‘.0’ or ‘,’ in the calculator. • For areas: you can click on ‘View Map’ at the bottom of the left hand side menu when entering data into the calculator or ‘View Map’ at the bottom of the ‘Your Workspace’ screen. By clicking on a building you can find info such as Gross Floor Area and Net/ Usable Floor Area. For roof areas, you can make estimates using google maps. • Know what type of figures you can change in the calculator when modelling scenarios. This means you need to know if figures are $, kWh / yr, % etc. If you are researching a particular scheme that provides numbers of students using certain transport modes before and after strategy implementation, you will need to calculate % changes to input similar changes into the calculator. • Sample reports (incl. flyers) are on iLearn in week 7. • Method in the report will be your scenarios. This includes your variations, strategy and evaluation as a way to model improvements. • Don’t forget to include assumptions and limitations as this is a complex model of human and economic behaviour. • You can put your recommendations in a separate section or include them in your conclusion so long as it is obvious they are your recommendations. • What is the budget for economically viable? • Approx < $1million over the time period (some may be over – justification) • You should be able to develop a cost justification for each strategy. This can be approximate as you won’t always be able to find exact costs. It should be reasonable and provide some evidence. • For example – the materials library in the Footprint Company calculator contains information about products that can be used (lights, materials etc).
You could then estimate how many you might use in a certain space. It is a good idea to research similar sustainable solutions implemented elsewhere. How much did they cost? How does the quantity/quality of the solutions compare to the ones you would like to implement at your faculty? What’s included in: General – non specific consumption This does not include salaries. Included expenses are: Non-Capitalised Equipment Advertising, marketing and promotions Audit fees, bank charges, legal costs, insurance and taxes expenses General consumables/materials Printing, photocopying and stationery Postage Security charges Utilities Rental, hire and other leasing fees Telecommunications Travel and related staff development and training Maintenance contracts Subscriptions Food and beverages Motor vehicle expenses Tuition Services Removal Charge Cleaning Other – other operational expenses This is a similar set of items to the above list. Please remember that you need to work within the data you have been provided. You can reasonably assume what the make up of each section would be in terms of the above item list.