Whitman College spends nearly $1.5 million annually on our utility costs (i.e. water, sewer, electricity, natural gas, and waste). With increasing water, energy and landfill costs we have an opportunity to save money while helping the environment. This can be done through reducing use and encouraging green behavior. In 2016 the campus adopted our Climate Action Plan. This plan provides a concrete course of action to achieve campus carbon neutrality. To achieve carbon neutrality our campus needs to achieve a 5-7% reduction through campus behavior. These changes in behavior include things, such as turning off lights or shutting down computers at night. Every member of the Whitman College community is needed to support our goals to reduce our energy use and our greenhouse gas emissions.

The purpose of the GOTO program then is four-fold:  

  1. Identify opportunities to improve building occupant comfort and provide a better work environment for employees,  

  2. Identify opportunities to improve building occupant comfort and provide a better work environment for employees,

  3. Assist in reducing measurable energy use and GHG emissions f rom user conservation behavior,

  4. Inventory office energy use to establish benchmarks for reduction goals and identify opportunities for energy efficiency initiatives and cost savings,

  5. Educate and engage the campus community about how they can help us reduce our carbon footprint and become more sustainable in their work environment.

To optimize program goals, the GOTO program will be delivered on a building-by-building basis so that benchmarks can be established to measure the results of the program; within each building every department will be surveyed and reported separately. Office of Sustainability student employees will:  

  1. Present the GOTO program to the department,

  2. Register faculty and staff members for a one-on-one GOTO survey

  3. Perform survey for each faculty and staff member,

  4. Analyze survey results and send to each faculty and staff member,

  5. Calculate departmental results, send to the director or department chair, and post the information to the GOTO website.

Individual GOTO survey results will be shared only with the individual employee; departmental summary results will be posted to the Departmental Scores web page, and suggestions for departmental improvement shared only with the supervisors of that department. Each individual and department who completes the GOTO survey will receive a sign with the GOTO logo to be displayed in their office, indicating their successful participation in the program.