Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 50.83
Liaison Hannah Spirrison
Submission Date March 29, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Antioch College
PA-2: Sustainability Planning

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.25 / 4.00 Hannah Spirrison
Director of Innovation and Institutional Effectiveness
Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Research
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Does the institution have a published strategic plan or equivalent guiding document that includes sustainability at a high level? :
Yes

A brief description of how the institution’s strategic plan or equivalent guiding document addresses sustainability:

Upon its re-opening in 2011, Antioch College has strived to reduce the impact of its campus operations on the environment by establishing sustainable policies, programs and practices that ensure it is conducting operations in an environmentally sound manner—consistent with Antioch's vision of providing a place where new and better ways of living are discovered as a result of meaningful engagement with the world through intentional linkages between classroom and experiential education. Goal Three in the College's Strategic Plan AC/2020 is to "Build a sustainable educational environment." Specific strategies include: 1) The campus master plan will emphasize economic and environmental sustainability, 2) Key campus buildings will be restored to support learning and institutional growth, 3) The Glen Helen Ecology Institute and the Antioch Farm will be purposefully integrated with curricular and co-curricular programs, 4) Faculty, staff, and students will model sustainable practices on campus, 5) A cost-effective model that maintains educational quality will be implemented. Further, the College's vision for the future - Antioch@175 - emphasizes our inextinguishable commitment to finding new and better ways of living and learning sustainably on our planet and to envisioning Antioch as an institutional/educational space dedicated to the practice of sustainability.


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Does the institution have a published sustainability plan (apart from what is reported above)? :
No

A copy of the sustainability plan:
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Does the institution have a published climate action plan (apart from what is reported above)? :
No

A copy of the climate action plan:
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The website URL where the climate action plan is publicly available:
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Does the institution have other published plans that address sustainability or include measurable sustainability objectives (e.g. campus master plan, physical campus plan, diversity plan, human resources plan)? :
Yes

A list of other published plans that address sustainability, including public website URLs (if available):

Campus Master Plan
Diversity Strategic Plan
Academic Affairs Assessment Plan
Landscape Master Plan
Pillars of Sustainability (http://www.antiochcollege.edu/environmental-values/pillars-sustainability)
Sustainability by the Numbers (http://www.antiochcollege.edu/sustainability)
Commitment to Real Food Challenge (http://www.antiochcollege.edu/news/archive/antioch-college-takes-real-food-challenge)
Employee Success Plan


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Curriculum?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Curriculum and the published plans in which each objective is included:

The Academic Affairs Assessment Plan addresses how the college will measure and assess seven Liberal Arts Learning Outcomes (LALO). LALOs include Social Enagement which is defined as "Demonstrated ability to engage as an active citizen in ethical and civil dialogue within a participatory, multicultural society concerned with the care of the planet’s environment and all that resides within it." As part of the Bachelor's Degree Program Assessment Plan specifically, the College sets a goal that 75% of students will have an overall average score of at least 4 (out of 5) in Social Engagement on signature
assignments in selected classes or activities (especially Work Portfolios and Community Life classes and activities).


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Research?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Research and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Campus Engagement?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Campus Engagement and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Public Engagement?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Public Engagement and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Air & Climate?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Air & Climate and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Buildings?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Buildings and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Pillars of Sustainability asserts that "Antioch is committed to pursuing Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification on all major campus renovations." To-date all of our major campus renovation since reopening in 2011 have resulted in LEED certified buildings.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Energy?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Energy and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Food & Dining?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Food & Dining and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Grounds?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Grounds and the published plans in which each objective is included:

The Landscape Master Plan emphasizes native and local ecological systems and connects our campus to a broader ecology. The plan includes goals and objectives around bio-retention, carbon sequestration, aethistics, native plantings, removal of invasive species, interpretive signage, and recreational areas. It also outlines policies around the Integrated Pest Management program, tree planting, and planting zones.

A sample of measurable objectives from the landscape master plan include:
+ Implement bio-retention​/green infrastructure​ methods in areas where surface water runoff occurs
+ Ban the use of neonicotinoid pesticides on​ ​​campus grounds
+ Install interpretive signage to explain landscape sustainability on campus
+ Increase native planting on campus
+ Remove invasive plant species from campus
​+ Reduce mowing to allow for clover growth and pollinator habitat​
+ Eliminate mowing in selected areas to allow for reforestation


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Purchasing?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Purchasing and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Transportation?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Transportation and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Waste?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Waste and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Water?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Water and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Diversity & Affordability?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Diversity & Affordability and the published plans in which each objective is included:

The College's Strategic Plan for Diversity outlines goals and objectives around Diversity and Inclusion. The goals of the plan are: 1) To build a community that intentionally and consistently supports diverse and inclusive practices; 2) To address campus issues related to harassment and fear of retaliation; 3) To respect and value our individual gifts and contributions to the whole; 4) Support curricular development and innovation that fosters social justice, cultural compentencies and understanding of diversity; 5) Proactive recruitment and retention of faculty and staff from historically marginalized and oppressed backgrounds; 6) Attract a diversity student body to Antioch College; 7) Strengthen retention of diverse students that is equal to or exceeds retention levels at GLCA colleges and universities. Each goal has a series of objectives (e.g., Develop and sustain resources for students from historically marginalized communities), and each objective has a set of strategies (e.g., Student Life will develop and distribute resources for reference of LGBTQ and People of Color health care providers).


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Investment & Finance?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Investment & Finance and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Wellbeing & Work?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Wellbeing & Work and the published plans in which each objective is included:

As stated in the STARS technical manual regarding wellbeing, “An institution’s people define its character and capacity to perform; and so, an institution’s achievements can only be as strong as its community. An institution can bolster the strength of its community by offering benefits, wages, and other assistance that serve to respectfully and ethically compensate workers and by acting to protect and positively affect the health, safety and wellbeing of the campus community.”

The Employee Success Plan outlines strategies and measurable objectives for improving Antioch College’s compensation package such as implementing a staff and faculty 401k group to advise on plan design and administration, aligning compensation practices such as pay adjustments and merit increases to make these more equitable across the College, and engaging with GLCA partners for total compensation comparison data.

The Employee Success Plan also outlines plans and strategies for ensuring the health and safety for employees such as implementing a campus-wide introduction and education to College programming and requirements around Title IX and analyzing and utilizing injury data with employees to lessen injury events (harm to employees).


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address other areas (e.g. arts and culture or technology)?:
No

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Does the institution have a formal statement in support of sustainability endorsed by its governing body (e.g. a mission statement that specifically includes sustainability and is endorsed by the Board of Trustees)? :
No

The formal statement in support of sustainability:
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The institution’s definition of sustainability (e.g. as included in a published statement or plan):
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Is the institution an endorser or signatory of the following? :
Yes or No
The Earth Charter No
The Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI) No
ISCN-GULF Sustainable Campus Charter No
Second Nature’s Carbon Commitment (formerly known as the ACUPCC), Resilience Commitment, and/or integrated Climate Commitment No
The Talloires Declaration (TD) No
UN Global Compact No
Other multi-dimensional sustainability commitments (please specify below) No

A brief description of the institution’s formal sustainability commitments, including the specific initiatives selected above:
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The plans used to compile the report include:
---http://www.antiochcollege.edu/about/strategic-plan
---http://www.antiochcollege.edu/Vision-Antioch175
---http://www.antiochcollege.edu/fact/vision-antioch175
---http://www.antiochcollege.edu/environmental-values/pillars-sustainability
---http://www.antiochcollege.edu/sustainability
---http://www.antiochcollege.edu/news/archive/antioch-college-takes-real-food-challenge

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