Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 61.82
Liaison Sandy DeJohn
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Binghamton University
PA-2: Sustainability Planning

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.75 / 4.00 Pam Mischen
Pres Office
Pres Office
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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:

Because it requires knowledge from every field, sustainability at Binghamton University isn't based in a single department. Instead, it spans the University to unite creative thinkers from across campus and throughout our community.
A Sustainability Committee is tasked to review various aspects of the university's operations and provide recommendations to the administration for further action.


A copy of the strategic plan:
The website URL where the strategic plan is publicly available:
Does the institution have a published sustainability plan (apart from what is reported above)? :
Yes

A copy of the sustainability plan:
The website URL where the sustainability plan is publicly available:
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Does the institution have a published climate action plan (apart from what is reported above)? :
Yes

A copy of the climate action plan:
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The website URL where the climate action plan is publicly available:
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)? :
No

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

Goal 1 Objective 1b of the sustainability plan states:30% of graduating students will have taken a sustainability course by 2022.


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

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

Goal 1 Objective 1a of the sustainability plan states: Increase number of the faculty conducting research in sustainability from 15% to 20% of faculty members by 2022.


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

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

The Road Map (Campus Strategic Plan) lists Engagement as one of its five strategic priorities: "...enhance the University's economic, social and cultural impact through engagement from the local to the global level." An associated goal with this priority is: Binghamton University students, faculty, staff, students, and alumni have a positive social impact on the local community. This is measured by the percentage of students who volunteer at least one hour per week.


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

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

Binghamton University's strategic plans include Public Engagement to:
"...enhance the University's economic, social and cultural impact through engagement from the local to the global level." An associated goal is: Binghamton University is a cultural center for the local community. This is measured by the number of visitors who use campus facilities.


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

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

Goal 2 Objective 2b of the Sustainability Plan states: Greenhouse gas emissions per weighted campus user will be below two metric tons of CO2 equivalent by 2022.


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:

Goal 5 Objective 5c of the Sustainability plan states: By 2022, Binghamton University will own and operate a certified Living Building.


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

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

Goal 2 Objective 2a of the Sustainability Plan states: Binghamton University’s electricity supply will include 50% of renewable energy by 2022 and 75% by 2030.


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:

Goal 6 Objective 6b of the Sustainability Plan states: By 2022, 10% of Binghamton University’s non-athletic landscaping will be naturalized to be a habitat for pollinators and other wildlife.


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

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

Goal 4 Objective 4c of the Sustainability Plan states: Increase purchasing of biodegradable or reusable products by 15% by the end of 2022.


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

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

Goal 3 Objective 3a: Reduce single occupancy commuting to campus in a fossil fuel-based vehicle by employees and students to 75% by 2022. Objective 3b: Reduce intra-campus single occupancy driving in a fossil fuel-based vehicle by 25% by 2022.
From the University Sustainability Plan


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

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

Goal 4 Objective 4a: Maintain 30% recycling rate, per year, on campus through 2022.
Objective 4b: Decrease cross-contamination on campus by 5% by the end of 2022. From University Sustainability Plan.


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

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

Goal 6 Objective 6a of the University Sustainability Plan states: Binghamton University will treat 100% of its new impervious surface runoff in a sustainable manner by 2022.


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:

Binghamton University has as one of its five strategic priorities: "...unite to foster a diverse and inclusive campus culture." This is measured by the percentage of underrepresented undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, and staff; the percentage of Pell eligible students.


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:

Binghamton University's strategic plan has as one of its five priorities:"...provide a transformative learning community that prepares students for advanced education, careers and purposeful living." . A goal related to this priority is: Binghamton students and alumni engage in healthy living for lifelong success. A health survey was recently implemented from which a health index metric will be calculated.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address other areas (e.g. arts and culture or technology)?:
Yes

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

With respect to training: Goal 1 Objective 1c of the Sustainability Plan states: 100% of faculty, staff, and students will receive sustainability training by 2022.


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) ---

A brief description of the institution’s formal sustainability commitments, including the specific initiatives selected above:
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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