Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 53.49
Liaison Julia Angstmann
Submission Date Dec. 20, 2021

STARS v2.2

Butler University
PA-2: Sustainability Planning

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 4.00 Jamie Valentine
Assistant Director CUES
Biological Sciences
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Does the institution have a published plan or plans that include measurable sustainability objectives that address sustainability in curriculum and/or research?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives related to academics and the plan(s) in which they are published:
From the Butler University Sustainability and Climate Actin Plan (BUSCA): 1.1 Butler will explore including sustainability as a core learning outcome through Core Curriculum classes The Social World and/or The Natural World and/or in the Social Justice and Diversity Requirement by 2021. 1.4 The CUES will increase the number of classes by 25% that incorporate CUES farm into curriculum.** 1.5 The CUES will develop a food minor with implementation beginning spring 2021.** 1.11 The CUES will develop a faculty affiliates program with resources for faculty to incorporate sustainability into classes by 2021.*

Does the institution have a published plan or plans that include measurable sustainability objectives that address student, employee, or community engagement for sustainability?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives related to engagement and the plan(s) in which they are published:
From the Butler University Sustainability and Climate Actin Plan (BUSCA): 1.2 Butler will develop sustainability leadership student positions within the CUES to increase capacity for experiential sustainability projects including Eco-Reps, Fellows, Interns, and volunteers for roll-out fall 2020.* 1.6 Butler will initiate a Green Cord graduation program for students who complete sustainability majors, minors, projects, internships, or fellowships.* 1.7 The Green Council, with support from CUES, will develop sustainability materials for incorporation into Welcome Week orientation. 1.7 a Including, but not limited to, a ‘Sustainable Living’ at Butler guide geared toward students. 1.8 The Green Council, with support from CUES, will develop a sustainability literacy and sustainable culture assessment as defined by STARS to be piloted fall 2020. 1.9 The CUES will create a sustainability newsletter to be sent out quarterly starting fall 2019. 1.13 CUES will develop sustainability materials to be presented in every new hire on-boarding by Fall 2019. 1.14 CUES will develop Green Office Program for staff to incorporate sustainability initiatives into the workplace by 2020. 1.15 CUES will facilitate a yearly STEP training for Butler staff starting Fall 2019. 2.1 Butler will become Bee Campus Certified. 2.1 a A Bee Campus prioritizes habitat for pollinators on campus grounds, minimizes the use of harmful pesticides, and educates the campus community on the importance of pollinators in global food supply. Butler currently has a bee hive located on the CUE Farm as well as a student beekeeping group. 2.2 Butler will apply for Campus Pride Certification. 2.2 a The Campus Pride index assesses universities LGBTQ+ inclusive policies, programs, and practices. Prospective students are able to search the index to locate safe, inclusive universities to peruse education. 2.3 Butler will become a Smoke Free Campus. 2.3a A smoke free campus does not permit any type of tobacco use nor any smoking device on university grounds. In addition to signage of new policy, HR and Healthy Horizons will support a smoking cessation program for faculty and staff.

Does the institution have a published plan or plans that include measurable sustainability objectives that address sustainability in operations?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives related to operations and the plan(s) in which they are published:
From the Butler University Sustainability and Climate Actin Plan (BUSCA): 7.1 Butler will complete an audit of Scope 1, 2, & 3 GHG emissions for 2020. 7.1a Scope 1 & 2 GHG emissions will be evaluated to include: new buildings acquired and built, point source emissions, and all upgrades made to buildings post 2017 GHG data collection. 7.1b Scope 3 emissions will be evaluated to include: commuting, financed outsourced travel, study abroad, conference travel, athletics travel, solid waste incineration, and paper consumed. 7.1.1 A transportation survey must be completed in order to accurately capture this data. (see 12.2) 7.2 Butler will identify an independent reviewer of GHG emissions prior to reporting to STARS in 2021. 7.3 Butler will update 2020 GHG emissions to the Presidents Carbon Commitment (formally ACUPCC) public database. 7.4 Butler will develop an outdoor air quality standard and/or goal for human and environmental safety by 2021. 7.5 All major campus infrastructure will be metered at the building level and integrated into a BAS for all utilities as applicable, by 2025. 7.5 a Through this data, Butler will set reduction goals to be outlined in the 2022 BUSCA Addendum. 7.6 Butler Operations will develop acceptable heating and cooling temperature setpoints and utilize BAS to maintain temperature standards across integrated zones at buildings on campus. 7.6 a Butler will also identify costs associated with smart thermostat technology and when to best install for maximum efficiency. 7.7 Develop a timeline of retro-commissioning appropriate campus facilities for lighting control and HVAC controls optimization. 7.7 a Timeline to include: LED lights, occupancy sensors, HVAC efficiency 7.8 Butler will identify essential and non-essential buildings on campus. For energy reduction, non-essential buildings will have applicable HVAC systems enter an appropriate unoccupied cycle, with controls optimization sequences implemented as needed. 7.9 Develop feasibility study with potential partners for solar panel project on parking garage. 7.10 Update the Butler Way for construction and renovation to include the following aspects: water, energy, landscaping, low flow fixtures, hand dryers, and LEED standards (paint, carpet) 7.11 CUES will initiate and participate in the development of a local offset program with city and/or local community organization. 12.1 Butler will pilot a rainwater catchment and/or greywater system (potential location at HRC). 12.2 All major campus infrastructure will be metered at the building level for all utilities as applicable, by 2025. 12.3 Mandate and/or add into the Butler Way for construction and renovation that all new buildings have hydration station(s) rather than traditional water fountains and all renovations to include hydration station in place of traditional water fountains. 12.4 Butler will develop cost guide for retrofits of traditional water fountains to hydration station by 2021. 12.4a Create avenue for Green Council request for funds for retrofit.

Does the institution have a published plan or plans that include measurable sustainability objectives that address diversity, equity, and inclusion; sustainable investment/finance; or wellbeing?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives related to administration and the plan(s) in which they are published:
From the Butler University Sustainability and Climate Actin Plan (BUSCA): 3.1 Support Effroymson Diversity Center in increasing awareness of diversity trainings and events on campus. 3.2 The CUES will collaborate with the Diversity Center to understand diversity requirements as outlined in AASHE STARS for optimal point generation in this area. 10.1 Butler will create Committee on Investor Responsibility, (CIR) to include faculty, staff, and student(s) that advises on Butler’s investment portfolio. 10.2 By 2022, 10 % of Butler’s investments will contain sustainable holdings. 10.3 Butler will make a yearly snapshot of investment holdings available to the public.

Does the institution have a published strategic plan or equivalent guiding document that includes sustainability at a high level? :
No

The institution’s highest guiding document (upload):
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Website URL where the institution’s highest guiding document is publicly available:
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Which of the following best describes the inclusion of sustainability in the highest guiding document?:
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The institution's sustainability plan (upload):
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Does the institution have a formal statement in support of sustainability endorsed by its governing body?:
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The formal statement in support of sustainability:
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The institution’s definition of sustainability:
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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
Pan-Canadian Protocol for Sustainability No
SDG Accord No
Second Nature’s Carbon Commitment (formerly known as the ACUPCC), Resilience Commitment, and/or integrated Climate Commitment Yes
The Talloires Declaration (TD) No
UN Global Compact No
Other multi-dimensional sustainability commitments (please specify below) Yes

A brief description of the institution’s formal sustainability commitments, including the specific initiatives selected above:
Signatory of Second Nature's Carbon Commitment http://secondnature.org/network/butler-university/ Indiana Wildlife Federation Gold Level Conservation Champion http://www.indianawildlife.org/butlercertification

Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability planning efforts is available:
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