Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.09
Liaison Joseph Kahn
Submission Date Oct. 15, 2020

STARS v2.2

Central Michigan University
PA-2: Sustainability Planning

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 4.00 Eric Urbaniak
Student Reviewer
OID
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

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:

New Target: Incorporate principles of sustainability into university classes, curriculum, and service learning opportunities as appropriate. Develop a minor in Sustainability and Environmental Policy for consideration of the Academic Senate by 2015-16. This goal was established in the 2015 Sustainability is Central report.
https://www.cmich.edu/colleges/class/GLISS/Documents/Sustainability-is-Central-VolumeIII-2012-15.pdf


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:

New Target: Promote a culture of sustainability on campus which increases the awareness of sustainability and best practices for maintaining a sustainable campus among students, faculty, visitors, and staff of the university.
This target is found within the 2018 Sustainability is Central Report:
https://www.cmich.edu/colleges/class/GLISS/Documents/Sustainability_is_Central_2018.pdf


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:

All data below was retrieved from the 2018 Sustainability is Central Report:
https://www.cmich.edu/colleges/class/GLISS/Documents/Sustainability_is_Central_2018.pdf

New Target: Continue progress in reducing campus energy consumption as measured
on a kBTU/GSF basis using the 2012 baseline of 136.9 kBTU/GSF.
2010-2012 Target:
Reduce campus energy consumption per GSF by 20% by 06/30/2013
Includes electricity, natural gas and wood; Using FY 2007 baseline = 130.5 kBTU/GSF
FY 2013 = 161.9 kBTU/GSF (24% increase)

New Target: Continue progress in reducing campus water consumption from
municipal sources (City of Mt. Pleasant) on a gallons/Gross Square Foot (GSF)
basis.
FY 2017 water usage = 24.3 gallons/GSF (21.6% decrease from 2008 baseline)
2012-2015 Target:
Reduce water consumption per GSF from municipal source by
6% by 6/30/2013
FY 2008 baseline = 31.0 gallons/GSF
FY 2013 = 21.9 gallons/GSF (29.4% decrease from baseline)

New Target: Maintain existing campus waste diversion programs and develop methods to
improve waste diversion. Municipal solid waste in calendar year 2017 was 2,346.8 tons with a diversion rate of 37.69%. By 2020, we aim to increase the diversion rate to 40%. We plan to continue programs to generate revenue from the sale of surplus cardboard (via either direct income or by offsetting waste disposal costs) and office paper instituted in 2013.
2012-2015 Target:
Maintain existing campus waste diversion programs and develop methods to improve waste
diversion. Municipal solid waste in calendar year 2013 was 2,220 tons with a diversion rate
of 30.9%. By 2020, we aim to increase the diversion rate to 40%. We plan to continue
programs to generate revenue from the sale of surplus cardboard and office paper instituted
in 2013.

New Target: Reduce the overall carbon footprint of the university by 10% by 2020 using
the 2012 baseline of 34.11 pounds CO2 equiv./GSF.
2012-2015 Target:
Reduce university’s carbon footprint by 10% by 6/30/2013.


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:

The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion has over 68 published measurable initiatives. These are all detailed in the following document:

https://www.cmich.edu/diversity/OID/SiteAssets/Pages/What-is-Diversity/Summary%20of%20DEI%20Initiatives%20revised%201-2020.pdf#search=DEI%20Counsel

Within each represented department in the document, individual targets are created to address and aim for advancement in diversity, equity, and inclusion. Some sample targets include:

Athletic Department will increase advertising of positions to include Leaders in Women’s Sports and MOAA for every staff and coaching position. Athletic department will identify a campus or regional program to train hiring managers.
College of Business will record the number of outreaches to our diverse alumni and will record percentage increase in diverse alumni presenters during the 2019-2020 academic year.
The College of Education and Human Services will establish at least one universally designed restroom (including gender neutral and accessible) in each of the CEHS buildings (Wightman, Finch, and EHS Building). This will be a multi-year project because it includes multiple units across campus and has financial implications for the college.
The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences will develop an intentional plan with the Saginaw Chippewa for expanded collaborative work, marketing, and other initiatives (work on a plan for support of Ojibwe language instruction in local schools; possible residential community partnership on reservation; GAship with Ziibiwing and CRM/Museum studies).
The College of Medicine LGBTQIA Inclusion Preparation, Action, and Collaboration Team (CMED LGBTQIA Inclusion PACT) will include stakeholders from across the medical school and the community we serve.
The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders will develop a plan for handicap access to observation rooms.
The College of Science and Engineering will be launching an Environmental Engineering Program in Fall 2019. This initiative is expected to address a significant lack of gender diversity within the School of Engineering.
The College of Health Professions will identify and communicate private space available for use by lactating parents as well as changing tables in select restrooms.
The Office of Research and Graduate Studies will restructure Graduate Assistant funding given to colleges to ensure that there is additional funding specifically dedicated to increasing diversity by recruiting and supporting underrepresented students.
The President's Division will provide Implicit Bias Training to search committee members and to participants of the Leadership Excellence HR professional development series designed to give them a safe place to learn about unconscious bias, how to recognize their own biases, and how to be mindful about combatting them in workplace decision-making.


Does the institution have a published strategic plan or equivalent guiding document that includes sustainability at a high level? :
Yes

The institution’s highest guiding document (upload):
Website URL where the institution’s highest guiding document is publicly available:
Which of the following best describes the inclusion of sustainability in the highest guiding document?:
Minor theme

The institution's sustainability plan (upload):
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Website URL where the institution's sustainability plan is publicly available:
Does the institution have a formal statement in support of sustainability endorsed by its governing body?:
Yes

The formal statement in support of sustainability:

"The three imperatives are interdependent and require critical elements of a thriving university: outstanding faculty, students and staff; a supportive environment; and an attitude of achievement and persistence. The imperatives reflect the reasons Central Michigan University exists: the strategies enable us to succeed. Each imperative also requires us to foster shared governance, diversity and inclusion, and fiscal and environmental sustainability."

https://www.cmich.edu/about/Strategic_Planning/Documents/AcademicExcellenceStrategicPlan.pdf


The institution’s definition of sustainability:

While sustainability can be defined in many ways, the broadly accepted definition as outlined in Our Common Future, a report of the United Nations World Commission on the Environment published in 1987, is the one used by the university. Sustainability consists of meeting the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. Sustainable systems are those which foster stewardship and wise management of natural resources and energy that allow the needs of the current day to be met while ensuring that vital resources and energy supplies will be available to meet the needs of future generations.


Is the institution an endorser or signatory of the following? :
Yes or No
The Earth Charter ---
The Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI) ---
ISCN-GULF Sustainable Campus Charter ---
Pan-Canadian Protocol for Sustainability ---
SDG Accord ---
Second Nature’s Carbon Commitment (formerly known as the ACUPCC), Resilience Commitment, and/or integrated Climate Commitment ---
The Talloires Declaration (TD) ---
UN Global Compact ---
Other multi-dimensional sustainability commitments (please specify below) ---

A brief description of the institution’s formal sustainability commitments, including the specific initiatives selected above:

Central Michigan University is engaged in numerous commitments which aim to increase environmental, cultural, and economic sustainability. These are outlined in the website below to the 2018 Sustainability is Central Report.


Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability planning efforts is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

As with many other of CMU's individual STARS reports, the data and objectives outlined in PA-2 reflect information compiled in the 2018 Sustainability is Central Report, attached in the website box above.

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