Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 56.93
Liaison Christina Erickson
Submission Date May 9, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Champlain College
PA-2: Sustainability Planning

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.50 / 4.00 Christina Erickson
Sustainability Director
Campus Planning
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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:

2010-2020 Strategic Plan "Champlain 2020" lists sustainability as one of the College's values (p. 6)
https://www.champlain.edu/about-champlain/vision

2007 Campus Master Plan (still our current plan) calls to 'embrace sustainability'
See more at http://www.champlain.edu/about-champlain/vision/master-plan


A copy of the strategic plan:
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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:
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The website URL where the sustainability plan is publicly available:
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):
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:

Action Steps:
1. Conduct a survey to learn what courses currently have a sustainability focus or component by 2014. Conduct a follow-up survey in 2018.
2. Explore adding “and the environment” to the ethical reasoning college competency by 2014.
3. Continue to build sustainability-related internship opportunities for students by 2015.
4. Explore creating relationship with Dublin campus regarding sustainability practices in the Center and within academic and extra-curricular offerings by 2015.
5. Assemble a faculty fellows program, consisting of at least 6 faculty members from different disciplines, by 2015
6. Explore the idea of conducting a regular sustainability literacy assessment of Champlain College students by 2018

From Curriculum Section of 2013 Sustainability Action Plan https://www.champlain.edu/Documents/Sustain-Champlain/SAP_June%202013Final.pdf


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?:
Yes

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

1. Develop a training session for student leaders including Student Activity Planners and
Student Government Association leaders by 2013.
2. Increase viewership of various online outreach methods to reach approximately 25% of our campus population by Spring 2014.
3. Designate one Employee Eco-Rep per division/department to encourage sustainable behavior among faculty and staff by 2015

From "Culture" section of 2013 Sustainability Action Plan https://www.champlain.edu/Documents/Sustain-Champlain/SAP_June%202013Final.pdf


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?:
Yes

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

1. Hire Sightlines to create a specific carbon mitigation plan by 2014
2. Champlain will continue to refine our carbon assessment process, including adding data such as work-related travel by employees (conferences, etc.) by 2015
3. Champlain College will offer a voluntary carbon offset program option for Champlain study abroad programs by 2017, such as a contribution to the Champlain College Revolving Green Fund
4. Greenhouse gas emissions will be 20% below 2004 Baseline By 2020 (Common Liberal Arts Target) OR Greenhouse gas emissions will be 40% below 2004 Baseline by 2020 (Leadership Target)

From Climate Section of 2013 Sustainability Action Plan https://www.champlain.edu/Documents/Sustain-Champlain/SAP_June%202013Final.pdf


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:

Action Steps:
1. All new buildings as of 2013 must be constructed to meet LEED Gold standards or equivalent
2. Establish and follow a deferred maintenance plan for existing buildings by 2014.
From Buildings Section of 2013 Sustainability Action Plan https://www.champlain.edu/Documents/Sustain-Champlain/SAP_June%202013Final.pdf

Also see Campus Master Plan (2007) http://www.champlain.edu/about-champlain/vision/master-plan


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:

1. Participate in Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility’s Business Energy Action challenge and reduce energy usage by 5% annually for 3 years by 2016.
2. Together with BED develop a plan to determine most effective electricity efficiency upgrades such as:
a. Install LED lighting in dining hall
b. Install zoned lighting at Lakeside
c. Developing procedures for powering down computer labs during school breaks
d. Requiring energy efficient vending machines
e. Use of Smart Power Strips in offices
3. Together with Vermont Gas develop a plan to determine most effective electricity
efficiency upgrades such as:
a. Using out door air in winter for cooling
4. Have a real-time energy feedback system that alerts building users as to how
much energy is being consumed by 2019
5. Expand use of geothermal heating/cooling across campus for future and existing buildings by 2020

From Energy Section of 2013 Sustainability Action Plan https://www.champlain.edu/Documents/Sustain-Champlain/SAP_June%202013Final.pdf


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

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

Action Steps:
1. Establish clear procedures for waste management at catered events by 2013.
2. Utilize the Real Food Calculator to assess our current purchases by 2014.
3. Working with vendors, develop a zero waste plan by 2020
4. Sign on to the Real Food Challenge and commit to annually increasing procurement of ‘real food’—so as to meet or exceed 20% of food purchases by 2020.

From Dining Section of 2013 Sustainability Action Plan https://www.champlain.edu/Documents/Sustain-Champlain/SAP_June%202013Final.pdf


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:

Goals:
1. Continue to work on action steps within the Landscape Master Plan and produce an update on progress by 2015.
2. Complete campus tree inventory by 2015.
3. Remove invasive species on campus by 2016.
4. Earn designation by Tree Campus USA by 201 7
5. Explore the possibility of designating the campus as an arboretum by 2020.

From Grounds Section of 2013 Sustainability Action Plan https://www.champlain.edu/Documents/Sustain-Champlain/SAP_June%202013Final.pdf

Also see 2007 Campus Master Plan - Landscaping http://www.champlain.edu/Documents/About-Champlain/Master-Plan/LandscapeMasterPlanFINAL3-07.pdf


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:

Action Steps:
1. Continue with “Heart Healthy Printing” campaign, replacing personal printers with shared multi-function printers.
2. Upgrade requirements regarding vending machines (energy efficiency, etc.) by 2013.
3. Establish Building Product requirements by 2013, including: Lighting fixtures; Low flow
plumbing fixtures; Recycled content materials
4. Compile a list of preferred local vendors (especially for t-shirts and printing) by 2014
5. Include environmentally-preferred language into current and future purchasing contracts by 2014.
6. Remove the sale and use of bottled water by 2014.
7. Explore reusable K-Cup options for Keurig Stations by 2015
8. Explore earning a Fair Trade Campus designation by 2016.
9. Adopt a vendor code of conduct that includes commitment to social
and environmental responsibility by 2018

From Purchasing Section of 2013 Sustainability Action Plan https://www.champlain.edu/Documents/Sustain-Champlain/SAP_June%202013Final.pdf


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:

Action Steps:
1. Support the goals outlined in the 2013 Champlain College Transportation Plan
2. Have covered bike parking at least one central campus location by 2013.
3. Create a bike commuter resource guide by 2013.
4. Have 25% of employees register with CATMA by 2014.
5. Set up a rideshare program for students by 2014.
6. Install a bike share system by 2018
7. Have at least 100 memberships (Faculty/Staff/Students) with CarShare VT by 2015
8. Attain a Bicycle-friendly University designation by 2015 (American League of Bicyclists)

From Transportation Section of 2013 Sustainability Action Plan https://www.champlain.edu/Documents/Sustain-Champlain/SAP_June%202013Final.pdf


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:

Action Steps:
1. 100% of campus printers will have double sided printing as the default setting by 2013
2. Install one electronic waste bin in each residence hall by 2013.
3. Create an “Amnesty Day” for all students moving out of the res halls to return dining ware to the Dining Hall by 2013.
4. Eliminate 100% of bottled water on campus by 2014.
5. Implement a waste reduction education/training program for catering staff by 2014
6. Reduce the amount of paper used for orientation by using a “green thumb” USB drive or website by 2014.
7. When printing is required, encourage new formatting standards by 2014. Encourage use of dropbox/electronic documents otherwise.
8. Implement a cap on free printing for students by 2015
9. Install water refill stations in each residential hall by 2017.
10. Replace all office trash bins will small trash containers that do not require a liner by 2018
11. Encourage departments to continue to move toward electronic forms (purchase orders, travel reimbursements, etc.) by 2020

From Waste Section of 2013 Sustainability Action Plan https://www.champlain.edu/Documents/Sustain-Champlain/SAP_June%202013Final.pdf


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:

Action Steps:
1. Decrease our total water consumption per capita by 10% compared to a 2005 baseline by 2015.
2. Continue to work on action steps within the Stormwater Master Plan and produce an update on progress by 2015.
3. Explore certifying the campus“Blue”, a watershed friendly designation, by 2016
4. Install timers in the showers of every residence hall bathrooms by 2017

From Water Section of 2013 Sustainability Action Plan https://www.champlain.edu/Documents/Sustain-Champlain/SAP_June%202013Final.pdf

Also see Stormwater Master Plan (2007) http://www.champlain.edu/Documents/About-Champlain/Master-Plan/StormwaterPlanMasterPlanFINAL3-07.pdf


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:

Action Steps
1. There will be parity across culturally diverse student and employee groups in terms of satisfaction, engagement and perception of climate as measured by Noel-Levitz SSI and NSSE surveys for students, the Modern Think survey for employees and the Intercultural Development Inventory for employees and students.
2. We will take a proactive approach to preventing bias incidents and a zero-tolerance approach in response to those that do occur, as we seek to reduce the frequency of formal bias complaints.
3. The College will provide multiple opportunities for faculty, staff and students to interact in previously unexplored cultural context.
4. The College will actively celebrate individuals from a variety of individual identities.

From Diversity Strategic Plan https://www.champlain.edu/about-champlain/diversity-and-inclusion/diversity-strategic-plan


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

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

Action Steps
1. Through donor solicitations and energy savings repayments, grow the Green Revolving Fund to $500,000 by 2020.
2. While balancing the critical need to invest in high performing funds, explore socially/environmentally responsible investments for the endowment

From Investment Section of 2013 Sustainability Action Plan https://www.champlain.edu/Documents/Sustain-Champlain/SAP_June%202013Final.pdf


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:

Action Steps
1. Support the objectives listed under Champlain 2020 Strategic Goal IV: Excite, Engage & Empower Faculty & Staff

From Human Resources Section of 2013 Sustainability Action Plan https://www.champlain.edu/Documents/Sustain-Champlain/SAP_June%202013Final.pdf


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

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

The formal statement in support of sustainability:

Within the 2007 Campus Master Plan, a call to "embrace sustainability".


The institution’s definition of sustainability (e.g. as included in a published statement or plan):

Defining Sustainability at Champlain College

Champlain views sustainability in an inclusive way, encompassing human and ecological health, social justice, secure livelihoods and a better world for all generations, as defined by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). At Champlain College, sustainability is a central value and we strive to infuse it throughout our other core values of distinctive excellence, innovation, human touch, global engagement, diversity and inclusion.

Sustainability Value Statement

Champlain College will be a sustainable institution, in our operational practices, our campus culture, our curriculum and in our relationships with our greater community. It is our belief that as we support students to be 21st century global citizens, they need to be well informed about sustainability concepts and practices as it relates to their field and profession. Further, we must create a campus where fully engaging in these concepts and practices is a part of life for our whole community. Additionally, we will be a model for other institutions and communities as we create an example of positive impact on the planet and its inhabitants. Because sustainability is a holistic and interdependent concept, our application of sustainability on campus and within our institution will demonstrate this and be INFUSED into all that we do.

Through various educational mediums, we spread sustainability awareness through the campus. Everyone has a role to play as we work together to create a sustainable institution and campus. Our Sustainability Action Plan, adopted in 2013, is our roadmap of actions for the coming years.


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) Yes

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

Campus Compact's 30th Anniversary Action Statement - http://compact.org/actionstatement/

Signatory of "We are Still In" carbon reduction commitment
https://www.wearestillin.com/

Member of Burlington 2030 District with specific carbon reduction targets
https://www.2030districts.org/burlington


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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See the actual yearly progress made on our Sustainability Action Plan within our Annual Progress Report -latest edition:
June 2017: https://www.champlain.edu/Documents/Sustain-Champlain/Annual%20Reports/2017-2018AnnualReport.pdf

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