Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 56.54
Liaison Elaine Durr
Submission Date Feb. 19, 2020

STARS v2.2

Elon University
PA-2: Sustainability Planning

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 4.00 Elaine Durr
Director of Sustainability
Office of Sustainability
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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:

The current Sustainability Master Plan (2015) includes the following objectives:
-Strengthen and clarify sustainability objectives in the Core Curriculum
-Promote and incentivize interdisciplinary collaboration regarding sustainability to help acknowledge/address and reduce cognitive dissonance between departments
-Utilize the campus as a living laboratory for sustainability
-Increase the visibility of existing academic sustainability-related efforts and strengthen them
-Further develop academic as well as education and outreach programs involving the Environmental Center at Loy Farm


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:

The current Sustainability Master Plan (2015) includes the following objectives:
-Utilize partnerships and Database Intern to increase awareness of funded sustainability programs
-Increase the number of funded sustainability projects and develop a marketing plan and clear implementation process for all funded sustainability programs
-Promote a culture of sustainability as part of the residential experience
-Educate student organizations about sustainable practices and behaviors they can implement as a student organization
-Communicate to departments, using the STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System) framework, how they can contribute to Elon’s sustainability efforts
-Use campus buildings and events to educate the campus community about sustainable practices
-Connect service learning with identified community issues, which often relate to one or more aspect of sustainability (social, economic, environmental)
-Increase understanding of service learning and its impact and deepen connections with service learning community partners
-Enhance the use of stories and relatable language in sustainability communications
-Utilize collaborative partnerships to expand the reach of sustainability communications both on and off campus


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:

The current Sustainability Master Plan (2015) includes several objectives related to operations, below is a sample of those:
-Establish a carbon neutral university by 2037 as identified in the initial Sustainability Master Plan (2006-2007)
-Reduce total energy consumption per gross square foot compared to a 2005 baseline
-Increase the percentage of campus energy consumption that comes from non-fossil fuel sources, such as solar and geothermal
-Partner with Dining Services to develop a comprehensive and robust program for local and sustainable purchasing, food options and waste reduction
-Further develop and communicate sustainable purchasing practices for goods and services
-Incorporate electronic processes to reduce costs where feasible
-Expand and improve the campus’ physical infrastructure that supports alternative transportation and student, faculty and staff safety
-Enhance the university’s transportation system in collaboration with the transportation system that is developed in the surrounding community/county
-Assess the university’s Sustainability Design Standards and Green Building Policy at least every five years to ensure the university’s new construction and renovation projects are high-performance, sustainable facilities
-Expand the botanical gardens and collections and associated educational materials
-Expand the tree management program
-Reduce waste and increase the yearly waste diversion rate (i.e., reduce the percentage of waste sent to the landfill)
-Reduce total potable water consumption per gross square foot compared to a 2005 baseline


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:

Elon is addressing its diversity, inclusion and global engagement goals in a comprehensive manner. The Elon Diversity, Inclusion,and Global Engagement Action Plan 2016-2021 includes the following objectives:
-Achieve a more diverse and inclusive community of undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff.
-Build and promote a premiere experience for students in our inclusive, intellectual, and residential campus with emphasis on high impact practices and a holistic student development focused on learning.
-Increase global engagement opportunities and intercultural knowledge, perspective and skills of students.
For more information: https://www.elon.edu/u/diversity-inclusion/progress-and-planning/
In addition, several units within the university have their own diversity plans with objectives specific to their unit.


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):
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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?:
No

The formal statement in support of sustainability:
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The institution’s definition of sustainability:

From the current Sustainability Master Plan (2015):
The guiding definition of sustainability for this plan is:
Sustainability explores the dynamic interconnections among environmental, social and economic systems in order to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
This definition is based on the one published in Our Common Future, also known as the Brundtland Report, from the United Nations World Commission on Environment and Development (1987) and incorporates the three key elements of sustainability.


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