Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.91
Liaison Elizabeth Swiman
Submission Date Dec. 19, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Florida State University
PA-2: Sustainability Planning

Status Score Responsible Party
4.00 / 4.00 Jamie Valentine
Partnerships Coordinator
Sustainable Campus
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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:

In Goal VI of the University Strategic Plan (2017-2022), FSU declares it will incorporate sustainable living practices into all FSU activities. Through the pursuit of climate action, waste minimization, resource stewardship, and education for sustainability, FSU will incorporate practices that reduce our overall footprint and build a University-wide culture of environmental care. FSU will pursue:
• Climate action by focusing on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and energy use through increased conservation and efficiency efforts, increased sustainable transportation options that support a bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly campus, and optimizing the use of green building technologies.
• Waste minimization by increasing our overall waste diversion rate through enhanced 3R efforts (reduce, reuse, and recycling), responsible purchasing practices, and responsible waste disposal strategies.
• Resource stewardship by expanding conservation activities across our campuses while supporting environmentally-friendly land, habitat, and watershed management practices.
• Education for sustainability by increasing communication efforts and related curricular, co-curricular, service, and research initiatives.


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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)? :
No

A copy of the climate action plan:
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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:

Strategic Plan 2.5: Expand innovative teaching strategies
• Establish a FSU Center for Teaching and Learning to support faculty professional development and innovation in pedagogical practice. This initiative will include learning from other universities and organizations employing “best” and “emerging” practices.
Strategic Plan 2.4: Encourage and incentivize high-impact, interdisciplinary and inter-college initiatives that address pressing societal issues
• Enhance the leadership and coordination of interdisciplinary programs and activities across the University.
• Engage the FSU community in identifying broad thematic areas in which to develop new programs and interdisciplinary faculty hiring initiatives.
• Promote interdisciplinary teaching and programs at the undergraduate level and, at the graduate level, remove barriers to the development of new interdisciplinary programs such as student financial support and the allocation of credit among programs in different colleges and departments.
Strategic Plan 3.3: Develop globally and culturally competent students who are prepared to succeed in an increasingly multicultural and international society
• Incorporate into curricula, courses, and materials perspectives that prepare students to live and work in a diverse and global society.
Strategic Plan 6.5-4: Education for Sustainability
Master Plan 5.0: Foster academic excellence


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:

Strategic Plan 2.2: Enhance the quality of graduate education to achieve preeminence in strategically important areas of study and research
• Leverage the world-class strengths of the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory and expand the resources of FSU’s Innovation Park. We want to attract the highest caliber researchers and graduate students, enhance the research experiences of undergraduate students, and strengthen outreach to scientists worldwide.
• Expand and enrich FSU’s research enterprise by strengthening the research infrastructure—IT, space, support staff, equipment, and library—required to support a substantial increase in interdisciplinary research.
• Grow and improve the volume and visibility of innovative research in engineering.
Strategic Plan 2.5: Expand innovative teaching strategies
• Expand active engagement in research and scholarship for undergraduates, beginning in their first year at the University. This will include increasing faculty mentorship and providing more opportunities for collaborative work with faculty members, graduate students, and fellow undergraduates.
Strategic Plan 5.1: Expand experiential, cross-cultural, and collaborative learning
• Engage all students in research, clinical, and project-based-learning experiences that provide them with career-ready competencies.
Strategic Plan 6.5-4: Education for Sustainability
Master Plan 4.0: Enhance research and creative endeavors


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:

Strategic Plan 6.5: Incorporate sustainable living practices into all FSU activities
FSU will incorporate practices that reduce our overall footprint and build a University-wide culture of environmental care. We will actively pursue:
Education for sustainability by increasing communication efforts and related curricular, co-curricular, service, and research initiatives.
Master Plan 5.1: Accommodate and expand a collaborative campus
Master Plan 6.5: Achieve excellence in the sustainable campus environment


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:

Strategic Plan 2.1: Define and Develop an FSU “faculty for the future”
• Create incentives and encouragement for faculty members to connect with the Tallahassee community in their research, pedagogy, and service and to use these experiences to increase student experiential learning and civic engagement
Strategic Plan 2.6: Enhance FSU’s strategy for expanding its global footprint and fostering a culturally rich learning environment on campus
• Expand and strengthen strategic partnerships with universities and organizations abroad and domestically to provide more opportunities for education experiences outside of the United States.
• Create faculty and staff professional development initiatives that foster international engagement, including faculty exchanges and international research collaborations.
• Expand experiential, cross-cultural, and collaborative learning opportunities on campus and abroad to help students develop intercultural competencies and global awareness.
• Build and sustain a globally-minded FSU community by increasing opportunities that promote interaction and understanding among students of all cultures.
Strategic Plan 4.2: Expand the number of nationally or internationally recognized interdisciplinary academic programs
• Ensure that every student has the opportunity for at least one significant experience in student organizations, research, community service, leadership roles, internships, and/or international experiences.
• Improve college readiness and outcomes by building strong connections with K-12 schools in the Tallahassee area, Florida community colleges, and other state four-year institutions from which significant numbers of students transfer to FSU.
• Increase partnerships with community agencies and schools to stimulate social entrepreneurship and to educate and involve students in civic responsibility.
Master Plan 7.0: Strengthen the public service mission of the University
Master Plan 8.0: Build the University’s national reputation.


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:

Strategic Plan 6.5: Incorporate sustainable living practices into all FSU activities
We will incorporate practices that reduce our overall footprint and build a University-wide culture of environmental care. We will actively pursue:
• Climate action by focusing on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and energy use through increased conservation and efficiency efforts, increased sustainable transportation options that support a bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly campus, and optimizing the use of green building technologies.
Master Plan 6.5: Achieve excellence in the sustainable campus environment


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:

Strategic Plan 6.5: Incorporate sustainable living practices into all FSU activities
We will incorporate practices that reduce our overall footprint and build a University-wide culture of environmental care. We will actively pursue:
• Climate action by focusing on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and energy use through increased conservation and efficiency efforts, increased sustainable transportation options that support a bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly campus, and optimizing the use of green building technologies.
Master Plan 1F: Develop all new buildings and facilities to meet state energy efficiency standards and promote concepts of sustainability.


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:

Master Plan 6.3: Foster spirit of service excellence
Master Plan 6.4: Achieve excellence in the physical campus environment
Master Plan 6.5: Achieve excellence in the sustainable campus environment
Strategic Plan 6.5: Incorporate sustainable living practices into all FSU activities
We will incorporate practices that reduce our overall footprint and build a University-wide culture of environmental care. We will actively pursue:
• Climate action by focusing on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and energy use through increased conservation and efficiency efforts, increased sustainable transportation options that support a bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly campus, and optimizing the use of green building technologies.


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:

The Sodexo and FSU contract lays out the following goals:
Goal 2: Develop a comprehensive Choose to Reuse Program
Goal 2: Develop a composting program for food waste and track waste stream
Goal 3: Increase environmentally-responsible practices in campus dining operations
In year one of Sodexo operation, 10% of food must be from local sources. This percentage shall increase by 3% a year to align with 20% by 2020.
Sodexo shall develop and implement policies and procedures to reduce pre-and post-consumer waste in all dining venues.


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:


Strategic Plan 6.5: Incorporate sustainable living practices into all FSU activities
• Resource stewardship by expanding conservation activities across our campuses while supporting environmentally-friendly land, habitat, and watershed management practices.
Master Plan 6.3: Foster spirit of service excellence
Master Plan 6.4: Achieve excellence in the physical campus environment
Master Plan 6.5: Achieve excellence in the sustainable campus environment


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:

Sustainability Strategic Plan: Goal 3-E. Promote sustainable alternatives in the procurement of goods and services.

4-OP-A-8: Supplier Diversity
• The objective of this policy is to ensure and promote qualified small business participation in state contracting, which includes small businesses owned by ethnic/racial minorities, veteran and women. It is the ultimate goal of the University to have a diverse supplier base that provides the highest quality support services that are consistent with a world-class status the University seeks to achieve.
Strategic Plan 6.5: Incorporate sustainable living practices into all FSU activities


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:

Strategic Plan 6.5: Incorporate sustainable living practices into all FSU activities
• Climate action by focusing on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and energy use through increased conservation and efficiency efforts, increased sustainable transportation options that support a bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly campus, and optimizing the use of green building technologies.
Master Plan 6.4: Achieve excellence in the physical campus environment
Mater Plan 6.5: Achieve excellence in the sustainable campus environment


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:

Strategic Plan 6.5: Incorporate sustainable living practices into all FSU activities
• Waste minimization by increasing our overall waste diversion rate through enhanced 3R efforts (reduce, reuse, and recycling), responsible purchasing practices, and responsible waste disposal strategies.
Master Plan 6.4: Achieve excellence in the physical campus environment
Mater Plan 6.5: Achieve excellence in the sustainable campus environment


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:

Strategic Plan 6.5: Incorporate sustainable living practices into all FSU activities
We will incorporate practices that reduce our overall footprint and build a University-wide culture of environmental care. We will actively pursue:
• Resource stewardship by expanding conservation activities across our campuses while supporting environmentally-friendly land, habitat, and watershed management practices.


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:

Strategic Plan 2.3: Strengthen the excellence and reputation of the University’s professional schools
• Continue to attract and retain more diverse students and faculty, building on our nationally recognized success in preparing African-American and Hispanic professionals.
• Build our partnership with FAMU in advancing the mission of the FAMU/FSU Joint College of Engineering by together increasing faculty and students and building a stronger research portfolio, while meeting our mission to help prepare African-American and women Engineers.
Strategic Plan 2.2: Enhance the quality of graduate education to achieve preeminence in strategically important areas of study and research
• Attract the best graduate and post-doctoral students through greater financial support and improvement in campus amenities and quality of life.
Strategic Plan Goal 3: Realizing the Full Potential of Diversity and Inclusion
3.1: Increase the diversity of FSU’s student body, faculty, and staff
We will set and pursue aggressive goals to enroll students and recruit and retain faculty and staff at all levels of the University who reflect the diversity of Florida and our nation.
• Provide numerous pathways to FSU enrollment—including links to schools and community organizations that serve populations underrepresented in higher education—to expand access for an increasingly diverse market of prospective students.
• Ensure an affordable FSU education for all students regardless of socioeconomic status.
• Support and strengthen initiatives for the recruitment, retention, and development of a diverse faculty and staff.
• Support student affairs initiatives and employee professional development programs that help ensure a welcoming atmosphere for members of historically marginalized and underrepresented populations who join the FSU community.
• Become the nation’s most veteran-friendly university, through targeted efforts to recruit and retain students, faculty, and staff from veteran populations.
3.2: Expand and strengthen academic and co-curricular programs, as well as administrative initiatives, that increase diversity and inclusiveness
• Provide continued fiscal and administrative support to successful programs focused on inclusiveness in students’ academic and co-curricular experiences, among them the Unconquered Scholars, Service Scholars, and Womanist Scholars programs.
• Develop new programs that recognize and support the fullest range of diversity and multiculturalism, including but not limited to disability/ability, socio-economic, age, rural/urban, veterans, sexual orientation, race, and gender identification.
• Strengthen FSU’s commitment to the establishment, preservation, and strengthening of small, minority, veteran, LGBT, and women-owned business enterprises through the University’s diversity in procurement initiatives.
• Work closely with the joint FAMU-FSU College of Engineering to increase the number of students from historically underrepresented groups pursuing careers in engineering and other STEM fields.
3.3: Develop globally and culturally competent students who are prepared to succeed in an increasingly multicultural and international society
• Incorporate into curricula, courses, and materials perspectives that prepare students to live and work in a diverse and global society.
• Provide more academic, co-curricular, and experiential opportunities for students to immerse themselves in other cultures, both outside and inside the United States.
• Foster welcoming community engagement of the FSU international community with the full academic, co-curricular, and social life of the University.
• Create an Alumni Diversity and Inclusion Board within the FSU Alumni Association that will interact on an ongoing basis with the FSU Foundation, student and faculty diversity and inclusion groups, among others, in support of diversity activities.
• Develop programs through which alumni of FSU’s diverse communities offer mentorship and support to students with similar backgrounds and interests.
Strategic Plan 4.1: Expand FSU’s high-impact programs of advising, leadership development, community-building, and academic support
• Enhance support for the Presidential Scholars Program to facilitate recruitment of a diverse group of highly motivated critical and innovative thinkers.
• Increase academic and personal success among the cohorts of students most at-risk for attrition through multi-faceted programs and support. This may include establishing partnerships with state and local agencies that support foster youth to build a strong pipeline to the Unconquered Scholars Program.
Master Plan 1.0: Recruit and graduate outstanding and diverse students
Master Plan 3.0: Recruit, develop, and retain outstanding and diverse faculty and staff


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:

Sustainability Strategic Plan Goal 4-D.: Include sustainability as part of the next University capital campaign to secure funding for high-impact student experiences.

While there is no stated percentage reduction goal, FSU Divest students work with the FSU Foundation Board Investment Committee and their Institutional partners to study options to invest funds that support green and clean technologies.

Strategic Plan 6.2: Strength the University’s financial foundation
Prepare a sustainable long-range financial plan aligned with this Strategic Framework. Such a plan should seek to increase and diversify the University’s operating income, provide for appropriate tuition increases, improve operational efficiency, and streamline administrative processes and procedures.
Master Plan 6.0: Ensure operational excellence while maintaining financial integrity


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:

Strategic Plan 6.4: Foster a culture of service, problem solving, and teamwork among all FSU employees
Today’s higher education environment requires a culture of service at every level and in every part of the University enterprise—and this demands offering meaningful opportunities for faculty and staff to grow and develop.
• Become a rewarding “workplace-of-choice” for all FSU employees.
• Use organizational performance assessments to determine gaps in current service levels and conduct surveys to understand the perspectives of both “users” and “providers” on the current quality and relevance of services. Use these to identify and improve processes that are inefficient, ineffective, or unnecessary.
• Create and implement a training plan that provides opportunities for employees to develop and apply their talents in new and innovative service and problem-solving approaches.
• Continue to recognize and reward staff who demonstrate an entrepreneurial and innovative mindset in their work.
Strategic Plan 2.1: Define and develop an FSU “faculty for the future”
• Align faculty hiring with the strategic goals of the University—leveraging existing strengths with emerging disciplines, identifying synergies between college-initiated efforts and FSU-wide goals, and rewarding inter-college efforts with additional resources.
• Strengthen the development and retention of faculty, especially at the junior level, by increasing mentorship and setting clear milestones for promotion. We’ll also expand recognition—in tenure, promotion, and merit allocation decisions—of interdisciplinary research and teaching as well as commercialization and entrepreneurship activities.
• Provide strong professional development for faculty that encourages ongoing pedagogical innovation and mentorship of students for careers and advanced study.
• Address staffing needs in support of faculty through both new hires and improved retention of current staff.
Master Plan 3.2: Create and maintain a harmonious, diverse, inclusive, and high-performing work environment


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)? :
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):

Sustainability is development that meets the needs of today without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. A sustainable campus is one that develops process or management systems that help create a vibrant campus economy and high quality of life while respecting the need to sustain natural resources and protect the environment. Sustainable programs are those that result from an institution’s commitment to environmental, social, and economic health.


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 Yes
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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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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