Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 28.04
Liaison Jodi Kennedy
Submission Date July 5, 2022

STARS v2.2

Georgia Southern University
PA-2: Sustainability Planning

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 4.00 Jodi Kennedy
Director
Office of Leadership and Community Engagement
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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:

CURR-ST-001.1 - Create a criteria list for identifying sustainability courses.
CURR-ST-001.2 - Create a sustainability course ID.
CURR-ST-001.3 - Survey faculty to accumulate a detailed list of courses with
climate change /sustainability content; assess climate change/ sustainability penetration into curriculum.
CURR-ST-002.1 - Survey faculty to accumulate a detailed list of courses with climate change/sustainability content; assess climate/ sustainability penetration into curriculum.
CURR-ST-003.1 - Integrate options for climate change/sustainability into aspects of First Year Experience (FYE) and Second Year Experience *(SYE).
CURR-ST-003.2 - Offer assistance to faculty to develop or integrate climate change/sustainability science topics; find & adapt former Center of Sustainability modules for sustainability advising certification (resources required).
CURR-ST-003.3 - Add BS in Sustainability Science and minor.
CURR-ST-004.1 - Demonstrate connection between DEI and climate change/sustainability within courses climate change/sustainability course tag.
CURR-ST-004.2 - Create a standard for how to link Climate Change/ Sustainability to DEI.
CURR-IT-001.1 - Add Master of Science (MS) and Doctorate (PhD) degrees in Environmental Science.
CURR-IT-001.2 - Improve the Center for Sustainability to sponsor academic speakers, fundraise to
support student researchers
CURR-IT-002.1 - Workshop for faculty to develop climate change/sustainability courses.
CURR-IT-002.2 - Enhance climate change/sustainability study abroad opportunities.
CURR-LT-001.1 - Improve inclusion of climate change/sustainability courses across curricula on all campuses.
CURR-LT-001.2 - Expand service and experiential learning opportunities in climate change/sustainability to a requirement for students.


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:

CE-ST-001.1 - Create partnerships to host annual green programs outside of Sustainability to educate the campus community on the Climate Action Plan
CE-ST-001.2 - Host a sustainability week each spring semester on every campus.
CE-ST-001.3 - “GreenFest” event.
CE-ST-001.4 - Farmers Market (on-campus).
CE-ST-002.1 - Create a Sustainability Liaison on campus committees and governance groups (SGA, faculty senate, and staff council).
CE-ST-002.2 - Add sustainability component to “Operational Efficiency” for President’s Cabinet scorecards.
CE-ST-002.3 - continue restructuring of Sustainability office to hire a permanent full time director to manage strategic sustainability initiatives on campus (such as CAP and Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education [AASHE] Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating SystemTM [STARsTM])
CE-ST-003.1 - Create a website for Sustain Southern within Student Affairs that details goals, highlights research by faculty and collects resources to engage the community.
CE-ST-003.2 - Create branding for Sustain Southern and/or sustainability efforts within the university.
CE-ST-003.3 - Create a campaign associated with university sustainability efforts.
CE-ST-003.4 - Announce sustainability campaign in university wide communication.
CE-IT-002.1 - Utilize liaisons to establish desire within the student body.
CE-IT-002.2 -Submitting for approval for newly created fee.
CE-IT-002.3 - Implement Fee at Armstrong and Statesboro.
CE-LT-001.1: Research into carbon neutral events and creating a baseline checklist.
CE-LT-001.2: Develop a committee to look at large-scale events and opportunities to further integrate
climate action goals (reduce waste output, GHG emissions, etc.).


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:

ECM-BH_MNG-001.1-Digitally survey the behaviors of the student population.
ECM-BH_MNG-001.2-Rank order on importance the sustainability behaviors of students and their impacts.
ECM-BH-MNG-001.3-Conduct a transportation survey every year.
ECM BH_MNG-001.1-Create checklist in Folio with levels of engagement/ badges
ECM-BH_MNG-ST-003 Coordinate with finance to establish accounting structure to segregate
rebate cash stream for reuse on ECM program.
ECM-BH_MNG-ST-004-Coordinate use of temporary or existing independent meters to conduct awareness challenges.
ECM-BH_MNG-ST-005-Establish formal procedures to review MRR projects for retro-commissioning
need and continually benchtop survey building inventory for re-commissioning opportunities.
ECM-BH_MNG-006.1-Brainstorm a competition that students could easily participate in.
ECM-BH_MNG-006.2-Decide on a prize that an entire residence hall could enjoy (bare in the mind the variance of size of halls).
ECM-BH_MNG-007.1-Research typical ways student orgs are unsustainable.
ECM-BH_MNG-007.2-Develop a checklist covering common sustainability mistakes as well as
general guidelines with respect to waste, single use plastics, microplastics, materials sourced unsustainably
ECM-BH_MNG-008.1-Coordinate remote delivery efforts with space utilization initiatives
ECM- BH_MNG-ST- 009-Require dining locations to adhere to Meatless Mondays initiative.
ECM-TRANSP-ST-001-The P & T office will update the website with initiatives that may include information on carpool permits, hybrid spaces, Zipcar, etc.
ECM-TRANSP-ST-002-Work with Finance to include sustainable travel information on the university website where travel forms are located.
ECM-TRANSP-003.1 Apply for Bike Friendly University accreditation.
ECM-TRANSP-003.2 Work with Southern Adventures/CRI to expand the bike rental and repair program to Armstrong.
ECM-TRANSP-003.3 Work with Campus Planning and Design to increase the number of bike pathways
on Statesboro campus.
ECM-TRANSP-003.4 Create incentives for students to choose biking over other less environmentally friendly forms of transportation.
ECM-TRANSP-003.1 Apply for Bike Friendly University accreditation.
ECM-TRANSP-003.2 Work with Southern Adventures/CRI to expand the bike rental and repair program to Armstrong.
ECM-TRANSP-003.3 Work with Campus Planning and Design to increase the number of bike pathways
on Statesboro campus.
ECM-TRANSP-003.4 Create incentives for students to choose biking over other less environmentally friendly forms of transportation.
ECM-TRANSP-ST-004 The Sustainability Programs Office and the P & T office will investigate the implementation of a Carbon Commuter Program. This will include research of the average commuter miles per year for each campus. The initiative will allow students, faculty and staff to fund
sustainability projects along with purchasing yearly parking passes at the P & T office.
ECM-TRANSP-ST-005 Aggressively monitor biodiesel usage under new 10-year contract with First
Transit. Monitor for advancements to improve efficiencies and reduce carbon emissions. Possibly retrofitting existing buses with any advancements.
ECM-WASTE-ST-001.1 Identify pre-consumer food waste from the dining halls baseline data by end of FY 2023 and from retail/catering by FY 2024. Using the created baseline, reduce food waste. Utilize proper pars and small batch cooking. Analyzing customer trends to determine amounts of food to
produce.
ECM-WASTE-ST-001.2 Utilize proper pans and small batch cooking.
ECM-WASTE-ST-001.3 Analyzing customer trends to determine amounts of food to produce.
ECM-WASTE-ST-001.4 - Have food waste put into separate bins.
ECM-WASTE-ST-004.1 Eliminate plastic straws, styrofoam boxes, and cups, plastic bags, etc.
ECM-WASTE-ST-004.2 Buying more paper/compostable products in lieu of plastic. Possibly utilize reusable containers.


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:
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):
Website URL where the institution's sustainability plan is publicly available:
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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:
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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) 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:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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The Climate Action Plan was adopted in March 2022

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