Overall Rating Expired
Overall Score Expired
Liaison Ruth Miller
Submission Date March 7, 2016
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STARS v2.0

Gettysburg College
PA-2: Sustainability Planning

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Jim Biesecker
Director of Facilites Planning & Management
Facilities Services Office
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Does the institution have current and formal plans to advance sustainability in the following areas? Do the plans include measurable objectives?:
Current and Formal Plans (Yes or No) Measurable Objectives (Yes or No)
Curriculum --- ---
Research (or other scholarship) --- ---
Campus Engagement Yes No
Public Engagement Yes No
Air and Climate Yes Yes
Buildings Yes Yes
Dining Services/Food Yes No
Energy Yes Yes
Grounds Yes Yes
Purchasing Yes No
Transportation Yes Yes
Waste Yes Yes
Water Yes Yes
Diversity and Affordability --- ---
Health, Wellbeing and Work --- ---
Investment --- ---
Other --- ---

A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Curriculum:

Unknown


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Curriculum plan(s):

Unknown


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Curriculum plan(s):

Unknown


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Research (or other scholarship):

Unknown


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Research plan(s):

Unknown


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Research plan(s):

Unknown


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance Campus Engagement around sustainability:

Communication and advertising during campus events.


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Campus Engagement plan:

sustainability clubs


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Campus Engagement plan(s):

Environmental Studies
Facilities Services


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance Public Engagement around sustainability:

Communication and advertising during campus events.


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Public Engagement plan(s):

Unknown


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Public Engagement plan(s):

Unknown


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Air and Climate:

Gettysburg annually allocates dollars in the plant fund to invest in energy reducing projects, such as lighting retro-fits and HVAC replacements. When major renovations are planned the College is committed to designing with energy efficient systems.


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Air and Climate plan(s):

Climate commitment plan, measuring against carbon footprint


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Air and Climate plan(s):

The Finance and Administration division of the College oversees the departments at the College who are responsible for managing most of the College's carbon footprint. These departments include Facilities Services, Dining Services and Purchasing.


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Buildings:

The College continues to replace lighting in building with energy efficient systems additionally bathroom renovations typically include low flow apparatus. The College utilized the Trane building control systems to help reduce energy usage and continues to monitor energy usage.


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Buildings plan(s):

The College maintains an active record of all energy and water usage on campus and tracks this usage against prior year figures. The College strategy has been to continue to maintain and invest in the central power plant where over 85% of the campus heat is produced and over half the campus cooling is produced. One of the strategies is to maintain the underground steam and chilled water lines. To this end the college just competed and infrared study of the lines.


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Buildings plan(s):

The campus building plans are maintained by the Facilities Services Department, Jim Biesecker is the Director of Facilities Planning and Management.


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Dining Services/Food:

the pulper, buy locally,


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Dining Services/Food plan(s):

The college tracks the amount of waste and water usage at the dining center and compares the usage to prior years. Additionally we can track the amount of dollars spent on local food sources compared to prior years.


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Dining Services/Food plan(s):

Auxiliary services - Director Peter North and , Dining services - Director Gary Brautigam


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Energy:

Climate commitment


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Energy plan(s):

Climate commitment plan, measuring against carbon footprint


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Energy plan(s):

The Finance and Administration division of the College oversees the Facilities Services Department who is responsible for managing energy usage. Jim Biesecker is the Director of Facilities Planning and Management.


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Grounds:

The college manages the replacement of campus plantings with special focus on utilizing native plantings wherever possible. The college also utilizes green products where possible.


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Grounds plan(s):

The College maintains a record of the numbers and types of plantings on campus and continues to expand the overall number of plantings.


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Grounds plan(s):

Jim Biesecker is the Director of Facilities Planning and Management and Eric Richardson is the Grounds manager.


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Purchasing:

The College looks to purchase locally whenever possible and when available the College will purchase energy efficient appliances and other sustainable items.


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Purchasing plan(s):

The college tracks the amount of dollars spent on local vendors and compares that with prior years. The college also encourages the use of purchasing cards to reduce the amount of paperwork being mailed.


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Purchasing plan(s):

The Finance and Administration division of the College oversees the Purchasing Department whose Director is Pat Verderosa. Additionally the other large purchasing departments including Facilities Services Department and Auxiliary Services also manage purchases. Jim Biesecker is the Director of Facilities Planning and Management and Peter North is the Director of Auxiliary Services.


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Transportation:

utilize vans to have more groups travelling together, eliminated freshman parking, offer free local public transit through freedom transit.


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Transportation plan(s):

Measure the number of transportation miles and riders. The goal is to increase the ridership but reduce the overall number of miles driven by transporting large groups, thus reducing the departments carbon footprint and the overall cost of the program.


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Transportation plan(s):

The Finance and Administration division of the College oversees the Facilities Services Department for whom the Transportation Department reports. Jim Biesecker is the Director of Facilities Planning and Management.


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Waste:

Utilizing a pulper at dining and continuing to expand recycling efforts


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Waste plan(s):

The college tracks the amount of waste at the dining center and the campus overall compares the usage to prior years. Additionally the College operates a give it up for good program with the local United Way that allows the students to donate unwanted materials at the end of the year to keep them out of the waste stream and gives the United Way an opportunity to raise funds, the college estimates the over tonnage sold each year and compares it to past years.


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Waste plan(s):

The Finance and Administration division of the College oversees the Facilities Services Department for whom this program is maintained. Jim Biesecker is the Director of Facilities Planning and Management.


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Water:

Continue to install Low flow systems wherever possible. Additionally the College continues to invest in our underground steam and chilled water systems to reduce the amount of line loss.


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Water plan(s):

The college tracks water usage on the campus both annually but also quarterly and when anomalies are identified investigates and address any issues. This is an on going program.


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Water plan(s):

The Finance and Administration division of the College oversees the Facilities Services Department for whom this program is maintained. Jim Biesecker is the Director of Facilities Planning and Management.


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance Diversity and Affordability:

Unknown


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Diversity and Affordability plan(s):

Unknown


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Diversity and Affordability plan(s):

Unknown


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Health, Wellbeing and Work:

Unknown


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Health, Wellbeing and Work plan(s):

Unknown


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Health, Wellbeing and Work plan(s):

Unknown


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Investment:

Unknown


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Investment plan(s):

Unknown


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Investment plan(s):

Unknown


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in other areas:

Unknown


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the other plan(s):

Unknown


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the other plan(s):

Unknown


The institution’s definition of sustainability:

communications department- the president's office
Jane North
Synthesize everything into a paragraph or two, have some people edit it, send it to somebody up north


Does the institution’s strategic plan or equivalent guiding document include sustainability at a high level?:
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A brief description of how the institution’s strategic plan or equivalent guiding document addresses sustainability:

Unknown


The website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability planning is available:
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