Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.33
Liaison James Biesecker
Submission Date Nov. 1, 2022

STARS v2.2

Gettysburg College
PA-2: Sustainability Planning

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 4.00 Jim Biesecker
Associate Vice President of Facilities Planning & Management
Facilities Services
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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 Environmental Studies Department on campus is committed to an Inclusion Action Plan and an Anti-Racism Policy. Objectives include instituting a student advisory board, creating a concentration in environmental justice, and implementing lab and fieldwork protocols. Please reference ES website to see the sustainability and diversity objectives: https://www.gettysburg.edu/academic-programs/environmental-studies/


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:

In our Climate Action Plan we acknowledge several objectives related to engagement:
*Recyclemania: The College continues to participate in the national competition and receives high rankings in our categories.
*Center for Public Service: CPS continues to fund outreach activities that educates students and the community about the environment and support people in need.
*Video Conferencing: The installation and use of video conferencing has continued, with nearly 90% of our classrooms and conference rooms having this technology.
*Behavioral Changes: continues to look at ways encourage changes in our campus community through campaigns to take personal responsibility for our impact on the College's carbon footprint.
*Behavioral Changes: The Coill


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:

Meeting our detailed sustainability objectives to achieve carbon neutrality by 2032. Please follow the link to our Sustainability and Facilities Services pages.

https://www.gettysburg.edu/about-the-college/sustainability/

https://www.gettysburg.edu/offices/facilities-services/


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:

A re-organized Campus Climate and Sustainability Committee was given a new charge in 2020. The measurable objective is in the charge: completing the STARS report to track our growth. Please see PDF below

Additional information can be found in the campus Diversity statement.
https://www.gettysburg.edu/offices/diversity-inclusion/diversity-statement


Does the institution have a published strategic plan or equivalent guiding document that includes sustainability at a high level? :
No

The institution’s highest guiding document (upload):
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Website URL where the institution’s highest guiding document is publicly available:
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Which of the following best describes the inclusion of sustainability in the highest guiding document?:
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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?:
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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 ---
The Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI) ---
ISCN-GULF Sustainable Campus Charter ---
Pan-Canadian Protocol for Sustainability ---
SDG Accord ---
Second Nature’s Carbon Commitment (formerly known as the ACUPCC), Resilience Commitment, and/or integrated Climate Commitment Yes
The Talloires Declaration (TD) ---
UN Global Compact ---
Other multi-dimensional sustainability commitments (please specify below) ---

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

The college's climate commitments are managed by Second Nature.


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

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