Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 43.02
Liaison Tanja Srebotnjak
Submission Date March 30, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Harvey Mudd College
PA-2: Sustainability Planning

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 4.00 Joel Peterson
Assistant Vice President for Capital Projects and Facilities
Facilities and Maintenance
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Does the institution have a published strategic plan or equivalent guiding document that includes sustainability at a high level? :
No

A brief description of how the institution’s strategic plan or equivalent guiding document addresses sustainability:
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A copy of the strategic plan:
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The website URL where the strategic plan is publicly available:
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Does the institution have a published sustainability plan (apart from what is reported above)? :
No

A copy of the sustainability plan:
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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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The website URL where the climate action plan is publicly available:
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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):

The Sustainability Policy Statement and the Presidents Climate commitment outlines plans and strategies that HMC intends to follow in order to reach carbon neutrality. (URL: https://www.hmc.edu/facilities-maintenance/sustainability-on-campus/sustainability-policy-statement/) (2nd URL: https://www.hmc.edu/facilities-maintenance/sustainability-on-campus/presidents-climate-committment/)


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Curriculum?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Curriculum and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Research?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Research and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Campus Engagement?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Campus Engagement and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Public Engagement?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Public Engagement and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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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:

The only particular measurable objective is the preparation of a Climate Action Plan and the preparation and submission of greenhouse gas emissions inventories every two years.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Buildings?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Buildings and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Energy?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Energy and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Food & Dining?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Food & Dining and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Grounds?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Grounds and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Purchasing?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Purchasing and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Transportation?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Transportation and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Waste?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Waste and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Water?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Water and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Diversity & Affordability?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Diversity & Affordability and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Investment & Finance?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Investment & Finance and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Wellbeing & Work?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Wellbeing & Work and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address other areas (e.g. arts and culture or technology)?:
No

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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)? :
Yes

The formal statement in support of sustainability:

The core mission of Harvey Mudd College is the education of its students. One aspect of such education is the demonstration by its actions of the College’s concern for, and protection of, its physical environment. To accomplish this, the College must be a responsible steward of the environment. As such, the College will seek to:

- Reduce the rate at which it contributes to the depletion and degradation of natural resources,
- Increase its use of renewable resources, and
- Incorporate concepts of sustainability into the academic and daily affairs of the College.

In order to achieve these goals, the College will develop priorities and implement decisions regarding sustainability impacts of each area of College activity. To achieve this, the President and Chair of the Board of Trustees shall appoint a Sustainability Committee composed of representatives of all stakeholder groups in the college community:

Sustainability Committee Structure
I. Duties and responsibilities
The charge of the Harvey Mudd College Sustainability Committee shall be to set goals for the College’s sustainability program and provide oversight of the Sustainability Program.

The Duties and Responsibilities of the Sustainability Committee are as follows:

- Define and reevaluate annually the mission of the Sustainability Committee and define tangible and attainable goals that lead toward the ultimate goal of carbon neutrality.
- Oversee the implementation of the College’s Sustainability Plan, working with the various stakeholder groups in the Harvey Mudd community.
- Assist the administration in identifying sustainability initiatives as well as potential funding.
- Support the Office of Facilities and Maintenance (F&M) in its implementation of campus sustainability improvement endeavors.
- Actively educate the campus community about the progress of the College’s Sustainability Program.
- Partner with the F&M office to work with Claremont University Consortium and the other Claremont Colleges on sustainability issues.

The Committee Chair shall report to the President’s Cabinet on the College’s progress in implementing the Sustainability Program at least once per year and as necessary to the Physical Plant and Campus Planning Committee of the Board of Trustees.

In establishing and implementing a sustainability program for the College, the Committee will endeavor to evaluate potential decisions in light of the College’s “quadruple bottom line” (economic, environmental and social impacts and the Harvey Mudd Mission Statement). The objective of this analysis shall be to select activities that can be shown to have a “positive payback” to the College in one or more of these dimensions.

II. Membership
The Committee shall consist of one representative appointed or elected from each of the following groups:

Faculty
Associated Students of Harvey Mudd College (the ASHMC Council will take the lead in identifying this student)
Engineers for a Sustainable World/Mudders Organizing for Sustainability Solutions (an appointed position from ESW/MOSS)
Office of Business Affairs
Office of Facilities and Maintenance
The President’s Cabinet may appoint additional members .The terms of the ASHMC and ESW/MOSS members are one year; all other terms are for two years. There are no term limits. The Facilities and Maintenance representative will chair the Committee and convene meetings.

The Committee shall meet as a whole at least twice per semester. Subcommittees and working groups shall be appointed and meet as necessary to achieve objectives. As needed, other constituents, including trustees, could be invited to meet with the Committee to discuss various sustainability initiatives.

Policy Approved by the PPCPC on September 26, 2014.


The institution’s definition of sustainability (e.g. as included in a published statement or plan):
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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
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:

Harvey Mudd College is a signatory of Second Nature's Carbon Commitment (formerly known as the ACUPCC) as of 2008.


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