Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 60.54
Liaison Michael Amadori
Submission Date March 5, 2021

STARS v2.2

Hobart and William Smith Colleges
PA-2: Sustainability Planning

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.50 / 4.00 Michael Amadori
Sustainability Manager
Office of Sustainability
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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?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives related to academics and the plan(s) in which they are published:
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Does the institution have a published plan or plans that include measurable sustainability objectives that address student, employee, or community engagement for sustainability?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives related to engagement and the plan(s) in which they are published:
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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:

From the Climate Action Plan:
Mechanisms to reduce emissions from electricity and natural gas fall under the following four categories: 1) execute the Energy and Climate Committee’s mission and project scope, 2) set building reduction goals, 3) develop a system to target and monitor campus wide emission reductions from heat, and 4) establish a Renewable Energy Credit Purchasing Policy.

Example objectives:
- execute emission reduction efforts with a payback of 1 year or less
- track emission reduction efforts, efforts determined to have too long of a payback, and efforts in the pipeline
- establish an achievable, measurable, and identifiable efficiency goal for each building and its occupants
- upgrade energy management system
- execution of multiple energy audits
- HVAC energy study (economizing and heat recovery)
- Sub-metering of the top two electricity consuming buildings and tracking data to monitor efficiency
- replacement of 90% of lights with high efficiency light bulbs
- installation of light sensors in most classrooms and many offices
- creation of an air conditioning policy of 74-78 degrees
- installation of variable speed drives
- execution of kitchen inventory and appliance monitoring
- building scheduling and set-backs
- quarterly campus energy inspections


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?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives related to administration and the plan(s) in which they are published:
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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:

HWS has committed to be Climate Neutral by 2025 (Second Nature's Carbon Commitment)


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 goes beyond GHG reduction and elimination and has taken form as a strategic plan for sustainability.

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