|Submission Date||March 6, 2020|
PA-2: Sustainability Planning
|1.00 / 4.00||
Office of Sustainability
Does the institution have a published plan or plans that include measurable sustainability objectives that address sustainability in curriculum and/or research?:
A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives related to academics and the plan(s) in which they are published:
Does the institution have a published plan or plans that include measurable sustainability objectives that address student, employee, or community engagement for sustainability?:
A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives related to engagement and the plan(s) in which they are published:
Does the institution have a published plan or plans that include measurable sustainability objectives that address sustainability in operations?:
A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives related to operations and the plan(s) in which they are published:
Goal Six, Objective 6 - KPI 5: Near Term. Revise and refine the campus master plan to include high priority capital projects (e.g. student housing, academic and office space, parking, etc.) over the coming decade. Consideration will be given to environmental sustainability.
A measurable objective is to continue reducing our carbon footprint, kWh, and BTU's and increasing the number of energy efficiency projects on campus.
The Campus Master Plan also has a number of references to accessibility, mobility safety, and sustainability
Strengthen the College’s Image and Identity
• Display innovation – revitalize land between 8th and 9th Streets for reinvention, entrepreneurship, outreach, and partnerships.
• Reinforce the heart of student life and support – optimize land, facilities and
open space around Bultman Student Center, DeWitt Student and Cultural Center and the Pine Grove.
• Provide inspirational campus lighting and signage to create an inviting and safe pedestrian experience.
• Provide high-value, attractive, and universally accessible land uses on eastern and southern campus parcels.
Bring Together People, Programs, and Partners
• Provide a highly visible beacon and
Welcome Center for visitors, admissions and alumni.
• Develop welcoming, universally accessible and branded pedestrian corridors and park-like spaces.
- East/West: Centennial Park to Fairbanks Avenue
- North/South: downtown Holland to 13th Street
• Use the city and campus block grid to link the College with the downtown
• Strengthen universal design, night-time safety, all-season comfort, and a walkable 10-minute class-change time.
Create Inclusive, Safe, and Healthy Spaces
• Locate programs and provide universally accessible pedestrian improvements that
are appropriate for high volume traffic on Columbia Avenue and College Avenue.
• Promote and improve 10th and 13th Streets as on-campus living/learning neighborhoods.
• Integrate and improve the distinctive student housing styles and locations for
traditional halls, suites, apartments and cottages to reinforce community.
• Provide pedestrian-safe and universally accessible crossings at busy streets and railroad tracks.
Promote Resilient Practices - Economic, Social and Environmental
• Model urban sustainability – shepherd campus land, physical resources, natural
systems, community health and college finances.
• Display innovation, conservation and measurement of resource use.
• Develop Maplewood Drain and related stormwater channels as “clean water corridors.”
• Contribute to Downtown Holland and surrounding neighborhood wellbeing.
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?:
A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives related to administration and the plan(s) in which they are published:
GOAL 3: GLOBAL ENGAGEMENT
Students, faculty and staff will engage in enriching, cross-cultural encounters that promote global understanding and develop cultural proficiency.
The advancement of cross-cultural learning and global engagement will be the shared responsibility of all divisions and departments.
Curricular and co-curricular learning opportunities that advance cross-cultural and global learning outcomes will be part of every student's Hope College experience.
GOAL 4: COMMUNITY
Hope College will be a community unified by its inspiring mission, strengthened by its diversity, and committed to the flourishing of every individual as one created and loved by God.
Faculty, staff, students and trustees will be a living/learning community characterized by respectful understanding of commonalities and differences informed by our Christian mission.
Recruitment, retention and vendor strategies will employ best practices in developing a diverse and inclusive community.
Assess, address and promote a campus culture where each person can flourish.
Does the institution have a published strategic plan or equivalent guiding document that includes sustainability at a high level? :
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?:
The institution's sustainability plan (upload):
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?:
The formal statement in support of sustainability:
We have a new President at Hope College (began July 1 2019) and the campus Green Team has been working on a draft statement to send to the board.
The College views environmental sustainability as the process by which we steward resources wisely for our current population while always cognizant of our impact on future generations.
The Christian faith calls us to care for all of God’s creation and ensure preservation for generations to come.
Our goal is to bring students and stakeholders together so they can be prepared as Christian stewards and responsible global citizens. We engage the world constructively through our teaching, research and community service in order to shape Hope College into a model of sustainability and to be a force for good in the world.
Through our daily actions, we can make a big impact and create a better world for every individual, each of whom is created and loved by God.
The institution’s definition of sustainability:
Sustainability encompasses solutions-driven scholarship and practice that seeks to safeguard our economic, ecological and social systems. The field is defined by the problems it addresses rather than the disciplines it employs.
Hope College derives its goals for sustainability from the definition posed by the Brundtland Report
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|
|Second Nature’s Carbon Commitment (formerly known as the ACUPCC), Resilience Commitment, and/or integrated Climate Commitment||No|
|The Talloires Declaration (TD)||Yes|
|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:
Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability planning efforts is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
We recently completed our Campus Master Planning process which includes bike paths and alternative transportation routes.
One of the four principles of the master plan is:
SUSTAIN: Promote Resilient Practices - Economic, Social and Environmental
•Model urban sustainability – shepherd campus land, physical resources, natural systems, community health and college finances.
•Display innovation, conservation and measuring resource use
•Develop Maplewood Drain and related stormwater channels as “clean water corridors”
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