Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 62.34
Liaison Christie-Joy Hartman
Submission Date Jan. 27, 2022

STARS v2.2

James Madison University
PA-2: Sustainability Planning

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 4.00 Christie-Joy Hartman
Executive Director
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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:

Environmental Stewardship Action Plan objective: Increase the number of students who have a local or regional environmental issues field experience as part of a course or research.

https://www.jmu.edu/stewardship/ESAP.shtml


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:

Environmental Stewardship Action Plan objective: Increase the number of students who participate in an environmental project outside of courses (including civic engagement, citizen science, etc.).

https://www.jmu.edu/stewardship/ESAP.shtml


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:

University Strategic Plan 2020-2026:
Fiscal and Facility Stewardship

We develop diversified revenues, build and maintain useful and attractive facilities and leverage innovative technologies to achieve our goals.

Goal 10B: The university will incorporate best practices — state-of-the-art classroom spaces, sustainability (e.g. LEED Certification), effective use of technology, accessibility, etc. — in the renovation and construction of facilities.

Facilities Management set the following objectives addressing energy in the Facilities Management Sustainability Plan which is ongoing/extended through 2023 due to the pandemic:

Objective 6: Implement an asset-based energy management accounting module for tracking, analyzing, managing and reporting on energy consumption by 2020 so that utility costs can be allocated to all departments on campus based on their actual energy consumption.

Objective 7: Through 2020, JMU will retrofit a minimum of 1000 bulbs each fiscal year with energy efficient LED lighting and track energy savings associated with this effort.

Objective 8: By 2020, JMU will reduce energy use in 5 buildings by 2% by setting back those buildings during largely unoccupied periods.

https://www.jmu.edu/facmgt/sustainability/sustainability-plan.shtml


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:

University Strategic Plan 2020-2026:
Access, Inclusivity and Diversity

We embrace access, inclusivity and diversity because they are the foundational cornerstones of equitable experiences leading to an outstanding education and environment for students, faculty and staff.

Goal 2A: The university will expand access and build bridges to cross
existing socioeconomic, geographic, learning and/or other barriers to
participation in academic pursuits and campus activities.
Goal 2B: The university will implement policies, programs and practices to
increase the diversity of students, faculty and staff.
Goal 2C: The university will cultivate a campus climate that is inclusive
and equitable.
Goal 2D The university will strengthen its ability to compete for
students and expand access by annually increasing scholarship
offerings and reducing average student debt.
Goal 2E: The university will value a culture of diversity in teaching, research
and service.
Goal 2F: The university’s approach to enrollment management will be
strategic and visionary, resulting in a student body that reflects and
meets the needs of the Commonwealth, students and the university.
Goal 2G: The university will develop new initiatives and continue to
expand support for the success of non-traditional students.

The Primary Measure in support of Goal #2 was "Percentage of students who are from under-represented groups", Target 2026: To be monitored. 2019-20 figure was 31.59%.


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):
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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):
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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?:
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 No
The Talloires Declaration (TD) Yes
UN Global Compact No
Other multi-dimensional sustainability commitments (please specify below) Yes

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

Signatory of Campus Compact's "Campus Compact 30th Anniversary Action Statement" http://compact.org/actionstatement/

Excerpt:
"...To advance the public purposes of higher education, we affirm the following statements, which characterize our current commitments and name the ideals toward which we will work with renewed dedication, focus, and vigor.

We empower our students, faculty, staff, and community partners to co-create mutually respectful partnerships in pursuit of a just, equitable, and sustainable future for communities beyond the campus—nearby and around the world.

We prepare our students for lives of engaged citizenship, with the motivation and capacity to deliberate, act, and lead in pursuit of the public good.

We embrace our responsibilities as place based institutions, contributing to the health and strength of our communities—economically, socially, environmentally, educationally, and politically.

We harness the capacity of our institutions—through research, teaching, partnerships, and institutional practice—to challenge the prevailing social and economic inequalities that threaten our democratic future.

We foster an environment that consistently affirms the centrality of the public purposes of higher education by setting high expectations for members of the campus community to contribute to their achievement."

Signatory of University Global Coalition Agreement
https://universityglobalcoalition.org/declaration/


Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability planning efforts is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Responsible party for Facilities Management related information: Abram Kaufman, Energy Conservation & Sustainability Manager.

JMU has many programs that are not listed in this credit because they do not meet the criteria of having measurable objectives in a formal published plan. However, JMU has a planning tool, the Strategic Accountability and Reporting Tool, where objectives of all levels are entered annually for internal use. Some programs that are in the tool are reported in other credits, such as under Diversity and Affordability.

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