|Submission Date||Sept. 25, 2020|
PA-2: Sustainability Planning
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:
• Identify, facilitate and advance connections among faculty in order to offer
courses and programs that address sustainability across the College’s
academic divisions: Fine Arts, Humanities, Languages, Natural Sciences and
Mathematics, Physical Education, Social Sciences.
• Foster disciplinary and interdisciplinary knowledge and participation among
students, faculty, staff and alumni by cultivating opportunities to build more
sustainable communities at the local, regional, national and/or global levels.
• Facilitate and advance sustainability education through civic engagement
and service-learning activities
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:
• Introduce principles of sustainability to all Kalamazoo College community
members through various experiential education opportunities.
• Identify and create intentional connections among elements of the K Plan,
Guilds, student organizations, and curriculum as they relate to sustainability.
• Develop campus leadership in sustainability among students, faculty and
• Increase various project opportunities that facilitate links between local,
regional, national and international communities involving sustainability
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:
• Reduce annual Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions (as defined by the ACUPCC) by 25%
below 2008 levels by 2020. Kalamazoo College’s GHG emissions in 2008 were
12,509 MTCE. Successful attainment of the Interim Goal will result reduce GHG
emissions to 9,382 MTC in 2020 a reduction of just over 3,100 MTCE.
• Reduce emissions from College fleet vehicles by 50% below the base year of
2008 by the year 2020 through the phased replacement of campus vehicles
with appropriate zero or low-emission vehicles and reductions in annual fleet
vehicle mileage totals.
• Kalamazoo College will become a climate neutral campus no later than the year
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:
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:
The Kalamazoo College Sustainability and Climate Action Plan is a document that was created by students, faculty, staff, and trustees, and signed by the President of the College at the time. The document stands as a formal statement in support of sustainability.
The institution’s definition of sustainability:
The following is an excerpt from the Kalamazoo College Sustainability and Climate Action Plan: "The most popular definition of sustainability can be traced to a 1987 United Nations conference, Our Common Future, which defined sustainable developments as those that "meet present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs" (World Commission on Environment and Development, 1987). Seeking sustainability, however, requires new ways of thinking about the use of our natural resources, a re-evaluation of our energy policies and practices, and changes in our daily lifestyles. It requires that we create "learning laboratories" that not only direct our attention to strategies and attitudes aimed at reducing carbon emissions but that we make opportunities available so that we may understand, experiment, and practice new and more ecological ways of living. As an educational institution, Kalamazoo College is well-positioned be a "learning laboratory" for teaching its students such sustainability theories and practices. It can also demonstrate sustainability leadership by adopting policies that reduce the institution’s environmental footprint."
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||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:
Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability planning efforts is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
The PDF of the institution’s highest guiding document was for internal use only so I attached at graphic instead and included a link to the public version of the document.
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