Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 78.07
Liaison Cary Gaunt
Submission Date March 4, 2021

STARS v2.2

Keene State College
PA-2: Sustainability Planning

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Cary Gaunt
Director of Campus Sustainability
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?:
Yes

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

Details on Keene State College's sustainability planning approach, including measurable sustainability objectives, is provided in "Additional documentation to support the submission."
A suite of Sustainability Academic Measurable Goals was approved by the KSC Provost on June 27, 2018 (Keene State College Sustainability Academics Plan). These built on goals and actions identified in three of KSC's highest guiding documents:
1) Overarching Keene State College Sustainability Goal, 2015, published in the 2015 KSC Strategic Plan: Achieve the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) STARS Gold Rating by the end of 2020. KSC identified what academic initiatives would support attainment of STARS Gold and developed an associated road map that the Office of Sustainability would follow in concert with its academic colleagues, the President's Council for a Sustainable Future, and the Provost (Note: The Director of Campus Sustainability reports to the Provost.) The 2015 Strategic Plan is published at: https://www.keene.edu/administration/president/svp/planning-archive/planning/strategic-plan/
2) Sustainability College-Wide Learning Outcome, 2018: "Keene State College students will explore their place in interconnected natural and human systems; evaluate the personal, social, and environmental impacts of their choices; and apply their knowledge and skills for building a just, resilient, and thriving world." The SCWLO is governed by the Collegewide Learning Outcome Committee and the Sustainability Collegewide Outcome Subcommittee. These two groups determine competency matrices and other recommendations for how to accomplish the intention of the SCWLO through curricular and co-curricular activities. The Collegewide Learning Outcomes are published at: https://www.keene.edu/academics/liberal-arts/outcomes/
3) 2016 Academic and Co-Curricular Plan that identified actions to implement Collegewide Learning Outcomes and focus on the first-year student experience. Published at: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1_-yRC62XARXZfrOMZYbLKGlDOSk_XfTU/view
OVERARCHING MEASURABLE OBJECTIVES
The most influential highest guiding document is the 2015 Strategic Plan that identified a Collegewide goal of attaining AASHE STARS Gold by 2020 and required developing roadmaps to achieve that goal. As a result of this Collegewide strategic priority, KSC considers AASHE STARS to be an official planning tool and the published STARS report a formal planning document. The STARS report provides the Executive-approved record of sustainability at KSC. The Office of Sustainability, with the President’s Council for a Sustainable Future, uses AASHE STARS to identify goals, develop implementation actions, and track progress. The College uses the AASHE STARS platform to declare new goals to be achieved by the time of the next submission. The STARS report goes through extensive review throughout the College and in the Provost’s and President’s Office. Through the President's signing of the STARS Executive Letter, the goals and actions become the official record. It is the 2015 published Strategic Plan that set this process in motion, including hiring a Director of Campus Sustainability to develop annual AASHE STARS roadmaps (Office of Sustainability strategic plans) and ensure completion of the AASHE STARS report.
MEASURABLE OBJECTIVES
Additional goals approved by the Provost and announced in the KSC 2017 AASHE STARS Report as the official published record include:
• Participate in the Ecovation Hub Education and Training Consortium (signing an MOU) by June 2017: Achieved July 2017 (https://www.keene.edu/news/stories/detail/1500905272975/)
• Develop at least one sustainability minor within two-years (by 2017): Approved 2017 and launched 2018 (https://www.keene.edu/academics/programs/enst/)
• Develop a green and healthy building boot camp by 2018: Green Building Leadership Institute: offered 2018 (https://www.keene.edu/news/stories/detail/1529691233031/)
• Launch a new sustainability focused major by 2020: Announced April 2020 (https://www.keene.edu/news/stories/detail/1586005016566/)
ADDITIONAL PUBLISHED GOALS
The Director of Campus Sustainability and the President's Council for a Sustainable Future also developed an extensive list of academic sustainability goals and actions that were published in the Keene State College Sustainability Academics Plan, approved by the Provost on June 27, 2018. Examples of the goals published in the Keene State College Sustainability Academics Plan follow. Dates for goals that were not achieved as originally planned (due to extensive changes in leadership at the academic level that caused implementation delays) were updated for this AASHE STARS Report to provide the new official and published record.
Related to Learning Outcomes
• By 2024, both Schools at KSC will have adopted a Sustainability Learning Outcome (School of Sciences, Sustainability, and Health and School of Art, Education, and Culture)
• By June 30, 2023, language referencing the Sustainability College-Wide Learning Outcome and/or all six College-Wide Learning Outcomes will be adopted and used by 75% of all academic departments and 100% by 2030
• By 2023, 100% of existing sustainability programs (i.e., majors, minors concentrations, certificates, and other academic designations) and/or courses will have a published sustainability learning outcome, or related CWLO
• By 2023, every Academic Department will offer at least one course that relates to sustainability (and/or integrates all the CWLOs) from the unique perspective of that Department
• By January 1, 2023, a synthesis of all KSC sustainability learning outcomes will be compiled and published on the KSC Office of Sustainability web page
• By December 31, 2022, every student will have a transcriptable experience (course, seminar, field experience, internship) related to sustainability before graduating from KSC
• By June 30, 2022, 100% of first-year students will have exposure to the fundamentals of sustainability through the First-Year Experience Course, Orientation, or some other academic offering.
Related to Academic Courses and Undergraduate/Graduate Programs
• Sustainability Pathways and Course Inventory: Develop clear descriptions including pathway overviews, and a searchable online course catalog, of undergraduate and graduate sustainability courses across all disciplines by July 1, 2022.
• Green Leaf Courses: By July 1, 2022, clearly identify sustainability courses using a “green leaf” endorsement.
• Work Force Development: No later than July 1, 2025, create at least three new Work Force Development Certificate Programs (designed for undergraduate, graduate and/or professionals) related to sustainability. Examples include:
o Sustainable Materials Management
o Energy Management: Pursue at least two-opportunities with Siemens Industry Inc
o Sustainability Specialist/Sustainability Leadership.
• Incentives for Sustainability Course Development: By Summer 2022, the Keene State College Provost Office will offer a suite of faculty incentives to encourage new courses and/or innovative teaching on sustainability topics and/or the College-Wide Learning Outcomes as a whole.


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:

Details on Keene State College's sustainability planning approach, including measurable sustainability objectives, is provided in "Additional documentation to support the submission."
OVERARCHING MEASURABLE OBJECTIVES
The most influential highest guiding document is the 2015 Strategic Plan that identified a Collegewide goal of attaining AASHE STARS Gold by 2020 and required developing roadmaps to achieve that goal. As a result of this Collegewide strategic priority, KSC considers AASHE STARS to be an official planning tool and the published STARS report an official planning document. The STARS report provides the formal, Executive-approved, record of sustainability at KSC. The Office of Sustainability, with the President’s Council for a Sustainable Future, uses AASHE STARS to identify goals, develop implementation actions, and track progress. The College uses the AASHE STARS platform to declare new goals to be achieved by the time of the next submission. The STARS report goes through extensive review throughout the College and in the Provost’s and President’s Office. Through the President's signing of the STARS Executive Letter, the goals and actions become the official record. It is the 2015 published Strategic Plan that set this process in motion, including hiring a Director of Campus Sustainability to develop annual AASHE STARS roadmaps (Office of Sustainability strategic plans) and ensure completion of the AASHE STARS report.
MEASURABLE OBJECTIVES
Five measurable sustainability engagement goals were identified by the Office of Campus Sustainability and the President's Council for a Sustainable Future in 2017. Some of these were referenced in other published plans and some did not need formal publication, other than in the 2017 AASHE STARS report, to be sanctioned for implementation. Also, sustainability engagement falls within the purview of the Office of Campus Sustainability and the Director and staff have authority to develop annual strategic plans as called for in the College's 2015 Strategic Plan. These annual strategic plans are not published on the web as they are working documents used by the Office and the President's Council for a Sustainable Future. They are also shared with the Vice President of Finance and Administration and the Provost as needed. The five measurable goals identified through this process are listed below:
1) Receive President and Cabinet approval to hire a Sustainability Engagement Coordinator: Achieved, with the new hire starting May 2019 (Published in the Conservation and Sustainable Energy Plan for Keene State College presented to and approved by the Cabinet on March 26, 2018)
2) Create an expanded sustainability program for first-year student Orientation by Summer 2017: Achieved, see descriptions in EN-2 of this AASHE STARS report.(Referenced in the published 2016 Academic and Co-Curricular Plan and the 2017 AASHE STARS Report.)
3) Work with Coordinator of Off-Campus Housing to create an Eco-Ambassador program by Fall 2017: A successful liaison was created between the Office of Sustainability and the Off-Campus Housing Coordinator and many collaborations were completed, especially engagement with the Eco-Reps and their off-campus peers. Unfortunately an Off-Campus Eco-Ambassador program was not developed due to budget restrictions. (Referenced in the published 2017 AASHE STARS Report).
4) Create a campus-wide Eco-Ambassador program by the end of 2020: Referenced in the published 2017 AASHE STARS Report. Formal proposal presented to Cabinet and approved spring 2020. Program launched fall semester 2020 with the name Climate Action Leaders).
5) Develop improved Eco-Rep leadership and training materials by June 30, 2017: Still in process. (Referenced in the published 2017 AASHE STARS Report.)
The KSC Office of Sustainability has developed additional engagement goals and will formalize them with the President’s Council for a Sustainable Future during the spring or fall semester 2021 (timing depends on Covid-19). These goals include:
1) Create an annual gathering, organized and facilitated by the KSC Eco-Reps, of all student organizations associated with sustainability no later than Fall 2021.
2) Develop no later than April 2022, in conjunction with Student Life, a community service tracking system that accounts for student engagement in sustainability.
3) Create sustainable education and life-skills workshops for the College and broader community no later than April 2022.
4) Publish an annual Earth Month newsletter and sustainability progress report beginning in April 2021.
5) Work collaboratively with campus partners to design and post interpretive signs highlighting sustainability features at KSC. Ensure signs are posted no later than Earth Month 2022.
6) Complete and administer a comprehensive faculty, staff, and student Sustainability Culture Survey during Earth Month 2021 and every two-years thereafter.
7) Work with Human Resources to improve sustainability education for new staff and faculty orientations no later than fall 2022.


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:

Details on Keene State College's sustainability planning approach, including measurable sustainability objectives, is provided in "Additional documentation to support the submission."
A suite of Sustainability Operations Goals was approved by the KSC President and her Cabinet in 2018 and formerly announced during Earth Week, on April 18, 2018. These built on goals established in three overarching Collegewide published plans:
1) 2015 Keene State College Strategic Plan that called for "Review(ing) Sustainability Tracking and Rating System (STARS) data and Develop(ing) and implement(ing) a plan to move Keene State to the STARS Gold rating no later than 2020."
2) The KSC Sustainability and Vitality Plan that sets the goal of: "Through our sustainability efforts we will optimize energy efficiency for Keene State’s physical plant and reinvest our savings, and will continue to introduce green initiatives that make the best possible use of our resources." This plan also established the Charter system that represents the formal plan for goal implementation, including the Sustainability Energy Savings Contract (SESCO) charter.
3) KSC Master Plan Energy Management Considerations, 2014, that identified energy efficiency and the goal of identifying and planning a strategy to meet GHG objectives (see: https://www.keene.edu/administration/mp/assets/documents/appendix-master-plan-energy/download/).
The KSC Office of Campus Sustainability in consultation with the President's Council for a Sustainable Future conducted extensive research to determine the suite of sustainability and climate action goals and strategies for achieving them. The plan, "Conservation and Sustainable Energy Plan for Keene State College" was presented to the President and her Cabinet on March 26, 2018. The Cabinet approved the plan at that time. The measurable Goals approved by the Cabinet and publicized through a public address by President Treadwell during Earth Week, and in associated news publications (see: https://www.sentinelsource.com/news/local/keene-state-announces-new-sustainability-goals/article_4dcaffd1-8b39-58a4-9560-cdc99b107a0e.html) (Note: All reductions are from a baseline of FY 2015.):
MEASURABLE OBJECTIVES
Greenhouse Gas Reduction: Reduce greenhouse gases 50% by 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality by 2050
Energy and Water Conservation:
• Reduce per capita electricity and heat load by 20% by 2020
• Water Conservation: Reduce per capita water use by 20% by 2020
Renewable Energy: Power KSC Buildings with the Sun and Other Renewables
• 100% renewable heat plant by 2020
• 100% renewable electricity for LLC by 2030 to meet its Architecture 2030 goal
• 100% solar power for TDS by 2030
• 50% of campus powered by renewables by 2030; 100% by 2050 (During her April 5, 2019 Inaugural Address, KSC President Melinda Treadwell modified this goal to match the City of Keene’s 100% renewable electricity by 2030 goal.)
Waste Reduction: 50% waste diversion rate by 2020 and qualify as a zero-waste campus by 2030


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:

Keene State College's 2015 Strategic Plan and 2019 Sustainability and Vitality (Strategic) Plan set the tone for the College and make overarching goals that affect diversity, wellbeing, and other topics. Most important is the 2015 goal to use AASHE STARS as the road map for sustainability related planning on campus. This includes developing goals and approaches to sustainable investment, wellbeing, diversity, equity and inclusion. The SVP strengthened these commitments in some areas:
* Goal 1: Priority 2: Attract and retain diverse and talented faculty and staff for a student-centered experience.
* Goal 3: We will ensure that classification and compensation for all staff positions are based on equity and parity within the marketplace. Priority 1: Position classification review: all positions to reflect market, compression & parity.
OTHER SPECIFIC PLANS ADDRESSING THIS CATEGORY ARE:
* Diversity and Anti-Racism Action Plan October 2020 update: https://www.keene.edu/news/stories/detail/keene-state-shares-inclusion-and-diversity-efforts-and-more-ways-to-be-involved/
* Religious Diversity Guidelines (https://www.keene.edu/campus/diversity/religious-guidelines/)
* Chosen First Name Policy (https://www.keene.edu/campus/diversity/chosen-names/)
Gender Neutral Bathroom Program (https://www.keene.edu/campus/diversity/bathroom-map/)
*Diversity Plan: (https://www.keene.edu/campus/diversity/assets/documents/strategic-plan-for-inclusive-excellence-and-academic-success/download/)


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?:
Major 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?:
Yes

The formal statement in support of sustainability:

Keene State College's commitment to sustainability is integrated in most of the guiding documents of the College, starting with the College's Mission and Values:
Values
Our liberal arts mission dedicates us to the development of knowledge and skills necessary to meet the challenges of our changing world. As a public institution, we provide educational opportunities for all qualified students and continue our heritage of service to New Hampshire and the New England region.
We value
All members of our community: students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends.
Strong relationships among students, faculty, and staff.
Excellence in teaching, learning, and scholarship.
Commitment to learning and cultural enrichment.
Social justice and equity in our community and in our curriculum.
Educational challenge and support for a wide range of learners.
Physical and financial access and support.
Balanced development of mind, body, and character.
Diversity, civility, and respect.
Civic engagement and service to the community.
Environmental stewardship and sustainability.
Partnerships that enhance the quality of life in the Monadnock region, New Hampshire, and the world.
An attractive campus that inspires and supports inquiry, reflection, and social interaction.
(See: https://www.keene.edu/administration/mission/)

A formal sustainability statement also is integrated into KSC's Collegewide Learning Outcomes, including a specific Collegewide Learning Outcome on Sustainability. These dictate education at KSC, including for academic curricular and co-curricular actions on campus. The sustainability-related Collegewide Learning Outcomes are:
Sustainability:
Keene State College students will explore their place in interconnected natural and human systems; evaluate the personal, social, and environmental impacts of their choices; and apply their knowledge and skills for building a just, resilient, and thriving world.
Intercultural Competence:
Keene State College students will reflect critically on their own culture and on the intersectionality of culture and social location, demonstrate knowledge of a diversity of cultures, and communicate effectively with people from a variety of backgrounds.
Civic Engagement:
Keene State College students will demonstrate knowledge of one or more social or environmental issues including relevant cultural, political and policy contexts; take action individually or collectively to address issues; and reflect on the ethical dimensions of civic engagement.
Commitment to Well-Being:
Keene State College students will reflect critically on their own well-being and that of the larger world, demonstrate knowledge of issues that impact health and wellness, advocate for themselves, and commit to one or more practices that promote well-being.


The institution’s definition of sustainability:

Keene State College cares deeply about our communities—the human communities where we live, work, study, and play—and also the non-human communities that share our regional home. Our ethic of care frames our definition of sustainability and approach to taking action.
The College expresses its care in many ways, from organic management of the grounds and using low carbon fuel in the heat plant, to offering a robust sustainability curriculum and co-curriculum. A Sustainability Collegewide Learning Outcome guides these activities, as do the College’s AASHE STARS goals of attaining a Gold rating by the end of 2020 and a Platinum rating no later than 2025. A commitment to environmental sustainability and to personal well-being and that of the larger world is expressed in the College’s Mission and Values, and throughout KSC’s guiding policies.
Sustainability on campus is guided by Yankee pragmatism/ingenuity with an eye toward the leading edge of practice. On the one hand, we see sustainability as a way to conserve resources, thereby saving the College money while also saving the planet.
On the other hand, we also look to and learn from the leading edge of sustainability—hence our commitment to attain an AASHE STARS Platinum rating no later than 2025. KSC seeks to move beyond “mere sustainability” to cultivating a campus environment where the well-being and flourishing of humans and our non-human community members is paramount.
The College embraces the holistic and inclusive vision of sustainability that AASHE describes:
AASHE defines sustainability in a pluralistic and inclusive way, encompassing human and ecological health, social justice, secure livelihoods, and a better world for all generations... [As measured in] performance indicators related to, for example, ecological integrity, social and economic justice, and democratic governance.
(https://stars.aashe.org/resources-support/help-center/the-basics/what-is-sustainability/)
Keene State College considers global imperatives and local needs in its definition of sustainability. The College prioritizes initiatives that address the United Nation Sustainable Development Goals and Earth Charter Principles. We reference the sound science of global consensus reports such as those from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the National Climate Assessment, and the United Nations. Priorities and needs of the City of Keene as expressed in its Master Plan or Sustainable Energy Plan also inform the College’s definition of sustainability.
These factors came together to inform KSC’s determination of its Collegewide Learning Outcomes, two that directly address human and environmental dimensions:
• Sustainability: Keene State College students will explore their place in interconnected natural and human systems; evaluate the personal, social, and environmental impacts of their choices; and apply their knowledge and skills for building a just, resilient, and thriving world.
• Commitment to Well-Being: Keene State College students will reflect critically on their own well-being and that of the larger world, demonstrate knowledge of issues that impact health and wellness, advocate for themselves, and commit to one or more practices that promote well-being.
(See "Additional documentation to support the submission" for a more detailed discussion.)


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) No
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:

AASHE STARS
We are Still In


Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability planning efforts is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:

In Part 2. Sustainability in institution’s highest guiding document, we identify the KSC Sustainability & Vitality Strategic Initiative Charter for the SIEMENS Sustainability/Energy Services Contract(SESCO). This is the current highest planning document addressing the majority of KSC sustainability work. There are two higher guiding documents that address sustainability; both are available on the KSC web site and the 2015 Strategic Plan is the link provided in "Website URL where the institution’s highest guiding document is publicly available." We are including both Strategic Plans in this section because they overlap and include each other (e.g., the SVP is really a narrowing of the broad 2015 Strategic Plan onto the most urgent College priorities).
1) 2015 KSC Strategic Plan (See: https://www.keene.edu/administration/president/svp/planning-archive/planning/strategic-plan/)
2) 2019 KSC Sustainability and Vitality Plan (See: https://www.keene.edu/administration/president/svp/).

Sustainability and climate planning and action are values that infuse all levels of the College. Therefore, there is not one single sustainability and climate action plan, but several that work together to form the body of sustainability and climate action planning for Keene State College. Please see "Additional documentation to support the submission" for a more detailed description of sustainability planning at KSC.
All of the plans listed below address sustainability and all are official college documents that have been approved by the appropriate governing authority. Most of the plans are published on the KSC web site. Two are not, but they are still considered to be formal plans that impact sustainability practice at KSC. In addition to the plans identified below, KSC considers AASHE STARS to be an official planning tool. The College’s 2015 Strategic Plan set a goal of using AASHE STARS and attaining STARS Gold by 2015. Since that time, the STARS report has provided the official, Executive-approved, record of sustainability at KSC. The Office of Sustainability, with the President’s Council for a Sustainable Future, uses AASHE STARS to identify goals, develop implementation actions, and track progress. The College uses the AASHE STARS platform to declare new goals to be achieved by the time of the next submission. The STARS report goes through extensive review throughout the College and in the Provost’s and President’s Office. Through their signing of the Executive Letter with the STARS report, the goals and actions become the official record. It is the 2015 published Strategic Plan that set this process in motion, including hiring a Director of Campus Sustainability to develop annual AASHE STARS roadmaps (strategic plans) and ensure completion of the AASHE STARS report.
The primary plans directing and/or influencing sustainability at KSC are:
Keene State College Campus Master Plan, Winter 2014: A 10-year master plan that called for a number of sustainability actions, including energy management and environmental stewardship (See: https://www.keene.edu/administration/mp/). Capital planning is completed in conjunction with USNH. The Facilities Master Plan (last completed in 2013), undergoes comprehensive review every 10 years in compliance with USNH policy. The Physical Plant Department uses a deferred maintenance database, Sightlines (a national benchmarking study), and departmental requests as the basis for distributing the limited resources for renovation, repair, and small projects.
KSC Master Plan Energy Management Considerations, 2014: Identified overarching Energy and Greenhouse Gas Reduction Goals. Also named energy conservation measures and other facility improvements needed to attain goals. This information was updated in 2020 as part of the Sustainability and Guaranteed Energy Savings Contract (SESCO) currently underway at KSC. Goals established in 2014 included (See: https://www.keene.edu/administration/mp/):
• Enable KSC to be below the peer average for energy use through energy efficiency
• Establish energy conservation as a strategic priority
• Plan to achieve GHG objectives.
Strategic Plan V 4.0: Goals, Objectives, Actions, and Considerations, 2015: Important document that transformed KSC’s approach to sustainability by identifying AASHE STARS as the key benchmarking and planning tool, creating a priority collegewide goal based on AASHE STARS, and creating a new Director of Campus Sustainability position to oversee comprehensive sustainability and climate action (See: https://www.keene.edu/administration/president/svp/planning-archive/planning/strategic-plan/). Most critical was the following goal:
• Goal 4: Community and Culture: Through a consistent practice of shared stewardship, Keene State College will strengthen its community, enrich its campus culture, and advance environmental sustainability.
o Objective 4.5 Promote a culture and instill and communicate policies and practices that value and support environmental sustainability and improve the quality of life locally and globally.
Actions recommended by the Implementation Planning Group:
4.5.1 Review Sustainability Tracking and Rating System (STARS) data.
4.5.2 Develop and implement a plan to move Keene State to the STARS Gold rating no later than 2020.

Sustainability and Vitality Plan (SVP), 2019: In March 2019, President Treadwell released a draft of the SVP to the entire KSC community. The SVP is a tactical, goal-oriented three-year plan (2019-21) focused on addressing KSC’s enrollment and financial deficit with three goals per year and priorities under each goal. The president created the SVP with advice and input from the cabinet, informed by campus listening sessions and a full day retreat in May 2019. However, given the urgent circumstances, there was not time for a true shared governance approach. Aspects of the 2015 strategic plan were already in place with implementation strategies under way. This was the case for sustainability as the College implemented a road map to achieve its AASHE STARS Gold by 2020 goal.

Three goals were identified in the SVP: (1) improve recruitment, retention, and achievement of students and faculty; (2) improve fiscal planning and stewardship; and (3) rethink our work as a student-centered organization. The College strengthened its commitment to sustainability in the SVP under Goal 2, which specifically calls for optimizing energy efficiency and continuing to “introduce green initiatives”:
• Goal 2: Improve Fiscal Planning & Stewardship
o Priorities: We are focused on streamlining our finance infrastructure and tools and realigning our budget allocation and processes. At Keene State, we are committed to efficient stewardship of our resources while maintaining the quality of our educational offerings and experiences. To remain a viable and strong institution for future learners, we will continue to forge new community partnerships and pursue mutually beneficial co-location opportunities with other institutions. Through our sustainability efforts we will optimize energy efficiency for Keene State’s physical plant and reinvest our savings, and will continue to introduce green initiatives that make the best possible use of our resources.
Implementation and tracking of the SVP is managed by the Director of Strategic Project Management, appointed in fall 2019. In spring 2020, KSC began using Project Charters to define initiatives and to quantify the expected outcomes. The Charters require that priority initiatives have an executive sponsor, a project manager, and defined and measurable outcomes that can be tracked. Sustainability is well represented in the SVP Charters with the approved SIEMENS Sustainability/Energy Services Contract (SESCO) Charter and a draft Zero Waste Management Charter.
Academic and Co-Curricular Plan (ACP), 2016: Academic planning is included in the ACP of 2016, which flowed from the 2015 Strategic Plan. The ACP is a broad document with many proposals intended to bring together the students’ curricular and co-curricular experiences. KSC prioritized those proposals that focused on the first-year experience. The priorities include advancing KSC’s College-Wide Learning Outcomes (CWLO); revisions to the Integrative Studies Program (ISP); and a broad first-year experience program with living-learning communities, an early alert system, and a first-year advising program. All of these initiatives represent avenues for promoting sustainability at KSC, but the development of a Collegewide Learning Outcome that directly addresses sustainability, along with compatible Collegewide that emphasize citizen engagement, multicultural awareness, well-being (all sustainability challenges according to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the international Earth Charter), ensures that sustainability is infused through all curricular and co-curricular activities on campus. The sustainability-related Collegewide Learning Outcomes are:
Sustainability:
Keene State College students will explore their place in interconnected natural and human systems; evaluate the personal, social, and environmental impacts of their choices; and apply their knowledge and skills for building a just, resilient, and thriving world.
Intercultural Competence:
Keene State College students will reflect critically on their own culture and on the intersectionality of culture and social location, demonstrate knowledge of a diversity of cultures, and communicate effectively with people from a variety of backgrounds.
Civic Engagement:
Keene State College students will demonstrate knowledge of one or more social or environmental issues including relevant cultural, political and policy contexts; take action individually or collectively to address issues; and reflect on the ethical dimensions of civic engagement.
Commitment to Well-Being:
Keene State College students will reflect critically on their own well-being and that of the larger world, demonstrate knowledge of issues that impact health and wellness, advocate for themselves, and commit to one or more practices that promote well-being.

MEASURABLE SUSTAINABILITY OBJECTIVES
Specific sustainability and climate action goals and objectives are determined and codified in myriad ways depending on the type of planning authority required. The College’s highest guiding documents set the tone, but more specific plans describe implementation approaches. Two examples are:
• Conservation and Sustainable Energy Plan for Keene State College, approved by Cabinet March 26, 2018
• Keene State College Sustainability Academics Plan, approved by the Provost on June 27, 2018.
Additional information on Measurable Sustainability Objective and sustainability planning at KSC is provided in "Additional documentation to support the submission."

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