Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 50.57
Liaison Kelsey McCormick
Submission Date Sept. 23, 2019

STARS v2.2

Lawrence University
PA-2: Sustainability Planning

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 4.00 Kelsey McCormick
Sustainability Coordinator
President's Office
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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:

Lawrence has a sustainability strategic plan for operations (2019-2025) with goals in the following areas:
Reduce total campus energy consumption by 15% of 2013-17 average
Increase waste diversion rate from 34% to 50%
Reduce campus-wide water usage by 10% of 2013-17 average
Develop a landscape management program, which reduces invasive species, exogenous chemicals and water use.
Operate and maintain campus buildings in accordance with published university sustainable operations and maintenance guidelines.
Increase the percentage of students faculty and staff that use public transportation or alternative forms of transportation from 2019-20 figures
Source 30% local food according to Bon Appetit's Farm-to-Fork program.


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:

Lawrence's strategic plan, Veritas est Lux includes sections on wellness, compensation, an inclusive community, environmental sustainability.
Excerpt from the plan:
Develop environmentally sound university policies for purchasing, dining and waste reduction.
Conduct a review of the institutions existing environmental sustainability targets and determine future principles and priorities.
Benchmark with other higher education institutions and engage to learn from their successes.


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:
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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:
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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?:
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The formal statement in support of sustainability:
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The institution’s definition of sustainability:

Lawrence uses the most commonly accepted definition of sustainable development outlined by the Brundtland Commission Report to the United Nations. “Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”


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) No

A brief description of the institution’s formal sustainability commitments, including the specific initiatives selected above:
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Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability planning efforts is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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In 2018-19 Lawrence engaged in a process of drafting a sustainability plan for operations. In 2019-20 we will engage in the process of drafting a sustainability plan for curriculum, co-curriculum, community engagement, communications.

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