Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 36.75
Liaison Audrey McSain
Submission Date July 10, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Lehigh University
PA-2: Sustainability Planning

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.33 / 4.00 Delicia Nahman
Sustainability Officer
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have current and formal plans to advance sustainability in the following areas? Do the plans include measurable objectives?:
Current and Formal Plans (Yes or No) Measurable Objectives (Yes or No)
Curriculum Yes Yes
Research (or other scholarship) No No
Campus Engagement No No
Public Engagement No No
Air and Climate Yes Yes
Buildings Yes Yes
Dining Services/Food Yes Yes
Energy Yes Yes
Grounds Yes Yes
Purchasing Yes Yes
Transportation Yes Yes
Waste Yes Yes
Water Yes Yes
Diversity and Affordability No No
Health, Wellbeing and Work --- ---
Investment No No
Other --- ---

A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Curriculum:

Please reference the Lehigh University 2012 Campus Sustainability Plan.

+ Date Revised: Sept. 16, 2015

The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Curriculum plan(s):

Short Term (1-3 years)
1) Implement all electronic commerce, processes and web based equipment sharing
2) Identify Environmentally Preferable Products (EPP) opportunities
including implementing recycled content copy paper standards, making business case for baseline products and services and expanding purchase of organic/local foods
3) Implement Sustainable Purchasing Policy that aims at minimizing or reducing GHG emissions, expand education program


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Curriculum plan(s):

Office of Sustainability, Environmental Initiative, Lehigh Environmental Advisory Committee Curriculum group


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Research (or other scholarship):

none


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Research plan(s):

none


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Research plan(s):

none


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance Campus Engagement around sustainability:

N/A


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Campus Engagement plan:

N/A


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Campus Engagement plan(s):

N/A


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance Public Engagement around sustainability:

N/A


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Public Engagement plan(s):

N/A


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Public Engagement plan(s):

N/A


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Air and Climate:

A description of the plan to advance sustainability in Air and Climate is detailed in the Lehigh University 2012 Campus Sustainability Plan.

+ Date Revised: Sept. 16, 2015

The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Air and Climate plan(s):

1) Reduce Lehigh’s energy consumption by 3% by 2015
2) Create and expand comprehensive baseline of energy consumption by building
3) Create energy assessment guidelines for new construction and renovations and set timeline for
performing audits all existing buildings
4) Create an Energy Plan that addresses campus growth and building needs, energy efficiency retrofits,
behavior change opportunities, renewable energy opportunities, and future reduction targets
5) Install occupancy sensors and programmable thermostats / timers for lighting/power/HVAC
6) Reduce energy loss to open fume hood sashes
7) Define a set of temperature control guidelines for new and existing buildings
8) Convert underused public computing sites to wireless lounges
9) Develop a plan to improve energy efficiency within our computing
services


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Air and Climate plan(s):

Facilities Services


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Buildings:

A description of the plan to advance sustainability in Buildings is detailed in the Lehigh University 2012 Campus Sustainability Plan.

+ Date Revised: Sept. 16, 2015

The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Buildings plan(s):

1) Identify and adopt the for new construction and renovation projects and use environmentally friendly materials wherever possible, 1-3 years

2)Identify and implement green practices related to chemical usage and elimination and/or control of invasive plants and select new plantings based on adaptation to the natural environment, 1-3 years

3) Establish a policy that all new construction and renovation projects will be built to USGBC LEED Silver or equivalent standards

4) Develop a set of guiding principles regarding the selection of preferred products and materials for construction and renovation projects

5) Develop a list of preferred products and materials for ongoing building and maintenance


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Buildings plan(s):

Campus Planning


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Dining Services/Food:

A description of the plan to advance sustainability in Dining Services/Food is detailed in the Lehigh University 2012 Campus Sustainability Plan.

+ Date Revised: Sept. 16, 2015

The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Dining Services/Food plan(s):

Short-term (1-3 years)
1) Create baseline of current food purchases based on categories such as
local, organic, and Fair Trade
2) Set clear and achievable % increase(s) in the aforementioned
categories for food and beverage related purchases to be met by years 2015, 2022, 2025
3) Create a Sustainable Food Policy that includes food and beverages targets, waste practices
4) Divert “usable” food from the trash and create a food donation program, where feasible
5) Promote reusable mug and container program and provide continued incentive for its use

Intermediate (4-9 years)
1) Expand healthy and sustainable dining program by educating campus population on food waste, healthy eating options, and current wellness and nutrition program
2) Move toward a sustainable food system on campus by starting to grow select produce for consumption on campus and for distribution in the community
3) Ensure that all pre and post consumer waste in dining halls is composted by 2015 with an expansion to eateries by 2020
4) Increase the total food purchases that meet at least one of the four sustainability criteria (local, humane, eco-sensitive, and fair trade)


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Dining Services/Food plan(s):

Dining Services, Auxiliary Services


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Energy:

A description of the plan to advance sustainability in Energy is detailed in the Lehigh University 2012 Campus Sustainability Plan.

+ Date Revised: Sept. 16, 2015

The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Energy plan(s):

1-3 years:
1) Reduce Lehigh’s energy consumption by 3% by 2015
2) Create and expand comprehensive baseline of energy consumption by building
3) Create energy assessment guidelines for new construction and renovations and set timeline for performing audits all existing buildings
4) Create an Energy Plan that addresses campus growth and building needs, energy efficiency retrofits, behavior change opportunities, renewable energy opportunities, and future reduction targets


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Energy plan(s):

Facilities Services


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Grounds:

A description of the plan to advance sustainability in Grounds is detailed in the Lehigh University 2012 Campus Sustainability Plan.

+ Date Revised: Sept. 16, 2015

The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Grounds plan(s):

Identify and implement green practices related to chemical usage and elimination and/or control of invasive plants and select new plantings based on adaptation to the natural environment, 1-3 years

Implement a comprehensive forest management plan, 4-9 years


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Grounds plan(s):

Facilities Services


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Purchasing:

A description of the plan to advance sustainability in Purchasing is detailed in the Lehigh University 2012 Campus Sustainability Plan.

+ Date Revised: Sept. 16, 2015

The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Purchasing plan(s):

Short Term (1-3 years)
1) Implement all electronic commerce, processes and web based equipment sharing

2) Identify Environmentally Preferable Products (EPP) opportunities including implementing recycled content copy paper standards, making business case for baseline products and services and expanding purchase of organic/local foods

3) Implement Sustainable Purchasing Policy that aims at minimizing or reducing GHG emissions, expand education program


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Purchasing plan(s):

Purchasing Department


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Transportation:

A description of the plan to advance sustainability in Transportation is detailed in the Lehigh University 2012 Campus Sustainability Plan.

+ Date Revised: Sept. 16, 2015

The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Transportation plan(s):

1) Lehigh will begin to phase-in parking adjustments that will reduce the number of vehicle permits issued by 15%, proposing to eliminate cars for sophomores and improve use of a car sharing service
2) Lehigh will optimize the fuel efficiency of our fleet vehicles and bus services by optimizing bus routes, developing a plan for vehicle and bus replacement, and utilizing 20% biodiesel in our buses


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Transportation plan(s):

Transportation Department


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Waste:

A description of the plan to advance sustainability in Waste is detailed in the Lehigh University 2012 Campus Sustainability Plan.

+ Date Revised: Sept. 16, 2015

The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Waste plan(s):

1) Establish consistent, regular, comparable measures of all kinds of waste on campus and within one to two years of establishing comprehensive measures, set an overarching goal for waste reduction
(e.g. 50% reduction over 2011/12 figures)
2) Increase participation in repurposing and recycling through procurement of products that reduces packaging waste and one-time use, new signage, awareness and incentive programs, and through greater participation in current diversion programs such as Move-Out
3) Implement campus-wide e-waste program for all Lehigh community members
4) Expand Lehigh’s composting program to encompass more food/dining areas
5) Find strategies to minimize hazardous waste on campus such as increasing visibility of battery disposal options, strengthening coordination among departments and researchers purchasing the same materials, and exploring chemical substitution strategies and inventory control to reduce hazardous substances in laboratories
6) Explore the use of sustainable construction and renovation practices including local material purchasing and material reuse
7) Ensure that materials from construction and demolition are recycled and/or reused


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Waste plan(s):

Facilities Services


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Water:

A description of the plan to advance sustainability in Water is detailed in the Lehigh University 2012 Campus Sustainability Plan.

+ Date Revised: Sept. 16, 2015

The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Water plan(s):

1) Reduce water consumption on campus by performing water-use audits based on meter readings
2) Regularly monitor and publish quantity and quality of water in effort to improve access to quality drinking water on campus


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Water plan(s):

Facilities Services


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance Diversity and Affordability:

N/A


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Diversity and Affordability plan(s):

N/A


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Diversity and Affordability plan(s):

N/A


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Health, Wellbeing and Work:
---

The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Health, Wellbeing and Work plan(s):

N/A


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Health, Wellbeing and Work plan(s):

N/A


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Investment:

N/A


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Investment plan(s):

N/A


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Investment plan(s):

N/A


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in other areas:

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The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the other plan(s):

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Accountable parties, offices or departments for the other plan(s):

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The institution’s definition of sustainability:

Needs to be formulated


Does the institution’s strategic plan or equivalent guiding document include sustainability at a high level?:
Yes

A brief description of how the institution’s strategic plan or equivalent guiding document addresses sustainability:

Lehigh has identified grand challenges in the strategic plan including health, community building and energy and the environment


The website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability planning is available:

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