Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 51.76
Liaison Katharine Gross
Submission Date Nov. 16, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Lehigh University
PA-2: Sustainability Planning

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Delicia Nahman
Sustainability Officer
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have a published strategic plan or equivalent guiding document that includes sustainability at a high level? :
Yes

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

We will guide Lehigh's drive to be a premier residential research university through the following strategic areas of investment where what we do has a significant impact on the world and our students' ability to compete in that world:
Globalization
Energy, environment, and infrastructure
Health


A copy of the strategic plan:
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The website URL where the strategic plan is publicly available:
Does the institution have a published sustainability plan (apart from what is reported above)? :
Yes

A copy of the sustainability plan:
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The website URL where the sustainability plan is publicly available:
Does the institution have a published climate action plan (apart from what is reported above)? :
No

A copy of the climate action plan:
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The website URL where the climate action plan is publicly available:
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Does the institution have other published plans that address sustainability or include measurable sustainability objectives (e.g. campus master plan, physical campus plan, diversity plan, human resources plan)? :
No

A list of other published plans that address sustainability, including public website URLs (if available):
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Curriculum?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Curriculum and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Campus Sustainability Plan 2020 goals:
1) Complete an inventory of academic courses that include sustainability and make publicly available.
2) Include sustainability as a learning outcome when graduating from degree earning programs.
3) Conduct an annual sustainability literacy assessment that focuses on knowledge of sustainability topics and may also address values, behaviors and/or beliefs.
4) Establish an ongoing program that offers incentives for faculty in multiple disciplines or departments to develop new sustainability courses and/or incorporate sustainability into existing courses or departments. The program specifically aims to increase student learning of sustainability.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Research?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Research and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Campus Sustainability Plan 2020 goals:
1) Create and publicize an inventory of faculty who conduct research.
2) Create program to encourage faculty sustainability research.
3) Create ongoing library support for sustainability research and learning in the form of research guides, materials selection policies and practices, curriculum development efforts, sustainability literacy promotion, and e-learning objects focused on sustainability.
4) Formally adopt an open access policy to ensure that versions of all future scholarly articles by faculty and staff and all future theses and dissertations are deposited into an open access repository.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Campus Engagement?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Campus Engagement and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Campus Sustainability Plan 2020 goals:
1) Extend the peer-to-peer sustainability outreach program to reach 100% of undergraduate and graduate students by 2020.
2) Provide an opportunity for all undergraduate, transfer and graduate students to participate in orientation activities and programming that include sustainability.
3) Extend the faculty/staff peer-to-peer sustainability outreach program to reach an additional 8% of faculty and staff by adding 10 new offices per year.
4) Cover sustainability topics in new employee orientation and/or in outreach and guidance materials distributed to new employees, including faculty and staff.
5) Provide training and professional development opportunities about sustainability available to all staff at least once a year.
6) Create a lab program targeting behavioral change comprehensively across areas of energy, waste, water, and materials.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Public Engagement?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Public Engagement and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Campus Sustainability Plan 2020 goals:
1) Create a formal sustainability partnership with the local community that catalyzes community resiliency and local/regional sustainability.
2) Begin institutional advocacy for national, state or local public policies that support campus sustainability, or otherwise advance sustainability.
3) Become an institutional member of the Fair Labor Association and/or the Workers’ Rights Consortium.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Air & Climate?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Air & Climate and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Campus Sustainability Plan 2020 goals:
1) Reduce emissions by 25% over 2007 baseline.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Buildings?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Buildings and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Campus Sustainability Plan 2020 goals:
1) Create sustainable buildings operations and maintenance guidelines or policy.
2) Establish sustainable building design and construction guidelines or policy to LEED Silver or equivalent standards.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Energy?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Energy and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Campus Sustainability Plan 2020 goals:
1) Create an energy management plan that addresses campus growth and building needs, energy efficiency retrofits, behavior change opportunities and future reduction targets that reduces energy use per sq ft by 25% over 2007 baseline.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Food & Dining?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Food & Dining and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Campus Sustainability Plan 2020 goals:
1) Achieve 20% of food aligning with 1 or more of 4 categories (local, humane, fair trade, organic).
2) Offer complete protein vegan meal options at dining locations on campus.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Grounds?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Grounds and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Campus Sustainability Plan 2020 goals:
1) Conduct an assessment to identify vulnerable species and environmentally sensitive land on institution owned or managed land.
2) Identify and implement native plant standards to replace non-native species to support wildlife habitats.
3) Manage grounds in accordance with an Integrated Pest Management Plan, sustainable landscape management program and/or organic/certified/protected.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Purchasing?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Purchasing and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Campus Sustainability Plan 2020 goals:
1) Move to purchasing Green Seal and/or UL Environment (EcoLogo) certified cleaning and janitorial products for all buildings.
2) Create an institution-wide stated intent to support disadvantaged businesses, social enterprises, and/or local community-based businesses.
3) Employ life cycle cost analysis (LCCA) to evaluate energy and water life cycle using products, systems and building components.
4) Update policies to require that vendors and contractors to adhere to minimum environmental standards defined by the institution, and minimum standards governing employee wage, benefits, working condition and rights that are consistent with the International Labor Organization conventions.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Transportation?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Transportation and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Campus Sustainability Plan 2020 goals:
1) Optimize fuel efficiency and mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions of our vehicles and bus services by optimizing bus routes and developing a plan for vehicle and bus replacement.
2) Increase by 10% the number of employees that use one or more of the following options as their primary means of transportation to and from campus: carpooling, walk, bike, public transportation or telecommute.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Waste?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Waste and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Campus Sustainability Plan 2020 goals:
1) Create and implement a waste management plan to minimize waste generated on campus by 10% over 2010 baseline.
2) Increase recyclables by 10% over 2012 baseline.
3) Divert all food waste from trash stream.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Water?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Water and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Campus Sustainability Plan 2020 goals:
1) Identify green infrastructure and low impact development (LID) practices to help mitigate storm water run-off impacts and treat rainwater as a resource rather than as a
waste product.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Diversity & Affordability?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Diversity & Affordability and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Campus Sustainability Plan 2020 goals:
1) Administer or participate in programs to help build a diverse faculty.
2) To create policies and programs to make accessible and support non-traditional students.

Strategic Plan metrics:
1) Investing in Faculty and Staff
• Full-time faculty data (total, tenure track, by rank, diversity)*D
• Full-time staff data (total, diversity)*
2) Advancing Student Success: Promoting Core Competencies and
Student Engagement
• Admission success: student quality and diversity
3) Partnering in the Renaissance of the Local Community
• Diversity profiles (relative to enrollment/employment, selectivity,
and quality) D

(*) metrics that are currently benchmarked
(D) already included on one of the dashboards presented at each Board meeting
(+) items included in the faculty activity report.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Investment & Finance?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Investment & Finance and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Campus Sustainability Plan 2020 goals:
1) Institution has adopted 1) a framework for engaging internal stakeholders (i.e. students, staff, faculty) in governance; and/or 2) a framework for engaging external stakeholders (i.e. local community members) in the institution’s governance, strategy and operations.

Strategic Plan metrics:
1) Partnering in the Renaissance of the Local Community
• Economic development metrics
• Lehigh programs involving partnerships with community or area
businesses
2) Institutional Financial Metrics
• N umber and percentage of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows
supported on external funding
• N umber and percentage of undergraduate students supported by financial
aid/type of aid D
• Average institutional financial aid package D


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Wellbeing & Work?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Wellbeing & Work and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Campus Sustainability Plan 2020 goals:
1) Conduct surveys to measure employee satisfaction and engagement addressing: job satisfaction, work/life balance and learning and advancement opportunities.
2) Begin tracking workplace injuries and occupational disease annually and set goals to reduce them.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address other areas (e.g. arts and culture or technology)?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address other areas and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Does the institution have a formal statement in support of sustainability endorsed by its governing body (e.g. a mission statement that specifically includes sustainability and is endorsed by the Board of Trustees)? :
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The formal statement in support of sustainability:
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The institution’s definition of sustainability (e.g. as included in a published statement or plan):

Needs to be formulated


Is the institution an endorser or signatory of the following? :
Yes or No
The Earth Charter ---
The Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI) ---
ISCN-GULF Sustainable Campus Charter ---
Second Nature’s Carbon Commitment (formerly known as the ACUPCC), Resilience Commitment, and/or integrated Climate Commitment ---
The Talloires Declaration (TD) ---
UN Global Compact ---
Other multi-dimensional sustainability commitments (please specify below) ---

A brief description of the institution’s formal sustainability commitments, including the specific initiatives selected above:
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Lehigh University is committed to achieving sustainability in action, thought, and practice. To this end, a series of guidelines and commitments have been put into place that lay out a path to sustainability. These documents define the path forward: goals and directives focused on achieving environmental, economic, and social sustainability at Lehigh University.

Climate Commitment: A 2009 document that pledges to make environmental sustainability and climate change an institutional priority.

Diversity Commitments: A series of commitments including The Principles of Our Equitable Community, a list of nine core principles that serve as the foundation of our university community.

Energy Policy: A 2014 document that outlines how Lehigh will reduce energy consumption and energy-related greenhouse gas emissions on its campuses through infrastructural and technical strategies as well as everyday efforts of students, faculty, staff, and university visitors (the “university community”)

Website URL: http://sustainability.lehigh.edu/commitments

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