Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 49.84
Liaison Adrienne Schwarte
Submission Date Feb. 12, 2016
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Maryville College
PA-2: Sustainability Planning

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Adrienne Schwarte
Associate Professor of Design, Coordinator of Sustainability Studies Minor
Fine Arts & Sustainability Studies
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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 Yes Yes
Public Engagement Yes Yes
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 No No
Diversity and Affordability --- ---
Health, Wellbeing and Work Yes Yes
Investment No No
Other --- ---

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

The Maryville College 2010 Campus Sustainability Plan was endorsed by the MC Board of Directors.
The Education and the Curriculum Section, the plan affirms that
"Historically the Maryville College experience has fostered a
desire for a sustainable learning community at the College.
Looking forward, by 2017 Maryville College will be
distinguished as a learning community that encourages and
equips faculty, students, staff, and members of the larger
community to live in ever more environmentally sustainable
ways."

For all categories:

1). Campus Sustainability Plan 2010
2). White House Pledge, Fall 2015
3). 2014 MC Campus Master Plan
4). Metz Food Purchasing/Sustainability Goals, 2014-2015
5). Green Cleaning, Purchasing, Physical Plant
6). Printing project
7). Wellness 90 in 90
8). EIO Report
9). Mountain Challenge CSR
10). Diversity Taskforce


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

From the 2010 Campus Sustainability Plan:
1. Every student will engage in sustainability related service learning through through existing core curriculum courses.

2. Each academic division will identify new opportunities to integrate environmental sustainability into the curriculum, such as (but not limited to) coursework, internships, and practica to support a major and minor in environmental studies.

3. Faculty will engage environmental sustainability as a deliberate theme through teaching methods, practices, and evaluations.

4. The faculty will approve a certificate program in environmental sustainability.


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

Vice President and Dean of the College; Division Chairs; Program/Major faculty coordinators.


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

No formal plans; but grants allow for disbursement of environmental-sustainability mini grants for faculty to conduct research or to partner with students on research in and out of the classroom.


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

No measureable objectives, timeframe is the lifetime of the grant.


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

Cargill grant faculty principal investigator.


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

From the 2010 Campus Sustainability Plan:

STUDENTS

Believing that students are the very heart of our mission and the purpose for our existence, Maryville College students will graduate with an understanding of and ethic for environmental sustainability, as suggested in the Maryville College Covenant, “ We commit ourselves to honor the worth, dignity, and freedom of ourselves and all creation…”.


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

1. The College curriculum will include a four-year program of curricular and co-curricular experiences that support the development of an environmental sustainability ethic.

2. Our graduating seniors will be invited to sign the Maryville College Graduation Pledge for Social and Environmental Justice


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

Dean of Students. Maryville College Student Government Association.


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

From the 2010 Campus Sustainability Plan:

COLLEGE ADVANCMENT AND EXTERNAL RELATIONS

Maryville College will be a visible model of environmental stewardship to its neighbors, alumni, prospective students, peer institutions, and East Tennessee


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

1. The College will be identified by sustainable branding including a visible logo.

2. Regular communication to alumni and other external constituents will emphasize a campus value for sustainability.

3. Grants, donors, endowments and other external resources will financially support the College’s sustainability efforts.

4. The College’s website will host an updated record of data describing energy use, water use, and recycling reports on a rolling basis.


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

Dean of Students, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Vice President and Dean of the College, College Communications Office


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

From the 2010 Campus Sustainability Plan components of three different sections:
ENERGY CONSUMPTION AND WASTE REDUCTION

Careful use of all non-renewable resources is the fundamental standard for fulfilling the seven generations principle. Energy consumption as well as energy production from renewable sources will change over time to reduce the college’s carbon footprint by 15% by 2015.

TRANSPORTATION AND TRAVEL

Because College-related and personal transportation by members of the campus community utilize a large amount of fossil fuel energy, Maryville College citizens will learn to employ practices that use less fuel or alternative fuels to move about

COLLEGE BUILDINGS

The built environment of a campus – its residence halls, classrooms and support facilities – is among the most visible expression of a college’s values. By 2017, Maryville College will build and sustainably maintain all of its buildings, using an independently-­‐verified “sustainable” building certification system


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

From Energy Consumption and Waste Reduction:
1. An annual audit will measure and report utility consumption by facility.

2. Progress toward energy independence will be marked by targeted reductions in consumption and projects that develop renewable energy sources

From Transportation and Travel:
1. Non-­‐motored means of transportation will be promoted on campus.

2. Fuel efficient and low emission vehicles will be selected as replacements in the College fleet.

3. Energy consumption will be a consideration when planning College travel.

And from College Buildings:
1. Any renovation or new construction will meet an industry standard of green certification and a goal to improve these ratings over time.

2. Renewable energy sources will be used in at least two campus buildings.

3. A survey of other institutions will inform the development of MC’s sustainable building and renovation standards.

4. All campus buildings will efficiently maintain optimum interior climate.


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

Vice President for Finance and Administration; Physical Plant Director; Campus Sustainability Group.


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

From the 2010 Campus Sustainability Plan:
COLLEGE BUILDINGS

The built environment of a campus – its residence halls, classrooms and support facilities – is among the most visible expression of a college’s values. By 2017, Maryville College will build and sustainably maintain all of its buildings, using an independently-verified “sustainable” building certification system


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

1. Any renovation or new construction will meet an industry standard of green certification and a goal to improve these ratings over time.

2. Renewable energy sources will be used in at least two campus buildings.

3. A survey of other institutions will inform the development of MC’s sustainable building and renovation standards.

4. All campus buildings will efficiently maintain optimum interior climate.


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

Vice President for Finance and Administration; Physical Plant Director; Campus Sustainability Group.


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

From 2010 Campus Sustainability Plan
WASTE REDUCTION is a major goal of the Plan, and campus dining vendors both past and present. Aramark (past) and Metz (present) have plans related to sustainable food issues.

From METZ corporate page - Sustainability:
We pledge to be environmental stewards by working closely with clients, sustainability partners, and vendors on dining concepts, products and programs that meet your needs while protecting resources for future generations.


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Dining Services/Food plan(s):
Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Dining Services/Food plan(s):

Dean of Students (to whom dining services reports)

METZ Website: http://www.metzmaryville.com/
METZ Corporate/Sustainability - http://metzculinary.com/why-metz/sustainability/


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

From 2010 Campus Sustainability Plan - ENERGY CONSUMPTION

Careful use of all non-­‐renewable resources is the fundamental standard for fulfilling the seven generations principle. Energy consumption as well as energy production from renewable sources will change over time to reduce the college’s carbon footprint by 15% by 2015


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

From 2010 Campus Sustainability Plan - ENERGY CONSUMPTION Objectives

1. An annual audit will measure and report utility consumption by facility.

2. Progress toward energy independence will be marked by targeted reductions in consumption and projects that develop renewable energy sources

Maryville College, in April 2012, dedicated Crawford House as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Existing Building/Operations and Management (LEED EB/OM) GOLD certified energy efficient building.

Student-led energy efficiency projects from Spring 2013 through December 2014 as part of a Tennessee Valley Authority EnergyRight Support in Higher Education (TVA-ERSHE) led to small, but measurable energy reductions.


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

Vice President for Finance and Administration; Physical Plant Director; Campus Sustainability Group. Dean of Students. Founder and Director of Mountain Challenge (tenant of Crawford House).


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

From 2010 Campus Sustainability Plan -COLLEGE WOODS AND GROUNDS

The MC Woods and campus grounds will make visible the college’s commitment to sustainable land use and maintenance.

The Maryville College Woods (MCW) is a 140 acre forest in the City of Maryville, forming the east half of the MC campus measuring approximately one-half of the footprint of MC.


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

From 2010 Campus Sustainability Plan - COLLEGE WOODS AND GROUNDS - Objectives

1. Comprehensive management plans for the College Woods and campus grounds, including leased properties, will consider the ecological value of the campus.
2. The College Woods will have permanent protection status, identified geographically in different stages (eco-zoning.)

Maryville College has developed a 100-years Woods Plan for the MCW, which has been endorsed by the College. Maryville College's MCW has been designated as a multi-use Stewardship Forest by the State of Tennessee (TN). MCW is managed so as to allow ecological processes to operate as freely as possible.

URL for 100-Year Woods Plan and TN Forest Stewardship Plan: http://www.maryvillecollege.edu/about/inside/woods/management/


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

Vice President for Finance and Administration; Physical Plant Director; Campus Sustainability Group. MC Woods Group, Dean of Students. Founder and Director of Mountain Challenge (tenant of Crawford House). Building and Grounds committee of the MC Board of Directors.


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

From 2010 Campus Sustainability Plan
BUSINESS PRACTICES, VENDORS, PARTNERS

Every management decision will be made through the lens of environmental sustainability, and business partnerships will be shaped by this ethic.


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

BUSINESS PRACTICES, VENDORS, PARTNERS - Objectives

1. Annual divisional and program area goals will reflect an ethic of environmental stewardship.
From 2010 Campus Sustainability Plan

2. The College will provide training opportunities for senior and mid-level managers on sustainable business practices.

3. The College will select vendors who practice environmental sustainability.

Maryville College continues to follow industry environmental cleaning practices and cleaning product purchasing strategies 's Green Cleaning project, approved in 2011-2012, The MC housekeeping crews have adopted “green cleaning” practices and are now using environmentally friendly products and cleaning techniques. Not only are staff members reporting better health as a result; supervisors are reporting savings to their budgets.


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

Vice President for Finance and Administration; Physical Plant Director; Campus Sustainability Group. Dean of Students.


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

From 2010 Campus Sustainability Plan
TRANSPORTATION AND TRAVEL

Because College-related and personal transportation by members of the campus community utilize a large amount of fossil fuel energy, Maryville College citizens will learn to employ practices that use less fuel or alternative fuels to move about.


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

From 2010 Campus Sustainability Plan
TRANSPORTATION AND TRAVEL - Objectives

1. Non-motored means of transportation will be promoted on campus.

2. Fuel efficient and low emission vehicles will be selected as replacements in the College fleet.

3. Energy consumption will be a consideration when planning College travel.

Bike racks next to campus residence halls and academic buildings, and wellness programs encouraging walking to campus and community businesses exist on campus. Campus fleet purchases have focused on fuel-efficiency and LEV vehicle selection. Voluntary carbon offsets for faculty air travel are encouraged. Security officers patrol on bicycles.


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

Vice President for Finance and Administration; Physical Plant Director; Campus Sustainability Group. Dean of Students. Director of Campus Security


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

From 2010 Campus Sustainability Plan
WASTE REDUCTION

Careful use of all non-renewable resources is the fundamental standard for fulfilling the seven generations principle


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

From 2010 Campus Sustainability Plan
WASTE REDUCTION - Objectives

4. When waste is unavoidable, practical and easy composting, recycling, and reuse opportunities will be provided.

A campus recycling and waste diversion program, Sustain-A-Scot, continues and provides single-stream recycling options for the MC Community. Recycling and Waste Diversion percentages are at or above 20% of total MC waste generation.


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

Vice President for Finance and Administration; Physical Plant Director; Campus Sustainability Group. Dean of Students. Founder and Director of Mountain Challenge (program director of Sustain-A-Scot Program).


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

Not pursuing objective


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

N/A


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

N/A


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

Academic Affairs and Student Development have formal plans to institute more veterans initiatives in fiscal year '16. These plans include offering courses on a local National Guard Base to current members of the military in partnership with the Department of Defense.

Student Development has also made it a goal in fiscal year '16 to create more training, begin more conversations, and build a better perspective among staff and faculty about the difficulties facing students of low socioeconomic status.

The strategic plan for the college states: "The College will increase the diversity of its faculty, staff, and student body, as well as the respect, openness, and exposure to a variety of perspectives that mark the College community and its curriculum."


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

From Strategic Plan for Diversity:

Student Admissions and Retention Challenge: To recruit, admit, and graduate talented students who represent the diversity of our nation and the world. Contains Three Goals with 16 Strategies


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

Academic Affairs, Student Development, Dean of Students, and The Diversity Action Team


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

Student Development is planning on implementing Project 90 again in Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 which will attempt to get at least 90% of the students, faculty, and staff doing some kind of physical activity for a minimum of 90 minutes a week.


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

From 2010 Campus Sustainability Plan STUDENTS - Objectives
1. The College curriculum will include a four-year program of curricular and co-curricular experiences that support the development of an environmental sustainability ethic.

Wellness programs are listed and Project 90 continues to be supported at MC:

http://www.maryvillecollege.edu/campus-life/student-services/student-development-services/wellness/


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

Student Development, Dean of Students, Mountain Challenge Directors and Staff, Athletic Director.


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

Not pursing objective


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):

N/A


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

N/A


The institution’s definition of sustainability:

From MC Sustainability Page:
Building upon the Brundtland Commission definition of sustainable development, the opening paragraph of the College Sustainability Page is:

Maryville College’s location as the four-year liberal arts college closest to the Tennessee side of the Great Smoky Mountains has long infused its culture with an interest in conservation and environmental protection. Respect for the region’s indigenous Cherokee heritage, and for the 19th century Scots-Irish Presbyterian immigrants to East TN who founded the college, both fostered the school’s long-standing tradition of community service, faith and justice. Scientific research on the flora and fauna of this biodiverse region, and measurement of humanity’s impact on this space has been a touchstone of the work of the college for decade.


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:

Sustainability Page is found two layers in from Home Page. Under ABOUT layer, and under INSIDE MARYVILLE COLLEGE layer. Sustainability leaders on campus are regularly invited to provide input to MC President, via Campus Sustainability Group and MC Woods Group. Sustainability Leaders gave presentation to MC Board of Directors in May 2015.


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

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