Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 45.77
Liaison Joe Herbst
Submission Date Jan. 17, 2014
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STARS v2.0

Minnesota State University Moorhead
PA-2: Sustainability Planning

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.33 / 4.00 Josh Costello
Intern
Office of Campus 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 No
Research (or other scholarship) No No
Campus Engagement Yes No
Public Engagement Yes No
Air and Climate No No
Buildings Yes Yes
Dining Services/Food Yes No
Energy Yes Yes
Grounds No No
Purchasing No No
Transportation Yes Yes
Waste Yes No
Water Yes No
Diversity and Affordability Yes No
Health, Wellbeing and Work Yes No
Investment No No
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Curriculum:

A Bachelor of Science in Sustainability is offered at the University. In addition, a working group made up of faculty and staff meet regularly to advance multidisciplinary facets of sustainability in the curriculum.


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

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Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Curriculum plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Research (or other scholarship):
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The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Research plan(s):
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Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Research plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance Campus Engagement around sustainability:

Campus engagement is a major focus of the Office of Campus Sustainability. This includes several outreach campaigns throughout the year, as well as speakers, events, and activities intended to engage the campus.


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Campus Engagement plan:
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Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Campus Engagement plan(s):

Office of Campus Sustainability.


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

Outreach to the broader campus community is another major facet of the Office of Campus Sustainability. Members of the public are engaged by the Sustainability Coordinator through personal visits as well as coordination through a local committee.


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Public Engagement plan(s):
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Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Public Engagement plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Air and Climate:
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The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Air and Climate plan(s):
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Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Air and Climate plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Buildings:

Operations and maintenance, as well as any new construction or major renovations are governed by the State of Minnesota's B3 Benchmarking requirements which ensures that all state-owned facilities comply with sustainability guidelines.


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

Minnesota's B3 includes several benchmarking and goal-setting attributes.


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

The MSUM Physical Plant Manager oversees all aspects of comliance with MN B3.


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

Our food service frachisee, Sodhexo, maintains a commitment to sustainability at the corporate level.


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Dining Services/Food plan(s):
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Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Dining Services/Food plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Energy:

MN B3 requires every state facility to conistently and constantly improve energy efficiency in it's buildings and operations.


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

The guidelines for both new buildings and major renovations through B3 must:
•Exceed the state energy code by at least 30 percent
•Focus on achieving the lowest possible lifetime costs
•Encourage continual energy conservation improvements
•Include air quality and lighting standards
•Create and maintain a healthy environment
•Facilitate productivity improvements
•Specify ways to reduce material costs
•Consider the long-term operating costs of the building including the use of renewable energy sources and distributed electric energy generation that uses a renewable source or natural gas or a fuel that is as clean or cleaner than natural gas.


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

MSUM Physical Plant and Vice President of Finance and Administration.


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Grounds:
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The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Grounds plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Purchasing:
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The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Purchasing plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Transportation:

MSUM is committed to improving transportation options for students through the MAT Bus program. The MSUM student senate implemented a student fee to support annual bus passes for all MSUM Students.


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

The Student Senate and Vice President of Finance and Administration recieve information every year on the # of riders.


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

MSUM Student Senate, Vice President of Finance and Administration.


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

The mission of the newly created Student Recycling Service is to continually make improvements to both the participation and volume of recycling on campus.


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

Office of Campus Sustainability and the Student Recycling Service.


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

Minnesota's B3 guidelines also include water use, and the Campus' Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan also advance sustainability in water quality/water consumption


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Water plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance Diversity and Affordability:

MSUM's Office of Diversity and Inclusion work to create a comfortable environment and provide support services for students of underrepresented populations.


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Diversity and Affordability plan(s):
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Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Diversity and Affordability plan(s):

Office of Diversity and Inclusion.


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

MSUM offers an Employee Assitance Program through Human Resources which provide resources for employees to improve thier well being. In addition, the Hendrix Health center holds annual events designed to keep employees healthy.


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Health, Wellbeing and Work plan(s):
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Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Health, Wellbeing and Work plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Investment:
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The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Investment plan(s):
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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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The institution’s definition of sustainability:
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Does the institution’s strategic plan or equivalent guiding document include sustainability at a high level?:
No

A brief description of how the institution’s strategic plan or equivalent guiding document addresses sustainability:
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The website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability planning is available:

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