Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 35.62
Liaison Allison Jenks
Submission Date Sept. 7, 2011
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New Mexico State University
PAE-4: Sustainability Plan

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 joni newcomer
Mgr. Env. Policy and Sustainability
Facilities and Services
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Does the institution have a sustainability plan that meets the criteria for this credit?:

A brief description of how multiple stakeholder groups were involved in developing the plan:

A Business Plan was written over a period of eight weeks with weekly meetings with faculty, staff, students. The meetings were run by the Manager of the Office of Sustainability. This plan was presented to the Sustainability Council October 2010 for their approval. We have made a few revisions to it at the request of the University President and it is set for approval September 2011 after the date of this report

A brief description of the plan’s measurable goals :

GOALS AND TIMELINES (completion date and team responsible)
• Update Office of Sustainability (OoS) website (12/01/10 by PAE and OoS, with ongoing maintenance)
• Prepare list of metrics for annual reporting on energy savings and efficiencies (12/15/10 by OP)
• Establish volunteer action arenas for faculty, staff, and students (02/02/11 by Leadership Team)
• Create media campaign for Office of Sustainability (01/12/11 by OoS and PAE)
• Increase sustainability programs campus and statewide (03/01/11 by PAE)
• Complete and submit AASHE (Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education) “STARS” (Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System) reporting (due 06/01/11 by all teams)
• Incorporate “cradle to cradle” and LEED (US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) specifications into Office of Facilities and Services (OFS) Building Design Guidelines (06/01/2011 by OoS and OP)
• Infuse sustainability into the curriculum and encourage sustainability-related research throughout the entire NMSU system (02/2012 by ER and ongoing)

• Respect for humanity and all living things
• Understanding that the natural and built environments are intertwined
• Unity of purpose through collaboration and interaction of ideas
• Pride in our heritage with consideration for the future
• Integrity of actions
• Passion for sustainability

A brief description of how progress in meeting the plan’s goals is measured:

The Sustainability Council meets monthly. We discuss our goals and update/add new ones as we complete the old ones. Our next goal, now that the STARS report is complete, is to certify NMSU as a "Bicycle Friendly University".

The website URL where more information about the sustainability plan is available:
The year the plan was developed or last updated:

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