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Submission Date Feb. 21, 2014
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Portland State University
PAE-4: Sustainability Plan

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Beth Lloyd-Pool
Program Administrator
Institute for Sustainable Solutions
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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:

Graduate students researched other universities' sustainability plans, and presented their findings to a group of faculty, staff, and students who then created an overall outline. The outline was sent to administrative and academic departments and student affairs/groups for their input. All the information was distilled and sent out again for review, then the plan was presented to the President's Strategic Committee.

A brief description of the plan’s measurable goals :

Education and Curriculum
Goal: PSU provides transparent and accessible curricular pathways to success through selected programs and majors.
Goal: PSU provides distinctive interdisciplinary programs that align with community needs.
Goal: PSU is internationally recognized for social entrepreneurship education that graduates changemakers focused on building a better future.
Goal: PSU recognized as a leader in problem-based, project-based curriculum that has measurable community impact.
Goal: Disciplinary and interdisciplinary sustainability curriculum is valued and supported through institutional incentives.

Student Experience and Engagement
Goal: Sustainability is embedded throughout the student experience. Student life at PSU is healthy, accessible, inclusive, and vibrant.
Goal: Enrollment Management and Student Affairs division is a national leader in sustainability thought, practice and innovation.
Goal: PSU is recognized as an innovative leader in developing exemplary co-curricular programs that demonstrate measurable success in cultivating change skills and abilities in our students.
Goal: PSU students embrace shared values and model behaviors, attitudes and skills that recognize the interdependence of environmental, social, and economic systems.

Goal: PSU is a recognized leader in policy-relevant urban sustainability research that integrates across transportation, planning, ecology, social issues, business, community development, energy, and related disciplines.
Goal: PSU is a recognized leader in policy-relevant research into ecosystem services supporting urbanizing regions.
Goal: PSU is a recognized leader in advancing social sustainability research.

Community Engagement
Goal: PSU is known regionally and nationally for catalyzing and advancing dialogue and action around priority issues related to urban sustainability, ecosystem services and social sustainability.
Goal: PSU is known nationally for delivering sustainability science and education that is relevant and connected to on-the-ground practitioner needs.
Goal: PSU, through the Institute for Sustainable Solutions and Research and Strategic Partnerships, is seen as a trustworthy and effective forum for convening around complex issues.
Goal: PSU Impact Entrepreneurs is a key partner for aspiring and existing social entrepreneurs and a leader in strengthening the ecosystem for social entrepreneurship on campus and in the community.
Goal: PSU’s Community Environmental Services is recognized as a model for innovative collaboration between students and external organizations and expands into new markets.
Goal: PSU’s sustainability alumni are connected to the university and provide a vibrant link between the university and the broader sustainability community in Portland and beyond.

Campus Operations
Goal: Buildings are maintained in accordance with LEED for Existing Buildings, Operations & Maintenance (EB+OM) certification standards, and all new construction or major renovations will meet LEED Gold or higher standards.
Goal: PSU will be a carbon neutral campus by 2040 using strategies outlined in the Climate Action Plan.
Goal: PSU’s natural environment is maintained in an exemplary fashion including sustainable stormwater management, reduced use of chemicals and diverse, ecologically responsible plantings.
Goal: PSU is a leader in waste reduction, water conservation, fiscal responsibility and climate action through its operations practices and policies.
Goal: PSU will maintain 2010 levels of travel emissions.

Institutional Policies and Administration
Goal: PSU’s Institute for Sustainable Solutions has clear processes for advancing sustainability research and measuring the impact of its programs.
Goal: PSU has a cohesive sustainability brand and communications strategy that is consistent with the university’s overarching brand and delivers clear information about sustainability resources on campus.
Goal: The philanthropic community has heightened awareness of PSU sustainability initiatives and views them as long-term investments that benefit the entire region.

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

Progress is measured through the assessment of a program's one year goals towards the larger 5-year Sustainability Playbook goals. Assessment is done on a yearly basis and includes objectives, direct and indirect measures, findings/observations, and plans for improvement. Goal revisions and changes based on assessment findings are included in the yearly assessment portfolio.

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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