Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 52.49
Liaison Angela Oberg
Submission Date Feb. 27, 2023

STARS v2.2

Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick Campus
PA-2: Sustainability Planning

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 4.00 Katie Parrish
Program Coordinator
Office of Climate Action
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Does the institution have a published plan or plans that include measurable sustainability objectives that address sustainability in curriculum and/or research?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives related to academics and the plan(s) in which they are published:
Climate Action Plan, 2021 https://climateaction.rutgers.edu/sites/default/files/2021-12/RUClimateActionPlan_Sept2021893.pdf - Build a culture of sustainability that integrates climate action into academic research, teaching, outreach, engagement, campus life, and university policy across Rutgers' campuses. - Create an easy entry point for students seeking to participate in research opportunities related to the goals of the Climate Action Plan - Develop and implement courses or course modules that use the university or the state as living labs for climate actions - Encourage the adoption of suitable promotion and tenure criteria, facilitating use-inspired, publicly engaged interdisciplinary climate scholarship that addresses the climate-related needs of the university and the state - Promote cross-university cluster hires of (1) teaching faculty focused on linking teaching and university/state climate action and (2) tenure-track faculty focused on publicly engaged climate scholarship that integrates with university/state climate action - Amplify, connect, and expand existing interdisciplinary research, teaching and engagement efforts related to climate change, particularly with social equity and economic development lenses.

Does the institution have a published plan or plans that include measurable sustainability objectives that address student, employee, or community engagement for sustainability?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives related to engagement and the plan(s) in which they are published:
Climate Action Plan, 2021, https://climateaction.rutgers.edu/sites/default/files/2021-12/RUClimateActionPlan_Sept2021893.pdf - Build a culture of sustainability that integrates climate action into academic research, teaching, outreach, engagement, campus life, and university policy across Rutgers' campuses. - Facilitate integration of existing Rutgers programs that are focused on climate change, social equity, and economic development - Create an easy entry point for students seeking to participate in engagement opportunities related to the goals of the Climate Action Plan - Organize activities that engage students in University and State climate action. - Work across campus and engage with our host communities to establish comprehensive plans for just and equitable climate adaptation. Engage in a broader, stakeholder-based examination of climate vulnerabilities and steps for adaptation among all affected Rutgers groups, including faculty, staff, and students, as well as local campus communities.

Does the institution have a published plan or plans that include measurable sustainability objectives that address sustainability in operations?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives related to operations and the plan(s) in which they are published:
Climate Action Plan, 2021, https://climateaction.rutgers.edu/sites/default/files/2021-12/RUClimateActionPlan_Sept2021893.pdf Become carbon neutral by 2040 and carbon-negative—removing more greenhouse gases than we are putting into the atmosphere—no later than the university's 275th anniversary in 2041. - Reduce direct emissions from fossil fuel consumption 20% by 2030 and 100% by 2040 (relative to the FY 2019 baseline of about 216,000 tonnes CO2-eq) - Eliminate emissions associated with electricity purchased off the grid by 2030 (compared to a FY 2019 baseline of about 144,000 tonnes CO2-eq) - Reduce indirect emissions associated with commuting, travel, and the supply chain 30% by 2030 (relative to the FY 2019 baseline of about 108,000 tonnes CO2-eq for commuting, travel, and the food supply chain) - Use Rutgers’ economic and institutional capacities to advocate for addressing the societal choices that underlie indirect emissions - To offset remaining indirect emissions, we will create and manage carbon sequestration projects on and off Rutgers-owned land and will only use third-party offsets as a last resort.

Does the institution have a published plan or plans that include measurable sustainability objectives that address diversity, equity, and inclusion; sustainable investment/finance; or wellbeing?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives related to administration and the plan(s) in which they are published:
Climate Action Plan, 2021, https://climateaction.rutgers.edu/sites/default/files/2021-12/RUClimateActionPlan_Sept2021893.pdf Work across campus and engage with our host communities to establish comprehensive plans for just and equitable climate adaptation. - Work with each Chancellor unit to develop a comprehensive resiliency, recovery, and adaptation plan compatible with carbon neutrality and prioritizing those areas with highest exposure and vulnerability and greatest adaptation potential. - Engage in a broader, stakeholder-based examination of climate vulnerabilities and steps for adaptation among all affected Rutgers groups, including faculty, staff, and students, as well as local campus communities. - Incorporate projected climate risks and adaptation planning into climate mitigation planning. Rutgers University-New Brunswick Diversity Strategic Plan, 2022, https://diversity.rutgers.edu/rutgers-new-brunswick Goal 1: Recruit and Retain a Diverse Community - Build and retain a university community that more closely reflects the state of New Jersey, paying particular attention to access and equity gaps in the success of underrepresented populations among students, faculty, and staff. Goal 2: Build Capacity to Engage and Lead - Equip individuals with the cultural competencies necessary to engage with others in ways that foster dialogue, enable understanding, and promote resilience when conflict occurs, attending especially to the role of leadership. Goal 3: Promote Inclusive Teaching and Scholarship - Promote inclusive teaching practices and engagement with diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice in the curriculum, as well as in scholarship, research/creative works and public engagement. Goal 4: Serve the Public Good and Expand University-Community Partnerships - Marshall the universities’ core activities of teaching, research, and engagement in service of the public good promoting the institutional commitment to the community on and off-campus. Goal 5: Refine Systems, Policies, and Procedures - Ensure that university systems, policies, and procedures promote equity, facilitate diversity goals, improve clarity, provide transparency, and enhance accountability.

Does the institution have a published strategic plan or equivalent guiding document that includes sustainability at a high level? :
Yes

The institution’s highest guiding document (upload):
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Which of the following best describes the inclusion of sustainability in the highest guiding document?:
Minor theme

The institution's sustainability plan (upload):
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Does the institution have a formal statement in support of sustainability endorsed by its governing body?:
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The formal statement in support of sustainability:
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The institution’s definition of sustainability:
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Is the institution an endorser or signatory of the following?:
Yes or No
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Pan-Canadian Protocol for Sustainability ---
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Second Nature’s Carbon Commitment (formerly known as the ACUPCC), Resilience Commitment, and/or integrated Climate Commitment ---
The Talloires Declaration (TD) ---
UN Global Compact ---
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A brief description of the institution’s formal sustainability commitments, including the specific initiatives selected above:
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Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability planning efforts is available:
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