Overall Rating Expired
Overall Score Expired
Liaison Jacob Saffert
Submission Date Feb. 4, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Saint John's University
PA-2: Sustainability Planning

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Jacob Saffert
Sustainability Fellow
Office of 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 --- ---
Research (or other scholarship) Yes Yes
Campus Engagement Yes Yes
Public Engagement No
+ Date Revised: March 20, 2015
No
+ Date Revised: March 20, 2015
Air and Climate Yes Yes
Buildings Yes Yes
Dining Services/Food Yes Yes
Energy Yes Yes
Grounds No No
Purchasing --- ---
Transportation No No
Waste No No
Water No No
Diversity and Affordability --- ---
Health, Wellbeing and Work --- ---
Investment No No
Other No No

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

It is the Environmental Studies department's policy to require all senior ES majors to complete a major undergraduate research project in order to graduate.

+ Date Revised: March 20, 2015

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

Every year, additional research is completed by each senior environmental studies student.


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

Environmental Studies Department


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

SJU's Climate Action Plan laid the framework for the Office of Sustainability. A full-time fellow will manage the office with the goal of engaging the campus on sustainability topics. The office's plan can be found on the CSB/SJU webpage. http://www.csbsju.edu/sju-sustainability

+ Date Revised: March 20, 2015

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

Outcomes from energy challenges and similar events are calculated.


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

Office of Sustainability


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

The Office of Sustainability plans to advance campus engagement around sustainability through planning events and organizing educational activities.


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

Attendance at sustainability-related events is monitored.


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

Office of Sustainability


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

SJU is a signatory of ACUPCC and has calculated its carbon emissions for each year since singing the agreement. Reducing emissions is also the primary goal set in SJU's Climate Action Plan.

+ Date Revised: March 20, 2015

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

Improvements in emissions are calculated.


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

Office of Sustainability


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

SJU's original climate action plan stated a goal for all new buildings built on campus to meet at least LEED silver standards. This has since been revised to just require that green building principles be taken into consideration and ultimately incorporated into new buildings and renovations. The change was made to reduce the increased hassle of formal certification. Sustainability is still a key part of building.

+ Date Revised: March 20, 2015

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

Reduce the energy consumption and environmental impact of new and renovated buildings.


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

Office of Sustainability, Physical Plant, facilities staff


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

SJU Dining Services has a policy and practice of seeking out local foods. Current Dining Services projects included considering trayless, increasing local/sustainable food choices, new to-go container options, etc.

+ Date Revised: March 20, 2015

The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Dining Services/Food plan(s):

SJU Dining Services aims to have 20% of its offerings to be local/sustainable foods.


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Dining Services/Food plan(s):

SJU Dining Services and Office of Sustainability


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

The SJU Climate Action Plan includes a goal "to generate more power from alternative sources, Saint John’s Abbey (from whom SJU gets its power).

+ Date Revised: March 20, 2015

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

The energy production, as well as carbon savings, from these projects will be considered before construction and will be measured once installed.


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

Facilities staff


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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Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Purchasing plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Transportation:
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The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Transportation plan(s):
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Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Transportation plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Waste:
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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):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Water:
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The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Water plan(s):
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Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Water plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance Diversity and Affordability:
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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):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Health, Wellbeing and Work:
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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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Accountable parties, offices or departments for 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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Accountable parties, offices or departments for the other plan(s):
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The institution’s definition of sustainability:

As a Benedictine institution, we take seriously our commitment to stewardship and to incorporating the goals of sustainability into every facet of campus life. As a university, we have the duty to prepare students to be responsible citizens, prepared to meet the social, ethical, local and global challenges of today.

The Office of Sustainability at SJU is committed to the effort of creating a sustainable campus by focusing on the triple bottom line: equity, economy and the environment.


Does the institution’s strategic plan or equivalent guiding document include sustainability at a high level?:
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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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