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Sewanee - The University of the South
PA-2: Sustainability Planning

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Amy Turner
Director of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability
Office of Environmental Stewardship and 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 Yes
Research (or other scholarship) Yes Yes
Campus Engagement Yes Yes
Public Engagement Yes Yes
Air and Climate Yes Yes
Buildings Yes Yes
Dining Services/Food Yes Yes
Energy Yes Yes
Grounds Yes Yes
Purchasing Yes Yes
Transportation Yes Yes
Waste Yes Yes
Water Yes Yes
Diversity and Affordability Yes Yes
Health, Wellbeing and Work Yes Yes
Investment Yes Yes
Other Yes Yes

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

I. Student Activities and Engagement
At the heart of Sewanee’s commitment to sustainability, are the opportunities for engagement that we provide students at the curricular and co-curricular levels. Sewanee’s model for catalyzing sustainability efforts and tracking their success will be dependent on the sustained involvement of student leaders each year. Leadership on campus from a ‘’green corps” of interns, undergraduate and post-baccalaureate fellows will be a key to this success.
1. Provide co-curricular student leadership opportunities relating to environmental stewardship and sustainability through the creation of undergraduate and post- baccalaureate fellowships
2. Improve sustainability literacy within the student body.
3. Work with relevant faculty groups to evaluate ways to integrate the study of sustainability into the curriculum at the course and or programmatic level. If appropriate, seek formal recognition of a course of study through a certificate or a minor in sustainability.
4. Work with the Sewanee Outreach Office and the Community Engaged Learning program to provide and support opportunities for students to engage in community level sustainability projects locally and abroad.
5. Incorporate an introduction to Sewanee’s sustainability commitment into the new student orientation process.
Source: Sustainability Master Plan. 2013. The University of the South. <http://www.sewanee.edu/provost/2013-sustainability-master-plan/>

+ Date Revised: Aug. 2, 2016

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

I. Student Activities and Engagement
At the heart of Sewanee’s commitment to sustainability, are the opportunities for engagement that we provide students at the curricular and co-curricular levels. Sewanee’s model for catalyzing sustainability efforts and tracking their success will be dependent on the sustained involvement of student leaders each year. Leadership on campus from a ‘’green corps” of interns, undergraduate and post-baccalaureate fellows will be a key to this success.
1. Provide co-curricular student leadership opportunities relating to environmental stewardship and sustainability through the creation of undergraduate and post- baccalaureate fellowships
2. Improve sustainability literacy within the student body.
3. Work with relevant faculty groups to evaluate ways to integrate the study of sustainability into the curriculum at the course and or programmatic level. If appropriate, seek formal recognition of a course of study through a certificate or a minor in sustainability.
4. Work with the Sewanee Outreach Office and the Community Engaged Learning program to provide and support opportunities for students to engage in community level sustainability projects locally and abroad.
5. Incorporate an introduction to Sewanee’s sustainability commitment into the new student orientation process.


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

Office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Research (or other scholarship):

I. Student Activities and Engagement
At the heart of Sewanee’s commitment to sustainability, are the opportunities for engagement that we provide students at the curricular and co-curricular levels. Sewanee’s model for catalyzing sustainability efforts and tracking their success will be dependent on the sustained involvement of student leaders each year. Leadership on campus from a ‘’green corps” of interns, undergraduate and post-baccalaureate fellows will be a key to this success.
1. Provide co-curricular student leadership opportunities relating to environmental stewardship and sustainability through the creation of undergraduate and post- baccalaureate fellowships
2. Improve sustainability literacy within the student body.
3. Work with relevant faculty groups to evaluate ways to integrate the study of sustainability into the curriculum at the course and or programmatic level. If appropriate, seek formal recognition of a course of study through a certificate or a minor in sustainability.
4. Work with the Sewanee Outreach Office and the Community Engaged Learning program to provide and support opportunities for students to engage in community level sustainability projects locally and abroad.
5. Incorporate an introduction to Sewanee’s sustainability commitment into the new student orientation process.
Source: Sustainability Master Plan. 2013. The University of the South. <http://www.sewanee.edu/provost/2013-sustainability-master-plan/>

+ Date Revised: Aug. 2, 2016

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

I. Student Activities and Engagement
At the heart of Sewanee’s commitment to sustainability, are the opportunities for engagement that we provide students at the curricular and co-curricular levels. Sewanee’s model for catalyzing sustainability efforts and tracking their success will be dependent on the sustained involvement of student leaders each year. Leadership on campus from a ‘’green corps” of interns, undergraduate and post-baccalaureate fellows will be a key to this success.
1. Provide co-curricular student leadership opportunities relating to environmental stewardship and sustainability through the creation of undergraduate and post- baccalaureate fellowships
2. Improve sustainability literacy within the student body.
3. Work with relevant faculty groups to evaluate ways to integrate the study of sustainability into the curriculum at the course and or programmatic level. If appropriate, seek formal recognition of a course of study through a certificate or a minor in sustainability.
4. Work with the Sewanee Outreach Office and the Community Engaged Learning program to provide and support opportunities for students to engage in community level sustainability projects locally and abroad.
5. Incorporate an introduction to Sewanee’s sustainability commitment into the new student orientation process.


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

Office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability


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

I. Student Activities and Engagement
1. Provide co-curricular student leadership opportunities relating to environmental stewardship and sustainability through the creation of undergraduate and post- baccalaureate fellowships.
a. Permanently fund fellowships.
b. Work with students to establish a board of student sustainability leaders that to run
programming, the revolving fund, and other facets of sustainability life on campus. c. Identify, promote and seek funding for internship opportunities in all facets of
sustainability both on and off campus.
2. Improve sustainability literacy within the student body.
a. Generate and conduct a survey to assess and track student awareness of and
engagement with sustainability issues on an ongoing basis, engaging students by
cohort.
b. Use data from a sustainability survey to better inform a system of incentives
encouraging sustainability literacy and quantifiable changes in behaviors across the student body.
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c. Develop and seek funding for a year-round speaker series highlighting local, regional and global sustainability issues and efforts.
3. Work with relevant faculty groups to evaluate ways to integrate the study of sustainability into the curriculum at the course and or programmatic level. If appropriate, seek formal recognition of a course of study through a certificate or a minor in sustainability.
a. Develop and launch certificate program.
b. Develop an Introduction to Sustainability course to serve as the foundation for the
certificate program.
c. Identify sustainability-related and sustainability-focused courses, isolating learning
objectives within existing courses in each department.
d. Facilitate the development of learning objectives in courses where previously not
present.
e. Incorporate sustainability education into first-year programming through a
sustainability module, guaranteeing exposure to every student.
f. Incorporate the development and implementation of this plan into the curriculum
through class projects, individual research and as a case study in the process of sustainability policy-making.
4. Work with the Sewanee Outreach Office and the Community Engaged Learning program to provide and support opportunities for students to engage in community level sustainability projects locally and abroad.
a. Work with key players on campus to develop the interface of sustainability and community engagement.
b. Implement a program to offset our emissions by implementing projects that reduce GHG emissions in the local community, e.g. the Utility Conservation Program offered through the Outreach Office.
c. Host seminars, workshops, and presentations on energy conservation and sustainability targeting surrounding community and local schools.
d. Maintain and promote Sustainability-themed outreach trips (Costa Rica, Jamaica, and Haiti) and explore potential for expanding sustainability focus.
e. Establish direct student involvement and create learning opportunities through offset programs by partnering Sewanee and Haitian students to monitor and evaluate offset generation.
f. Host a community charrette about sustainability to foster a meaningful dialogue between the University and the surrounding community.
g. Continue to support and provide a location for the Cumberland Farmer’s Market.
h. Make an effort to place community members on various working groups of the
Sustainability Committee to ensure grassroots and community-focused input.
i. Integrate sustainability outreach into opportunities for Canale and Bonner scholars
j. Establish Home Construction workshop and Builder consortium for local architects,
contractors, etc. to promote green building practices.
k. Establish regional programming for agricultural practitioners to meet, to plan and to
train based on the academic program and Farm. The dining hall serves a similar
function to chefs.
5. Incorporate an introduction to Sewanee’s sustainability commitment into the new student
orientation process.
a. Continue to be a mandatory part of Freshman Orientation, encouraging
sustainability literacy and defining how students can immediately become part of
sustainability at Sewanee.
6. Additional engagement strategies to consider:
a. Run a Sustainability film series.
b. Continue and improve our Green Pledge dinner, increasing attendance by 25% in next 5
years.
c. Utilize pre-existing Greek system framework to promote recycling and other
sustainability initiatives as a vehicle to change existing campus social culture.
d. Promote and increase number of sustainability-related dorm activities and programming.
e. Continue and improve dorm energy competitions.
f. Continue to support, promote, and provide resources for the Forestry and Geology Club,
Sewanee Green Action, Responsible Investment Club, EarthKeepers, Team Compost, Natural History Society, and other student organizations related to sustainability currently in operation or that may arise in the future.
g. Promote co-curricular engagement in the student residential experience by supporting sustainability-oriented theme housing.
h. Establish an annual sustainability-themed Spring Break or Fall Break trip.
i. Expand existing relationships with the Sewanee Outing Program and Outreach Office
through shared trips and outreach opportunities with a sustainability focus.
j. Continue to support and promote cosponsoring and cooperation between on-campus
sustainability clubs and initiatives with ally organizations.
k. Support and promote cosponsoring and cooperation between on-campus sustainability
clubs and initiatives with ally off-campus organizations and peer institutions.
l. Continue to promote dialogue between different sustainability-related student groups
while also establishing an engaging educational experience (currently Green Convene).
m. Create a more involved, engaged and incentivized way to promote the Environmental
Residents program.
n. Create a Green Office Certificate program following guidelines outlined by the Alliance to
Save Energy.
o. Promote and expand alumni network for internships and job opportunities for current
and graduating student.
Source: Sustainability Master Plan. 2013. The University of the South. <http://www.sewanee.edu/provost/2013-sustainability-master-plan/>

+ Date Revised: Aug. 2, 2016

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

I. Student Activities and Engagement
1. Provide co-curricular student leadership opportunities relating to environmental stewardship and sustainability through the creation of undergraduate and post- baccalaureate fellowships.
a. Permanently fund fellowships.
b. Work with students to establish a board of student sustainability leaders that to run
programming, the revolving fund, and other facets of sustainability life on campus. c. Identify, promote and seek funding for internship opportunities in all facets of
sustainability both on and off campus.
2. Improve sustainability literacy within the student body.
a. Generate and conduct a survey to assess and track student awareness of and
engagement with sustainability issues on an ongoing basis, engaging students by
cohort.
b. Use data from a sustainability survey to better inform a system of incentives
encouraging sustainability literacy and quantifiable changes in behaviors across the student body.
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c. Develop and seek funding for a year-round speaker series highlighting local, regional and global sustainability issues and efforts.
3. Work with relevant faculty groups to evaluate ways to integrate the study of sustainability into the curriculum at the course and or programmatic level. If appropriate, seek formal recognition of a course of study through a certificate or a minor in sustainability.
a. Develop and launch certificate program.
b. Develop an Introduction to Sustainability course to serve as the foundation for the
certificate program.
c. Identify sustainability-related and sustainability-focused courses, isolating learning
objectives within existing courses in each department.
d. Facilitate the development of learning objectives in courses where previously not
present.
e. Incorporate sustainability education into first-year programming through a
sustainability module, guaranteeing exposure to every student.
f. Incorporate the development and implementation of this plan into the curriculum
through class projects, individual research and as a case study in the process of sustainability policy-making.
4. Work with the Sewanee Outreach Office and the Community Engaged Learning program to provide and support opportunities for students to engage in community level sustainability projects locally and abroad.
a. Work with key players on campus to develop the interface of sustainability and community engagement.
b. Implement a program to offset our emissions by implementing projects that reduce GHG emissions in the local community, e.g. the Utility Conservation Program offered through the Outreach Office.
c. Host seminars, workshops, and presentations on energy conservation and sustainability targeting surrounding community and local schools.
d. Maintain and promote Sustainability-themed outreach trips (Costa Rica, Jamaica, and Haiti) and explore potential for expanding sustainability focus.
e. Establish direct student involvement and create learning opportunities through offset programs by partnering Sewanee and Haitian students to monitor and evaluate offset generation.
f. Host a community charrette about sustainability to foster a meaningful dialogue between the University and the surrounding community.
g. Continue to support and provide a location for the Cumberland Farmer’s Market.
h. Make an effort to place community members on various working groups of the
Sustainability Committee to ensure grassroots and community-focused input.
i. Integrate sustainability outreach into opportunities for Canale and Bonner scholars
j. Establish Home Construction workshop and Builder consortium for local architects,
contractors, etc. to promote green building practices.
k. Establish regional programming for agricultural practitioners to meet, to plan and to
train based on the academic program and Farm. The dining hall serves a similar
function to chefs.
5. Incorporate an introduction to Sewanee’s sustainability commitment into the new student
orientation process.
a. Continue to be a mandatory part of Freshman Orientation, encouraging
sustainability literacy and defining how students can immediately become part of
sustainability at Sewanee.
6. Additional engagement strategies to consider:
a. Run a Sustainability film series.
b. Continue and improve our Green Pledge dinner, increasing attendance by 25% in next 5
years.
c. Utilize pre-existing Greek system framework to promote recycling and other
sustainability initiatives as a vehicle to change existing campus social culture.
d. Promote and increase number of sustainability-related dorm activities and programming.
e. Continue and improve dorm energy competitions.
f. Continue to support, promote, and provide resources for the Forestry and Geology Club,
Sewanee Green Action, Responsible Investment Club, EarthKeepers, Team Compost, Natural History Society, and other student organizations related to sustainability currently in operation or that may arise in the future.
g. Promote co-curricular engagement in the student residential experience by supporting sustainability-oriented theme housing.
h. Establish an annual sustainability-themed Spring Break or Fall Break trip.
i. Expand existing relationships with the Sewanee Outing Program and Outreach Office
through shared trips and outreach opportunities with a sustainability focus.
j. Continue to support and promote cosponsoring and cooperation between on-campus
sustainability clubs and initiatives with ally organizations.
k. Support and promote cosponsoring and cooperation between on-campus sustainability
clubs and initiatives with ally off-campus organizations and peer institutions.
l. Continue to promote dialogue between different sustainability-related student groups
while also establishing an engaging educational experience (currently Green Convene).
m. Create a more involved, engaged and incentivized way to promote the Environmental
Residents program.
n. Create a Green Office Certificate program following guidelines outlined by the Alliance to
Save Energy.
o. Promote and expand alumni network for internships and job opportunities for current
and graduating student.


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

Office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability


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

I. Student Activities and Engagement
1. Provide co-curricular student leadership opportunities relating to environmental stewardship and sustainability through the creation of undergraduate and post- baccalaureate fellowships.
a. Permanently fund fellowships.
b. Work with students to establish a board of student sustainability leaders that to run
programming, the revolving fund, and other facets of sustainability life on campus. c. Identify, promote and seek funding for internship opportunities in all facets of
sustainability both on and off campus.
2. Improve sustainability literacy within the student body.
a. Generate and conduct a survey to assess and track student awareness of and
engagement with sustainability issues on an ongoing basis, engaging students by
cohort.
b. Use data from a sustainability survey to better inform a system of incentives
encouraging sustainability literacy and quantifiable changes in behaviors across the student body.
14
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c. Develop and seek funding for a year-round speaker series highlighting local, regional and global sustainability issues and efforts.
3. Work with relevant faculty groups to evaluate ways to integrate the study of sustainability into the curriculum at the course and or programmatic level. If appropriate, seek formal recognition of a course of study through a certificate or a minor in sustainability.
a. Develop and launch certificate program.
b. Develop an Introduction to Sustainability course to serve as the foundation for the
certificate program.
c. Identify sustainability-related and sustainability-focused courses, isolating learning
objectives within existing courses in each department.
d. Facilitate the development of learning objectives in courses where previously not
present.
e. Incorporate sustainability education into first-year programming through a
sustainability module, guaranteeing exposure to every student.
f. Incorporate the development and implementation of this plan into the curriculum
through class projects, individual research and as a case study in the process of sustainability policy-making.
4. Work with the Sewanee Outreach Office and the Community Engaged Learning program to provide and support opportunities for students to engage in community level sustainability projects locally and abroad.
a. Work with key players on campus to develop the interface of sustainability and community engagement.
b. Implement a program to offset our emissions by implementing projects that reduce GHG emissions in the local community, e.g. the Utility Conservation Program offered through the Outreach Office.
c. Host seminars, workshops, and presentations on energy conservation and sustainability targeting surrounding community and local schools.
d. Maintain and promote Sustainability-themed outreach trips (Costa Rica, Jamaica, and Haiti) and explore potential for expanding sustainability focus.
e. Establish direct student involvement and create learning opportunities through offset programs by partnering Sewanee and Haitian students to monitor and evaluate offset generation.
f. Host a community charrette about sustainability to foster a meaningful dialogue between the University and the surrounding community.
g. Continue to support and provide a location for the Cumberland Farmer’s Market.
h. Make an effort to place community members on various working groups of the
Sustainability Committee to ensure grassroots and community-focused input.
i. Integrate sustainability outreach into opportunities for Canale and Bonner scholars
j. Establish Home Construction workshop and Builder consortium for local architects,
contractors, etc. to promote green building practices.
k. Establish regional programming for agricultural practitioners to meet, to plan and to
train based on the academic program and Farm. The dining hall serves a similar
function to chefs.
5. Incorporate an introduction to Sewanee’s sustainability commitment into the new student
orientation process.
a. Continue to be a mandatory part of Freshman Orientation, encouraging
sustainability literacy and defining how students can immediately become part of
sustainability at Sewanee.
6. Additional engagement strategies to consider:
a. Run a Sustainability film series.
b. Continue and improve our Green Pledge dinner, increasing attendance by 25% in next 5
years.
c. Utilize pre-existing Greek system framework to promote recycling and other
sustainability initiatives as a vehicle to change existing campus social culture.
d. Promote and increase number of sustainability-related dorm activities and programming.
e. Continue and improve dorm energy competitions.
f. Continue to support, promote, and provide resources for the Forestry and Geology Club,
Sewanee Green Action, Responsible Investment Club, EarthKeepers, Team Compost, Natural History Society, and other student organizations related to sustainability currently in operation or that may arise in the future.
g. Promote co-curricular engagement in the student residential experience by supporting sustainability-oriented theme housing.
h. Establish an annual sustainability-themed Spring Break or Fall Break trip.
i. Expand existing relationships with the Sewanee Outing Program and Outreach Office
through shared trips and outreach opportunities with a sustainability focus.
j. Continue to support and promote cosponsoring and cooperation between on-campus
sustainability clubs and initiatives with ally organizations.
k. Support and promote cosponsoring and cooperation between on-campus sustainability
clubs and initiatives with ally off-campus organizations and peer institutions.
l. Continue to promote dialogue between different sustainability-related student groups
while also establishing an engaging educational experience (currently Green Convene).
m. Create a more involved, engaged and incentivized way to promote the Environmental
Residents program.
n. Create a Green Office Certificate program following guidelines outlined by the Alliance to
Save Energy.
o. Promote and expand alumni network for internships and job opportunities for current
and graduating student.Source: Sustainability Master Plan. 2013. The University of the South. <http://www.sewanee.edu/provost/2013-sustainability-master-plan/>

+ Date Revised: Aug. 2, 2016

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

I. Student Activities and Engagement
1. Provide co-curricular student leadership opportunities relating to environmental stewardship and sustainability through the creation of undergraduate and post- baccalaureate fellowships.
a. Permanently fund fellowships.
b. Work with students to establish a board of student sustainability leaders that to run
programming, the revolving fund, and other facets of sustainability life on campus. c. Identify, promote and seek funding for internship opportunities in all facets of
sustainability both on and off campus.
2. Improve sustainability literacy within the student body.
a. Generate and conduct a survey to assess and track student awareness of and
engagement with sustainability issues on an ongoing basis, engaging students by
cohort.
b. Use data from a sustainability survey to better inform a system of incentives
encouraging sustainability literacy and quantifiable changes in behaviors across the student body.
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c. Develop and seek funding for a year-round speaker series highlighting local, regional and global sustainability issues and efforts.
3. Work with relevant faculty groups to evaluate ways to integrate the study of sustainability into the curriculum at the course and or programmatic level. If appropriate, seek formal recognition of a course of study through a certificate or a minor in sustainability.
a. Develop and launch certificate program.
b. Develop an Introduction to Sustainability course to serve as the foundation for the
certificate program.
c. Identify sustainability-related and sustainability-focused courses, isolating learning
objectives within existing courses in each department.
d. Facilitate the development of learning objectives in courses where previously not
present.
e. Incorporate sustainability education into first-year programming through a
sustainability module, guaranteeing exposure to every student.
f. Incorporate the development and implementation of this plan into the curriculum
through class projects, individual research and as a case study in the process of sustainability policy-making.
4. Work with the Sewanee Outreach Office and the Community Engaged Learning program to provide and support opportunities for students to engage in community level sustainability projects locally and abroad.
a. Work with key players on campus to develop the interface of sustainability and community engagement.
b. Implement a program to offset our emissions by implementing projects that reduce GHG emissions in the local community, e.g. the Utility Conservation Program offered through the Outreach Office.
c. Host seminars, workshops, and presentations on energy conservation and sustainability targeting surrounding community and local schools.
d. Maintain and promote Sustainability-themed outreach trips (Costa Rica, Jamaica, and Haiti) and explore potential for expanding sustainability focus.
e. Establish direct student involvement and create learning opportunities through offset programs by partnering Sewanee and Haitian students to monitor and evaluate offset generation.
f. Host a community charrette about sustainability to foster a meaningful dialogue between the University and the surrounding community.
g. Continue to support and provide a location for the Cumberland Farmer’s Market.
h. Make an effort to place community members on various working groups of the
Sustainability Committee to ensure grassroots and community-focused input.
i. Integrate sustainability outreach into opportunities for Canale and Bonner scholars
j. Establish Home Construction workshop and Builder consortium for local architects,
contractors, etc. to promote green building practices.
k. Establish regional programming for agricultural practitioners to meet, to plan and to
train based on the academic program and Farm. The dining hall serves a similar
function to chefs.
5. Incorporate an introduction to Sewanee’s sustainability commitment into the new student
orientation process.
a. Continue to be a mandatory part of Freshman Orientation, encouraging
sustainability literacy and defining how students can immediately become part of
sustainability at Sewanee.
6. Additional engagement strategies to consider:
a. Run a Sustainability film series.
b. Continue and improve our Green Pledge dinner, increasing attendance by 25% in next 5
years.
c. Utilize pre-existing Greek system framework to promote recycling and other
sustainability initiatives as a vehicle to change existing campus social culture.
d. Promote and increase number of sustainability-related dorm activities and programming.
e. Continue and improve dorm energy competitions.
f. Continue to support, promote, and provide resources for the Forestry and Geology Club,
Sewanee Green Action, Responsible Investment Club, EarthKeepers, Team Compost, Natural History Society, and other student organizations related to sustainability currently in operation or that may arise in the future.
g. Promote co-curricular engagement in the student residential experience by supporting sustainability-oriented theme housing.
h. Establish an annual sustainability-themed Spring Break or Fall Break trip.
i. Expand existing relationships with the Sewanee Outing Program and Outreach Office
through shared trips and outreach opportunities with a sustainability focus.
j. Continue to support and promote cosponsoring and cooperation between on-campus
sustainability clubs and initiatives with ally organizations.
k. Support and promote cosponsoring and cooperation between on-campus sustainability
clubs and initiatives with ally off-campus organizations and peer institutions.
l. Continue to promote dialogue between different sustainability-related student groups
while also establishing an engaging educational experience (currently Green Convene).
m. Create a more involved, engaged and incentivized way to promote the Environmental
Residents program.
n. Create a Green Office Certificate program following guidelines outlined by the Alliance to
Save Energy.
o. Promote and expand alumni network for internships and job opportunities for current
and graduating student.


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

Office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability


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

A. Energy and Carbon Neutrality
1. Quantify and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
a. At least every two years, inventory and report GHG emissions using the CleanAir-
Cool Planet (CA-CP) method.
b. Update our Climate Action Plan annually and publicly post on AASHE website.
2. Conserve electricity and natural gas consumption in University facilities.
a. Reduce carbon emissions due to facility energy consumption by 10% (vs. a 2008
base year).
b. Reduce emissions an additional 15% by a deep energy conservation program
employing less wasteful operating procedures, behaviors, and more efficient
systems.
c. Evaluate prospective energy conservation and efficiency capital improvement
projects on the basis of life-cycle cost/benefit analysis.
d. Develop a Sewanee-Plus Energy Conservation Manual that serves as a road map for
detailed energy conservation planning.
e. Use the average Return on Investment (ROI) from the University’s endowment.
investments as a benchmark for judging the desirability of energy conservation
retrofits. Look favorably on projects that equal or exceed this ROI.
f. Establish an action-oriented facilities energy committee that meets frequently to
guide ongoing implementation of energy conservation measures. Ex officio membership should include PPS mechanical supervisor, PPS electrical supervisor, director of sustainability integration, with other faculty, staff and student representatives.
g. Maintain a comprehensive utility bill database of historical and current energy usage (e.g. the Energy Watchdog system currently in use).
h. Upgrade building envelopes: insulation, weatherstripping, window replacements, door closers, etc. in accordance with the Sewanee-Plus Energy Conservation Manual.
i. Upgrade lighting systems: delamping , occupancy/daylighting controls, migration to more efficient lamps especially LEDs, dimming, etc. in accordance with the Sewanee- Plus Energy Conservation Manual.
j. Broadly implement HVAC controls strategies and policies: space temperature limits, unoccupied/shoulder season setback optimization, kitchen hood smoke sensing controls, etc. in accordance with the Sewanee-Plus Energy Conservation Manual.
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k. When installing or replacing HVAC systems: select the most energy efficient systems/units consistent with performance and durability; especially look for an opportunity to install a geothermal well system to improve HVAC efficiency.
l. Establish a University policy for office and classroom computer hibernation.
m. Establish and keep current a database of all energy conservation projects, showing
energy and cost savings and paybacks.
n. Conduct a study of vending machine use across campus with the goal of reducing the
number of vending machines on campus. Part of the study should include retrofitting existing machines with motion-sensored lighting and other energy efficiency measures.
o. Measure and display data (in real time) of energy usage in University buildings to increase awareness and understanding and to incentivize energy conservation.
3. Install renewable energy systems.
a. Conduct an independent comparative feasibility study, leading to a Campus
Renewable Energy Plan, of solar (PV and thermal), wind, and biomass to determine
the optimum blend for generating renewable energy on the Domain.
b. Using the Snowden PV system performance as a pilot, develop a master plan for the
installation of additional solar PV systems for both individual buildings and larger installations (including a community solar farm allowing ownership participation by community members).
c. Evaluate the potential for reducing net carbon emissions using woody biomass for energy. Consider the pre-feasibility study completed by the Biomass Energy Resource Center.
d. Collect data on annual wind power potential in Sewanee and develop a master plan for the installation of wind energy generation systems over the next ten years.
e. Implement sufficient renewable energy generation to meet campus carbon net
absorption goal.
4. Explore the potential of carbon sequestration and offset programs on and off the Domain. a. Estimate the Domain’s carbon stocks and sequestration rates and consider the
verification, registration, and retirement of Domain based offsets.
b. Evaluate the feasibility of participating in carbon offset projects elsewhere (e.g.
Haiti) with the vision of purchasing offsets from partner organizations.
c. Establish direct student involvement in offset programs by partnering Sewanee and
Haitian students to monitor and evaluate offset generation.
Source: Sustainability Master Plan. 2013. The University of the South. <http://www.sewanee.edu/provost/2013-sustainability-master-plan/>

+ Date Revised: Aug. 2, 2016

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

A. Energy and Carbon Neutrality
1. Quantify and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
a. At least every two years, inventory and report GHG emissions using the CleanAir-
Cool Planet (CA-CP) method.
b. Update our Climate Action Plan annually and publicly post on AASHE website.
2. Conserve electricity and natural gas consumption in University facilities.
a. Reduce carbon emissions due to facility energy consumption by 10% (vs. a 2008
base year).
b. Reduce emissions an additional 15% by a deep energy conservation program
employing less wasteful operating procedures, behaviors, and more efficient
systems.
c. Evaluate prospective energy conservation and efficiency capital improvement
projects on the basis of life-cycle cost/benefit analysis.
d. Develop a Sewanee-Plus Energy Conservation Manual that serves as a road map for
detailed energy conservation planning.
e. Use the average Return on Investment (ROI) from the University’s endowment.
investments as a benchmark for judging the desirability of energy conservation
retrofits. Look favorably on projects that equal or exceed this ROI.
f. Establish an action-oriented facilities energy committee that meets frequently to
guide ongoing implementation of energy conservation measures. Ex officio membership should include PPS mechanical supervisor, PPS electrical supervisor, director of sustainability integration, with other faculty, staff and student representatives.
g. Maintain a comprehensive utility bill database of historical and current energy usage (e.g. the Energy Watchdog system currently in use).
h. Upgrade building envelopes: insulation, weatherstripping, window replacements, door closers, etc. in accordance with the Sewanee-Plus Energy Conservation Manual.
i. Upgrade lighting systems: delamping , occupancy/daylighting controls, migration to more efficient lamps especially LEDs, dimming, etc. in accordance with the Sewanee- Plus Energy Conservation Manual.
j. Broadly implement HVAC controls strategies and policies: space temperature limits, unoccupied/shoulder season setback optimization, kitchen hood smoke sensing controls, etc. in accordance with the Sewanee-Plus Energy Conservation Manual.
B. Food
k. When installing or replacing HVAC systems: select the most energy efficient systems/units consistent with performance and durability; especially look for an opportunity to install a geothermal well system to improve HVAC efficiency.
l. Establish a University policy for office and classroom computer hibernation.
m. Establish and keep current a database of all energy conservation projects, showing
energy and cost savings and paybacks.
n. Conduct a study of vending machine use across campus with the goal of reducing the
number of vending machines on campus. Part of the study should include retrofitting existing machines with motion-sensored lighting and other energy efficiency measures.
o. Measure and display data (in real time) of energy usage in University buildings to increase awareness and understanding and to incentivize energy conservation.
3. Install renewable energy systems.
a. Conduct an independent comparative feasibility study, leading to a Campus
Renewable Energy Plan, of solar (PV and thermal), wind, and biomass to determine
the optimum blend for generating renewable energy on the Domain.
b. Using the Snowden PV system performance as a pilot, develop a master plan for the
installation of additional solar PV systems for both individual buildings and larger installations (including a community solar farm allowing ownership participation by community members).
c. Evaluate the potential for reducing net carbon emissions using woody biomass for energy. Consider the pre-feasibility study completed by the Biomass Energy Resource Center.
d. Collect data on annual wind power potential in Sewanee and develop a master plan for the installation of wind energy generation systems over the next ten years.
e. Implement sufficient renewable energy generation to meet campus carbon net
absorption goal.
4. Explore the potential of carbon sequestration and offset programs on and off the Domain. a. Estimate the Domain’s carbon stocks and sequestration rates and consider the
verification, registration, and retirement of Domain based offsets.
b. Evaluate the feasibility of participating in carbon offset projects elsewhere (e.g.
Haiti) with the vision of purchasing offsets from partner organizations.
c. Establish direct student involvement in offset programs by partnering Sewanee and
Haitian students to monitor and evaluate offset generation.


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

Office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability


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

Built Environment
More than 83%of Sewanee’s greenhouse gas emissions result from existing structures, those newly constructed, and the maintenance of the surrounding landscape. The Built Environment also impacts the natural environment through chemical, noise, and light inputs. We seek to minimize these impacts through careful design, management and planning.
1. Design all new and renovated buildings using LEED or LEED equivalent standards.
2. Create a set of guidelines for environmentally-sensitive landscaping and pest management.
3. Create a policy codifying best practices for cleaning and utilization of buildings.
4. Incorporate smart growth and sustainability measures into all University land-use planning.
Source: Sustainability Master Plan. 2013. The University of the South. <http://www.sewanee.edu/provost/2013-sustainability-master-plan/>

+ Date Revised: Aug. 2, 2016

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

Built Environment
More than 83%of Sewanee’s greenhouse gas emissions result from existing structures, those newly constructed, and the maintenance of the surrounding landscape. The Built Environment also impacts the natural environment through chemical, noise, and light inputs. We seek to minimize these impacts through careful design, management and planning.
1. Design all new and renovated buildings using LEED or LEED equivalent standards.
2. Create a set of guidelines for environmentally-sensitive landscaping and pest management.
3. Create a policy codifying best practices for cleaning and utilization of buildings.
4. Incorporate smart growth and sustainability measures into all University land-use planning.


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

Office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability


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

B. Food
C. Through our self-operating dining program and Sewanee Farm initiative we have a unique opportunity to prioritize whole, fresh, local and/or organic foods; minimize food and energy waste in dining services and establish the dining hall and farm as places for learning about food, nutrition and sustainability.
1. Promote nutrition and sustainability as two key guiding principles for food purchasing and preparation policies at the University’s dining facilities.
2. Optimize waste management, composting, and energy conservation within dining services.
3. Expand agriculture on campus and implement the Farm Plan.
Source: Sustainability Master Plan. 2013. The University of the South. <http://www.sewanee.edu/provost/2013-sustainability-master-plan/>

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

B. Food
C.
Through our self-operating dining program and Sewanee Farm initiative we have a unique opportunity to prioritize whole, fresh, local and/or organic foods; minimize food and energy waste in dining services and establish the dining hall and farm as places for learning about food, nutrition and sustainability.
1. Promote nutrition and sustainability as two key guiding principles for food purchasing and preparation policies at the University’s dining facilities.
2. Optimize waste management, composting, and energy conservation within dining services.
3. Expand agriculture on campus and implement the Farm Plan.


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

Office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability


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

Energy and Carbon Neutrality
As per our commitment to become carbon neutral by 2016, Sewanee has dedicated itself to a multiple pronged strategy for responsible energy use and decreasing our carbon footprint. With an engaged community, increasing technical expertise, and bountiful carbon-offset resources, Sewanee can meet its affirmed goal of being a leader in energy conservation and generating awareness of climate change related issues.
1. Quantify and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
2. Conserve electricity and natural gas consumption in University facilities.
3. Install renewable energy systems.
4. Explore the potential of carbon sequestration and offset programs on and off the Domain.
Source: Sustainability Master Plan. 2013. The University of the South. <http://www.sewanee.edu/provost/2013-sustainability-master-plan/>

+ Date Revised: Aug. 2, 2016

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

Energy and Carbon Neutrality
As per our commitment to become carbon neutral by 2016, Sewanee has dedicated itself to a multiple pronged strategy for responsible energy use and decreasing our carbon footprint. With an engaged community, increasing technical expertise, and bountiful carbon-offset resources, Sewanee can meet its affirmed goal of being a leader in energy conservation and generating awareness of climate change related issues.
1. Quantify and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
2. Conserve electricity and natural gas consumption in University facilities.
3. Install renewable energy systems.
4. Explore the potential of carbon sequestration and offset programs on and off the Domain.


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

Office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability


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

G. Natural Area Stewardship
Our land base is a defining feature of Sewanee and represents a strategic and integral part of the educational mission of the University. We seek to promote sustainable land stewardship through strategies of adaptive management that promote and protect ecological values including biodiversity and ecosystem services in the context of a working educational landscape.
1. Identify, map, and monitor ecological communities and rare species of the Domain and implement protection strategies as necessary.
2. Promote environmentally sensitive recreational use of the Domain.
3. Assess, monitor, and promote awareness of the unplanned exploitation of plant and animal species.
4. Manage deer population so as to mitigate impacts of overbrowse.
5. Limit the ecological impact of invasive species.
6. Demonstrate the sustainable harvest of wood products for inclusion in new construction projects to partially offset forest product use on campus.
7. Identify areas of the Domain as potential candidates for restoration projects or zones for intensive management activities.
8. Mitigate the effects of land use and management on the Domain’s cultural resources.
9. Provide leadership on environmental stewardship and sustainability issues beyond the University.
Source: Sustainability Master Plan. 2013. The University of the South. <http://www.sewanee.edu/provost/2013-sustainability-master-plan/>

+ Date Revised: Aug. 2, 2016

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

G. Natural Area Stewardship
Our land base is a defining feature of Sewanee and represents a strategic and integral part of the educational mission of the University. We seek to promote sustainable land stewardship through strategies of adaptive management that promote and protect ecological values including biodiversity and ecosystem services in the context of a working educational landscape.
1. Identify, map, and monitor ecological communities and rare species of the Domain and implement protection strategies as necessary.
2. Promote environmentally sensitive recreational use of the Domain.
3. Assess, monitor, and promote awareness of the unplanned exploitation of plant and animal species.
4. Manage deer population so as to mitigate impacts of overbrowse.
5. Limit the ecological impact of invasive species.
6. Demonstrate the sustainable harvest of wood products for inclusion in new construction projects to partially offset forest product use on campus.
7. Identify areas of the Domain as potential candidates for restoration projects or zones for intensive management activities.
8. Mitigate the effects of land use and management on the Domain’s cultural resources.
9. Provide leadership on environmental stewardship and sustainability issues beyond the University.


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

Office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability
Physical Plant Services


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

Materials Management
At Sewanee we want to foster a climate of responsible consumption of material goods that focuses on sourcing of products, their use, reuse, and proper disposal with the long-term goal of achieving “cradle to cradle” usage of materials.
1. Make strategic purchasing decisions, assessing products’ sustainability through social, economic, and environmental lenses.
2. Reduce consumption by departments, offices, and individuals in order to achieve institutional material efficiency.
3. Promote a culture of reusing and repurposing materials.
4. Improve the effectiveness of campus recycling.
5. Reduce weight and overall volume of solid waste leaving campus.
6. Reduce bottled water distribution and consumption.
Source: Sustainability Master Plan. 2013. The University of the South. <http://www.sewanee.edu/provost/2013-sustainability-master-plan/>

+ Date Revised: Aug. 2, 2016

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

Materials Management
At Sewanee we want to foster a climate of responsible consumption of material goods that focuses on sourcing of products, their use, reuse, and proper disposal with the long-term goal of achieving “cradle to cradle” usage of materials.
1. Make strategic purchasing decisions, assessing products’ sustainability through social, economic, and environmental lenses.
2. Reduce consumption by departments, offices, and individuals in order to achieve institutional material efficiency.
3. Promote a culture of reusing and repurposing materials.
4. Improve the effectiveness of campus recycling.
5. Reduce weight and overall volume of solid waste leaving campus.
6. Reduce bottled water distribution and consumption.


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

Office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability


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

E. Transportation
Vehicles have a major presence on University grounds. Through these initiatives, we hope to reduce our vehicle use, total emissions, and raise awareness of the impact our community’s transportation choices have upon the environment.
1. Reduce the carbon footprint of the University fleet.
2. Promote commuting practices and parking policies to reduce vehicle use on campus.
3. Support and incentivize walking and biking on campus.
Source: Sustainability Master Plan. 2013. The University of the South. <http://www.sewanee.edu/provost/2013-sustainability-master-plan/>

+ Date Revised: Aug. 2, 2016

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

E. Transportation
Vehicles have a major presence on University grounds. Through these initiatives, we hope to reduce our vehicle use, total emissions, and raise awareness of the impact our community’s transportation choices have upon the environment.
1. Reduce the carbon footprint of the University fleet.
2. Promote commuting practices and parking policies to reduce vehicle use on campus.
3. Support and incentivize walking and biking on campus.


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

Office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability


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

Materials Management
At Sewanee we want to foster a climate of responsible consumption of material goods that focuses on sourcing of products, their use, reuse, and proper disposal with the long-term goal of achieving “cradle to cradle” usage of materials.
1. Make strategic purchasing decisions, assessing products’ sustainability through social, economic, and environmental lenses.
2. Reduce consumption by departments, offices, and individuals in order to achieve institutional material efficiency.
3. Promote a culture of reusing and repurposing materials.
4. Improve the effectiveness of campus recycling.
5. Reduce weight and overall volume of solid waste leaving campus.
6. Reduce bottled water distribution and consumption.


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

Materials Management
At Sewanee we want to foster a climate of responsible consumption of material goods that focuses on sourcing of products, their use, reuse, and proper disposal with the long-term goal of achieving “cradle to cradle” usage of materials.
1. Make strategic purchasing decisions, assessing products’ sustainability through social, economic, and environmental lenses.
2. Reduce consumption by departments, offices, and individuals in order to achieve institutional material efficiency.
3. Promote a culture of reusing and repurposing materials.
4. Improve the effectiveness of campus recycling.
5. Reduce weight and overall volume of solid waste leaving campus.
6. Reduce bottled water distribution and consumption.
Source: Sustainability Master Plan. 2013. The University of the South. <http://www.sewanee.edu/provost/2013-sustainability-master-plan/>

+ Date Revised: Aug. 2, 2016

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

Office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability


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

D. Water
The University and the surrounding community is endowed with ample clean drinking water collected and stored in two rain-fed reservoirs with watersheds almost entirely within the jurisdiction of the University. It is of utmost importance that we maintain the quality of our water and focus on environmentally sound storm water management practices to minimize negative impacts on local and regional water.
1. Promote campus water conservation.
2. Implement effective stormwater management measures with all new campus construction.
3. Maintain and protect the integrity of the watersheds around Sewanee’s three drinking-water reservoirs.
Source: Sustainability Master Plan. 2013. The University of the South. <http://www.sewanee.edu/provost/2013-sustainability-master-plan/>

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

D. Water
The University and the surrounding community is endowed with ample clean drinking water collected and stored in two rain-fed reservoirs with watersheds almost entirely within the jurisdiction of the University. It is of utmost importance that we maintain the quality of our water and focus on environmentally sound storm water management practices to minimize negative impacts on local and regional water.
1. Promote campus water conservation.
2. Implement effective stormwater management measures with all new campus construction.
3. Maintain and protect the integrity of the watersheds around Sewanee’s three drinking-water reservoirs.


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

Office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance Diversity and Affordability:

Diversity and Affordability
For us to be able to live sustainably, we must promote well-being amongst all people that will afford them a standard of living adequate to focus on sustainability and provide equal access to sustainability education. Hence, it is important that we as an institution provide the adequate resources and programming to promote enhanced diversity in both the student body and faculty and staff.
1. Work with an array of campus programs and organizations to promote and support a diverse campus (students, faculty, administration, etc.), providing equal opportunities to people from a range of racial, socio-economic, and other personal backgrounds.
2. Staff Support:
a. Evaluate the need for an expansion of staff in the Office of Multicultural Affairs, adding more
positions as deemed necessary.
b. Conduct an annual diversity survey focused on campus stakeholders’ personal experience.
3. Diversity Programming:
a. Keep record of and promote to student body peer mentoring, counseling, support, and
affinity groups.
b. Evaluate the current status of academic support for students from diverse backgrounds
c. Facilitate the creation of support, affinity, and mentoring groups for any group not
represented in current support network.
d. Promote and develop a more diverse faculty, not only at Sewanee, but throughout higher
education.
e. Create a teaching fellowship for graduates from underrepresented groups seeking careers in higher education.
Source: Sustainability Master Plan. 2013. The University of the South. <http://www.sewanee.edu/provost/2013-sustainability-master-plan/>

+ Date Revised: Aug. 2, 2016

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

Diversity and Affordability
For us to be able to live sustainably, we must promote well-being amongst all people that will afford them a standard of living adequate to focus on sustainability and provide equal access to sustainability education. Hence, it is important that we as an institution provide the adequate resources and programming to promote enhanced diversity in both the student body and faculty and staff.
1. Work with an array of campus programs and organizations to promote and support a diverse campus (students, faculty, administration, etc.), providing equal opportunities to people from a range of racial, socio-economic, and other personal backgrounds.
2. Staff Support:
a. Evaluate the need for an expansion of staff in the Office of Multicultural Affairs, adding more positions as deemed necessary.
b. Conduct an annual diversity survey focused on campus stakeholders’ personal experience.
3. Diversity Programming:
a. Keep record of and promote to student body peer mentoring, counseling, support, and
affinity groups.
b. Evaluate the current status of academic support for students from diverse backgrounds
c. Facilitate the creation of support, affinity, and mentoring groups for any group not
represented in current support network.
d. Promote and develop a more diverse faculty, not only at Sewanee, but throughout higher education.
e. Create a teaching fellowship for graduates from underrepresented groups seeking careers in higher education.


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Diversity and Affordability plan(s):

Office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability


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

Human Resources
While the student body is a transient presence on Sewanee's campus, the faculty and staff serve in positions of longevity and thus have an on-going impact on the continued spirit of sustainability of Sewanee. The proper functioning and well-being of Sewanee's human systems are a central pillar to the effort a creating a more sustainable campus.
1. Strengthen community, foster an atmosphere of respect in the workplace, expand the presence of sustainability in the employee experience, and offer ongoing support and training through Human Resources initiatives.
2. Sustainable Compensation:
a. Conduct an evaluation of current employee compensation, focusing on fairness of wages and how these compare to prevailing wages.
b. Independent Assessment performed by faculty and staff on a regular basis evaluating local
cost of living.
c. Based on evaluation, restructure any wages that do not meet standards for the local cost of living.
d. Offer a retirement package featuring sustainable investment options.
3. Employee Satisfaction:
a. Conduct a survey of employee satisfaction every five years.
b. Continue to provide child care to university employees, creating a system of subsidies to
increase availability to all employees.
c. Evaluate current status and research ways to expand and develop an employee wellness program.
4. Employee Orientation, Professional Development, and Policies:
a. Develop a sustainability module for employee orientation focused on continuing dialogue
and fostering interest and engagement.
b. Provide training opportunities for staff interested in promoting and developing new
sustainability efforts within their division.
c. Build sustainability objectives into the career development and work expectations for all
employees.
d. Build sustainability goals and accountability into all departments and divisions.
Source: Sustainability Master Plan. 2013. The University of the South. <http://www.sewanee.edu/provost/2013-sustainability-master-plan/>

+ Date Revised: Aug. 2, 2016

The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Health, Wellbeing and Work plan(s):

sustainability of Sewanee. The proper functioning and well-being of Sewanee's human systems are a central pillar to the effort a creating a more sustainable campus.
1. Strengthen community, foster an atmosphere of respect in the workplace, expand the presence of sustainability in the employee experience, and offer ongoing support and training through Human Resources initiatives.
2. Sustainable Compensation:
a. Conduct an evaluation of current employee compensation, focusing on fairness of wages and how these compare to prevailing wages.
b. Independent Assessment performed by faculty and staff on a regular basis evaluating local
cost of living.
c. Based on evaluation, restructure any wages that do not meet standards for the local cost of living.
d. Offer a retirement package featuring sustainable investment options.
3. Employee Satisfaction:
a. Conduct a survey of employee satisfaction every five years.
b. Continue to provide child care to university employees, creating a system of subsidies to
increase availability to all employees.
c. Evaluate current status and research ways to expand and develop an employee wellness program.
4. Employee Orientation, Professional Development, and Policies:
a. Develop a sustainability module for employee orientation focused on continuing dialogue
and fostering interest and engagement.
b. Provide training opportunities for staff interested in promoting and developing new
sustainability efforts within their division.
c. Build sustainability objectives into the career development and work expectations for all
employees.
d. Build sustainability goals and accountability into all departments and divisions.


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Health, Wellbeing and Work plan(s):

Office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability


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

H. Investment Management
The way an institution manages its endowment is a vehicle through which it can espouse and promote institutional values. We seek to engage in a University wide discussion about current investment holdings, their relationship to institutional values and how investment strategies may be rethought and redirected in the future with a focus on sustainability. A revolving fund is a key component to Sewanee’s ability to afford and in invest in capital intensive sustainability projects such as energy conservation and alternative energy production.
1. Engage the University in a discussion about socially responsible investment strategies
2. Establish a revolving fund to support energy conservation and other sustainability
measures.
Source: Sustainability Master Plan. 2013. The University of the South. <http://www.sewanee.edu/provost/2013-sustainability-master-plan/>

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

H. Investment Management
The way an institution manages its endowment is a vehicle through which it can espouse and promote institutional values. We seek to engage in a University wide discussion about current investment holdings, their relationship to institutional values and how investment strategies may be rethought and redirected in the future with a focus on sustainability. A revolving fund is a key component to Sewanee’s ability to afford and in invest in capital intensive sustainability projects such as energy conservation and alternative energy production.
1. Engage the University in a discussion about socially responsible investment strategies
2. Establish a revolving fund to support energy conservation and other sustainability
measures.


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

Office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability


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

G. Natural Area Stewardship
Our land base is a defining feature of Sewanee and represents a strategic and integral part of the educational mission of the University. We seek to promote sustainable land stewardship through strategies of adaptive management that promote and protect ecological values including biodiversity and ecosystem services in the context of a working educational landscape.
1. Identify, map, and monitor ecological communities and rare species of the Domain and implement protection strategies as necessary.
2. Promote environmentally sensitive recreational use of the Domain.
3. Assess, monitor, and promote awareness of the unplanned exploitation of plant and animal species.
4. Manage deer population so as to mitigate impacts of overbrowse.
5. Limit the ecological impact of invasive species.
6. Demonstrate the sustainable harvest of wood products for inclusion in new construction projects to partially offset forest product use on campus.
7. Identify areas of the Domain as potential candidates for restoration projects or zones for intensive management activities.
8. Mitigate the effects of land use and management on the Domain’s cultural resources.
9. Provide leadership on environmental stewardship and sustainability issues beyond the University.
Source: Sustainability Master Plan. 2013. The University of the South. <http://www.sewanee.edu/provost/2013-sustainability-master-plan/>

+ Date Revised: Aug. 2, 2016

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

G. Natural Area Stewardship
Our land base is a defining feature of Sewanee and represents a strategic and integral part of the educational mission of the University. We seek to promote sustainable land stewardship through strategies of adaptive management that promote and protect ecological values including biodiversity and ecosystem services in the context of a working educational landscape.
1. Identify, map, and monitor ecological communities and rare species of the Domain and implement protection strategies as necessary.
2. Promote environmentally sensitive recreational use of the Domain.
3. Assess, monitor, and promote awareness of the unplanned exploitation of plant and animal species.
4. Manage deer population so as to mitigate impacts of overbrowse.
5. Limit the ecological impact of invasive species.
6. Demonstrate the sustainable harvest of wood products for inclusion in new construction projects to partially offset forest product use on campus.
7. Identify areas of the Domain as potential candidates for restoration projects or zones for intensive management activities.
8. Mitigate the effects of land use and management on the Domain’s cultural resources.
9. Provide leadership on environmental stewardship and sustainability issues beyond the University.


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

Office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability


The institution’s definition of sustainability:

Although “sustainability” can be variously defined, we understand it to describe both a vision and a principle of behavior that would allow others--throughout the globe and in future generations—not only to endure, but to enjoy as high a standard of economic security, health, and cultural satisfaction as we enjoy today. To realize this vision, on behalf of the entire biosphere, requires learning to live within limits. It also requires learning about and respecting the sustaining potential of ecological systems.


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

A brief description of how the institution’s strategic plan or equivalent guiding document addresses sustainability:

The Office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability is headed by an Associate Provost of the University.
The mission statement for the office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability was established by the University Strategic Plan for Environmental Education and Sustainable Living in the October 2008 Addendum to Sewanee's 2004 Strategic Plan:

"Cognizant of the unparalleled asset of the Domain, and mindful of its Purpose Statement, unique assets, and obligations as an institution of the Episcopal Church, The University of the South will attain excellence and national distinction for programs in the study of the natural environment and the disciplined practice of sustainable living. This commitment, worthy in its own right, will also enhance Sewanee’s national reputation and its capacity to attract students, faculty, staff, and donors."


The website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability planning is available:

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