Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 46.66
Liaison Mark Lichtenstein
Submission Date April 26, 2011
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State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry
PAE-4: Sustainability Plan

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Mark Lichtenstein
Executive Director of Sustainability
Energy and Sustainability
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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:

The President’s Climate Committee, a group made up of faculty, staff and students, reviewed the plan once it was created. Also, in March of 2009, the sustainability plan was presented to the public and there was a comment and review session afterward.

A brief description of the plan’s measurable goals :

The sustainability plan’s (“Sustaining the Green”) vision is that the ESF campus will have a strong identity that expresses its commitment to the vision and mission of the institution. The campus will demonstrate and promote environmental stewardship, support academic endeavors, and provide a setting in which students, faculty, staff, visitors and neighbors can come together as a community. “Sustaining the Green” has many measurable goals such as reducing energy use, using alternative energy, changing the campus layout and landscape, modeling innovative technology on campus, using native plants on the ESF grounds, retrofitting existing buildings to increase the energy efficiency, reducing the campuses GHG emissions, conserving energy, building green roofs, utilizing wasted heat from buildings, building LEED buildings, implementing energy audits, implementing storm water management technologies and eliminating pesticide use.

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

Progress towards meeting the plan’s goals is measured by looking at what kinds of technologies and green initiatives have been implemented since the “Sustaining the Green” document was created. ESF will track its progress by measuring GHG emissions. ESF also intends to complete the STARS Assessment at least every three years and use the STARS metrics to measure progress. Also, the College Solid Waste and Recycling Policy calls for quarterly audits of every building on campus.

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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