Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 50.14
Liaison Jessa Gagne
Submission Date April 22, 2016
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Stonehill College
PA-2: Sustainability Planning

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Jessa Gagne
Energy Manager
Operations & Finance
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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 No No
Air and Climate Yes Yes
Buildings Yes Yes
Dining Services/Food Yes Yes
Energy Yes Yes
Grounds Yes Yes
Purchasing Yes Yes
Transportation No No
Waste Yes Yes
Water Yes Yes
Diversity and Affordability No No
Health, Wellbeing and Work No No
Investment No No
Other Yes Yes

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

As outlined in the College’s Sustainability Plan, formally adopted in October 2014, an annual professional development class is held at The Farm for faculty interested in integrating The Farm and/or food justice issues into their classes.

+ Date Revised: May 24, 2016

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

Increase participation in professional development class by promoting at faculty events and through networking with faculty members. Track number of faculty and classes participating in the class each semester. Increase participation by at least 5 classes or faculty members per year.
2011: Spring = 1 class/faculty
2011: Fall = 3 classes & 4 faculty
2012: Spring = 2 classes & 3 faculty
2012: Fall = 5 classes & 6 faculty
2013: Spring = 10 classes & 11 faculty
2013: Fall = 18 classes & 17 faculty
2014: Spring = 7 classes & 5 faculty
2014: Fall = 12 classes & 11 faculty


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

Farm Manager, Faculty


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

As outlined in the College's Master Plan, Stonehill will work to expand research opportunities at The Farm (e.g., SURE Program). Examples include aquaponics, tillage experiments, cover-crop experiments and season extension work.

+ Date Revised: May 24, 2016

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

Add at least 2 research opportunities per year.
2013: Class experimented with aquaponics in one of the hoop houses.
2014: Two students created curriculum and educational resources to be used at the Farm or other sustainable agriculture education sites.
2015: Students designed and constructed an edible forest garden on campus. Student researched aquaponics and installed two "tower gardens" at the main dining facility.


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

Farm Manager


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

Establish a Green Fund to provide funding for student led sustainability initiatives as described in the College’s Master Plan. The College's Sustainability Plan also calls for the expansion of the Eco-Rep program and increasing sustainability literacy.

+ Date Revised: May 24, 2016

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

Green Fund established in FY2013, and renewed annually. Advertised at fall and spring sustainability fairs, online and via faculty during classes. Goal to increase variety and quantity of projects each year by 10%.
Eco-Rep program expanded to residence halls in FY14. Increased total Eco-Reps by 8 - number of eco-reps varies by academic semester.
Sustainability literacy: develop a sustainability literacy test and disseminate via email. Year 1 will be sent to eco-reps and student sustainability groups to evaluate the content of the test and ease of taking the test. Year 2 will be the baseline year. Depending on the results of the baseline year, the goal will be to increase sustainability literacy by 5-10% annually.


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

Environmental Stewardship Council in collaboration with every other department


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance Public Engagement around sustainability:
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The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Public Engagement plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Air and Climate:

As outlined in the College’s Sustainability Plan, reduce on campus burning of fuel oil.

+ Date Revised: May 24, 2016

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

Reduce burning of fuel oil on campus by reducing the number of oil burning boilers. Goal to reduce number of buildings using fuel oil by 1 every two years.
2013: Boland Hall boilers replaced with high efficiency condensing boilers
2015: Cushing Martin boilers converted burners to natural gas


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

Operations & Finance


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

Stonehill's Sustainability Plan set a greenhouse gas emissions goal of reducing emissions 20% below its 2011 level by 2020.

+ Date Revised: May 24, 2016

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

In order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 20% below 2011 by 2020, Stonehill will add at least one building per year to its centralized energy management system (EMS). Also, all new or renovated buildings will be added to the campus EMS. The results of implementing and EMS will be measured by building level electricity and natural gas meters, and oil deliveries.

+ Date Revised: May 24, 2016

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

Energy Manager, Facilities Management, Finance

+ Date Revised: May 24, 2016

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

Stonehill College’s 2014 Sustainability Plan set two goals that relate to food and beverages on campus. The first goal is to increase the percentage of locally grown food, and the second goals is to increase the percentage of organic food provided on campus.

+ Date Revised: May 24, 2016

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

Objective is to have 20% of food and beverage purchases to come from sustainable sources by 2020. Measured by Food Truth student group using invoices from Dining Services.


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

Dining Services, Food Truth student Group, Farm Manager


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

As outlined in the College’s Sustainability Plan, Stonehill will work to increase onsite renewable energy by constructing a 2.7 MW solar field, then evaluate the rest of the campus for additional opportunities to install solar panels.

+ Date Revised: May 24, 2016

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

Increase onsite renewable energy from 0% in FY13 to 20% by FY14, then to 50% by FY17.


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

Operations & Finance


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

One of the goals included in the College’s Sustainability plan is to remove all lawn sprinkler systems from the city supplied water system and dig wells where necessary.

+ Date Revised: May 24, 2016

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

Water usage is measured quarterly and can be compared to previous years after wells are dug for each lawn sprinkler system. Goal to remove all lawn sprinklers from city supply water system by FY15.


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

Operations, Facilities Management


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

As outlined in the College’s Sustainability Plan, Stonehill will work to reduce overall paper usage by 20% by 2020. Two of the actions that will be implemented in order to attain this goal are to Increase charge back fees for printing and to add print release stations on printers in student labs.

+ Date Revised: May 24, 2016

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

Increase charge back fees for printing and add print release stations on printers in student labs. Reduce overall paper usage by 20% by 2020.


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

Purchasing, IT, Finance


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

One of the goals in the College’s Sustainability Plan is to increase the recycling rate 10% by FY18. Two of the actions that were implemented in order to attain this goal include switching to single stream recycling by FY14 and participating in Recyclemania annually.

+ Date Revised: May 24, 2016

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

Increase recycling rate 10% by FY18. Change to single stream recycling by FY14. Participate in Recyclemania annually.


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

Facilities Management, student groups, Residence Life, Environmental Stewardship Council


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

One of the goals in the College’s Sustainability Plan is to reduce water usage 20% by 2018. In order to attain this goal, the college has evaluated shower, sink and toilet fixtures to determined replacement plan.

+ Date Revised: May 24, 2016

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

Reduce overall water consumption 20% by 2020. Replace all showerheads and sink aerators in FY13. Hold water conservation contests in residence halls each semester.


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

Operations, Facilities Management, Residence Life, student groups


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

As outlined in the College’s Sustainability Plan, Stonehill will work to increase overall acreage at The Farm and add student designed gardens on the main campus.

+ Date Revised: May 24, 2016

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

Implement one student led project per year. Permaculture garden installed in FY14, Edible forest garden in FY15.


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

Farm Manager, Mission


The institution’s definition of sustainability:
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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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