Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 40.80
Liaison Carey Hewett
Submission Date Feb. 26, 2021

STARS v2.2

Texas Tech University
PA-2: Sustainability Planning

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 4.00 Jessica Bunyard
Analyst
BIMAR
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Does the institution have a published plan or plans that include measurable sustainability objectives that address sustainability in curriculum and/or research?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives related to academics and the plan(s) in which they are published:
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Does the institution have a published plan or plans that include measurable sustainability objectives that address student, employee, or community engagement for sustainability?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives related to engagement and the plan(s) in which they are published:
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Does the institution have a published plan or plans that include measurable sustainability objectives that address sustainability in operations?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives related to operations and the plan(s) in which they are published:

https://www.depts.ttu.edu/operations/EnergyManagement/Documents/EnergySavingsProgramUpdate-October2020.pdf

Texas Tech sets a goal to reduce electricity consumption by 2.5% each year.

"2. Campus Electrical Use
In compliance with 34 Tex. Gov. Code §19.14, Texas Tech University set a goal to
reduce total electrical consumption by 2.5% for FY20. Table II shows the kilowatt
hours per square foot (kwh/ft2) for the campus in Lubbock County.For FY20, electrical consumption was 15.35 kwh/ft2, a decrease of 5.4% compared to FY19 (16.22 kwh/ft2 for the year)."


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

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives related to administration and the plan(s) in which they are published:

"Strategic Priority:
Educate and empower a diverse student body
Goal 1: Advance and sustain a campus climate and culture characterized by
accessibility, inclusiveness, and high academic quality.
Goal 2: Nurture and enhance a learning environment that fosters success
and wellness.
Goal 3: Deliver unique and transformative learning opportunities
and experiences.
Goal 4: Increase retention and graduation rates, and placement of graduates.
Strategies:
• Improve the quality and diversity of the incoming student body
• Recruit globally to grow enrollment
• Increase semester credit hours and credit hours per full-time
undergraduate student
• Strengthen and advance student engagement activities
• Enhance mentoring and advising of all students
• Maximize preparation for careers
• Commit resources to facilitate a supportive and service-focused environment
• Expand transformative and signature learning opportunities for all students
• Increase international education and collaborative program opportunities
• Broaden students’ global perspectives and prepare them for global leadership
• Sharpen critical thinking and communication skills
• Enhance entrepreneurial skills
• Maximize and reward faculty innovations in teaching, scholarship,
and engagement"

Benchmarks/measurable objectives can be found on page 9 in the Strategic Plan.


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

The institution’s highest guiding document (upload):
Website URL where the institution’s highest guiding document is publicly available:
Which of the following best describes the inclusion of sustainability in the highest guiding document?:
Minor theme

The institution's sustainability plan (upload):
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Website URL where the institution's sustainability plan is publicly available:
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Does the institution have a formal statement in support of sustainability endorsed by its governing body?:
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The formal statement in support of sustainability:
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The institution’s definition of sustainability:
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Is the institution an endorser or signatory of the following? :
Yes or No
The Earth Charter ---
The Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI) ---
ISCN-GULF Sustainable Campus Charter ---
Pan-Canadian Protocol for Sustainability ---
SDG Accord ---
Second Nature’s Carbon Commitment (formerly known as the ACUPCC), Resilience Commitment, and/or integrated Climate Commitment ---
The Talloires Declaration (TD) ---
UN Global Compact ---
Other multi-dimensional sustainability commitments (please specify below) ---

A brief description of the institution’s formal sustainability commitments, including the specific initiatives selected above:
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Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability planning efforts is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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