Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 51.50
Liaison Molly Johnson
Submission Date Aug. 6, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

The New School
PA-2: Sustainability Planning

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.75 / 4.00 Molly Craft Johnson
Sustainability Associate
Tishman Environment & Design Center
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Does the institution have a published strategic plan or equivalent guiding document that includes sustainability at a high level? :
Yes

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

Embedded in and important to our work across all goal areas is a university-wide commitment to social justice and sustainability. We have not created specific categories or discrete goals for these areas precisely because we view them as critical to all that we do academically and operationally.


A copy of the strategic plan:
The website URL where the strategic plan is publicly available:
Does the institution have a published sustainability plan (apart from what is reported above)? :
No

A copy of the sustainability plan:
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The website URL where the sustainability plan is publicly available:
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Does the institution have a published climate action plan (apart from what is reported above)? :
Yes

A copy of the climate action plan:
The website URL where the climate action plan is publicly available:
Does the institution have other published plans that address sustainability or include measurable sustainability objectives (e.g. campus master plan, physical campus plan, diversity plan, human resources plan)? :
Yes

A list of other published plans that address sustainability, including public website URLs (if available):

In 2014, the New School Board of Trustees approved a motion to divest from all fossil fuels and committed The New School to draw on our academic strengths and reflective practices, bringing together design, social research, and policy to address the challenges posed by climate change. The Tishman Center was then re-launched with its new mission and vision by Director Michelle DePass, Dean of the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy and Tishman Professor of Environmental Policy and Management. We will work to create a world in which The New School and urban communities use integrated design, policy, and social justice approaches to address the environmental issues we face.
This Strategic Plan is organized according to three overarching goals:
1. Mobilize the 14,000 faculty, students, and staff at The New School to become fully aware service-oriented climate citizens.
2. Become a resource center for environmental justice.
3. Increase awareness of design, policy, and social justice solutions for sustainability and climate issues.
These three goals, and the associated outcomes, strategies, and activities, will shape the work of the Tishman Center over the next three years, beginning in fall 2016.
The progress of the Strategic Plan will be assessed through a range of identified metrics focused on engagement in terms of both reach and quality.
(See: https://issuu.com/newschool/docs/tedc-strategic-plan?e=1362291/41717260)


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Curriculum?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Curriculum and the published plans in which each objective is included:

From the Climate Action Plan: The Tishman Center will facilitate the adoption of shared sustainability learning outcomes, including social justice values and environmental literacy, by all schools and programs at The New School.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Research?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Research and the published plans in which each objective is included:

From The New School Strategic Plan: Establish a system for identifying and quantifying research proposals that are submitted and successful; monitor the number that are inter/transdisciplinary and that draw on faculty from across divisions; monitor the number by foundation and corporate research partners; and report on annual increases.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Campus Engagement?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Campus Engagement and the published plans in which each objective is included:

From the Tishman Center Strategic Plan: Goal 1 = Mobilize the 14,000 students, faculty, and staff at The New School to become fully-aware, service-oriented climate citizens.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Public Engagement?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Public Engagement and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Air & Climate?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Air & Climate and the published plans in which each objective is included:

From Climate Action Plan: Reduce greenhouse gas emissions 35% between 2014 and 2025, achieve carbon neutrality by 2040


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Buildings?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Buildings and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Energy?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Energy and the published plans in which each objective is included:

From Climate Action Plan: All based on 2015 baseline: reduce electricity use 30% by 2025, eliminate use of #2 and #4 fuel oil by 2025, reduce steam use by 30% by 2025


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Food & Dining?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Food & Dining and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Grounds?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Grounds and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Purchasing?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Purchasing and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Transportation?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Transportation and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Waste?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Waste and the published plans in which each objective is included:

From Climate Action Plan: Increase our waste diversion by 5% per year over the next 5 years


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Water?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Water and the published plans in which each objective is included:

From Climate Action Plan: Reduce water use by 10% over the next 5 years


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Diversity & Affordability?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Diversity & Affordability and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Investment & Finance?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Investment & Finance and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Wellbeing & Work?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Wellbeing & Work and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address other areas (e.g. arts and culture or technology)?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address other areas and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Does the institution have a formal statement in support of sustainability endorsed by its governing body (e.g. a mission statement that specifically includes sustainability and is endorsed by the Board of Trustees)? :
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The formal statement in support of sustainability:
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The institution’s definition of sustainability (e.g. as included in a published statement or plan):
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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 ---
Second Nature’s Carbon Commitment (formerly known as the ACUPCC), Resilience Commitment, and/or integrated Climate Commitment Yes
The Talloires Declaration (TD) Yes
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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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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