Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.26
Liaison Jennifer deHart
Submission Date March 22, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Unity College
PA-2: Sustainability Planning

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.50 / 4.00 Stacey Hachey
Administrative Assistant
Sustainability
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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:

Sustainability is one of six overarching goals of the strategic plan and includes the objective of infusing sustainability across all operational and curricular functions of the school.


A copy of the strategic plan:
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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:
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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)? :
No

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

G1: OB1: INITIATIVE 001: Develop plan to integrate curricular, co-curricular, and residential components of first two years of Unity College experience into a transformative and developmentally differentiated living and learning experience through Sustainability Science
G1: OB1: INITIATIVE 004: Establish integrated suite of learning enhancement programs that support student success and Sustainability Science education
https://president.unity.edu/vision/strategic-plan/goal-1-academics/
G4: OB3: INITIATIVE 002: Develop and administer a sustainability literacy assessment to students pursuant to STARS AC-6
https://president.unity.edu/vision/strategic-plan/goal-4-sustainability/


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:

G1: OB1: INITIATIVE 007: Integrate McKay Farm and Research Station with undergraduate curriculum, research opportunities, community needs, and revenue generation; all within a framework of cost neutrality https://president.unity.edu/vision/strategic-plan/goal-1-academics/
G4: OB3: INITIATIVE 001: Facilitate student and faculty research opportunities involving on-campus operational problem-solving, using the campus as a living laboratory pursuant to STARS AC-8
https://president.unity.edu/vision/strategic-plan/goal-4-sustainability/


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:

G4: OB4: INITIATIVE 001: Develop and deliver comprehensive employee sustainability engagement programming pursuant to STARS EN-7
https://president.unity.edu/vision/strategic-plan/goal-4-sustainability/


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

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

G4: OB4: INITIATIVE 003: Grow presence and recognition for Unity College sustainability on the national level through public engagement pursuant to EN-10, EN-11
G4: OB4: INITIATIVE 004: Measure student body participation in community service opportunities pursuant to STARS EN-13
https://president.unity.edu/vision/strategic-plan/goal-4-sustainability/


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:

G4: OB5: INITIATIVE 003: Inventory and validate all Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions, and emissions from six categories of Scope 3 GHG emissions; and achieve adjusted net Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions below of 0.02 MtCO2e per gross square foot, pursuant to STARS OP-1
https://president.unity.edu/vision/strategic-plan/goal-4-sustainability/


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:

G4: OB5: INITIATIVE 001: Track building energy use and prioritize and implement cost-effective initiatives that minimize energy requirements of campus buildings pursuant to STARS OP-5
https://president.unity.edu/vision/strategic-plan/goal-4-sustainability/


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?:
Yes

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

G3: OB3: INITIATIVE 006: Improve grounds and the outdoor environment conducive to sustainability, recruitment, recreation, learning, and reduction of carbon footprint
https://president.unity.edu/vision/strategic-plan/goal-3-infrastructures/


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:

G4: OB5: INITIATIVE 002: Work toward a zero waste campus, inclusive of all on and off campus operations, pursuant to STARS OP-19
https://president.unity.edu/vision/strategic-plan/goal-4-sustainability/


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

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Water 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 Diversity & Affordability?:
Yes

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

G2: OB4: INITIATIVE 001: Develop an inclusive campus ADA plan
G2: OB7: INITIATIVE 001: Establish a Chief Diversity, Inclusion, and HR Officer to lead campus diversity and cultural initiatives
G2: OB7: INITIATIVE 002: Develop a comprehensive diversity plan to include students, faculty, and staff; including diversity considerations of gender, race, ethnicity, disability, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, and other factors
https://president.unity.edu/vision/strategic-plan/goal-2-student-body/


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)?:
Yes

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

In the area of Planning & Administration (policy/strategy)
G4: OB2: INITIATIVE 001: Develop Sustainability Guidelines
G4: OB2: INITIATIVE 003: Align policies and procedures with sustainability guidelines
https://president.unity.edu/vision/strategic-plan/goal-4-sustainability/


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)? :
Yes

The formal statement in support of sustainability:

The College mission statement is: Through the framework of sustainability science, Unity College provides a liberal arts education that emphasizes the environment and natural resources. Through experiential and collaborative learning, our graduates emerge as responsible citizens, environmental stewards, and visionary leaders.


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 No
The Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI) No
ISCN-GULF Sustainable Campus Charter No
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 No
Other multi-dimensional sustainability commitments (please specify below) No

A brief description of the institution’s formal sustainability commitments, including the specific initiatives selected above:

Carbon neutral by 2025.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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