Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 50.92
Liaison Gretchen Vanicor
Submission Date June 22, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of Louisiana at Lafayette
PA-2: Sustainability Planning

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 4.00 Gretchen Vanicor
Director
Sustainability
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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?:
Yes

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

16 - Grow sustainability teaching and curricular development
17 - Prepare students for successful careers that leave a positive impact on the environment, society, and the economy
18 - Enhance sustainability research and the University’s reputation as an institution that specializes in applied research that solves real-world problems or improves people’s lives.
1 - Develop one Living Lab project for each area of operations to study campus infrastructure and make improvements by 2021

https://sustainability.louisiana.edu/sites/sustainability/files/Compressed_Sustainability%20Strategic%20Plan%202018-21%20Final.pdf


Does the institution have a published plan or plans that include measurable sustainability objectives that address student, employee, or community engagement for sustainability?:
Yes

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

19 - Increase sustainability awareness and participation in working towards achieving our goals in the Strategic Sustainability Plan
20 - Increase sustainability engagement beyond campus grounds and work with our partners to translate sustainability awareness into action that will improve our community, region, and state
21 - Improve communication and assessment efforts to foster a culture of sustainability, promote efforts, and measure progress

https://sustainability.louisiana.edu/sites/sustainability/files/Compressed_Sustainability%20Strategic%20Plan%202018-21%20Final.pdf


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:

2 - Reduce adjusted net Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions associated with campus operations by 15% below 2015 levels by July 1, 2021
3 - Monitor, report, and develop strategies with stakeholders to protect local and regional outdoor air quality and minimize ground level ozone and particulate matter pollution
4 - Reduce potable water usage on campus by 10% below 2007 weighted baseline, including process, irragation, and consumer water usage by July 1, 2021
5 - Improve local Teche-Vermillion watershed by reducing stormwater runoff and potential sources of non-point pollution
6 - Develop and manage campus grounds as a paradigm of a diverse, urban landscape that provides the University and community with environmental, economic, and social benefits, while supporting biodiversity
7 - Reduce campus energy use intensity (EUI) to 10% below 2016 levels, adjusted for changes in square footage, by July 1, 2021
8 - Increase the University's renewable energy portfolio through campus installations and purchasing preferences to represent 10% of the energy we consume by July 1, 2021
9 - Develop and manage the campus as a paradigm of a sustainable University that recognizes the environmental, economic, and social impacts and opportunities of the build environment
10 - Consider the environmental and social impacts of goods and services, and long-term operations and maintenance costs along with the initial cost in decision making
11 - Become a Zero Waste University by managing our resources more effictively - from initial planning and purchasing to disposal
12 - Reduce campus community’s impact on local traffic congestion and associated vehicle emissions by reducing single-occupancy vehicle use by students, faculty, and staff
13 - Develop a plan with specific targets for reducing University fleet and shuttle system use of fossil fuels and associated emissions.

https://sustainability.louisiana.edu/sites/sustainability/files/Compressed_Sustainability%20Strategic%20Plan%202018-21%20Final.pdf


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:

14 - Enhance the personal health, well-being, and quality of life for our students, faculty, and staff by providing access to healthy lifestyle options and properly maintaining our built environment.
15 - Foster a culture of wellness among students, faculty, and staff by promoting healthy lifestyles and providing holistic wellness resources
Sustainability Plan: https://sustainability.louisiana.edu/sites/sustainability/files/Compressed_Sustainability%20Strategic%20Plan%202018-21%20Final.pdf

The Inclusive Excellence Strategic Framework provides a structure for campus and community initiatives focused on five imperatives regarding diversity, equity and inclusion: 1) access and success; 2) education, scholarship and professional development; 3) institutional climate and intergroup relations; 4) institutional infrastructure and 5) community engagement.
Strategic Plan for Inclusive Excellence: https://diversity.louisiana.edu/grow/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):
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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:
Does the institution have a formal statement in support of sustainability endorsed by its governing body?:
Yes

The formal statement in support of sustainability:

The University will continuously improve its efforts to protect, preserve, and manage the natural resources and built environment within its domain for future generations. Furthermore, principles of sustainability will be intimately incorporated into essential institutional planning, operations management, and course curricula in a participatory manner that includes the varied disciplines and perspectives necessary to create a resilient institutional framework built on a culture of sustainability.

Sustainability Policy: https://sustainability.louisiana.edu/sites/sustainability/files/Official%20University%20Sustainability%20Policy.pdf


The institution’s definition of sustainability:

Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. A sustainable university should further acknowledge the need for thriving social-ecological systems that flourish rather than simply exist. It should support activities that are socially, economically, and environmentally conscientious. It should employ techniques based on long-term results that continuously evolve in order to protect and preserve resources. This includes reducing the university's impact on the natural environment, identifying resources that are valuable to the campus community, and establishing methods to protect those resources.


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
Pan-Canadian Protocol for Sustainability No
SDG Accord No
Second Nature’s Carbon Commitment (formerly known as the ACUPCC), Resilience Commitment, and/or integrated Climate Commitment No
The Talloires Declaration (TD) No
UN Global Compact No
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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