Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.24
Liaison Justin Mog
Submission Date Feb. 27, 2019
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STARS v2.1

University of Louisville
PA-2: Sustainability Planning

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.75 / 4.00 Justin Mog
Assistant to the Provost for Sustainability Initiatives
Office of the Provost
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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:

UofL's Strategic 2020 Plan (2008-2020):
“Expand our efficiency and sustainability initiatives to achieve the highest STARS rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.”


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Does the institution have a published sustainability plan (apart from what is reported above)? :
No

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Does the institution have a published climate action plan (apart from what is reported above)? :
Yes

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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):
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:

The “Education, Research and Public Engagement to advance climate action” section of the formally-adopted UofL Climate Action Plan, includes the following goals with respect to advancing sustainability Curriculum:

Short Term

• Develop a faculty incentive grant program that would provide mini-grants for faculty who revise or enhance course curricula to incorporate practicum or other community-based learning opportunities for students pertaining to climate change and sustainability.
• Develop an academic community engagement course assistant award program that would fund and support graduate or undergraduate students course work in community focused on climate change and sustainability.
• Develop a University Community Academic Partnership Assistance program that would provide faculty with funds to advance university community partnerships necessary for student academic learning experiences tied to climate change and sustainability.
• Establish with the School of Arts and Sciences an undergraduate, interdisciplinary degree in Sustainability. Classes for the degree would be taught in multiple departments within the school.
• Create a USGBC student group with a focus on Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). The group would work with campus architects to conduct research and assist in promoting sustainable technologies in new and remodeled campus buildings. In collaboration with the Office of Planning, Design and Construction, service learning projects will be identified for student research projects. One of the goals of the group would be to create classes to prepare for student LEED certification.
• UofL’s Sustainability Council will work to increase academic collaboration on the topic of climate change. The Council will continue to invite speakers to campus for public lectures and forums.

Midterm

• The American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment calls for educating all students about climate change. The short-term goals call for increasing voluntary offerings, while building institutional capacity on climate change issues. Deliberation by faculty about making “climate neutrality and sustainability a part of the curriculum and other educational experiences for all students” should occur by 2020. In terms of undergraduate students, this would occur through the regular academic venues. There are many options for covering the basics of climate change and other environmental issues, including internships, service learning, international travel, and course work, all of which could include some practical activity designed to further sustainability on campus, in the surrounding community, or in the world. Faculty may also choose to incorporate examples, texts and theory about climate change into various majors and courses.


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:

The “Education, Research and Public Engagement to advance climate action” section of the formally-adopted UofL Climate Action Plan, includes the following goals with respect to advancing sustainability Research:

Short Term:

• Provide seed funds for faculty who engage in community-based participatory research focused on climate change and sustainability.

Midterm:

• Academic research topics relevant to climate change mitigation and adaptation will be expanded above 2010 levels. This goal will be accelerated with additional external grant support.”


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:

The “Education, Research and Public Engagement to advance climate action” section of the formally-adopted UofL Climate Action Plan, includes the following goals with respect to advancing sustainability Campus Engagement:

• Create a USGBC student group with a focus on Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). The group would work with campus architects to conduct research and assist in promoting sustainable technologies in new and remodeled campus buildings. In collaboration with the Office of Planning, Design and Construction, service learning projects will be identified for student research projects. One of the goals of the group would be to create classes to prepare for student LEED certification.


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:

The “Education, Research and Public Engagement to advance climate action” section of the formally-adopted UofL Climate Action Plan, includes the following goals with respect to advancing sustainability Public Engagement:

• Make climate change and sustainability a strategic priority of the Community Engagement Steering Committee.
• Provide seed funds for faculty who engage in community-based participatory research focused on climate change and sustainability.
• Develop an academic community engagement course assistant award program that would fund and support graduate or undergraduate students course work in community focused on climate change and sustainability.
• Develop a University Community Academic Partnership Assistance program that would provide faculty with funds to advance university community partnerships necessary for student academic learning experiences tied to climate change and sustainability.
• Many of the activities mentioned above would be open to the public and student internships are often with local groups. Information will also be shared with the University’s Partnership for a Green City and with the Community Engagement Steering Committee.


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:

Timeframe: 2010-2020
Goal for Reduction in net GHG emissions: 20%
Target maximum net GHG emissions (MT CO2e): 154,230

Timeframe: 2020-2030
Goal for Reduction in net GHG emissions: 40%
Target maximum net GHG emissions (MT CO2e): 115,673

Timeframe: 2030-2050
Goal for Reduction in net GHG emissions: 100%
Target maximum net GHG emissions (MT CO2e): 0

In addition, UofL's Climate Action Plan contains a goal of 20% of energy from renewable sources by 2020.


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

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

UofL's Climate Action Plan and the sustainability portion of the Belknap master plan contains the following measurable objectives with respect to Buildings:
• All new campus construction as well as large renovation projects will target the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Silver standard or equivalent. This policy covers all building types as well as building components.
• Create a campus that consumes less energy, even as the campus expands by constructing more energy efficient buildings.
• Use variable volume heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems in new construction and renovations rather than constant volume systems, as they require substantially less power. Some new and existing buildings may be better served by independent HVAC systems such as geothermal.
• Design chilled water systems for new and remodeled buildings with a 16 degree F temperature rise (instead of current 10 degree F) to reduce demand and enable the campus chillers to run more efficiently. Replace the existing R-22 chiller refrigerant with an environmentally friendly refrigerant to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
• Use the central chilled water plant when practical for increasing cooling efficiencies rather than standalone building chillers at remote sites.
• Renovate existing buildings before infilling with new facilities. Initiate construction in the new campus areas (north, south, east and west campus) only as a last resort.
• Retain existing buildings that have the potential to meet future space and sustainability targets. Remove those facilities that do not make efficient use of space.
• Build at a greater density (slightly taller buildings with larger footprints) to optimize energy efficiencies and space utilization.
• Use underground space (basements) creatively to obtain energy efficiency benefits and to achieve a compact campus.
• Roofs should be assessed for contributions to the heat island effect. When choosing new construction roofing and when reroofing older buildings, white roofs and green roofs that reduce heat buildup and air conditioning loads should be considered. Some buildings may allow storm water retention through green roofs.
• Use condensate drainage from building air conditioning systems for use in landscape irrigation and water features rather than treated city water.


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:

UofL's strategic 2020 plan included the following goal:
(5.4c) Increase energy efficiency – reduce energy used per gross square foot
To be calculated by dividing the university’s total energy usage by the gross square feet of space (measured in kilowatt, BTU or gal. of water).

UofL's Climate Action Plan contains a goal of 20% of energy from renewable sources by 2020.


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

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

UofL's Climate Action Plan includes the following measurable objectives with respect to Food & Dining:
• Implement 100% tray less dining.
• Support collection and delivery of food wastes for composting, potentially expanding into post-consumer collection and scrape-stations.
• Convene a meeting of university’s caterers that we did business with during this past fiscal year to discuss our goal to offer more local food products on campus. Develop a ‘local foods’ designation on UofL’s website for those caterers that desire to participate and will carry local food menu items.
• Develop and post on appropriate websites a database that lists the submission dates for RFPs for supplying food products such as meats, milk, etc. so that with advance knowledge, more local producers may be able to compete for these contracts and they will be awarded to multiple food vendors.
• Increase student, staff and faculty awareness of local food issues by hosting classes and information session visits in the residence halls, Red Barn, Student Activities Center and University Club.
• Involve the Food Service Advisory Group to identify ways to increase our campus use of locally grown food products. Make local food initiatives a standing agenda item.
• Develop a formal program to introduce the University Club’s membership to locally grown food products. Activities to be considered include: tasting parties, Kentucky alcoholic beverages added to the bar’s drink list, menu selections based on local food products, etc. Since some existing contracts may prohibit these ideas this should be considered as new contracts are negotiated
• Add a Fall CSA Fair to our current format so that when sign-up time comes in the spring, potential program participants will be better informed.
• Work with dining contractor to create a full-time position to be the lead contact on sustainability issues, including local foods.
• Explore the feasibility of purchasing products grown at Kentucky State University, especially through its aquaculture program, to be used in our campus dining facilities.
• Collaborate with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture to identify training needs of local farmers with the intent of UofL being able to provide training. For example, Good Agricultural Practice (GAP) certification is required to meet health and safety requirements, but it is currently cost prohibitive for many small farmers. If UofL could offer this training, it would allow more local farmers to become certified.
• Review the possibility of establishing a Farmers’ Market on Belknap campus similar to the Gray Street Farmers’ Market at the Health Sciences Center. A Belknap market would ideally be managed jointly with our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program on Belknap campus.


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:

UofL's Climate Action Plan contains the following measurable objectives with respect to Grounds:
• Eliminate existing hard surfaces if not needed.
• Prepare natural resource inventories for vegetation, water quality, etc., to assist with indigenous plants, land- and water-scaping. Use and protect native plant species and avoid using exotic or invasive species. This reduces the need for irrigation and power landscaping equipment, which are a source of greenhouse gas emissions.
• Create additional open space areas to screen and buffer undesirable views; add accent plantings and signage to emphasize major entries and arrivals; and plant street and walkway trees to shade and visually enclose important corridors.
• Use tall canopy trees to define the edge of campus and to line walks and major roads, thereby creating shade. Project a park-like image via the development of an expanded urban forest. Formalize the campus tree inventory into a campus tree management plan. Work with metro government and the Kentucky Department of Transportation for tree planting improvements in nearby public rights of way.
• Use new lighting technologies such as LED, solar and cutoff illuminates, which direct the light downward onto the walk surface thereby minimizing light pollution and energy inefficiencies. Develop a comprehensive lighting plan.
• Budget 15 percent of building cost for site treatments and grounds-related sustainability enhancements. This percentage is higher than historic levels, but is supported by university commitments and new state laws and regulations.


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

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

UofL's Climate Action Plan contains the following measurable objectives with respect to Purchasing:
• Increase the post-consumer recycled content for paper purchased by UofL from the current 30 percent to 50–100 percent
• Consider an increase to an EPEAT silver minimum standard for computers and monitors purchased by UofL
• Develop a policy regarding the use of personal refrigerators in residence halls and offices with the goal of reducing the number of refrigerators by 20 percent by 2015. See Behavior Modification Section of this report
• Include sustainable packing practices language in vendor contract renewals

UofL's Climate Action Plan also references the following measurable objectives contained within UofL's Green Purchasing Policy:
Energy – All computers must be EPEAT and all energy using devices must be Energy Star certified. All must also be recycled at the conclusion of their use. Energy efficient vehicles, interior and exterior lighting are also outlined for replacement.

Water – All devices that use water shall be water-efficient.

Toxins & Pollutants – Cleaning products are required to be Green Seal certified; vacuum cleaners must be Green Label tested; mercury containing products are not purchased; and pest control is to be done with environmentally friendly products.

Bio-Based Products – Biodegradable or compostable bags, films, food and beverage containers, and cutlery are requested to be used in RFPs and contracts. Bio-diesel or bio fuels are encouraged whenever practicable. Non wood paper and construction materials are encouraged wherever practicable.

Forest Conservation – All wood is required to be sustainably harvested and certified. Purchase of previously used or salvaged wood is encouraged when possible.

Recycling – 30% post-consumer waste recycled paper is required, single stream recycling is required, all computers and associated equipment shall be recycled, Toner, laser and Inkjet cartridges shall be recycled, concrete or asphalt shall include reground materials, and duplexing is the default setting on copiers.

Packaging – Reusable, recyclable or compostable packaging is preferred. Minimal packaging is preferred.

Green Buildings – New Construction and renovation must meet LEED Standards.

Landscaping – Must use recycled structures, drip irrigation, composting and use of compost, and use of permeable pavement is encouraged.

Food – Preference for locally grown Kentucky Proud foods. Minimal requirements for locally grown foods are set contractually.


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

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

UofL's Climate Action Plan lists the following measurable objectives with respect to Transportation:
• Conduct walkability studies on a one-mile perimeter around campuses. Walkability studies are designed to identify barriers to walking, address safety concerns associated with walking, review street crossings for safety concerns, and to develop circulation patterns between campus and the surrounding community. Collaborate with the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement (MHHM), which is aimed at promoting healthy lifestyles and has conducted similar walkability studies across the metropolitan area.
• Work with private developers constructing rental and other properties that cater to university employees and students to develop walking paths and sidewalks to campus.
• Work with the Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness Department to build community infrastructure to encourage biking and walking. The university is a partner with the department on a $7.9 million grant (U.S. Health Service, Communities Putting Prevention To Work) to address obesity in Louisville. As part of the grant the department is constructing signs with directions and distance (measured in minutes) to key locations. Locate signs within the community showing the direction and distance to the Belknap and Health Sciences Center campuses.
• Prepare campus circulation plans to design a holistic network of sidewalks, paths and open spaces that promote and support walking.
• The Belknap master plan calls for a doubling of square footage from existing buildings, the construction of new residence halls on campus and an expansion of campus. The internal walkability study proposed above could be used as a framework to guide this expansion. As the university expands its on-campus residency infrastructure, the percentage of commuting students will decrease.
• The university will work to reduce the number of private vehicles commuting to and from campus by continuing to develop a free bike program that would provide a new bicycle and helmet to any student or employee who agrees not to obtain a campus parking permit for at least two years.
• Coordinate with the Get Healthy Now program to allow participants in the free bike program to partially qualify for reduced health insurance costs.
• The university will continue work with Metro Louisville transportation planners and the Bike Louisville program to review and improve commuter routes to campus and traffic-calming measures around campus. Bicycle traffic patterns on campus will be assessed for needed improvements.
• Introduce “UofL Bikes” way finding signage for cyclists to designate safer routes within a one-mile radius of campus.
• Identify space on or adjacent to campus for a bicycle repair shop, either through contracting with a private bicycle store, using work-study students to operate the shop or a hybrid of the two. In addition, every residence hall should be provided a bicycle pump and basic tool kit to be stored at the front desk for use by anyone with a UofL ID.
• Consider significantly expanding the bike patrol for UofL parking and police officers to reduce fuel costs and our carbon footprint while improving employee health.
• Create a UofL-specific electronic ride board to encourage ride sharing to locations outside the metropolitan area. A common concern is that giving up a car would mean that students would be unable to make trips to their homes or other locations. A ride share board would help ameliorate this concern if program participants had a viable option to travel outside of the TARC service area. Most of Kentucky is not serviced by any public transportation system.
• Create a UofL database to match university employees and students to form carpools for regular commuting to campus. A system specific to UofL would be utilized more than a regional system since all of the users would be looking to share a ride to campus.
• Provide incentives to carpool such as reduced parking permit prices, shared permits, preferred parking, university recognition, etc.
• Work with the Kentuckiana Regional Planning and Development Agency to establish dedicated vanpools to campus for those commuting from outside the Louisville metro area. UofL could also provide incentives to these vanpools such as preferred parking, subsidized fuel costs, etc. If vans are unavailable from the regional agency, UofL should consider purchasing vans as needed.
• Purchase fuel-efficient models as university fleet vehicles are replaced. Require that new vehicles have fuel efficiencies at least 15 percent better than their predecessors. By 2020 we will increase the efficiency of 60 percent of our fleet by 15 percent. By 2025 our entire fleet will be at least 15 percent more fuel efficient. A 15 percent increase in fuel efficiency for the university fleet would mean an annual reduction of 13,907 gallons of gasoline and 1,209 gallons of diesel. This translates to an annual reduction of 136.3 MT eCO2 (a 0.7 percent reduction from 2008 baseline).
• Consider implementing preferred parking for fuel-efficient cars in all parking garages.
• Encourage more use of flexible schedules and telecommuting for employees whenever possible.
• Implement automatic vehicle identification (AVI) technology in all university garages and a no idling on campus policy to reduce carbon emissions and improve air quality.
• Consider whether a car-share program providing small, fuel-efficient vehicles could be used effectively on campus.
• Work with state and local officials to provide new mass transit systems such as light rail, people movers or other systems to efficiently transport UofL employees and students to campus from within the Louisville metro area and from nearby cities.
• Reassess the need for additional parking garages as the university grows.
• Establish a policy through which either travel expenses for destinations within 250 miles would only be reimbursed for ground transportation or a requirement that all air travel reimbursement requests include information on the distance traveled and the amount of greenhouse gases produced. The information would be used to remind travelers whether the trip is essential or if it could be conducted via ground transportation, telecommunication or videoconferencing. Incentives could also be built into travel reimbursement policies for expenses incurred by rail, bus or carpooling.
• Establish a carbon off-set policy to require airline travelers to pay an off-set calculated by the university. Travel requests would require a transfer of funds to a university account to be used to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
• Further develop telecommunication and videoconferencing opportunities at the university to reduce travel demands.
• Work with state and national transportation officials to further reduce car dependency by developing new public transportation modes providing service to Louisville and surrounding cities such as high speed rail and intercity buses and trains.

UofL's Bicycle Master Plan includes the following measurable objectives:
Goal 1: Create campus infrastructure where walking and bicycling is convenient, safe and preferred
Objective 1.1 Core Campus: Provide system of separated and shared-use walkways and bike paths.
Policy 1.1.1: Design campus core for the most vulnerable pedestrians and bicyclists
Policy 1.1.2: Separate bike and pedestrian lanes in campus core.
Policy 1.1.3: Provide secure intermodal and bike share depots
Policy 1.1.4: Signs, racks, unique surface treatments, and lighting shall clearly delineate user areas.
Policy 1.1.5: Meet LEED-ND bike design guidelines

Objective 1.2 Streets and Intersections: Improve Walk-ability and Bike-ability for Campus Commuters
Policy 1.2.1: Design for most vulnerable pedestrians and all skill levels of bicyclists
Policy 1.2.2: Designate "University Bike and Pedestrian District" Improvement Areas
Policy 1.2.3: Create Bike Boulevard from Belknap to HSC
Policy 1.2.4: No truck routes through campus
Policy 1.2.5: Partner with residential and business neighbors for Complete Streets
Policy 1.2.6: Create Educational Core Loop and Athletic Fields Loop as connected Mixed Use Trails
Policy 1.2.7: Plan for Mixed Use Trails on future development parcels and connect to existing Loops
Goal 2: Reduce Percentage of Single Occupant Vehicle Use to and around Campus
Objective 2.1 Transit: Support inter-modal commuting to Belknap, HSC, and Shelby.
Policy 2.1.1: Increase Bike Facilities
Policy 2.1.2: Belknap to HSC Shuttle
Policy 2.1.3: Pilot Program for U of L Suburban Intermodal Depots w/ Direct Campus Bus Routes

Objective 2.2 Transportation Demand Management
Policy 2.2.1: Bicycle Give Away Incentive Program to target S.O.V.’s w/ U of L Parking Permit
Policy 2.2.2: Bicycle Registration and Enforcement
Policy 2.2.3: Parking Permit Pricing to Support Reductions in S.O.V commutes
Policy 2.2.4: Carpool and Vanpool Incentives
Policy 2.2.5: Study VMT and SOV reduction strategies

Objective 2.3 Analyze and market U of L Transportation Sustainability Goals
Policy 2.3.1: Annually Collect, Analyze and Distribute U of L’s Alternative Transportation data
Policy 2.3.2: Market Sustainability Report Card (CSRC) and (STARS) indicators and Mayors’ GHG Climate Protection Agreement
Policy 2.3.3: Explore local green-recovery partnerships.
Goal 3: Improve Safety, Health and Environmental Knowledge of Commuters and Residents
Objective 3.1 Biking Programs for Students
Policy 3.1.1: Provide Bicycling Education, Extracurricular and Special Events for Students
Policy 3.1.2: Meet LEED-ND Programming items for campuses

Objective 3.3 Bicycling Programs for Employees
Policy 3.3.1: Get Healthy Now Bicycling
Policy 3.3.2: Provide On-campus employee bicycle fleets
Goal 4: Build Coalition to Grow Bike Share Program
Objective 4.1 Collaborate to Create Metro Bike Share Program
Policy 4.1.1: Bring Stakeholders Together
Policy 4.1.2 Provide University Financial and Human Resources
Policy 4.1.3: Lead Community Workshops and Focus Groups


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:

UofL's Climate Action Plan includes the following measurable objectives with respect to Waste:
• Continue utilizing the green waste from campus grounds maintenance to produce a useful product through composting. The university should install a permeable concrete pad to increase the efficiency of turning the mulch piles to aerate them.
• Continue and expand the program for food waste composting and vermiculture on Belknap Campus and consider opportunities to expand the diversion of organic matter from the landfill and to engage researchers, staff and students in the efforts.
• Continue to implement and promote the single stream recycling and mini-bin garbage reduction programs in all buildings university-wide.
• Convert outdoor garbage bins along campus walkways to recycling bins.
• Expand the number of Big Belly solar trash compactors in high-traffic areas to reduce the number of collections required.
• Establish a system for campus exchange and reuse of packaging materials.


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:

UofL's Climate Action Plan contains the following measurable objectives with respect to Water:
• Install two rain gardens and implement a plan to mitigate storm water runoff.
• To save both water and the energy required to pump it, install a central irrigation control system for Belknap Campus. This control system will irrigate based on real-time soil moisture data as well as evapotranspiration data. Central irrigation control can reduce water consumption by as much as 30 percent.
• Use and protect native plant species and avoid using exotic or invasive species. This reduces the need for irrigation.
• Develop and implement methods for rainwater harvesting and reuse to save resources and reduce the threat from storm water runoff.
• Selectively use proposed green space buffers and storm water management areas to test and demonstrate best practices for infiltration and storm water management and other environmental services such as shading to reduce heat island effects.
• Use condensate drainage from building air conditioning systems for use in landscape irrigation and water features rather than treated city water.
• Coordinate land uses to discourage sprawl and minimize hard surfacing.
• Eliminate existing hard surfaces if not needed.


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:

The published Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Plan for the University of Louisville contains the following measurable objectives:
- 4 percent African American faculty representation by academic year 2018-2019
- 2 percent administrators of color by 2018-2019
- 5 percent staff of color (all staff categories) by 2018-2019
- 20 percent undergraduate enrollment for students of color by 2018-2019
- 50 percent 6-year undergraduate graduation rate for students of color by 2018-2019
- 60 percent graduate and professional school graduation rate for students of color by 2018-19
https://louisville.edu/diversity/diversitypolicy/diversity-plan


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?:
Yes

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

Employee Compensation:
UofL's published plan for implementing its Living Wage policy states that UofL will increase the minimum wage paid to full time UofL employees by 25 cents per hour per year for the next four years, starting July 2014 and continuing in 2015, 16, and 17 – bringing the rate to $11 per hour by July 2017. Details: http://uoflnews.com/post/uofltoday/uofl-to-continue-to-increase-living-wage-for-employees/
UofL’s plan to extend the Living Wage policy to contract employees, requires companies currently doing business with the university to meet the new guidelines when their agreements are renewed. The specific timeline for said renewals varies with the length of existing contracts. Details: http://uoflnews.com/post/uofltoday/uofl-to-mandate-living-wage-for-contract-workers/

Wellness Program:
UofL's Bicycle Master Plan contains the following measurable objectives:
Objective 3.2 Bicycling programs for employees
Action 3.3.1: Provide education and training programs for employees in safe, confident cycling and bike maintenance
Action 3.3.2: Promote safe bicycling for transportation and wellness within UofL’s Get Healthy Now employee wellness program
Action 3.3.3: Provide on-campus employee bicycle fleets

UofL's published plan for its Get Healthy Now employee wellness program includes the following measurable objectives:
- The overall goal is to save health care dollars by promoting preventative care. This “return on investment” in employee wellness is tracked annually. In 2012, for instance, Get Healthy Now’s documented ROI stood at $7 for every $1 spent.
- Progress is measured by the annual increase in the membership and utilization of services, as tracked below:
2012: January – December 2012 Total employee memberships = 653
2013: January – December 2013 Total employee members = 1314
2014: January – December 2014 Total employee members = 1860
2015: January - December 2015 Total employee members = 2076
Percentage increase: 69%
http://louisville.edu/gethealthynow

Workplace Health & Safety:
UofL’s published plan for Laboratory Safety identifies the following measurable objectives for minimizing chemical exposure as responsibilities of the Department of Environmental Health And Safety:
• Assist the principal investigator in the selection of laboratory practices, engineering controls, and personal protective equipment.
• Provide technical guidance to personnel at all levels of responsibility on matters pertaining to laboratory safety.
• Review the laboratory safety web page as needed for updates and revisions, ensuring at least annual review of the model chemical hygiene plan.
• Provide basic laboratory safety/chemical hygiene training for University personnel.
• Perform periodic inspection of laboratories to assess compliance with laboratory safety policies and procedures.
• Work with University architects (Planning, Design, and Construction) and Physical Plant personnel in evaluating design parameters for laboratory facilities.
• Provide for the periodic testing of laboratory chemical hoods.
• Investigate all reported accidents that result in the injury or exposure of personnel or chemical release and recommending corrective action to reduce the potential for recurrence.
• Supervise decontamination operations where accidents have resulted in significant contamination of laboratory areas.
• Provide services for the routine disposal of hazardous substances.
• Recommend to the administration the means to meet government compliance with respect to hazardous materials; and
• Provide health and safety review of grant proposals involving the use of hazardous chemicals when required by University Committees or outside granting agencies.”
Details: http://louisville.edu/dehs/ohs/lab-manual-general-safety


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:

n/a


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):

Sustainability is the quality of a system such that the system equitably meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Sustainability requires the reconciliation of ecological, environmental, social and economic concerns.


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:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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