Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 69.30
Liaison Srinivasan Raghavan
Submission Date Feb. 16, 2018
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University of Missouri
PA-2: Sustainability Planning

Status Score Responsible Party
2.00 / 4.00 Srinivasan Raghavan
Sustainability Manager
Sustainability Office
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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:

MU's Strategic Plan, "One Mizzou: 2020 for Excellence," focuses on three interlocking goals.
-Expand and strengthen programs that improve the lives of the citizens of Missouri, the nation and the world.
-Build the Mizzou Advantage, a set of focused, interdisciplinary initiatives that capitalize on existing strengths and bring new international distinction to MU
-Ensure that MU has the infrastructure and human and financial resources necessary to support innovation and excellence in teaching, research, outreach and economic development

Each of these goals and their associated plans relates directly to the triple bottom line of sustainability.


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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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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)? :
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?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Curriculum 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 Research?:
Yes

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

Sustainability Objectives: As noted in Strategic Plan
1.11 Observe the highest standards in research practice, ensuring that research projects
are conducted humanely and ethically
1.12 Use Extension’s ties to every county in Missouri to deliver the latest in research
findings to citizens and to test them in real-world applications, providing researchers
feedback that guides future studies
1.17 Use the broad and deep resources of MU’s programs in the arts, humanities,
sciences, professions, and intercollegiate athletics to partner with schools, community
organizations and citizens to enrich the intellectual and cultural lives of all Missourians
1.20 Using the unique international resources of a major research university, act as
Missouri’s bridge to the world — bringing international experts and resources to the state
and taking MU’s and Missouri’s intellectual resources out to the world
1.21 Expand links between communities and the campus through student servicelearning internships at schools, hospitals, social service agencies and businesses


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:

One Mizzou Strategic Plan - Goal 2: Build the Mizzou Advantage, a set of five focused, interdisciplinary initiatives that capitalize on existing strengths and bring new international distinction to MU
Networks of faculty, staff, students and external partners will build on five targeted
areas of existing strength to create major initiatives that tackle some of the most
exciting challenges of our era by bringing together researchers from many disciplines.
These networks will engage in a range of interdisciplinary activities, including innovative
interdisciplinary teaching, multi-division research projects, conferences and symposia,
clinical trials and hands-on collaborations with external partners, to name a few. Each
initiative will have a significant international component, bridging research and teaching
on the MU campus to partners around the globe. Fluid and adaptive, the networks
will likely change composition and focus through the years to adjust to changes in the
environment. The initiatives (in alphabetical order) are:
1.Food for the Future
2.Media of the Future
3.One Health, One Medicine: The Convergence of Human and Animal Health
4.Sustainable Energy


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:

From MU Strategic Plan: One Mizzou, 2020 Vision for Excellence
2.7 Use the broad and deep resources of MU Advantage; offer educational opportunities on MU
Advantage Initiatives to enrich the quality of lives of Missourians
Action Needed:
» Work with K-12 and community college teachers in Missouri to develop pedagogical materials and
approaches related to the initiatives.
» Offer initiative-related summer workshops for alumni and high school students.
» Offer educational opportunities on initiative themes throughout Missouri in collaboration with other
universities, community colleges, service clubs, community groups and schools.


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:

MU is projecting a 50% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2019. The greenhouse gas emissions in 2008 were 384,908 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent, which is the baseline. The goal by 2019 is to reduce the emissions to 198,073 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent, or a 50% reduction. There has already been a 51% carbon emissions reduction as of the fiscal year 2017 from the 2008 base year.
Please see page 13 in following masterplan link
https://masterplan.missouri.edu/masterplan/sites/masterplan/files/pdf/mp2015_web.pdf


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:

Sustainability Objectives are outlined in the MU Sustainable Building Guidelines. Please see uploaded file.
The overall plan calls for an increase in the level of sustainability of the university’s building portfolio. The university is looking for all new construction and major renovation of buildings to have at minimum 50% diversion of waste from landfill, 30% reduction of domestic water use from the baseline, at minimum 50% reduction in irrigation water use, at minimum 25% reduction in energy use from baseline, and use only low emitting paints, sealants, and coatings.


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:

Energy Conservation: The ultimate goal of the Energy Conservation Program is to reduce energy costs in existing space by 1 percent annually. (The actual average annual reduction to date has been 1.5 percent).
Other goals include: targeting a 86% reduction of coal use and increasing the use of biomass and natural gas by 2020, Please see Page 12 in following link which contains the Climate Action Plan update.
https://www.cf.missouri.edu/masterplan/sites/masterplan/files/pdf/mp2016_web.pdf


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:

After implementing a trayless policy in 2012, food waste was reduced by 40 percent. Much of the pre-and post-consumer food waste (800 lbs/week) 40 weeks/year is diverted from the landfill as it's taken to Bradford Research Center where it is composted as part of a closed loop system. An increase of the percentage of food waste reduction is being worked toward in the coming years.


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:

The Landscape Master Plan, or LaMP, was initiated in fall 2014 to advance the goals of the Campus Master Plan and to create an iterative process by which landscape and building goals can be mutually affirming.

Developed through collaborative efforts of a diverse committee of faculty and staff who
believe that campus landscape has a profound contribution to the mission and future
of the university, the LaMP encompasses five guiding principles:
• learning innovation
• sense of place and community
• health and well-being
• environmental stewardship and sustainability
• integrity of planning and design
In reflecting on the university’s past 178 years, the LaMP serves as a framework for
coordinating incremental decisions related to the physical campus environment and encourages better communication.


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?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Waste 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 Water?:
Yes

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

As mentioned in Stormwater Master Plan
• Identify an optimal suite of site-level stormwater controls for new development, redevelopment, and post-construction;
• Pursue a comprehensive, watershed-scale management approach to optimally select and place regional controls, assess contributions and evaluate water quality improvements;
• Provide an adaptive tool that assists MU in addressing evolving regulatory requirements that include NPDES (MS4) permit conditions and Total Maximum Daily Loads for adjacent waterways; and
• Integrate education, research, and outreach programs into SMP development and implementation.


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:

From MU Strategic Plan: One Mizzou, 2020 Vision for Excellence
1.3 Continue to increase the diversity of the campus community to reflect the changing
demographics of the state, region and nation
Action Needed:
» Provide a status report annually and adjust goals as deemed appropriate by the campus administration.

» Work with appropriate individuals to develop a community of scholars and to increase
curricular choices to attract students in underrepresented areas.
Responsible: Provost, Chief Diversity Officer

3.1 Build and continually strengthen, in all university programs, a diverse, safe and
an inclusive culture that encourages and rewards interaction across demographic, social and interpersonal differences


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:

From MU Strategic Plan: One Mizzou, 2020 Vision for Excellence
1.10 Stimulate scholarly activities that result in groundbreaking knowledge and creative
activities in the arts, humanities, sciences and professions
Action Needed:
» Appoint a faculty-led committee to make recommendations for funding initiatives to stimulate scholarship with a particular emphasis on areas not covered by Goal 2.

1.17 Use the broad and deep resources of MU’s programs in the arts, humanities,
sciences, professions, and intercollegiate athletics to partner with schools, community
organizations and citizens to enrich the intellectual and cultural lives of all Missourians
Action Needed:
» Develop a plan to increase the showcasing of existing work by students and faculty (i.e. Saturday Morning Science) and develop a plan to expand or create novel programs that showcase other disciplines and programs to constituents across the state.


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)? :
No

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):

According to the Environmental Affairs and Sustainability Committee at the University of Missouri, sustainability is achieved when human activities consider social equity, political stability, and economic development while balancing the capacity of ecosystems to absorb disturbance without diminishing ecosystem structure, function, and viability. There are three interrelated aspects:

1. Ecological Sustainability: Interactions of Earth’s physical and biological processes, including the relationship and interactions of humans and ecosystems.
2. Economic Sustainability: Systems of production and consumption, and economic viability
3. Social Sustainability: Process and institutions, governance, values, ethics and enhancement of human well-being


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 No
The Talloires Declaration (TD) No
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:
The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Curriculum and Research Plans: MU Strategic Plan: One Mizzou, 2020 Vision for Excellence; http://strategicplan.missouri.edu/index-plan.php

Air and Climate/Buildings/Energy Plans: Campus Master Plan/Climate Action Plan; https://masterplan.missouri.edu/

Water section from: Stormwater Master Plan 2013; https://masterplan.missouri.edu/masterplan/stormwater

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