Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 70.13
Liaison Trey McDonald
Submission Date March 24, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of San Diego
PA-2: Sustainability Planning

Status Score Responsible Party
3.00 / 4.00 Trey McDonald
Director of Sustainability and Energy Manager
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?:
No

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

Sustainability in curriculum and academics is addressed by both the Envisioning 2024 Strategic Plan and the Climate Action Plan cross-cutting initiatives. We measure the number of courses that are sustainability focused and sustainability related. The percentage of curriculum that has been devoted towards sustainability is tracked regularly to help sustainability related initiatives and research among faculty and students.


Does the institution have a published plan or plans that include measurable sustainability objectives that address student, employee, or community engagement for sustainability?:
No

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

USD has developed the general theme of "Elevating Faculty and Staff Engagement" as part of the Envisioning 2024.


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:

Energy reduction targets are set forth in the Climate Action Plan. The targets are created from a 2010 baseline emissions per student with targeted reductions from our projected growth of 25% by 2020 and 35% by 2035. However, in October 2019, USD President James Harris announced a new goal of climate neutrality by 2035, so the CAP will be revised in 2021 to create strategies to achieve that goal. Further, USD completed an Energy Master Plan to eliminate emissions from our campus energy infrastructure by 2035, with a timeline of projects and their accompanying GHG emission reductions to achieve this goal. This Plan will serve as the cornerstone of the revised CAP to be developed this year.


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:

In early 2021, recognizing the challenges to create a more diverse, multicultural and global campus, the university announced the creation of the Horizon Project. The objective of this program is to dedicate the time, energy and resources necessary to build a more inclusive campus community by achieving one of the key pathways in our strategic plan: Strengthening Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice. The Horizon Project has specific, quantifiable goals for USD to achieve by 2026, including being officially recognized as a Hispanic Serving Institution; increasing the number of full-time Black faculty within each of the Professional Schools and the College of Arts and Sciences; becoming one of the 100 most diverse, independent universities in the country. Please see https://www.sandiego.edu/horizon-project/ for details of this program.

A Strategic Plan for Diversity and Inclusive Excellence was developed in 2020. There are broadly measurable objectives focused on data collection and gap analyses. Please see https://www.sandiego.edu/inclusion/documents/SIX%20TERRAINS.pdf

In December 2020, the university convened a task force to focus on socially responsible investing, including incorporation of DEI criteria for investment options. Measurable objectives will be a product of this task force.


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?:
Major theme

The institution's sustainability plan (upload):
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Website URL where the institution's sustainability plan is publicly available:
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Does the institution have a formal statement in support of sustainability endorsed by its governing body?:
Yes

The formal statement in support of sustainability:

As a Catholic institution, Pope Francis' encyclical entitled Laudato si’, or “On Care of Our Common Home,” is essential to the structure and importance of sustainability at USD. Pope Francis emphasizes the need to protect nature with a “courageous and responsible effort to redirect our steps and to avert the most serious effects of environmental deterioration caused by human activity.” Regarding this, he is “confident that America’s outstanding academic and research institutions can make a vital contribution in the years ahead.”

USD's Envisioning 2024 Strategic Plan, approved by the President and the Board of Trustees, includes Care for a Common home as one of the six pathways. The formal statement as listed on the Envisioning 2024 website states:

"The message of Laudato si' tells us we must not only speak the words, but also take immediate action in concrete ways at all levels of the university to care for our common home. From messaging on campus for our visitors and our community, to policies affecting how we do business, to facilitating engagement from our staff, students, faculty and administrators, creating and supporting curricular efforts at all levels, we identify areas of opportunity to create a truly shared and lived vision for Care for Our Common Home."


The institution’s definition of sustainability:
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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
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 Yes
The Talloires Declaration (TD) No
UN Global Compact No
Other multi-dimensional sustainability commitments (please specify below) Yes

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

Signatory to the Catholic Climate Declaration


Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability planning efforts is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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