Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 53.46
Liaison Brian Pullen
Submission Date March 13, 2017
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University of South Florida St. Petersburg
PA-2: Sustainability Planning

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.75 / 4.00 Brian Pullen
Sustainability Planner
Facilities Services
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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:

Our Climate Action Plan addresses how USFSP will further integrate sustainability into our campus structure, while drastically mitigating our GHG emissions towards the goal of being carbon-neutral by 2050. Furthermore, our Strategic Plan focuses on how the University will center around a 10-in-10 format, meaning that USFSP will grow to 10,000 students within 10 years and how we need to sustainably manage that growth to meet success.


A copy of the strategic plan:
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:
The website URL where the sustainability plan is publicly available:
Does the institution have a published climate action plan (apart from what is reported above)? :
Yes

A copy of the climate action plan:
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):

The USFSP Campus Master Plan which includes LEED construction standards, green cleaning policies, as well as environmental conservation efforts. The URL to the Campus Master Plan is: http://www1.usfsp.edu/adminservices/projects.htm


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:

Source: Climate Action Plan/Sustainability Plan

Create Incentives for Developing Courses USFSP should offer incentives to help faculty expand sustainability course offerings. Providing release time, funding for professional development, trainings, and other incentives can help faculty broaden and deepen sustainability curriculum. Faculty members often need these incentives to determine how best to include sustainability in their courses. Providing such incentives lends institutional support to increased sustainability course offerings.

STRATEGY DESIGN:

Goals
● Conduct an inventory of all courses identifying ones that include sustainability and make it public by 2017
● Incorporate Sustainability component in General Education Curriculum by 2018
● Create a Sustainability course that is required as a General Education course by 2020 (i.e. Intro to Sustainability 101)
● Establish an ongoing program or programs that offer incentives for all faculty to develop new sustainability courses and/or incorporate sustainability into existing courses by 2022
● Include sustainability outcomes in 75% of all courses by 2025
● Create Cross-College/Interdisciplinary Degree program in Sustainability by 2025
Timing

● Sustainability Workgroup established and holding meetings by end of 2016
● Complete draft inventory of all Courses that include Sustainability by end of 2016
● Increase sustainability specific and related courses by 2018
● Offer at least one required sustainability course in each College by 2020
● Offer an Interdisciplinary Sustainability minor by 2022
Parties Involved

● Kate Tiedemann College of Business, College of Education, College of Arts & Sciences
● USF Tampa’s Patel College of Global Sustainability
● USF Tampa’s College of Marine Science
● USFSP Office of Sustainability

Feasibility Issues

● Creating sustainability courses will entail hiring new faculty to teach these courses
● Getting current faculty to develop sustainability courses will be a challenge
● Working with the Patel College of Global Sustainability and the College of Marine Science will be limited for offering coursework because they are separately accredited (i.e. part of USF Tampa)
● Obtaining desirable amount of students willing to take sustainability 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:

Source: Climate Action Plan/Sustainability Plan

5.2 Research (R)

Within the last ten years, the USF System has grown to be a nationally recognized public research institution. In fact, the University of South Florida ranks in the top ten globally for research patents. To add, in the 2014 fiscal year, the USF System had over $488.6 million in research expenditures. Recently, USFSP has been involved in some ground-breaking research including the discovery of the oldest African genome, which will be useful for analyzing human traits in relation to past environments. As well as a research study of conducting statistical analyses of energy production for our 100 kW solar panels located on our 5th avenue parking structure, which will be presented at the 2016 International Conference on Energy Sustainability in Paris, France. Both of these research studies not only highlight nationally recognized breakthroughs for USFSP but also demonstrate the possibility for enhanced sustainability research.

With a globalized focus on climate change and sea level rise, universities all over the world are expanding their research towards focusing on these pressing issues. This creates an incentive for USFSP to join in this research, not only to contribute to findings, but potentially unlocking scientific solutions towards mitigating the effects of climate change. Because of research breakthroughs, the USF System increased its research expenditures by 6.4 percent, $29.2 million, from 2013 to 2014. This example highlights the importance of conducting research in relation to capital investments. Thus, enhancing sustainability-related research will likely generate future investments into projects focusing on clean energy, resource conservation, and social responsibility; which in turn will help with the enhancement of curriculum (4.1 Education).

There are several opportunities to enhance sustainability research at USFSP, especially because of the campus’ geographical location. Within walking distance of campus is the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), and USF Tampa’s College of Marine Science all of whom should be considered important sustainability research partners for USFSP. The campus sits along Bayboro Harbor in the Gulf Coast region of Florida, home to rich marine and wildlife biodiversity, thriving wetlands and estuaries, and dense tree canopies. This region is also extremely vulnerable to intense hurricanes, floods, and sea level rise, thus making the case that USFSP should be a Gulf Coast leader in mitigation and adaptation research.

STRATEGY DESIGN:
Goals

● Complete inventory of all faculty conducting sustainability research and make it public on the USFSP Sustainability website by the end of 2017

Timing

● Send out mass emails to all faculty identify any that are conducting sustainability-related research by Fall 2016
● Identify faculty currently conducting sustainability research by Spring 2017
● Identify faculty that will in the near future, or previously, conduct sustainability research by Spring 2017

Parties Involved

● College of Arts & Sciences
● USFSP Office of Sustainability
● Kate Tiedemann College of Business
● College of Education
● Faculty Research Council
● Regional Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

STRATEGY DESIGN:

Goals

● Create an ongoing program that provides students and faculty with incentives to research sustainability established by 2020
● Formally adopted policies and procedures that give positive recognition to interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary research during faculty promotion and/or tenure decisions established by 2020
● Establish formal partnerships with surrounding research institutions by 2020
● Identify outside grant opportunities for sustainability research by 2017

Timing

● Create a yearly inventory of research, grants, and scholarships focused on sustainability-related topics by Spring 2017
● Establish and facilitate interdisciplinary grant writing workshops by Spring 2019
● Build a network of researchers both on campus and indirectly by Spring 2020
● Work closely with the USFSP research office to create funding opportunities for an interdisciplinary sustainability research agenda by Spring 2020

Parties Involved

● Kate Tiedemann College of Business, College of Education, and the College of Arts & Sciences
● USFSP Office of Sustainability
● NOAA
● USF College of Marine Sciences
● USF Tampa & USF Sarasota-Manatee
● PCGS
● FWC
● USGS
● Eckerd College
● St. Pete College
● University of Tampa


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:

Source: Climate Action Plan/Sustainability Plan

CE-1. Assess Sustainability Culture

STRATEGY DESCRIPTION

Institutions should conduct an assessment of campus sustainability culture.
The cultural assessment focuses on sustainability values, behaviors and beliefs, and may also address awareness of campus sustainability initiatives. Such assessments help institutions evaluate the success of their sustainability outreach and education initiatives and develop insight into how these initiatives could be improved.

STRATEGY DESIGN:

Goals

● Provide Ongoing Sustainability Culture Assessment by Spring 2018

Timing

● Crow’s Nest, campus newspaper, conducts article about different sustainability efforts on campus by Winter 2016
● Conduct a small survey regarding sustainability culture assessment to willing students and staff by Spring 2017
● Conduct a sustainability culture assessment to graduating students by April 2017
● Conduct a large open-ended sustainability culture assessment by Summer 2017
● Implement sustainability assessment testing to all graduating and incoming freshman by Winter 2017

Parties Involved

● USFSP Education Abroad
● USFSP Office of Sustainability
● Division of Student Affairs
○ Office of Admissions
○ Office of Marketing and Enrollment
○ New Student Orientation Leader
● Office of Graduate Affairs
● Division of Academic Affairs
● College of Education, College of Arts & Sciences, Kate Tiedemann College of Business

CE-2. Sustainability at Student Orientation

STRATEGY DESCRIPTION

New students need to be made aware of sustainability efforts and cultural norms that occur on campus. This includes educating them about sustainability standards such as recycling, climate commitments, curriculum, clubs, initiatives, etc. By educating new students at orientation, the university is instilling knowledge and sustainability culture into a new era of students, as well as helping retain potential innovative students who can further campus sustainability projects.

STRATEGY DESIGN:

Goals

● Include Sustainability Component at New Student Orientation by Spring 2017

Timing

● Develop sustainability presentation for orientation Summer 2016
● Present sustainability presentation to new and transfer students during orientation beginning Summer 2016
● Mandatory sustainability presentation at each and every new student orientation by Winter 2016

Parties Involved

● USFSP Office of Sustainability
● Division of Student Affairs
○ Office of Admissions
○ Office of Marketing and Enrollment
○ New Student Orientation Leader

CE-3. Create Student Educators Program

STRATEGY DESCRIPTION

Create programs that engage students to serve as educators in peer-to-peer sustainability outreach. Such initiatives, sometimes known as "Eco-Reps" programs, help disseminate sustainability concepts and a sustainability ethic throughout the campus community. In addition, serving as an educator is a valuable learning experience for students that can deepen their understanding of sustainability while developing their outreach, education and leadership skills.

Coordinate an ongoing peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program for students enrolled for credit:

1. Selects or appoints students to serve as peer educators and formally designates the students as educators (paid and/or volunteer)
2. Provides formal training to the student educators in how to conduct peer outreach
3. Supports the program with financial resources (e.g. by providing an annual budget) and/or administrative coordination by faculty or staff

STRATEGY DESIGN:

Goals

● Create an ongoing peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program for students enrolled for credit by 2020

Timing

● Work with faculty to identify student sustainability leaders by 2017
● Sustainability leaders work with the Office of Sustainability and sustainability clubs to developing a sustainability education and outreach program with instructors by 2018
● Pilot a sustainability outreach and education program, using existing sustainability student leaders, for particular classes by 2019

Parties Involved

● USFSP Office of Sustainability
● Division of Academic Affairs
● College of Education, College of Arts & Sciences, Kate Tiedemann College of Business

CE-4. Enhance Outreach Materials and Publications

STRATEGY DESCRIPTION

Produce outreach materials and publications that enhance student learning about sustainability outside of the formal classroom

STRATEGY DESIGN:

Goals

● Create a vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability by 2018
● Create a sustainability walking map in 2017
● Create a guide for green living and/or incorporating sustainability into the residential experience by 2018

Timing

● Create a yearly inventory of research, grants, and scholarships focused on sustainability-related topics by Spring 2017
● Incorporate Google Maps with USFSP Sustainability website for walking map by Spring 2017
● Incorporate on campus website and educate students about benefits of living in LEED certified buildings and nearby green living complexes by 2017

Parties Involved

● USFSP Office of Sustainability
● Division of Student Affairs
● College of Education
● College of Arts & Sciences
● Kate Tiedemann College of Business

CE-5 Hold Outreach Campaigns

STRATEGY DESCRIPTION

Institutions should hold sustainability outreach campaigns that yield measurable, positive results in advancing the institution’s sustainability performance (e.g. a reduction in energy or water consumption). Campaigns engage the campus community around sustainability issues and can help raise student and employee awareness about sustainability. In addition, campaigns encourage students and employees to adopt or try sustainable practices and lifestyles.

Institution holds at least one sustainability-related outreach campaign directed at students and employees that yields measurable, positive results in advancing sustainability. The sustainability-related outreach campaign may be conducted by the institution, a student organization, by students in a course, or by an employee organization.

Campaign could take the form of a competition (e.g. a residence hall conservation competition), a rating or certification program (e.g. a green dorm or green office rating program), and/or a collective challenge (e.g. a campus-wide drive to achieve a specific sustainability target). A single campus-wide campaign may meet the criteria for both parts of this credit if educating students is a prime feature of the campaign and it is directed at both students and employees. To measure if a campaign yields measurable, positive results, institutions should compare pre-campaign performance to performance during or after the campaign.

STRATEGY DESIGN:

Goals
● Hold at least two sustainability outreach campaigns per year starting in 2020

Timing

● Hold first ever “Sustainability in Higher Education” Summit for all educational systems in the area in Spring 2017
● Hold first ever “Regional Planning” Sustainability Summit for all regional stakeholders identifying sustainable initiatives in Spring 2017
● Make these summit’s annual events reoccuring in Spring 2018
● Hold a Spring and Fall campaign event in 2019

Parties Involved

● College of Business, College of Education, and the College of Arts & Sciences
● USFSP Office of Sustainability
● NOAA
● USF College of Marine Sciences
● USF Tampa & USF Sarasota-Manatee
● PCGS
● FWC
● USGS
● Eckerd College
● St. Pete College
● University of Tampa
● City of St. Petersburg
● Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council
● City of Tampa
● Tampa Bay Trane
● City of Clearwater
● Duke Energy
● Tampa Electric Company
● United Nations Tampa Bay Association

CE-6 Create Employee Educators Program

STRATEGY DESCRIPTION

Coordinate programs in which faculty and staff members educate and mobilize their peers around sustainability initiatives and programs.
Engaging faculty and staff in peer educator roles can help disseminate sustainability messages more widely and encourage broader participation in sustainability initiatives.

Institution administers or oversees an ongoing staff/faculty peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program that meets the following criteria:

● Employee sustainability educators are formally designated and receive formal training or participate in an institution-sponsored orientation to prepare them to conduct peer outreach to other employees;
● The institution supports the program with financial resources (e.g. by providing an annual budget) and/or administrative coordination by staff or faculty; and
● The peer educators represent diverse areas of campus; the outreach and education efforts of sustainability staff or a sustainability office do not count in the absence of a broader network of peer educators.

This credit recognizes ongoing programs that engage employees as peers on a regular basis. For example, employee educators may represent or be responsible for engaging workers in certain departments or buildings. Thus, a group of employees may be served (i.e. directly targeted) by a program even if not all of these employees actively participate

STRATEGY DESIGN:

Goals

● Establish Employee Educators Program by 2018
Timing

● Identify opportunities to educate employees about sustainable practices by 2017
● Establish optional sustainability workshops for employees by Fall 2017
● Incorporate sustainability into department meetings by Fall 2017

Parties Involved

● USFSP Office of Sustainability
● USFSP Human Resources
● USFSP Facilities Services
● USFSP Administrators, Faculty, & Staff


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:

Source: Strategic Plan
Strategies
1.2 Communicate USF St. Petersburg’s core values to campus constituents and beyond.
1.3 Weave USF St. Petersburg’s identity with the city so that USFSP anchors the city and the city flows into campus. Link USF St. Petersburg leadership with local government, civic and corporate leaders to create seamless educational and experiential opportunities for students and members of the community
KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS
• Percentage of students in civic engagement experiences
Strategies
4.6 Contribute to the well-being and economic development of our community through partnership activities.
KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS
• Number of business and community partnerships, as measured by formal agreements
• Number of community partnerships that result in student jobs, internships, entrepreneurial opportunities and USFSP’s economic development


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:

Strategies from Climate Action Plan
5.3 Promote and support environmentally sustainable practices
Key Performance Indicators
-Percentage of expectations met in American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment
-Ranking in Princeton Review’s Green Colleges Guide

Objective 8.1. Identify mitigation techniques for traffic and parking, building projects
and on-campus uses and to improve or maintain the level of air quality.
Policy 8.1.1. USFSP shall continue to participate in and consider those programs
which will maintain or improve existing air quality on campus
lands. Such programs include participation in local transportation
management associations, transit routing and terminal servicing
activities and the promotion of bicycle and pedestrian circulation
improvements.
Policy 8.1.2. USFSP shall reduce mobile sources of air pollution through
Transportation Element policies designed to discourage dependence
on the personal automobile as the primary transportation mode on
campus, and to encourage alternative modes of transportation on
campus (i.e., public transit, bicycles, etc.).
Policy 8.1.3. USFSP shall minimize emissions of air pollutants from and within
buildings on campus through the installation of appropriate filtering
devices on fume hoods and by minimizing the storage and use of
volatile and hazardous materials in campus buildings.
Policy 8.1.4. USFSP shall determine the potential impacts on air quality before
construction of parking structures.
Policy 8.1.5. USFSP should implement a program for the monitoring of both
indoor and outdoor air quality.


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:

Strategies from Climate Action Plan
5.3 Promote and support environmentally sustainable practices
Key Performance Indicators
-Percentage of expectations met in American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment
-Ranking in Princeton Review’s Green Colleges Guide

Per 2008 Florida Statute 255.2575 all state universities shall be constructed to meet the
United States Green Building Council (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental
Design (LEED) Rating System, the Green Building Initiative’s Green Globe Rating System,
the Florida Green Building Coalition Standards, or a nationally recognized, high
performance green building rating system as approved by the Department of Management Services. At a minimum USFSP will require a silver certification per USGBC benchmark.
-Buildings should be designed to reduce maintenance costs and energy consumption.
-Buildings should not be permitted to emit unacceptably noxious or otherwise
unpleasant fumes or gases.


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:

Strategic Plan
Strategies
5.3 Promote and support environmentally sustainable practices
Key Performance Indicators
-Percentage of expectations met in American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment
-Ranking in Princeton Review’s Green Colleges Guide

Objective 4A.9 Decrease energy consumption on campus as measured per capita and
per building.
16. Policy 4A.9.1 USFSP shall require new building design to respond to
the particular climatic conditions of South Florida and shall require
issues of energy conservation including building orientation and
siting, massing, and shape to be addressed during the design. USFSP
shall encourage climatic responses such as: walkways, breezeways,
shaded courts, screens and operable windows. Building forms more
appropriate to northern climates shall be discouraged.
17. Policy 4A.9.2 USFSP shall require materials openings, lighting
systems, and HVAC to be designed to meet contemporary standards.
System energy conservation standards are mandated to be in
compliance with Florida Energy Conservation in Building Act of
1974. The State University System Professional Services Guide
specifies that an energy analysis design submission in compliance
with the above legislation be submitted for all subject projects at the
advanced schematic design stage of development.
18. Policy 4A.9.3 USFSP shall review and evaluate all existing buildings
relative to their energy consumption and role in campus wide energy
costs and demand patterns and shall establish an energy management
system campus-wide.
Objective 8.4. Expand the use of conservation and energy saving techniques within the
construction of new facilities.
Policy 8.4.1. USFSP shall continue to evaluate and implement, as appropriate,
solar energy as an alternative source of power for irrigation systems,
lighting, shuttles, phones, etc.
Policy 8.4.2. Energy conservation fixtures, air conditioning and lighting systems
and other building specific energy use and management techniques
shall continue to be a required element of all new buildings
constructed on the campus.


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:

From purchasing local seasonal produce whenever possible to reducing inorganic and organic waste, your campus team is dedicated to providing you with an exceptional dining experience that is good for you and good for the planet.

This commitment was formalized with Sodexo's Better Tomorrow Plan. The Better Tomorrow Plan includes 18 commitments for a brighter future by focusing on four key priorities: health, planet, community and our people. Learn more about the Better Tomorrow Commitments.

While your Sodexo team works hard behind the scenes, they also count on student engagement and enthusiasm to spread the word about what you're doing together on your campus. We encourage you to work with your local Sodexo management team to continue to innovate and improve sustainability efforts in your community.

Source: https://usfsp.sodexomyway.com/planet/index.html


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:

Strategic Plan
Strategies
5.3 Promote and support environmentally sustainable practices
Key Performance Indicators
-Percentage of expectations met in American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment
-Ranking in Princeton Review’s Green Colleges Guide

Objective D.2.2. Establish the standards for selection of appropriate Florida native plant
materials for use on the campus as described in this element under
Landscape Standards – Plant Materials.
Policy D.2.1. USFSP shall require site design to be in accordance
with established standards for selection of plant materials and shall
encourage design response to follow criteria outlined in this plan
element under Landscape Standards: Plantings.
Policy D.2.2. Where feasible USFSP shall remove non-native
invasive plants (whether grasses, shrubs or trees) which are identified on any of the following lists: The IFAS Assessment of
Non-Native Plants in Florida’s Natural Areas, the Department of
Agriculture and Consumer Services’s “Noxious Weed List”
(Rule 5B-57.007, F.A.C), the Department of Environmental
Protection’s “Prohibited Aquatic Plant List” (Rule 62C-52.011,
F.A.C.) and the Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council's "Florida's
Most Invasive Species List" from the campus grounds. As these
species are located on campus, the University shall coordinate
with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and
other appropriate governmental entities to ensure the proper
removal and disposal of these exotic species.
-Use of slow release fertilizers and/or carefully managed
fertilizer applications timed to ensure maximum root uptake and
minimal surface water runoff or leaching to groundwater.


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?:
Yes

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

Strategies From Climate Action Plan
5.3 Promote and support environmentally sustainable practices
Key Performance Indicators
-Percentage of expectations met in American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment
-Ranking in Princeton Review’s Green Colleges Guide

Objective 5.4 Enhance and encourage the utilization of alternative modes of
transportation (including mass transit, bicycle and pedestrian ways) and reduce the
dependence on the single-occupant vehicle as the primary mode of travel.
Policy 5.4.1 USFSP shall continue to coordinate with the Pinellas
Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) to provide enhanced mass transit
service to the campus along Fourth Street South, Fifth Avenue South,
First Street South, and Third Street South.
Policy 5.4.2 USFSP shall coordinate with PSTA in identifying available
funding programs to assist in implementing this enhanced mass transit
service to the campus.
Policy 5.4.3 USFSP shall provide to all enrolling students information
regarding the availability and scheduling of PSTA bus system, St.
Petersburg Trolley, Looper system, and on-campus shuttle system, if
established.
Policy 5.4.4 USFSP, in conjunction with the host community, shall
evaluate the opportunity to encourage student residential housing in the
context area consistent with Housing Element Objective 6.3. Oncampus
and adjacent housing will reduce both parking and traffic
generation demands. Opportunities for "partnering" with the private
sector to construct this student housing should be explored.
Policy 5.4.5 USFSP shall implement transportation demand
management (TDM) strategies designed to encourage the use of
alternative modes of transportation and reduce the dependence on the
single-occupant automobile as the primary mode of travel. The
University shall consider:
• Operational modifications;
• Improvement of pedestrian and non-vehicular facilities;
• Increasing the number of students living on campus;
Academic scheduling modifications, including scheduling more
classes during non-peak hours;
• Parking pricing strategies designed to make other modes of travel
more economical;
• Traffic system management approaches;
• Provide on-campus housing; and
• Locating student-oriented housing in close proximity to the
campus.
Policy 5.4.6 USFSP shall coordinate with the City of St. Petersburg and
Pinellas County to evaluate other options and strategies for reducing the
dependence on the personal automobile. If any of these proves to be
economically feasible and practical, USFSP shall amend the adopted
campus master plan to incorporate these strategies onto the overall
transportation plan.
Policy 5.4.7 USFSP shall evaluate the potential uses of distance learning
techniques to reduce the need to travel to the campus.


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:

Strategic Plan
Strategies
5.3 Promote and support environmentally sustainable practices
Key Performance Indicators
-Percentage of expectations met in American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment
-Ranking in Princeton Review’s Green Colleges Guide

Master Plan
Objective 7.13.
Coordinate with the City of St. Petersburg in establishing an appropriate
level of service for solid waste collection.
Policy 7.13.1.
USFSP shall establish a level of service of 0.015 cubic yards per
square foot annually for solid waste collection.
Policy 7.13.2.
USFSP shall coordinate the provision of on and off-campus solid
waste collection and disposal facilities required to meet future
USFSP needs with the City of St. Petersburg or appropriate service
provider as outlined in the Intergovernmental Coordination
Element. USFSP shall pursue any interlocal agreements or
memoranda of understanding necessary to ensure that solid waste
collection and disposal services will be supplied to the campus to
meet the future needs of the University.

Objective 7.14.
Procedures to reduce USFSP-generated solid waste and increasing
recycling and reuse programs shall be defined.
Policy 7.14.1.
USFSP has continued to take steps to reduce the quantity of solid
waste generated by expanding its recycling program to include
additional drop-off locations. These drop-off facilities are installed
in the individual buildings, residential areas, with convenient drivethrough
locations. Awareness programs directed toward students,
faculty and staff shall also be included in this recycling program.

Objective 7.15.
Existing solid waste collection locations have been modified for easier
service and to avoid potential pedestrian conflicts.
Policy 7.15.1.
USFSP shall continue to assist in providing solid waste collection
services for the academic, health and marine sciences uses on campus.
Policy 7.15.2.
USFSP should establish a unified screening program for solid waste
collection locations. Included will be the implementation of
aesthetic coordination as well as standardized solid waste containers.
Policy 7.15.3.
USFSP shall, during the design of specific building programs,
evaluate the relationship of the proposed buildings with the existing
buildings, and to identify opportunities to reconfigure, enhance or
screen solid waste collection facilities from pedestrian corridors.

Objective 7.16.
Encourage and support proper management in the disposal of hazardous
and other special wastes.


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:

Strategic Plan
Strategies
5.3 Promote and support environmentally sustainable practices
Key Performance Indicators
-Percentage of expectations met in American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment
-Ranking in Princeton Review’s Green Colleges Guide

Master Plan
Objective 7.6. Develop and promote a water conservation program.
Policy 7.6.3. USFSP shall continue a water conservation program as follows:
• Use of reclaimed water for irrigation.
• Require the use of xeric landscaping techniques, including the maintenance or installation of selected vegetative species, low irrigation and compact hydrazone concepts, shall be required for all new building and ancillary facility construction.
• Install a sub-metering system on existing and new facilities to be able to monitor accurately the amount of water being utilized in the various facilities.
• The University shall create an awareness program of water
usage utilizing the information above.
•The irrigation system shall be upgraded to be controlled by a
computerized, rain-sensitive system.
• Use of collected stormwater or building "gray" water for
landscape irrigation purposes shall be explored.
• Use of efficient low water volume plumbing fixtures in new and
renovated University buildings is being implemented


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:

Strategies
2.3 Diversify student body to reflect regional demographics and global diversity with special focus on attracting students who enroll, progress and graduate from USFSP.
KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS
-University access rate (percent of students with a Pell-grant)
-Percentage of under-represented students retained
-Number of out-of-state students recruited and retained
STRATEGIES
3.1 Recruit, recognize and retain diverse, world-class faculty
3.6 Promote globalization of programs including study abroad and research
Key Performance Indicators
-Number of faculty from under-represented groups
-Number of international and study abroad programs

Source: Campus Master Plan


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

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

Sustainable Funding
USF St. Petersburg ensures its financial stability through a
variety of sources, including state funding, student support,
philanthropy, entrepreneurial initiatives and external research
sources. We continually seek new funding and financial
management approaches, with transparency and accountability,
to augment and improve our existing portfolio. We will continue
to build resources through cost reduction, re-allocation and
improved efficiencies.
Strategies
6.1 Align resource allocation with strategic priorities.
6.2 Diversify financial resources by increasing private
support, strategic partnerships and grants.
6.3 Provide incentives for colleges to develop
revenue-producing programs.
6.4 Examine under-enrolled courses and programs and
overall administrative expenditures.
Key Performance Indicators
• Redistribution of resources based on strategic plan
• Unstoppable Campaign goals achieved
• Number of revenue-producing educational and
non-educational programs
• Income produced by revenue-producing educational and
non-curricular programs
• Number of graduate students
• Cost per undergraduate degree
• Amount of fiscal and administrative funds and summer
revenue generated
• Assessment of academic and administrative programs

Source: USFSP Strategic Plan


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:

Source: Strategic Plan
Strategies
2.8 Develop, maintain and evolve student culture and traditions and student participation in athletics and social, recreational and wellness events.
KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS
Number of students participating in athletic, recreational and wellness activities


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:
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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):

From USFSP Master Plan
“Sustainability” means a dynamic state in which global ecological and social
systems are not systematically undermined, so as to ensure that the ability of
future generations to meet their needs is not compromised.
“Sustainable Development” means development that uses methods, systems,
and materials that do not deplete resources or interfere with natural cycles, and
considers natural land, water, and energy resources as integral aspects of
development.


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