|Submission Date||March 4, 2021|
University of the Pacific
PA-2: Sustainability Planning
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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?:
A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives related to academics and the plan(s) in which they are published:
Does the institution have a published plan or plans that include measurable sustainability objectives that address student, employee, or community engagement for sustainability?:
A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives related to engagement and the plan(s) in which they are published:
Does the institution have a published plan or plans that include measurable sustainability objectives that address sustainability in operations?:
A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives related to operations and the plan(s) in which they are published:
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?:
A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives related to administration and the plan(s) in which they are published:
Does the institution have a published strategic plan or equivalent guiding document that includes sustainability at a high level? :
The institution’s highest guiding document (upload):
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?:
The institution's sustainability plan (upload):
Website URL where the institution's sustainability plan is publicly available:
Does the institution have a formal statement in support of sustainability endorsed by its governing body?:
The formal statement in support of sustainability:
Responsible leadership requires individuals and organizations to carefully evaluate short- and long-term social, economic, and environmental impacts of decisions before acting. The University of the Pacific is committed to creating a campus culture that advances this approach for a sustainable future among all members of the Pacific community. The University will demonstrate this commitment through the use of sustainable practices in the conduct of all operations, as well as sustainability-focused educational programs, research, and outreach with our local communities.
To meet this commitment and ensure a high quality of life for ourselves and future generations, the University will implement the following proactive strategies to develop within the Pacific community an ethos of sustainable practice and an understanding of the complex inter-relationships between environmental, economic and social justice concerns.
Teaching, Learning, and Outreach
- Facilitating the development of innovative, multidisciplinary curricular and co-curricular programs to ensure that all Pacific graduates understand the interconnected nature of the social, economic, and environmental components of sustainability and sustainable decision-making.
- Encouraging students and faculty to advance our understanding of sustainability through scholarly activity and artistic expression by providing encouragement, financial support, and recognition.
- Engaging the Pacific community and its external constituencies through educational programs including scholarly and artistic activities that address sustainability practices and concerns at the local, regional, state, national, and global levels.
Stewardship and University Operations
- Supporting a culture that embraces sustainability by providing the Pacific community with guidance, information, educational programs, and best-practice modeling.
- Reducing consumption by using resources efficiently, employing cost-effective technologies and innovative approaches.
- Limiting potential air, water, and land pollution through effective waste management programs, reuse of materials when feasible, and reduction in the amount of waste produced.
- Ensuring that the University is meeting its commitment to sustainability through annual assessment of its programs and practices using established goals and metrics.
In support of Pacific's commitment to sustainability, all divisions of the University will use these practices and principles during strategic planning and development of programs, capital projects, and policies as well as ongoing day-to-day operations.
The institution’s definition of sustainability:
Sustainability is having healthy social, environmental, and economic systems. Systems that can still support our needs and quality of life while being economically viable and within limits of the natural systems of which we depend.
Moving toward sustainability requires considering the social and environmental as well as the economic impacts of all our choices at the individual as well as organizational level and in the long as well as short term.
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|
|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:
Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability planning efforts is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
URLs are available to all Pacificans.
Sustainability Commitment: https://students.pulse.pacific.edu/x31793.html
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