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Liaison Wesley Enterline
Submission Date April 22, 2015
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University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
PA-2: Sustainability Planning

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Wesley Enterline
Sustainability Coordinator
Facilities Planning and Management
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Does the institution have current and formal plans to advance sustainability in the following areas? Do the plans include measurable objectives?:
Current and Formal Plans (Yes or No) Measurable Objectives (Yes or No)
Curriculum Yes No
Research (or other scholarship) No No
Campus Engagement Yes No
Public Engagement Yes No
Air and Climate Yes No
Buildings Yes No
Dining Services/Food Yes No
Energy Yes No
Grounds Yes No
Purchasing No No
Transportation Yes No
Waste Yes No
Water Yes No
Diversity and Affordability Yes No
Health, Wellbeing and Work No No
Investment No No
Other No No

A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Curriculum:

2011-2017 Campus Physical Development Plan: page IE-3, "The new major in Environmental Sciences that includes tracks in geosciences, natural sciences,
and environmental policy and management has been approved and will be available beginning in fall of 2012."

2012-2014 Strategic Planning Goals Progress Report: page 9-10, Addition of Water Science Major or Minor (Biology, Chemistry, Geography & Geology, Interdisciplinary) and Green Chemistry Emphasis (Chemistry). "Programs with an environmental and resource sustainability focus (Green Chemistry, Environmental Science; Water Science)."


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Curriculum plan(s):

No measurable objectives were measured in any of these reports.


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Curriculum plan(s):

Strategic Planning and Budget Committee


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Research (or other scholarship):

None of the campus plans include any advancement to sustainability in Research.


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Research plan(s):

No measurable objectives were measured in any of these reports.


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Research plan(s):

None


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance Campus Engagement around sustainability:

Campus Master Plan: page 12, " Further sustainable practices and lay the groundwork for additional sustainable initiatives by highlighting natural features unique to Whitewater, promoting efficient use of resources, and connecting people with each other and with their environment."


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Campus Engagement plan:

No measurable objectives were measured in any of these reports.


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Campus Engagement plan(s):

Division of Administrative Affairs: Department of Facilities and Planning Management


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance Public Engagement around sustainability:

UW-Whitewater Strategic Plan: page 2, Regional Engagement- "We will strengthen mutually beneficial partnerships withing the University, within the UW System and with external constituents. We will create and cultivate meaningful relationships with members of the extended campus community."

Professional and Personal Integrity- "We will encourage members of the University to exemplify good citizenship, and, when appropriate, provide civic leadership, and we will recognize those members of the University community whose distinguished efforts reflect favorably on the institution."


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Public Engagement plan(s):

No measurable objectives were measured in any of these reports.


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Public Engagement plan(s):

Chancellor's Office


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Air and Climate:

Campus Master Plan: page 8, "Due to limited alternative transportation options and long-standing patterns of behavior, automobile circulation is the dominant mode of vehicular transportation to campus, impacting the University's carbon footprint and requiring a significant amount of land dedicated to parking."

Campus Master Plan: page 27, "Current campus policies provide a re-planting strategy of 2 to 1 as trees are removed purposely or by attrition. Plan proposals appropriately preserve this area as a future campus arboretum.

Campus Master Plan: page 70, " A Sustainability Plan will provide the opportunity to address the full range of initiatives necessary to realize the University's commitment to sustainability indicated by their signing of the American College and University President's Climate Commitment (ACUPCC)."


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Air and Climate plan(s):

No measurable objectives were measured in any of these reports.


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Air and Climate plan(s):

Division of Administrative Affairs: Department of Facilities and Planning Management


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Buildings:

Campus Master Plan: page 16, "The plan focuses new building in previously developed areas, increasing previous surface through redevelopment of surface parking into open space. New building orientation is optimized to minimize energy use and existing buildings are reused to reduce waste and resource consumption."

2011-2017 Campus Physical Development Plan: page IA-3, "Also worthy of note are campus buildings currently being constructed as guided by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)."

2011-2017 Agency UW System Agency Physical Development Plan: page F-3, "Develop solutions that correct noncompliance with applicable building codes and/or accepted performance/ program standards. Develop solutions that upgrade facilities to accepted benchmark standards and best practices for a safe environment."


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Buildings plan(s):

No measurable objectives were measured in any of these reports.


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Buildings plan(s):

Division of Administrative Affairs: Department of Facilities and Planning Management


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Dining Services/Food:

CHARTWELLS EAT. LIVE. LEARN - PHILOSOPHY: SUSTAINABILITY IN ACTION
http://www.eatlearnlive.com/Sustainability.cfm
Chartwells, and our parent company Compass Group North America, are acutely aware of the impact our operations have on the communities in which we do business and on society in general. We're committed to business practices that earn financial success by honoring ethical values, respecting people, valuing our communities and sustaining the natural environment. Acting responsibly is part of our corporate DNA and we are committed to offering foods that are earth, body and community friendly. In support of that position, we believe in practicing initiatives that specialize in health and sustainability to offer our associates, customers and clients' better choices.

COMPASS GROUP - SUSTAINABILITY
http://compass-usa.com/Pages/Home.aspx
With a focus to encourage responsible and sustainable practices in our supply chain, Compass Group is proud to lead the foodservice industry with groundbreaking policies that:

- Champion local farmers and fair trade practices
- Reduce the use of antibiotics in chicken, turkey and pork
- Commit to healthier oceans with sustainable seafood purchasing policies
- Support sustainable agriculture and healthy rural economies
- Focus on social justice
- Promote farm animal welfare with the use of cage-free shell eggs, the elimination of artificial rBGH from milk and yogurt products, and the phase-out of gestation crates for sows.

Compass Group will continue to strengthen existing sustainability programs and develop new initiatives that address critical food issues.


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Dining Services/Food plan(s):

No measurable objectives were measured in any of these reports.


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Dining Services/Food plan(s):

UW-W Dining Services in Partnership with Chartwells.


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Energy:

Campus Master Plan: page 16, "New building orientation is optimized to minimize energy use and existing buildings are reused to reduce waste and resource consumption."

Campus Master Plan: page 65, "Site planning prioritizes southern and northern exposure over eastern and western exposure where heat gain is more difficult to control, minimizing energy use of new buildings."
" Discussions throughout the Campus Master Plan process touched on opportunities to integrate sustainability education into landscapes and buildings, stormwater management best practices, and reducing energy usage in existing buildings by shutting them down in off hours and months."

2011-2017 Agency UW System Agency Physical Development Plan: page F-3, "Develop solutions that demonstrate environmental stewardship and sustainability. Advance physical development plans that promote compact development, preserve green space, consider the natural environment, minimize negative development impacts, and minimize energy consumption."


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Energy plan(s):

No measurable objectives were measured in any of these reports.


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Energy plan(s):

Division of Administrative Affairs: Department of Facilities and Planning Management


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Grounds:

Campus Master Plan: page 55, "This strategy results in displacement of surface parking as lots are reconfigured to accommodate new buildings. Siting new buildings in gray fields, or parking lots, is a sustainable practice the plan reinforces."

Campus Master Plan: page 56, " New facilities are sited in developed areas of the campus, ensuring the nature preserve remain undisturbed as natural habitat and an amenity for the campus community."

Campus Master Plan: page 65, "The Plan consolidates new development in previously developed ares. This results in preserved natural landscapes, redevelopment of grey-fields, and a compact, walkable campus that decreases automobile dependence for trips between campus destinations."
2011-2017 Campus Physical Development Plan: page IA-4, "Approximately 110 acres on the north end of campus have been set aside and developed with federal LAWCON funds as a recreation areas and nature preserve for campus use, especially the Department of Biology, as well as for the surrounding community."

2011-2017 Agency UW System Agency Physical Development Plan: page F-3, "Develop solutions that demonstrate environmental stewardship and sustainability. Advance physical development plans that promote compact development, preserve green space, consider the natural environment, minimize negative development impacts, and minimize energy consumption."


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Grounds plan(s):

No measurable objectives were measured in any of these reports.


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Grounds plan(s):

Division of Administrative Affairs: Department of Facilities and Planning Management


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Purchasing:

None of the campus plans include any advancement to sustainability in Purchasing.


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Purchasing plan(s):

No measurable objectives were measured in any of these reports.


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Purchasing plan(s):

None


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Transportation:

Campus Master Plan: page 8, "Due to limited alternative transportation options and long-standing patterns of behavior, automobile circulation is the dominant mode of vehicular transportation to campus, impacting the University's carbon footprint and requiring a significant amount of land dedicated to parking."

Campus Master Plan: page 30, "Recent transportation additions have been successful, including the Janesville-Milton-Whitewater "Innovation Express" (JMW) which makes a stop on campus at the visitor center. The route proves access to several destinations in Janesville and Milton, incuding the Van Galder Bus Depot, where passengers can transfer to buses to Madison, South Beloit, Rockford, O'Hare International Airport, and Chicago."

Campus Master Plan: page 58, " The City of Whitewater has identified three types of bike access adjacent to the campus; shared use paths, greenways, and bike lanes."
" The combination of this designated bike access immediately adjacent to the campus compliments the master plan by providing an improved alternative mode of transportation the the campus and greater community."

Campus Master Plan: page 65, " In conjunction with the City of Whitewater's Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan, new bicycle infrastructure will encourage more members of the University community to bike to campus. The University can further promote cycling by providing more bicycle-oriented amenities, including covered bicycle parking, storage, changing and shower facilities, and bicycle service."

Campus Master Plan: page 70, " Providing parking for the campus population will be a comprehensive approach including surface parking, structured parking, policy around parking assignments, and TDM strategies to encourage people to use other modes of transportation."


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Transportation plan(s):

No measurable objectives were measured in any of these reports.


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Transportation plan(s):

Division of Administrative Affairs: Department of Facilities and Planning Management


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Waste:

Campus Master Plan: page 16, "New building orientation is optimized to minimize energy use and existing buildings are reused to reduce waste and resource consumption."

Campus Master Plan: page 65, " Discussions throughout the Campus Master Plan process touched on opportunities to integrate sustainability education into landscapes and buildings, stormwater management best practices, and reducing energy usage in existing buildings by shutting them down in off hours and months."
"Existing Buildings will be reused to reduce waste and resource consumption."


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Waste plan(s):

No measurable objectives were measured in any of these reports.


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Waste plan(s):

Division of Administrative Affairs: Department of Facilities and Planning Management


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Water:

Campus Master Plan: page 65, " Redevelopment of surface parking lots will increase pervious surface to reduce stormwater runoff and will provide opportunities for infiltration."
"Discussions throughout the Campus Master Plan process touched on opportunities to integrate sustainability education into landscapes and buildings, stormwater management best practices, and reducing energy usage in existing buildings by shutting them down in off hours and months."

2011-2017 Campus Physical Development Plan: page III-3, "Storm water management parameters, to determine sources and control of campus runoff pollutants have
been completed. A complete implementation plan with plans for new building sites will be completed as part of a new comprehensive campus master plan."


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Water plan(s):

No measurable objectives were measured in any of these reports.


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Water plan(s):

Division of Administrative Affairs: Department of Facilities and Planning Management


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance Diversity and Affordability:

2011-2017 Campus Physical Development Plan: page IC-1, in Core Mission Statement, "Serve the needs of women, minority, disadvantaged, disabled and non-traditional students and seek racial and ethnic diversification of the student body and the professional faculty and staff."

UW-Whitewater Diversity Plan: page , "To provide access to higher education for all students, including those from historically underrepresented groups. In doing so, to educate a student body that is representative of the population of southeastern Wisconsin. To employ a workforce that is representative of the population of southeastern Wisconsin. To ensure success of all students who are admitted to UW-Whitewater. To provide a campus climate that is accepting and respectful of diversity."

2011-2017 Agency Physical Development Plan- page C1, "Accessibility: To develop an overall environment that is accessible to people with disabilities and to remove existing barriers that obstruct access to university buildings and facilities."
"To recognize the increasingly diverse student population, and to provide for the needs of these students."


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Diversity and Affordability plan(s):

No measurable objectives were measured in any of these reports.


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Diversity and Affordability plan(s):

Division of Administrative Affairs: Department of Facilities and Planning Management
Human Resources and Diversity


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Health, Wellbeing and Work:

There is a worksite wellness initiative being launched on campus that would benefit greatly from strategic planning, so this might be an area of future development.


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Health, Wellbeing and Work plan(s):

No measurable objectives were measured in any of these reports.


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Health, Wellbeing and Work plan(s):

Human Resources and Diversity
State of Wisconsin Office of State Employment Relations (OSER)


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Investment:

None of the campus plans include any advancement to sustainability in Investment.


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Investment plan(s):

No measurable objectives were measured in any of these reports.


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Investment plan(s):

None


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in other areas:
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The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the other plan(s):
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Accountable parties, offices or departments for the other plan(s):
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The institution’s definition of sustainability:

he University of Wisconsin-Whitewater's Sustainability Council, which includes at least three faculty members from different departments who conduct research, developed the following definition of sustainability research:

Sustainability is defined by the Bruntland Commission as "the ability to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." This is achieved through a focus on the three key principles of sustainability: environmental stewardship, economic opportunity, and social equity.


Does the institution’s strategic plan or equivalent guiding document include sustainability at a high level?:
Yes

A brief description of how the institution’s strategic plan or equivalent guiding document addresses sustainability:

Strategic Plan: Programs and Learning- "We must create effective, safe, environmentally sound and secure learning environments that promote faculty, staff and student engagement and success."


The website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability planning is available:

Strategic plan or equivalent guiding document - http://www.uww.edu/documents/strategic_plan.pdf

Campus master plan or physical campus plan - http://www.uww.edu/masterplan

Sustainability plan - N/A

Climate action plan - Not formally adopted

Human resources strategic plan - N/A

State of Wisconsin Compensation Plan - http://oser.state.wi.us/subcategory.asp?
linksubcatid=1273&linkcatid=413&linkid=

Diversity plan -
http://www.uww.edu/diversity/reports
http://www.uww.edu/adminaffairs/hr/diversity-hr-information/federal-affirmative-action-plan

Chartwells Sustainability in Action- http://www.dineoncampus.com/uww/show.cfm?cmd=sustainability

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