|Submission Date||Oct. 31, 2019|
Utah State University
PA-2: Sustainability Planning
|1.50 / 4.00||
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:
Found on page 6 of the 2017 Sustainability Plan Update
1. Increase from 4.1% to 10% of classes include sustainability by 2020.
2. Increase from 7.4% to 15% of majors with a sustainability outcome by 2020.
3. Implement a pilot pre- and post-sustainability assessment in a subset of students by 2020.
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:
1. Sustainability Education & Engagement
a. Engage 15% of the USU FTE student enrollment in sustainability by FY 2020
b. Engage 15% of students in on-campus housing in sustainability by FY 2020
c. Engage 5% of faculty and staff in sustainability
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:
2. Greenhouse gas reduction
i. Reduce energy 5% per square foot annually through FY 2020.
i. Reduce carbon emission from the university fleet from an estimated 1,900 metric tons CO2e per year to 1,750 metric tons CO2e per year by 2020.
ii. Increase the share of low-carbon transportation alternatives (carpool, bus, and non-motorized transportation) by students and employees by 5% by 2020.
3. Waste reduction
a. Reduce waste by 18% per weighted campus user by FY 2020 from FY 2007.
b. Increase waste diversion to 35% by FY 2020 from 25% in FY 20124. Principled Practice
a. Purchase 25% of food served in university-owned facilities that is grown or produced or both within 250 miles of Logan by FY 2020.
b. Implement water management or benchmarking program.
c. Establish green cleaning standards. Work toward LEED Existing Building require-ments for green cleaning by FY 2020.
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:
Subject: Sustainability Policy
Effective Date: April 20, 2007
Utah State University (USU) is one of the
nation’s premier, student
and space-grant universities. The University is
committed to enhancing the quality of life
for individuals and communities by promoting
sustainability in its operations and
academic and service missions.
USU will develop appropriate systems for ma
naging environmental, social, and economic
sustainability programs with specific goals
and objectives. This policy supports the goal
of the USU statewide system to prepare st
udents, faculty, and staff to proactively
contribute to a high quality of life fo
r present and future generations.
The institution’s definition of sustainability:
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||Yes|
|The Talloires Declaration (TD)||Yes|
|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:
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