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Liaison Jennifer Bodine
Submission Date April 23, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Weber State University
PA-2: Sustainability Planning

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Jennifer Bodine
Sustainability Specialist
Facilities 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 No No
Research (or other scholarship) No No
Campus Engagement No No
Public Engagement No No
Air and Climate Yes Yes
Buildings Yes Yes
Dining Services/Food No No
Energy Yes Yes
Grounds No No
Purchasing No No
Transportation No No
Waste No No
Water No No
Diversity and Affordability No 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:
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The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Curriculum plan(s):
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Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Curriculum plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Research (or other scholarship):
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The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Research plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance Campus Engagement around sustainability:
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The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Campus Engagement plan:
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Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Campus Engagement plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance Public Engagement around sustainability:
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The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Public Engagement plan(s):
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Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Public Engagement plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Air and Climate:

Weber State University's Climate Action Plan was adopted in 2009.


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

Carbon reduction goals are outlined on page 5 of Weber State University's Climate Action Plan. WSU's long term goal is to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. By 2012, the plan states that WSU should have reduced carbon emissions by 40% from the 2007 baseline. By 2022 emissions should be reduced by another 30%. An additional 20% reduction will be achieved by 2035 and the final 10% will be achieved by 2050. Specific mitigation strategies that will be employed to achieve those goals are outlined starting on page 17. The full plan can be viewed at: http://www.weber.edu/wsuimages/sustainability/Plans%20and%20Reports/WSUClimateActionPlan2009.pdf

+ Date Revised: July 26, 2015

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

The entire University is accountable but the Energy & Sustainability Office at WSU is responsible for measuring progress towards the outlined objectives and producing an annual report. Annual reports can be found at: www.weber.edu/sustainability.


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Buildings:
The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Buildings plan(s):

Page 4-3 of WSU's Energy Investment and Savings Plan (ESIP II) states that the goal is to reduce the energy consumption of WSU's existing buildings by 50% from the 2006-2009 baseline through energy efficiency projects (Table 4.9 provides a list of planned energy efficiency upgrades). New buildings will be constructed to be carbon neutral capable (page 4-4) with a goal to have WSU's average building energy use intensity at 28 kBTU/ft2. To meet WSU's 2050 carbon neutral goal, WSU will construct all-electric buildings and will convert existing buildings to all-electric building systems so that the University can eventually phase out the natural gas fired boilers and heat plant. On site or off site renewable energy will be used to meet the remaining building energy demands. High efficiency building operations will be maintained through a comprehensive on-going monitoring based commissioning plan which is detailed in section 4.8. The full ESIP II can be read at: http://apps.weber.edu/wsuimages/sustainability/Plans%20and%20Reports/ESIP%20II%20Manual%20wAppendices%202-1-2015.pdf

+ Date Revised: July 26, 2015

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

The Energy & Sustainability Office located in Facilities Management


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Dining Services/Food:
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The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Dining Services/Food plan(s):
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Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Dining Services/Food plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Energy:
The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Energy plan(s):

WSU's Energy & Sustainability Investment Plan (ESIP II) was just completed in February 2015. This plan provides a detailed plan to make WSU's buildings carbon neutral. Page 4-3 of WSU's ESIP II states that the goal is to reduce the energy consumption of WSU's existing buildings by 50% from the 2006-2009 baseline through energy efficiency projects (Table 4.9 provides a list of planned energy efficiency upgrades). New buildings will be constructed to be carbon neutral capable (page 4-4) with a goal to have WSU's average building energy use intensity at 28 kBTU/ft2. To meet WSU's 2050 carbon neutral goal, WSU will construct all-electric buildings and will convert existing buildings to all-electric building systems so that the University can eventually phase out the natural gas fired boilers and heat plant. On site or off site renewable energy will be used to meet the remaining building energy demands. High efficiency building operations will be maintained through a comprehensive on-going monitoring based commissioning plan which is detailed in section 4.8. The full ESIP II can be read at: http://apps.weber.edu/wsuimages/sustainability/Plans%20and%20Reports/ESIP%20II%20Manual%20wAppendices%202-1-2015.pdf

+ Date Revised: July 26, 2015

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

The Energy & Sustainability Office located in Facilities Management.


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Grounds:
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The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Grounds plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Purchasing:
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The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Purchasing plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Transportation:
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The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Transportation plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Waste:
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The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Waste plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Water:
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The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Water plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance Diversity and Affordability:
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The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Diversity and Affordability plan(s):
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Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Diversity and Affordability plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Health, Wellbeing and Work:
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The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Health, Wellbeing and Work plan(s):
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Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Health, Wellbeing and Work plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Investment:
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The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Investment plan(s):
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Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Investment plan(s):
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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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The institution’s definition of sustainability:
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Does the institution’s strategic plan or equivalent guiding document include sustainability at a high level?:
No

A brief description of how the institution’s strategic plan or equivalent guiding document addresses sustainability:
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The website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability planning is available:
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