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Liaison Debra Shepard
Submission Date March 1, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Wentworth Institute of Technology
PA-2: Sustainability Planning

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Complete Reporter Debra Shepard
Sustainability Consultant
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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:

Sustainability is included in the 2013-2017 Strategic Plan under the initiative, "Pursue Operational Efficiency - Strategic Objective: Effectively establish sustainable standards, encourage collaborative opportunities, reduce redundancies and promote cost effective procurement practices."


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

A copy of the climate action plan:
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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):

Wentworth submits regular updates of its Institutional Master Plan to the City of Boston. This plan includes Wentworth's approach for complying with the City's Green Building Code, requirements for reduced impacts from transportation, enhanced community connectivity, and other aspects of sustainability. Plans can be found online:
https://www.wit.edu/about/administrative-offices-services/institutional-master-plan


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:

Wentworth tracks the number of courses related to or focused on sustainability for reporting progress on the climate action plan.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Research?:
No

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

Wentworth has set a strategic priority to become a leader in EPIC learning by 2032. Strategies and a timeline have been developed by the Academic Leadership Team. Other initiatives are tracked and reported on a qualitative basis through the Carbon Commitment. Information on sustainability research projects and associated grant funding is collected through annual data requests from department heads, as well as published information on the university's website.


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:

Measurable objectives include tracking the number of events, and estimated number of attendees. This information is reported as part of Carbon Commitment and annual Princeton Review submissions.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Public Engagement?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Public Engagement 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 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:

Measurable objectives include tracking annual GHG emissions against a series of GHG reduction targets, tracking the number and type of energy conservation projects, the budget for climate action, amount of utility rebates received, and estimated savings where feasible.


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:

Measurable objectives include the LEED scorecards developed for Article 37 compliant green building projects, tracking the number of green building projects, number / type of retrofits which address sustainability, and square footage of green buildings.


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:

Refer to the description above for OP 1. These efforts are primarily focused on energy conservation.


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:

Measurable objectives include monitoring and tracking food production and food waste in the kitchen, and periodic audits of post-consumer waste streams to estimate diversion rates. Other initiatives are in development (i.e. refining the measurement of sustainable food choices).


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:

Measurable objectives include tracking the amount of campus area which provides green space and/or groundwater recharge, and qualitatively tracking projects which enhance community connectivity and pedestrian access.


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:

Wentworth does not currently track expenditures on sustainable goods, however these strategies are mandated through the Sustainable Purchasing Policy, and environmentally preferable products are specified wherever feasible through centralized procurement programs.


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:

Measurable objectives include tracking fuel use, the number of alternatively fueled vehicles within the fleet, commute modal split for local and state transportation demand management reporting, and commuter miles for the climate action plan. Business travel is also tracked for the GHG inventory. Numerous strategies are employed to reduce the number of commuter trips to campus (see OP 21) and reduce the amount of fuel used by the Physical Plant fleet (see OP-18).


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:

Strategies include communications and outreach to the campus on recycling do's and don'ts, hands-on training at New Student orientation and in the student center, and continuous improvement in the collection process. Volumes of each waste stream and overall waste diversion rates are tracked monthly and trended on an annual basis.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Water?:
No

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

Water management strategies include low-flow fixtures and stormwater management technologies for new construction and retrofit projects (measured and reported to the City according to LEED standards), and installation of bottle-filling stations to promote hydration and drinking tap water rather than bottled water.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Diversity & Affordability?:
No

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

Wentworth's diversity and affordability program is managed by its Center for Diversity and Social Justice: https://wit.edu/diversity


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Investment & Finance?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Investment & Finance 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 Wellbeing & Work?:
No

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

Wentworth's wellness program is managed by its Center for Wellness and Disability Services, and by the Human Resources department:

https://www.wit.edu/center-wellness-disability-services

https://www.wit.edu/human-resources


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)? :
No

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):

At Wentworth, our approach to sustainability aspires to improve environmental, social, and economic performance, drawing from the Brundtland Commission’s definition of sustainable development: development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

The Wentworth Creed, which dates back to 1904, echoes this in its principle of Economy, stating, “We seek to use our resources wisely at all times. We accept our obligation to safeguard the earth, its resources, its life, and its energy for the benefit of future generations."


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:

Wentworth has been a signatory of Second Nature's Carbon Commitment since 2007, and continues to use this program to help shape and disclose its sustainability program's priorities and performance.


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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