Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 61.03
Liaison Jennifer Kleindienst
Submission Date Dec. 20, 2019

STARS v2.2

Wesleyan University
PA-2: Sustainability Planning

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Jennifer Kleindienst
Sustainability Coordinator
Finance and Administration
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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?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives related to academics and the plan(s) in which they are published:

Courses adopt projects that use the campus or community as a living laboratory
Courses adopt projects that engage students in regional, national, or global sustainability work
Raise money to hire visiting faculty, post-doctoral scholars, and new endowed, full- time, tenure-track sustainability- focused faculty
Hire one full-time faculty member with an environmental engineering and design focus
Organize at least one workshop to promote sustainability integration into existing courses
Develop a formal definition of sustainability in the curriculum and identify courses that meet the definition
Develop a sustainability studies course cluster in WesMaps
Develop new sustainability courses within each division, including in departments not currently offering these courses


Does the institution have a published plan or plans that include measurable sustainability objectives that address student, employee, or community engagement for sustainability?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives related to engagement and the plan(s) in which they are published:

Develop and pilot a basic Green Office Certification Program to administrative offices
Include a statement of Wesleyan’s priority of sustainability in job postings
Install new sustainability initiatives signage
Publicize information on student participation in campus sustainability efforts
Publicize Wesleyan’s STARS ratings and reports and make them accessible
Feature sustainability topics in campus and external print, digital, and social media
Integrate the Eco Facilitators program and Residential Life
Expand Green Team
Incorporate sustainability into Wesleyan Student Assembly Student Budgetary Committee (SBC) funding awards
Conduct annual in-service workshops for Residential Life student staff
Develop and pilot sustainability workshops and trainings for students, faculty, and staff
Integrate sustainability, equity, and inclusion into First Year Matters
Establish a series of annual interactive programs
Connect all sustainability-related student groups with faculty or staff members
Investigate methods of assessing sustainability literacy
Provide students with resources to promote effective sustainable change
Establish student sustainability project support system
Develop a SAGES mission statement
Recruit new SAGES members
Increase involvement of SAGES members
Increase knowledge and skills of SAGES members
Wesleyan recognizes the commitment of SAGES members
Create a user- friendly Green Fund application form and funding process and update projects archive
Increase number and diversity of viable applications to the Green Fund
Adapt the Green Office Certification for academic offices and pilot in one location
Expand the Green Office Certification program to at least five academic departments
Get buy-in from faculty to manage class documents electronically


Does the institution have a published plan or plans that include measurable sustainability objectives that address sustainability in operations?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives related to operations and the plan(s) in which they are published:

Set temperature of non-EMS buildings to established summer and winter ranges
Develop and implement a marketing and engagement strategy for the Energy Conservation Policy
Develop and install default wallpaper for all classroom computers to remind users to turn off projectors
Communicate new Crash Plan backup schedule to employees
Create a new student energy reduction initiative (in wood frames and program houses) using social marketing
Launch social marketing campaign to reduce open windows in winter
Evaluate feasibility of real-time energy meters for wood frame houses
Reduce water heating demand in student housing
Publicize energy-related information and accomplishments to the campus community
Develop a Utilities website
Provide access to energy data via the Utilities website
Install Network Thermostats in remaining wood frame houses
Remove window air conditioner units annually from applicable buildings
Make building envelope improvements in additional wood frame houses
Install a PV system at Long Lane
Analyze the Center for the Arts as a potential location for geothermal
Investigate the feasibility of a “solar rover” to power events
Pilot one campus building with B100 bioheat made from used cooking oils


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?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives related to administration and the plan(s) in which they are published:

Expand communication on healthy extracurricular activities
Increase access to healthy extracurricular activities
Enhance wellness programs
Increase focus on healthy eating
Provide more outdoor spaces
Publicize existing walking trail routes
Build a fitness trail
Create faculty-student partnerships to research underrepresented identities and the environment
Build connections between students working on social justice and environmental issues
Integrate sustainability, equity, and inclusion into First Year Matters
Increase number and diversity of viable applications to the Green Fund
Provide students with resources to promote effective sustainable change
Develop ways to engage with the Middletown and larger community on sustainability
Establish student sustainability project support system
Involve the Sustainability Office and Office of Equity & Inclusion in the next Strategic Planning process
Involve the Sustainability Office and Office of Equity & Inclusion in the next Master Planning process
Evaluate investment manager candidates with respect to environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues
Update the Sustainability Action Plan with extensive community involvement


Does the institution have a published strategic plan or equivalent guiding document that includes sustainability at a high level? :
Yes

The institution’s highest guiding document (upload):
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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?:
Major theme

The institution's sustainability plan (upload):
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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?:
No

The formal statement in support of sustainability:
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The institution’s definition of sustainability:
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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
SDG Accord 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:
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Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability planning efforts is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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