Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.69
Liaison Jennifer Kleindienst
Submission Date April 5, 2023

STARS v2.2

Wesleyan University
PA-2: Sustainability Planning

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 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:
Goal 2: Wesleyan’s curricular and co-curricular activities equip students with the necessary education and skills to become environmental and social leaders. By 2030 approximately 80% of the student body will have taken at least one course, workshop, or research experience that incorporates sustainability and environmental justice. Objective 2.1: Increase support for faculty who incorporate sustainability and/or environmental justice into their courses. Objective 2.2: Introduce annual environmental justice courses by 2023 taught by faculty members who are noted scholars in the field.

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:
Objective 2.3: Expand opportunities for student professional development in sustainability and environmental justice. Goal 3: Sustainability is an integral part of Wesleyan’s community consciousness, expressed through University practices as well as the individual and collective actions of students, faculty, and staff. Objective 3.3: Institute and expand practices in the areas of waste, dining, grounds, and procurement consistent with our shared value of sustainability.

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:
Goal 1: Wesleyan shall achieve carbon neutrality for all greenhouse gas emissions by 2035. Objective 1.1: Dramatically reduce fossil fuel usage in campus buildings by 2035. Objective 1.2: Offset emissions from all Wesleyan employee business and study abroad air travel by 2023. Objective 1.3: Convert 50% of light-duty vehicles in the campus fleet to electric vehicles by 2025. Objective 1.4: Encourage decrease in personal use of single-occupancy and fossil-fuel-powered vehicles by employees and students. Objective 1.5: Offset most remaining greenhouse gas emissions by 2035. Objective 3.3: Institute and expand practices in the areas of waste, dining, grounds, and procurement consistent with our shared value of sustainability.

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:
Objective 1.6: Divest from fossil fuels by 2035 and increase investments in renewable energy and climate change solutions. Goal 3: Sustainability is an integral part of Wesleyan’s community consciousness, expressed through University practices as well as the individual and collective actions of students, faculty, and staff. Objective 3.1: Publicize, educate, and advocate for sustainable, equitable, and just practices. Objective 3.2: Partner with the Middletown community on sustainability issues and city-wide projects.

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?:
Minor 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:
Objectives from Wesleyan's current strategic plan: - Plan for improvements for a sustainable campus post-science building • Convert energy infrastructure for renewable energy • Replace least efficient student residences

Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability planning efforts is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
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