Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 47.23
Liaison Kerry Case
Submission Date Aug. 15, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Westminster College - Utah
PA-2: Sustainability Planning

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.25 / 4.00 Kerry Case
Environmental Center Director
Environmental Center
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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:

Westminster's current strategic plan addresses the social and economic aspects of sustainability in the following ways.

"Westminster demonstrates equity, diversity, and global consciousness throughout its activities"

"By 2019, Westminster will build a sustainable, thriving institution that provides affordable, high-value student education . . . Westminster has processes in place to ensure student access is not limited by socioeconomic status and students graduate with as little debt as possible."


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:
The website URL where the climate action plan is publicly available:
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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):

The Campus Master Plan includes a section on sustainability, with clear guidelines for LEED levels for new buildings and major remodels. Westminster's Diversity Equity and Inclusion Plan outlines measurable goals for all areas of the college.


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

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Curriculum 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 Research?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Research 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 Campus Engagement?:
No

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

Annual goal of reducing net GHG emissions by at least 3% per year between 2010 and 2020. Target date of 2030 for achieving carbon neutrality. Specific objectives include:

Strategy 1: Improve the efficiency of existing buildings on campus.
ACTION: Complete lighting and controls modifications in
Giovale Library. Complete
ACTION: Replace old HVAC Equipment with most efficient models possible.
ACTION: Reduce lighting in over lit areas.
ACTION: Start a Building Performance Audit and Readjustment Program.
ACTION: Install computer Power Save software.

Strategy 2: Reduce the percentage of students, faculty, and staff commuting alone to campus.
ACTION: Implement parking fee to discourage single occupancy vehicle use.
Complete

Strategy 3: Increase the amount of campus electricity generated from renewable sources.
ACTION: Create voluntary Wind Power My Room/Office campaign.

Strategy 4: Make low carbon living and transportation part of campus culture.
ACTION: Incorporate Sustainability in New Student and Faculty/Staff Orientations.
ACTION: Launch annual Residence Hall Energy Challenge.
Complete

Strategy 5: Institutionalize sustainability by incorporating it into the 2010
Master Plan.
ACTION: Incorporate sustainability goals and guidelines into 2010 Master Plan.
Complete


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:

Campus Master Plan calls for LEED Gold certification minimum on new construction. LEED Silver minimum on renovations over 50% of building.


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:

Annual goal of reducing net GHG emissions by at least 3% per year between 2010 and 2020. Target date of 2030 for achieving carbon neutrality. See specific energy-related goals above.


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

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Food & Dining 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 Grounds?:
Yes

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

Campus Master Plan calls for completion on remaining turf to water-wise landscaping called for in the 2005 landscape plan.


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

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Transportation 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 Waste?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Waste 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 Water?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Water 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 Diversity & Affordability?:
Yes

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

Both the Strategic Plan and Diversity Equity and Inclusion plan outline objectives in this area.

From the strategic plan:
1) Westminster has processes in place to ensure student access is not limited by socioeconomic status and students graduate with as little debt as possible
2)Westminster demonstrates equity, diversity, and global consciousness throughout its activities

From the DEI plan:


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:
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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):
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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
Second Nature’s Carbon Commitment (formerly known as the ACUPCC), Resilience Commitment, and/or integrated Climate Commitment No
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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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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