Gold

STARS v2.1

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Worcester, MA, US


Rating Score Valid Through Liaison Submitted Executive Letter
Gold 72.46 Nov. 6, 2023 Paul Mathisen May 22, 2020 Download
Curriculum
33.27 / 40.00
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At WPI, learning has always been about combining theory and practice. In today’s complex world, sustainable solutions must incorporate both of these concepts. WPI students are introduced to sustainability challenges through WPI’s two-course ... read more
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Academic Courses Complete 11.77 / 14.00
Learning Outcomes Complete 3.50 / 8.00
Undergraduate Program Complete 3.00 / 3.00
Graduate Program Complete 3.00 / 3.00
Immersive Experience Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Sustainability Literacy Assessment Complete 4.00 / 4.00
Incentives for Developing Courses Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Campus as a Living Laboratory Complete 4.00 / 4.00
Research
16.00 / 18.00
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Research and Scholarship Complete 12.00 / 12.00
Support for Research Complete 4.00 / 4.00
Open Access to Research Complete 0.00 / 2.00
Campus Engagement
20.00 / 21.00
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WPI engages students and employees in sustainability through an Eco-Reps program as well as an active Student Green Team. In recent years, these groups have organized a variety of sustainability outreach programs, including a dorm ... read more
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Student Educators Program Complete 4.00 / 4.00
Student Orientation Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Student Life Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Outreach Materials and Publications Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Outreach Campaign Complete 4.00 / 4.00
Assessing Sustainability Culture Complete 0.50 / 1.00
Employee Educators Program Complete 3.00 / 3.00
Employee Orientation Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Staff Professional Development Complete 1.50 / 2.00
Public Engagement
13.80 / 20.00
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Community Partnerships Complete 3.00 / 3.00
Inter-Campus Collaboration Complete 3.00 / 3.00
Continuing Education Complete 5.00 / 5.00
Community Service Complete 2.13 / 5.00
Participation in Public Policy Complete 0.67 / 2.00
Trademark Licensing Not Pursuing 0.00 / 2.00
Air & Climate
7.67 / 11.00
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The institute's sustainability plan calls for a GHG reduction plan. This is in progress. State regulations require that WPI measure and report GHG; this is done by a third party. Smoking has been prohibited on ... read more
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Greenhouse Gas Emissions Complete 6.67 / 10.00
Outdoor Air Quality Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Buildings
2.26 / 8.00
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WPI has five LEED certified buildings, two of which are Gold Certified. All new construction must be LEED certifiable. Routine cleaning uses only environmentally friendly certified products. Major renovations in the past five years comprise ... read more
Credit Status Points
Building Operations and Maintenance Complete 0.75 / 5.00
Building Design and Construction Complete 1.51 / 3.00
Energy
4.80 / 10.00
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"Significant initiative over the past four years to make reduction in energy consumption for both climate control and lighting. In 2013, the Energy Sustainability Project Center was founded to match students with faculty and project ... read more
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Building Energy Consumption Complete 4.74 / 6.00
Clean and Renewable Energy Complete 0.06 / 4.00
Food & Dining
2.79 / 8.00
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Chartwells, WPI contract dining service, purchases foods with zero trans fats, renewable packaging, certified humane/cage free shell eggs, rBGH free milk, social and ecological certified coffee, foods that are grown locally whenever possible, poultry ... read more
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Food and Beverage Purchasing Complete 0.79 / 6.00
Sustainable Dining Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Grounds
0.50 / 4.00
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WPI uses Bartlett Tree Experts to manage much of its landscaping and pest control. Bartlett Tree prides itself on its integrated pest management practice and its care for the environment. Additionally, WPI has replaced annual ... read more
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Landscape Management Complete 0.50 / 2.00
Biodiversity Not Pursuing 0.00 / 2.00
Purchasing
4.28 / 6.00
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Sustainable Procurement Complete 2.50 / 3.00
Electronics Purchasing Complete 0.60 / 1.00
Cleaning and Janitorial Purchasing Complete 0.83 / 1.00
Office Paper Purchasing Complete 0.35 / 1.00
Transportation
3.88 / 7.00
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Campus Fleet Complete 0.07 / 1.00
Student Commute Modal Split Complete 1.56 / 2.00
Employee Commute Modal Split Complete 0.45 / 2.00
Support for Sustainable Transportation Complete 1.80 / 2.00
Waste
6.73 / 10.00
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Waste Minimization and Diversion Complete 4.75 / 8.00
Construction and Demolition Waste Diversion Complete 0.98 / 1.00
Hazardous Waste Management Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Water
3.57 / 6.00
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Water Use Complete 2.57 / 4.00
Rainwater Management Complete 1.00 / 2.00
Coordination & Planning
5.75 / 8.00
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WPI Task Force on Sustainability provides leadership and coordination for WPI's campus-wide efforts in energy and resource conservation and reduction in the harmful environmental impacts of our operations. The task force produces an Annual Sustainability ... read more
Credit Status Points
Sustainability Coordination Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Sustainability Planning Complete 4.00 / 4.00
Participatory Governance Complete 0.75 / 3.00
Diversity & Affordability
8.71 / 10.00
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Diversity and Equity Coordination Complete 1.67 / 2.00
Assessing Diversity and Equity Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Support for Underrepresented Groups Complete 3.00 / 3.00
Affordability and Access Complete 3.04 / 4.00
Investment & Finance
0.00 / 7.00
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Committee on Investor Responsibility Not Pursuing 0.00 / 2.00
Sustainable Investment Not Pursuing 0.00 / 4.00
Investment Disclosure Not Pursuing 0.00 / 1.00
Wellbeing & Work
3.59 / 7.00
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Employee Compensation Complete 1.29 / 3.00
Assessing Employee Satisfaction Complete 0.25 / 1.00
Wellness Program Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Workplace Health and Safety Complete 1.05 / 2.00
Credit Status Points
Sustainability Course Designation Complete 0.00 / 0.50
Green Athletics Complete 0.00 / 0.50
Green Event Certification Complete 0.00 / 0.50
Certified Green Cleaning Complete 0.00 / 0.50
Green Laboratories Complete 0.00 / 0.50
Campus Pride Index Complete 0.00 / 0.50
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Innovation A Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Innovation B Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Innovation C Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Innovation D Complete 1.00 / 1.00

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