Goal 4 : Sustainability

Align the College’s curriculum, activities, and operations with the goal of sustainability
  • Goal 4: Sustainability 62%

Sustainability science and elements of sustainability can be integrated into all aspects of academic programming at Unity College. A broad approach to teaching sustainability will make us unique among all institutions of higher learning in the United States. More importantly, it will prepare our students to be leaders in responding to environmental and sustainability crises of this century. Implementing sustainability programming into the Unity College curriculum and all aspects of operations is the foundation for the success of our graduates.

Operational sustainability goes hand-in-hand with curricular sustainability. Indeed, it is inconsistent that non-sustainable operational actions can be implemented on a campus striving to make a national name for itself in sustainability. Moreover, operational sustainability is fundamental to fiscal sustainability as highlighted in this document. Indeed, the axiom that “wealth isn’t defined by how much you earn [i.e. revenue] but rather how much you spend [i.e. operational fixed costs]” is apropos to Unity College with its modest endowment. Energy costs must be reduced, with a long-term goal of eliminating them. Most importantly, Unity College can model for the nation and the world that an effective energy policy will decrease costs while reducing carbon emissions, a point that seems to have been largely missed by policy makers and the environmental community that continues to focus on a carbon policy.

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G4: Objective 1: Develop a fully staffed sustainability office responsible for advancing sustainability in all aspects of College programming and operations

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G4: Objective 2: Inculcate all aspects of institutional planning with comprehensive sustainability guidelines

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G4: Objective 3: Infuse sustainability across the curriculum

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G4: Objective 4: Advance the cause of sustainability to faculty, staff, students, prospective students, and external audiences

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G4: Objective 5: Create a fully sustainable campus landscape, including achieving a zero carbon footprint

G4: OBJECTIVE 1: Develop a fully staffed sustainability office responsible for advancing sustainability in all aspects of College programming and operations

  • G4: OB1: INITIATIVE 001: Create Staffing Plan for the Sustainability Office 100%
  • G4: OB1: INITIATIVE 002: Augment SUS COOR Position to SUS DIR 100%
  • G4: OB1: INITIATIVE 003: Implement a Staffing Plan for the Sustainability Office 100%

G4: OBJECTIVE 2: Inculcate all aspects of institutional planning with comprehensive sustainability guidelines

  • G4: OB2: INITIATIVE 001: Develop Sustainability Guidelines 100%
  • G4: OB2: INITIATIVE 002: Facilitate a sustainability planning process across campus 90%
  • G4: OB2: INITIATIVE 003: Align policies and procedures with sustainability guidelines 41%

G4: OBJECTIVE 3: Infuse sustainability across the curriculum

  • G4: OB3: INITIATIVE 001: Facilitate student and faculty research opportunities involving on-campus operational problem-solving, using the campus as a living laboratory pursuant to STARS AC-8 35%
  • G4: OB3: INITIATIVE 002: Develop and administer a sustainability literacy assessment to students pursuant to STARS AC-6 28%

G4: OBJECTIVE 4: Advance the cause of sustainability to faculty, staff, students, prospective students, and external audiences

  • G4: OB4: INITIATIVE 001: Develop and deliver comprehensive employee sustainability engagement programming pursuant to STARS EN-7 28%
  • G4: OB4: INITIATIVE 002: Develop and maintain a multi-platform outreach strategies for internal and external audiences pursuant to STARS EN-4 80%
  • G4: OB4: INITIATIVE 003: Grow presence and recognition for Unity College sustainability on the national level through public engagement pursuant to EN-10, EN-11 100%
  • G4: OB4: INITIATIVE 004: Measure student body participation in community service opportunities pursuant to STARS EN-13 32%

G4: OBJECTIVE 5: Create a fully sustainable campus landscape, including achieving a zero carbon footprint

  • G4: OB5: INITIATIVE 001: Track building energy use and prioritize and implement cost-effective initiatives that minimize energy requirements of campus buildings pursuant to STARS OP-5 83%
  • G4: OB5: INITIATIVE 002: Work toward a zero waste campus, inclusive of all on and off campus operations, pursuant to STARS OP-19 100%
  • G4: OB5: INITIATIVE 003: Inventory and validate all Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions, and emissions from six categories of Scope 3 GHG emissions; and achieve adjusted net Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions below of 0.02 MtCO2e per gross square foot, pursuant to STARS OP-1 60%