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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

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Liaison Sarah Wald
Submission Date Nov. 16, 2011
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STARS v1.1

Drew University
PAE-2: Strategic Plan

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Christina Notas
Sustainability Coordinator
Facilities
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Year the strategic plan or equivalent was completed or adopted:
2,008

Does the institution's strategic plan or equivalent guiding document include the environmental dimensions of sustainability at a high level?:
Yes

A brief description of how the strategic plan or amendment addresses the environmental dimensions of sustainability:

There is a new Strategic Plan currently being developed. It will be ratified by the Trustees in February 2012. We expect the language in the new plan to specifically support Drew's work towards carbon neutrality as well as other sustainability initiatives.

Language from Current 2008 Amendment:
Drew University Strategic Plan

Sustainability Addendum

November 26, 2008

"Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."

--Our Common Future, 1987, UN World Commission on Environment and Development

By signing the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, Drew University has committed to promoting and practicing environmental sustainability. Consistent with this Commitment, Drew has established a Sustainability Committee consisting of faculty, staff and students of all three schools to oversee the program’s development and implementation and has begun to take the necessary steps to fulfill its obligation.

Drew, with the guidance of the Sustainability Committee, needs to develop and execute a climate action plan. As part of this plan, two immediate action items must be adopted to help lower greenhouse gas emissions and comply with the Presidents Climate Commitment. Several possibilities were presented by Sustainability Committee Chair Fred Curtis and were reviewed by President Weisbuch. Both agreed that an ENERGY STAR procurement policy and a green building policy of building to LEED-Silver standard (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) for all new construction would best suite the campus and its community.

As Drew moves towards environmental sustainability, it will strive to create a campus culture that is committed to environmental sustainability at all levels. Sustainability will be integrated into decision-making and planning to support this objective. It will also be integrated into the curriculum and made part of the educational experience. Through these efforts, Drew will graduate responsible citizens for a world that is in growing need of environmental stewardship.


Does the institution's strategic plan or equivalent guiding document include the social dimensions of sustainability at a high level?:
Yes

A brief description of how the strategic plan or amendment addresses the social dimensions of sustainability:

There is a new Strategic Plan currently being developed. It will be ratified by the Trustees in February 2012. In addition to language around sustainability in the new plan, we expect it to include substantial diversity initiatives.

Language from Current 2008 Amendment:
Drew University Strategic Plan

Sustainability Addendum

November 26, 2008

"Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."

--Our Common Future, 1987, UN World Commission on Environment and Development

By signing the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, Drew University has committed to promoting and practicing environmental sustainability. Consistent with this Commitment, Drew has established a Sustainability Committee consisting of faculty, staff and students of all three schools to oversee the program’s development and implementation and has begun to take the necessary steps to fulfill its obligation.

Drew, with the guidance of the Sustainability Committee, needs to develop and execute a climate action plan. As part of this plan, two immediate action items must be adopted to help lower greenhouse gas emissions and comply with the Presidents Climate Commitment. Several possibilities were presented by Sustainability Committee Chair Fred Curtis and were reviewed by President Weisbuch. Both agreed that an ENERGY STAR procurement policy and a green building policy of building to LEED-Silver standard (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) for all new construction would best suite the campus and its community.

As Drew moves towards environmental sustainability, it will strive to create a campus culture that is committed to environmental sustainability at all levels. Sustainability will be integrated into decision-making and planning to support this objective. It will also be integrated into the curriculum and made part of the educational experience. Through these efforts, Drew will graduate responsible citizens for a world that is in growing need of environmental stewardship.


Does the institution's strategic plan or equivalent guiding document include the economic dimensions of sustainability at a high level?:
Yes

A brief description of how the strategic plan or amendment addresses the economic dimensions of sustainability:

From Drew's Strategic Plan Website:

Sustainability demands the effective stewardship of our human, financial and physical resources so Drew can fully accomplish its mission and fulfill the vision for the future. This includes optimizing current support for programs and services, coupled with long-term program and financial planning that is aligned with institutional goals and priorities. We must simultaneously be responsive to the evolving higher education environment and changing economic conditions.


The website URL where information about the strategic plan is available:

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