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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.

Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 29.52
Liaison Stephen Pepper
Submission Date Sept. 25, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Illinois Institute of Technology
PA-2: Sustainability Planning

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.75 / 4.00 Stephen Pepper
Assistant Director of Sustainability
Office of Campus Energy & Sustainability
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Does the institution have a published strategic plan or equivalent guiding document that includes sustainability at a high level? :
No

A brief description of how the institution’s strategic plan or equivalent guiding document addresses sustainability:
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A copy of the strategic plan:
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The website URL where the strategic plan is publicly available:
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Does the institution have a published sustainability plan (apart from what is reported above)? :
Yes

A copy of the sustainability plan:
The website URL where the sustainability plan is publicly available:
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:
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)? :
No

A list of other published plans that address sustainability, including public website URLs (if available):
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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:

From page 25 of the IIT Campus Sustainability Plan:

"By 2020, will catalogue and measure all pollutants, direct and indirect, from campus operations, and will reduce carbon emissions by fifty percent (50%) compared with a baseline of fiscal year 2008. Any emissions classified as harmful by the Environmental Protection Agency will either be eliminated or have a quantifiable plan for elimination."


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:

From page 21 of the IIT Campus Sustainability Plan:

"By 2020, all new buildings and renovations will have achieved LEED Gold Certification (LEED-New Construction) and IIT will make changes in operations such that seventy- ve percent (75%) of occupied existing buildings meet LEED Gold Certification (LEED – Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance). All spaces will comply with, or be on a compliance path to meet, all ASHRAE and IESNA standards for indoor environmental quality."


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:

From page 23 of the IIT Campus Sustainability Plan:

"By 2020, IIT will reduce primary energy waste by ninety percent (90%) compared with fiscal year 2010, and reduce secondary energy waste (waste heat) by thirty percent (30%) compared with fiscal year 2010."


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Food & Dining?:
Yes

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

From page 22 of the IIT Campus Sustainability Plan:

"By 2020, 100% of food available through IIT food service outlets will have at least one sustainability attribute (organic, local, fair trade) as de ned by a recognized authority."


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:

From page 19 of the IIT Campus Sustainability Plan:

"By 2020, IIT will have an acclaimed landscape design in keeping with the historical modern aesthetic of the IIT campus that enables IIT to capture and retain all stormwater on campus."


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?:
Yes

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

From page 18 of the IIT Campus Sustainability Plan:

"By 2020, IIT will develop a transportation plan and metrics to promote walking, biking, public transit, carpooling and alternative fuel vehicle use among students, faculty, and staff to commute in a more sustainable way, resulting in a transition to 33% of miles traveled occurring by these alternative means. The plan will also transition all IIT campus vehicles to a renewably-powered fleet, and all the university will recognize the responsibility for environmental impacts of non-commuting travel that supports the university’s core mission."


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Waste?:
Yes

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

From page 20 of the IIT Campus Sustainability Plan:

"By 2020, IIT will have a supply chain/waste management process that enables IIT to minimize requirements, efficiently source, utilize, and dispose of supplies and waste for all IIT campuses, resulting in a 75% reduction of per capita waste."


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?:
No

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

The formal statement in support of sustainability:

From page 8 of the IIT Campus Sustainability Plan:

"As a world-class institution of higher learning, IIT recognizes the critical importance of the university's mission "to advance knowledge through research and scholarship, to cultivate invention improving the human condition, and to educate students from throughout the world for a life of professional achievement, service to society, and individual fulfillment"– moving our world toward a more sustainable path."


The institution’s definition of sustainability (e.g. as included in a published statement or plan):

From page 8 of the IIT Campus Sustainability Plan:

"IIT defines university sustainability as having effective resource management, continuous improvement of processes and reduction of waste and pollutants, toward a goal of zero waste, considering immediate and long-term benefits and consequences, and giving members of the IIT community the tools to improve their resource management in actions associated with their attendance at, or work for, the university.

IIT defines university sustainability as having the following aspects:

Effective resource management, in constant pursuit of serving the university's core mission, Continuous improvement of processes and reduction of waste and pollutants, pursuing a goal of zero waste

Consideration of immediate and long-term benefits and consequences when making long-term decisions

Giving members of the IIT community the tools to improve their resource management in actions associated with their attendance at, or work for, the university."


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) Yes

A brief description of the institution’s formal sustainability commitments, including the specific initiatives selected above:

IIT is a signatory to the We Are Still In initiative


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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