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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 Silver
Overall Score 56.88
Liaison Dedee DeLongpre Johnston
Submission Date June 3, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Wake Forest University
PA-2: Sustainability Planning

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Dedee DeLongpre Johnston
Chief Sustainability Officer
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have current and formal plans to advance sustainability in the following areas? Do the plans include measurable objectives?:
Current and Formal Plans (Yes or No) Measurable Objectives (Yes or No)
Curriculum Yes Yes
Research (or other scholarship) No No
Campus Engagement Yes Yes
Public Engagement Yes Yes
Air and Climate Yes Yes
Buildings Yes Yes
Dining Services/Food Yes Yes
Energy Yes Yes
Grounds No No
Purchasing Yes Yes
Transportation Yes Yes
Waste Yes Yes
Water Yes Yes
Diversity and Affordability Yes Yes
Health, Wellbeing and Work Yes Yes
Investment No No
Other No No

A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Curriculum:

The campus sustainability plan articulates the following goals:

A. Create opportunities for faculty members from across the disciplines to develop sustainability-related and focused courses in their departments

B. Offer a course of study in sustainability (minor, major, and/or masters)

C. Encourage the hiring of new faculty members whose disciplinary interests meet gaps in the university’s sustainability curriculum (i.e. geography, earth sciences, and ecological economics)

D. Support interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary teaching and research by creating a mechanism for faculty and their departments to receive credit for these efforts

E. Articulate the ways that sustainability themes intersect with the university’s motto, Pro Humanitate. Examples include “care for creation is care for humanity” (Divinity) and “what do we owe the future?” (Center for Energy, Environment, and Sustainability)


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Curriculum plan(s):

A. Create opportunities for faculty members from across the disciplines to develop sustainability-related and focused courses in their departments

B. Offer a course of study in sustainability (minor, major, and/or masters)

C. Encourage the hiring of new faculty members whose disciplinary interests meet gaps in the university’s sustainability curriculum (i.e. geography, earth sciences, and ecological economics)

D. Support interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary teaching and research by creating a mechanism for faculty and their departments to receive credit for these efforts

E. Articulate the ways that sustainability themes intersect with the university’s motto, Pro Humanitate. Examples include “care for creation is care for humanity” (Divinity) and “what do we owe the future?” (Center for Energy, Environment, and Sustainability)


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Curriculum plan(s):

Office of Sustainability
Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability
Environmental Program


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Research (or other scholarship):
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The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Research plan(s):
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Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Research plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance Campus Engagement around sustainability:

The campus sustainability plan articulates the following goals:

A. Develop a university-wide funding mechanism for sustainability projects (e.g. Green Revolving Loan Fund)

B. Create accountability for meeting sustainability goals by requesting that campus administrators set sustainability-related performance targets for and within their departments

C. Enhance engagement opportunities for staff, faculty and students by measuring the effectiveness of current peer-to-peer education and engagement networks and developing targets for continuous improvement of these programs

D. Enhance the efficacy of the overarching campus sustainability communication plan with targeted integration of new forms of media (e.g. smartphone applications)

E. Develop university purchasing standards that effectively maximize long-term value, rather than short-term savings


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Campus Engagement plan:

A. Develop a university-wide funding mechanism for sustainability projects (e.g. Green Revolving Loan Fund)

B. Create accountability for meeting sustainability goals by requesting that campus administrators set sustainability-related performance targets for and within their departments

C. Enhance engagement opportunities for staff, faculty and students by measuring the effectiveness of current peer-to-peer education and engagement networks and developing targets for continuous improvement of these programs

D. Enhance the efficacy of the overarching campus sustainability communication plan with targeted integration of new forms of media (e.g. smartphone applications)

E. Develop university purchasing standards that effectively maximize long-term value, rather than short-term savings


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Campus Engagement plan(s):

Office of Sustainability
Financial Services
Human Resources


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance Public Engagement around sustainability:

The campus sustainability plan articulates the following goals:

A. Advocate for public policies that support campus sustainability or that otherwise advance sustainability


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Public Engagement plan(s):

A. Advocate for sustainable transportation and stormwater management polices with public officials and planning offices.


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Public Engagement plan(s):

Office of Sustainability
Facilities and Campus Services


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Air and Climate:

The campus sustainability plan articulates the following goals:

A. Develop campus-wide campaigns that support campus constituents in conserving energy and water

B. Develop opportunities for on-site generation of renewable energy on campus


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Air and Climate plan(s):

A. Develop campus-wide campaigns that support campus constituents in conserving energy and water

B. Develop opportunities for on-site generation of renewable energy on campus


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Air and Climate plan(s):

Office of Sustainability
Facilities and Campus Services


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Buildings:

The campus sustainability plan articulates the following goals:

A. Optimize the use of existing space before constructing new buildings

B. Design, build, and renovate buildings that are adaptable and responsive to occupant behaviors

C. Construct and renovate buildings to at least LEED-Silver standards

C 1. In new construction: Optimize energy and water performance so that new buildings are at least 30% more energy efficient compared to the baseline performance defined by the most current ASHRAE standards and at least as water efficient as the baseline set by the Energy Policy Act of 2005

C 2. In major renovations: Optimize energy and water performance so that buildings are at least 26% more energy efficient compared to the baseline performance defined by the most current ASHRAE standards and at least as water efficient as the baseline set by the Energy Policy Act of 2005

C 3. In all renovations: Retrofit facilities with energy efficient equipment and water efficient fixtures, whenever possible. Communicate efficiency gains beyond pre-renovation baselines


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Buildings plan(s):

A. Optimize the use of existing space before constructing new buildings

B. Design, build, and renovate buildings that are adaptable and responsive to occupant behaviors

C. Construct and renovate buildings to at least LEED-Silver standards

C 1. In new construction: Optimize energy and water performance so that new buildings are at least 30% more energy efficient compared to the baseline performance defined by the most current ASHRAE standards and at least as water efficient as the baseline set by the Energy Policy Act of 2005

C 2. In major renovations: Optimize energy and water performance so that buildings are at least 26% more energy efficient compared to the baseline performance defined by the most current ASHRAE standards and at least as water efficient as the baseline set by the Energy Policy Act of 2005

C 3. In all renovations: Retrofit facilities with energy efficient equipment and water efficient fixtures, whenever possible. Communicate efficiency gains beyond pre-renovation baselines


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Buildings plan(s):

Facilities and Campus Services


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Dining Services/Food:

The campus sustainability plan articulates the following goals:

A. Source at least 20% “sustainable” food and beverage purchases for campus dining outlets and catering. “Sustainable” aspects may include food and beverages that are grown, caught, and/or processed 1) in North Carolina, 2) within 250 miles of campus, and/or 3) in compliance with USDA Organic, Marine Stewardship Council, Food Alliance, Fair Trade or Certified Humane third-party-verified standards.

A1. Source at least 10% of food grown, caught, and/or processed in the state of North Carolina.

A2. Source at least 5% USDA Organic-certified produce; prioritize the switch to Organic for purchases that have the highest levels of pesticide residue, according to testing conducted by the USDA.

B. In addition to STARS reporting, communicate measurable indicators of sustainability in dining to the campus community at least once per quarter. Indicators may include, but are not limited to, percentages of food purchases that meet sustainability criteria, amount of used fryer oil converted to fuel, or amount of pre or post-consumer food waste composted.

C. Market sustainable catering options to campus customers. Options may include low to zero-waste meals, locally sourced meals, or menu features that meet other “sustainable” third-party-verified standards like USDA Organic, Marine Stewardship Council-approved, Food Alliance-certified, Fair Trade, or Certified Humane.


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Dining Services/Food plan(s):

A. Source at least 20% “sustainable” food and beverage purchases for campus dining outlets and catering. “Sustainable” aspects may include food and beverages that are grown, caught, and/or processed 1) in North Carolina, 2) within 250 miles of campus, and/or 3) in compliance with USDA Organic, Marine Stewardship Council, Food Alliance, Fair Trade or Certified Humane third-party-verified standards.

A1. Source at least 10% of food grown, caught, and/or processed in the state of North Carolina.

A2. Source at least 5% USDA Organic-certified produce; prioritize the switch to Organic for purchases that have the highest levels of pesticide residue, according to testing conducted by the USDA.

B. In addition to STARS reporting, communicate measurable indicators of sustainability in dining to the campus community at least once per quarter. Indicators may include, but are not limited to, percentages of food purchases that meet sustainability criteria, amount of used fryer oil converted to fuel, or amount of pre or post-consumer food waste composted.

C. Market sustainable catering options to campus customers. Options may include low to zero-waste meals, locally sourced meals, or menu features that meet other “sustainable” third-party-verified standards like USDA Organic, Marine Stewardship Council-approved, Food Alliance-certified, Fair Trade, or Certified Humane.


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Dining Services/Food plan(s):

Dining Services (ARAMARK)


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Energy:

The campus sustainability plan articulates the following goal:

A. Develop opportunities for on-site generation of renewable energy on campus


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Energy plan(s):

A. Develop opportunities for on-site generation of renewable energy on campus


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Energy plan(s):

Facilities and Campus Services


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Grounds:
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The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Grounds plan(s):
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Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Grounds plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Purchasing:

The campus sustainability plan articulates the following goals:

A. Develop university purchasing standards that effectively maximize long-term value, rather than short-term savings

B. Set procurement standards that maximize fuel efficiency in the campus fleet


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Purchasing plan(s):

A. Develop university purchasing standards that effectively maximize long-term value, rather than short-term savings

B. Set procurement standards that maximize fuel efficiency in the campus fleet


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Purchasing plan(s):

Procurement Services
Office of Sustainability


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Transportation:

The campus sustainability plan articulates the following goals:

A. Challenge students to decrease single occupancy vehicle (SOV) commuting by 10%

B. Challenge faculty and staff to decrease single occupancy vehicle (SOV) commuting by 10%

C. Develop infrastructure to support alternative fuel vehicles

D. Set procurement standards that maximize fuel efficiency in the campus fleet

E. Develop a bicycle and pedestrian plan for campus


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Transportation plan(s):

A. Challenge students to decrease single occupancy vehicle (SOV) commuting by 10%

B. Challenge faculty and staff to decrease single occupancy vehicle (SOV) commuting by 10%

C. Develop infrastructure to support alternative fuel vehicles

D. Set procurement standards that maximize fuel efficiency in the campus fleet

E. Develop a bicycle and pedestrian plan for campus


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Transportation plan(s):

Parking and Transportation
Facilities and Campus Services
Office of Sustainability


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Waste:

The campus sustainability plan articulates the following goals:

A. Challenge every department to reduce waste generation, as defined by STARS, by 10% against a 2011/12 baseline

B. Develop purchasing and performance standards that encourage waste reduction

C. Develop and communicate a standard operating procedure for waste and recycling collection on campus

D. Develop a pre and post-consumer composting collection program


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Waste plan(s):

A. Challenge every department to reduce waste generation, as defined by STARS, by 10% against a 2011/12 baseline

B. Develop purchasing and performance standards that encourage waste reduction

C. Develop and communicate a standard operating procedure for waste and recycling collection on campus

D. Develop a pre and post-consumer composting collection program


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Waste plan(s):

Office of Waste Reduction, Recycling & Surplus
Dining Services (ARAMARK)
Office of Sustainability


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Water:

The campus sustainability plan articulates the following goals:

A. Develop campus-wide campaigns that support campus constituents in conserving energy and water

B. Develop stormwater harvesting applications that allow water reuse for non-potable needs and reduce demand on the domestic water supply


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Water plan(s):

A. Develop campus-wide campaigns that support campus constituents in conserving energy and water

B. Develop stormwater harvesting applications that allow water reuse for non-potable needs and reduce demand on the domestic water supply


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Water plan(s):

Facilities and Campus Services
Office of Sustainability


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance Diversity and Affordability:

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion's comprehensive strategic plan can be accessed at http://diversity.provost.wfu.edu/stratplan/.

Affordability is one of the four pillars of the university's strategic plan. A summary of the plan can be accessed at http://strategicplan.wfu.edu/strategic.plan.summary.html.


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Diversity and Affordability plan(s):

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion's comprehensive strategic plan can be accessed at http://diversity.provost.wfu.edu/stratplan/.

Affordability is one of the four pillars of the university's strategic plan. A summary of the plan can be accessed at http://strategicplan.wfu.edu/strategic.plan.summary.html.


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Diversity and Affordability plan(s):

Office of Diversity and Inclusion
Office of the Provost
Office of the President


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Health, Wellbeing and Work:

The university developed and launched a comprehensive campus-wide wellbeing campaign in 2014 called Thrive. Information about the campaign can be accessed at http://thrive.wfu.edu/.


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Health, Wellbeing and Work plan(s):

The campaign's objectives can be accessed at http://thrive.wfu.edu/.


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Health, Wellbeing and Work plan(s):

The campaign is facilitated by the Thrive campaign office. The goals of the effort are incorporated into the strategic plan for the division of Campus Life and Leadership: http://campuslife.wfu.edu/.


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Investment:
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The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Investment plan(s):
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Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Investment plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in other areas:
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The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the other plan(s):
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The institution’s definition of sustainability:
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Does the institution’s strategic plan or equivalent guiding document include sustainability at a high level?:
Yes

A brief description of how the institution’s strategic plan or equivalent guiding document addresses sustainability:

The university's strategic plan calls for the creation of infrastructure that supports the four pillars of the plan. Specifically, "...fulfilling our priorities will require significant changes and additions to the physical campus infrastructure, about one third of which dates back to the original campus construction. We must meet the changing requirements of teaching and research space; the expectations of today's students for residence halls and student life spaces that build community; the need for adequate and appropriate administrative space; and the formidable need for sustainability in the face of today's environmental stresses." (http://strategicplan.wfu.edu/strategic.plan.summary.html)


The website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability planning is available:

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.