Development of a Campus Sustainability PlanJohn OrrChair, President’s Task Force on SustainabilityProfessor of Electrical and Computer EngineeringElizabeth TomaszewskiWPI Sustainability CoordinatorApril 24, 2013 1
The Need for a Plan• Through our educational, research, and operational activities WPIis now demonstrating major accomplishments in each of the threeaspects of sustainability: environmental preservation,economic prosperity, and social equity.• However, we do not have a Vision and aset of Goals, or coordinated activities, forthe role of Sustainability at WPI• We need a Plan!2
A Two-Phase Process• Phase One: Internal and External Benchmarking, Analysis ofstrengths and opportunities, proposals for possible Goals andTasks• Phase Two: Commit to specific Goals, develop detailed action plans• Throughout: Involvement of the entire WPI community:• Students, Faculty, Staff• Alumni, Board of Trustees3
Timeline• 3/21/2012: Kickoff in Campus Center• Spring, 2012: Working Group activities began• Fall, 2102: Integration of Working Group output• 9/17/2012: Draft Phase One report complete• Oct, Nov, 2012: Community Input to Draft• Dec, 2012: Final Phase One report complete• Acad Yr 12-13: Development of PhaseTwo report• Acad Yr 13-14: Review and adoption byWPI community (Students,Faculty, Staff, Trustees)4
Four Working GroupsEach with 2 co-chairs• Campus Facilities and Operations• Academic Program (Teaching and Research)• Community Engagement• Policies and PracticesAlso, GreenerU is assisting us5
Vision for Sustainability at WPIWe at WPI will demonstrate our commitment to the preserva;on of the planet and all its life through the incorpora;on of the principles of sustainability throughout the ins;tu;on. We will accomplish this goal by promo;ng a culture of sustainability that incorporates the beliefs and behaviors supported by our technical strengths and by our heritage of the applica;on of both theory and prac;ce, as embodied in our moBo Lehr und Kunst, to the solu;on of important problems. WPI will develop a bold and comprehensive strategy to advance the three broad goals of sustainability: ecological stewardship, social jus;ce, and economic security.
Task Force Working Groups WPI Community 1. DraK Vision 2. Planning Process 3. Charge Planning Memo Phase One Report Outcomes: 1. Current Status 2. Benchmarking 3. Poten;al Goals 4. Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportuni;es Phase OnePresident’s Endorsement 7
Existing Conditions• Areas for op;miza;on: – Hea;ng and cooling set points are inconsistent – Uncontrolled occupancy is currently not conducive to energy savings – Recycling eﬀorts are low and not very user friendly – Other opera;onal areas have opportuni;es too Facilities
Existing Conditions• Transporta;on – 960 WPI employees drive to work with an average commute distance of 14 miles – If everyone commutes individually it equates to 26,000 miles per day Community
Please Join us to Discuss the Phase One Draft:• Particularly for Students:September 24, 5:00 pm, SL 115• For Everyone: October 3,4:00 pm, Salisbury 116 WPI is moving from a period of growth to a period of sustainability. Dennis Berkey 10
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12 a 29% b 31% c 25% d 15% Importance of Goal a) All of WPI’s graduates will leave campus with the desire and abilities to develop sustainable solutions. All WPI students (graduates and undergraduates) will have the opportunity to incorporate aspects of sustainability in their education. b) The operation of WPI’s campus and facilities will demonstrate that the principles of sustainability guide our actions as well as our academic and research programs. c) Through our research and scholarly activities WPI will make signiAicant contributions to the technologies, the policies, and the attitudes that will help assure a sustainable world for humankind as well as for all of nature. d) We will demonstrate WPI’s leadership in enhancing the current and future welfare of our communities: on campus, in Worcester, for our nation, and globally. a 14% b 21% c 17% d 37% e 11% Academics: Most Important Ac5on a) Some type of degree requirement in Sustainability b) That the Great Problems Seminars will continue to serve as a focal point for our entering students. c) Creation of some type of coordination/leadership function to guide and promote our academic activities in Sustainability. d) Establishment of a major energy project center incorporating undergraduate projects as well as graduate and faculty research. e) Establishment of a policy center focusing on human issues in global development Community Input
WPI’s graduates will leave campus with the understanding and abili;es to develop sustainable solu;ons to the world’s problems. All WPI students (graduates and undergraduates) will have the opportunity to incorporate and cri;cally evaluate signiﬁcant aspects of sustainability in their educa;on. Draft Goal One
The opera;on of WPI’s campus and facili;es will demonstrate that the principles of sustainability guide our ac;ons in providing a produc;ve living and learning environment. Draft Goal Two
Draft Goal ThreeThrough our research and scholarly ac;vi;es WPI will make signiﬁcant contribu;ons to the technologies, the policies, and the abtudes that will help assure a sustainable world.
Draft Goal FourWPI’s students, faculty, and staﬀ will be ac;vely engaged in promo;ng a culture of sustainability to enhance the current and future welfare of our communi;es: on campus, in Worcester, for our na;on, and globally.
18 Phase Two: the Harder Part• What are we really going to do? • How will we accomplish it? • Are our goals to ambi;ous? • Are our goals too modest? • How do we keep people engaged? • How will we pay for it?