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How sustainability creates value and underpins broad campus outcomes

How Sustainability Creates Value and Underpins Broad Campus Outcomes

University of Colorado Boulder

Environmental Center

Dave Newport

Director

Environmental Center

University of Colorado at Boulder


How sustainability creates value and underpins broad campus outcomes1

Dave Newport, Director of the Environmental Center, University of Colorado at Boulder (CU)

Dave Newport is Director of the Environmental Center at the University of Colorado at-the nation’s first, largest, and most accomplished sustainability enterprise of its kind.Dave also Chairs the University’s Carbon Neutrality Working Group, led the creation CU’s climate action plan, and is a Faculty Associate in the Environmental Studies where he teaches the nation's first course in Carbon Neutrality Planning for Higher Education.Dave is Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), and is one of the three original co-creators of the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Ratings System (STARS) that is as "higher education’s gold standard for assessing campus sustainability," according to the Chronicle for Higher Education.Dave led the University of Colorado’s team that last year compiled the nation’s first STARS Gold sustainability assessment award. has also been ranked as the nation’s #1 Green campus by Sierra magazine (2009).

How Sustainability Creates Value and Underpins Broad Campus Outcomes

University of Colorado Boulder

Environmental Center

Dave Newport

Director

Environmental Center

University of Colorado at Boulder


Today s discussion
Today’s Discussion

  • Phases of campus sustainability

  • Definition of campus sustainability

    • Definition = X

  • How does sustainability create value?

    • Value drivers = Y

  • What does a campus do?

    • Support activities = Z

  • What is Total Sustainability?

    • Total Sustainability = X+Y+Z

  • Conclusions


  • Efficiency, Cost Control and Full Cost Evaluation

  • Curricular and Co-Curricular Education

  • Branding & Marketing

academicimpressions.com/events/sustainability/

THE SUSTAINABILITY ROADMAP


Cu environmental center
CU Environmental Center

#1

Overall College Sustainability Leader

  • Founded Earth Day 1970

    • >120 student-staff, 10 professional staff

    • Nation’s oldest, largest, and most accomplished center

    • STARS-Gold

    • Sierra #1 Green Campus

    • SEI-Sustainability Leader

  • Many campus sustainability firsts

    • Recyclingprogram

    • Bus pass for all fac/staff/students

    • Renewable energy purchase

    • Carbon neutrality pledge

    • Zero waste athletics

  • CU national sustainability research leader (#1 NSF funded).



“Managers can no longer afford to ignore sustainability as a central factor in their companies’ long-term competitiveness… Megatrends require businesses to adapt and innovate or be swept aside.”

“The Sustainability Imperative”

Dave Lubin and Dan Esty

Harvard Business Review (2010)


Phases of campus sustainability
Phases of Campus Sustainability a central factor in their companies’ long-term competitiveness… Megatrends require businesses to adapt and innovate or be swept aside.”

Campus leaders—including the highest level executives—openly promote a sustainability vision and rally behind it as a central value of the administration’s goals and strategic plan. There is full executive leadership on sustainability, a keen understanding of its tenets, and a vision for the future.

Grassroots champions advocate for various sustainability-related services and policies—and campus leadership either resists the requests or is only minimally responsive. In response, advocates then organize and launch their own ad hoc efforts.

Engaged, visionary leadership and an integrated approach enhances educational outcomes by synergizing them with sustainability-related operations, student life, staff, and community engagement activities. Systems-thinking and interdisciplinary cooperation are the central mission of all campus departments. Sustainability operations, curriculum, student activities, and community partnerships are coordinated, coherent, and high quality.

Campus leadership accepts some – but not all—aspects of the business case for sustainability. Leadership easily sees the value of efficiency programs that inspire cost savings and improve campus reputation.


What is sustainability
What is sustainability? a central factor in their companies’ long-term competitiveness… Megatrends require businesses to adapt and innovate or be swept aside.”

The X Factor


What is sustainability1
What is sustainability? a central factor in their companies’ long-term competitiveness… Megatrends require businesses to adapt and innovate or be swept aside.”

  • "Sustainability is an economic state where the demands placed upon the environment by people and commerce can be met without reducing the capacity of the environment to provide for future generations"

    -- Paul Hawken, "The Ecology of Commerce", 1993

  • "Then I say the earth belongs to each . . . generation during its course, fully and in its own right, no generation can contract debts greater than may be paid during the course of its own existence."

    -- Thomas Jefferson, September 6, 1789


Three legs of the stool
Three legs of the stool a central factor in their companies’ long-term competitiveness… Megatrends require businesses to adapt and innovate or be swept aside.”

environment

fiscal

social


2 5 legs of the stool
2.5 legs of the stool? a central factor in their companies’ long-term competitiveness… Megatrends require businesses to adapt and innovate or be swept aside.”

environment

fiscal

social


How to embed the social dimension
How to embed the social dimension? a central factor in their companies’ long-term competitiveness… Megatrends require businesses to adapt and innovate or be swept aside.”

environment

fiscal

social


What is stars
What is STARS? a central factor in their companies’ long-term competitiveness… Megatrends require businesses to adapt and innovate or be swept aside.”

  • A voluntary, self-reporting framework

  • A guide for advancing sustainability in all sectors of higher education.

  • A common standard of measurement for sustainability in higher education.

  • A tool that promotes a comprehensive understanding of sustainability that includes its social, economic and environmental dimensions.


Three stars categories
Three STARS categories a central factor in their companies’ long-term competitiveness… Megatrends require businesses to adapt and innovate or be swept aside.”

1) Education & Research

  • Co-Curricular Education; Curriculum; Research

    2) Operations

  • Buildings; Climate; Dining Services; Energy; Grounds; Purchasing; Transportation; Waste; Water

    3) Planning, Administration & Engagement

  • Coordination & Planning; Diversity and Affordability; Human Resources; Investment; Public Engagement


  • Summary a central factor in their companies’ long-term competitiveness… Megatrends require businesses to adapt and innovate or be swept aside.”: The practical definition of campus sustainability is represented in the sum product of STARS categories. STARS represents the scope and breadth of activities, policies, and interests that bound and highlight the systems that integrate and define campus sustainability.

    In short:

  • Definition of Campus Sustainability = STARS = X


How does sustainability create value
How Does Sustainability create value? a central factor in their companies’ long-term competitiveness… Megatrends require businesses to adapt and innovate or be swept aside.”

The Y Factor


How does sustainability add value create benefits for a campus
How does sustainability add value (create benefits) for a campus?

  • Is it just:

    • Cost savings from energy conservation?

    • Green marketing and branding?

    • Student recruitment?

    • Cutting carbon?


Summary of aramark study
Summary of campus?Aramark study

  • Students are aware of sustainability

    • Over two-thirds (77%) have some awareness

  • Students “Walk the Walk” with Green

    • Very important among factors for choosing a college.

  • Students report that their schools are not doing enough

    • Nearly half (45%) of schools have weak movements toward sustainability

    • 11% of students claim their institution has no action on sustainability.




How does sustainability add value create benefits for a campus1
How does sustainability add value (create benefits) for a campus?

  • Efficiency and Innovation

    • Resource & people productivity and synergies

  • Marketing and Branding

    • Reputation, competitiveness & social license to operate

  • Full Cost Evaluation

    • Life cycle costing, integrated externalities, total cost of ownership

  • Inclusion, Transparency & Public Commitment

    • Stakeholder intel and buy-in, transparency, metrics, courage to commit to tangible goals = credibility & legitimacy, informed decision making, reduced risk



Driving sustainable value
Driving sustainable value campus?

Tomorrow

Inclusion, Transparency & Public Commitment

Full Cost Evaluation

Sustainable Value

Internal

External

Marketing & Branding

  • Efficiency & Innovation

Today

Value Drivers = Y


Campus support activities
Campus SUPPORT activities campus?

The Z Factor


Campus support activities1
Campus Support Activities campus?

Support Activities = Z




Total sustainability
total sustainability campus?

X + Y + Z =


+ campus?

Total

Sustainability


  • Efficiency, Cost Control and Full Cost Evaluation

  • Curricular and Co-Curricular Education

  • Branding & Marketing

academicimpressions.com/events/sustainability/

THE SUSTAINABILITY ROADMAP


Conclusions
conclusions campus?

Sum Product


Conclusions1
Conclusions campus?

  • Sustainability helps drive campus outcomes across the board

    • Only a few of sustainability’s benefits can be monetized—but they all add value

    • Identifying those broad pathways brings new singers to the choir—and helps integrate sustainability principles and practices across all campus communities

    • Phase 4 campus not possible without sustainability influences and benefits recognized across all support activities.


Conclusions2
Conclusions campus?

  • STARS enables Total Sustainability

    • STARS defines the measurable range of campus sustainability impacts

    • STARS systematically embeds social dimension as foundational, not an after thought

    • A systems integration approach adaptable to whatever implementation stage a campus may be in


Conclusions3
Conclusions campus?

  • The Sustainability Megatrend is here to stay.

    • STARS/Total Sustainability approach presents higher education with a studied, deliberative planning and execution model and system.

    • Campuses that embed sustainability into core mission and leadership will flourish, others may not.


“The illiterate of the 21st Century will not be those who cannot read or write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.”

  • Alvin Toffler


How sustainability creates value and underpins broad campus outcomes2

How Sustainability cannot read or write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.”Creates Value and Underpins Broad Campus Outcomes

University of Colorado Boulder

Environmental Center

Dave Newport

Director

Environmental Center

University of Colorado at Boulder


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