Our progress: Benchmarking Sustainability

As stewards of sustainability principles and practices, we must wisely and carefully manage our own resources – natural, human, and financial.  Our office subscribes to the principle “measure so you can manage.” Reporting systems, metrics, and tracking tools have therefore been put in place to record and benchmark progress toward our sustainability goals.

We intend to clearly and transparently communicate results to stakeholders and the campus community at large. As we learn from challenges and successes we will be better positioned to set project priorities and future agendas.

Major assessment initiatives include:

  • American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment: This commitment requires a university to develop an action plan to achieve climate neutrality and to publicly report progress toward that goal. Also required is a greenhouse gas inventory update every two years.
  • Green Revolving Investment Tracking System (GRITS): GRITS provides an interface to better track performance data from energy efficiency and other resource conservation measures. 
  • Resource Use Inventory:  Operational expenses such as utility bills are regularly assessed to baseline current trends, identify opportunities for improvement, help identify cost-intensive facilities, and define an implementation strategy.