Strategy Three

Embrace Sustainability and Environmental Stewardship as Core University Values

Environmental, economic, and social pressures have galvanized sustainability efforts nationwide. While Henderson has successfully taken important steps toward conservation of resources, including supporting a growing recycling program and retrofitting buildings on campus with energy efficient lighting, it is time to build upon this solid groundwork in a coordinated and comprehensive manner.

Henderson is one of only two of eighteen COPLAC schools without a clearly articulated institutional commitment to sustainability. Some COPLAC schools have included sustainability in recent strategic plans; others have developed comprehensive sustainability plans. Henderson is well positioned to serve as a regional exemplar, leader, partner, and educator on sustainability. This Strategy will enable the University to realize its core value of working together for a sustainable future.

Action and Elements

  1. Under the auspices of the Sustainability Committee, Henderson will develop a comprehensive, researched-based Sustainability Plan with the ultimate goal of 100% environmentally sound operations, carbon neutrality, and zero waste.
    • Employ an experienced and proven sustainability consultant to work with the Sustainability Committee and other campus experts and professionals.
    • At least one member of the Sustainability Committee will serve on the Master Plan and the Faculty Senate Buildings and Ground committees.
    • Complete Sustainability Plan by December 2014.
  2. Implement and monitor the Sustainability Plan.
    • Embed sustainability measures in all aspects of the Campus Master Plan.
    • Conduct an annual environmental audit.
  3. Sign the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment. http://www.presidentsclimatecommitment.org/
  4. Develop an interdisciplinary Environmental Science major (in progress).
    • May 2014 -- Complete program proposal.
    • August 2014 -- Submit proposal to UAC.
    • Fall 2015 -- Enroll first students in program.
    • Spring 2020 – Graduate first students with Environmental Science degree.
    • Incorporate the Environmental Science program into Henderson’s marketing scheme.
  5. Conduct regular sustainability workshops and training opportunities for local and regional residents.
    • Increase number of community classes.
    • Fall 2015 -- Involve Environmental Science majors in community classes as a service-learning activity.
    • 2015 -- Expand summer camp on environment to ninth and tenth grade students.
    • 2017 – Expand summer camp on environment to eleventh and twelfth grade students.
  6. Create a sustainability webpage to educate and update the Henderson community and others on methods and progress.