Baylor University Sustainability PolicyPurpose
In accordance with its Christian mission and vision, Baylor University strives to be a community that fulfills its calling as stewards of God's gift of creation.
As such, the purpose of this University-wide policy on sustainability is to acknowledge a commitment to fostering a community that focuses on preserving natural resources, safeguarding quality of life, advancing economic vitality and preparing students for the social, environmental and economic challenges of the future. Therefore, this policy calls upon all levels and constituencies of the University to participate in a continuous and on-going effort to institute the teaching, research, and practices of environmental sustainability and to establish an institutional culture of sustainability.
Sustainability refers to societal efforts that meet the needs of present users without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Sustainability presumes that the planet's resources are finite and should be used conservatively, wisely, and equitably. Decisions and investments aimed to promote sustainability will simultaneously advance economic vitality, ecological integrity, and social welfare.
Through excellence in environmental education, research, outreach, and stewardship, the University shall strive to position itself as the leading sustainable Christian institution by promoting and demonstrating sustainability and energy efficiency and by producing Christian leaders and informed citizens.
The University shall strive to be a model in the application of sustainability principles to guide campus operations by:
- Meeting and aspiring to exceed all applicable regulatory requirements
- Preventing pollution at its source
- Reducing emissions to the environment
- Encouraging the use of a life-cycle assessment for products and services
The University shall undertake a continuous improvement process that seeks to meet the operational performance targets, goals, and objectives designed to achieve sustainability.
The University shall undertake a process to increase energy efficiency reduce dependence on non-renewable energy, and encourage the development of energy alternatives through research and innovation.
The University shall:
- Promote innovative, high-visibility research projects focused on sustainability and energy efficiency to inform campus operations as a whole as well as the broader community.
- Promote collaborative projects that include faculty research undertaken in partnership with operations staff, students, public entities, community organizations, and industry.
Education and Outreach
The University shall promote educational and outreach activities that are linked to operational improvements and innovation principles. The University shall incorporate environmental education, management, and training into its objectives and practices.
The University shall have sustainability goals that inform administrative policies and procedures in the areas of planning, decision-making, execution, assessment, reporting, and alignment. These policies and procedures shall rely on scientific analysis and support the efforts described in this policy.
The University shall develop specific sustainability objectives and targets in the areas of:
- Dining and Food Services
- Information Technology
- Physical planning and development, including buildings and infrastructure
- Waste management
The University shall continually strive for environmental improvement across the entire range of its operations.
Working with University Sustainability Committee, the Sustainability Coordinator shall prepare an annual report that shall be provided to the Executive Council for review. The final report will then be presented to the President of the University by July 1st.
As established by the Office of the President, the Sustainability Coordinator shall report to, and coordinate with, the Vice President for Information Technology and Dean of University Libraries.
The Sustainability Coordinator shall consult with the University Sustainability Committee to develop indicators and measures of success in the implementation of the principles outlined in this policy in consultation with appropriate faculty, staff, students, and experts in the broader community.