Sustainability Action Plan
The SAP includes goals, objectives, and strategies to move Wesleyan toward carbon neutrality and a sustainable campus. Over 100 students, faculty, and staff have participated in the plan's construction.
When complete (target launch Fall 2015), the SAP will provide guidance for nearly every sector of the University to move in a sustainable direction.
This was an intentionally inclusive process, with workshops, surveys, and working groups gave students, faculty, and staff an opportunity to participate in whatever capacity they were able. This process was entirely in-house to retain ownership and has been driven by the Sustainability Office and SAGES. Approval from the President and senior administrators was key to getting buy-in and adjusting the plan accordingly. The public comment period in the fall will give the campus a final chance to weigh in before the SAP is finalized.
MISTAKES & LESSONS LEARNED
Establish a timeline and parameters for the plan ahead of time, or else the process will be bogged down with details (hence why it will have taken nearly two years for the first SAP). Establish a vision for working groups so that they understand the scale of the SAP and how to challenge without becoming impossible.
The SAP will go live this fall and will serve as a five-year sustainability plan. One of the strategies within the SAP is to create a governance system for the plan itself so that implementation can go as smoothly as possible. We will create a new SAP for 2020.