About the Sustainability Plan

WPI’s current Sustainability Plan was created in 2012.  This plan has served as a valuable guide for our sustainability programs and initiatives over the last 5 years. The plan provides a set of goals and objectives to meet our university’s vision for sustainability. This vision is as follows:
We at WPI will demonstrate our commitment to the preservation of the planet and all its life through the incorporation of the principles of sustainability throughout the institution. We will accomplish this goal by promoting a culture of sustainability that incorporates the beliefs and behaviors supported by our technical strengths and by our heritage of the application of both theory and practice, as embodied in our motto, Lehr und Kunst, to the solution of important problems. WPI will develop a bold and comprehensive strategy to advance the three broad goals of sustainability: ecological stewardship, social justice, and economic security.
The Sustainability Plan supports this vision using a set of objectives and tasks in association with goals defined in four main areas: academics, research, campus operations, and community engagement. For more details, you can access WPI’s Current Plan here (PDF).

Our Next Sustainability Plan

WPI is currently preparing a new Sustainability Plan to create a plan of action that will guide our sustainability initiatives over the next 5 to 10 years. The development of this plan started in December and will be completed in the Fall of 2019.  Some major features of this effort include: the sustainability launch event, a set of working groups to develop objectives and tasks, a World Café, opportunities for community input, and final report preparation and review. These items are summarized in the following paragraphs.

The Sustainability Plan Launch Event (December 2018)

The work on the new plan started with the Sustainability Plan Launch event in December of 2018. The Office of Sustainability invited the WPI community to this event to solicit input on what sustainability goals and objectives are important to WPI from their perspective.  This input helped focus the preparation of the new sustainability plan under the organization of working groups.

Working Groups (Spring and Summer 2019)

Three working groups were defined to develop the main goals or areas of focus within the new Sustainability Plan.  There efforts include review of broader goals, identification of broad objectives, and definition of more specific tasks. The four working groups and their co-chairs of the groups are as follows:.

Working Group

Co-chairs

Campus Operations

Eric Beattie and Siamak Najafi

Academics and Research

Derren Rosbach, Jennifer Wilcox, and Robert Krueger

Community Engagement

Anna Gold and Jennifer Daigle

Sustainability World Café (February 2019)

We held a World Café Sustainability Event in February of 2019.  The World Café is a dynamic and lively meeting structure composed of small group conversations focused on questions that matter. Our conversations for this program focused on the needs, our visions, and our next steps to help further develop our sustainability priorities and objectives as the planning process moves into the final phase.

Additional opportunities for community input (Spring 2019)

Each of the working groups will provide opportunities for input from the WPI Community.  These will take place in the spring, although the specific schedule will be provided later.

Final report preparation and review (Summer and Fall of 2019)

We will be preparing the final report in the summer and we will complete the review process in the fall of 2019, when we will put our plan into action! 

Timeline

The new Sustainability Plan is scheduled to be completed in the Fall of 2019.  A general timeline is included in the schematic below.  Please note that community engagement plays an important role.

Providing Input to the Plan

Contact us at gr-green@wpi.edu to provide your input or join a working group.