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Future Steps

Increase Environmental Literacy

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Objective: Adopt an environmental literacy component to the undergraduate degree.

Implementation Plan:

  • Develop and propose curricula that would delve more deeply into the scientific, economic, governance, engineering, social, and ethical challenges that climate change and sustainability pose to current and future generations.

Reduction Opportunity:

  • De minimus

Required Resources:

  • An interdisciplinary team of faculty to investigate and develop an environmental literacy component to the undergraduate degree

Timeline:

  • 2020: Explore support for the idea vis-à-vis the faculty senate and accreditation committee
  • 2021: Solicit faculty members, across the disciplines, to establish a committee
  • 2022: Engage University stakeholders with findings and recommendations
  • 2023: Adopt an environmental literacy component.

Expand Program Offerings

  1. Objective: Explore opportunities to develop and expand program offerings designed for undergraduate and graduate students wanting to pursue professional careers in sustainability management.
  2. Reduction Opportunity:
    • De minimus
  3. Required Resources:
    • An interdisciplinary team of faculty to investigate and develop an environmental literacy component to the undergraduate degree

4.Timeline:

  • 2020: Assess the success, interest, and competitiveness of the new Interdisciplinary Consortium for Applied Research in Ecology and Evolution graduate program
  • 2021: Asses the market case for the establishment of additional programs; identify potential external funding opportunities to support this effort
  • 2022: Apply and secure funding for program expansion
  • 2023: Launch new program(s)

Reduce Food Waste

  1. Objective: Continue efforts to reduce pre- and post-consumer food waste.
  2. Implementation Plan:
    • Quantify the amount of food waste not being diverted by donations or composting
    • Investigate the adoption of Leanpath for the University’s primary dining locations. ASU adopted Leanpath and has experienced a 39% percent reduction in food waste.
  3. Reduction Opportunity:
    • Every ton of material diverted from the landfill is an avoidance of 0.1467 MTeCO2
    • For every ton of organic waste diverted and composted -0.05 MTeCO2 is “offset” to UMBC’s carbon emissions. The factor is an estimate for CO2 sink from increased humus formation and soil carbon restoration.
  1. Required Resources:
    • $ per year allocated to organic waste diversion
    • Cost for Leanpath
  2. Timeline:
    • 2020: Explore Leanpath feasibility
    • 2021: Implement Leanpath
    • 2022: Increase organic waste diversion at campus dining facilities by 5% compared to FY20
    • 2025: Increase organic waste diversion at campus dining facilities by 20% compared to FY20