Sustainability Program Areas
The Purdue Sustainability Strategic plan is sectioned into eight major sustainability program areas:
- Academics and Research
- Community Relationships
- Energy and Built Environment
- Food Systems
- Materials Management
- Site Considerations
- Water Resources
Purdue selected these program areas by reviewing campus operational activities, current departmental oversight and responsibilities, peer benchmarking programs, and general best practice in the sustainability field.
Given the interdisciplinary nature of sustainability, the program areas are highly interconnected with many instances of overlap and intersection; for example, a goal to divert construction waste is relevant to the Materials Management area because it is an important waste stream to quantify and divert from landfill. It is also pertinent to the Energy and Built Environment area, where construction specifications are typically drafted and adopted. The program areas are not meant to be inflexible categories; they are intended to provide a useful framework to organize both the plan and campus sustainability efforts.
Each program area contains three sections, beginning with an area overview that contextualizes sustainability within the campus's larger operations and highlights Purdue’s major achievements to date. Following this is a metrics section that lists benchmarking metrics the university has selected to track and report annually to assess its sustainability performance over time. The final component to each program area is a series of short and long-term strategic goals that the university will work to achieve by 2014 and 2025, respectively.