Tracking and Reporting
Tracking and reporting the progress on Columbia University’s goals, and its associated strategies and steps, will be critical in the success of Columbia's Sustainability Plan. Tracking the progress against the University’s baseline years will allow Columbia to compare growth annually. The data will also be used to identify gaps and opportunities in the process—which strategies and steps are working and what may need to be revisited.
Tracking and reporting progress will be achieved through the following commitments:
Internal Accountability Coordination
The Environmental Stewardship office will be responsible for developing and managing the University-wide implementation strategy and sustainability reporting for the Columbia Sustainability Plan. The focus teams will be responsible for implementing the action steps that support the strategies and larger goals in this Plan will take place through the CY 2020.
Living Document Updates
Columbia recognized in the development of this Plan that the outcome from some of the action steps will influence the direction of sequential steps. It is expected that this Plan will evolve and change over time, and updates will be a communication channel to review real-time updates and provide details on how these updates will influence the larger 2020 goals.
Annual Progress Report
Along with Living Document Updates, Columbia is committed to an annual report that will provide a high-level overview of the progress to date. This report will be made public to the Columbia community to promote transparency and open feedback, allowing the planning committee to learn, grow, and adapt to ensure the plan stays relevant.
The Climate Registry Reporting
The Environmental Stewardship office will be responsible for managing the process to report to The Climate Registry. Key department stakeholder will be responsible for submitting activity data in a designated worksheet format and collaborating with the Environmental Stewardship office as need be to submit accurate and timely information for each calendar year.
2020 Report and Next Steps
Goals and strategies in this Plan have a three-year temporal scope, although Columbia’s sustainability commitment projects far into the future. This 2020 report will not only revisit the progress from 2017 to 2020, but will build off the momentum of the past three years by rededicating the University to a new set of goals and strategies to come.