Sustainability Master Plan

Continuing a long tradition of conservation and environmental stewardship, Franklin & Marshall College in October 2012 adopted a Sustainability Master Plan, setting a path for achieving the following mission:

"Franklin & Marshall College will become a leader in sustainability by enriching the environmental, economic and social well-being of our community. Through our decisions and actions, we will cultivate a sustainability-centered ethos that permeates the lives of our community members. We seek to minimize our use of natural resources, reduce our environmental impacts, and educate ourselves and others about the roles and responsibilities of citizens in a world of finite resources."

The plan outlines goals, strategies and tactics based on current best practices to create a culture of sustainability throughout the campus, focusing on nine areas:

Timeline for initiatives

The plan sets proposed timelines and projected costs for implementing the goals in phases, through 2030 and beyond. 

Phase I (FY13 – FY18): $1 million - $3 million
Phase II (FY18 – FY23): $2 million - $4 million
Phase III (FY23 – FY29): $500,000 - $1 million
Phase IV (FY30 and beyond): > $5 million 

Beginning in Fiscal Year 2013, the first three phases include goals determined to be of the highest priority based on discussions with a Sustainability Task Force, as well as student input from the Diplomatic Congress and Environmental Action Alliance. Phase 4 consists of longer term goals and strategies that will be re-evaluated for prioritization periodically. 

The bulk of projects in the early phases will be funded through a $2 million sustainability revolving fund approved by the Board of Trustees. This fund allows the College to invest in sustainable projects and repay the fund with savings from the sustainable projects. Other initiatives will be supported through fundraising for specific sustainability projects, endowed gifts and grants.

The timeline and funding approach recognize that sustainability is a journey and the route will need to be continuously reviewed and re-evaluated. A Sustainability Committee borne out of the plan provides a forum that will allow the Sustainability Master Plan to evolve in response to changing knowledge.