Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 49.13
Liaison Michael Kensler
Submission Date Jan. 15, 2013
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Auburn University
PAE-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Michael Kensler
Director Sustainability Operations
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have a sustainability committee?:

The charter or mission statement of the committee or a brief description of the committee's purview and activities :

The Sustainability Operations Advisory Council partners with the Office of Sustainability to facilitate Auburn University’s movement toward sustainability.

The Advisory Council is comprised of students, faculty, staff, and administrators, and is organized and facilitated by the Office of Sustainability. The Advisory Council promotes sustainability across campus and collaborates with the Office of Sustainability to identify opportunities for progress, to assess sustainability performance, and prioritize, develop and implement new initiatives.

Members of the committee, including affiliations:

Bliss Bailey, Executive Director, Office of Information Technology

Paul Brown, Associate Director, Cooperative Extension System

Nanette Chadwick, Director, Academic Sustainability Programs

Mignon Denton, Junior

Jeffrey Dumars, Campus Planning

Christine Eick, Executive Director, Risk Management & Safety

Kathryn Flynn, Assoc. Professor, School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences; Director of Interdisciplinary Studies

Sara Geonczy, Junior

Lynne Hammond, Assoc VP Human Resources

Amy Hecht Macchio, Assistant VP, Student Affairs

Dan King, Assistant VP, Facilities

Charlene LeBleu, Associate Professor, Landscape Architecture

Katie McDonnell, Junior

Vini Nathan, Dean, College of Architecture

Steve Nelson, Assoc Director, Environmental Health & Safety, Dept. of
Risk Management and Safety

Greg Parsons, University Architect

Alexander Pfeiffenberger, Graduate Student

Carl Pinkert, Associate VP for Research

Bob Ritenbaugh, Asst. VP, Auxiliary Services

Cindy Selman, Director, Management Accounting

Jeff Steele, Associate Athletic Director for Facilities

Kate Thornton, Director, Hunger and Sustainability Initiatives

Rod Turochy, Assoc. Prof. Civil Engineering

William Whittelsey, SGA

Emmett Winn, Associate Provost

The website URL where information about the sustainability committee is available:

Does the institution have a sustainability office?:

A brief description of the sustainability office:

The Office of Sustainability exists to develop an ethic, practice, and culture of sustainability throughout Auburn University, and to serve as a sustainability education and training resource for individuals and organizations within the university and in local, regional, national, and international communities.

What we do
The Office of Sustainability serves as a catalyst, facilitator, and resource for administrators, faculty, staff, students, and alumni who are interested in developing an understanding and practice of sustainability in their personal and professional lives, and contributing to creating a sustainable society.
The Office works to foster a culture and practice of sustainability on campus that is expressed throughout the University's instructional, research, outreach, and operational activities. The Office also offers sustainability-related education and training, as well as planning and decision-making workshops and seminars for business, government, civic, and other groups.

Our approach
Sustainability is about creating a better future. As a result, our work is aspirational and future-focused. We are committed to a servant leadership approach in working for the common good. Hope and expectation of progress are essential to our work.
Our primary focus is not problem solving. Problems are solved in the context of creating a positive, productive future.
Our fundamental values reflect faith in people and acknowledge the universal human desire to contribute to something larger than ourselves, to do and create something meaningful and lasting.
We work to enable others to realize their agency, their ability and power to be co-creators of the future. We engage people in specific, relevant efforts that make a difference in achieving a sustainable society.

The number of people employed in the sustainability office:

The website URL where information about the sustainability office is available:
Does the institution have a sustainability coordinator?:

Sustainability coordinator's name:
Michael Kensler

Sustainability coordinator's position title:
Director, Office of Sustainability

A brief description of the sustainability coordinator’s position:

The Director is responsible for campus sustainability operations: overseeing Office of Sustainability interactions and initiatives with individuals, groups, and campus units: Individual students and student groups, Facilities, Auxiliary Services, Student Affairs, Residence Life, Administration, Human Resources, Purchasing, Business Office, Colleges, Schools, Departments, individual faculty members, community members, and so on. The Director collaborates with the Academic Sustainability Program Director. The Office Director is responsible for Office of Sustainability strategic planning, staff supervision, and office leadership.

The website URL where information about the sustainability coordinator is available:
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