Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 49.63
Liaison Yaffa Grossman
Submission Date May 19, 2017
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Beloit College
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Lindsay Chapman
Sustainability Coordinator
Sustainability
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Does the institution have at least one sustainability committee?:
Yes

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

The Sustainability Steering Committee will construct a three-tiered framework of increasingly sophisticated project-based student learning pathways that will simultaneously embed sustainability in its curriculum, operations, and culture. The aims of Pathways to Sustainability Leadership include: 1) embedding sustainability in the liberal learning of our students; 2) preparing our graduates to exercise environmental leadership in their careers through the development of expertise and individual capacity for action around sustainability; 3) linking learning opportunities—including those associated with campus operations, residential living, and the greater Beloit community—with the creation and implementation of solutions in pressing areas of sustainability; and 4) through this synergy, promoting an intentional long-term approach to sustainable living more broadly and deeply among our students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the larger community.


Members of each committee, including affiliations and role (e.g. staff, student, or faculty):

Yaffa Grossman, Biology Faculty, Director of the Sustainability Fellows Program, Co-chair of the Sustainability Steering Committee;
Sue Swanson, Geology Faculty, Co-chair of the Sustainability Steering Committee;
Chris Fink, English Faculty;
Jo Ortel, Art & Art History Faculty;
Lindsay Chapman, Sustainability Coordinator;
Lori Rhead, VP Operations & Human Resources;
Matt Tedesco, Associate Dean of the College, Philosophy Faculty;
Sarah Coyer, Assistant Director of Residential Life;
Student Representative.


Does the institution have at least one sustainability office that includes more than 1 full-time equivalent (FTE) employee?:
Yes

A brief description of each sustainability office:

The Sustainability Office is run by the Sustainability Coordinator, who coordinates planning, catalyzes change, provides ongoing support for sustainability efforts, and fosters a vision of transformative change at Beloit College. The office will be a space for collaboration between students, faculty and staff. The coordinator is assisted by the Steering Committee, and 20 student employees, who work between 4 and 10 hours a week during the academic year.


Full-time equivalent (FTE) of people employed in the sustainability office(s):
1.50

Does the institution have at least one sustainability officer?:
Yes

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Lindsay Chapman, Sustainability Coordinator

Does the institution have a mechanism for broad sustainability coordination for the entire institution (e.g. a campus-wide committee or an officer/office responsible for the entire campus)?:
Yes

A brief description of the activities and substantive accomplishments of the institution-wide coordinating body or officer during the previous three years:

The Sustainability Steering Committee was formed during the summer of 2013 to envision a concerted effort to embed sustainability into the College's curriculum, operations, and culture. It is composed of faculty, staff, and a student representative. The Steering Committee succeeded in securing an important grant to help fund incentives for including sustainability in curriculum and operations planning, and hiring a Sustainability Coordinator and a Hall Director focused on Sustainability, among other things.
In 2014:
The College wrote and passed a 3 year strategic plan for Sustainability including goals around curriculum, campus engagement, and operations.
The Steering Committee released a call for proposals from faculty and staff for Sustainability Citizen Courses and Leader Teams, which are funded opportunities to engage research and study of sustainability in a wide variety of disciplines.
The Sustainability Coordinator began work on a communications campaign, introducing new webpages and revamping old webpages around sustainability. Sustainability Assistants (hired work-study students) were tasked with educating their peers about sustainability concepts through the newly created Beloit College Sustainability Facebook page, and articles within the institution's online news forum, the Terrarium and student newspaper, the Round Table.
The Sustainability Coordinator worked with students, staff, and faculty, to introduce, research, and eventually pass several new projects to the Revolving Loan Fund, doubling the amount of projects seen by the Revolving Loan Fund in previous years.
The Sustainability Hall Director oversaw a first-ever Sustainability RA Group, who provided both passive and active programming around sustainability concepts for the student population.
From 2014-present, the Steering Committee has provided an incentive program for faculty and staff to embed sustainability into currcular and co-curricular endeavors. This process requires a call for proposal process as well as reading and responding to proposals, acting as a resource to faculty and staff throughout their courses, and collecting essays from students in said faculty and staff courses. The essays are judged against a learning outcomes rubric specific to sustainability.


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