Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.75
Liaison Victor Udo
Submission Date Nov. 18, 2022

STARS v2.2

Bucknell University
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Victor E Udo
Director, Campus Sustainability
Office of Campus Sustainability
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Does the institution have at least one sustainability committee?:

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

The President’s Sustainability Council (PSC) shall act as the University’s Leadership team with primary responsibility to include developing and implementing the University’s Sustainability Plan. It shall calculate and make public Bucknell’s Carbon Footprint, track progress, recommend actions, and implement steps needed to meet the carbon reduction goals. It shall create and track progress toward other sustainability goals. It shall prepare and submit the STARS report (or equivalent) on an appropriate cycle. The PSC will charter Sub-Committees and working groups as necessary to implement or recommend policy. Those Sub-Committees shall periodically brief the PSC to inform them of opportunities, status, or recommendations.

Members of each committee, including affiliations and role:

President, Provost, VP Finance and Administration, Executive Director of Bucknell Center for Sustainability and the Environment, AVP Facilities and Sustainability, 4 at large faculty members, 3 at large staff members, 3 at large student members. At large members are elected for 2-3 yr terms.

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

A brief description of each sustainability office:

Office of Campus Sustainability - overall coordination of all environmental sustainability activities, Bucknell Center for Sustainability and the Environment - Academic center coordinating interdisciplinary student and faculty environmentally focused research, Facilities - an Energy Manager

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

Does the institution have at least one sustainability officer?:

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Victor Udo, Director of Campus Sustainability; Matt Higgins, Faculty Director BCSE; Janeen Putman, BCSE Operations Manager, Ben Hays, Water Shade Engineering Director, Shaunna Barnhart, Place Studies Director and Milton Newberry Sustainable Tech. Dir.

Does the institution have a mechanism for broad sustainability coordination for the entire institution?:

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

Simultaneous planning and implementation process by the President's Sustainability Council, Bucknell has attained certain sustainability accomplishments and began key initiatives including:
1. Restoration of the headwater regions of Miller Run
2. Regional Susquehanna River Symposiums and Students outdoor ecological engagement
3. Zero new investment in direct fossil fuel assets in 3 years and less than 4% of total
4. Mulching 600+ tons of solid waste annually & replaced plastic utensils with compostable ones
5. AASHE/STARS Gold Rating for Bucknell and LEED O&M Platinum for Academic West
6. More than 30,000 LED lights installed across campus; Earned tree campus award
7. Over 800 student’s participation at Bucknell Farm; Over 15,000 lbs of food donated
8. Sustainability outreach to extended community of organizations such as Weis Markets, Milton Regional Sewer Authority and Lycoming Landfill – food waste to green energy consortium
9. Preparing students for business leadership through Green Tank and Green Fund innovation competition; public policy leadership through debates; and behavioral changes through sustainability certification (offices/classes, housing and events/dining) programs
10. Ordinance for solar project while pursuing budget neutral carbon neutrality with potential service providers.
11. Installation of Biodigester to divert food waste from the landfill
12. Deployment of 1.7MWDC Bison Solar Project
13. Reduction of carbon footprint by 29% in 2020 versus 2008 baseline
14. Continuous planting of trees at targeted areas on campus e.g. “100 trees in 100 minutes”
Completion of the Bucknell Greenway Phase 1
Institutionalization of four (4) Working Groups for Campus Sustainability

Job title of the sustainability officer position:
Director of Sustainability

Job description for the sustainability officer position:
Job description for the sustainability officer position:

The Director of Sustainability (DS) will reports to the VP Finance and Administration organizationally and reports to the President process wise by leading the President’s Sustainability Council (PSC) in the development and implementation of a campus wide sustainability plan. The DS is responsible for the providing strategic direction, day-to-day leadership on all sustainability initiatives, oversees internal and external communications, and tracks metrics to assess the plan’s progress. This position will directly supervise a team of staff and/or student interns and coordinate with other faculty, staff, and student volunteers and vendors to implement the sustainability plan.

Job title of the sustainability officer position (2nd position):
Faculty Director BCSE

Job description for the sustainability officer position (2nd position):

Job description for the sustainability officer position (2nd position):

Guides the Bucknell Center for Sustainability & the Environment to create impactful, interdisciplinary, experiential opportunities for learning and research that address global and environmental challenges. Facilitates the the collaborative scholarship from across the University and empowers students and faculty to explore, learn about, engage with and transform their world.

Job title of the sustainability officer position (3rd position):
BCSE Operations Manager

Job description for the sustainability officer position (3rd position):

Job description for the sustainability officer position (3rd position):

Supports the implementation of the center Strategic Goals which includes:
1. Conduct and support theoretical and applied scholarship.
2. Foster interdisciplinary teaching and learning.
3. Encourage innovation, diverse perspectives and creativity across the University.
4. Collaborate with communities and partner organizations.
5. Prioritize, pursue and allocate resources effectively.

Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability coordination is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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