Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 70.16
Liaison Kylee Singh
Submission Date Sept. 19, 2019
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California Polytechnic State University
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Kylee Singh
Sustainability Coordinator
Energy Utilities and 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 primary function of the Sustainability Advisory Committee is to review and recommend measures related to University sustainability policies and practices dealing with natural resource utilization, land use, and physical projects. The committee is advisory and reports to the vice president of Administration & Finance.

The Academic Senate Sustainability Committee informs and supports the activities of other campus groups and committees whose scope encompasses environmental responsibility. This committee makes recommendations to the Academic Senate to foster development and implementation of the Talloires Declaration action plan, including integration of sustainability into University curriculum and programs.


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

SAC:
Dennis Elliot*, 2018-2020 Director Energy, Utilities, Sustainability
Adrienne Greve 2017-2019 Faculty Architecture & Env. Design
Kevin Piper 2018-2020Director Ag Operations, Agriculture, Food & Env. Sciences
Patrick Lemieux 2017-2019 Faculty, Engineering
Vacant 2018-2020 Academic Senate Executive Committee
Kylie Clark 2018-2019 ASI
Bree Zedar 2018-2019 ASI
Kaitlin Gibbons 2018-2020 Cal Poly Corporation
Hunter Francis 2018-2020 Director Center for Sustainability, Ag, Food & Env. Sciences (SARC rep)
Ron Skamfer 2017-2019 Continuing, Student Affairs (ASI Staff)
Suzanne LaCaro 2017-2019, University Housing Director of Sustainability
Anthony Palazzo Campus Planner Ex officio
Steve Polvi Ex officio Continuing

ASSC:
Bennett, Penny CLA/AssocDean Admin
Braun, David (CH) Faculty CENG
Cartwright, Lauren Student ASI
Dumars, Jeffrey FacPlang Admin
Elliot, Dennis FacSvc Admin
Fernsler, Jonathan Faculty CSM
Moore, Rob Student ASI
Peters, Jason Faculty English CLA
Reich, Jonathan Faculty Arch CAED
Singh, Kylee Staff Enrg&Sustain Admin
Winslow, Dianna CTLT Admin


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 Facilities Energy, Utilities, and Sustainability organization is dedicated to responsible management of the natural resources needed to assure the continued efficient operations of the Cal Poly campus. Electricity, natural gas, water, and various other resources are critical to operating a successful university; Cal Poly is an award winning leader in sustainability because we manage those resources using sustainability as a driving force in campus planning and operations.


Full-time equivalent (FTE) of people employed in the sustainability office(s):
4

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

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Dennis Elliot, Director Energy, Utilities, and Sustainability

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:

Every year, the Cal poly Energy, Utilities, and Sustainability team in partnership with the Sustainability Advisory Committee and Academic Senate Sustainability Committee convenes a campus wide Sustainability Charrette to shape Cal Poly’s role in Sustainability and Climate Change. The all-day event brings together over 100 faculty, staff, students, administrators, industry partners, and community leaders using Liberating Structures to work through timely challenges for sustainability opportunities on campus.


Job title of the sustainability officer position:
Energy and Sustainability Analyst

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

The primary purpose of the Energy and Sustainability Analyst is to provide administrative and technical support to the Assistant Director of Energy, Utilities, and Sustainability in Facilities. This position will have administrative and strategic program leadership roles in support of a wide range of sustainability initiatives having a broad impact on Facilities and the University as a whole. Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, research, development, implementation, and oversight of: energy and water conservation projects; recycling and waste reduction programs; educational outreach and behavioral change initiatives; utility procurement, invoice processing, recharge billing, and utility budget forecasting and planning; greenhouse gas tracking and reporting; energy, utility, sustainability, and greenhouse gas master planning; climate action planning; development of on-site and renewable energy generation systems; sustainability rating and certification of buildings and/or the campus; and public relations, publicity, and marketing of these efforts. This position will interface with utility vendors, consultants, contractors, campus auxiliary organizations, students, faculty, staff, and administrators, and will provide information to the campus community and general public by telephone, email, written report, and in person.


Job title of the sustainability officer position (2nd position):
Sustainability Coordinator

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

The primary purpose of the Sustainability Coordinator is to provide administrative and program support to the Director of Energy, Utilities, and Sustainability in Facilities. This position will have administrative and strategic program leadership roles in support of a wide range of sustainability initiatives having a broad impact on Facilities and the University as a whole to institutionalize sustainability values in student experience and campus culture across all divisions, departments, and business units. Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, research, development, implementation, and oversight of: sustainability and greenhouse gas tracking, reporting, and master planning; climate action planning; educational outreach and behavioral change initiatives; infusion of sustainability into curriculum and academic programs; faculty, staff and student stakeholder engagement; energy and water conservation programs; recycling and waste reduction programs; sustainability rating and certification of buildings and/or the campus; sustainability event planning and coordination; support of class projects and sustainability club activities; and public relations, publicity, and marketing of these efforts. This position will interface with vendors, consultants, contractors, campus auxiliary organizations, students, faculty, staff, and administrators, and will provide information to the campus community and general public by telephone, email, written report, and in person.


Job title of the sustainability officer position (3rd position):
Zero Waste Program Coordinator

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

The primary purpose of the Zero Waste Program Coordinator is to provide administrative and technical support to the Director of Energy, Utilities, and Sustainability in Facilities Management and Development. This position will have administrative and strategic program leadership roles in support of a wide range of waste management and related sustainability initiatives having a broad impact on Facilities and the University as a whole. Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, research, development, implementation, and oversight of: recycling, composting, and other waste reduction programs; educational outreach and behavioral change initiatives; waste management service contract administration; invoice processing and waste management budget forecasting and planning; waste management program design and process improvement; sustainability rating and certification programs for waste management; and public relations, publicity, and marketing of these efforts. This position will interface with waste management vendors, consultants, contractors, campus auxiliary organizations, students, faculty, staff, and administrators, and will provide information to the campus community and general public by telephone, email, written report, and in person.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Accomplishments and work done by this team can be found in our Biennial Sustainability Reports: https://afd.calpoly.edu/sustainability/about/sustainability-reports

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