Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 52.54
Liaison Becky Haney
Submission Date Feb. 26, 2020

STARS v2.2

Calvin University
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Becky Haney
Associate Professor
Economics
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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:

http://www.calvin.edu/admin/comm/envstewardship/ESC_bylaws_201307.pdf

The link to the mandate is above and the mandate and composition of the committee are reproduced below.

Energy and Environmental Sustainability Committee

Mandate:

The Energy and Environmental Sustainability Committee (EESC) shall be responsible to:

1. Advocate for the implementation of the Calvin Statement on Sustainability.
2.Serve as a structure for the exchange of information and communication among the decision-making units that influence environmental and energy sustainability.
3.Recommend to responsible parties environmental stewardship and sustainability standards and guidelines for campus services and activities.
4.Track progress of sustainability efforts on campus and present annual reports to the Faculty Senate.

Reporting Relationship:
The Energy and Environmental Sustainability Committee will report to the Faculty Senate.


Members of each committee, including affiliations and role:

The Committee Members for 2018-2019 include:

Gail Heffner, director of CEAP
Matt Heun, faculty CERF mentor, chair
Henry Kingma, coordinator of recycling program
Russell Bray, director of physical plant
Becki Simpson, residence life
Adam Tozer, staff
Kieran Valk, student​
Sally Vander Ploeg, VP for administration and finance
Dave Warners, Plaster Creek Stewards leadership team
Becky Haney, STARS liaison
Student Sustainability Interns (including CERF intern, STARS intern, and Second Nature/SIMAP Intern)

Composition:
Eleven members:
•Director of the Calvin Environmental Assessment Program
•Director of the physical plant (or designee with on-campus energy management experience)
•Coordinator of recycling program
•One at-large staff member
•A student representative of the Environmental Stewardship Coalition
•A Student Senate representative
•The vice president of administration and finance (ex officio)
•A faculty representative of the Plaster Creek Stewards leadership team
•A faculty representative of the Sustainability Summit leadership team
•A faculty CERF mentor
•A representative of Residence Life staff involved in sustainability

Among the faculty EESC members, all three academic divisions shall be represented and one will serve as chair.


Does the institution have at least one sustainability office that includes more than 1 full-time equivalent employee?:
No

A brief description of each sustainability office:
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Full-time equivalent of people employed in the sustainability office(s):
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Does the institution have at least one sustainability officer?:
Yes

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Dr. Gail Gunst Heffner, Acting Director of Sustainability (Provost Office); Russell Bray, Director of Facilities; Dr. Beck Haney, Academic Coordinator for Sustainability.

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

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

Descriptions of the activity and accomplishments of the committee are available for the last three years. Here is a link to the most recent available report, provided by the FY 18-19 chair Dr. Kuperus-Heun, summarized below:

•EESC encouraged attendance at two CEAP Poster Sessions
•EESC tracked all implemented CERF projects for both energy and financial savings.
•EESC supported the Kill-a-watt competition in January and the Mad Farmer Food Festival in May, both organized by Residence Life.
•EESC recommended that the college president commit Calvin to being an “institutional partner” for the CRCNA Climate Witness Project.
•EESC heard regular reports about the Calvin Community Garden, composting/recycling, Student Environmental Stewardship Coalition, Student Senate, and Physical Plant activities.
•EESC provided inputs to the strategic planning process and the Commons Union project.


Job title of the sustainability officer position:
Acting Director of Sustainability

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

Dr. Gail Heffner, as Acting Director of Sustainability, is overseeing Dr. Becky Haney, Academic Coordinator for Sustainability, and Mr. Russell Bray, Director of Facilities, in coordinating sustainability activities on campus. Since the college president signed the Second Nature Climate Commitment in December 2017, Calvin has increased our efforts tracking our sustainability initiatives to make progress toward meeting the Climate Commitment goals.


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

Job description for the sustainability officer position (2nd position):
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Job description for the sustainability officer position (2nd position):
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Job title of the sustainability officer position (3rd position):
(Acting) Academic Coordinator for Sustainability

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

This position is responsible for maintaining the Sustainability Course Inventory. This position also encourages departments and faculty to expand their sustainability course offerings or number of courses with a unit on sustainability. This position oversees the implementation of Sustainability Literacy Assessment in individual courses and pursues university-wide assessment.


Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability coordination is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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EESC leadership makeup will change slightly for FY 19-20: contact Prof. Heun about the new leadership lineup.

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