Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 56.16
Liaison Matthew Liesch
Submission Date May 13, 2024

STARS v2.2

Central Michigan University
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Eric Urbaniak
Student Reviewer
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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 Leadership Committee
The Sustainability Leadership Committee is a committee made up of students representing a wide variety of sustainability and environmental focused groups on campus that come together to discuss issues on campus and unite sustainability efforts across campus. This group also plans events and presentations for the campus community. Examples of this work include planning guest speakers and Earth Week events.

Members of each committee, including affiliations and role:
​Eric Urbaniak - Student Sustainability Coordinator
Ava Brewer - Student Sustainability Coordinator
Claire Deblanc - Student Sustainability Coordinator
Lauren Dey - Student Sustainability Coordinator
Meghan VanDamme - Representative for Society of Women Engineers
Tiffany Jurge - Representative for The Sierra Club
Tyler Zimmerman - Representative for Refugee Outreach Collective
Carter James - Representative for the Wildlife Society
Jackson Khoury - Representative for Take Back the Tap
Emma Doederlein - Representative for The American Chemistry Society
Niyah Banfill - Representative for Community of Future Environmental Scientists

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

A brief description of each sustainability office:
Central Sustainability is a platform dedicated to making the CMU community more sustainable through projects, policy, and programming. Central sustainability has a focus on education, collaboration, and institutional growth to better Central Michigan University's campus.

Since its launch in May 2020, Central Sustainability has been successful in carrying out a number of sustainability projects and initiatives. CS has also grown tremendously in the past few years with a full office space as well as 6 student workers.

Notable accomplishments include:
The passage of a university Sustainable Purchasing Policy.
The on-campus Ethnobotanical Garden.
Establishment of a university sustainability website.
Submission of the STARS reports, which earned a prestigious “Gold” rating in 2020.
Expanding the composting program on campus.

Full-time equivalent of people employed in the sustainability office(s):
2

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

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Ea​ch of the following employees hold the title of Student Sustainability Coordinators: Eric Urbaniak, Ava Brewer, Claire Deblanc, Lauren Dey,Meghan VanDamme, Tiffany Jurge

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:
Central Sustainability works take a holistic approach to sustainability at Central Michigan University. Their main function is to identify all of the sustainable efforts across different departments of campus and unite them to strengthen the impact. The approach of Central Sustainability is to target efforts in academics, facilities, administration, students, and the community.

Job title of the sustainability officer position:
Central Sustainability Coordinator

Job description for the sustainability officer position:
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Job description for the sustainability officer position:
Central Sustainability Coordinators work on primarily social and cultural sustainability projects. Much of this work is done very independently and requires a lot of creative problem solving and brainstorming. Coordinators have a passion for sustainability and want to make a meaningful difference on campus through their work. Another task of this position is presenting and tabling in order to educate the campus community about sustainability. Overall, responsibilities include creative planning, programming, and community outreach on campus.

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

Job description for the sustainability officer position (2nd position):
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Job description for the sustainability officer position (2nd position):
Central Michigan University Facilities Management hires sustainability students to work on university sustainability reporting, waste diversion documentation, and waste reduction education projects. Some projects that have worked on in this role include administering CMU Campus Race to Zero Waste, charting CMU's Municipal Solid Waste data, planning special waste disposal drives and authoring the CMU Sustainable Purchasing Policy.

Job title of the sustainability officer position (3rd position):
Sustainability Public Relations Coordinator

Job description for the sustainability officer position (3rd position):
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Job description for the sustainability officer position (3rd position):
The Sustainability Public Relations Coordinator works to produce sustainability related content intended for educational purposes and engagement on campus. Examples of this work include creating graphics, videos, photos, and handouts.

Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability coordination is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
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