Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 53.85
Liaison Vic Shelburne
Submission Date Nov. 26, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Clemson University
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Vic Shelburne
Fellow, Clemson University Commission on Sustainbility
Forestry and Environmental Conservation
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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 Clemson University Commission on Sustainability was established in September of 2009 by President James Barker. In December of 2010, the commission released a draft of the University’s first comprehensive Sustainability Plan, acting as the basis for all sustainability practices at Clemson. The plan was filed in accordance with the American College and University President’s Climate Commitment, to which Clemson is a signatory. The Clemson University Sustainability Commission is the coordinating body for our efforts to become a model of sustainability among institutions. To creatively address sustainability, the commission facilitates collaboration among students, faculty, staff, and the community by integrating education, research, and public service with the social, economic, and environmental infrastructure. The commission meets once a month and meetings are open to all members of the University community; individuals interested in becoming involved are encouraged to attend. http://www.clemson.edu/sustainability/commission/index.html


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

At a minimum, the CUSC will be composed of faculty, staff and students, and shall include the following:

a. Fellows of the CUSC, to be appointed by the Provost. Caye Drapcho and Vic Shelburne

b. Endowed Chairs for Sustainability:
i. Thomas F. Hash ’69 Endowed Chair in Sustainable Development. Rob Baldwin
ii. Glenn ’65 and Heather Hilliard Endowed Professorship in Environmental Sustainability. Patrick McMillan
iii. Margaret H. Lloyd Endowed Chair in Urban Ecology and Restoration. Ongoing search

c. Four faculty representatives as follows:
i. Faculty representatives shall be appointed by the CUSC Fellows from the Faculty at Large. Preference will be given to faculty with demonstrated expertise in at least one of the three pillars (ecological, societal, and economic) of sustainability. Appointees may include Emeriti faculty. Appointees shall have a demonstrated knowledge, interest, and ability in the subject of sustainability. Catherine Mobley, Scott Brame, Terry Walker, Geoff Zehnder

d. One representative from each of the following operational areas
i. Division of Student Affairs, to be appointed by the Vice President for Student Affairs Jennifer Goree
ii. Public Service Activities, to be appointed by the Vice President for PSA Charly McConnell
iii. Clemson Experimental Forest, to be appointed by the Vice President for PSA Vic Shelburne
iv. University Facilities Solid Waste Manager Dave Vandeventer
v. University Facilities Director of Utilities Tony Putnam
vi. Athletics Department, to be appointed by the Director of Athletics _____________
vii. University Housing & Dining, to be appointed by the Executive Director of University Housing and Dining Kathy Hobgood (Stuart Moore)
viii. Procurement Services, Director of Procurement Services or their appointed representative _______________
ix. Parking and Transportation Services, Director of Parking and Transportation Services or their appointed representative Dan Hofmann (Lydia Krause)
x. Calhoun Fields, appointed by the Director of Research Farms Kelly Gilkerson
xi. University Planning & Design Office, to be appointed by Director of Planning and Design Gerald Vander Mey

e. Student representatives as follows:
i. Student representative from Solid Green Student Coalition appointed by Solid Green Student Coalition Chair Emmaline Campasano
ii. Undergraduate Student Government Sustainability Director Bryson Daniels
iii. Graduate Student Government Secretary of Sustainability ___________
iv. Students for Environmental Action representative appointed by the President of Students for Environmental Action and/or representative from EcoReps as designated by Housing & Dining representative. Cyndel Brunel

f. Ex Officio Members
i. Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost or delegate Bob Jones
ii. Executive Vice President for Finance and Operations or delegate Brett Dalton
iii. Staff member from the Public Affairs Office appointed by Vice President for University Relations _______________
iv. Faculty/Staff member representing Clemson area community Gary Gaulin
v. Others as needed (appointed by the Fellows CUSC) Tom Jones, Tom Suttles


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

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Does the institution have at least one sustainability officer?:
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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 CUSC advises the Provost and other members of the University administration on matters pertaining to sustainability at Clemson University.

The responsibilities of the CUSC are to:

1. Engage university stakeholders in a joint effort to reduce the university’s ecological footprint and its impact on the environment.
2. Work with the university community and others to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, to preserve natural resources, and to integrate sustainability into existing educational, operational, research, and public service programs.
3. Incorporate sustainability into long-range planning and design.
4. Plan and implement an updated university sustainability/climate-neutral action plan in accordance with the President’s Climate Commitment.
5. Provide a foundation for Clemson University’s support of system wide efforts to meet the university’s climate-neutral goals.
6. Give equal weight to short and long-range sustainability issues and initiatives.
7. Incorporate financial costs and impact into sustainability plans and re-commendations.
8. Represent Clemson University at meetings, symposia and other events related to environmental sustainability.


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