Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 55.87
Liaison Ian Johnson
Submission Date July 29, 2014
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Colorado College
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Ian Johnson
Sustainability Director
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have at least one sustainability committee, office, and/or officer that focuses on sustainability broadly and covers the entire institution?:

A brief description of the activities and substantive accomplishments of the committee(s), office(s), and/or officer(s) during the previous three years:

During the last three years, the Campus Sustainability Council (CSC) has been instrumental in driving sustainability initiatives on campus. By increasing its membership to include a diverse group of faculty, staff and students, the Council has been able to successfully influence the wider campus community. The Council was responsable for adding the various sustainability components to the College's Strategic Plan. Last year, the Council pushed the administration to prioritize sustainability in its professional staffing, leading to the replacement of the Sustainability Coordinator with two higher up and full-time positions, the Energy Manager and the Sustainability Manager. Furthermore, in the last few years, the Council has lobbied for and successfully increased the College's dedicated budget for sustainability projects. The money has helped support the construction of a campus greenhouse, an online energy monitoring system, and campus signage for sustainability features. The Council presented a plan and strategy for reaching the College's carbon neutrality goal by 2020.

The previous Sustainability Coordinator operated as a subset of Facilities and was instrumental in implementing the dashboard system, implementing composting programs for both dining services and off-campus housing, supporting the expansion of non-potable irrigation across campus, developing the a student garden, and implementing a green-cleaning policy (amongst many others). The new Office of Sustainabiliy continues to focus on those items, but is placed in the Office of the Dean of the College, giving the Sustainability Manager access and influence on a higher level of administration and curriculum development as it relates to sustainability principles.

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 mission of the Campus Sustainability Council is to make Colorado College a model for campus and community sustainability. The CSC works to design, promote, and implement initiatives that are ecologically viable, economically sound, and socially just, now and for future generations.The CSC plays a key role in raising campus awareness and keeping sustainability issues at the forefront, reminding us all to live up to Colorado College’s core value of nurturing a sense of place and an ethic of environmental sustainability.

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

Campus Sustainability Committee:
Howard Drossman (Environmental Program), Virginia Visconti (Community-Based Learning and Research), Ian Johnson (Sustainability Manager), Laurel Sebastian (Co-chair for EnAct), Jane Arden Smith, Kyra Wolf (Sustainability Intern), Katy Dupree (Sustainability Intern), Lily Biggar, STARS Sustainability Intern, Chris Edmonds (Student, Strategic Plan Committee), Angelica Roberts (Communications Sustainability Intern), Corina McKendry (Political Science), Marion Hourdequin (Environmental Program, Philosophy), Matt Reuer (Technical Director for Environmental Program), Derek Hanson (Bon Appetit), Don Davidson (Director of Purchasing), Mark Lee (Communications), Barry Hunt (Project Manager with Facilities), Beth Gentry, Bon Appetit, Mark Wilson (Biology,) Justin Weis (Residential Life and Housing), Denise Sheridan (Environmental Health and Safety Coordinator), Edward Priem (Finance Department), Lenny Ortman (Facilities), Julian Kraus-Polk (Sustainability Intern), Charlotte Cadow (Green House Gas Inventory Sustainability Intern), Benjamin Feldman (Sustainability Intern), Cecilia Gonzales (Facilities and Grounds), Emilie Gray (Biology), Tess Powers (Director of Faculty Research Support), Pam Butler (Human Resources), John Lauer (Student Life), McKinley Sielaff (Library), Leo Stout (Co-chair of EnAct), Ryan Hammes (Director of Outdoor Education), George Eckhardt (Facility Services), Mark Ferguson (Energy Manager), Barbara Whitten (Physics), Bruce Coriell (College Chaplain), Sophie Javna (Sustainability Intern)

The website URL where information about the sustainability committee(s) is available:
Does the institution have at least one sustainability office that includes more than 1 full-time equivalent (FTE) employee?:

A brief description of each sustainability office:

The Office of Sustainability fosters communication, collaboration and coordination between sustainability stakeholders in the CC community. The Office serves to develop and support campus initiatives, working closely with the Campus Sustainability Council and the student environmental action group, EnAct, to make the Colorado College a model for campus and community sustainability.

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

The website URL where information about the sustainability office(s) is available:
Does the institution have at least one sustainability officer?:

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Ian Johnson

A brief description of each sustainability officer position:

The Sustainability Manager is in charge of developing, promoting, and administering the many sustainability plans, initiatives, and deliverables associated with on-campus and external activities. He advises student sustainability groups, updates the campus utility dashboard, implements campus resource conservation campaigns, collaborates with the Facilities Management to encourage the use of efficient practices of technologies, develops community partnerships, administers the Campus Annual Sustainability Projects Fund and the EcoFund, supervises the sustainability interns, and writes and distributes an annual Colorado College Sustainability report evaluating progress on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and on the campus's carbon neutrality goal.

The website URL where information about the sustainability officer(s) is available:
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