Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 71.47
Liaison Ian Johnson
Submission Date March 5, 2021

STARS v2.2

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?:
Yes

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:

2019-2020 Member list:
Co-chairs

Student: Max Kronstadt (CCSGA)

Faculty: Mark Smith (Economics & Business Professor)

Staff: Luke Cammack (Patron Experience Manager – FAC)

Students

Hugh Alessi (CCSGA)

Daniel Cortez (Sustainability Intern)

Ben Kirchman (Sustainability Intern)

Quinn Yawger (Sustainability Intern)

Madison Wilkinson (Sustainability Intern)

Paige Shetty (Sustainability Intern)

Brandon Ewert (Sustainability Intern)

Westly Joseph (Sustainability Intern)

Zach Benevento-Zahner (Sustainability Intern)

Benjamin Swift (Sustainability Intern)

Sara Dixon (Sustainability Intern)

Sofia Infante (Sustainability Intern)

Kevin Barry (Investment Club Co-Chair)

Nick Shulkin (Investment Club Co-chair)

Jordan Schrage (EnAct Co-Chair)

Emma Fetterly (EnAct Co-Chair)

Madie Alexander (Sustainable Community Development CO-OP Co-Chair)

Margot Flynn (Sustainable Community Development CO-OP Co-Chair)

Brita Mackey (Sunrise Movement Co-Chair)

Jane Hatfield (Sunrise Movement Co-Chair)

Faculty

Rebecca Barnes (Environmental Program)

Eli Fahrenkrug (Chemistry)

Tyler Cornelius (Environmental Program)

Staff

Ian Johnson (Director of Sustainability)

Mae Rohrbach (Sustainability Paraprofessional)

Lori Hamacher (Executive Assistant to the President)

George Eckhardt (Campus Planner)

Karen To (Director of Web & Digital Media)

Tom Allen (Sodexo)

Dave Barfield (Sodexo)

Meghan Yingling (Major Gift Officer)

Brenda Gillen (Assistant Director, Advancement Communications)

Darren Ceckanowicz (EV Program Technical Director)

Mark Ferguson (Campus Operations & Plant Manager)

Cecelia Gonzalez (Horticulturist)

Eddie Siow (Bon Appetit)

Randy Kruse (Bon Appetit)

Tyler Dexter (Bon Appetit)

Keith Beck (Housing Maintenance Supervisor)

Alex Guido (Housing Lead Maintenance Worker)

John Lauer (Associate Vice President – Student Life)

Tess Powers (Director of Faculty Research Support)

Michael Brubaker (Mechanical Services Engineer)

Katharina Groves (Director, Applications & Security – ITS)

Julia Barrett (Assistant Director, College and FAC Events)

John Thornburg (Career Coach)

Amy Hill (Director of Campus Activities and Student Orientation)

Tiffany Kelly (Director of Alumni and Family Relations)

Mateen Zafer (Coordinator of Mentorship and Diversity Initiatives)

Community Members

Alicia Archibald (e-Tech Recyclers) alicia.archibald@gmail.com

Stephen Payne (Account Manager – Colorado Springs Utilities) sbpayne@csu.org

Ryan Trujillo (Sustainability Director, Colorado Springs) rtrujillo@springsgov.com

Linda Kogan (Sustainability Director, UCCS) lkogan@uccs.edu

Jane Ard-Smith (Sierra Club)


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:

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.
The Office of Sustainability has a Director of Sustainability and one full-time Paraprofessional position.


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:
Ian Johnson

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:

During the last several 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 responsible for adding the various sustainability components to the College's Strategic Plan. In 2018, the Council pushed the administration to prioritize sustainability in its professional staffing, leading to the creation of the sustainability paraprofessional position. 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 and Colorado College achieved their goal in January of 2020.


Job title of the sustainability officer position:
Sustainability Director

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

Sustainability Director collaborates with faculty, students, staff, and community to develop and direct programs and projects that support the sustainability goals outlined in the college's strategic plan through a liberal arts learning approach. Responsibilities include: directing the Office of Sustainability, promoting education and research focused on campus sustainability, and fostering a collaborative and innovative sustainability community at Colorado College. Required qualifications include: master's degree in a related field plus a minimum of three years of related experience (working in a sustainability and resource conservation management position); proficient with computer software programs such as word processing, spreadsheets, data visualization, presentation and web site development tools; excellent oral and written communication skills; ability to think critically and solve problems; good judgement and ability to handle confidential/sensitive information with discretion; excellent organizational and analytical skills; self-motivated; ability to multi-task in a fast paced environment (establishing and meeting deadlines, often in the midst of changing priorities); tact and sensitivity to work with divergent views on sustainability; ability to operate standard office equipment. Travel and/or attendance at meetings or other functions outside normal business hours may be required. Preferred qualifications include: PhD in a related field; familiarity with Colorado College or another private liberal arts residential college; experience with greenhouse gas inventories, carbon emissions, and offsets.


Job title of the sustainability officer position (2nd position):
Office of Sustainability (Oos) Paraprofessional

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

The OoS Paraprofessional manages the OoS Intern teams (currently consisting of nine paid interns, fifteen dedicated volunteers, seven Eco RA's and a Swap Space Manager), provides mentorship to sustainability-based student groups (EnACT and the Sense of Place Living/Learning Community) and supports the Campus Sustainability Council and the Sustainability Director in achieving the sustainability goals outlined in the college's strategic plan through a liberal arts learning approach. Responsibilities include: serve as the primary contact for the OoS student teams, serve as primary point of contact to the campus community and to the public regarding matters related to sustainability and to the overall office operations, attend a broad variety of meetings and events on and off campus to represent the OoS as appropriate, assist with overall logistical support for the OoS, plan and oversee Sense of Place trips, serve as an advisor to EnACT, coordinate the assembly and submission of reports and/or data to meet reporting deadlines, manage the Eco Fund, oversee marketing and advertisement for the Office of Sustainability, assist with programmatic development and delivery for campus events, serve as office receptionist, perform word processing, filing, proofreading, photocopying, and scanning, support and contribute to the goal of achieving greater diversity at Colorado College, promote a culture of safety and environmental protection by working in a safe manner, and act in a socially responsible manner and model environmental sustainability by exercising financial prudence, using college resources wisely, and supporting ecological initiatives and innovation. Required qualifications include: bachelor's degree from Colorado College; significant experience with campus sustainability efforts, projects, and data collection; ability to take initiative (self-starter, able to make decisions independently within the limits of designated authority); ability to coordinate a large and diverse staff of student interns, volunteers, Eco RAs, Living Learning Communities, and others involved in the sustainability effort at CC; ability to represent the OoS in a professional manner at meetings and events on and off campus with a variety of stakeholders including community partners, faculty and staff, students, and parents; ability to perform research and analysis, and write compelling reports; basic computer skills. Preferred qualifications include: expert knowledge of OoS organization and operations; valid driver's license and van certification; personal interest and commitment to sustainability.


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Job description for the sustainability officer position (3rd position):
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Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability coordination is available:
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