Overall Rating Platinum - expired
Overall Score 88.14
Liaison Tonie Miyamoto
Submission Date Dec. 6, 2019
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Colorado State University
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Tonie Miyamoto
Director of Communications and Sustainability
Housing and Dining Services
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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 President's Sustainability Commission reports directly to the President of Colorado State University.

Mission Statement:
Promote and facilitate the effective integration of sustainability across all aspects of the University.

- Advocate for sustainability efforts across the University and empower students, faculty, and staff to propose and pursue new ideas and initiatives to advance sustainability
- Advise on university-wide sustainability initiatives including but not limited to STARS, master planning, learning outcomes, budgets, campaigns, community and public partnerships, and new buildings
- Help connect sustainability efforts across the University (including academics, research, operations, student engagement, administration, and public outreach).
- Utilize STARS as a framework to help measure progress and develop and maintain a University-wide Sustainability Strategic Plan that feeds into and supports the CSU Strategic Plan
- Report the Campus Greenhouse Gas Inventory annually and update the Climate Action Plan biannually

In addition to the President's Sustainability Commission, there are numerous other committees devoted to sustainability at CSU including, but not limited to, the Climate Action Plan Advisory Committee, Live Green Team, Zero Waste Team, Pollinator Friendly Campus Committee, Campus Bicycle Advisory Committee, Composting Team, and STARS Team.

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

President's Sustainability Commission members:
Executive Leadership Team Liaison - Lynn Johnson, Vice President for University Operations

Co-Chair - Carol Dollard, Energy Engineer in Facilities Management

Co-Chair - Tonie Miyamoto, Director of Communications and Sustainability in Housing & Dining Services, Division of Student Affairs

Administrative Support – Kirstie Tedrick, Sustainability Coordinator, Housing & Dining Services

Graduate Intern – Danielle Backman, Graduate student, College of Liberal Arts

College Representatives:

College of Agricultural Sciences – Jessica Davis, Head, Dept. of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture

College of Business – Shelby Sack, Impact MBA

College of Engineering – Mark Ritschard, Assistant Dean

College of Health & Human Sciences – Brian Dunbar, Executive Director of the Institute for the Built Environment and Bill Timpson, Professor of Education

College of Liberal Arts – Stephanie Malin, Assistant Professor

College of Natural Sciences – Tony Rappe, Professor of Chemistry and Andrew Warnock, Director of Education and Outreach Center

College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences – Colleen Duncan, Assistant Professor of Pathology

Warner College of Natural Resources – Dan McGrath, Assistant Professor


Administrative Professional Council – Rick Novak, Director of Colorado Seed Programs

ASCSU – Andrea Fairfied, Director of Environmental Affairs

Athletics - Doug Max, Senior Athletic Director for Facilities Management

Classified Personnel Council - Stacey Baumgarn, Campus Energy Coordinator

Colorado Water Institute – Julie Kallenberger, Water Education and Outreach Specialist

CSUF – Sara Campbell, Investment Liaison

Denver Programs – Jocelyn Hittle, Director of Denver Program Development

Energy Institute – Jeff Muhs, Associate Director

Faculty Council – Stephanie Clemons, Professor for Design and Merchandising, College of Health and Human Sciences

Graduate Student Council – TBD

School of Global Environmental Sustainability - Aleta Weller, Senior Research and Outreach Officer

Student Sustainability Center –Sarah VanHatten, Director

Vice President for Advancement - TBD

Office of the Vice President for Diversity - Tim Brennan, Fiscal Officer and Business Manager

Vice President for Engagement - Cary Weiner, Energy Administration Extension State Specialist

Vice President for Enrollment & Access - TBD

Vice President for External Relations – Mary Guiden, Communications Coordinator

Vice President for Information Technology/CSU Libraries - Monica Latham, Instruction and Reference Librarian and John Fitch, Affiliate Full Professor

Vice President for University Operations:

Integrated Solid Waste – Sheela Backen, Integrated Solid Waste Manager

Parking & Transportation Services – Aaron Fodge, Alternative Transportation Manager

Procurement Services - Farrah Bustamante, Strategic Sourcing Manager

Surplus Property – Jake Drenth, Surplus Property Manager

Vice President for Research – Debra Horensky, Director of Education & Engagement for Infectious Disease Research Center

Vice President for Student Affairs - Mary Liang, Assistant Director of Sustainability, Housing & Dining Services

Partners (invited but not standing/voting members)
City of Fort Collins

Campus Bicycle Advisory Committee members: https://bicycle.colostate.edu/sample-page/cbac-meeting-agendas-and-minutes/

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 School of Global Environmental Sustainability (SoGES) is an interdisciplinary umbrella organization that encompasses all environmental education and research at the university across all eight colleges and in collaboration with multiple institutes, organizations, centers, and campus partners.

SoGES also includes the Student Sustainability Center as an umbrella for all sustainability-related student organizations and initiatives on campus.

Additionally, some departments on campus including Facilities Management, Housing & Dining Services, and Parking & Transportation Services have embedded sustainability staff/offices that work on area-specific initiatives.

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

Does the institution have at least one sustainability officer?:

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Carol Dollard, Co-Chair of the President's Sustainability Commission and Campus Energy Manager; Tonie Miyamoto Co-Chair of PSC and Director of Communications & Sustainability for Housing & Dining Services

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)?:

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

CSU has a number of offices, officers, and committees devoted to sustainability, notably the President's Sustainability Commission, School of Global Environmental Sustainability, the Student Sustainability Center, and ASCSU (student government) Environmental Affairs. Achievements in the past three years include:
o Climate Reality Pledge – in 2017 CSU President committed to 100% renewable electricity by 2030 and then worked with the City and local utility providers to make a similar commitment.
o Bee Campus USA – Based on a student idea in 2017, the President’s Sustainability Commission created a subcommittee called Pollinator Friendly Campus Committee and developed a plan to expand pollinator gardens and native plants on campus and also proposed the introduction of several student-run bee hives; within six months CSU was a certified Bee Campus USA and the gardens and hives are thriving.
o Living Wage Initiative – the President’s Sustainability Commission joined Faculty Council, Classified Personnel Council, and Administrative Professional Council in endorsing a living wage initiative. In fall 2018, the base pay of the lowest paid staff on campus was raised to $30K.
o Ram Food Recovery – Working with ASCSU, CSU’s student governing board, and Housing & Dining Services, the President’s Sustainability Commission endorsed an expansion of the Rams Against Hunger program to make food leftover from catered events available for pick-up by those on campus experiencing food insecurity. During the three-month pilot phase in spring 2019, more than 800 people signed up for the text alert system, more than 20 opportunities were provided for food pick-up, and up to 50 people were able to pick up food at one event. The pilot was so successful it has become a permanent program and the President’s Sustainability Commission has endorsed expanding the program across campus.
o STARS Platinum – in 2015 CSU became the first institution to earn a Platinum rating and repeated the feat in 2017.
o Sustainability majors or minors have been identified in all eight colleges on campus along with several interdisciplinary sustainability minors.

For a complete list of most recent achievements please visit: http://green.colostate.edu/ to see our Green Firsts, Green Research, events and achievements of the commission, and more.

Job title of the sustainability officer position:
Co-Chair of the President's Sustainability Commission

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

Job title of the sustainability officer position (2nd position):
Director of School of Global Environmental Sustainability

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

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

Job Description for Director of the School of Global Environmental Sustainability (SoGES) at Colorado State University:
The Director of SoGES is responsible for all operational and academic activities of the School, and reports directly to the Provost and Executive Vice President.

These activities include:
- Managing the staff of the school, including financial, administrative, and research/academic staff
- Convening with the External Advisory Board on a regular basis for guidance and direction on the School's future
- Working closely with the Executive Council and Leadership Team of the school to design and implement the School's initiatives
- Directing the School's research programs in sustainability science, including cultivation of interdisciplinary partnerships, experimentation with new methods, and development of projects that integrate disparate knowledge and approaches. These include support for the Global Challenge Research Teams; Resident Faculty Fellows; Visiting Fellows; and ancillary groups such as the Environmental Justice Working Group. Support for the Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative is an important part of the School's current mission.
- Directing the School's education and training programs, designed to educate and equip students with knowledge and tools to tackle sustainability challenges. These include supervision of the GES set of courses; the management and advising of students in the SoGES Sustainability Minor; assisting the Energy Institute faculty and the Water Center faculty in administering the Sustainable Energy minor and the Sustainable Water Interdisciplinary minor; working closely with the SoGES Curriculum Committee to review current coursework, develop new courses, and new academic programs such as the Graduate Certificate in Applied Global stability; administering the CGW Scholarship program; providing oversight for the Sustainability Leadership Fellows program.
- Provide guidance and administrative support to collaborative centers such as the Salazar Center for North American Conservation, the Africa Center, the Global Biodiversity Center, and the Future Earth Hub.
- Promote co-curricular student involvement via the Student Sustainability Center.
- Direct the Engagement activities of the School, including appropriate communications, events, symposia, workshops, and special lectures.

Job title of the sustainability officer position (3rd position):
Director of the Student Sustainability Center

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

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

To learn more about staff positions within the School of Global Environmental Sustainability visit https://sustainability.colostate.edu/about-us/leadership-staff/. The SoGES Strategic Plan is attached above.

To learn more about faculty and research experts in sustainability at Colorado State visit http://green.colostate.edu/faculty-and-research-experts/

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