Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 74.18
Liaison Allie Schwartz
Submission Date Nov. 30, 2012
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Columbia University
PAE-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Cathy Resler
Manager
Office of Environmental Stewardship
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Does the institution have a sustainability committee?:
Yes

The charter or mission statement of the committee or a brief description of the committee's purview and activities :

The University convened the Environmental Stewardship Task Force in 2005 that culminated in the creation of the Office of Environmental Stewardship. There are multiple issue specific committees that advise and implement sustainability projects and programs such as lab design efficiency, Green IT and Data Center Efficiency, Manhattanville Clean Construction Panel, Anti-Idling Work Group, Energy Committee, Recycling, and LEED Committee Meetings,

Manhattanville Clean Construction panel sets eligibility requirements for DPF equipment manufacturers, defines the implementation process, solicit and review proposals from construction equipment providers, and other similar functions. The panel includes members from Facilities MDG, the Office of Environmental Stewardship, Professor Kinney as well as engineering professionals knowledgeable in diesel engines, construction equipment and retrofit technologies.

Additionally, an Environmental Stewardship Advisory committee is being organized to work collaborative and represent broad stakeholder interests to senior administration.


Members of the committee, including affiliations:

COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY MORNINGSIDE and LDEO CAMPUSES ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (EMS) STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP
* Chair, Executive Vice President for Research
Academic Planning & Scientific Initiatives
Applied Physics & Mathematics
Vice President Arts & Sciences
Chair, Astrophysics
Chair, Biology
Chair, Biomedical Engineering
Chair, Chemical Engineering
Chair, Chemistry
Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S)
Facilities Morningside
Associate General Counsel
GeoChemistry, LDEO
Vice President Information Services/University Librarian
Director, LDEO
Facilities/Plant Engineering, LDEO
Senior Scholar and Associate Director LDEO
Chair, Physics
Vice President Procurement Services
Vice President Research
Dean, SEAS
Visual Arts/School of Arts
http://www.ehs.columbia.edu/SafetyCommitteeDesc.html#esc

Laboratory Design Work Group
EH&S
Manhattanville
CU Facilities
EH&S Radiation Safety
EH&S Fire Safety
Capital Project Management, Morningside
Facilities Management, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Environmental Stewardship
Capital Project Management, CUMC

Manhattanville Clean Construction panel sets eligibility requirements for DPF equipment manufacturers, defines the implementation process, solicit and review proposals from construction equipment providers, and other similar functions. The panel includes members from Facilities MDG, the Office of Environmental Stewardship, Professor Kinney as well as engineering professionals knowledgeable in diesel engines, construction equipment and retrofit technologies.
http://www.ehs.columbia.edu/FumeHoodVendorsAndGuidelines.pdf


The website URL where information about the sustainability committee is available:
Does the institution have a sustainability office?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability office:

The Office of Environmental Stewardship initiates, coordinates and implements practical programs to reduce the University’s environmental footprint and promotes a culture that values the environment and acts to protect it. The office collaborates with students, staff and neighbors to achieve the University's sustainability goals. Robert Kasdin, Senior Executive Vice President, established the office in 2007 as an outgrowth of his work with the Environmental Stewardship Task Force.


The number of people employed in the sustainability office:
4

The website URL where information about the sustainability office is available:
Does the institution have a sustainability coordinator?:
Yes

Sustainability coordinator's name:
Cathy Resler and Helen Bielak

Sustainability coordinator's position title:
Manager, Environmental Stewardship

A brief description of the sustainability coordinator’s position:

The Environmental Stewardship Managers represent sustainability programs to the University; liaison with groups, programs, offices and departments . They advise and develop best practices on recycling and waste management, water efficiency, campus ecology, energy and carbon reduction, green building, dining, Climate Action Planning (CAP), and other environmental areas across all campuses. They represent Columbia’s sustainability programs to the public and perform sustainability reporting. The managers publicize, promote, and communicate sustainability efforts within and outside the campus community. Lastly, they educate staff, faculty, and students on environmental initiatives.


The website URL where information about the sustainability coordinator is available:

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