Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 39.55
Liaison Jaclynn Maahs
Submission Date June 28, 2017
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Concordia College - Moorhead
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Samantha Westrate
Sustainability Coordinator
Academic Affairs
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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:

In November 2011, President William Craft appointed ten members to the President's Sustainability Council.

The President's Sustainability Council is an ongoing working group that has built a vision for sustainability that coincides with Concordia's mission. This vision involves instilling the significance of sustainability in operations, in teaching and learning, and in building relationships with neighbors beyond the campus. The council will continue to work with students, faculty and staff to further the work of sustainability.


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

Faculty Chair: Dr. Ken Foster, Associate Professor, Political Science and Global Studies
Faculty Member: Dr. Jonathan Steinwand, English Professor, Co-Director Environmental Studies
Faculty Member: Dr. Michelle Marko,Associate Professor Biology, Co-Director Environmental Studies
Administrative Director: Samantha Westrate, Sustainability Coordinator
Representative of Student Life: Mikal Kenfield, Director of Residence Life
Institution and Academic Affairs Representative:Dr. Jasi O'Connor, Director of Institutional Effectiveness
Representative of Facilities: Wayne Flack, Director of Facilities Management
Representative of Finance: Mark Lillehaugen, Controller
Student Representatives: Katie Black and Alyssa Armstrong


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

A brief description of each sustainability office:
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Full-time equivalent (FTE) of people employed in the sustainability office(s):
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Does the institution have at least one sustainability officer?:
Yes

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Samantha Westrate, Sustainability Coordinator

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 President's Sustainability Council is an ongoing working group that has built a vision for sustainability that coincides with Concordia's mission. The council will continue to work with students, faculty and staff to further the work of sustainability across campus. Along with the work of the sustainability coordinator, the President's Sustainability Council recently accomplished having President Craft sign the Climate Commitment. The Council will work with various departments across campus to create a climate action plan.


Job title of the sustainability officer position:
Sustainability Coordinator

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

The Sustainability Coordinator serves as a key facilitator of sustainability-related activity on campus. The position will provide broad institutional leadership in the college’s efforts to infuse sustainability principles into all curricular and operational aspects of the college. The central focus of the position is on engaging with students, faculty, and staff to promote sustainability across campus and to facilitate worthy initiatives. The Sustainability Coordinator will work collaboratively with a diverse array of units of the college as Concordia moves towards achieving its Vision for Sustainability.
This is an exciting position for someone who wants to use their talents to advance sustainability at a liberal arts college uniquely positioned on the border of Minnesota and North Dakota. Concordia has just over 2,500 students and is located in the Fargo-Moorhead metropolitan area, a dynamic community of over 220,000 people surrounded by rich farmland and prairies.


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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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