Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 45.10
Liaison Bo Solomon
Submission Date March 3, 2023

STARS v2.2

Drexel University
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Bo Solomon
University Sustainability Officer
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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 Sustainability Effectiveness Committee was one committee in Drexel's institutional effectiveness self-study during FY 2019-2020. The committee developed a set of recommendations to improve Drexel's sustainability performance.
From the Effectiveness Committee, the Drexel Climate and Sustainability Working Group formed to advance climate and sustainability initiatives in academic curriculum, research, civic engagement, and institutional investment.

Members of each committee, including affiliations and role:

The Drexel Climate and Sustainability working group is comprised of:
Lisa Miller, COO of the Academy of Natural Sciences, and member of the Sustainability Effectiveness Committee;
Bo Solomon, Director of Accounts Payable, now serving as the University Sustainability Officer;
Jennifer Britton, Director of Communications and Special Projects for the Office of University and Community Partnerships;
Hugh Johnson, Senior Associate in the Office of Research and Innovation;
Korin Tangtrakul, Sustainability Manager of the Sustainable Water Resource Engineering Lab;
Aditi Bawa, co-op student researcher

Does the institution have at least one sustainability office that includes more than 1 full-time equivalent employee?:

A brief description of each sustainability office:

Drexel University is a world-class research and education institution, both part of the fabric of Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley Region and linked to the global research community. We are part of the solution to the climate crisis, too. Our students, many of whom are headed directly into careers where they can have a direct impact on climate and sustainability outcomes, graduate knowing how to be agents of change in their communities. Drexel researchers address climate and sustainability problems from multiple perspectives. And as an institution rooted firmly here in Philadelphia, we work in partnership on climate and sustainability problem-solving with our neighbors.

Drexel's three sustainability dimensions:

Academic Mission: Drexel's sustainability efforts embedded into the curriculum and in our research practices
Institutional Investment: Drexel's commitment to being a responsible steward of our land and buildings and to minimizing our impact on the environment through a set of sustainability-conscious business practices
Civic Impact: Drexel's contribution to solving climate and sustainability challenges in the Greater Philadelphia area
Drexel's climate and sustainability work is animated by a set of core values:

It is student-driven, both elevating student priorities in planning and programming choices, and engaging students in implementation.
It is cross-functional and multidisciplinary, and engages the whole university from our academics and research to our business practices and operations.
It is justice-focused and intersectional, affirming anti-racism and acknowledging inequities in climate and environmental risks.
It is outward-looking, making Drexel's knowledge resources available to serve the needs of regional partners.

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

Does the institution have at least one sustainability officer?:

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Bo Solomon, Executive Director, Climate & Sustainability; Jennifer Britton, Executive Director, Sustainable Development Strategy

Does the institution have a mechanism for broad sustainability coordination for the entire institution?:

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

The Climate and Sustainability Working Group was launched during spring 2020, and immediately began working on a set of university-wide initiatives, including our first STARS report(!), bringing applied teaching opportunities related to campus sustainability projects, and created a central website to house institution-wide climate and sustainability initiatives and programs.

Job title of the sustainability officer position:
Executive Director, Climate & Sustainability

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

Executive Director, Climate & Sustainability

Primary Function:
Coordinate, in collaboration with units across the University, the development and implementation of a broad-based, University-wide strategic sustainability initiative, integrating sustainability as a value throughout the University. Support the design of a University-wide sustainability effort that enhances business performance, enriches the student experience, extends resources to the academic mission, and supports the long-term interests of the University.

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