Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 52.95
Liaison Chad Carwein
Submission Date Jan. 16, 2020

STARS v2.2

East Carolina University
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Chad Carwein
University Sustainability Manager
HSC Facilities Services
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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:

Our Mission

The ECU Sustainability Committee will serve as a resource and offer guidance to assure that the university community is engaged, responsible, and environmentally literate in the campus-wide development of a fully articulate vision for sustainability in research, curriculum, campus operations, and community. Our environmental stewardship will build on existing initiatives and strengths that align with the university strategic plan, as well as foster regional sustainability. The primary intent of the Sustainability Committee is to implement the ECU Sustainability Plan: 2019-2023 including the following four focus areas:

1. Climate Change Mitigation: This focus area crosses departments and fields and reaches to the core of ECU’s Sustainability Plan, greatly reducing the environmental impact of ECU. The CCM focus area broadly
refers to the pursuit of outcomes designed to reduce ECU’s greenhouse gas emissions both on and off campus.

2. Academics and Research: This focus area includes integrating sustainability into the curriculum as well as tracking, supporting
and expanding sustainability related research conducted by students and faculty on campus. This focus area also covers living laboratory initiatives, immersive experiences and sustainability literacy.

3. Campus Grounds: This focus area includes landscaping, gardens, incorporation of wildlife habitats, biodiversity preservation,
aesthetics, water balance, stormwater and nitrogen flow.

4. Materials Management: This focus area includes the consumption and disposal of all products purchased on ECU’s campus. This includes recycling, composting, reusing, repurposing, donating and sending discarded materials to landfill.


Members of each committee, including affiliations and role:

ECU Sustainability Committee 2019 Membership:

Climate Change Mitigation Subcommittee:

Griffin Avin - Staff (Chair)
Paul Carlson - Staff
Ray Schmit - Staff
Fabian Wilkerson - Staff
Robert LaGesse - Staff
Josh Rossnagel - Staff
Steve Harper - Staff
Dan Hemme - Student

Academics and Research Subcommittee:

Chad Carwein (Chair) - Staff
Craig Becker - Faculty
Bob Chin - Faculty
Erik Kneubuehl - Staff
Brandon Morrison - Staff
Dennis McCunney - Staff
Praveen Malali - Faculty
Beth Bee - Faculty
Jeanne Hoover - Faculty

Campus Grounds Subcommittee:

John Gill - Staff (Chair)
Gene Stano - Staff
Claudia Jolls - Faculty
Carol Goodwillie - Faculty
Karen Mulcahy - Faculty
Dale Aycock - Community Member
Johnnie Eastwood - Staff
Charles Humphrey - Faculty
Mike O'Driscoll - Faculty

Materials Management Subcommittee:

Terry Little - Staff (Chair)
Aaron Lucier - Staff
Carl Thorell - Staff
Joyce Sealey - Staff
Tim Daughtry - Staff
Ryan Moore - Staff
Susan Thomas - Staff


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 institution does not have a separate office for sustainability, but currently does have one FTE that is responsible for Sustainability and one vacant FTE position that is responsible for Energy Management. Additionally, there are multiple student interns that also support the sustainability activities of the institution.


Full-time equivalent of people employed in the sustainability office(s):
1.50

Does the institution have at least one sustainability officer?:
Yes

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Griffin Avin, Chief Sustainability Officer

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:

The University Environment Committee's responsibilities include the following:

A. The committee recommends policies to preserve and advance the general physical environment of the University, including traffic flow patterns, hardened sidewalk designs, speed limits, and parking facilities.

B. The committee recommends policies for maintenance of culturally historic landscape features and ground covers possessing aesthetic, historic, and/or environmental value and to mitigate the loss of displaced habitat.

C. The committee reviews effects of university projects upon water quality and quantity, runoff, and other physical impacts upon the community and provides recommendations when necessary.

D. The committee advises and works in coordination with the Sustainability Manager to promote sustainability efforts on campus, which include energy and resource conservation, recycling, waste reduction, and integration of sustainability issues into the curriculum.

E. The committee makes recommendations to promote appropriate management and use for education and research of ECU’s major natural areas.

F. The committee requests information as needed from Campus Operations, including Facilities Engineering and Architectural Services, and makes recommendations related to the following areas: University Master Plan, future land use, design and construction of new buildings, renovations of existing facilities, management and implementation of the utility infrastructure, and management of the University’s repair and renovation program.

G. The Committee serves as a communication link between Campus Operations and the Faculty Senate regarding issues outlined above.


Job title of the sustainability officer position:
University Sustainability Manager

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Job title of the sustainability officer position (2nd position):
University Energy Manager

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