Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 56.09
Liaison Ciara Tennis
Submission Date Nov. 10, 2021

STARS v2.2

Eastern Connecticut State University
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00
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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:

The mission statement of the Green Campus Committee is to promote and implement sustainable initiatives, integrate sustainability into the physical infrastructures, academic offerings, and culture of the University.


Members of each committee, including affiliations and role:

Lynn Stoddard, Director of the Institute for Sustainable Energy, has been appointed by the President of the University to serve as the Chair of the Green Campus Committee.

Other members of the Green Campus Committee include:
Lourdes Ardel (Human Resources)
John Beck (Institutional Advancement)
Tarah Bernard (Student)
Courtney Broscious (Political Sci, Philosophy, Geography)
LaMar Coleman (Equity and Diversity)
Bradley Davis (History)
Michael Desjarlais (Facilities Management and Planning)
Lucinda Diaz (Facilities Management and Planning)
Andria Fraser (Economics and Finance)
Eric Germain (Public Safety)
William Gonzalez (Housing and Residential Life)
Cindy Hodis (Fiscal Affairs)
Renee Theroux-Keech (Facilities Management and Planning)
Jenna Lafleur (Institute for Sustainable Energy)
Leigh Lafleur (Facilities Management and Planning)
Katherine Manizza (Athletics)
Alexandria McKelvey (Student)
Steve Nathan (Environmental Earth Science)
Shellena Pitterson (Facilities Management and Planning)
Mike Rouleau (University Relations)
Joe Salvaggio (Dining Services)
David Stoloff (Education)
Josh Sumrell (Student Activities)
Ciara Tennis (Institute for Sustainable Energy)
Angela Walker (Library)
Jermaine Whyte (Housing and Residential Life)


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 Institute for Sustainable Energy (ISE) at Eastern Connecticut State University works on energy, climate change, and sustainability projects and public policy statewide. In addition to initiatives throughout Connecticut, the Institute's director chairs Eastern's Green Campus Committee and works in close partnership with Eastern’s Center for Sustainable Energy Studies and the Facilities Management, Dining Services, and Planning Department to incorporate sustainability into the academic offerings, physical infrastructure, and culture of Eastern Connecticut State University. ISE dedicates approximately 1 FTE of staff and student intern time to Eastern's green campus initiatives. For statewide sustainability work performed by ISE, ISE employs 4.7 FTE plus 4 part-time student interns. Please note that the answer to the FTE question below refers to people employed at ISE - the majority of work done by this staff is on statewide projects (not on Eastern's campus).
These numbers refer specifically to the ISE prior to summer 2020, at which point the University had to close the student intern positions due to budgetary constraints and COVID-19 restrictions.


Full-time equivalent of people employed in the sustainability office(s):
4.70

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

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Lynn Stoddard, Director of the Institute for Sustainable Energy

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:

Eastern's Green Campus Committee is made up of representatives from many departments -- faculty, facilities, the Institute for Sustainable Energy, human resources, purchasing, dining services, housing and residential life, bursar's office, students, etc. The Green Campus Committee meets monthly and implements a broad range of sustainable initiatives on campus. Recent accomplishments of the Green Campus Committee (in the past 3 years) include:

Fall 2020 - Released new updated version of Eastern's Climate Action Plan, which includes a goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2030.
April 2021 -Coordinated an exclusive Zoom webinar for Eastern students where Connecticut state energy and transportation officials shared climate change plans. The discussion focused on the Transportation and Climate initiative Program (TCI-P), a regional collaboration meant to curb greenhouse gas emissions and fund a more sustainable transportation system. Students from over a half dozen departments participated.
https://www.easternct.edu/news/_stories-and-releases/2021/04-april/state-energy,-transportation-officials-share-climate-change-plans-with-eastern-students.html

Eastern's Institute for Sustainable Energy developed and administers Sustainable CT (launched in 2017), a voluntary sustainability certification program for Connecticut municipalities For more about Sustainable CT, visit sustainablect.org.

Other achievements from the past three years can be found by looking at the press release archive found here:
https://www.easternct.edu/news/news-index-pages/sustainability.html
https://www.easternct.edu/sustainable-energy/isepublications.html


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Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability coordination is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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https://www.easternct.edu/sustainable-energy/_documents/easternct_2020_climate_action_plan.pdf

Information for this credit provided by Ciara Tennis, University Assistant at the ISE, and reviewed by Lynn Stoddard, Director of the Institute for Sustainable Energy.

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