Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 31.92
Liaison Tom Kovacs
Submission Date Sept. 30, 2022

STARS v2.2

Eastern Michigan University
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Thomas Kovacs
Professor
Geography and Geology
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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 President's Sustainability Commission has adopted the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS) as the framework for fostering sustainability at the university and measure, document and publicly communicate the university’s progress toward achieving each of the framework’s criteria. The Commission will develop a sustainability plan guided by this framework and our definition of sustainability to strategically plan and implement measures through policy recommendations directly to the president for continuous improvement of our campus sustainability and to our STARS rating.


Members of each committee, including affiliations and role:

Tom Kovacs: Chair of the Commission, Academic (Geography and Geology Faculty)
Stefanie Bell: Operations (Parking)
Eric Bruski: Operations (Student Representative)
Mary Jane Fallot: Engagement (Alumni)
Chris Finch: Planning and Administration (Children's Institute)
Chris Grant: Operations (Facilities)
Kate Greenwald: Academic (Biology Faculty)
Kasim Korkmaz: Academic (School of Visual and Built Environments)
Kevin Kucera: Planning and Administration (Enrollment Management)
Jessica Kwek: Planning and Administration (Student Representative)
Emily Lescelius: Operations (Residence Life)
Kirsten Olson: Operations (Alumni)
Alexandria Parsons: Operations (Student Representative)
Ronald Rich: Academic (Sociology, Criminology and Anthropology Faculty)
Paula Sears: Operations (EMU Dining)
Mike Valdes: Operations (Business and Finance)
Anke Wolbert: Academic (Communication, Media and Theatre Arts Faculty)
Luke Yates: Engagement (Engage @ EMU)


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

A brief description of each sustainability office:
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Does the institution have at least one sustainability officer?:
No

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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 following were the major achievements of the sustainability commission for the 2020-2021 academic year:
• Approving the commission bylaws at the Fall meeting;
• Reaching an agreement with the new leadership of the Physical Plant (i.e. Dieter Otto and Scott Storrar) to provide the necessary measurements (detailed in the Word document entitled, “Physical Plant sustainability report info needed.doc”) to help complete STARS reporting by June 30, 2022.
• Assigning the balance of the STARS criteria reporting to commissioners;
• Passing resolution, SC-AC-1-2021 , to recommend to the president’s office that the university becomes a full member of AASHE, which manages STARS, at a cost of $1530 and subscribe for a full year starting July 1, 2021 to the STARS reporting tool at the discount rate of $975.

The following were the major achievements of the commission for the 2019-2020 academic year:
• Passing resolution SC-OP-2-2019, which recommends to the EMU President’s Office that every RFP that the University issues requests information on how vendors’ proposals would improve our AASHE STARS score;
• Broadening Commission membership;
• Hiring a tenure-track faculty member with expertise in sustainability planning.

The following were the major achievements of the commission for the 2018-2019 academic year:
• Forming of the President’s Commission on Sustainability by appointing a commission chair and a set of commissioners that were able to address criteria set forth in the Sustainability, Tracking, and Assessment Rating System (STARS v. 2.1).
• Assigning commissioners to subcommittees represented by the four main STARS categories and appointing subcommittee chairs to organize the subcommittee meetings, goals, and recommendations or resolutions brought forward to the full commission
• Assigning commissioners to every STARS criteria
• Progressing to the completion of each STARS criteria and reporting findings to the STARS reporting tool
• Passing resolution, SC-OP-1-2019 , to recommend to the president’s office that the replacement for the manager; Technical/Mechanical Trades and Utilities would preferably have a background that includes several sustainability related experience
• Drafting the Commission Bylaws
• Creating a website to communicate commission activities and the sustainability features of the university
• Creating of a social media presence to update and engage the general public of sustainability activities at EMU
• Developing a set of guidelines for preparing a marketing plan for sustainability at EMU


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The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution or simply email your inquiry to stars@aashe.org.