Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 56.54
Liaison Elaine Durr
Submission Date Feb. 19, 2020

STARS v2.2

Elon University
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Elaine Durr
Director of Sustainability
Office of Sustainability
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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:

Elon University’s Environmental Advisory Council is a standing Council whose members are appointed by the President. Members typically serve a two or three-year term but may be re-appointed. The role of the Council is to raise awareness of environmental issues and sustainable practices and promote environmental awareness. The Council may make recommendations to the President on new sustainability initiatives to undertake or improvements to current initiatives.


Members of each committee, including affiliations and role:

Eric Bauer, Assistant Professor of Biology
T.J. Bowie, Associate Director of Auxiliary Services
Justin Clar, Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Samantha DiRosa, Associate Professor of Art and Environmental Studies, Faculty Fellow for Sustainability
Elaine Durr, Director of Sustainability
Tom Flood, Assistant Vice President of Physical Plant
Kelly Harer, Assistant Director of Sustainability for Education and Outreach
Young Do Kim, Assistant Professor of Sport Management
Taylor McFadden, Class of 2020
Matthew Mitten, Class of 2021
Jen Platania, Associate Dean of the Martha and Spencer Love School of Business and Associate Professor of Economics
Bob Shea, Vice President for Business, Finance and Technology, Chair
Mark Terrell, Utilities Manager
Paul Tongsri, Director of Student Care and Outreach


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 Office of Sustainability's mission is to advance sustainability at Elon by helping to streamline and improve university operations and developing and fostering educational programs. The Office works toward this mission by collaborating across the campus and overseeing and coordinating sustainability programs and initiatives. Key areas of focus include: reducing greenhouse gas emissions toward carbon neutrality by 2037; continuing identification and implementation of strategies that support sustainable operations; and enhancing and expanding programs to educate students, faculty and staff about sustainability.
There are two full-time staff members in the Office: Director of Sustainability and Assistant Director of Sustainability for Education and Outreach.


Full-time equivalent of people employed in the sustainability office(s):
2

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

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Elaine R. Durr, Director of Sustainability

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:

Environmental Advisory Council
-Reviewed yearly GHG inventories
-Facilitated 2019 Sustainability Survey
-Facilitated 2018 Commuter Habit Survey
-Provided input on sustainability initiatives (e.g., reporting, sustainable transportation, waste reduction, energy conservation, carbon neutrality)

Office of Sustainability
-Completed yearly GHG inventories
-Conducted 2019 Sustainability Survey
-Conducted 2018 Commuter Habit Survey
-Completed STARS report
-Partnered with Physical Plant personnel on energy conservation/efficiency, waste reduction and alternative transportation initiatives
-Facilitated Elon's purchase of verified carbon offsets
-Collaborated to develop a proposal to offset study abroad travel
-Proposed and received support to pilot an Emergency Ride Home Program
-Increased collaboration across campus to expand sustainability awareness and engagement
-Created a volunteer program to provide students, specifically first-year students, with additional opportunities to be involved with campus sustainability efforts
-Managed the Eco-Reps program
-Coordinated the Loy Farm tour program
-Coordinated and managed the yearly move out waste reduction program
-Developed, implemented and managed sustainability education and outreach programs (e.g., Campus Sustainability Week, Earth Week, etc.)
-Promoted sustainability to the campus community through events, promotional materials and various forms of communication
-Worked with Faculty Fellow for Sustainability to promote academic sustainability programs and infuse sustainability across the curriculum
-Provided supervision for several student employees (Eco-Reps, Interns, Coordinators)
-Coordinated reusable beverage container program
-Served as administrator for the car share and ride share programs
-Maintained Student Sustainability Projects Database
-Participated in the LEED certification process for new construction projects
-Conducted thermal comfort surveys


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