Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 68.74
Liaison Kathleen Crawford
Submission Date July 28, 2014
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Florida Gulf Coast University
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Katie Leone
Sustainability Coordinator
Environmental Health & Safety
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Does the institution have at least one sustainability committee, office, and/or officer that focuses on sustainability broadly and covers the entire institution?:

A brief description of the activities and substantive accomplishments of the committee(s), office(s), and/or officer(s) during the previous three years:

The Housing Sustainability Committee has planned and hosted sustainability events and initiatives such as Earth Hour. They have also transitioned all residence halls to be cleaned by a liquid ozone system, diverted large amounts of waste to community organizations during move-out, switched more lighting to LED, and got approval for all newly build residence halls to be LEED silver or higher.

The Environmental Sustainability Committee submitted a report to the Planning and Budgeting Committee giving suggestions to substantially developed the University's Buckingham site.

The sustainability officer and other campus sustainability champions have advised students and coordinated event planning for sustainability such as Earth Day and Recyclemania.

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 Planning and Budgeting Council (PBC) By-Laws charge the Environmental Sustainability Committee (ESC) with responsibility for ensuring that the University has a goal (with associated action plans) for promoting environmental sustainability that is included in the University strategic plan. The action plans will have clear objectives and identified resources and offices responsible for their attainment. The ESC will monitor the implementation of
approved action plans on an ongoing basis and it will make its recommendations to and receive directions from the PBC. The committee will also ensure coordination of the activities of all campus units engaged in activities designed to achieve environmental sustainability.

Members of each committee, including affiliations and role (e.g. staff, student, or faculty):

According to the Planning and Budgeting Council (PBC) By-Laws, the Environmental Sustainability Committee (ESC) shall have two co-chairs: the Director of Environmental Health and Safety and the University Colloquium Coordinator. Other members of the Committee shall include the Director of Physical Plant, the Whitaker School of Engineering Director of the Environmental Engineering program, the College of Arts and Sciences Chairperson of the Department of Marine and Ecological Sciences, either the director or the associate director of the Center on Environmental and Sustainability Education, a Student Government representative, a Deans’ Council representative, two Faculty Senate representatives, and a Staff Advisory Council representative.
The PBC establishes membership for the ESC. Requests for changes to the current membership shall be approved by a majority of the current ESC membership, and then forwarded to the PBC for approval. The ESC may invite non-members from the University community to attend specific meetings and address topics of interest.

The website URL where information about the sustainability committee(s) is available:
Does the institution have at least one sustainability office that includes more than 1 full-time equivalent (FTE) employee?:

A brief description of each sustainability office:

Florida Gulf Coast University's Environmental Health and Safety supports the University's teaching, research and public service mission by assisting members of the campus community in meeting their responsibility to ensure a safe, healthy, and sustainable environment for students, employees, and visitors.

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

The website URL where information about the sustainability office(s) is available:
Does the institution have at least one sustainability officer?:

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Katie Leone

A brief description of each sustainability officer position:

Reporting to the Director of Environmental Health and Safety, this position is responsible for managing programs in environmental stewardship and sustainability, and recommending policies and procedures to effectively administer such programs. Coordinates program efforts with the Environmental Sustainability Committee, university departments, student government, and other campus organizations as appropriate. Maintains the EH&S department web presence. Incumbent may serve as a university liaison to federal, state, or county agencies.

The website URL where information about the sustainability officer(s) is available:

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