Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 65.91
Liaison Elizabeth Swiman
Submission Date Dec. 19, 2018
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Florida State University
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Jamie Valentine
Partnerships Coordinator
Sustainable Campus
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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:

This Sustainability Advisory Board functions in an advisory capacity to the President and Provost to make recommendations on the development and implementation of sustainability policies and practices related to operations, education, research, and outreach; facilitate cooperation among campus groups; and recommend long-term goals for the University as outlined in the Strategic Plan.
The duties and responsibilities for the Sustainability Advisory Board are to:
- Foster environmental, social, and economic sustainability across Florida State University
- Develop an action plan for sustainability that ranges across all University activities
- Aid in the development of policy with appropriate departments
- Establish reporting and benchmarking methodologies to track and prioritize progress
- Identify strategies to implement and reach goals
- Utilize sustainability as an advantage for University financial and resource management, recruitment, and research
The Sustainability Advisory Board contains five committees, each focusing on a different aspect of sustainability as outlined in the Strategic Plan including: Climate Action, Waste Minimization, Resources Stewardship, and Education for Sustainability. The Executive Committee serves as a review board of all work by the Sustainability Advisory Board prior to disseminating recommendations to the President and Provost.

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

Kyle Clark Vice President, Finance and Administration Staff
Janet Kistner Vice President, Faculty Development & Advancement Staff
Dennis Bailey Senior Associate Vice President, Facilities Admin. Services Staff
Sherrell Cork Associate Director, Business Services Staff
Joe O’Shea Assistant Provost, Porvost & VP Academic Affairs Staff
Brian Fairhurst Program Director, Human Resources Staff
Murray Smith Director of Corporate & Foundation Development, FSU Foundation Staff
Brandon Bowden Assistant Vice President, Student Affairs Staff
Susan Fiorito Director, Moran School of Entrepreneurship Faculty
Lisa Waxman Professor, Interior Design Faculty
Richard Feiock Eminent Scholar, Public Administration Faculty
Scott Minos Strategic Communications and Public Affairs Professional Alumni
Amy Springsteel Assistant Vice President, Corporate Responsibility Voya Financial® Alumni
Justin Fanning Director, Budget & Financial Services, Assoc VPF Staff
Jamie Valentine Partnerships Coordinator, Campus Sustainability Staff
Elizabeth Swiman Director, Campus Sustainability Staff
Hunter Becker Director, Office of Student Sustainability Student

Matthew Inman Director, Transportation and Parking Services Staff
Mary Jo Spector Director, Research, Facilities Design, Construction & Maintenance Staff
Bill Landing Student Financial Specialist, Office of Financial Aid Faculty
Tisha Holmes Assistant Professor, Urban and Regional Planning Faculty
Nariman Nusserwanji Energy Engineer, Central Utilities Plant Staff
Daniel Sheets Program Director, Residence Halls Staff
Jacqueline Bucheck Lab Program/Air Resource Manager, Central Utilities Plant Staff
Peter Traficanti Masters Student, Social Science and Urban Planning Student
Shaleen Miller PhD Student, Urban and Regional Planning Student

Willie Wiggins Assistant Director, Grounds Staff
Laurie Swiger Facilities Specialist, Athletics Administration Staff
Robert Morales University Dining Coordinator, Business Services Staff
Tarek Abichou Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering Faculty
William Langley Assistant Director Facilities & Grounds Services, Residence Halls Staff
Rosey Murton Director of Procurement Services & Chief Procurement Officer Staff
Zach Weston Teaching Faculty, Hospitality Administration Faculty
Brett Colson Waste Minimization Coordinator, Campus Sustainability Staff

Claudia Montany Arboriculture Design Specialist, Grounds Staff
Pattie Malarney Senior Associate Director, Campus Recreation Staff
Stacy Slavichak Water Resource Manager, Central Utilities Plant Staff
Cassandra Rayne-Gross Assistant Controller Aux Services, Controller Staff
Lindsay Stevens Teaching Faculty, Urban and Regional Planning Faculty

Shannon Staten Executive Director, University Housing Staff
James Hunt Director, Institutional Research Staff
Laura Arpan Professor, Communication Faculty
Mike Mitchell Proposal Development Specialist, VP Research Staff
Denise Von Glahn Professor, Dean's College of Music Faculty

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 State University’s Sustainable Campus works to educate and engage students, staff, and faculty to set an example of campus sustainability and position FSU as a leader of environmental and social action.
Sustainable Campus’ educational efforts, community outreach, and programs work alongside the greater campus efforts and operations to provide everyone with the ability to develop, apply, and practice sustainability. Sustainable Campus efforts seek to conserve resources at FSU and strengthen the positive impact the university leaves upon the local and global environment for generations to come.
The Sustainable Campus office consists of four full-time staff, two Graduate Assistants, and eight student staff. The student staff oversee peer to peer sustainability education programs for the student body with the management of full time staff. Full time staff develop programs and initiatives to engage the entire campus and Tallahassee community in sustainability efforts.

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

Does the institution have at least one sustainability officer?:

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Elizabeth Swiman, Director of Sustainability

Does the institution have a mechanism for broad sustainability coordination for the entire institution (e.g. a campus-wide committee or an officer/office responsible for the entire campus)?:

A brief description of the activities and substantive accomplishments of the institution-wide coordinating body or officer during the previous three years:

For the first time, the FSU Strategic Plan includes sustainability, declaring a commitment to climate action, resource stewardship, waste minimization, and education for sustainability.
FSU increased resource allocation to sustainability, including the appointment of additional FTE staff positions.

Job title of the sustainability officer position:
Director of Sustainability

Job description for the sustainability officer position:

Job description for the sustainability officer position:

This position supervises the Sustainable Campus Program Coordinators and works at a high level with senior staff to develop strategies and initiatives to reduce FSU’s overall footprint. This includes: overseeing the Sustainability Advisory Board, collaborating with Utilities to reduce energy consumption, managing department mergers for optimal efficiency, teaching a Leadership and Sustainability course, and perusing sustainability initiatives across campus.

Job title of the sustainability officer position (2nd position):
Program Coordinator (3)

Job description for the sustainability officer position (2nd position):

Job description for the sustainability officer position (2nd position):

Sustainable Campus Program Coordinators manage the day to day sustainability operations. This includes supervising student programming such as: Garnet and Gold Goes Green, Eco-Reps, reCycle Bike, Food Recovery Network, Organic Garden, and Office of Student Sustainability. Program Coordinators also asses learning outcomes and innovate current programs to develop dynamic student engagement opportunities. Coordinators connect FSU departments and academics to create experiential educational opportunities using the campus and community as a living lab. Through connecting across disciplines, students can engage in hands-on, real world challenges, expanding their education while propelling sustainability forward on campus and in the community.

Job title of the sustainability officer position (3rd position):

Job description for the sustainability officer position (3rd position):

Job description for the sustainability officer position (3rd position):

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Sustainable Campus staff:
Program Coordinators (3)
Graduate Assistants (2)
Student program coordinators (8)

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