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Liaison Kathleen Hilimire
Submission Date March 3, 2020

STARS v2.2

Fort Lewis College
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Reporter Kathleen Hilimire
Assistant Professor
Environmental Studies
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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 Campus Sustainability Committee plays a key role in raising campus awareness and keeping sustainability issues at the forefront of campus culture. Sustainability is the collaborative action of meeting the needs of current and future generations of humans and ecosystems through conservation, regenerative use of resources, action for social justice, and attention to a vibrant economy. At Fort Lewis College, we are committed to an integrated model of sustainability that includes academics and research, student leadership and campus culture, the physical campus and its structures, planning and administration, and service to our community and planet. Recent achievements from the Campus Sustainability Committee include significant reductions in the College’s greenhouse gas emissions and major headway towards our goal of zero waste through improved composting and recycling programs. Sustainability is a core part of Fort Lewis College; the department of Environment & Sustainability offers multiple degrees; sustainability-oriented courses are taught in 55% of departments on campus; and faculty conducting environmental research are in 70% of departments.
This committee is advisory to the FLC Sustainability Coordinator and is charged with the following:
• develop annual objectives for environmental sustainability work at the College
• assist the FLC Sustainability Coordinator in strategically dividing roles and responsibilities to achieve these objectives
• track progress of the College’s sustainability commitments
• serve as the campus forum for communication on sustainability
• raise funds for campus sustainability work


Members of each committee, including affiliations and role:

Kathy Hilimire, FLC Sustainability Coordinator; Faculty, Environment & Sustainability
Christie Chatterley, Faculty, Engineering
Jennifer Lowell, Faculty, Public Health
Michael Garvey, Staff, Advancement
Gina Rios, Staff, Campus Dining Services
Sadie Magnifico, Staff, Environmental Center
Marty Pool, Staff, Environmental Center
Gigi Richard, Staff, Four Corners Water Resources Center
James Estelle, Staff, Housing
Patrick Gaughan, Staff, Information Technology
Tyler Dunn, Staff, Library
Shan Wells, Staff, Marketing and Communications
Carl Gregg, Staff, Physical Plan
Tommy Frederico, Staff, Physical Plant
Jeff Miller, Staff, Physical Plant
Rob Lee, Staff, Physical Plant
JoJo Johnstone, Student, Environmental Studies
Ellis McNichol, Student, Environmental Studies and Sociology


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:

ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER: The Fort Lewis College Environmental Center strengthen students' commitment to creating a more environmentally and socially responsible world by providing them meaningful opportunities to foster change on campus and in our community. The Environmental Center fulfills our mission by promoting student and community engagement, advancing sustainability efforts, supporting academics, and fostering connections. The Environmental Center employs two non-student staff members at 0.9 FTE and 23 paid student employees at part-time totaling 1.4 FTE.

ENVIRONMENT & SUSTAINABILITY DEPARTMENT: The Environment & Sustainability academic department houses a campus sustainability coordinator who works on campus sustainability at 20% time.


Full-time equivalent of people employed in the sustainability office(s):
3.40

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

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Kathy Hilimire, Campus Sustainability Coordinator

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:

1. Creation of a sustainable dining policy.
2. Progress towards the Real Food Challenge.
3. Integration of campus growing spaces with academics.
4. Compliance (and exceedance) with Second Nature Carbon Commitment.
5. Secure funding for EV charging.
6. Improve recycling in academic buildings and residence halls.
7. Secure funding for research on FLC water usage, perceptions of water, and opportunities for interventions.


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