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Liaison Kathleen Hilimire
Submission Date Dec. 12, 2022

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:

Campus Sustainability Committee

Description of 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.

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, Environment & Sustainability, Sustainability Coordinator—Chair
Carl Gregg, Physical Plant
Chad Colby, Art & Design
Christie Chatterley, Physics & Engineering
Gigi Richard, Four Corners Water Resources Center
Gina Rios, Campus Dining Services
Haley Perez, Student
James Estelle, Physical Plant Services
Jeff Miller, Physical Plant
Lauren Pacheco, Student
Marty Pool, Environmental Center
Michael Garvey, Advancement
Rob Lee, Physical Plant
Sadie Magnifico, Environmental Center
Tanner Besse, Student
Tommy Frederico, Physical Plant
Tyler Dunn, Reed Library


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.

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

For FY 2020-21, the FTE in the EC was 2.2. The coordinator position is 0.2, so the total is 2.4 for FY 2020-21.


Full-time equivalent of people employed in the sustainability office(s):
2.40

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.Compliance (and exceedance) with Second Nature Carbon Commitment
2.Launch of an e-bike lending library
3.Installation of EV charging stations
4.Increasing FLC dining hall’s composting capacity from 50% of food waste in the dining hall to 100%
5.Improved recycling in academic buildings and residence halls
6.Awarding of small grants to student, staff, and/or faculty-led projects


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Updated November 2021.

Regarding FTE, COVID reduced student hours worked last year (2020-21 academic year) down to about 0.5 FTE across all our students. This year we are more on track to hit right around 1 FTE if you add up all EC students. Marty’s position at the EC is 0.88 FTE, Sadie’s position is 0.81 (including contract extensions for summer growing spaces work). That means that for FY 2020-21, the FTE in the EC was 2.2. The coordinator position is 0.2, so the total is 2.4 for FY 2020-21. The EC is on track for 2.7 for FY 21-22.

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