Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 51.98
Liaison Amber Saxton
Submission Date Aug. 9, 2011
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George Mason University
PAE-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Margaret Lo
University Sustainability Director
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Does the institution have a sustainability committee?:

The charter or mission statement of the committee or a brief description of the committee's purview and activities :
The Executive Steering Committee at George Mason University (Mason) has the responsibility to ensure the highest-impact sustainability projects are prioritized and funded. They will provide guidance to the Office of Sustainability on university priority and will advocate for high-impact sustainability projects with the senior executive staff at Mason. Responsibilities: --Set goals and priorities for university sustainability --Make recommendations to the budget group about how the university budget should support these goals and priorities --Review progress against established goals and priorities

Members of the committee, including affiliations:
Tom Ashcraft, School of Art Guilbert Brown, Budgeting and Planning Tom Calhoun, Facilities Barbara Clark, Fiscal Services Rick Davis, Undergraduate Education Sharon deMonsabert, Engineering Kimberly Eby, Faculty Development Joy Hughes, Chief Information Officer Alissa Karton, University Life Mark Kraner, Auxiliary Enterprises Christine LaPaille, University Relations Laura Phelps, Information Technology Unit Paul Schopf, Oceanography Daniel Sklarew, Provost's Office Mark Stahley, Budget and Planning Lenna Storm,Office of Sustainability Daniel Walsch, University Relations Daniel Waxman, Auxiliary Enterprises Martha Wescoat-Andes, College of Science Andrew Wingfield, New Century College

The website URL where information about the sustainability committee is available:
Does the institution have a sustainability office?:

A brief description of the sustainability office:
The mission of the sustainability office is to use the strengths of George Mason University - innovation, responsiveness, flexibility, and community strength - to provide leadership in environmental, social, and economic stewardship on our campuses and throughout the local and global communities of which we are a part. The responsibilities of the Sustainability Office include: --Provide a strategic direction for the evolution of sustainability on Mason's campuses. --Provide policy recommendations to the administration that improve our operational efficiency and contribute to our long-term economic and environmental sustainability. --Assist in the creation of processes and standards across campus that promote the sustainability of Mason. --Collaborate with faculty, staff, and students to create a central hub for communicating sustainability initiatives. --Coordinate the activities of the Executive Steering Committee. --Participate in the coordination of campus-wide awareness and engagement campaigns, such as Earth Week, Green Rush, Fall for the Book, and others. --Work with the Provost's Office to encourage the integration of sustainability principles into curricula across the university. --Interface with local, regional, and national organizations and working groups that can further the sustainability interests of George Mason University. --Implementing a climate action plan that will lead Mason to climate neutrality as per the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment.

The number of people employed in the sustainability office:

The website URL where information about the sustainability office is available:
Does the institution have a sustainability coordinator?:

Sustainability coordinator's name:
Ms. Lenna Storm

Sustainability coordinator's position title:
Sustainability Manager

A brief description of the sustainability coordinator’s position:
The Sustainability Manager responsibilities include integrating sustainability activities into course work, promoting student campaigns to spread awareness at the grass-roots level, working with department heads to discuss ways they can “green” their operations, coordinating a comprehensive greenhouse gas emissions inventory in support of Mason’s commitment to climate neutrality, developing a sustainability program budget, seeking related grant opportunities, establishing standards and policies that can be implemented at the university level, and using her business sense and her knowledge in environmental science and policy to educate at the executive level and suggest policy changes that will help balance the financial pressures of going green with realistic sustainability needs.

The website URL where information about the sustainability coordinator is available:
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