Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 42.88
Liaison Jim Simon
Submission Date June 28, 2017
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Gonzaga University
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Jim Simon
Director of Sustainability
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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:

In the last two years the Office of Sustainability has provided students, faculty, and staff with complimentary bus passes for the Spokane Transit Authority. The office has also hosted four Sustainability Film Screenings as well as panel and group discussions about Pope Francis’ Encyclical, which focuses on care for the environment. Sweater Wednesdays is a new campaign that encourages students to put on a sweater before turning up the thermostat. An award ceremony was also created called the CREATE Awards, which recognizes students, faculty and staff for their work on sustainable development on campus.

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:

Consonant with our Jesuit and Catholic identity, respect for creation and the integral development and flourishing of the human person are inseparable from a faith that does justice. Thus, the Campus Sustainability Committee is an ad hoc University committee responsible for making recommendations to the Cabinet regarding the University’s impact on and stewardship of the environment. The Campus Sustainability Committee is composed of Gonzaga faculty, staff, and students who are concerned about environmental stewardship and sustainability.

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

Emily Struzenberg
Emily Karcher
Carolyn Kvernvik
Allie Nichols
Kathryn O’Brien
Sean Morton
Brandon Panfil
Laura Maple
Caitlin Robertson

Chris Heiner
Kate Mulvaney-Kemp
Katie Galassi
Christina Turner
Isaac Grambo
Daniel Caris
Jeff Brogan
Jackie Van Allen
Kari Elgee-Sanders

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:

The sustainability office works with the Gonzaga community to continue fostering a culture of sustainability that is resilient and responsive to the dynamics of higher education and our changing world. To guide their work, the office uses the CREATE model. It is an acronym that stands for Care for Creation, Reflection, Experience, Action, Teaching, and Engagement. The sustainability office has one FTE employee as well as ten part-time student employees.

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:
Jim Simon, Director of Sustainability

A brief description of each sustainability officer position:

The Director of Sustainability will develop and administer programs and provide advice on policies within the area of sustainability at Gonzaga University with the ultimate goal of fully implementing the University Climate Action Plan, creating a Comprehensive Sustainability Plan, and developing a culture of sustainability at the University.

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