Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.43
Liaison Jim Simon
Submission Date Sept. 23, 2020

STARS v2.2

Gonzaga University
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

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

Consistent 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 CREATE 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 CREATE 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:

Students:
Gonzaga Student Body Sustainability Committee Chair
President of Fossil Free Gonzaga, Student Organization

Non-Academic Staff:
Ken Sammons, Director of Plant Services
Tomson Spink, Manager, Maintenance and Grounds
Pat Clelland, Manager, Zag Dining
Molly Ayers, Director of the Center for Community Engagement
Erika Whittaker, Marketing & Communications

Academic Staff:
Dr. Marc Baumgardner, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Dr. Brian Henning, Environmental Studies and Philosophy, Faculty Fellow for Sustainability


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:

The Office of Sustainability 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 of people employed in the sustainability office(s):
1

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

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Jim Simon, Director of Sustainability

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:

Over the past five 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. An award ceremony was also created called the CREATE Awards, which recognizes students, faculty and staff for their work on sustainable development on campus.


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