Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 58.54
Liaison Kevin Miller
Submission Date March 6, 2020

STARS v2.2

Goshen College
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Kevin Miller
Sustainability Coordinator
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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:

Goshen College’s Sustainability Committee is committed to increase campus awareness about ongoing and possible future sustainability initiatives on campus.

The Sustainability Committee's tasks are to:
a. raise campus awareness and coordinate efforts to enhance ecological sustainability;
b. develop measures of ecological impact of college operations; evaluate the impact of college programs and services
c. recommend financially feasible improvements to enhance the college’s ecological sustainability efforts;
d. promote stewardship of resources within operations/programs; communicate progress towards goals in this area
e. identify & recommend institutional goals in ecological stewardship within the context of the college’s strategic plan.


Members of each committee, including affiliations and role:

The Sustainability Committee consists of faculty, staff and students. Much of their work is done in accordance with the projects laid out by the 2016 Climate Action Plan. The members are as follows:
Faculty/Staff:
Jodi Beyeler, Vice President for Communications and People Strategy
Caleb Longenecker Fox, Annual Giving & Advancement Coordinator
Glenn Gilbert, Director of Facilities
Jerrell Richer, Professor of Economics
Ann Hostetler, Professor of English
Joel Pontius, Assistant Professor of Sustainability and Environmental Education
Michelle Horning, Professor of Accounting
Jonathon Schramm, Associate Professor of Sustainability and Environmental Education
Kevin Miller, Sustainability Coordinator
James Loewen, Community Member

Students:
Anna McVay, Levi Ebersole, Erica Ewing, Mandira Panta, Lydia Dyck, Alexa Kennel, Skylar Antonides, and Jackson Steinmetz


Does the institution have at least one sustainability office that includes more than 1 full-time equivalent employee?:
No

A brief description of each sustainability office:

The Office of Sustainability is headed by Kevin Miller, the Sustainability Coordinator for Goshen College, a volunteer position. He chairs the Sustainability Committee to oversee the school's sustainability initiatives such as the Hickory Scholars summer program.


Full-time equivalent of people employed in the sustainability office(s):
0.25

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

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Kevin Miller, Sustainability Coordinator and Major Gift Officer

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:

Goshen College’s Sustainability Committee is committed to increase campus awareness about ongoing and possible future sustainability initiatives on campus. The committee is tasked with leading the campus efforts to encourage sustainable practices and reduce use of fossil fuels. The committee trains and supports its student members in peer-to-peer environmental education supporting student-led programs such as the EcoPAX Club, Tree Committee, Bee Campus Committee and Composting program.


Job title of the sustainability officer position:
Sustainability Coordinator

Job description for the sustainability officer position:
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Job description for the sustainability officer position:

Provide leadership for the Sustainability Committee to establish and strengthen sustainable practices across the campus and foster collaboration among the campus community. Assess GC carbon footprint baseline and track progress towards meeting the goal of carbon neutrality. Develop, assist with, and improve sustainability efforts such as recycling, composting, biodiesel production, waste management, energy and water conservation or other programs that promote sustainability. Maintain connections with national organizations working for sustainability in higher education, such as AASHE, NWF Campus Ecology and Energy Action.

Other responsibilities include:
Serve as a resource to academic and co-curricular sustainability based initiatives initiated by faculty, staff or students,
Represent the college when the media or other outside entities request information about sustainability on campus,
Help to maintain our status as a Tree Campus and Bee Campus and work towards Bicycle Friendly Campus,
Oversee the Native Landscaping initiative,
Assist and help coordinate STARS applications.


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