Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 43.02
Liaison Tanja Srebotnjak
Submission Date March 30, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Harvey Mudd College
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Louis Spanias
Sustainability Program Manager
Hixon Center for Sustainable Environmental Design
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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:

In September 2014, the Physical Plant and Campus Planning Committee (PPCPC) approved the Sustainability Policy Statement that outlines mission and the structure the sustainability committee. The duty and responsibility of the sustainability committee includes but is not limited to: (1) defining and reevaluating annually the mission of the Sustainability Committee; (2) defining tangible and attainable goals that lead toward the ultimate goal of carbon neutrality; (3) overseeing the implementation of the College’s Sustainability Plan; (4) assisting the administration in identifying sustainability initiatives as well as potential funding; (5) supporting the Office of Facilities and Maintenance (F&M) in its implementation of campus sustainability improvement endeavors; and (6) actively educating the campus community about the progress of the College’s Sustainability Program.


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

The committee is currently chaired by the Senior Director of Facilities, Troy Hansgen (staff). The committee has one faculty representative, Tanja Srebotnjak (Hixon Associate Professor of Sustainable Environmental Design), one representative from the office of Business Affairs (currently unfilled), and two student representatives, Meenakshi Venktraman (student government) and Sabrina Chang (ESW/MOSS rep). The Sustainability Program Manager also actively sits and participates on the committee, though is not officially a member of the committee in the policy.


Does the institution have at least one sustainability office that includes more than 1 full-time equivalent (FTE) employee?:
Yes

A brief description of each sustainability office:

The Hixon Center for Sustainable Environmental Design develops strategies and coordinates college wide activities, research, teaching and practices. The Hixon Center sponsors integration and development of sustainably in academic curriculum, raises awareness about environmental issues, and urges students, faculty, and staff to engage in collaborative efforts to find ways to reduce the campus' carbon footprint. The Hixon Center's programs can all be found on its website: hmc.edu/hcsed. The Hixon Center also partners with non-profits organizations to engage students in community dialogues and events related to sustainability issues.


Full-time equivalent (FTE) of people employed in the sustainability office(s):
3

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

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Louis Spanias, Sustainability Program Manager

Does the institution have a mechanism for broad sustainability coordination for the entire institution (e.g. a campus-wide committee or an officer/office responsible for the entire campus)?:
Yes

A brief description of the activities and substantive accomplishments of the institution-wide coordinating body or officer during the previous three years:

- Creation and coordination of multiple sustainability programs, including the Energize Colleges program, the Green Office Program, the Shareware Program, and more.
- The creation and oversight of multiple campus sustainability initiatives, including compost implementation, improvements in campus waste sorting, the 5C PowerDown Competition, and more.
- The spur of strategic sustainability action from the Sustainability Committee and more, which includes the submission of the STARS report and the consistent review and publication of greenhouse gas emissions inventories
- The increased presence and visibility of sustainability on campus, including through social media channels, mailed newsletters, and events campus
- The planning and hosting of campus speaker events and workshops, including the Biennial Conference for Sustainable Design and Solutions, the "Black, Gold and Green" Speaker Series, the "Eco-Engage" Sustainability Dialogue Series, and more.
- The coordination and management of existing academic and research programs, including the Emphasis in Environmental Analysis, the Rasmussen Summer Research Fund, the Hixon Summer Research Fellowship program, and more.


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Sustainability Program Manager

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