Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 48.64
Liaison Michelle Gibbs
Submission Date May 2, 2017
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Hope College
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Michelle Gibbs
Director
Office 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?:
Yes

A brief description of the activities and substantive accomplishments of the committee(s), office(s), and/or officer(s) during the previous three years:

The Hope College Sustainability Advisory Group (Green Team) goals that were met from the 2015-2016 academic year were:
-Support the Eco-Agent program and develop other programs and/or groups that promote sustainability among students, e.g., Environmental Issues Group.
-Secure greater involvement from Campus Ministries, e.g., by having a member of the CM staff serve on the Green Team.
-Implement the environmental dashboard technology into courses and infrastructure at the College and explore its use with the City and the HBPW.
-Execute building audits of energy use, water use, production of waste, etc. across campus.
-Support the Sustainability Institute and improve the integration of its work with that of the College, e.g., by facilitating its development as a research center for best practices in sustainability.
-Explore a campus/community garden.
-Reconstitute the Schaap Science Center Sustainability Committee.

During the summer of 2016 the Hope Green Team hired four students to conduct research on campus about sustainability. There was a student for each of the topics which include: energy, water, a campus garden, and the history of sustainability at Hope. This project was a big success and the group is looking to continue and possibly expand it in the future.

In 2014 Hope College also partnered with the City of Holland and Holland Board of Public Works to create the Holland-Hope College Sustainability Institute.


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:

We believe the Christian faith calls us to care for all of God’s creation and ensure preservation for generations to come. We realize it is through our daily actions that we can make a big impact and create a better world for every individual, as one created and loved by God. Called to be global citizens, we will engage the world constructively through our teaching, research, and community service in order to shape Hope College into a model of sustainability and be a force for good in the world.

Sustainable Hope Vision Statement
-Working together for a sustainable campus and community
-We are striving to meet our present and future needs while minimizing our negative impacts on the ecosystems upon which all life depends.
-In our academic courses, student life programs, campus ministry activities, food services, building and grounds policies, and business operations we seek to be responsible stewards of the earth entrusted to us by God.
-Called to be global citizens, we will engage the world constructively through our teaching, research, and community service in order to shape Hope College into a model of sustainability.


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

2016-2017 Green Team

Faculty and Staff
Brian Bodenbender (Geology/Environmental Science Faculty)
Steve Bouma-Prediger (Chair of the Green Team, Religion Faculty/Associate Dean for Teaching and Learning)
Michelle Gibbs (Holland-Hope College Sustainability Institute Director)
John Jobson (Associate Dean of Students/Director of Residential Life)
Elizabeth Kubias (Student Development)
Greg Maybury (Director of Operations and Chief Sustainability Officer)
Greg Murray (Biology Faculty)
Roger Nemeth (Sociology Faculty)
Kara Slater (Director of Physical Plant)
Lauren Taylor (Campus Ministries)
Bob VanHeukelom (Director of Creative Dining Services)
David VanWylen (Dean for Natural and Applied Sciences)
Dan Zehr (Assistant Director of Creative Dining Services)

Students
Kathleen Fast
Kyle Funk
Julian Gonzalez
Emily Hamilton
Catherine Hagenbush
Abby Jeavons
Olivia Lauritsen
Anikka Van Eyl
Alex Watts
Alex Webb


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?:
Yes

A brief description of each sustainability office:

In 2014 Hope College partnered with the City of Holland and Holland Board of Public Works to create the Holland-Hope College Sustainability Institute. The Director, Michelle Gibbs, for this new institute is currently a part-time employee, but the long term goal is to make this a full-time position.


Full-time equivalent (FTE) of people employed in the sustainability office(s):
1.25

The website URL where information about the sustainability office(s) is available:
Does the institution have at least one sustainability officer?:
Yes

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Greg Maybury, Director of Operations - Chief Sustainability Officer and Michelle Gibbs, Director for the Holland-Hope College Sustainability Institute.

A brief description of each sustainability officer position:

Greg Maybury, our Chief Sustainability Officer is also the college's Director of Operations and has oversight of all campus activities.

Michelle Gibbs, Director for the Holland-Hope College Sustainability Institute serves on Hope's Sustainability Committee and also has a dual role with the City of Holland and Holland Board of Public Works.

Kara Slater, Director of Physical Plant is a LEED-AP and has oversight of the recently certified LEED-Silver Jack H. Miller Center for the Musical Arts and the Jim and Martie Bultman Student Center Project which is under construction and will seek certification.

Steven Bouma-Prediger is the Director of Environmental Studies Program and is also the chair for the Hope Green Team.


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

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