Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 57.65
Liaison Michelle Gibbs
Submission Date March 6, 2020

STARS v2.2

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?:
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:

2019-2020
https://hope.edu/offices/sustainability/staff/green-team.html
Faculty and Staff
Dr. Brian Bodenbender, geology/environmental science faculty
Dr. Steven Bouma-Prediger, chair of the Green Team, religion faculty
Mark Brice, assistant director of residential life and education
Michelle Gibbs, director of the Office of Sustainability
John Jobson, associate dean of students/director of Residential Life
Dr. K. Greg Murray, biology faculty
Tim Scholten, custiodial services manager
Kara Slater, director of Physical Plant
Dr. David Van Wylen, dean for Natural and Applied Sciences
Dan Zehr, director of Creative Dining Services

Students
Samuel Click, Co-President
Taylor Hitchingham, Co-President
Zachary Dankert, Events
Mariah Dingman, Events
Zoe Gum, Conservation
Elizabeth Merritt, Marketing/Communications
Chelsea Moore, Waste
Emma Passaglia, Cottages & Apartments
Clay Purvis, Waste
Andrew Schuring, Residential Halls
Jacob VanderRoest, Conservation


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 coordinates strategic planning, implementation, analysis, and communication of campus sustainability initiatives by working with faculty, staff, students, and alumni. This office leads and fosters a campus culture that embraces sustainable initiatives, policies, actions, and attitudes in the context of the historic Christian faith.

The Director also oversees the work of the HAS student interns
(11 in 2019-2020 academic year each working roughly 5-10 hours a week)


Full-time equivalent of people employed in the sustainability office(s):
2.25

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

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Kara Slater, Director of Operations - Chief Sustainability Officer and Michelle Gibbs, Director for Office 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:

The Hope College Sustainability Advisory Group (Green Team) 2019-2020 goals:
-Formulate recommendations to Student Congress, the President, and the Board of Trustees regarding sustainability initiatives on campus.
-Continue to develop effective waste, recycling, purchasing, and travel practices and educate all members of the community about them, e.g., new recycling containers, green purchasing, carbon offsets.
-Continue to expand the reach of sustainability education in the academic program, e.g., by increasing the number of courses that have sustainability as a theme or unit.
-Explore ways in which the College can encourage non-motorized travel on campus, e.g., bicycles, longboards.
-Work with the City of Holland, Holland BPW, and the ODCMG to revive the Holland/Hope College Sustainability Institute.
-Focus on the Three R’s: “Reduce, Refill, Rethink.”
-Develop sound metrics for use in setting goals.
-Explore more options for socially and environmentally responsible retirement investments for faculty and staff.

Since 2014 Hope College has also partnered with the City of Holland and Holland Board of Public Works to create the Holland-Hope College Sustainability Institute (HHCSI). Hope College's Directer for the Office of Sustainability is also the Director for the HHCSI.


Job title of the sustainability officer position:
Director for the Office of Sustainability

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

The Director of Sustainability coordinates strategic planning, implementation, analysis, and communication of campus sustainability initiatives by working with faculty, staff, students, and alumni. This position will lead and foster a campus culture that embraces sustainable initiatives, policies, actions, and attitudes in the context of the historic Christian faith. This position will also work with student groups/interns and teach a First Year Seminar class related to sustainability. This is a part time position with flexible hours.


Job title of the sustainability officer position (2nd position):
Director of Operations - Chief Sustainability Officer

Job description for the sustainability officer position (2nd position):
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Job description for the sustainability officer position (2nd position):

The Director for the Office of Sustainability reports to the Chief Sustainability Officer and they meet bi-weekly to discuss long term plans and initiative coordination.


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Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability coordination is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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