Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.28
Liaison Michelle Seppala Gibbs
Submission Date March 3, 2023

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. HOPE COLLEGE COMMITMENT TO SUSTAINABILITY Hope College strives to create a future in which our planet and all its inhabitants flourish. Rooted in the Christian faith, we embrace our calling to care for the Earth and we celebrate restoring God’s creation and sustaining our future as synergistic goals. We commit to building a sustainable world that promotes the holistic well-being of future generations and affirms the dignity of all people. By means of our academic curriculum, our scholarly work, our student life programs, the management of our campus, and our engagement with the local and global community, we educate students for a sustainable future that values the rights and opportunities of every individual, each of whom is created and loved by God. We humbly embrace this calling and shoulder these responsibilities with joy. —Adopted by the Administrative Council, summer 2021

Members of each committee, including affiliations and role:
https://hope.edu/offices/sustainability/staff/green-team.html 2022–2023 GREEN TEAM FACULTY AND STAFF Dr. Steven Bouma-Prediger, chair of the Green Team, religion faculty Abigail Bartlett, President's Office Dr. Brian Bodenbender, geology/environmental science faculty Dr. Jeffrey Christians, engineering faculty Nick Duthler, project manager, physical plant Dr. Aaron Franzen, sociology faculty Michelle Gibbs, director for the Office of Sustainability John Jobson, associate dean of students/director of Residential Life Dr. Steven McMullen, economics faculty Tim Scholten, custiodial services manager, physical plant Kara Slater, director of operations Dr. David Van Wylen, principal, Office of Possibilities Students Interns Reporting to the Director for the Office of Sustainability Natalie Hammer, co-president fall Elie Jankowski, co-president Devin White, conservation fall, co-president spring Owen Aaberg, conservation Tsion Weldetsadik, environmental justice fall Lily Shergill, environmental justice spring Alison Bache, events Ella Shergill, events Gabriella Nelson, marketing and communication Megan Raisch, cottages & apartments Margaret Prom, residential halls Yui Oshida, waste Emily Smith, waste Dallas Fisher, transportation Anna Whittle, Green Hope Student Club President

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):
2.50

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:
Hope College has established a framework of sustainability goals in our commitment to Sustainability. These goals can be summarized as: (i) the fulfillment of our Christian calling to be environmental stewards, (ii) meeting the operational needs of the present without compromising future generation’s abilities to do the same, and (iii) safeguarding of our economic, social, and ecological systems.

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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Job description for the sustainability officer position (3rd position):
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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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