Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 28.23
Liaison Brian Webb
Submission Date March 5, 2020

STARS v2.2

Houghton College
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Brian Webb
Sustainability Coordinator
Center for 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:

Creation Care Committee
• Organize programming to raise awareness for sustainability and creation care issues
• Coordinate with faculty to include sustainability and creation care into existing curriculum
• Coordinate initiatives to reduce energy consumption
• Lead college efforts to explore renewable energy ideas and options
• Work with Food Service to increase Houghton’s offering of Fair Trade, organic, and locally grown foods
• Make recommendations for management decisions about college property use.
• Serve as a resource and advisory group for the Sustainability Coordinator
• Make recommendations regarding campus enhancement, beautification, and the prioritization of aesthetic improvements and decisions.


Members of each committee, including affiliations and role:

• Two (2) students selected by the Student Government Association (to include at least one representative from student groups concerned with the environment)
• Two (2) elected faculty representatives
• One (1) staff member representing the Facilities area
• One representative (1) from Student Life, appointed by the Vice President for Student Life
• One representative (1) from either MARCOM or the Admissions Office
• One representative (1) from the Community Relations office as a resource person
• One representative (1) from Food Service as a resource person
• The Sustainability Coordinator (1) as an ex officio member


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:

We have a Center for Sustainability with one 0.625 FTE employee


Full-time equivalent of people employed in the sustainability office(s):
0.63

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

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Brian Webb, Sustainability Director

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:

Creation Care Committee (see above for tasks and functions)
Recent accomplishments include approving the installation of a campus orchard, approving the installation of "native grow zones," making a recommendation for a new office space for the Center for Sustainability, making a recommendation to decrease grounds pesticide use.


Job title of the sustainability officer position:
Sustainability Director

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Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability coordination is available:
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