Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 74.09
Liaison Merry Rankin
Submission Date Aug. 30, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Iowa State University
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Merry Rankin
ISU Director of Sustainability
Facilities Planning & Management
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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:

Advisory Committee on Sustainability
Advises the Director of Sustainability on policies, initiatives and opportunities to support and enhance education and awareness, engagement and empowerment toward sustainability and a more sustainable lifestyle.

Campus Green Teams
Enhances sustainability efforts, education and engagement within a specified building, college, department or operational area.

Live Green! Revolving Loan Fund Advisory Committee
Reviews loan fund applications, monitors use of loan funds, as well as publicizes project results.

Student Government Sustainability and Green Initiatives Fund Committees
Works directly with the ISU Student Government Director of Sustainability to connect, support and fund student initiatives on campus that promote environmental, social and economic sustainability.

Sustainability Reporting Group
Monitors, assesses and responds to informational requests from external reporting organizations.


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

Advisory Committee on Sustainability

Merry Rankin — Facilities Planning and Management – Sustainability – Director and Chair
Cathy Brown — Facilities Planning and Management – Planning Services – Director
Robert Currie — Facilities Planning and Management – Facilities Services – Director
William Diesslin — Environmental Health and Safety – Associate Director
Kerry Dixon — Facilities Planning and Management — Capital Projects – Sustainability Coordinator and Project Manager
Peter Englin — Student Affairs and Residence – Assistant Vice President and Director
Paul Fuligni — Facilities Planning and Management – Associate Vice President
Jayna Grauerholz — Procurement Services – Procurement Agent
Arne Hallam — College of Liberal Arts and Sciences – Associate Dean
Jared Hohanshelt — Logistics and Support Services – Director
Conner Kuehl – Information Technology Services – Data Center Manager
Michael Lohrbach — Information Technology Services – Director
Kevin Merrill — Memorial Union – Student Activities Center – Assistant Director for Student Organizations
Mark Miller — ISU Public Safety – Director of Parking Leadership and Service
Karen Rodekamp — ISU Dining – Assistant Director of Engagement
Kathleen Wellik — Transportation Services – Director
Jeffrey Witt — Facilities Planning and Management — Utilities – Director
Jerry Zamzow — Assistant Vice President for Research – Vice President for Research

Campus Green Teams
Membership varies semester to semester dependent on schedules and availability.

Live Green! Revolving Loan Fund Advisory Committee

Merry Rankin — Facilities Planning and Management – Sustainability – Director and Chair
Pam Cain — Senior Vice President for Operation and Finance – Interim Senior Vice President
Kathleen Delate — College of Agriculture and Life Sciences – Horticulture – Professor
Kerry Dixon — Facilities Planning and Management — Capital Projects – Sustainability Coordinator and Project Manager
Paul Fuligni — Facilities Planning and Management – Associate Vice President
Gary Mirka — College of Engineering – Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering – Graduate Education and Research Director
Gloria Oberender — College of Liberal Arts and Sciences – Physics and Astronomy – Department Secretary and Building Supervisor
Robert Whitehead — College of Design – Architecture – Associate Professor
Izzy Wilde – Student Government – Sustainability Director

Student Government Sustainability and Green Initiatives Fund Committees
New membership is chosen each academic year.

Sustainability Reporting Group

Merry Rankin — Facilities Planning and Management – Sustainability – Director and Chair
Timothy Ashley — Division of Operations and Finance –Payroll, Benefits and Tax – Interim Assistant Vice President
Cristina Broshar – University Human Resources – Work Life Specialist
Cathy Brown — Facilities Planning and Management – Planning Services – Director
Robert Currie — Facilities Planning and Management – Facilities Services – Director
William Diesslin — Environmental Health and Safety – Associate Director
Kerry Dixon — Facilities Planning and Management — Capital Projects – Sustainability Coordinator and Project Manager
Stephanie Downs — University Human Resources — ISU WellBeing – Coordinator
Peter Englin — Student Affairs and Residence – Assistant Vice President and Director
Paul Fuligni — Facilities Planning and Management – Associate Vice President
Jayna Grauerholz — Procurement Services – Procurement Agent
Arne Hallam — College of Liberal Arts and Sciences – Associate Dean
Rondolyn Hawkins – Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion – Executive Assistant
Jared Hohanshelt — Logistics and Support Services – Director
Edward Holland — University Human Resources – Benefits Director
Mark Honeyman — College of Agriculture and Life Sciences – ISU Research Farms – Associate Dean for Operations
Michael Lohrbach — Information Technology Services – Director
Kevin Merrill — Memorial Union – Student Activities Center – Assistant Director for Student Organizations
Mark Miller — ISU Public Safety – Director of Parking Leadership and Service
Ayodeji Oluwalana – Facilities Planning and Management – Recycling and Special Events Coordinator
Joan Piscitello — ISU Treasurer Office – Treasurer
Karen Rodekamp — ISU Dining – Assistant Director of Engagement
Michael Wahlin — ISU Foundation – Assistant Vice President of Investments
Kathleen Wellik — Transportation Services – Director
Jeffrey Witt — Facilities Planning and Management — Utilities – Director
Jerry Zamzow — Assistant Vice President for Research – Vice President for Research


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 Office of Sustainability oversees Iowa State University's Live Green! campus-wide sustainability initiative, encouraging all students, faculty and staff to be fully committed to and engaged in making our campus, our operations and initiatives environmentally, economically and socially sustainable.

The Live Green! initiative began in 2008, and offered two challenges to all students, faculty, and staff:

- To be a leader in sustainability among land grant institutions.
- To recognize that the involvement and dedication of every member of the Iowa State University community is critical to achieving this goal.

This office includes a full-time Director of Sustainability (shared with the City of Ames), a half-time Sustainability Coordinator graduate student position four half-time undergraduate interns and two half-time undergraduate interns (shared with the City of Ames).


Full-time equivalent (FTE) of people employed in the sustainability office(s):
4.50

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

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Merry Rankin, Director of Sustainability

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:

The Director of Sustainability oversight includes the following:

Coordination of the Live Green! Initiative;
Form and facilitate committees as needed related to goals and action items;
Provide students, staff, and faculty with sustainability education, engagement and empowerment resources, encompassing environmental, economic and social sustainability;
Strengthen and enhance partnerships and collaborative opportunities among campus and community experts and expertise; and
Publicize, promote and communicate Iowa State’s sustainability efforts and accomplishments.


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