Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.16
Liaison Scott Doyle
Submission Date Oct. 25, 2022

STARS v2.2

Ithaca College
IN-39: Sustainability Office Diversity Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Scott Doyle
Director
Energy Management and Sustainability
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Does the sustainability office have initiatives specifically designed to recruit sustainability employees from underrepresented groups?:
Yes

A brief description of the initiatives specifically designed to recruit sustainability employees from underrepresented groups:

The Ithaca College Office of Energy and Sustainability (OEMS) works hard to engage underrepresented groups in campus sustainability work. It does this in a range of ways including attending the annual Center for Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Social Change (IDEAS) Welcome Event. OEMS staffs a table and actively engages with diverse student groups to recruit students from a range of backgrounds to work on campus sustainability projects and connect with campus environmental groups like the Eco Reps. OEMS also heps to host a range of campus educational events that discuss the relationship between anti-racism and environmental action.


Does the sustainability office ensure that sustainability employees complete DEI training?:
No

A brief description of the DEI trainings for sustainability employees:

While not a requirement, campus employees are encouraged to participate in DEI and Anti-Racism trainings.


Does the sustainability office regularly collaborate on events, projects, or initiatives with the institution’s DEI office/program and/or organizations that support underrepresented groups on campus?:
Yes

A brief description of events, projects, or initiatives during the previous year developed in collaboration with the DEI office/program and/or organizations that support underrepresented groups on campus:

The Ithaca College Center for Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Social Change (IDEAS) works to empower marginalized students by creating culturally validating spaces and through educational opportunities, they look to expand the global perspective of Ithaca College students. The Center for IDEAS and the Office of Energy Management and Sustainability (OEMS) regularly collaborate on campus outreach events to try to advance inclusive sustainability. One example of where OEMS collaborates with IDEAS is in supporting, promoting and attending the regular IDEAS campus community events. Groups, including OEMS, table at IDEAS well attended Welcome event to interact with and learn from underrepresented groups. This forum further helps to advance intercultural communication between student groups and staff. Another example of a collaboration is the Center of IDEAS staff is asked for their assistance in providing guidance for planning OEMS' work so as to make it more inclusive. An example being seeking input for making Ithaca College's annual Sustainability Week more inclusive. Other initiatives included IC's work with off campus partners to develop community programming regarding underrepresented groups in sustainability including, "What is Sustainability in the Time of Anti-Racist Uprisings & a Global Pandemic?" - https://www.ithaca.edu/sustainability-ithaca/campus-community-programming


Does the sustainability office or committee include at least one individual with formal DEI and/or environmental or social justice responsibilities?:
Yes

Documentation of the formal DEI and/or environmental or social justice responsibilities:

The Director of OEMS is an advocate for Inclusive Sustainability and participates in DEI conversations on campus and throughout Upstate NY through the NY Coalition of Sustainability in Higher Education's Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion subcommittee.


Website URL where information about the initiatives to advance DEI within the sustainability program is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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