Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 56.72
Liaison Christie-Joy Hartman
Submission Date May 12, 2017
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STARS v2.1

James Madison University
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Christie-Joy Hartman
Executive Director
Office of Environmental Stewardship and 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:

The OESS organizes stakeholder committees, which are collectively called the Institute for Stewardship of the Natural World (ISNW) Committees. The OESS is advised by an Executive Council, and council members chair the ISNW committees.

Faculty, staff, students and local government staff representatives may serve on the committees. The committees make policy and practice recommendations, conduct projects related to their expertise, and serve as peer educators. The committees' approach to environmental stewardship is inclusive of the three dimensions of sustainability.

The Awareness and Programming Committee increased awareness of issues of sustainability and environmental stewardship through planning, marketing and supporting programs that shared information which challenges all members of the JMU community to think critically about their role in achieving the long-term stewardship of the Earth.

The Campus Accessibility Committee supported the transportation demand coordination efforts on campus by assisting with analyzing progress and identifying transportation opportunities.

The Education and Scholarship Committee promoted and celebrated teaching and learning across disciplines and general education, as well as scholarly and creative activities that engage faculty, staff, students and other members of the community in improving our environment.

The East Campus Hillside Committee provided recommendations, conducted scholarly studies and conducted outreach about the naturalized area.

The Conservation Committee work is reported under EN-7.


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

Institute for Stewardship of the Natural World Executive Council Members
Ms. Virginia Cook, Director of Real Property and Space Management
Ms. Maggie Evans, Executive Assistant to the President
Ms. Marsha Mays-Bernard, Associate Vice President, Wellness, Orientation, and Multicultural Engagement
Dr. Jim McConnel, Associate Vice President, Student Life and Involvement
Mr. Mack Moore, Risk Management Coordinator
Ms. Towana Moore, Associate Vice President of Business Services
Mr. Craig Short, Director of Facilities Management
Dr. Jeffrey Tang, Interim Unit Head, ISAT, College of Integrated Science and Engineering

ISNW Campus Accessibility Committee
Dr. Elise Barrella, Department of Engineering (academics), employee
Dr. Georgia Polacek, Department of Health Sciences, employee
Dr. Stephanie Baller, Department of Health Sciences, employee
Mr. Abe Kaufman, Facilities Management, employee
Mr. Steve Bobbitt, University Recreation, employee
Mr. Lee Eshelman, Public Safety, employee
Mr. Avery Daugherty, Transit Superintendent, City of Harrisonburg employee

ISNW Awareness and Programming Committee
Ms. Jamie Calcagno-Roach, Center for Instructional Technology, employee
Mr. Steven Cox, Financial Aid & Scholarships, employee
Mr. Drew Davis, Information Technology, employee
Mr. Eric J Gorton, University Marketing, employee
Ms. Kathleen Campbell, Office of Residence Life, employee
Ms. Natalie LaRoe, Department of Integrated Science and Technology, student

ISNW Education and Scholarship Committee
Dr. Rob Alexander, Department of Political Science, employee
Dr. Debbie Sturm, Department of Graduate Psychology, employee
Dr. Christine DeMars, Center for Assessment and Research Studies, employee
Dr. Harold Butner, Department of Physics and Astronomy, employee
Dr. Heather Griscom, Department of Biology, employee
Dr. Mary Handley, Dept of Integrated Science and Technology, employee
Dr. Jennifer Coffman, Dept of Integrated Science and Technology, employee
Dr. Tim Thomas, Department of Education, employee
Dr. Carole Nash, Department of Integrated Science and Technology, employee
Dr. Bayo Ogundipe, Department of Engineering, employee
Dr. Wayne Teel, Department of Integrated Science and Technology, employee

East Campus Hillside Committee
Dr. Wayne Teel, Department of Integrated Science and Technology, employee
Mr. Abe Kaufman, Facilities Management, employee
Mr. Robert Whitescarver, Department of Integrated Science and Technology, employee
Mr. Michael Renfroe, Department of Biology, employee


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 Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability (OESS) is a department in the Division of Access and Enrollment Management at James Madison University. The mission of the OESS is to facilitate sustainability by advocating for environmental stewardship priorities, coordinating reporting and recognition of the sustainability-related efforts of the JMU community, and encouraging engagement of all members of the JMU community in sustainability education and environmental stewardship.

The responsibility for sustainability efforts (including environmental stewardship) is not housed in one university unit, but is shared across all divisions. JMU’s achievements can be attributed to the efforts of staff, faculty and students in many areas, commonly in collaboration. For more information about sustainability at JMU, visit www.jmu.edu/stewardship


Full-time equivalent (FTE) of people employed in the sustainability office(s):
3

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

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability: Christie-Joy B. Hartman, Executive Director; Melissa Altman, Grant Writer

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 OESS is tasked with university-wide coordination. Highlights of JMU's environmental stewardship and sustainability accomplishments can be found at http://www.jmu.edu/stewardship/. As just one example, students, faculty, and staff from across divisions of the university collaborated to develop an online environmental stewardship tour of campus. The project was partially funded by several grants.


Job title of the sustainability officer position:
Executive Director

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

Highlights of responsibilities include:
1. Develop and oversee short and long term plans for campus environmental stewardship and sustainability.
2. Provide administration and coordination for the campus-wide stewardship committees (called the Institute for Stewardship of the Natural World).
3. Coordinate the documentation of campus environmental stewardship and sustainability progress including requesting, synthesizing, and reporting information from all divisions of the university.
4. Manage and implement institutional special projects. Provide support to university departments, programs, and groups implementing projects related to environmental stewardship and sustainability.
5. Advocate for best practices for individual and institutional sustainability and environmental stewardship at JMU.


Job title of the sustainability officer position (2nd position):
Grant Writer

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

Highlights of responsibilities include:
1. Articulate the work of the OESS, ISNW, Division of Access and Enrollment Management and campus sustainability efforts to the JMU and external communities. Facilitate engagement of stakeholders in environmental stewardship and sustainability.
2. Coordinate with the Office of Sponsored Programs, University Development, and Research and Public Service. Effectively implement university policies related to grants, contracts, and sponsored programs, and coordinate efforts with prospective donors, foundations, and community partners.
3. Actively seek new resources (e.g., funding, collaborations, data) for education, scholarly, and service projects related to sustainability.
4. Develop collaborative faculty and staff teams to pursue internal and external proposals and execute all aspects of proposal submission. Lead faculty and staff in the development and writing of seed projects, pre-proposals, proposals, donations, and sponsored program work.
5. Direct and manage sponsored programs (internal and external) that are obtained and seed projects that are initiated.


Job title of the sustainability officer position (3rd position):
See description below

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

The two part-time positions in the OESS support a variety of office functions, but are not considered officer positions.
Cindy Wilson, part-time assistant
Cindy Bradburn, part-time policy/planner
The OESS also has a graduate assistant position.

Facilities Management has two positions that work with many others at the university:
Abram Kaufman, Energy Conservation & Sustainability Manager
Michael Dalmolin, Sustainability Coordinator


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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