Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 65.92
Liaison Christie-Joy Hartman
Submission Date Dec. 21, 2018
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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
ISNW
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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 Office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability (OESS) organizes 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 some of the 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 educate/model actions for other employees and students. One of the functions of the ISNW committee members is to be ambassadors of campus sustainability initiatives and promote the initiatives to their peers. The committees' approach to environmental stewardship is inclusive of the three dimensions of sustainability.

The Education and Scholarship Committee promotes and measures learning, engagement, and cultural change for environmental stewardship, as well as promotes scholarly and creative activities that advance environmental sustainability.

The East Campus Hillside Advisory Committee provides recommendations, conducts scholarly studies, and conducts outreach about the naturalized area.

*The ISNW Conservation Committee is counted under EN-7 Employee Educators Program. The Committee engages other employees in environmental stewardship to help preserve natural resources and achieve sustainable outcomes. The committee focuses on individual actions specified in university policies and the power of individual actions to collectively make a difference.

*The ISNW Awareness Committee is also counted under EN-7 Employee Educators Program. The ISNW Awareness Committee was formerly the Awareness and Programming Committee; it's name and focus have changed with changing campus needs. The ISNW Awareness Committee promotes an environmentally literate community whose members think critically and act, individually and collectively, as model stewards of the natural world. The committee raises stakeholders’ awareness of their environmental impacts and enables others to make informed choices about becoming more effective environmental stewards.


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

Institute for Stewardship of the Natural World Executive Council:
Ms. Virginia Cook, Director of Real Property and Space Management
Ms. Marsha Mays-Bernard, Associate Vice President, Wellness, Orientation, and Multicultural Engagement
Mr. Richard Larson, Assistant Vice President, Human Resources Training and Performance
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, Associate Professor and Associate Dean, College of Integrated Science and Engineering
Dr. Dietrich Maune, Professor and Associate Dean, College of Arts and Letters

ISNW Awareness Committee:
Ms. Jamie Calcagno-Roach, Head, Instructional Technology, Libraries & Educational Technologies
Mr. Steven Cox, Assistant Director for Scholarships, Financial Aid & Scholarships
Mr. Drew Davis, Director, Computing Support, IT - Computing Support
Mr. Eric J Gorton, Public Affairs Coordinator, University Communications
Ms. Kathleen Campbell, Associate Director, Student Learning, Residence Life Administration
Ms. Victoria Bunting, graduate student and graduate assistant

ISNW Conservation Committee:
Mr. Holmes Browne, Associate Director, Business Operations, Office of Residence Life
Ms. Joyce Conley, Secretary Senior, Dean's Office, College of Education
Mr. Derek Dye, Senior Associate Director, Madison Union
Mr. Robert Golson, Associate Director for Facilities and Operations, University Recreation
Ms. Judy Marshall, Executive Administrative Assistant, Student Life and Involvement
Ms. Linda Miller, Admin. Computing Liaison, Information Technology
Ms. Mary Walala, Operations Support Coordinator, IIHHS Personnel
Ms. Paula Green, ILL Borrowing Specialist, Libraries & Educational Technologies
Ms. Kristen Herring, Building Coordinator, Dean's Office, College of Business
Ms. Karen Moyers, Administrative Assistant, Athletics

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

East Campus Hillside Advisory Committee:
Dr. Wayne Teel, Professor, Department of Integrated Science and Technology
Mr. Abe Kaufman, Energy Conservation and Sustainability Manager, Facilities Management
Mr. Robert Whitescarver, Adjunct Instructor, Department of Integrated Science and Technology
Dr. Michael Renfroe, Professor, Department of Biology


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 OESS coordinates the collaborative efforts of the university to promote cultural change for environmental sustainability and stewardship and a broader sense of citizenship. 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):
2.80

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, and Amanda Bodle, Sustainability Specialist

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, faculty, and staff collaborated to begin assessing the culture of sustainability.


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:

Summarized highlights of responsibilities include:
1. Coordinate development of 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) and office.
3. Coordinate the documentation of campus environmental stewardship and sustainability progress (including gathering, analyzing, and reporting information on institutional progress).
4. Manage and implement institutional special projects. Provide support to university departments, programs, and groups implementing projects related to environmental stewardship and sustainability.


Job title of the sustainability officer position (2nd position):
Sustainability Specialist

Job description for the sustainability officer position (2nd position):
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Job description for the sustainability officer position (2nd position):
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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 following is presented for context and is not intended to count for the credit.

Part-time positions in the OESS support a variety of office functions, but are not considered officer positions.
Ms. Madiha Patel, assistant
Ms. Christy Bradburn, Science On a Sphere Coordinator
The OESS also has a graduate assistant position.

Facilities Management has two positions that work with many others at the university:
Mr. Abram Kaufman, Energy Conservation & Sustainability Manager
Mr. Avery Smith, Sustainability Analyst

Also, Armark, JMU's dining services contractor, has a sustainability coordinator who completes credits of STARS.


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