Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 62.34
Liaison Christie-Joy Hartman
Submission Date Jan. 27, 2022

STARS v2.2

James Madison University
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Christie-Joy Hartman
Executive Director
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Does the institution have at least one sustainability committee?:

The charter or mission statement of the committee(s) or a brief description of each committee's purview and activities:

The Institute for Stewardship of the Natural World (ISNW) organizes multiple committees. The ISNW is advised by an Executive Council, and council members chair some of the ISNW committees. Faculty, staff, and students 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.

Other recent committees that were not fully active at the time of submission include:

The ISNW Conservation 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 was formerly the Awareness and Programming Committee; its 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:

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 for Health and Well-Being
Mr. Richard Larson, Assistant Vice President, Human Resources Training and Performance
Mr. Mack Moore, Risk Management Coordinator (participation concluded in 2020)
Ms. Towana Moore, Interim Vice President of Administration and Finance
Dr. Jeffrey Tang, Associate Professor and Associate Dean, College of Integrated Science and Engineering
Dr. Dietrich Maune, Professor, 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. Eric J Gorton, Public Affairs Coordinator, University Communications
Ms. Kathleen Campbell, Associate Director, Student Learning, Residence Life Administration

ISNW Conservation Committee:
Mr. Holmes Browne, Associate Director, Business Operations, Office of Residence Life
Mr. Robert Golson, Associate Director for Facilities and Operations, University Recreation
Ms. Paula Green, ILL Borrowing Specialist, Libraries & Educational Technologies

ISNW Education and Scholarship Committee:
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, Integrated Science and Technology Program
Dr. Timothy Thomas, Associate Professor, Department of Education
Dr. Carole Nash, Associate Professor, Integrated Science and Technology Program
Dr. Wayne Teel, Professor, Integrated Science and Technology Program

East Campus Hillside Advisory Committee:
Dr. Wayne Teel, Professor, Integrated Science and Technology Program
Mr. Abe Kaufman, Energy Conservation and Sustainability Manager, Facilities Management
Mr. Robert Whitescarver, Adjunct Instructor, School of Integrated Sciences
Dr. Michael Renfroe, Professor, Department of Biology
Dr. Amy Goodall, Associate Professor, Geography
Dr. Mikaela Schmitt-Harsh, Associate Professor, Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies

Does the institution have at least one sustainability office that includes more than 1 full-time equivalent employee?:

A brief description of each sustainability office:

The Institute for Stewardship of the Natural World (ISNW) is a unit in the Division of Access and Enrollment Management at James Madison University. The ISNW 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 ISNW is enhancing environmental stewardship and sustainability by advocating for priorities; coordinating the collaborative efforts of the university to promote cultural change and a broader sense of citizenship; and challenging all members of the JMU community to participate in educational opportunities and think critically about their role in achieving the long-term stewardship of Earth.

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 of people employed in the sustainability office(s):

Does the institution have at least one sustainability officer?:

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Christie-Joy B. Hartman, Executive Director, and Amanda Bodle, Program Manager, ISNW

Does the institution have a mechanism for broad sustainability coordination for the entire institution?:

A brief description of the activities and substantive accomplishments of the institution-wide coordinating body or officer during the previous three years:

The ISNW 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 examples, the ISNW led the STARS report development process, oversaw Science On a Sphere and the East Campus Hillside, and facilitated development of the campus Environmental Stewardship Action Plan.

Job title of the sustainability officer position:
Executive Director

Job description for the sustainability officer position:

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):
Program Manager

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

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

Key responsibilities for this position include:
1: Developing, implementing, and managing learning opportunities for students, employees, and visitors that enhance environmental stewardship knowledge and reasoning
2: Planning and managing ongoing environmental stewardship programs and initiatives, and identifying and developing new institutional efforts
3: Analyzing, summarizing, and documenting university sustainability progress in areas such as curriculum, research, engagement, and operations
4: Using sustainability assessment tools, and completing reports and applications to external organizations following detailed criteria, guidance, and definitions
5: Building and maintaining mutually beneficial relationships with campus and community stakeholders, including faculty members, ISNW committee members, and partners from other JMU units; overseeing the recruitment, selection, orientation, and development of student employees
6: Communicating to diverse audiences including staff, students, and decision makers and fostering a culture of sustainability
7: Representing the ISNW across campus and externally by actively participating in and presenting at meetings, workshops, and conferences

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

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

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 ISNW support a variety of office functions, but are not considered officer positions.
Ms. Christy Bradburn, Student Program Coordinator
Ms. Essa Paterson, Program Coordinator
The ISNW 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, Aramark, JMU's dining services contractor, has a sustainability coordinator who completes credits of STARS.

Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability coordination is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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