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Liaison Kate Witte
Submission Date March 4, 2021

STARS v2.2

Keene State College
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Cary Gaunt
Director of Campus Sustainability
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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:
Mission Statement: The President’s Council for a Sustainable Future identifies initiatives and promotes activities that reinforce a culture of sustainability at Keene State College. The Council works with the Office of Sustainability, administrative leaders, and the College community to foster educational and institutional activities, including stewardship of our environment, the promotion of social justice, economic equity and well-being through local action and global thinking. Sustainability College-Wide Learning Outcome Subcommittee (SCWLO Subcommittee): The SCWLO Subcommittee is comprised of staff and faculty that oversee efforts to integrate the SCWLO throughout the curricular and cocurricular offerings of KSC. The Subcommittee also is responsible for evaluating the efficacy of curricular and cocurricular sustainability education and developed and administers the Sustainability Literacy Assessment.

Members of each committee, including affiliations and role:
Members of the PCSF represent all sectors of KSC life: Allen, Timothy: Chair, Department of Environmental Studies Anselmo, Julie: Student Behrmann, Beverly: Academic and Career Counseling Bigaj, Jessica: Advancement, Stewardship and Cultivation Manager Brehme, Christopher: Chair, Department of Geography Buxton, Sean: Purchasing Aid Chantler, Morgan: Student Del Ama Gonzalo, Fernando: Professor, Department of Architecture Driscoll, Ann: Assistant Provost Duffy, Diana: Coordinator of Energy and Utility Services Edmunds, Linsey: Sustainable Materials Management Coordinator Ferrell, Jennifer: Associate VP for Student Engagement Gagne Cloutier, Jessica: Director of Student Involvement Harlow, Renee: Campus Purchasing Director Holden, Caitlin: Sustainable Engagement Coordinator Howell, Caitlin: Dining Services, Marketing Manager Chartwells Higher Education Dining Services Hoyt, Randall: Associate Professor, Art and Design Johnson, Kathleen: Professor, Business and Management Kazin, Jeff: Library, Access Services Manager Langill, Melissa: Wellness Center, Counseling and Addictions Specialist Ljungberg, Lindsey: Student Long, Mark: Professor, English Lorette, John: Library, Learning Systems Administrator/Digital Learning Consultant Massed, Heather: Student Mazzola, Frank: Director, Physical Plant Morris, Dottie: Associate Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion Paris, Soren: Information Technology, CRM Administrator Picard, Robin: Off-Campus Housing Coordinator Quigley, Brian: Executive Director of the Wellness Center Romito-Carey, Jackie: Resident District Manager, Chartwells Higher Education Services Rymes, Bill: Supervisor of Plumbing/Heating Plant Operations Seraichick, Laura: Chief Information Officer Smeaton, George: Director of Institutional Research Wood, Alex: Residential Facilities Coordinator Wynn, Charlie: Admissions Counselor Yates, Julia: Sustainability Associate

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 Office of Sustainability (OS) is responsible for identifying and championing sustainable efforts on campus, for supporting members of the campus community as they initiate and develop sustainable practices/teaching on campus, and for cultivating a culture of sustainability that permeates all aspects of Keene State College. The OS is charged with developing a comprehensive sustainability management plan that encompasses our climate action plan and energy management plan. Facilitating the creation of specific policies to support plan implementation also are in the purview of the OS. Six focal points encompass the new direction for the Office of Sustainability: • Engaging faculty, staff, and students in sustainability curricula • Fostering community engagement and responsibility through research and community service • Maintaining relationships with partners external • Working with departments to improve campus sustainability policies and practices • Providing high level strategic advice to senior management and campus committees • Assessing and reporting on all College efforts related to sustainability. The OS is also responsible for the Eco-reps and ROCKS peer to peer education program and for supporting and developing student focused education and activities promoting sustainability.

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:
Cary Gaunt, Ph.D. Director of Campus Sustainability

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 President's Council for a Sustainable Future meets monthly throughout the academic year to address and discuss issues, ideas and projects and provide oversight and advice to the Sustainability Office. The PCSF is works with the Sustainability Office to identify strategic priorities, develop policies and plans, create and implement the Sustainability College-Wide Learning Outcome, support goals development and implementation, and other needs addressing sustainability and climate action on campus. The PCSF was instrumental in developing the new Sustainability major and in creating the vision and vetting potential contractors for the College's Guaranteed Energy Savings Contract. The PCSF represents all facets of campus life and guides the Sustainability Office, Eco-Reps, and ROCKS students on projects such as Sustainability Curriculum Development and outreach (e.g., how to engage with the Dining Commons to combat food waste and implement and expanded composting program). The Director of Campus Sustainability facilitates the PCSF and implements initiatives recommended by them. As well, the Director works closely with the Sustainability Engagement Coordinator, the Sustainable Materials Management Coordinator, Energy Coordinator, and Green Bikes Coordinator to facilitate broad-based sustainability projects from the annual Green Bikes parade to bringing clean energy to campus. The Director has dual reporting responsibilities -- to the Provost and to the Vice President of Finance and Planning, which supports coordination between facilities and curriculum. The Director also liaisons with students, faculty, staff from all parts of campus, and to the broader community and alums, to foster a culture of sustainability that results in tangible actions.

Job title of the sustainability officer position:
Director of Campus Sustainability

Job description for the sustainability officer position:

Job description for the sustainability officer position:
The Director of Campus Sustainability leads, develops and implements cross-campus initiatives that reinforce a culture of sustainability at Keene State College. This includes establishing, leading and managing a new/distinct Sustainability Department and budget. The Director creates/implements and evaluates the vision, goals and plans to guide sustainability for KSC. Director also builds a team of professional and adjunct staff, facilitates the President’s Council for a Sustainable Future, and mentors an innovative and active program for student employment (one of the largest student work forces on campus (~30)). Director develops RFPs and manages contractors needed to achieve sustainability goals. In this Dual Reporting Role (VPFA and Provost/VPAA), the Director engages faculty, staff and students in sustainability curricula, research and service; maintains relationships with partners internal and external to the College to foster community engagement and social responsibility; works with departments to improve campus environmental policies and practices; provides high level strategic advice to senior management and campus committees; liaises with student orgs and faculty, and assesses and reports on all College efforts related to Sustainability. Other duties as assigned. All staff positions on campus support students and will be involved in student-focused activities.

Job title of the sustainability officer position (2nd position):
Sustainable Materials Management Coordinator

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

Job description for the sustainability officer position (2nd position):
Keene State College’s Office of Campus Sustainability is seeking applications for a Sustainable Materials Management Coordinator. This is a 12-month Full-Time,40 hour per week position with a starting salary of $20.15-$22.00 per hour, complemented by a generous benefits package. This position is part of the Keene State College Administrative Staff Association (KSCASA). The Sustainable Materials Management Coordinator is the campus lead for designing, promoting, and implementing sustainable waste management programs that will enable KSC to achieve its “Zero Waste Certification by 2030” goal. These programs include comprehensive recycling, food waste composting, Move-In and Move-Out events, recycling and composting at major events such as Commencement, and other special projects. The Coordinator will work with the Office of Sustainability staff to develop outreach materials, educational programming, and signage to help faculty, staff and students maximize their recycling and composting participation. Central to the Coordinator’s position is supervising and mentoring student staff—KSC’s recycling and composting programs are currently run primarily by students and between 10 – 14 students work every day to support the campus’s ambitious sustainable waste management goals. The successful candidate will blend hands-on knowledge of sustainable materials management with an ability to supervise/mentor students, oversee professional field staff, provide policy and planning support, perform data analysis, tracking and reporting, while increasing current landfill diversion processes on campus, reviewing current approaches, developing new and innovative ideas, and pivoting approaches when called for, such as during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Job title of the sustainability officer position (3rd position):
Sustainability Engagement Coordinator

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

Job description for the sustainability officer position (3rd position):
Keene State College’s Office of Campus Sustainability is seeking applications from individuals with a passion for sustainability and desire to work with undergraduate students and community members to fill the role of Sustainability Engagement Coordinator. The Engagement Coordinator will work closely with the Director of Campus Sustainability and the rest KSC’s dynamic sustainability team to develop, implement, oversee, and evaluate myriad programs that will help cultivate a culture of sustainability at KSC. The Coordinator will be responsible for managing the Eco-Reps and Green Bikes student employees of the Campus Sustainability Office, as well as helping to develop outward facing programs, collaborations, and communications with all sectors of Keene State College and the City of Keene. This is a full-time, 40/hour a week position with a starting salary range of: $17.57-19.91/hr., complemented by a competitive benefits package. This position is part of the KSC Administrative Staff Association (KSCASA). Keene State College has named sustainability as a strategic priority with the ambitious goal of attaining the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) STARS Gold rating by 2020. Reporting to the Director of Campus Sustainability and working closely with KSC’s dynamic Sustainability Team, The Sustainability Engagement Coordinator will help develop and implement a road map specifically focused on maximizing AASHE opportunities in the STARS Engagement category, both within the campus community and beyond to the broader City of Keene and Monadnock Region to ensure that KSC attains this goal. The successful candidate will offer outstanding project/program development and management, outreach and communication, and facilitation skills. This position requires experience and passion for empowering and mentoring student employees, liaising with key community leaders and groups, and providing educational and outreach services. The ability to listen carefully, respect confidentiality, respond diplomatically, think creatively, and value collaboration is essential.

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