Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 46.20
Liaison David Heithaus
Submission Date Jan. 20, 2021

STARS v2.2

Kenyon College
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 David Heithaus
Director of Green Initiatives
Provost
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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:

By adopting a proactive environmental policy, Kenyon College hopes to address the needs of the coming years through introducing change at the individual and institutional levels. It is hoped that this policy will not only guide Kenyon's policy decisions but also reflect a way of life at Kenyon. Students at Kenyon College have always been among the best and the brightest in the nation, continually excelling in our studies and our careers after college. Environmental stewardship is the next step for Kenyon students to take and a vital area in which we should demonstrate leadership.

Our environmental policy is a broad-reaching statement modeled after those of private liberal arts colleges around the nation. We hope to make decisions that will continually show our care for the environment, the surrounding community, and future generations at this college and in the world at large.

Kenyon Statement of Sustainability

As a liberal arts college, Kenyon College recognizes that it has a responsibility to its students, the surrounding community, and future generations to make conscious decisions that reflect the changing nature of the environment. Kenyon understands that creating a sustainable campus as well as showing respect and care for the environment should be among the core values that guide our teaching, research, service, and administrative decisions.


Members of each committee, including affiliations and role:

Kenyon's Sustainability Steering Committee includes:

Robert Alexander - Faculty, chair of Environmental Studies
David Heithaus - Director of Green Initiatives
Ian Smith - VP for Facilities, Planning and Sustainability
Becki Lanter - Director of facilities Operations
Susan Morse - Chief of Staff, President's Office
Sheryl Hemkin - Associate Provost
Robin Hart Ruthenbeck - Dean of Students
Sharon Williams - AVP for Development
Kira Lancz - Student


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

A brief description of each sustainability office:

The Office of Green Initiatives is responsible for identifying and promoting campus sustainability opportunities in collaboration with operations and facilities personnel. Housed in the Academic Division, and reporting to the Provost, the Director of Green Initiatives focuses on capitalizing on Kenyon's Green Centers and sustainability efforts from the perspective of curricular engagement.

The VP for Facilities, Planning and Sustainability ensures that sustainability projects are given priority during the budgeting process and at the Senior Staff level.


Full-time equivalent of people employed in the sustainability office(s):
2

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

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
David Heithaus, Director of Green Initiatives; Ian Smith, VP for Facilities, Planning and Sustainability

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

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

The Director of Green Initiatives convenes both the steering committee and regular sustainability forums. The former acts in an advisory and implementation capacity while the latter is designed to promote programs and exchange ideas.


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