Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 46.12
Liaison Deborah Steinberg
Submission Date March 1, 2018
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Knox College
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Deborah Steinberg
Director of Campus Sustainability Initiatives
Office of 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 President’s Council on Sustainability is responsible for:
* Considering new sustainability initiatives for the campus (including those pertaining to education and strategic planning) and making recommendations to the College President regarding institutional strategies, resources, and priorities
* Working closely with the Director of Campus Sustainability Initiatives to identify, support, promote and communicate new and ongoing sustainability initiatives.
* Considering ideas presented by members of the Knox community relating to campus sustainability initiatives
* Annually reviewing campus sustainability commitments, progress reports, and compacts to ensure that the campus is meeting its commitments and targets


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

Office of Sustainability - Deborah Steinberg (Director of Sustainability / staff)
Student Senate Sustainability Committee - Morgan Madderom (Chair of Senate Sustainability Committee / student)
Resident Assistants - TBD (student)
Faculty - Peter Schwartzman (ENVS / faculty) and William Hope (ANSO / faculty)
Custodial Services - diana Mackin (Custodian / staff)
Dining Services - Diane Welker (General Manager of Dining Services /staff)
Facilities - Scott Maust (Director of Facilities / staff)
Information Services (IT+Library) - Todd Smith (AV Services Coordinator / staff)
Athletics - Lawrence Eyre (Head Tennis Coach / staff)
Communications - Peter Bailley (Associate Director Media Relations / staff)
Student Development - Koreen Kerfoot (Assistant Director of Campus Life / staff)


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 Sustainability was created in 2012 when Knox College hired its first Sustainability Coordinator. The Office is easily accessible to students, located in Seymour Student Union, and in addition to running a number of campus sustainability initiatives, the office provides institutional support and guidance on matters related to environmental, social, and economic sustainability.

The Office is currently managed by the Director of Sustainability Initiatives, a full-time, 12-month position. Student positions are available within the Office of Sustainability as follows:
30 hrs/week of sustainability office support staff during academic year
30 hrs/week of bicycle mechanics during academic year
10 hrs/week farm manager during academic year
40 hrs/week farm and community garden manager(s) during summer
10 hrs/week sustainability office support staff during summer


Full-time equivalent (FTE) of people employed in the sustainability office(s):
2.75

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

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Deborah Steinberg, Director of Sustainability Initiatives

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 President's Council on Sustainability meets weekly, addresses issues of significance relating to campus sustainability, and advises the President on their findings. In recent years, the committee has created a set of sustainability goals for the campus to seruve as support to the recent college-wide strategic plan.

The Director of Sustainability Initiatives coordinates between all campus departments to achieve institutional sustainability. In the past three years, this has included the first on-site renewable energy installation, expanding campus move-out waste-reduction efforts, and improving the recycling collection program.


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