Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 50.57
Liaison Kelsey McCormick
Submission Date Sept. 23, 2019

STARS v2.2

Lawrence University
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Kelsey McCormick
Sustainability Coordinator
President's Office
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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:

Sustainability Steering Committee:
Purpose: To instill a culture of sustainable long-range planning throughout the University by promoting sustainability in planning, development, and operation of the campus environment and facilities. The Sustainability Steering Committee will recommend policies and practices which best reflect the university’s commitment to sustainability, help coordinate campus sustainability initiatives and promote a thriving, environmentally conscious community.

The Sustainability Steering Committee will:

1. Identify and address environmental sustainability opportunities for Lawrence University;

2. Develop procedures for periodic review and revision of environmental sustainability goals;

3. Report to the Lawrence community and external agencies on the state of environmental sustainability at Lawrence;

4. Promote student, faculty, and staff engagement in improving the environmental sustainability of Lawrence;

5. Recommend policies and practices to the Financial and Physical Planning Committee for capital projects when relevant;

6. Review proposals for the Student Sustainability Fund.


Members of each committee, including affiliations and role:

Chair- appointed by president
Vice Chair - Sustainability Coordinator
2 faculty members from different divisions of the University, one of which must be tenure line,
2 staff members, one from Student Life, one from Financial Services
2 Students appointed by LUCC
Director of Facility Services


Does the institution have at least one sustainability office that includes more than 1 full-time equivalent employee?:
No

A brief description of each sustainability office:
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Full-time equivalent of people employed in the sustainability office(s):
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Does the institution have at least one sustainability officer?:
Yes

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Kelsey McCormick, Sustainability Coordinator

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 Sustainability Steering Committee approves student proposals submitted to the Student Sustainability Fund. Approximately 12 proposals were approved each year in 2017-18 and 2018-19. The committee was the driving force behind the purchasing of new trash/recycling stations on campus in 2018, which has allowed Lawrence to decrease its waste contamination rate. In 2018-19 the committee focused its efforts on drafting a sustainability plan for operations for the campus.


Job title of the sustainability officer position:
Sustainability Coordinator

Job description for the sustainability officer position:
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Job description for the sustainability officer position:

1. Provide leadership and guidance in developing, attaining and updating university sustainability goals.
2. Co-Chair the Sustainability Committee
3. Coordinate sustainability data collection and reporting
4. Coordinate campus wide outreach for sustainability programming
5. Routinely review processes, procedures, and contracts for sustainability improvements.


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