Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 33.07
Liaison John Lerczak
Submission Date March 6, 2020
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STARS v2.1

Lewis University
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 John Lerczak
Sustainability Coordinator
Facilities
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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 sustainability council is made of of faculty, staff and student members from all disciplines and began in the year 2009 with the support of the University President.The council meets three times each year to discuss the feasibility of new projects and annual events: including America Recycles Day, Earth Week Events, Food Day and The Pumpkin Pitch. With the help of the council, Lewis University has began a composting project, joined the 2013 Eco Challenge, achieved the silver level of the Illinois Campus Sustainability Compact, re-branded sustainability on campus by creating new marketing material include a new sustainability logo and signed the Will County Sustainability Network Compact. The committee has been involved in advocating our recycled cap project and various other initiatives on campus.


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

Currently, there are 27 members of the sustainability council, including 2 students(1 undergrad and 1 graduate)


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

A brief description of each sustainability office:

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Full-time equivalent (FTE) of people employed in the sustainability office(s):
0

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

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
John Lerczak, Director of Sustainability and Facilities Administration

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:

Through the efforts of the sustainability council and the campus sustainability officer, environmental stewardship is considered when making any University decision. The council and the sustainability officers have been involved in the major renovations and creation of LEED buildings, a recycling overhaul and improvement, the addition of new programs including the acceptance of more nontraditional items including electronics, scrap metal, and much more. The council and officer have also helped in the release of a new sustainability logo and image to keep sustainability efforts current and exciting for campus members. The installation of two electric vehicle charging stations and a food scrap composting program on campus are the most notable accomplishments of the council.

In 2015 and 2016, the Council also added a new sustainability program, known as the Pumpkin Pitch. This is an event that the University was able to team up with Will County Green, all of Will County is invited to come on campus and compost pumpkins and gourds after Halloween. The Lewis University physics program got involved this year by creating catapults to make the event even more exciting.

The officer has been heavily involved in the sustainability club and introducing more events throughout the year. This year we will have a Weigh the Waste Event, partnered with our food service provider. Also, a compost demonstration that is partnered with Will County. Lastly, the officer will take various student groups to tour some of our waste facilities.


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