Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 72.17
Liaison Toby Cain
Submission Date March 1, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Luther College
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Toby Cain
Sustainability Coordinator
Center for Sustainable Communities
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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 Campus Sustainability Council, comprising students, faculty, and staff, began its duties in Fall 2008. Each member of the Council serves on at least one of five sub-groups that also include other members of the Luther community. Sustainability Council meetings are open to the campus community. The Sustainability Council votes to recommend policies and programs to the Presidential Cabinet for approval. It also approves funding for sustainability grants and provides feedback on new programs, initiatives and ideas generated from the task groups. The task groups are:

-Student Learning
-Energy and Water
-Food, Purchasing and Waste
-Land Use
-Responsible Investment


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

2018-2019 Sustainability Council Members
Jim Martin-Schramm - Chair - Faculty, Director of the Center for Sustainable Communities
Kris Franzen - Residence Life
Jay Uthoff - Facilities
Brittany Cord - Faculty
Wayne Tudor - Dining Services
Andy Johnson - Community Member
Three students appointed by the Student Senate

Student Learning Task Group
Sean Burke - Dean's Office
Rachel Brummel - Faculty
Steve Holland - Faculty
Andy Hageman - Faculty
Jon Jensen - Faculty

Food, Purchasing, and Waste Committee
Joe Madrigal - Faculty
Terry Buenzow - Winneshiek County Recycling Center
Mark Faldet - Admissions
Wayne Tudor - Dining Services
Giles Teslow - Facilities
Caleb Timp - Dining Services
Diane Gossman - ITS Staff
One or two student representatives

Energy and Water Task Group
Jim Martin-Schramm - Faculty, Co-Chair, Director of the Center for Sustainable Communities
Molly Wilker - Faculty
Leah Benzing - Facilities
Jay Uthoff - Co-Chair, Director of Facilities
Toby Cain - Sustainability Coordinator
Laura Peterson - Faculty
Eric Baack - Faculty
Larry Sikkink - ITS
Three student representatives

Land Use Committee
Eric Runestad - VP for Finance and Administration)
Molly McNicoll - Chair, Faculty
Paul Frana - Facilities
Perry Halse - Facilities
Emily Neal - Center for Sustainable Communities
Jeanie Lovell (Development)
Kirk Larsen - Faculty (Biology)
Ben Moore - Faculty (Art/Humanities)
Eric Baack - Faculty (Bio/ENVS/Science)
John Moeller - Faculty (Political Science/Social Sci)
Student representative

Responsible Investment Committee
Established in January 2019.


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 Center for Sustainable Communities has a Faculty Director (0.33 FTE), a full-time Assistant Director (1 FTE), a Sustainability Coordinator (1 FTE), and many student workers.

The Center for Sustainable Communities coordinates all sustainability initiatives at Luther College. The mission of the Center is to promote sustainability and be a catalyst for change on campus and in the region.

Mission Statement
Rooted in our call to be good stewards of the Earth and responsible citizens in the global community, the mission of the Center for Sustainable Communities at Luther College is to promote sustainability and be a catalyst for change on campus and in the region through education, outreach, and collaboration.

Our Vision
We envision a prosperous, equitable, and ecologically healthy world where Luther College, Northeast Iowa and the Driftless Region are seen as models of sustainable communities.

Luther College will play a vital role in bringing about that world while providing unique opportunities for students and giving them the skills and abilities to meet sustainability challenges.


Full-time equivalent (FTE) of people employed in the sustainability office(s):
2.33

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

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Jim Martin-Schramm - Director, Center for Sustainable Communities, Jon Jensen - Former Director; Emily Neal - Assistant Director, Toby Cain - Sustainability Coordinator

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 Luther College Board of Regents is the governing body for the institution. A Facilities and Sustainability Committee consisting of Regents and community members meets three times a year in coordination with Regents meetings to discuss issues related to Facilities and Sustainability. Staff from the Center for Sustainable Communities are invited to present at least once/year to this group.


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