Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 29.38
Liaison Brandon Hoover
Submission Date Aug. 31, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Messiah University
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Brandon Hoover
Director of Sustainability
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Does the institution have at least one sustainability committee?:

The charter or mission statement of the committee(s) or a brief description of each committee's purview and activities:

The only committee related to Sustainability is the Campus wide sustainability committee. From this committee there are 2 standing sub-committees: A Green Revolving Fund Committee & a Tree Care Committee. Other sub-committees are developed as needed.

Recommending Functions –
1. Develop a Climate Action Plan to become carbon neutral as required by the President’s Climate Commitment (College Council)
2. Develop and recommend priorities for funding and implementation of the Climate Action Plan (College Council)
Action Functions --
1. Develop a purpose/commitment statement for sustainability initiatives at the College.
2. Provide oversight to all requirements of the President Climate Commitment.
3. Develop information and talking points that tell the story of the college’s work on sustainability for various groups to use.
4. Review and maintain Sustainability website
5. Review of Green House Gas inventory

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

Brandon Hoover, Director of Sustainability (Chair)*
Erik Lindquist, Chair, Biology Department (SEH) *
Carol MicGinnis, Assistant Professor, Counseling (Grad School)*
Brad Markley, Director of Facilities
Mark Wirtz, Director of Dinning
Rhonda King, Assistant Director of Residence Life
Kerry Hasler-Brooks, Assistant Professor, English (HUM)*
Don Opitz, College Pastor and Lecturer Sociology/Anthropology
Jonathan Lauer, Director of the Library
Dwayne Magee, Director Print and Mailing
Kate Witte, Engagement Coordinator (Student)
Lori Change, Sustainability Program Coordinator
Doug Flemmens, Director of the Collaboratory
Sean Matthews, Associate Professor of Art (ART)*

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

A brief description of each sustainability office:

“... to cultivate an ethos of ecological citizenship and stewardship through education, sustainability planning, and community engagement to create an environmentally, socially, and economically just world.”

Office Staff - Sustainability
Unpacking the Mission Statement
Cultivate- Cultivating requires hard work. It requires an attention to health, exploration, and preparation in order to grow and create
Ethos – An appeal to ethics to persuade to belief and action
Ecological Citizenship- The word citizen often appeals to being an active participant in political or social systems; however, we also want to be engaged and knowledgeable about our ecological systems, on which our life dends
Stewardship- Requires caring for ecological systems in a responsible manner
Education- We are an educational institution that values educating adults to be leaders in church and society
Sustainability Planning – Sustainable planning facilitates decisions about campus systems that consider the triple bottom line and fosters a culture of sustainability on campus
Community Engagement – We desire to be a resource to the community and to learn from the community
To create an environmentally, socially, and economically just world – The global economy as it works in the late 20th and 21st Centuries has generated a mass amount of wealth for a lot of people; however, that growth has come at a cost to ecologies and communities. Messiah’s Sustainability efforts wish to educate, promote, and act in a way where our economic activity works to support our communities. This means that our building, grounds and campus systems work to have little or zero environmental impact, and that no one is unfairly burdened with environmental degradation. This is called triple bottom line thinking, where the environment, economy, and people are considered in all of our decision making processes.

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

Does the institution have at least one sustainability officer?:

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Brandon Hoover, Director of Sustainability; Lori Chance, Sustainability Program 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)?:

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

The Sustainability Committee is responsible for assessing campus sustainability using the AASHE STARS tool. The committee was very active 3-4 years ago, but then fell by the wayside. In 2016/2017, the committee was very active in working through AASHE STARS

Job title of the sustainability officer position:
Director of Sustainability

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Job title of the sustainability officer position (2nd position):
Sustainability Program Coordinator

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