Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 56.88
Liaison Laura Young
Submission Date Feb. 11, 2016
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Michigan State University
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Ann Erhardt
Chief Sustainability Officer
Infrastructure Planning and Facilities
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Does the institution have at least one sustainability committee, office, and/or officer that focuses on sustainability broadly and covers the entire institution?:

A brief description of the activities and substantive accomplishments of the committee(s), office(s), and/or officer(s) during the previous three years:

MSU has a Sustainability department under the Infrastructure, Planning and Facilities unit, with a full-time sustainability director and five additional full-time staff. In the last three years the major accomplishments of the office include leading the successful creation and adoption of MSU's Energy Transition Plan, collecting and publishing MSU's annual sustainability report, and piloting innovative energy conservation programs such as Green League, the Spartan Treasure Hunt, and the Energy Incentive Program.

In the last four years, the office convened a Systems Team for Sustainability - comprised of students, faculty, and staff - with the goal of improving sustainability for energy, water, supply chain (purchasing, waste, recycling, reuse), and food. Numerous research grants for faculty and students were awarded through this committee. An ad hoc Energy Transition Steering Committee was also convened to create a long-range energy plan for the university. The committee completed its activities in April 2012, however responsibility for implementation of the plan continues with an Energy Operations Committee.

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:

Systems Team for Sustainability: The Systems Team for Sustainability was re-energized in 2012 by the Sustainability Visioning Group Paper, “A Vision for Sustainability” to continue using the campus as a living/learning laboratory for students, faculty and staff. The Systems Team for Sustainability is charged with developing recommendations to improve sustainability for energy, water, supply chain (purchasing, waste, recycling, reuse), and food.

Energy Transition Steering Committee: Develop a long-range energy plan to help MSU reliably meet its future energy needs while keeping a close eye on cost, environmental, and health impacts.

Energy Operations Committee: Using the goals and strategies in the Energy Transition Plan, the Energy Operations Team develops specific recommendations for achieving Energy Transition Plan goals, and presents them to the university’s senior leaders and Board of Trustees to approve for implementation.

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

Systems Team for Sustainability:
Ben Darling, Land Management
Bob Ellerhorst, IPF Director of Utilities
Carla Iansiti, RHS Sustainability
Dale Rozeboom, Animal Science
Davide Skole, Forestry
Diana Twede, Packaging
Diane Barker, RHS Sustainability
Jan Beecher, Institute for Public Utilities
Jeff Kacos, Campus Planning
Jennifer Battle, Campus Sustainability
John Biernbaum, Horticulture
John Wagner, Business College
Kim Kokenakes, University Services
Kris Jolley, Surplus & Recycling
Laurie Thorp, RISE/Community Sustainability
Lisa Desprez, Campus Sustainability
Lynda Boomer, IPF Energy & Environment
Marta Mittermaier, RHS Support Services
Mary Lindsay-Frary, Environmental Health & Safety
Paul Mooney, Student
Roger Sommerville, University Services
Ron Rosenberg, Engineering
Ruth Daoust, Surplus and Recycling
Ruth Kline -Robach, Institute for Water Research
Satish Joshi, Agriculture, Food and Resource Economics
Sean Barton, RHS
Stephen Toth, Student
Steve Safferman, Biosystems Engineering
Steve Troost, Campus Planning
Steven Melnyk, Supply Chain
Subir Biswas, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Tucker Wilkinson, Graduate Student

Energy Transition Steering Committee:
Diane Barker, Sustainability Officer, Residential and Hospitality Services
Jennifer Battle, Assistant Director, Office of Campus Sustainability
Wolfgang Bauer, Prof. and Chair of Physics & Astronomy; Director, Institute for Cyber-Enabled Research
Janice Beecher, Director, Institute for Public Utilities
Nicholas Bell, Undergraduate Student
Lynda Boomer, Energy and Environmental Engineer, Physical Plant
Jennifer Carter-Johnson, Assistant Professor, College of Law
Thomas Dietz, Professor Sociology and Environmental Science and Policy Program
Robert Ellerhorst, Director of Utility Services, Physical Plant
Ron Flinn, Assistant VP, Physical Plant
Mark Haas, Assistant VP for Business, CFO
Joe Hagerty, Undergraduate Student
Sarah Herbst, Graduate Student
Brian Jacobs, Assistant Professor, Supply Chain Management
Satish Joshi, Associate Professor, Agriculture, Food and Resource Economics
Leo Kempel, Associate Dean, Professor, Engineering
Barbara Kranz, Director, Facilities Planning and Space Management
Elizabeth Lawrence, Assistant Dean, Human Medicine
Adam Liter, Undergraduate Student
Tim Mrozowski, Professor, School of Planning and Design
Kenneth Roseman, Professor, Medicine, Division Chief, Occupational and Environmental Medicine
David Skole, Professor, Forestry
Rene Stewart O'Neal, Planning Director, Office of Planning and Budgets
Talya Tavor, Undergraduate Student
Kwame Yeboah, Doctoral Student

Energy Transition Operations Committee:
Diane Barker, Sustainability Officer, Residential and Hospitality Services
Lynda Boomer, Design Administrator, Infrastructure Planning and Facilities
Jennifer Battle, Campus Sustainability Director, Infrastructure Planning and Facilities
Dave Byelich, Assistant Vice President, Office of Planning and Budgets
Robert Ellerhorst, Director of Utilities, Infrastructure Planning and Facilities
Ann Erhardt, Campus Sustainability Assistant Director, Infrastructure Planning and Facilities
Ron Flinn, Vice President for Strategic Infrastructure Planning and Facilities, Infrastructure Planning and Facilities
Mark Haas, Vice President for Finance and Treasurer, Administrative Services
Carla Iansiti, Culinary Services Sustainability Officer, Residential and Hospitality Services
Barb Kranz, Assistant Director for Facilities Planning and Space Management, Office of Planning and Budgets
Bill Lakos, Energy Analyst, Infrastructure Planning and Facilities
Bill Latta, Assistant Vice President for Operations, Administrative Services
Bob Nestle, University Engineer, Infrastructure Planning and Facilities
Vince Schimizzi, University Management Analyst, Office of Planning and Budgets
Nate Verhanovitz, Performance Engineer, Infrastructure Planning and Facilities
Karen Zelt, Communications Manager, Infrastructure Planning and Facilities

The website URL where information about the sustainability committee(s) is available:
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:

MSU’s Sustainability department is responsible for strategic planning, program implementation, data collection, programming and outreach, and communications for campus-wide sustainability.

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

The website URL where information about the sustainability office(s) is available:
Does the institution have at least one sustainability officer?:

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Ann Erhardt, Director

A brief description of each sustainability officer position:

The Director for the MSU Sustainability department reports to the Vice President for Strategic Infrastructure Planning and Facilities. The Director will carry out the following responsibilities:
• Long-term planning and strategic visioning
Facilitates long-term planning and visioning for sustainability goals for the university based on input from strategic internal and external partners, keeping abreast of intrinsic and extrinsic influences that affect sustainability on campus.
• Develop and enhance strategic partnerships
Develops and enhances strategic partnerships on and off campus among researchers, operations staff, students, organizations, businesses, and peer institutions.
• Sustainability Research
Facilitates the Campus Sustainability Systems Team and Student Project Fund research and pilot projects. Works with core operations and academic personnel to prioritize environmental issues, identify research areas, select research proposals, and implement research-based recommendations. The director will also be responsible for tracking the data infrastructure for this process.
• Unit management and planning
Responsible for Provides unit level planning for the office including budget, employment needs, and prioritization of projects and initiatives.
• Measuring, reporting, and benchmarking campus sustainability efforts
Collects and analyzes data to measure and report the long term impact of campus sustainability programs and initiatives.
• Secures alternative funding
Works with university partners such as University Advancement, Physical Plant, and academic units; and external partners to identify development and grant opportunities for sustainability

The website URL where information about the sustainability officer(s) is available:

MSU Sustainability has six positions: Director, Project Coordinator, Communications Manager, two Energy Educators, and Administrative Assistant. We are a department under the unit Infrastructure Planning and Facilities.

Residential and Hospitality Services has its own sustainability office to address specific goals for housing, residence education, and auxiliary facilities. They work closely with MSU Sustainability to ensure that goals are coordinated.

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