Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 51.15
Liaison Nicole Gaetjens
Submission Date May 31, 2017
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Mills College
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Nicole Gaetjens
Sustainability Coordinator
Campus 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:

Mission

The Sustainability Committee:

•promotes and develops environmentally sustainable practices, social responsibility and campus stewardship;

•provides policy leadership;

•facilitates community partnerships;

•encourages environmental inquiry, research and education;

•inspires future leaders in sustainability


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

Sustainability Committee
Linda Zitzner, Asst. Vice President of Operations, Co-Chair
Karen Fiene, Director of Construction, Compliance, and Sustainability, Co-Chair
Nicole Gaetjens, Sustainability Coordinator, Co-Chair
Dorothy Calimeris, Director of Auxiliary Services
Carolyn Sherwood Call, Interim Dean, MBA Program
Niviece Robinson, Director of Public Safety
Saiqaa Nuri, Associated Students of Mills College (ASMC) Sustainability Senator
Natalia Sandoval, Associated Students of Mills College (ASMC) Student Services Senator
Erin Alexander, MBA student
Rebecca Robles, MBA student
Mark Henderson, Assistant Professor of Public Policy
Kristina Faul, Associate Professor of Geochemistry & Environment
Sarah Swope, Assistant Professor of Biology
Sharon Tatai, Mills alumnae and former Board of Trustees member
Roselia Zendejas, Operations Manager, Bon Appetit@Mills College Dining Services


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 Sustainability Center provides opportunities for the campus community to be involved in ecological restoration, resource stewardship, creative transportation strategies, and sustainable food systems initiatives. Students are provided with the resources necessary to accomplish effective sustainability advocacy and project implementation, giving them the experience required to succeed in future leadership roles. The Sustainability Center encourages the cultivation of innovative sustainable practices, opportunities to apply research, and educational outreach.


Full-time equivalent (FTE) of people employed in the sustainability office(s):
1.50

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

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Nicole Gaetjens, 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:

Mills College has exceeded its “15 by 15” goal of reducing its fiscal year 2015 greenhouse gas emissions by 15% from fiscal year 2008 emissions. The Sustainability Committee is in the process of developing the next Mills GHG reduction target and Climate Action Plan on the path to climate neutrality.

During the past three years, the operating budget for the Sustainability Center has increased and been maintained even as other budgets have been cut. A subcommittee of the Sustainability Committee completed a five-year development plan for an Urban Farm at Mills College, and has received $650,000 in grants and donations that have allowed Mills to hire a farm manager and begin implementation of the plan.

Mills became the first college in a national program to deploy mobile solar generators in partnership with solar company DC Solar Freedom. Mills has deployed 12 solar generators so far and is contracted to deploy up to 18 more units, each with approximately 50kWh battery capacity. These solar generators immediately reduce our reliance on fossil-fuel based energy and increase our emergency preparedness. Many of these solar units are connected to services including electric vehicle charging stations, LED light towers, and personal device charging work stations.


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