Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 45.77
Liaison Joe Herbst
Submission Date Jan. 17, 2014
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Minnesota State University Moorhead
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Joe Herbst
Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Campus Sustainability
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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:

MSUM hired a Sustainability Coordinator in July of 2012. Shortly thereafter an Office of Campus Sustainability was established as an instutional umbrella for the University's sustainability initiatives. Since the office opened in the fall of 2012, it has held several events and activities related to sustainability, as well as implementing a student-run recycling service.

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 MSUM Sustainable Campus Initiative is dedicated to promoting and developing sustainable practices which will reduce the University's impact on the environment. Through example, teaching, and community outreach, the initiative acts as a catalyst of change as it strives toward the goal of an environmentally sustainable MSUM Campus.

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

Joe Herbst, Sustainability Coordinator
Janet Mahoney, VP of Finance & Administration
Jeff Goebel, Physical Plant Manager
Al Breuer, Environmental Health & Safety
Yi Chu, Student Senate Vice President
Steve Lindaas, Physics
Lisa H. Stewart, Psychology
Alison Wallace, Biosciences
Paul Sando, Anthropology & Earth Sciences
Robert Trefethren, Student Senate
Ashley Hoeck, Student Senate
Tyler Anderson, Student Senate
Blain Beam
Isaac Thomas
Natalie Jacobs
Jacob Toliver
Arati Gurung
Sarah Danielson

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:

The mission of the Office of Campus Sustainability is to exist as the campus hub for environmental sustainability. Its goal is to raise awareness about environmental impact of our institution, including efforts to lessen that impact. It aims to foster the wise use of resources while enriching the student experience along the way. The Office brings sustainability down to earth in a way that gives each student, faculty, and staff member the opportunity to leave our campus cleaner than we found it.

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:
Joe Herbst

A brief description of each sustainability officer position:

The Sustainability Coordinator serves as a facilitator in the University's move towards sustainability. Acting through a collaborative process engaging staff, students, faculty, and administrators, the Sustainability Coordinator leads the charge in making MSUM a more environmentally friendly campus community and establishing the school as a regional leader in sustainability.

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

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