Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 35.62
Liaison Allison Jenks
Submission Date Sept. 7, 2011
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New Mexico State University
PAE-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 joni newcomer
Mgr. Env. Policy and Sustainability
Facilities and Services
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Does the institution have a sustainability committee?:

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

The mission of the NMSU Sustainability Council is to coordinate sustainability-related activities and efforts throughout the New Mexico State University system and to residents statewide. While a primary goal is making sustainability awareness part of the experience of all NMSU students, council members recognize that addressing the many challenges revolving around sustainability issues calls for the involvement of everyone. University faculty, staff and students are committed to working with individuals, community organizations, business owners, farmers and ranchers, and local, state and national leaders.

Members of the committee, including affiliations:

a) Composed of volunteers from the faculty, staff and student body, and other stakeholders
i. Welcoming all volunteers at the discretion of the Leadership Team
ii. Outside advisors will be invited to join Council (e.g., City of Las Cruces representative)
b) Chair appointed by University president; chair is Office of Sustainability manager by default (2-year term)
i. Retain past-chair in Leadership Team for one-year period for continuity
ii. Leadership Team is composed of committee chairs, past-chair, and representatives
from the following: ASNMSU, Faculty Senate, and Employee Council
c) Election of Committee Chairs and Co-chairs
i. Committee chairs appointed by Leadership Team and chair (2-year commitment with opportunity to continue with terms of 1 year)
ii. Co-chairs appointed by Leadership Team and chair (2-year commitment with opportunity to continue with terms of 1 year; it is encouraged that this position be filled by students to facilitate student input and provide leadership training opportunities

The website URL where information about the sustainability committee is available:
Does the institution have a sustainability office?:

A brief description of the sustainability office:

OoS Responsibilities

The Office of Sustainability is responsible for developing policies and guidelines for protecting natural resources, reducing the university's ecological footprint and ensuring accountability for green building and low impact development.

* Environmental sustainability initiatives on issues ranging from climate change to recycling and water conservation
* Academic programs and educational outreach activities aimed at enhancing faculty, staff, and student environmental literacy and awareness
* Be a resource for those pursuing sustainability initiatives
* Create Sustainable Building Design Standards for new construction and renovations
* Utility conservation to reduce energy use and associated costs
* Recycling initiatives to increase landfill space and lower disposal costs
* Sustainability curricula integration
* Student support for environmental projects and student organizations
* University President's Climate Commitment reporting

The number of people employed in the sustainability office:

The website URL where information about the sustainability office is available:
Does the institution have a sustainability coordinator?:

Sustainability coordinator's name:
joni newcomer

Sustainability coordinator's position title:
Manager Environmental Policy and Sustainability

A brief description of the sustainability coordinator’s position:

The Manager of Sustainability develops and coordinates a campus-wide program of environmental stewardship, energy conservation, policy research, and community outreach. The Manager will be involved in the creation of a university-wide sustainability program and will act as the University spokesperson on sustainability. The Manager will reach out to local and national organizations, as well as foster a culture of sustainability among students, faculty, and staff. The Manager will develop a vision for NMSU sustainability, including a university-wide plan and strategies for becoming a state and national leader in developing and embodying sustainable practices.

The website URL where information about the sustainability coordinator is available:

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