Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 65.60
Liaison Dayna Cook
Submission Date May 1, 2014
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

Northern Arizona University
IN-1: Innovation 1

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Ellen Vaughan
Office of Sustainability
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Title or keywords related to the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
The Coordinating Committee for Campus Sustainability

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome :

The Coordinating Committee for Campus Sustainability (CoCoSus) facilitates inter-departmental sustainability initiatives. The committee brings together decision makers from across campus and furthers the university's progress toward carbon neutrality.
CoCoSus is innovative because its members consist of Vice Presidents from across campus departments:
Liz Grobsmith, Chair
Senior Advisor to the President

David Bousquet, Member
Senior Vice President of EMSA

Laura Huenneke, Member
Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs

William Grabe, Member
Vice President of Research

Mason Gerety, Member
Vice President of University Advancement

John Morris, Member
Assistant Vice President of Facility Services

Lindsay Wagner, Member
Director of Energy Services and Sustainability

Eva Putzova, Member
Director of Planning and Institutional Research

Rod Parnell, Member
Coordinator of Academic Sustainability

Sammy Smart, Member
Student Body President

Scott Perelstein, Member
Chair, Environmental Caucus
Associate Director of Facilities for Residence Life

Ellen Vaughan, Member
Manager, Office of Sustainability

A brief description of any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation (if not reported above):

Because of their cross departmental reach, CoCoSus was able to implement a recycling project that will result in similar signage and bins across all of campus. They organized diverse departmental participation in a biomass feasibility study.

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise:
Which of the following STARS subcategories does the innovation most closely relate to? (Select all that apply up to a maximum of 5):
Yes or No
Curriculum Yes
Research Yes
Campus Engagement Yes
Public Engagement Yes
Air & Climate Yes
Buildings Yes
Dining Services No
Energy Yes
Grounds Yes
Purchasing Yes
Transportation Yes
Waste Yes
Water Yes
Coordination, Planning & Governance Yes
Diversity & Affordability No
Health, Wellbeing & Work No
Investment No

Other topic(s) that the innovation relates to that are not listed above:

The website URL where information about the innovation is available :
Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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