Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 35.51
Liaison Sarah Mittlefehldt
Submission Date March 2, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Northern Michigan University
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Sarah Mittlefehldt
Co-Chair, Sustainability Advisory Council
Earth, Environmental & Geographical Sciences
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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:

The sustainability committee currently includes 20 representatives from across the campus community; they have volunteered to serve as the “committed core” for the proposed committee. The committee is a diverse group of faculty, administrators and students appointed by the President. The council’s first “charge” is to conduct an inventory of the current sustainability efforts on campus in four main areas: Academics, Engagement, Operations, and Planning & Administration

The committee is currently conducting a Sustainability Audit, which includes specific benchmarks and targets to help guide future, sustainable decision-making on campus. The committee uses nationally recognized categories, which are used by hundreds of other institutions of higher education in the country, specifically we will use the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s STARS system.


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

Sarah Mittlefehldt, Assistant Professor-Earth, Env. & Geog. Sciences
Brandon Sager, Assistant Director-Facilities, Buildings and Sustainability
Jacquie Medina, Associate Professor-Health/Human Performance
Jessica Thompson, Associate Prof.-Communications & Performance Studies
Matt Van Grinsven, Asst. Professor-Earth, Env, & Geog Sciences
Martin Reinhardt, Associate Professor-Native American Studies
Donna Becker, Professor-Biology
Randy Klitzke, Asst. Professor-Tech & Occupational Sciences
Rachel Headings, student
Jon Barch, Assoc. Dir-Student Enrichment
Kathy Richards, Associate VP Engineering/Planning/Facilities
Travis Reamer, Asst. Director-H&RL-Facilities
Gina Lombardini, Assistant Director-Admissions
Kristin Beck, Grant Coordinator
Ella Skrocki, student
Jim House, student/planning project assistant
Esko Alasimi, Assoc. Director-Plant Operations
Carl Bammert, Assoc. Director-Facilities
Stephanie Raboin, Marketing Manager-Dining Services
Denise Hughes, Buildings & Grounds Attendant, Art & Design
John Rebers, Head & Professor, Biology
Derek Hall, Asst. VP/Marketing/Communications


Does the institution have at least one sustainability office that includes more than 1 full-time equivalent (FTE) employee?:
No

A brief description of each sustainability office:
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Does the institution have at least one sustainability officer?:
Yes

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Brandon Sager - Assistant Director - Facilities, Building Services & Sustainability

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:

The sustainability committee currently includes 20 representatives from across the campus community; they have volunteered to serve as the “committed core” for the proposed committee.

Established in Fall 2016, the committee is currently conducting a Sustainability Audit, which includes specific benchmarks and targets to help guide future, sustainable decision-making on campus. The committee uses nationally recognized categories, which are used by hundreds of other institutions of higher education in the country, specifically we will use the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s STARS system.


Job title of the sustainability officer position:
Assistant Director - Facilities, Building Services & Sustainability

Job description for the sustainability officer position:
Job description for the sustainability officer position:

This position has three areas of expertise: project administration, sustainability, and management of custodial services. Duties include providing all phases of project administration for university renovation and new construction to include design (schematic to final), estimates, bidding, and construction administration/coordination. Position coordinates and manages the Facilities Department sustainability and recycling operations. Direct, administer, plan, and coordinate all aspects of the custodial operation in stateside buildings.


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