Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 60.05
Liaison Jessica Thompson
Submission Date Feb. 15, 2023

STARS v2.2

Northern Michigan University
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Jessica Thompson
Professor/SAC Co-Chair
Business
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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. 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:
Brandon Sager, Co-Chair, Ast. Director-Facilities Dr. Jes Thompson, Co-Chair, College of Business Tricia Bush, Assoc. Althetic Director - Campus Recreation Alden MacDonald, Executive Chef-Dining Services Dr. Derek Hall, Asst. VP Marketing/Communications Catherine Hardenbergh, Director of Housing Dr. Diana Lafferty, Biology Aaron Karlstrom, Assoc. Director-Plant Operations Dr. Ryan Stock, Earth, Environment & Geographical Sciences Kathy Richards, Associate VP Engineering/Planning/Facilities Cece Hogan, Student, EcoReps Jason Schneider, Art & Design Randy Klitzke, Tech & Occupational Sciences Kari Farkas-Lasich, Indoor Agriculture Program Coordinator Elle Highly, Student, EcoReps Grace Listopad, CO-CHAIR SELECTED STUDENT REP Taimur Cleary, Art & Design Heejung Park, College of Business

Does the institution have at least one sustainability office that includes more than 1 full-time equivalent employee?:
Yes

A brief description of each sustainability office:
SHINE - Sustainability Hub for the Environment & Innovation (https://nmu.edu/shine/) is located at 1400 Presque Isle Avenue. The office is home to one faculty director (full-time employee with teaching responsibilities) and four paid student interns. The SHINE office manages the sustainability audit, EcoReps, sustainability-related social media, community partnerships, research and outreach related activities.

Full-time equivalent of people employed in the sustainability office(s):
1

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; Dr. Jes Thompson - Director of SHINE

Does the institution have a mechanism for broad sustainability coordination for the entire institution?:
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 advisory council 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.

Job title of the sustainability officer position (2nd position):
Faculty Director - SHINE

Job description for the sustainability officer position (2nd position):
Job description for the sustainability officer position (2nd position):
The SHINE Faculty Director will be responsible for the following: 1) NMU’s Sustainability Tracking and Rating System (STARS) audit and Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) membership; 2) communicating and coordinating sustainability-related efforts across divisions and departments in appropriate forums; 3) facilitating experiential learning through internships and projects; 4) advising and providing operational support to EcoReps; and 5) developing sustainability-related online micro-credentials and certifications in partnership with the Marquette Outdoor Venture (MOV) Innovation Center (funded by the USDA-RISE grant).

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Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability coordination is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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