Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.61
Liaison Kate Ullman
Submission Date Feb. 26, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Northland College
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Scott Grinnell
Professor of Physics
Academic
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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:

Sustainability Work Group

Charge: To collaboratively advance full-spectrum sustainability at Northland College while positioning the College in the national conversation and contributing to the strength and sustainability of community and regional partners.

Goals: (1) To clarify options and ramifications of sustainability-related decisions; (2) to make recommendations concerning campus sustainability including infrastructure (e.g. energy, food, waste, materials, facilities), community (student and employee responsibilities, college impact on city and region, wellness), learning (professional development, interpretation, campus as living lab, and aesthetics)], and climate action planning.

Deliverables: Annual report on campus sustainability initiatives and progress, input to related plans (e.g. strategic plan, facilities master plan, sustainable purchasing policy), contributions to grants, communications to constituencies regarding sustainability performance, recommendations to the president.


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

Director of Sustainability (Staff)
Sustainability Coordinator (Staff/Student)
Dean of Student Life (Staff)
VP of Finance and Administration/CFO (Staff)
Facilities Director (Staff)
Executive Director of Marketing Communications (Staff)
Student Director of Sustainability (Student)
Delegates from Campus Centers (Faculty/Staff)
Two elected student delegates
Two elected faculty delegates


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

A brief description of each sustainability office:

Ordinarily Northland College has a two-person Sustainability Office that reports to the President. However, at the present time the College does not have more than one full-time employee. We are in the process of hiring the replacement for our previous sustainability director (who will begin duties on July 1, 2018). During the interim, three faculty members assist with sustainability planning.
The sustainability office is responsible for overseeing work study students, outreach and education efforts, and general planning and strategy for sustainability initiatives on campus.


Full-time equivalent (FTE) of people employed in the sustainability office(s):
1.30

Does the institution have at least one sustainability officer?:
Yes

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Scott Grinnell, Director of Sustainability Initiatives

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 Work Group coordinates sustainability initiatives institution-wide (among students, faculty, and staff), works with the Board of Trustees to implement large changes (e.g. capital improvement projects), coordinates with Facilities Maintenance to manage buildings and grounds, and oversees a variety of sustainability projects. In the past three years the college has created a new Fitness Center, Food Center, Compost Facility and initiated improvements to existing gardens. It has facilitated the realization of many student-led projects on sustainability, attended to deferred maintenance of buildings, successfully advocated for the divested from fossil fuels, pursued relationships with the local utility (Xcel Energy) to create a 1.0 MW local solar garden, and created meaningful advances in other areas of sustainability.


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