Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 59.94
Liaison Elaine Goetz
Submission Date Aug. 11, 2021

STARS v2.2

Ohio University
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Elaine Goetz
Director of Energy Management & Sustainability
Office of Sustainability
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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:

Ohio University Sustainability Committee

This Committee is an executive committee of Ohio University. The committee reviews, analyzes, prioritizes and recommends actions that will sustain the academic mission of Ohio University. The Provost, the Vice President for Finance and Administration, and the Vice President for Student Affairs chair the Committee jointly.

The Committee may review, analyze, prioritize and make recommendations on:
The Ohio University Sustainability and Climate Action Plans and revisions processes;
-The organization and operation of Ohio University Sustainability sub-committees and Sustainability Hubs;
-Annual Sustainability reporting, both internal and external;
-New or revised policies and practices concerning the sustainability themes of climate, water, energy, solid waste, food, grounds, buildings, transportation, procurement, investments, student life, and human resources;
-Evaluation of decisions, policies and practices through the sustainability triple bottom line framework of simultaneous benefits to the economy, the environment and society;
-Evaluation of sustainability grant and award proposals.
-Other items as needed.

The Sustainability Committee makes its recommendations to the President and the Board of Trustees.


Members of each committee, including affiliations and role:

Chairpersons: 3 (Provost, VPFA, VPSA)
Faculty:
1 Faculty Senate appointee
3 Sustainability Hub Coordinators*
1 at-large faculty member
Students:
1 Graduate Senate appointee
2 Undergraduate Student Senate appointees
Administrative staff:
2 Deans or Dean representatives
1 Regional representative
1 Administrative Senate appointee
1 Director of Sustainability
Classified staff: 1 Classified Senate appointee
Community: 2 community members**
*Hub Coordinators may not vote on their own appointments or awards
**Community members are non-voting members


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:

Ohio University’s Office of Sustainability facilitates the implementation of the Ohio University Sustainability and Climate Action Plan by providing services and support to the campus community and ensures fulfillment of institutional commitments to environmental, social and economic well-being.


Full-time equivalent of people employed in the sustainability office(s):
1.55

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

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Sam Crowl, Associate Director of Sustainability; Elaine Goetz, Director of Energy Management & Sustainability

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:

Sustainability at Ohio University was restructured in 2018 and now includes three faculty affiliate and their three graduate assistants who lead "Sustainability Hubs", as well as a central office support core of director, associate director, 4-5 undergraduate students, and an executive Sustainability Committee which provides oversight for all sustainability activities (see description above). The Sustainability Hubs each have at least one signature initiative which include the Climate & Sustainability Ambassador program, the Sustainability Project Laboratory, the Triple Bottom Line Cost Benefit Analysis research group, the Farm to OHIO Working Group, the OHIO Student Farm, and the Green (Infrastructure) Initiative. The 2011 Sustainability Plan and 2012 Climate Action Plan were updated and revised into a recently approved (June 2021) Ohio University Sustainability & Climate Action Plan. Implementation is planned through the Hubs and through curricular and co-curricular experiential learning and workforce development projects housed in the Sustainability Project Laboratory.


Job title of the sustainability officer position:
Director of Energy Management and Sustainability

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

The Director of Energy Management and Sustainability is responsible for successfully facilitating the implementation of all institutional sustainability commitments and priorities as well as energy/water management for Ohio University. This individual will provide strategic leadership for the Office of Sustainability and will play an advisory role to the University Sustainability Committee and the Sustainability Hub leadership. In addition, s/he will act as the energy/water manager for Ohio University and will be responsible for reducing campus energy use intensity, water use intensity, utility costs, and utility-based greenhouse gas emissions at Ohio University.


Job title of the sustainability officer position (2nd position):
Associate Director of Sustainability

Job description for the sustainability officer position (2nd position):
Job description for the sustainability officer position (2nd position):

This is a 9-month position working the months of August 1 through May 1.
The Associate Director of Sustainability is the primary outreach representative for sustainability at Ohio University. This individual will direct all marketing, events, and educational endeavors for the Office of Sustainability.
This individual will also act as the Sustainability liaison to assigned
University operational and academic units and committees, and will fulfill the Director’s role in his/her absence. Other duties as assigned


Job title of the sustainability officer position (3rd position):
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Job description for the sustainability officer position (3rd position):
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Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability coordination is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Office of Sustainability information provided by Elaine Goetz, Director of Energy Management and Sustainability and updated on 7/27/21

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