Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 58.76
Liaison Krista Bailey
Submission Date July 29, 2011
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Pennsylvania State University
PAE-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00
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Does the institution have a sustainability committee?:

The charter or mission statement of the committee or a brief description of the committee's purview and activities :

Penn State University is a large, multi-site institution with over 25,000 full-time employees and 90,000 students. There are many sustainability committees in various academic colleges, administrative units and at our 19 campuses. Together the membership of these unit-level committees could reach 200 - 300 people.

We currently have two institution-wide sustainability committees: the Finance and Business Environmental Stewardship Key Initiative Committee and the Strategic Sustainability Planning Committee.

The Environmental Stewardship Key Initiative carries over from the previous strategic plan. In the past three years it has taken major steps to improve environmental consciousness among students, as well as attract national recognition for the University’s commitment to green practices.

Although many of these practices have been successfully set in motion, there is still more that this initiative plans to accomplish. Minimizing the use of energy and other resources remains a key goal, and becoming a role model for other universities continues to be an objective.

The Environmental Stewardship Initiative strives to identify specific actions and objectives aimed at conducting the University's business in a manner that demonstrates a commitment to environmental stewardship and moves the University toward sustainable practices.

Members of the committee, including affiliations:

Finance and Business Environmental Stewardship Key Initiative Committee Members:

Steve Blazer — Auxiliary & Business Services, Purchasing
Mark Bodenschatz — Intercollegiate Athletics
Duane Bullock — Auxiliary & Business Services, Purchasing
Maurine Claver — Office of Physical Plant, Environmental Health & Safety
Rob Cooper — Office of Physical Plant, Energy and Engineering Services
Ed Dankanich — Penn State Harrisburg, Director of Business Services
Teresa Davis — Auxiliary & Business Services, Transportation
Lee Erwin — Auxiliary & Business Services, Housing & Food Services
Erik Foley — Office of Physical Plant, Campus Sustainability Office
Joyce Haney — Auxiliary & Business Services, Purchasing
Wendy Jones — Auxiliary & Business Services, Marketing
David Manos — Auxiliary & Business Services, Housing
Al Matyasovsky — Office of Physical Plant, Waste Management
Lloyd Rhoades — Office of Physical Plant, Central Services
Paul Ruskin — Office of Physical Plant, Communications
Gordon Turow — Office of Physical Plant, Campus Planning & Design

Strategic Sustainability Planning Committee Members:

Damon Sims, Vice President of Student Affairs
Steve Maruszewski, Assistant Vice President, OPP
Tom Richard, Director, Penn State Institutes of Energy & the Environment
Denice Wardrop, Asst. Director, Penn State Institutes of Energy & the Environment
David Riley, Director, Center for Sustainability
Lisa Brown, Asst. Director, Center for Sustainability
Sue Barsom, Assoc Director, Center for Sustainability
Gerry Susman, Professor Emeritus, Smeal College of Business
Nancy Franklin, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Outreach
Erik Foley, Director, Campus Sustainability Office
Louise Sandmeyer, Executive Director, Office of Institutional Planning and Assessment
Chris Falso, student, Sustainability Coalition

The website URL where information about the sustainability committee is available:
Does the institution have a sustainability office?:

A brief description of the sustainability office:

The Campus Sustainability Office was established in November 2008. Since then, we have been dedicated to providing the Penn State community with the necessary tools to work towards the University's vision of sustainable operations and development. The Campus Sustainability Office is a leader in promoting and ensuring environmentally-safe activity at Penn State.

To lead and support financial and ecologically responsible campus sustainability initiatives through stakeholder engagement, education, and collaborative project development, implementation, and evaluation.

The Office supports activities through partnerships across the Penn State system including Commonwealth Campuses and the World Campus.

The number of people employed in the sustainability office:

The website URL where information about the sustainability office is available:
Does the institution have a sustainability coordinator?:

Sustainability coordinator's name:
Erik Foley

Sustainability coordinator's position title:
Director, Campus Sustainability Office

A brief description of the sustainability coordinator’s position:

The Penn State Campus Sustainability Office Director is responsible for working with partners in operations, teaching, research, and student affairs to develop policies, programs and business practices that improve the environmental performance of the institution through the education and engagement of employees and students, the tracking and assessment of university sustainability indicators, the development of whole-systems process improvement tools and standards, communications between and about Penn State sustainability initiatives, and strategic planning and assessment related to Penn State sustainability strategy.

The website URL where information about the sustainability coordinator is available:
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