Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 68.55
Liaison Daryl Pierson
Submission Date Feb. 11, 2011
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Portland State University
PAE-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 PJ Houser
Office Assistant
Campus Sustainability Office
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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 :

The Sustainability Advisory Council was appointed in May 2008 to lead overall planning, goal-setting, coordination, reporting, and policy advising at Portland State University. Members include faculty, staff from many departments, administrators and students. The SAC generally meets once each month, while subcommittees and task forces meet as necessary.

Members of the committee, including affiliations:

Dana Bostrom, Innovation & Industry Alliances
Mark Gregory, Finance & Admin
Scott Marshall, School of Business Admin
Shpresa Halimi, Center for Sustainable Processes & Practices
Robyn Pierce, Facilities & Planning
David Hobbs, Facilities & Planning
Craig Shinn, College of Public Affairs
Beth Lloyd, Center for Sustainable Processes & Practices
Sara Renkens, Transportation & Parking Services
Noelle Studer-Spevak, Finance & Admin Sustainability Office
Timothy Waugh, Business Affairs
Alan Yeakley, Environmental Resource Management

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 is housed within Finance and Administration and ensures that the campus moves toward sustainability-related goals.

There are additional offices dealing with sustainaibity (http://ecowiki.pdx.edu/office-of-sustainability.html).
* Center for Sustainable Processes and Practices (managed by Robert Costanza)
* Sustainability Leadership Center (managed by Heather Spalding, Sustainability Leadership and Outreach Coordinator for Student Affairs)
* PSU Recycles! (managed by Christel Eichner, Resource Management Coordinator)

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:
Noelle Studer-Spevak

Sustainability coordinator's position title:
Sustainability Coordinator

A brief description of the sustainability coordinator’s position:

To advance Portland State University’s efforts as a sustainability leader in higher education by working with senior officers, other administrators, faculty, staff, students, and PSU’s Academic Sustainability program staff to provide the knowledge skills and motivation to integrate sustainability values and practices into the University’s strategic planning processes; the management of its resources and operations; facilities planning and design; its research activities; the curriculum; and the extra-curricular life of the University. Working in close collaboration with PSU’s Academic Sustainability Program staff, the Sustainability Coordinator will continue to develop a strategy to embed principles of sustainable prosperity in all of the University’s roles – as a place of learning and research, a business enterprise, and a member of the local community. Portland State University is an urban campus of over 27,000 students located in the heart of downtown Portland, Oregon.

The Sustainability Coordinator reports to the Assistant V.P. of Finance & Administration and works with all sectors of the University. He/she acts as a liaison to the Provost’s office, the Vice Presidents’ offices, faculty, staff, students and the Coordinator of Academic Sustainability Programs. The Sustainability Coordinator is the chief contact with the external community about issues and advances in sustainable practices on PSU’s campus, providing the connection between campus and regional efforts.

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

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