Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 48.02
Liaison Zachary Czuprynski
Submission Date Feb. 4, 2022

STARS v2.2

Prescott College
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Zachary Czuprynski
Sustainability Coordinator
Green Mountain Center for Sustainablity
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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:
At Prescott College, the Sustainability Council seeks to foster sustainable practices in all aspects of the institution, including the following: Facilitating assessment and improvement of the functions of the physical campus, both in terms of resource use and carbon emissions, as well as within its local ecological context; Promoting a sense of community based on sustainable, equitable values and practices that address injustices; Helping attract and retain students at our various campuses by encouraging physical and social spaces that are appealing, accessible, safe, and nurturing; Encouraging integration of principles of social and environmental sustainability into the curriculum; Establishing criteria and approving student proposals for funding from Student Sustainability Fees. Generally, the Sustainability Council informs, organizes, and motivates efforts toward social, environmental, and economic sustainability across the Prescott College community. Specifically, this council is responsible for recommending sustainability goals and initiatives to senior leadership, monitoring and assessing related projects, and convening various stakeholder groups to gather input for these activities.

Members of each committee, including affiliations and role:
Laird Christensen, co-Director of the Green Mountain Center for Sustainability Eleanor Tison, co-Director of the Green Mountain Center for Sustainability Michele Peterson, Chief Financial Officer Zachary Czuprynski, Sustainability Coordinator (VISTA) Tim Graves, Director of Facilities Peter Sherman, Faculty Tony Brown, Faculty Andrea Smith, Undergraduate representative Nathalie Burgeff, Undergraduate representative Abigail Hill, Graduate representative

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:
The Green Mountain Center for Sustainability at Prescott College serves students, alumni, staff, local citizens, and an online audience by promoting learning through the development of practical solutions for increasing community sustainability. The Center integrates Green Mountain College’s award-winning approach to sustainability education with Prescott College’s rich history of leadership in environmental studies and social justice. By building learning communities through events and programs, facilitating connections among stakeholders, and sharing resources, the center cultivates the skills and knowledge needed to create a more just and sustainable society. The Green Mountain Center includes the co-Directors of Sustainability, the Sustainability Coordinator, and a team of 8-12 student work-study positions.

Full-time equivalent of people employed in the sustainability office(s):
3

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

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Laird Christensen, co-Director of the Green Mountain Center for Sustainability; Eleanor Tison, co-Director of the Green Mountain Center for Sustainability; Zachary Czuprynski, Sustainability Coordinator (VISTA)

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 Green Mountain Center for Sustainability is the main institution-wide coordination for sustainability at Prescott College which integrates decisions about campus-wide sustainability through the Sustainability Council. There are stakeholders on the Council from across the college community including students, faculty, and staff representing diverse academic programs, departments, degrees, modalities, and positions. A sample of our accomplishments within the last three years is listed below: -Welcomed students, faculty, and staff from Green Mountain College in Fall 2019, and created the Green Mountain Center for Sustainability at Prescott College in order to integrate lessons from a national leader in sustainability education into the Prescott College Community: in particular, transplanted select Green Mountain College academic programs (MS in Resilient and Sustainable Communities, MS in Sustainable Food Systems, MS in Environmental Studies, MBA in Sustainability Leadership, and BA and BS in Sustainable Food Systems); and emphasized immersive and experiential learning through course offerings, water catchment projects, gardening, composting, undergraduate and graduate capstone projects, and sustainability club activities -Repurposed an empty building as the Green Mountain Center for Sustainability at Prescott College, featuring common space (the Sustainability Lounge), work stations, recycling demonstration unit, new water-refill station, sewing machines, sign-making supplies, reusable utensils and bowls for community lunches, E-waste disposal site, and a campus Free Store stocked with donations from students and community members -Created alliances with organizations such as Prescott Slow Food, Northern Arizona Climate Change Alliance, Prescott Farmers Market, and others community activists while also fostering social sustainability through sustainability-themed events; examples include Earth Week, a Fall Harvest Festival, Free Store Fridays, ongoing film/documentary screenings of sustainability topics, clothing swaps, participating in an EcoChallenge, and DIY workshops (mask-making, plant hangers, holiday gift-making, repurposing) -Supported the creation and implementation of a campus composting program which recycles food scraps from on-campus housing and dining and produces cured compost that revitalizes three community garden spaces across campus to provide key lessons in Southwest food cultivation and preparation -Developed an AmeriCorps VISTA position to serve as Sustainability Coordinator for Prescott College which was voiced as the #1 priority for sustainability by students in 2020

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AmeriCorps Sustainability Coordinator

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