Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.59
Liaison Susan Dorward
Submission Date Aug. 4, 2022

STARS v2.2

Raritan Valley Community College
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Susan Dorward
Sustainability and Energy Coordinator
Facilities and Grounds
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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:

Comprised of faculty, staff, administrators, and students, the Environmental Sustainability Committee serves RVCC in an advisory capacity. As stated in the College Forum's bylaws, the Environmental Sustainability Committee promotes a culture of sustainability by recommending and developing policies and programs to improve sustainability on campus, supporting sustainability across the curriculum, and organizing community outreach and educational events.

Committee goals are:

to consider the environmental impact of campus activities and projects,
to raise awareness of local and global environmental issues,
to protect and develop the natural resources of the college,
and to coordinate and disseminate information on diverse green initiatives college wide.

In FY22, the committee was involved in creating a sustainable food survey, providing input into the campus dining RFP, passing a resolution that the College create an Energy Committee (which it now has), and hosting Earth Day events (bat expert presentation, tree documentary screening, and EV show).


Members of each committee, including affiliations and role:

For academic year 2021-22, the members of the committee were:
Susan Dorward (Facilities & Grounds), Chair (staff)
Viveca Sulich (faculty)
Dominick DePinto (faculty)
Mark Yuschaf (faculty)
Joan Roop (faculty)
Holly Smythe (staff)
Juaquin Goodbar (Center for Environmental Studies)
Paige Greenfield (student)
Olivia Jara (student)
Stephanie Hernick (student)


Does the institution have at least one sustainability office that includes more than 1 full-time equivalent employee?:
No

A brief description of each sustainability office:
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Full-time equivalent of people employed in the sustainability office(s):
0.50

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

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Susan Dorward, Sustainability & Energy Coordinator

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:

Chaired the Environmental Sustainability Committee (see activities above). Created and co-chaired Energy Committee in 2022. Applied for energy efficiency rebates. Renewing River Friendly and Bee Campus USA certifications. Renewing AASHE STARS certification. Performing greenhouse gas inventories (annually), purchasing offsets and RECs (annually), and writing report (FY20). Organized campus plantings of native pollinator plants and trees. Participating in NJ Climate Change Alliance and NJ Higher Ed Partnership for Sustainability (NJHEPS). Giving presentations on climate-related topics.


Job title of the sustainability officer position:
Sustainability & Energy Coordinator

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