Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 50.68
Liaison Jerry Owens
Submission Date Aug. 2, 2011
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Richland College - DCCCD
PAE-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Mary Jo Dondlinger
Director, Institutional Effectiveness & Sustainability
Planning and Research for Institutional Effectiveness
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GREENRichland envisions a college community for which environmental sustainability is a way of life for staff and students, a benchmark for decision makers, an emphasis for educational programs, and a catalyst for collaborative global partnerships.


GREENRichland leads and learns with students, colleagues, and global partners in developing practices, policies, programs and partnerships that promote a robust natural environment and an abundant quality of life for future generations.

Working Priorities

GREENRichland is a group of Richlanders who believe in shared responsibility for the natural environment and in the potential for a community college to make that responsibility real, accessible, and rewarding. Drawing on these beliefs and the renowned Thunderduck spirit, GREENRichland partners with all Richlanders to develop and implement an action plan for moving the college onto a path of environmental sustainability and for inviting others onto that path. Suggested priorities are to:

* Develop a long-term, integrative plan that defines the meaning, practice, and goals of environmental sustainability at Richland
* Draw on the energy of students and staff, along with the experience of other institutions, in infusing sustainable practices throughout the college
* Institute a framework for collegewide planning and decision making that combines environmental sustainability with fiscal responsibility and financial productivity
* Integrate sustainability initiatives with the college's quality improvement system, including development of appropriate indicators and measures
* Develop sustainability-oriented instructional programs and promote the broad inclusion of sustainability in existing programs
* Create partnerships that model sustainability and embed it in the communities we connect with and serve
* Promote Richland 's development as a center for learning, dialogue, and collaborative action regarding sustainable practices
* Cultivate internal and external resources to inform and support these priorities

Members of the committee, including affiliations:

Kyle Barron, PSSA President
Amy Bell, History Faculty
Noeli Biggs, International Programs
Roy Bond, Tech-Enhanced Learning Dean
David Canine, Resource Development Dean
Ron Clark, Business Services Vice President
Cheryl Cooper, English Adjunct Faculty
Sherry Dean, Humanities, Fine, and Performing Arts Dean
Bill Dial, Human Resources Director
Cassandra Dillon, Environmental Systems Technology Faculty
Mary Jo Dondlinger, Institutional Effectiveness Director
Bushra Dweik, Engineering Faculty
Lisa Eades, Building Services Supervisor
Kristyn Edney, Richland Collegiate High School Principal
Eugene Fernandez, LeCroy Facilities Services Director
Ron Foster, Facilities Services Coordinator
Lennijo Henderson, Library Services Dean
Bonnie Hueston, Educational Transitions Dean
Eddie Hueston, Facilities Services Director
Janet James, Executive Assistant to the President
Diana Kropf-Gomez, Ecology Adjunct Faculty
Mark Lozano, College Police Sergeant
Carole Lester, Academic Enrichment Dean
Carla Madison, Human Resources Assistant
Liesl McQuillan, Philosophy Adjunct Faculty
Sonny McDonald, Grounds Supervisor
Heather Morrison, Continuing Education
Warren Osby, Director of Career Services
Jerry Owens, Facilities Assistant Director
Danielle Plauche, ESOL Instructor
Whitney Rosenbalm, College Communications and Marketing Director
LeeAnne Scott, Facilities Services Assistant
Greg Thomas, IT Support Dean
Finney Varghese, Financial Services Associate Vice President
Donna Walker, Enrollment Management Associate Vice President
Melinda Weaver, Continuing Education Dean
Susan Wehe, ESOL Instructor
Jay Wooldridge, Office of Student Life
Bethany Wright, Rooms Coordinator

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Does the institution have a sustainability office?:

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Does the institution have a sustainability coordinator?:

Sustainability coordinator's name:
Mary Jo Dondlinger

Sustainability coordinator's position title:
Director of Institutional Effectiveness & Sustainability

A brief description of the sustainability coordinator’s position:

The sustainability coordinator convenes GREENRichland and coordinates the efforts of the four subcommittees of this sustainability committee: Curriculum & Education Team, Outreach & Engagement Team, Energy Team, and Planning & Coordination Team. The sustainability coordinator also leads sustainability reporting, including monthly Key Performance Indicator reports, annual greenhouse gas inventory, and STARS.

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