Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 40.54
Liaison Rebecca Quesnell
Submission Date Dec. 18, 2015
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Roosevelt University
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Michael Bryson
Professor & Director of Sustainability Studes
College of Arts & Sciences
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Does the institution have at least one sustainability committee, office, and/or officer that focuses on sustainability broadly and covers the entire institution?:

A brief description of the activities and substantive accomplishments of the committee(s), office(s), and/or officer(s) during the previous three years:

Roosevelt Environmental Sustainability Committee (ESC) is composed of students, faculty, and staff, and is open to participation by all members of the university community. Founded in Fall of 2010, the ESC meets several times per semster to share information, ideas, and best practices; and to engage in sustainability planning both short- and long-term. The committee is chaired by Paul Matthews, Asst VP Operations and Planning, and currently managed by Rebecca Quesnell, Sustainability Operations Coordinator in the Dept of Physical Resources. Its primary accomplishments the last three years include improving RU's overall sustainability operations, creating a Green Campus website, leading the university's first Strategic Sustainability Planning process, achieving numerous awards and honors (such as certified wildlife habitat and arboretum status for the Schaumburg Campus), and creating a culture of sustainability and conservation at the university.


Does the institution have at least one sustainability committee?:

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

See above note on the Environmental Sustainability Committee (ESC). As of Fall 2015, this committee also has 4 sub-committees focusing on Climate and Energy, Education and Outreach, Waste and Nature Resources, and Economics and Governance.

Members of each committee, including affiliations and role (e.g. staff, student, or faculty):

Yessinia Balcazar, student
Bethany Barratt, faculty
Michael Bryson, faculty
Maria Cancilla, student
Karen Craig, student
Dan Cryer, faculty
Colleen Dennis, alumni
Stephanie Eisner, alumni
Steven Hoselton, administration
Laura Janota, staff
Gus Kalady, staff
Reece Krisnan, student
Vicky McKinley, faculty
Paul Matthews, administration
Laura Miller-Hill, student
Graham Pickren, faculty
Kim Ruffin, administration
Rebecca Quesnell, staff
MaryBeth Radeck, student
Mary Rasic, student
Emily Rhea, student
Tom Silwinski, staff
Noe Villagomez, staff

The website URL where information about the sustainability committee(s) is available:
Does the institution have at least one sustainability office that includes more than 1 full-time equivalent (FTE) employee?:

A brief description of each sustainability office:

The goal of establishing this office within the next three years is part of the Strategic Sustainability Plan approved in Feb 2015.

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

The website URL where information about the sustainability office(s) is available:

Does the institution have at least one sustainability officer?:

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Rebecca Quesnell, Sustainable Operations Coordinator

A brief description of each sustainability officer position:

Provides coordination, leadership, and support in the following areas:

1. Input on monthly basis of campus-wide energy usage data using the USEPA Energy Star Portfolio Manager tools,
2. Maintain energy graphs for each building,
3. Annually prepare the City of Chicago Energy Benchmark Report,
4. Assist in applying for and recording savings towards the COMED, NICOR, ENERNOC, and PEOPLES Energy Incentive and Assessment Programs, and
5. Attend various energy webinars and RETROFIT Chicago Higher Education Meetings.

1. Coordinate the three-day-a-week courier run between the campuses,
2. Research and apply for grants for Electric Vehicle Stations,
3. Liaison to the DIVVY Bike Program and plan annual Bike to Campus Events through the Chicagoland Bike2Campus Committee with other Higher Education Institutions in April
4. Manage the Bike Room in the Wabash Building.

Strategic Sustainability
1. Coordinate quarterly meetings of the Sustainability Committee and 4 Plan Action Groups,
2. Recruit Student Sustainability Associates and monitor their activities,
3. Maintain the Green Campus Website, Blog, Facebook and Twitter pages,
4. Assist Sustainable Studies Program in the AASHE STARS assessment and act as a primary reviewer and reporter of data,
5. Work with Public Relations on showcasing key events,
6. Be the focal point to gather information necessary to complete annually the surveys for the Princeton Review University Green Campus Guide, the Tree Campus USA Certification, and Roosevelt University STARS Assessment,
7. Maintain University memberships in SERF, AASHE and USGBC,
8. Coordinate the two University Community Gardens, and
9. Represent Roosevelt in the Chicagoland Network for Sustainability in Higher Education (CNSHE).

Budget: Compile the bi-weekly Budget Report

The website URL where information about the sustainability officer(s) is available:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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