Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 49.89
Liaison Ann Drevno
Submission Date Jan. 25, 2016
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Saint Mary's College of California
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Riley Smith
Sustainability Director
Student Life
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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:

Since the current Campus Sustainability Committee (formed in 2012) and its predecessor Task Force on Sustainability (formed in 2007), a number of important foundational activities have been completed. These include an assessment of the campus' current sustainability activities, development of a Sustainability Action Plan, published in May 2011, and creation of a Sustainability Vision.

In conjunction with the Campus Facilities Planning Committee, the Sustainability Committee has advised on and reviewed GHG assessments completed by Sightlines for 2011 and 2013.

Starting in 2008 the Committee began study of the STARS registration system compiled necessary data to complete a registration. This work culminated in 2013 with the search for and selection of a third party Consultant to help guide the campus through its inaugural STARS registration.

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:

The Sustainability Committee is a standing committee of the College and acts as a sustainability advisor to the President and Cabinet.

The Sustainability Committee provides information to the President and Cabinet to inform decision making consistent with the principles of sustainability.

The Committee's Mission follows:
- Function as the primary conduit of, and clearing house for, information regarding environmental stewardship and sustainability issues on campus.
- Develop, recommend and/or sponsor educational programs that promote environmental awareness and sustainability as both an institutional and individual responsibility.
- Review and monitor operations on campus that directly affect the College’s use of resources.
- Conduct initial and annual assessments of the College’s sustainability efforts and prepare a report for the President and Cabinet.
- Develop and recommend a sustainability vision statement for the College.
- Develop rolling multi-year action plans to promote greater awareness of sustainability, to increase campus sustainability over time, and to inform annual operating and capital budget processes.

Guidelines for the Committee
- Develop, based on its duties, a mission statement, a set of operating principles, and a subcommittee structure as necessary to facilitate its work
- Make recommendations regarding plans, policies and standards that reflect and honor the College’s mission and traditions.
- Make recommendations for the best use of the financial and physical resources of the campus that further both environmental responsibility and the strategic initiatives of the College.
- Make recommendations that preserve or enhance the College’s existing architectural aesthetic.

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

Each member of the Committee has a continuing, individual charge to serve as the steward of the campus community as a whole. Committee members for FY 2015-2016 include:

-Cabinet Member appointed by the President - Jane Camarillo, Chair
Professor Aaron Sachs, ads3@stmarys-ca.edu
Professor Alice Baldridge, amb19@stmarys-ca.edu
Bill Sullivan, bhsulli@stmarys-ca.edu
Brian Foley, brf5@stmarys-ca.edu
Professor Gemma Niermann, gniermann@stmarys-ca.edu
James Sciuto, jsciuto@stmarys-ca.edu
Julie Welch, jlw8@stmarys-ca.edu
Professor Judith White, jaw16@stmarys-ca.edu
Lance Hourany, lph5@stmarys-ca.edu
Professor Marie Pagliarni, map6@stmarys-ca.edu
Matt Carroll, mcarroll@stmarys-ca.edu
Michael Flood, mf21@stmarys-ca.edu
Brother Michael Murphy, mmurphy@stmarys-ca.edu
Professor Pamela Michael, pm7@stmarys-ca.edu
Riley Smith, rms7@stmarys-ca.edu
Safa Toma, sat5@stmarys-ca.edu
Nicholas Kennen, nak3@stmarys-ca.edu
Morgan Faulkner, mrf4@stmarys-ca.edu
Kelly Kellner, kdk4@stmarys-ca.edu

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:

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:
Riley Smith, Sustainability Coordinator

A brief description of each sustainability officer position:

The Sustainability Coordinator on campus is responsible for strategizing, planning, implementing and measuring all sustainability programs throughout campus. This includes work within curriculum, student life, campus operations (facilities) and campus governance. The Sustainability Coordinator also carries out the recommendations as made by the Sustainability Committee.

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

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