Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 69.33
Liaison Gener Abdon
Submission Date July 31, 2020
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San Diego State University
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Tom Abram
Past Energy and Sustainability Officer, Assistant Director of Facilities Services
Facilities Services
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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:

Sustainability refers to practices designed to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. It encompasses teaching, research, and practice in a variety of areas including but not limited to policy development, building design and construction, waste management and recycling, energy production and use, water use, and transportation.

The UNIVERSITY POLICIES: Committees and Councils section of the Policy File details the areas on which Committee members focus - specifically:

Primary focus area:

study, track and review sustainability issues related to the campus and make recommendations to
improve sustainable practices,

coordinate with campus units and the community to ensure that sustainability is taken into
consideration,

communicate with the Committee on Environment and Safety and the Campus Development
Committee to ensure that sustainability is taken into consideration in the deliberations of those
bodies,

receive copies of Executive Orders or other instructions to the campus dealing with sustainability
and report on them to the Senate,

serve as a resource to faculty, staff and students wishing to undertake research, or propose
curricular changes, or pursue sustainable practices and,

communicate these activities and outcomes to the Senate, campus, and the broader community.


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

For the Academic Year 2019-2020

Dr. Jessica Barlow, Professor, Speech Language and Hearing Sciences
Dr. Bruce Appleyard, Associate Professor, School of Public Affairs
Dr. Anh Hua, Associate Professor, Women's Studies
Keven Jeffery, Digital Technologies Librarian, Library & Information Access
Dr. Matthew, Lauer, Professor, Anthropology
Tyler Rogers, Library and Information Access
Marit Bessesen, Office of Ombudsman
Amanda Fuller, Academic Coordinator/Lecturer, Division of Academic Engagement and Student Achievement
Laura Shinn, Director of Planning, Planning, Design, and Construction
Tom Abram, Energy and Sustainability Officer Assistant Director, Facilities Services
Norma Clark, SDSURF
Bruce Rogow, Associate General Manager for Operations and Technology, KPBS
Paul Melchior, Director of Dining Services
Matthew Blake, Associated Students' Student Representative
Gener Abdon, Associated Students' Student Representative


Does the institution have at least one sustainability office that includes more than 1 full-time equivalent (FTE) employee?:
Yes

A brief description of each sustainability office:

The Office of Sustainability is housed within Facilities Services and develops programs, practices, projects, and policies to reduce our environmental impact and improve quality of life. The Office's vision is for SDSU to have a net positive environmental and social impact, serving as model for higher education and our regional community.

The Office has a full time energy and sustainability officer and a full time energy and sustainability analyst, along with nine paid student interns.


Full-time equivalent (FTE) of people employed in the sustainability office(s):
2

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

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Tom Abram, Energy and Sustainability Officer Assistant Director, Facilities Services

Does the institution have a mechanism for broad sustainability coordination for the entire institution (e.g. a campus-wide committee or an officer/office responsible for the entire campus)?:
Yes

A brief description of the activities and substantive accomplishments of the institution-wide coordinating body or officer during the previous three years:

Tom Abram, Energy and Sustainability Officer and Assistant Director, Facilities Services is responsible for the sustainability initiatives of SDSU.

His duties include both campus sustainability and energy management. Accomplishments include completion of the climate action plan, establishment of revolving energy fund, progressive waste hauling contract, deployment of waste diversion infrastructure, implementation of an energy information system, and controls upgrade project.


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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Website URLs:

- University Senate: Committee on Sustainability: https://senate.sdsu.edu/committee-on-sustainability
- Office of Sustainability: http://sustainable.sdsu.edu

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