Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 55.24
Liaison Paul Scanlon
Submission Date Feb. 22, 2019
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Slippery Rock University
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Paul Scanlon
Special Assistant to the President
President's Office/Sustainability
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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:

SRU's main sustainability committee is the President's Commission on Sustainability, which is co-chaired by Paul Scanlon (Director of Sustainability) and Dr. John Golden (Business School faculty member and Director of the Sustainable Enterprise Accelerator). The Commission includes four subcommittees focusing on Education, Community Engagement, Resource Conservation, and Sustainable Food Services.

The Commission reviews and recommends appropriate sustainability initiatives to the president (such as implementing an official SRU Energy Conservation Policy, later replacing it with a more comprehensive "Resource Conservation Policy", and approving a recently-developed Sustainability Certificate program). Additional details regarding the Commission's purview and activities may be found at http://www.sru.edu/about/administration/office-of-the-president/presidents-commissions


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

Members of the President's Commission on Sustainability are as follows (an * indicates the individual also serves on the Resource Conservation Committee):

Dr. William Behre (SRU President)
Dr. Amir Mohammadi (SRU VP/Finance, Administration & Advancement Services)
Scott Albert (Asst. VP., Facilities) *
Paul Scanlon (Co-Chair, SRU Director of Sustainability)*
Dr. John Golden (Co-Chair, Manager of Sustainable Enterprise Accelerator)
Dr. Frances Amatucci (School of Business faculty)
Dr. Steven Wei (Physics & Engineering Dept. faculty)
Dr. Qi Chen (Chemistry Dept. faculty)
Ms. Rhonda Clark (School of Business faculty)
Dr. Heike Hartmann (Chair, Resource Conservation Committee and Environment, Geology & Geography Dept. faculty)*
Ms. Virginia Kopko (Fin. Aid & Scholarships staff)
Mrs. Debra Reep (FA & A Dept. administrative assistant)
Dr. Rebecca Thomas (Parks and Recreation Dept. faculty)
Steven Verba (Exercise Science Dept. faculty)
Allison Brungard (Library faculty)
Samantha Kelly (Accreditation Coordinator staff)
Brian Ringler (Facilities & Grounds staff)
Nancy Barta-Smith (English Dept. faculty)
Christopher Garcia (Student Government Association representative)
Eric David (At-Large Student representative)
Elijah Frazier (Association of Residence Hall Students representative)
Samantha Hartz (Ecotourism Major Student representative)
Megan Stouffer (ROCK Productions student representative)
Adam Berch-Norton (ROCK Productions student representative)
Robert McCafferty (Local Business Owner)
Erin Strain (Director, SRU Leadership Training)
Dr. J. Chmielewski (Dean, College of Health, Environment & Science)
Rebecca Lubold (Treasurer, community nonprofit Sustainable Slippery Rock)
Patrick Bestwick (SRU Director of Residence Life)


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:

SRU has three major offices/organizations focusing on cross-disciplined sustainability initiatives:
(1) The Office of Sustainability;
(2) The Robert A. Macoskey Center for Sustainable Systems Education and Research; and
(3) The Sustainable Enterprise Accelerator

(1) The Office of Sustainability employs student workers to provide as-needed assistance in the areas of social media, GIS mapping, Residence Hall representation, and website maintenance services for the Director of Sustainability. The Sustainability Office is located in the Harmony House, on the Macoskey Center site.

The Vision Statement for the Office of Sustainability is "To do all within our power to protect the environment, improve social equity, and achieve sustainable economic benefits in order to leave this planet a better place for future generations."

The Sustainability Office's Mission Statement is "To expedite the achievement of SRU's sustainability goals by coordinating and leveraging our considerable community resources in an integrated manner."

(2) The Robert A. Macoskey Center for Sustainable Systems Education and Research is a student-run center that provides peer-to-peer education on sustainability and is responsible for maintaining the 83-acre site's organic gardens, composting operations, alternative energy demonstration programs, and the Harmony House, which was LEED Silver certified for Existing Buildings O&M in 2011. The Macoskey Center employs two graduate assistants, five student workers and four student volunteers.

(3) The Sustainable Enterprise Accelerator is a resource for students and entrepreneurs to jump start or grow a business with sustainability in mind. The SEA provides guidance in transforming promising ideas into thorough business plans and early stage businesses. For those operating an established business, the SEA delivers help identifying opportunities for improving value creation and offers assistance in developing solutions for high-priority business challenges. Each semester, approximately ten to twelve student interns develop and work on a variety of sustainable projects. The SEA is located in the Fowler Building in downtown Slippery Rock; for additional information, see www.seasru.com.


Full-time equivalent (FTE) of people employed in the sustainability office(s):
6

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

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Paul W. Scanlon, PE, LEED AP - Director of Sustainability

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:

Activities and accomplishments achieved by, or coordinated through, the Office of Sustainability and the President's Commission on Sustainability over the past three years include:

- Development, updating, and distribution of a sustainability flyer that is incorporated into the FYRST manual for incoming freshman, as well as a similar flyer for new staff and faculty orientation;

- Continuing development/updating of educational materials, presentations and promotional activities that address the basics of climate change and describe SRU's progress in meeting the President's Climate Commitment to raise general awareness of sustainability and to encourage incoming students to take the SRU Energy Action Pledge campaign as part of the Weekend of Welcome and other major campus activities;

- Coordination of the annual Earth Week activities, usually featuring an educational environmental/sustainability-focused movie series, environmental cleanup volunteer opportunities, an "Earth Day Carnival on the Quad" educational games program, guest speakers, a community e-waste recycling program, etc. for a total of 20+ sustainability activities and events;

- Creation of a GIS Campus Sustainable Features Map for use in admissions walking tours;

- Creation of a GIS map delineating all on-campus Bartramian Audubon Sanctuaries, wetlands, and Biology Department Outdoor Classroom areas for use by the Facilities Master Planning initiative.

- Completion of regular STARS Report updates and annual Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventories;

- Management of the SRU Sustainability website (www.sru.edu/sustainability) and SRU Sustainability Facebook page (www.facebook/SRUsustainability);

- Mentoring of student intern work teams of the Sustainable Enterprise Accelerator who work to help local businesses and organizations become more sustainable in their operations.

- Opening of a Slippery Rock community chapter of the Citizens Climate Lobby and the Climate Reality Project.

- Continuous research and updating of the University's Climate Action Plan

- Support to Amir Mohammadi, VP/FA&A, who serves as chairman of the national Sustainability Advisory Panel of NACUBO (National Association of College and University Business Officers).

- Secured an EPA Grant and directed activities for the "Healthy People, Healthy Planet Environmental Summer Camp and Community Project Incubator" in June 2017. This week-long program provided immersive educational activities and mentoring of 78 students and teachers from 13 different school districts, including providing seed money to fund student-led environmental education/stewardship community projects in 13 local communities.

- Made presentations on the progress of SRU's sustainability initiatives, energy-efficient design, and alternative energy systems to Sustainable Slippery Rock, a local non-profit organization.

- Presented on Climate Reality topics to various community groups, including campus professional development workshops, the Slippery Rock Institute for Learning in Retirement, and the Re-Imagine Butler County Symposium for planning sustainable development in our region.


Job title of the sustainability officer position:
Director of Sustainability

Job description for the sustainability officer position:
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Job description for the sustainability officer position:

Director of Sustainability Job Description:

A. General Responsibilities:
- Advance SRU’s efforts to become a recognized leader in sustainability.
- Develop, implement and communicate a campus-wide sustainability program at SRU, and help create a culture of sustainability that will be reflected in all of its functions and operations, resulting in tangible environmental, economic and social benefits.
- Improve coordination between various campus sustainability entities and programs, maximizing the efficiency and effectiveness of these efforts.
- Elevate on- and off-campus awareness of existing and developing sustainability initiatives.
- Facilitate cost savings and incentive programs in the area of sustainability.
- Lead in the development and implementation of sustainable practices needed to execute Trend 5 of the SRU Long Term Strategic Plan “Reaching for 2025 and Beyond” and to meet the Presidents’ Climate Commitment of carbon neutrality by the year 3027.

B. Specific Duties:
1. Represent the VP/Finance, Administration & Advancement in sustainable planning and practices for all administrative, academic, and facilities & grounds units. Serve on major committees such as the current Facilities Master Planning Committee to ensure that sustainability concepts and practices are included in such initiatives.

2. Investigate trends, issues and best practices in the planning and management of sustainable facilities, grounds, energy sources and natural resources, and advise the VP/FA&A on how those best practices might be applied at Slippery Rock University.

3. Represent the VP/FA&A in sustainability-related organization/committee meetings and activities, including but not limited to:
- President’s Commission on Sustainability
- Robert A. Macoskey Center for Sustainable Systems Education and Research
- Sustainable Enterprise Accelerator
- Environmental Zoning Committee

5. Oversee the "Land Use Request Form" process and coordinate with the Environmental Zoning Committee and other relevant units to review all proposed land uses (temporary and permanent), and recommend approval or rejection to the Office of the President (intent is to preserve our natural resources and avoid damage to the environment).

6. Interact with units/departments that have existing sustainability initiatives to enhance efforts by leveraging resources and aiding in coordination and communication of cross-discipline efforts.

7. Build academic involvement and support for sustainability projects among faculty, staff and students campus-wide, in settings both curricular and co-curricular. Oversee the management of volunteers, committee members and/or students, when applicable, to support sustainability initiatives; incentivize and reward sustainability champions on campus by developing a sustainability awards program.

8. Establish an SRU clearinghouse for campus sustainability resources to help administration, academics, athletics, campus recreation, facilities, waste management, custodians, food services and other departments’ transition to more sustainable practices.

9. Oversee the establishment and maintenance of an effective communications strategy, including a web site, news articles, case studies and a range of other communication media with the object of raising internal and external awareness of, and support for, campus sustainability efforts and related activities.

Impact of Work:
- Reduce GHG emissions and operating costs by encouraging and supporting the implementation of energy conservation projects, competitions and “leaner and cleaner” operating, maintenance and procurement strategies.

- Maintain/improve recognition of SRU’s historic leadership role in the general areas of sustainability and protection of the environment for future generations.


Job title of the sustainability officer position (2nd position):
Co-Director, Robert A. Macoskey Center for Sustainable Systems Research and Education

Job description for the sustainability officer position (2nd position):
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Job description for the sustainability officer position (2nd position):

Job Description, Co-Directors of Macoskey Center:
– approximately 10 hours/week during the semester and winter break, 20
hours/week during the summer for each of two Co-Directors

• Roles and responsibilities
- Oversee two Parks and Resource Management (PRM) Graduate Assistants in facilitating integration of Macoskey Center into PRM planning and land management curriculum
- Implement land stewardship and coordinate land conservation projects
- Develop grant proposals for external funding streams for land conservation projects
- Liaison with the community
- Oversee facility budgeting for resource management
- Lead strategic and daily operations
- Hire, develop and evaluate staff
- Work with SRU facilities to maintain site and facilities
- Oversee Environmental Education G.A., in facilitating integration of Macoskey Center into Parks & Resource Management environmental communication and interpretation curriculum
- Guide the growth and development of the Macoskey Center’s complete range of
educational programming: university, school, camp, adult and more.


Job title of the sustainability officer position (3rd position):
Director, Sustainable Enterprise Accelerator

Job description for the sustainability officer position (3rd position):
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Job description for the sustainability officer position (3rd position):

The Director of the Sustainable Enterprise Accelerator is responsible for placing and mentoring approximately ten student interns who participate in multiple projects that support both on-campus and off-campus (local businesses) in improving the sustainability of their operations.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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