Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 43.94
Liaison Lisa Kawai
Submission Date June 5, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Soka University of America
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00
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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:

In 2010, the Campus Sustainability Committee was created as a means for all areas of the campus community to engage in dialogue regarding campus sustainability. This committee helps provide a centralized forum by which students, faculty, and staff can examine how to continue improving and fulfilling the university principle of fostering leaders for the creative coexistence of nature and humanity.


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

The Campus Sustainability Committee Consists of:
Arch Asawa: Chair of the Campus Sustainability Committee, VP of Finance & Administration

Chintan Amin: Director of Environmental Health and Safety

Scott Collins: Operations Manager, Facility Service Partners

Jaime Dance: Residence Hall Coordinator - Eco Wing

Brian Durick: Director of Student Services

Tom Harkenrider: Chief of Operations

Robert Hamersley: Associate Professor of Microbiology

Kamal Hrouch: General Manager, Bon Appetit

Lisa Kawai: Assistant to the VP of Finance & Administration

Craig Lee: Director of Campus Security

Danny McNamara: President, Sequoia Environmental Services, Inc.

Michelle Hobby-Mears: Director of Student Activities and Residential Life

John Min: Director of Information Technology

Hyon Moon: Dean of Students

Mal Thomas: Managing Partner, Facility Service Partners

Current Sustainability Committee Student Chairs

Samikchhya Bhusal

Mackenzie Kermoade

Prashank Mishra

Lauren Ng


Does the institution have at least one sustainability office that includes more than 1 full-time equivalent (FTE) employee?:
No

A brief description of each sustainability office:
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Does the institution have at least one sustainability officer?:
No

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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:

Achievements of the Sustainability Committee

California Native Plant Garden
Turf conversion and increase in drought-tolerant and native plants used in landscaping
Soka Instructional Garden (SIG)
Implementation of Waste Diversion Program
Transition to Integrated Pest Management
Outdoor Classroom
Improved Recycling Program
Addition of electric handryers to replace paper towel usage
Meatless Monday at Soka Bistro
Water Bottle Filling Stations in the Library
Conversion from gas to electric operated facilities and landscaping equipment


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