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Liaison Jennifer McLaughlin
Submission Date March 31, 2016
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South Dakota State University
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Jennifer McLaughlin
Sustainability Intern
Facilities and Services
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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?:
Yes

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

Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability Committee Activities and Accomplishments:
2013
• Recycling Relaunch with Facilities and Services
o Placed new recycling/trash bins on campus
• Participated in RecycleMania
• Co-Sponsored GreenFest
• Generated list of sustainability courses offered on campus
• Had graduate student intern
• IDL100: Concepts of Sustainability ready to go
• Nominated No Impact Man for University Common Read

2014
• IDL100: Concepts of Sustainability taught – 30 students in class
• Student Sustainability Council created
• Hosted sustainability pledge
o 164 students, 28 graduating students, 67 faculty, and 33 staff members signed
• Held first GreenWeek prior to GreenFest
o Week of booths and lectures about various sustainability efforts on campus and the community
• RecycleMania
o Surpassed goal of recycling 93,000 lbs by 35,000 lbs!
• Bag-it campaign
o Set out stands of individual recycling bags to encourage individuals to recycle in their office
• Held Recycling Summit to discuss recycling efforts that need to be accomplished
• Nominated No Impact Man for University Common Read

2015
• 2 members attended the Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference


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:

Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability Committee

Overview: Provide leadership on environmental stewardship, energy conservation and sustainability to campus. The Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability Committee is a joint administration and Faculty Senate Committee.

Composition and Appointment: Administrative, Professional Staff/NFE, Civil Service Employees, Students and other Committee members (who are not faculty members) shall be nominated through the appropriate self-governing body or administrator and forwarded to the President who shall appoint the member. Faculty Committee members shall be appointed by the Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate and recommended for approval by the Faculty Senate. The Committee shall be composed of fourteen (14) members including eight (8) faculty members (At-Large), two (2) Professional Staff/NFE members nominated by the Professional Staff Advisory Council, one (1) Civil Service member nominated by the Civil Service Advisory Council, and two (2) student members nominated by the Students’ Association. The following is an ex officio, non-voting member of the Committee: a representative from Aramark.

Responsibilities: Advise President and Chair of the Faculty Senate regarding environmental stewardship and sustainability. Develop, adopt and monitor baseline measures for the university's environmental stewardship, energy usage and sustainability. Provide periodic reports to SDSU faculty, students and community recording changes in these baseline measures. May provide leadership for action plans and programmatic initiatives to fulfill its charge (e.g. energy reduction targets, recommended greenhouse gas emission reductions, etc.) and may cooperate with appropriate campus entities, groups and departments on their activities.

Sub-Committees: Recycling. Other sub-Committees may be appointed when necessary for effective and efficient conduct of Committee responsibilities and duties.

Structure, Meetings and Staff Support: The Committee shall elect a chair and a vice-chair from its faculty membership for one or two-year terms as determined by the Committee. Meetings will occur typically once per month and the Office of Facilities and Services shall coordinate the agenda and support the Committee in fulfilling its responsibilities, working collaboratively with the Committee's chair and vice-chair.

Accountability and Reporting: The Committee's agenda, work activities, accomplishments and recommendations will be reported annually to the Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate and President through the Assistant Vice President for Facilities and Services no later than May 15 of each year. As part of the annual report, the Committee will conduct an annual self-evaluation assessment for continuous improvement. The Assistant Vice President for Facilities and Services shall assure the Committee fulfills its responsibilities.


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

Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability Committee Members:
At-Large Faculty (Biology & Microbiology)
At-Large Faculty (History, Political Science, Philosophy, & Religion)
At-Large Faculty (Pharmaceutical Sciences)
At-Large Faculty (Plant Science)
At-Large Faculty (Plant Science)
At-Large Faculty (Health & Nutritional Science)
Professional Staff (Professional Academic Advisor)
At-Large Faculty (Natural Resource Management)
At-Large Faculty (Nursing)
At-Large Faculty (TRIO Retention Advisor)
Civil Service (Program Assistant)
Two Student (Students' Association)
Ex-officio (Aramark)
Assistant Vice President Facilities


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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

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
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