Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 58.51
Liaison Karen Schauwecker
Submission Date Nov. 23, 2016
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Southern Illinois University Carbondale
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Geory Kurtzhals
Sustainability Coordinator
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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:

The Sustainability Office (managed by the Sustainability Coordinator), in collaboration with the Sustainability Council, has identified 6 critical issues on campus and is following-up with several strategic initiatives to respond to those issues. In addition, we have opened an Innovation and Sustainability Hub in the heart of campus in the Student Center. This is a collaborative showcase area and work space, meant to highlight problem solving, innovation, sustainable living, and increase awareness on campus. In addition, the Sustainability Council recognized the ambiguity associated with the relationship between the Council and the Sustainability Office (which was opened after the Council was started) and re-wrote our Operating Papers.

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 Council at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale provides recommendations and advice related to environmental sustainability policies for the SIU campus. The Council is composed of nine members: three students, three faculty, and three staff, who are committed to advancing sustainability efforts on campus. Members apply to serve on the Council where they guide the vision of sustainability for SIU and make decisions regarding Green Fund distribution. In spring 2016, the Council allocated green funds to support green projects on campus which brought us to a total of 153 projects funded and over $2 million allocated since the Student Green Fund was instituted in 2009.

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

Name Membership Department
Amanda Marshall Graduate Student Geography & Env. Resources
Allyssa Kolenda Undergraduate Student International Studies and Foreign Language
Jerrica Jordan Graduate Student English
Leslie Duram Faculty Geography & Env. Resources
Tao Huang Faculty Art and Design
Shannon McDonald Faculty Architecture
Sally Wright Staff Recreational Sports and Services
Deb Sarvela Staff Center for Env. Health & Safety
Karen Stallman Staff Continuing Education and Outreach

The website URL where information about the sustainability committee(s) is available:
+ Date Revised: March 3, 2017
+ Date Revised: March 3, 2017

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:

The Sustainability Coordinator, undergraduate and graduate assistants, and Sustainability Fellows work in offices accessibly located on first floor of the SIU Student Center.

Sustainability Office:

+ Date Revised: March 3, 2017

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:
Geory Kurtzhals, Sustainability Coordinator

A brief description of each sustainability officer position:

The Sustainability Coordinator provides leadership for sustainable practice initiatives at SIU Carbondale, and works closely with the University’s Sustainability Council, other campus departments, and the external community. The Coordinator serves as the University’s chief contact regarding the development of sustainable initiatives and practices, the identification of opportunities, and the evaluation of results.

The website URL where information about the sustainability officer(s) is available:
+ Date Revised: March 3, 2017

As our current Sustainability Coordinator, I have been on campus for about 1 year. Throughout this time period, I have been assessing campus needs and identifying critical issues and supportive initiatives. In addition, I worked with the Sustainability Council last year to redefine the relationship between the Sustainability Council and Sustainability Coordinator, so that our roles are defined in a way that allows us to collaboratively drive a culture of sustainability forward on our campus. I look forward to this new phase of sustainability at SIU!

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