Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 53.85
Liaison Karen Schauwecker
Submission Date Jan. 10, 2020
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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?:

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 Carbondale provides recommendations and advice related to 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 Fee distribution.
Students serve one-year terms while faculty and staff terms are two years.
All members are expected to attend every Sustainability Council meeting. Meetings are generally scheduled one time per month during the academic year. In addition, there are other committee responsibilities. Note that all students serve on the Green Fund Committee, which includes an extensive time commitment. Former Green Fund Committee student members have commented, however, that the skills developed as a part of this commitment are invaluable.
Interested students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend a Sustainability Council meeting to determine if they would like to apply and can submit an application at any time for future consideration.

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

Connie Kaniewski, Graduate Student, Geography & Env. Resources
Seth Traiteur, Undergraduate Student, Civil Engineering
Dylan Gibson, Graduate Student, Geography & Env. Resources
Dr. Tao Huang, Faculty, Art and Design
Dr. Leslie Duram, Faculty, Geography & Env. Resources
Dr. Kofi Akamani, Faculty, College of Agricultural Sciences
Sally Wright, Staff, Recreational Sports and Services
Brad Cowley, Staff, PSO Building Services
Sarah Marbes, Staff, Center for Service-Learning and Volunteerism

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 Director of Sustainability, Sustainability Program Coordinator, graduate assistant/s, and Sustainability Fellows work in offices accessibly located on first floor of the SIU Student Center. The director works out of the "Sustainability Office" and the program coordinator and students work out of the "Sustainability Hub," which located in a prominent part of the building, has large windows and an inviting space to facilitate outreach, drop-in conversations, meetings, an other activities.

At SIU, we believe that the daily actions of every individual can drive a more sustainable community. The Sustainability Office catalyzes sustainable decision-making on campus. We are guided by the following:
Our mission: The Sustainability Office at Southern Illinois University Carbondale is committed to empowering a culture of sustainability through collaborative campus-based solutions across academics, operations, research, and campus life.
Our vision: We envision a community that embodies ethical and sustainable actions in everyday decision-making. By inspiring innovative solutions and encouraging cross-functional collaboration, we strive to create a model campus environment that engages students and community members in sustainable lifestyles. We guide our campus members to be responsible citizens who positively impact a global community through local actions.
Our values: As we strive to integrate sustainability into our culture, we are committed to the following values: Respect, Responsibility, Diversity, Collaboration, Lifelong Learning

Sustainability Office:

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

Does the institution have at least one sustainability officer?:

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Geory Kurtzhals, 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)?:

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

The Office of Sustainability (managed by the Director of Sustainability) has grown over the last 3 years. We were able to hire a second full time employee, even in the time of state-wide financial crisis. The new employee oversees sustainability programming, which allows the director to focus on more strategic issues, including the creation of Sustainability Working Groups, which have been started in the last year. Prior to this, the Sustainability Office collaborated with the Sustainability Council to identify actions that could be taken to support a higher AASHE STARS score. In addition, the Sustainability Director (Coordinator at the time) had identified 6 critical issues on campus and followed up with several strategic initiatives to respond to those issues.

Job title of the sustainability officer position:
Sustainability Program Coordinator

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

Job title of the sustainability officer position (2nd position):

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

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

Job title of the sustainability officer position (3rd position):

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

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

The director's current official job description is a Sustainability Coordinator job description written over 5 years ago. It is no longer valid, as this person's role has expanded, taking on many more responsibilities than in the original position description. A new job description has been written by the director and submitted to Human Resources, but has not been officially approved. As such, it cannot be listed here.


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