Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.02
Liaison Beth Klein
Submission Date Feb. 25, 2019
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STARS v2.1

State University of New York at Cortland
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Beth Klein
Professor and Sustainability Coordinator
Childhood Early Childhoon
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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:

SUNY Cortland Sustainability Coalition:

This committee meets monthly to discuss, coordinate, and collaborate on sustainability initiatives. The coalition also proposes new initiatives and helps to locate funding to support.

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

SUNY Cortland Sustainability Coalition
Virginia Levine: Coalition Convener - Chief of Staff and Vice President for Policy and Accreditation (Administration)
Mathew Brubaker: Campus Energy Manager (Staff)
Theresa Baker: Director of Dining Services (Staff)
Robert Binnall: Assistant Director of Residential Services (Staff)
Beth Klein: Campus Sustainability Coordinator and Professor of Science Education (Faculty)
Nasrin Parvizi: Associate Vice President of Facilities Management (Administration)
Frederic Pierce: Director of Public Relations (Staff)
Zachary Newswanger: Director of Facilities Operation and Services (Staff)
Brice Smith: Associate Professor of Physics (Faculty)
Brock Ternes: Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology (Faculty)
Katherine Ahern: Assistant Professor of English (Faculty)
Juanita Larrabee: Interim Director of Facilities Planning and Construction (Staff)
James Felton: Chief Diversity Officer (Administration)
Julia Sweeney: Student Representative (Student)
Alexis Abramo: Sustainability Office Special Projects Manager (Staff)

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:

Energy Management Office - Energy Management office consists of a full-time Campus Energy Manager and a student intern. This office is housed in facilities, and focuses on sustainability applications in energy and the facilities division works closely with the Sustainability Office staff and supports other campus and community based sustainability initiatives.

Sustainability Office: Includes A .25 Sustainability Coordinator (faculty member) and a .25 Special Projects Manager (staff). Office provides a point of contact for campus and community members, works closely with the Campus Energy Manager, and provides support for sustainability programming, communication, and initiatives for campus and the community.

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:
Matthew Brubaker, Campus Energy Manager and Beth Klein, Campus Sustainability Coordinator

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:

Sustainability Coalition Highlights:

• Planned and executed annual “Cortland Green Days” a series of sustainability events open to the campus and community
• Initiated Green-flix, a sustainability film series
• Added 150 solar PV panels to campus structures.
• Achieved LEED Silver for Student Life Center
• STARS and Second Nature tracking and periodic reporting
• We signed onto the Second Nature President's Climate Leadership Commitment adding the Resilience Commitment to our already signed Carbon Commitment.
• Became a Bee Campus USA
• Re-established institutional membership in Tree Campus USA
• Secured funding expansion of the Sustainability Office to include part-time special projects manager
• Secured funding to hire 2 additional Green Reps to run all campus programs
• Initiated Resilience workshops with local community leadership
• Hosted the State of New York Sustainability Conference Fall 2018
• Steering Committee participant in the New York Higher Education Large Scale Renewable Energy Consortium

Job title of the sustainability officer position:
Campus Energy Manager

Job description for the sustainability officer position:

Job description for the sustainability officer position:

Campus Title: Campus Energy Manager
Budget Title: Senior Staff Associate
Location: Facilities Management Division
Facilities Operations and Services
Salary Grade: SL5

Job Description:
The Campus Energy Manager is responsible for energy use, procurement, energy reduction initiatives, and providing guidance to campus buildings operations and management of the buildings through DDC/BMS systems.

The major responsibilities of this position will include monitoring and analyzing campus energy consumption, compiling energy budgets, providing guidance for campus HVAC operations, Electrical Trades, addressing campus short, intermediate, and long term carbon reduction goals, performing campus energy audits, overseeing energy system commissioning, retro-commissioning, and pursuing energy grant opportunities.

Required Qualifications:
Bachelor's degree; experience in energy management, facilities management, and/or energy system design; effective interpersonal skills to work collaboratively with all members of the campus community; strong customer service orientation; strong oral and written communication skills; strong analytical and problem solving skills

Preferred Qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree in an Energy, Sustainability, Engineering or Management discipline; ability to read building plans; knowledge of utility rate/tariff structures; working knowledge of architectural software such as AutoCAD; experience conducting energy audits; experience with Building/Energy Management and Control Systems operations; knowledge of HVAC systems, steam and hot water boilers, and chillers

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

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

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

Campus Sustainability Coordinator

The Campus Sustainability Coordinator is responsible for general sustainability coordination with a focus on sustainability curriculum, research and outreach.

The major responsibilities of this position include working closely with the Campus Energy Manager on sustainability initiatives, sustainability assessments (STARS, Second Nature, etc.), implementation of campus sustainability plans, coordination of outreach programs and publications/social media, support for curriculum and research projects, and coordination of the Green Ambassadors Faculty/Staff Liaison program.

Position is designed for a faculty member and is a quarter-time reassignment for each semester, equivalent of 1, 3-credit course load for each semester.

Job title of the sustainability officer position (3rd position):
Sustainability Special Projects Manager

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

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

• Assists Sustainability Coordinator and Campus Energy Manager in day to day office tasks
• Provides logistical support for Sustainability Office activities:
◦Event coordination; planning, publicity and organization
◦Communication coordination; fielding emails, updating website, and planning and editing newsletter
◦Supporting Green Ambassadors peer education program
◦Participating in Sustainability Coalition meetings and activities

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

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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