Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 33.31
Liaison Katherine Straub
Submission Date Feb. 21, 2018
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Susquehanna University
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Katherine Straub
Professor
Earth and Environmental Sciences
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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:

FUNCTION: To initiate, support, promote, and assess campus sustainability programs, with the goals of energy conservation, waste and pollution reduction, the purchase of locally and sustainably produced goods, and the integration of sustainability into the academic curriculum. To develop and recommend institutional policies and practices that advance campus sustainability. To offer educational programs on sustainability to campus and community members.


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

MEMBERSHIP: Five members of the Faculty, as follows: one elected by and from the Sigmund Weis School of Business, one elected by and from Voting Groups 1 and 3 of the School of Arts and Sciences, one elected by and from Voting Groups 2 and 4 of the School of Arts and Sciences, and two elected at large; the Vice President for Finance and Administration and CCOO; the Chief Information Officer; the Director of Facilities Management or designee; the Food Service Director or designee; the Director of Residence Life or designee; and two students.


Does the institution have at least one sustainability office that includes more than 1 full-time equivalent (FTE) employee?:
Yes

A brief description of each sustainability office:

The Center for Environmental Education and Research (CEER) employs one full-time Sustainability Coordinator as of January 8, 2018


Full-time equivalent (FTE) of people employed in the sustainability office(s):
1

Does the institution have at least one sustainability officer?:
Yes

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Derek Martin, 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)?:
Yes

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

University Committee on Sustainability; excerpts from 4/18/17 Sustainability Committee Strategic Plan implementation grid

Faculty has decided to pursue business/environmental courses as resources are available and to continue with a wide array of English literature/sustainability courses, natural sciences/liberal arts themes.

The Community Outreach aspect of the SU Strategic Plan for Sustainability has undertaken a focus on food security and hunger in the Snyder County area. We have studied the issue and realize a need for food 365 days/per year. Thus a Food Security Group has been formed and work is underway, as follows:
1) We have developed survey instruments for identifying sources of food available for needy people and are in the process of collecting these data.
2) We have secured the use of a large walk-in freezer at the Freshwater Initiative where food can be stored.
3) We have conducted community outreach with groups such as the Community Action Agency and St. Pius Church in order to coordinate efforts.
4) We are focusing on a plan to develop a Food Mobile service such as the Chuck Wagon effort in Shamokin. This will allow us to better match supply with demand and reach people in the rural reaches of Snyder County who are unable (or don't want to be seen) going to food banks.

Two interns in place as of March 2017 to work on recycling, data collection and other activities. Will work with Sustainability Service Scholar.

At February 2017 meeting, Trustee Meeting approve solar array at Yoder Farm.. Decision needs to be made on land use.

Benchmarking and recycling efforts underway at end of Spring 2017 semester with selection of interns.

Interim SU Sustainability Service Intern managed administrative aspects of position while Sustainability Service intern wason a GO program in the Spring.

Active student groups involved the Animal Club, Geo Club, and SAVE (Student Awareness for the Value of the Environment). SAVE organized the bus trip and Climate March participation in Washington, DC on April 29.


Job title of the sustainability officer position:
Sustainability Coordinator

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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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University Committee on Sustainability function and membership from the 2017-18 Susquehanna University Faculty Handbook

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