Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 26.15
Liaison Hector Davis
Submission Date June 26, 2017
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Tarleton State University
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Hector Davis
Environmental Health & Safety Coordinator
Risk Management & Compliance
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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:
Tarleton's Environmental Advisory Council focuses on sustainability issues that face the campus community. The Council assists with recycling activities, community service/outreach/engagement and policy review/recommendations. Activities include assistance with Freshman Move-in, Earth Day outreach, Tarleton Roundup, Bosque River Clean-up and Keep Texas Beautiful. Several members have also been instrumental in assisting with the gathering of STARS data.

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:
Tarleton's Environmental Advisory Council has developed (and reviews on a triennial basis) the following mission statement for Tarleton State University: As part of its mission to provide learning, research, and service, Tarleton State University is committed to serving as a responsible steward of the environment. We consequently commit to advocate environmental awareness, safety, and action; to respect and promote the health, safety and well-being of all Tarleton constituents; and to continuously improve the management of our natural resources.

As part of this obligation, we will comply with all applicable laws and regulations and:
-Control and continually improve environmental performance;
-Conserve, protect, and maintain natural resources;
-Minimize adverse environmental impacts;
-Safeguard environmental health, safety, and well-being;
-Encourage the use of renewable, reusable, recyclable, and recycled materials;
-Reduce risks associated with the use and storage of hazardous substances;
-Develop strategies to minimize the generation of wastes and encourage reuse and recycling;
-Promote environmentally responsible teaching, research, and outreach;
Engage in environmental research and assessment;
-Encourage awareness of environmental issues; and
-Provide open communication about environmental concerns and the conservation of natural resources.

Members of each committee, including affiliations and role (e.g. staff, student, or faculty):
Tarleton's Environmental Advisory Council consists of faculty and staff members from across many facets of the university.

Hector Davis (Chair) - Staff - EHS Coordinator
Robert Cavazos - Faculty - Social Sciences Instructor
Hennan Cummings - Faculty - Assoc. Prof. - Wildlife, Sustainability & Ecosystem Sciences
Donna Hendrix - Faculty - Admin. Asst. - Dept. of Psychological Sciences
Kathy Horak-Smith - Faculty - Professor - Mathematics Education
Ed Knoll - Staff - Operations Mgr. - Thompson Student Center
Arthur Low - Faculty - Dept. Head/Professor - Chemistry, Geosciences & Physics
Sarah Murray - Student - Seeking BS in Sustainability Studies
Erica Saucedo - Student - Seeking BS in Environmental Science
Anne McFarland - Faculty - Executive Director - TX Institute for Applied Env. Sciences
Stephen McReynolds - Faculty - Asst. Professor - Biological Sciences
Kurt Mogonye - Staff - Creative Services Coordinator
Crystal Stanley - Staff - Library Assistant
Mark Murphy - Staff - Laboratory Mgr. - TX Institute for Applied Env. Sciences
Janice Speshock - Faculty - Asst. Professor - Biological Sciences
Carol Thompson - Faculty - Professor - Chemistry, Geosciences & Physics
Lance Whaley - Faculty - Assoc. Professor - Chemistry, Geosciences & Physics
Carolyn Zapata - Faculty - Instructor - Nursing

The website URL where information about the sustainability committee(s) is available:

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:
Tarleton's sustainability focus is decentralized, with many departments participating toward a common goal.

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:

A brief description of each sustainability officer position:

The website URL where information about the sustainability officer(s) is available:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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