Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 40.64
Liaison Rebecca Collins
Submission Date July 31, 2015
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Temple University
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Kathleen Grady
Director of Sustainability
Office of Sustainability
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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:

Temple University has an Office of Sustainability. The Office produces an annual report which summarizes sustainability initiatives each academic year. Those reports are publicly available here: http://sustainability.temple.edu/about-us/annual-report

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:

Temple has several sustainability committees. The Sustainability Advisory Group is a presidential committee established to assist in the development of the Climate Action Plan. Following the development of the Climate Action Plan, the charge of the Sustainability Advisory Group is to work with the Office of Sustainability on the implementation of the plan, including the development of annual goals, metrics and reporting on the progress. Sustainability Ambassadors: The university has a council of sustainability ambassadors for each campus. This group meets once a month to develop strategies on advancing sustainability on campus. The ambassadors are responsible for communicating initiatives on sustainability to their constituent groups, offering advice and insight, reporting problems or best practices that they see and generally being a resource on sustainability at the local level (http://sustainability.temple.edu/ambassadors).

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

Jaclyn Boone, Undergraduate Student
Margaret Carney, University Architect
Katherine Switala Elmhurst, PhD Student in Engineering
Kenneth Kaiser, Associate VP Budget & Finance
Vicki Lewis McGarvey, Vice Provost for University College
Michael Olszewski, Faculty in Horticulture
Robert Siegfried, Associate VP of Facilities
Teresa Scott Soufas, Dean College of Liberal Arts
Gary Witt, Faculty in Business

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:

Temple University’s Office of Sustainability is responsible for advancing sustainable academic initiatives and research, creating a sustainable campus environment and culture, and improving outreach and engagement on sustainability issues.

The Provost also has a Director of Sustainability Education who focuses specifically on education initiatives.

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:
Kathleen Grady

A brief description of each sustainability officer position:

The Director of Sustainability leads the Office of Sustainability in implementing the university's Climate Action Plan and is responsible for developing partnerships within the university to advance sustainability on campus in the areas of transportation, energy conservation, energy efficiency, recycling, waste minimization and water conservation. The director also works with faculty, staff and students to foster a sustainable culture on campus via curricular and co-curricular activities.

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

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