Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 53.09
Liaison DeLayne Miller
Submission Date Dec. 18, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Tennessee Technological University
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00
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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 primary purpose of the Sustainable Campus Committee is to approve expenditures of the sustainable campus fee to create a more environmentally, friendly campus that strives to be carbon-neutral, in accordance with TBR and TTU guidelines, policies and procedures. The committee may also advise the University administration on sustainability policy, educate the community on its sustainability initiatives, or otherwise provide mentoring and support for a sustainable campus.

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

Ms. Shelby Brewer- Chairman, student, Psychology
Mr. Justin Douglass- student, Mechanical Engineering
Mr. David Garber- student, Mathematics
Mr. Cole Stovall- student, Mechanical Engineering
Ms. Mohera Narimetla- student, Mathematics & Chemical Engineering
Ms. Tess Simpson- student, Psychology
Ms. Amber Asberry- staff, Communications and Marketing
Mr. Garrett Lucas- staff, Campus Recreation
Ms. Katie Williams- staff, Student Affairs/RUC
Mr. Josh Hulgan- staff, Residential Life
Mr. Jessup Peterson- staff, Residential Life
Mr. Kevin Tucker- staff, Facilities/Recycling
Mr. Anthony Paradis- staff, Athletics and faculty, Nutrition
Dr. Steve Sharp- faculty, Environmental Sciences
Dr. Brian Leckie- faculty, Agriculture
Mr. Brian Carver- faculty, Biology
Ms. Shawn Krosnick- faculty, Biology
Ms. DeLayne Miller- Executive Officer, staff, Facilities

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:

In the fall of 2015, TTU's Office of Sustainability was established to help promote and document sustainable initiatives on campus. The office has invested in the AASHE STARS Program, Green Power Switch, Project Regrind & Associated Research, along with other initiatives such as Student Outreach through Earth Week Activities, the “Tree”mendous planting on campus, and much more. The office recently applied for and received recognition for the university as both a Bee Campus and Tree Campus recognized university, and has been instrumental in acquiring numerous sustainability grants. It supports the student-ran recycling program, which consists of all of the university recycling efforts. It is working towards LEED Certification for the new Science Building, and is always open to new project ideas from students on campus.

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:
DeLayne Miller, Sustainability Manager

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:

There are faculty and staff members from various departments present during the Sustainable Campus Committee meetings. Additionally, an Eco Rep Program was launched in the fall 2018 semester that recruits students from various academic departments in order to better facilitate ideas and opportunities between the campus community.

Other coordination includes: Student-led ""Think Tanks"" (Brainstorming Workshops) 1-2 per semester; personal contact with Deans, Department Chairs, Club and Group leaders.

Job title of the sustainability officer position:
Sustainability Manager

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

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

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

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

The recycling student workers run the entirety of Tennessee Tech's recycling program under the supervision of the Sustainability Manager. These students ensure that the university is able to recycle paper, plastic, aluminum, and cardboard materials. They are responsible for collecting recycled materials and transporting them to the local collection center. With their commitment to sustainability in mind, these students collect recycled materials by foot or by use of electric vehicles. They have expanded their efforts to provide recycling for student activity events, sporting events, and general university events upon request. There are currently seven student recycling workers.

Job title of the sustainability officer position (3rd position):
Office of Sustainability student workers

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

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

The Office of Sustainability student workers assist the Sustainability Manager with the various outreach programs the office offers throughout the academic year. These students help to plan and execute Tennessee Tech's Sustainability Month, Water Week, and Earth Week celebrations, as well as many other sustainability events and freshmen orientation. They are also instrumental in completing the university's AASHE STARS application. There are currently four student office workers.

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

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