Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.26
Liaison Jennifer deHart
Submission Date March 22, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Unity College
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Jennifer deHart
Chief Sustainability Officer
President's Office
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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:

Senior Staff is the decision making body for the campus and is officially charged with making decisions on sustainability issues on the recommendation of the Chief Sustainability Officer who serves on the committee, including the charge of "Steward the Strategic Plan implementation and augmentation to the President."


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

STAFF: President, Chief Academic Officer [CAO], Chief Business Officer [CBO] , Chief Distance Education Officer [CDEO], Chief Diversity & Inclusion Education Officer [CDIO], Chief Facilities Management Officer [CFMO], Chief Advancement Officer [CADO], Chief Information Officer [CIO], Chief of Staff [CoS], Chief Student Success Officer [CSSO], Chief Sustainability Officer [CSO], , Director of Human Resources FACULTY: Curriculum Cmte rep, Deans (2)


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 sustainability office is the hub of all the sustainability efforts taking place on campus. There are two full-time employees, and up to seven student Sustainability Assistants. Members of the Sustainability Office sit on college-wide planning committees including our governing Senior Staff. The Chief Sustainability Officer reports to the President. The Sustainability Office has the opportunity to influence planning at every level of the institution.


Full-time equivalent (FTE) of people employed in the sustainability office(s):
2

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

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Jennifer deHart, Chief Sustainability Officer, Jonathan Gibbons, Sustainability Engagement & Data 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:

In 2015 the position of Sustainability Coordinator was elevated to Sustainability Director and then again elevated to Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) and now reports directly to the president. At the beginning of 2016 a newly created Sustainability Engagement and Data Coordinator position was recently hired to help with institutional support and coordination among departments. These officers implemented the collge signing on to several national campaigns; strategic community partnerships; an energy audit; an updated report to Second Nature; conference presentations; a state-wide Power Dialog; a NACUFS award; aligning dining, farm, and events under Sustainability; revenue generation; organics recycling and achievement of 47% diversion rate.


Job title of the sustainability officer position:
Chief Sustainability Officer

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

The Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) leads institutional sustainability efforts in support of the mission of Unity College. The CSO works with senior leadership to establish a culture of and strategic direction for sustainability, and leads execution of select institution-wide sustainability efforts. The CSO works with the President and senior leadership to continue to transform Unity College from a college with a strong regional presence to a leading national institutional of higher education. The CSO will be the first among equals for functions like sustainability planning, relations with environmental partners, tracking and reporting on sustainability initiatives, research for sustainability operations, encouraging a culture of sustainability, and co-curricular sustainability education and initiatives. The successful CSO will provide the college with grounded creativity through proven strategy, data based decision-making, and innovative thinking. Within the framework of functional leadership, the CSO supports and is supported by other senior level leaders and works with all constituencies to realize the Unity College Mission and Strategic Plan. The CSO reports to the President.


Job title of the sustainability officer position (2nd position):
Sustainability Engagement and Data Coordinator

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

A staff position in the Sustainability Office, the Sustainability Engagement & Data Coordinator develops and delivers outreach and communications for College-wide sustainability programs, projects, initiatives, and events. The Coordinator works with the Chief Sustainability Officer and students, faculty, and staff to support and promote activities that build awareness and foster participation in personal and institutional sustainability. The Coordinator also tracks sustainability metrics for multiple analysis and reporting purposes. Within the framework of functional leadership, the Coordinator supports and is supported by other members of the Sustainability work unit and works with all constituencies to realize the Unity College Mission and Strategic Plan.  The Sustainability Engagement & Data Coordinator reports to the Chief Sustainability Officer.


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