Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 50.92
Liaison Gretchen Vanicor
Submission Date June 22, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of Louisiana at Lafayette
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Monica Rowand
Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
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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:

Developed in 2009 and officially established in 2011, the President's Council on Sustainability is a campus-wide advisory body that helps guide the university's efforts to integrate environmental sustainability into campus life, including operations, educational programs, research, and community outreach by facilitating awareness of sustainability issues and the promotion of individual responsibility for reducing the University’s impact on the environment.


Members of each committee, including affiliations and role:

2019-2020 President's Council on Sustainability:
Phyllis Griffard - Committee Chair, Master Instructor in Biology
Vanessa Adamson - Director of Americorps
Donna Gauthier - Associate Professor in Department of Nursing
Michael McClure - Professor, School of Architecture & Design; Associate Dean, College of the Arts
Erik Estrada - Recreational Sports
Jonathan Raush - Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Liz Skilton - Associate Professor of History, Director of Public History
Sheryl Curry - Associate Professor and Assistant Dean for Technical Services, Edith Garland Dupré Library
Dawn Miller - Director of Union Business Operations
Amy Chauvin - Associate Director of Career Services
Ashlie Latiolais - Assistant Professor, School of Architecture & Design
William Holmes - Director of Process Analytics and Process Chemistry,
Energy Institute of Louisiana
Alise Hagan - Director, Office of Institutional Assessment
Claire St. Romain - Director of Annual Giving, Office of Development
Jonathan Brown - Area Coordinator, Offie of Housing & Residential Life


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

A brief description of each sustainability office:

The Office of Sustainability was established in 2014 with the hire of a full-time director. Our vision is for the entire University community to become more aware of our impacts on the environment and our community, at the institutional level and at our own personal level. The Office of Sustainability launched its first Sustainability Strategic Plan in Summer of 2018 and works towards completing the comprehensive goals laid out in the plan. As of Spring 2020, the Office of Sustainability has 2 FTEs, 3 graduate assistants, and 5 undergraduate student workers.


Full-time equivalent 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:
Gretchen Vanicor, Director of the Office of Sustainability; Monica Rowand, Sustainability Coordinator

Does the institution have a mechanism for broad sustainability coordination for the entire institution?:
Yes

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

The Office of Sustainability leads sustainability initiatives across the institution with the goal of implementing all measures outlined in the Sustainability Strategic Plan and empowering campus departments to take on responsibilities for sustainable operations internally as well. The Sustainability Strategic Plan launched in Summer of 2018 and has led to significant achievements in overall campus sustainability including: 1. The establishement of a University-wide stormwater master plan. This plan was submitted to the 2019 EPA Rainworks Challenge and came in first place for the master plan category. 2. The establishment of a Campus as a Living Lab program that, among other projects, is piloting the first commercial-scale compost project in the state of Louisiana and has successfully diverted compostable waste and serviceware from two season's worth of NCAA football games. 3. The launch of the Sustainability Faculty Fellows program that trains select faculty to incorporate sustainability and the SDGs into their classes and provides a stipend for them to rework or create new syllabi. 4. Opening of the Photovoltaic Applied Research and Testing (PART) Lab, a 1.1 MW PV Solar Installation on campus to perform long-term operational testing of a commercial-scale photovoltaic electric generation system under actual conditions in Louisiana. 5. The establishment of a minor in sustainability available to all University students (PENDING).


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