Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 49.07
Liaison Eva Rocke
Submission Date March 21, 2014
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University of Montana
PAE-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Cherie Peacock
Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have a sustainability committee?:

The charter or mission statement of the committee or a brief description of the committee's purview and activities :

Mission Statement:

Universities must play a leading role in education, research, policy development, information exchange, and community outreach in order to help create an equitable and sustainable future. The Sustainable Campus Committee recognizes the importance of this and aims to lead by example through the adoption of the Talloires Declaration's ten principles. By identifying and recommending projects that move the University towards sustainability, the Committee will provide momentum and guidance to UM administration, faculty, staff, and students to achieve environmentally and socially responsible living.


To identify and recommend to the University President specific actions and stategic plans the University community can pursue to move the University towards greater environmental sustainability in its operations, research, teaching and servivce/outreach functions. To collaborate with on-campus and off-campus groups to implement these actions and plans and sustain them over time. To report to the campus community on the state of the university's sustainability efforts and on future plans each Earth Day.

Members of the committee, including affiliations:

Committee structure:
•The committee shall be composed of 12 members from the faculty, staff, administration, and students at the University of Montana.
•The committee members will be appointed by the UM President on the recommendation of ASUM, Staff Senate, Faculty Senate or the SCC.
•Members will serve two year terms.
•To capture a diversity of perspectives, the committee will draw from a variety of departments and services found on the campus.
•There will be three representatives from each of the following: administration, faculty, staff and students.

Current members of the Committee are:
CABINET OVERSIGHT: Royce Engstrom, University President
STUDENTS: Sam Thompson, Erik Lillquist
STAFF: Brian Kerns, Energy Manager; Kris Csorosz, Grounds; Ian Finch, Dining Services Sustainability Coordinator
FACULTY: Josh Slotnick, Professor, Environmental Studies; Suzanne Tilleman (Co-Chair), Professor, School of Business; Teresa Sobieszczyk, Professor, Sociology Department
ADMINISTRATION: Irma Russell, Dean of the Law School; Liz Roosa Millar, Director, University Center; James McKusick, Dean of the Honors College
OFFICE OF SUSTAINABILITY: Cherie Peacock (Co-Chair), Director, Office of Sustainability
ASUM COORDINATOR: Eva Rocke, ASUM Sustainability Coordinator

The website URL where information about the sustainability committee is available:
Does the institution have a sustainability office?:

A brief description of the sustainability office:

The Office of Sustainability evolved out of the efforts of the Sustainable Campus Committee, Facilities Services, students, and the Recycling Oversight Committee. The Office of Sustainability is responsible for implementing recycling on campus and coordinating a variety of efforts in support of overall campus sustainability. Ongoing activities include alternative transportation, farm-to-college food services, facility energy conservation measures, energy-efficient new construction, and education on the environment and climate change. The Office also networks within the region and local community.

The number of people employed in the sustainability office:

The website URL where information about the sustainability office is available:
Does the institution have a sustainability coordinator?:

Sustainability coordinator's name:
Cherie Peacock

Sustainability coordinator's position title:
Sustainability Coordinator; Director of the Office of Sustainability

A brief description of the sustainability coordinator’s position:

Administers the Sustainability Program, including designing, developing, coordinating, and executing the sustainability program's efforts, as well as surpervising staff. This position solicits input and feedback from various on-campus organizations, as well as the Missoula community. The Coordinator exercises discretion and independent judgement in regard to the sustainabiltiy program efforts. The Coordinator reports to the Director of Facilities Services but has a high level of autonomy when responding to the goals of the sustainability program.

The website URL where information about the sustainability coordinator is available:

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