Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 35.08
Liaison Susan Caplow
Submission Date July 24, 2019
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STARS v2.1

University of Montevallo
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Susan Caplow
Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies
Behavioral and Social Sciences
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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:

The sustainability committee has 5 overarching goals:

1) oversee and promote current campus sustainability initiatives;
2) recommend and promote ways for the University to become more energy-efficient;
3) implement plans for long-term sustainability;
4) facilitate integration of academic initiatives with campus sustainability activities and plans;
5) select the projects that will be financed by the Green Fund.


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

The UM Sustainability Committee, chaired by the Environmental Studies Coordinator(s), is comprised of 13 members. All committee members are expected to have a clear interest in sustainability issues. Eleven of the committee members are eligible to vote on Green Fund proposals and the number of voting students should always be one greater than the number of all other voting members of the Committee.

Voting members include 5 faculty at-large (including the Committee Chair(s)), 1 student SGA representative, 1 student Environmental Club representative, and 4 students-at-large. The two non-voting committee members are 1 staff member and the Director of the Physical Plant (ex officio). The staff requested that their position be a liaison position and non-voting, due to the workload of the Committee. The Director of the Physical Plant is a non-voting position because many projects will have to be approved by the Physical Plant and because projects will likely be proposed by the Physical Plant. Faculty/staff terms are 3 year; student terms are 1 year. Since student members represent the entire campus, student membership should change and, thus, student positions are non-renewable.

Business Affairs staff should be invited to attend meetings when financial information is needed by the Committee, but will not serve on the Committee.

One faculty member of this committee will need to serve as Budget Director for the Green Fund. The Budget Director will oversee the Green Fund account and all grantee sub-accounts, and will determine monies available for future use, as described below. The Budget Director will have Banner access to the Green Fund account and sub-accounts and will be able to see all funds in real time.

Advertisement for student members of the committee should be made via a message that is broadcast to all students on the first day of the fall term, and via other means if possible, as all students should have equal chance to apply to serve in the at-large positions on the committee.


Does the institution have at least one sustainability office that includes more than 1 full-time equivalent (FTE) employee?:
No

A brief description of each sustainability office:
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Full-time equivalent (FTE) of people employed in the sustainability office(s):
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Does the institution have at least one sustainability officer?:
Yes

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Susan Caplow, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies

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:

The sustainability committee is responsible for institution-wide sustainability. Dr. Caplow coordinates these efforts as part of her administrative responsibilities.


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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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