Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 63.29
Liaison Allison Mihalich
Submission Date Oct. 13, 2017
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STARS v2.1

University of Notre Dame
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
1.00 / 1.00 Mike Seamon
Vice President
Campus Safety & University Operatis
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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:

For many years the University has acted to inspire and encourage environmental sustainability, both academically and administratively. Through the implementation of energy conservation measures across facilities, the design and construction of LEED-certified buildings, the establishment of the Office of Sustainability, academic and research centers such as the Center for Sustainable Energy, the Environmental Change Initiative, and ND-GAIN, and the creation of an undergraduate minor in Sustainability, the University has sought to advance sustainability on campus and abroad.


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

John Affleck-Graves, Executive Vice President – Sponsor
Linda Kurtos, Director Office of Sustainability – Chair
Chris Abayasinghe, Director Dining Services
Vaibhav Agarwal, Director Procurement Services
Peter Burns, Henry Massman Chair in Civil Engineering & Environmental & Earth Sciences, Director of Center for Sustainable Energy
Tessa Clarizio, undergraduate student
Anne Coleman, Associate Professor of American Studies
Melissa Conboy, Senior Deputy Athletic Director
Fr. Robert Dowd, Assistant Professor, Fellow Political Science, Kellogg Institute for International Studies
Brittany Hanrahan, graduate student, Biological Sciences
Paul Kempf, Senior Director Utilities & Maintenance
Linda Kroll, Associate Vice President, Budget and Planning
Doug Marsh, University Architect and Associate Vice President
Sarah Misener, Associate Vice President Campus Services
John Nagle, The John N. Matthews Chair in Law, Professor Environmental Law
Kathleen Rocks, undergraduate student
Samantha Salden, Assistant Professor of the Practice, School of Architecture, Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs
Daniel Sehlhorst, undergraduate student
Anthony Serianni, Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Jennifer Tank, The Ludmilla F., Stephen J., and Robert T. Galla Professor of Biological Sciences; Director of the Environmental Change Initiative
Sandra Vera-Muñoz, Associate Professor of Accountancy /KPMG Faculty Fellow.
Abigail Veres, undergraduate student


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 Office of Sustainability at University of Notre Dame takes action to raise awareness about sustainability as well as take the necessary steps to ensure a sustainable campus, as well as the surrounding community.


Full-time equivalent (FTE) of people employed in the sustainability office(s):
4

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

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
John Affleck-Graves, Executive Vice President – Sponsor

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:

To refine the five-year action plans, the Standing Committee has established small working groups for each of the numbered strategy areas detailed in the recommendations. These working groups are collaborative, interdisciplinary teams that set specific, measurable benchmarks in order to achieve the long-term goals set in each strategy area. The smaller working groups will report at least once every two years to the Standing Committee on their progress and to document the new measurable goals that are envisioned in the five-year action plans.

In order to increase transparency and public engagement, the work of the Standing Committee and working groups will be updated annually through digital reports available at green.nd.edu.

The Comprehensive Sustainability Strategy recommendations focus on the University’s continued actions and aspirations in six areas:

Energy and Emissions
Water
Building and Construction
Waste
Procurement, Licensing, and Food Sourcing
Education, Research, and Community Outreach


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