Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 46.90
Liaison Hannes Gerhardt
Submission Date March 30, 2018
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University of West Georgia
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Hannes Gerhardt
Sustainability Director
Department of Geosciences
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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 purpose of a Sustainability Council (SC) is to execute the mission and vision of the Center for Sustainability. These are as follows: Mission The Center for Sustainability at the University of West Georgia (UWG) works to identify, share, and promote sustainability acitivites and initiatives on the UWG campus and in the community. The UWG Center for Sustainability serves as a clearinghouse for ideas and a promoter of actions that pertain to sustainability initiatives on campus and beyond. Vision Our vision is to become a regional leader in sustainability and one of the most innovative and recognized "green" campuses in Georgia.

Members of each committee, including affiliations and role (e.g. staff, student, or faculty):
The Sustainability Council has thirteem permanent seats with a representative from each College or School and the Library (8), a representative from Business and Finance (1), Student Affairs (1), University Advancement (1), Student Government (1) and one at large member (1). Current members are: College of Arts and Humanities, Ashley Dycus College of Science and Mathematics, Andrew Edelman College of Education, Jennifer Heidorn College of Social Sciences, Brittani McNeal Richards College of Business, Leanna Defoor School of Nursing, Sally Richter Library, Anne Barnhart Business and Finance, Fred Ricketson Student Affairs, Travis Roy University Advancement, Kevin Hemphill Student Government, Amanda Baptie At Large: Lindsay Pfau

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:
Current position is approx. .5 FTE.

Full-time equivalent (FTE) of people employed in the sustainability office(s):
0.50

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

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Dr. Hannes Gerhardt - Director of Sustainability

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 Center for Sustainability, via the its Director and the Sustainability Council, have made great progress in furthering sustainability at UWG, as is evidenced by UWG's significantly higher AASHE Stars score this time around. In addition to working on numerous engagement initiatives, such as the yearly Earth Week, the Center has managed to support sustainability workshops in pedagogy, apply for grants for post consumer waste composting, offering sustainability research incentives for students, actively taking part in the development of the campus master plan, developing a sustainability plan for the next three years, engaging the university in a town solarize campaign, creating a sustainability literacy module for instruction, and spearheading the creation of a sustainable investment committee, to name just a few.

Job title of the sustainability officer position:
Director of Sustainability

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Job description for the sustainability officer position:
The Director of Sustainability heads the Center for Sustainability and chairs the Sustainability Council. He/She is tasked with pursuing the UWG value of sustainability as well as assessing sustainability progress as is called for in UWG's strategic plan.

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