Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.00
Liaison Alistair Hall
Submission Date March 15, 2018
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Vassar College
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Alistair Hall
Sustainability Assistant
Dean of Strategic Planning
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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 College Committee on Sustainability acts as a forum for the discussion of administrative and educational policies that foster a sustainable interaction between human beings and the natural environment. It shall present for approval to the faculty policies that are related to educational policy and be advisory to the president on administrative policies. Any policy changes approved by the faculty shall be submitted to the trustees for final approval.


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

Mary Ann Cunningham, College Sustainability Coordinator and Professor of Geography (Co-Chair)
Carlos Alamo, Associate Dean of Strategic Planning (Co-Chair), Professor of Sociology
Alistair Hall, Sustainability Coordinator
Bill Peabody, Buildings & Grounds
Jeff Seidman, Professor of Philosophy
Miriam Rossi, Professor of Chemistry
Bryan Corrigan, Buildings & Grounds
Chris Gahn, Computing Information and Services
Karen Gallagher, Purchasing Office
Julia Fishman, Communications Office
Bryan Swarthout, Budget & Finance
Angel Marvin, Office of Alumnae/i Affairs & Development
Student Representative of the VSA


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 Vassar Office of Sustainability strives to instill and support a holistic sustainability ethic across campus--among students, faculty and staff alike. Through programming, policy, and community engagement we mobilize action for a more environmentally friendly and just campus, Poughkeepsie, and world. Our immediate responsibility is to minimize the College’s environmental impact.


Full-time equivalent (FTE) of people employed in the sustainability office(s):
1

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

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Alistair Hall

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 College Sustainability Coordinator works with other administrators, professors, and a team of paid student interns on campus wide initiatives, which have included the establishment of a Green Revolving Fund, well attended events for National Food Day and Earth Day, and the implementation of zero-waste practices at all-campus events like music concerts, Commencement, Convocation, and student organization activities.


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