Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 69.13
Liaison Micah Kenfield
Submission Date March 4, 2021

STARS v2.2

Vassar College
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Micah Kenfield
Director of Sustainability
Office of Sustainability
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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 Climate Action & Sustainability Committee 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:

Marianne Begemann Chair (Dean of Strategic Planning and Academic Resources)
Micah Kenfield Administrator (College Sustainability Coordinator)
Lynn Christenson (2021) Faculty at Large
Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert (2020) Faculty at Large
Jeffrey Seidman (2020) Faculty at Large
William Peabody Representative (Buildings and Grounds)
Bryan Swarthout Senior Officer (Vice President of Finance and Administration)
Alexandra Ashworth (2020) Student


Does the institution have at least one sustainability office that includes more than 1 full-time equivalent 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 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:
Micah Kenfield

Does the institution have a mechanism for broad sustainability coordination for the entire institution?:
Yes

A brief description of the activities and substantive accomplishments of the institution-wide coordinating body or officer during the previous three years:

The Director of Sustainability 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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