Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 55.91
Liaison Allie McAllister
Submission Date Nov. 25, 2014
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Villanova University
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00
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Does the institution have at least one sustainability committee, office, and/or officer that focuses on sustainability broadly and covers the entire institution?:

A brief description of the activities and substantive accomplishments of the committee(s), office(s), and/or officer(s) during the previous three years:

Villanova's Sustainability Manager was hired in March 2013. Over the past year she has redesigned the Villanova Sustainability website to make it more informative and user friendly. Additionally, Villanova participated in campus sustainability day for the first time last fall, has started an athletic eco-rep program, puts out a sustainability newsletter once a month, and is starting to develop a sustainability plan for the University. Additional information on campus sustainability improvements over the past year can be found on the Villanova Annual Sustainability Report. http://www1.villanova.edu/content/dam/villanova/sustainability/SustainabilityReport2014.pdf
Villanova also has a Recycling Coordinator, who this past year helped pull together a construction waste contract for the University that requires all of our construction waste to go through Revolution Recovery. Now instead of all the construction waste being thrown out, it is recycled. Additionally, in the past three years our recycling rate has increased from 26.7% to 35% due to the expansion of campus composting, our new construction waste recycling program and continued growth of traditional recycling.

Does the institution have at least one sustainability committee?:

The charter or mission statement of the committee(s) or a brief description of each committee's purview and activities:

The President's Environmental Sustainability Committee (PESC) at Villanova University is comprised of faculty, staff, and students from across campus who share a passion for environmental issues and a desire to strengthen Villanova’s commitment to sustainability. The PESC exists to help coordinate, support, advance, and track sustainable practices and policies on campus and to implement the President’s Climate Commitment on behalf of the university.
Both to focus the work of the PESC and to broaden the involvement of the campus community, the President's Environmental Sustainability Committee has several subcommittees open to faculty, staff, and students interested in a specific area. They include: waste minimization, transportation, energy use and operations, academics and student life, earth day, students, and the law school.
Over the past year, PESC and the subcommittees have worked on a campus wide transportation survey set to be sent out spring 2014, smart printing solutions, new recycling signage, RA sustainability boards, awareness of sustainable academic offerings, bird-friendly design awareness, and coordinating the 2014 Earth Day. In addition to the traditional Earth Day celebration, this year the PESC will be release its first annual Campus Sustainability Report. http://www1.villanova.edu/content/dam/villanova/sustainability/SustainabilityReport2014.pdf

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

Liesel Schwarz, Committee Chair, Sustainability Manager


Chara Armon, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Jonathan Doh, Villanova School of Business
Keith Henderson, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Bill Lorenz, College of Engineering
Ruth McDermott-Levy, College of Nursing
Joseph Robertson, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Lisa Rodrigues, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Paul Rosier, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Robert Traver, College of Engineering
Nathaniel Weston, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

William Stehl, Center for Peace and Justice
Donna Chadderton, Falvey Library
Brenda Grove, Director of College Outreach
Patrick Higgins, University Procurement
Richard Laudenslager, University Recycling Coordinator
Michelle Moss, University Dining Services
Kevin O'Donnell, Superintendent of Grounds
Shawn Proctor, Office of University Communications
Francesca Reynolds, Assistant Director of Marketing, Office of University Communications
Marilou Smith, Senior Project Manager, University Engineering and Construction Services

Allen Landis, Co-Chair, Environmental Science
Kristen Shannon, Co-Chair, Mechanical Engineering
Charlotte Ahern, Global Interdisciplinary Studies, focus in Sustainability
Sevda Alanyi, Civil and Environmental Engineering (Graduate) Gabriella Antonio, Management Information Systems (MIS) and Spanish
Philip Armstrong, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Bridget Black, Political Science and Environmental Studies
Kevin Britt, Civil Engineering
Joseph Caulfield, Environmental Science
Emma Chudwick, Environmental Studies
Rebecca Connolly, Civil Engineering
Natalie Flinn, Biology
Shaye Glovas, Science Undeclared
Elena Koumis, Secretary, Biology
Shea Maney, Communications
Dan Nieman, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Nicholas Pajerowski, Environmental Science
Joseph Piro, Chemical Engineering
Thomas Saldutti, Mechanical Engineering
Megan Simmons, Accounting and Finance
Devin Smith, Environmental Science
Alyssa Suhm, Communications Chair, Environmental Studies and Global Interdisciplinary Studies
Michelle Velez, Environmental Science and Spanish
Victoria Waldo, Finance and Marketing
Natalie Walker, Masters in Sustainable Engineering (Graduate)
Alissa Welker, Environmental Science
Yasemin Yilmazel, Civil and Environmental Engineering (Graduate)

The website URL where information about the sustainability committee(s) is available:
Does the institution have at least one sustainability office that includes more than 1 full-time equivalent (FTE) employee?:

A brief description of each sustainability office:

Last year Villanova hired its first full-time Sustainability Manager housed out of the Facilities Management Department. The position reports directly to the Director of Engineering & Construction. The sustainability manager's role is to address the Presidents Climate Commitment, build awareness and understanding of sustainability on campus, work with faculty, staff and students to implement sustainability projects and events, and act as a resource for Villanova in regards to sustainability.

Villanova also has a full-time Recycling Coordinator who has been here for over 12 years. This position reports directly to the Superintendent of Grounds. The recycling coordinator is responsible for all waste diversion efforts including recycling of paper, plastic, cardboard, metal, construction waste, ink jet cartridges, cell phones, light bulbs, electronics, and more. He also helps with composting and coordinates the move-in and move-out waste diversion efforts.

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

The website URL where information about the sustainability office(s) is available:
Does the institution have at least one sustainability officer?:

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Liesel Schwarz

A brief description of each sustainability officer position:

Provide leadership and oversight on all aspects of campus sustainability, including management and implementation of the climate action plan. Serve as a resource for information on sustainability initiatives across campus. Promote and coordinate efforts of faculty, students, staff and community members engaged in sustainability initiatives. Assist with all aspects of the university’s energy program including procurement, trending, demand response programs, and general reduction of energy use.

The website URL where information about the sustainability officer(s) is available:
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