Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 55.86
Liaison Aldo Pierini
Submission Date Sept. 16, 2021

STARS v2.2

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?:

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

The Sustainable Leadership Council helps coordinate, support, advance, and track sustainable practices and policies on campus. The current mission of this council is to develop a comprehensive sustainability plan for Villanova University. In an effort to address all elements of sustainability need across campus, the Sustainable Leadership Council created five committees: Academics and Research, Operations, Social Justice, Health and Wellness, and Student Life, each dedicated to a different university function. Members of the committees are made up of a mixture of faculty, staff and students from the five colleges.

Members of each committee, including affiliations and role:

Bill Lorenz, Co-Chair, Director of Sustainable Engineering Program
Father Art Purcaro, Co-Chair, Assistant Vice President for Mission & Ministry
Bob Morro, Operations Committee Chair, Vice President University Facilities Management
Kathryn Getek Soltis, Social Justice Committee Chair, Center for Peace and Justice Education
Alfonso Ortega, Academics and Research Committee Co-Chair, Professor of Energy Technology in Mechanical Engineering
Joseph Lennon, Academics and Research Committee Co-Chair, International and Interdisciplinary Initiatives Associate Dean
Stacy Andes, Health and Wellness Committee Chair, Director of Health Promotions
Liesel Schwarz, Student Committee Chair, Sustainability Manager

Samantha Chapman, College of LIberal Arts and Sciences
Frank Galgano, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Paul Rosier, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Bette Mariani, College of Nursing
Jonathan Doh, Villanova School of Business
Todd Aagaard, Villanova School of Law
Andrea Welker, College of Eningeering
Nat Nataraj, College of Engineering
James Peyton-Jones, College of Engineering
Christine Palus, College of Professional Studies
Randy Weinstein, Associate Vice Provost
Kathy Byrnes, Student Life
Neil Horgan, Finance
Brian Anderson, Athletics
Jim Trainer, Office of Planning and Institutional Research
Ann Diebold, University Communications
Mike O'Neill, University Advancement
Michael McGuckin, Dining Services
Dan Griffin, Director of Villanova's Partnership with Catholic Relief Services
Mark Hewlett, General Council
Ray Duffy, Human Resources
Heather Potts, Univesity Development

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

A brief description of each sustainability office:

In 2013, 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, a position that has been in existence for 20 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.

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Does the institution have at least one sustainability officer?:

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Liesel Schwarz, Sustainability Manager

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

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

Villanova's Sustainability Manager was hired in March 2013. She is responsible for campus wide sustainability efforts that include operations, students engagement, academic opportunities, communication, and reporting. Noteworthy institution wide achievements:
-Redesigned the Villanova Sustainability website to make it more informative and user friendly
-Published and distribute a sustainability newsletter once a month
-Publish a bi-annual report
-Supported the planning, building and management of a campus research garden
-Connect students and faculty with campus sustainability projects
-Organized guest speakers on campus, including an annual sustainability career events
featuring cross campus alumni
-Organized zero waste games for football and basketball
-Managed institution-wide energy efficiency projects
-Create a Green Labs Certification program
-Implemented the Nova Bike Share

The Villanova Sustainable Leadership Council was created to also aid in cross institutional sustainability advancements, such as the writing and implementation of a campus sustainability plan.

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