Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 53.11
Liaison Elizabeth Malcolm
Submission Date Jan. 19, 2023

STARS v2.2

Virginia Wesleyan University
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Elizabeth Malcolm
Director of Sustainability
Earth and Environmental Sciences
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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 vision of the Environmental Sustainability Council (ESC) is for Virginia Wesleyan University to be a model of environmental stewardship through education and community engagement. The ESC strives to achieve this by promoting a strong environmental ethic and cultivating sustainable policies, practices and curricula in keeping with the University’s liberal arts tradition and institutional commitment to social responsibility and ethical conduct.

Members of each committee, including affiliations and role:
Environmental Sustainability Council (ESC) Members in Fall 2022:
-Elizabeth Malcolm, Professor Earth & Environmental Sciences and Director of Sustainability (Chair)
-Maynard Schaus, Professor of Biology
-Amber Gruszeczka, Research Librarian
-Bethany Tsairas, Director of Wesleyan Engaged: Center for Civic Leadership and Service Learning
-Jason Seward, Associate Vice President for Campus Life and Operational Management
-Skylar Lattuca, Greer Environmental Sciences Center Gardens Horticulturist
-Holly Hatter, Student representative, Executive Board of Marlins Go Green student club
-Edward McDonald, Student representative, President Student Government

Does the institution have at least one sustainability office that includes more than 1 full-time equivalent employee?:
No

A brief description of each sustainability office:
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Does the institution have at least one sustainability officer?:
Yes

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Elizabeth Malcolm, Director of Sustainability

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:
Yes, the Environmental Sustainability Council and Director of Sustainability in the past three years have:
- maintained Model Level status in the Elizabeth River Project’s River Star Business program
- overseen annual reports and activities in support of the university's Climate Leadership Commitment, which integrates carbon neutrality with climate resilience and provides a systems approach to mitigating and adapting to a changing climate
- overseen participation in the Chesapeake Oyster Alliance partnership, a coalition dedicated to helping recover the Bay’s oyster populations
- coordinated participation in the Campus Race to Zero Waste recycling and waste reduction competition
- organized the annual Earth Week celebration, which includes education events on campus
- implemented and managed the Virginia Wesleyan University Sustainability Leaders graduation distinction

Job title of the sustainability officer position:
Director of Sustainability

Job description for the sustainability officer position:
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Job description for the sustainability officer position:
The Director of Sustainability oversees campus sustainability projects including the Climate Commitment reporting requirements for greenhouse gas emissions reductions and resilience, the Campus Race to Zero Waste, and AASHE STARS. The Director also chairs the Environmental Sustainability Council and supervises student sustainability projects.

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