Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 50.95
Liaison Kimberly Hodge
Submission Date March 3, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Washington and Lee University
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Kimberly Hodge
Director of Sustainability Initiatives and Education
Student Affairs
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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:

Mission Statement: In partnership with broader communities and mindful of the university’s commitment to the Presidents Climate Commitment and the Tallories Declaration, the University Sustainability Committee aims to lead the university community in education and action toward sustainability.

The University Sustainability Committee was established in the fall of 2008 as an administrative committee charged with advising the president on matters related to sustainability efforts of Washington and Lee.
Duties of the Sustainability Committee:
1. Create a strategic plan that will guide the University in achieving the goals of the Talloires Declaration and President’s Climate Commitment.
2. Annually, indentify and recommend to the President key programs and priorities for the year including a budget request to support Committee programming.
3. In conjunction with the Environmental Management Coordinator, assure the submission of necessary reports to the governing bodies of these initiatives
4. Serve as a clearing house for campus sustainability efforts through the provision of support for curricular and co-curricular efforts, including prioritizing needs and funding for programs that support the goals of the strategic plan
5. Ensure that campus sustainability efforts are appropriately publicized.
6. Coordinate campus efforts with the efforts of municipal organizations and the surrounding community
7. Provide the President with an annual report that outlines the work of the committee and progress toward meeting the goals of the Talloires Declaration and President’s Climate Commitment


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

Chair:
Elizabeth Knapp, Associate Provost

Ex Officio Members:
Kimberly Hodge, Director of Sustainability Initiatives & Education
High Lattimer, University Architect
David Merchan - University Engineer
Jane Stewart, Energy Education Specialist
Morris Trimmer, Energy Education Specialist
Nicole Poulin, Campus Garden Manager

Three-year faculty appointments:
David Marsh - 2014-2017
Jeffrey Rahl - 2014-2017
Margaret Hu (LS) - 2014-2017
Stephen McCormick - 2015-2018
William Hamilton - 2015-2018
Gregg Whitworth - 2015-2018

Student members nominated by the EC and approved by the president:
Reid Calhoun '17 - 2016-2017
Bruce (Bo) Mahr '19L - 2016-2017
Matthew Rickert '18 - 2016-2017


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 Office of Sustainability is housed in Student Affairs and is responsible for:
-Campus Garden
-Compost system and Compost Crew
-Coordination with Sustainability House residents
-Sustainability Interns
-Running pre-orientation programs
-Sustainability education for the community
-Collaboration with Rockbridge Area Habitat for Humanity
-Collaboration with student organizations
-Teaching one course per year and serving as an academic advisor
-Assisting with curriculum development and research
-Serving as consultant to Facilities and Dining Services on projects related to waste minimization/recycling, events, energy use and GHG reporting, building design and construction, grounds maintenance, etc...


Full-time equivalent (FTE) of people employed in the sustainability office(s):
2

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

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Kimberly Hodge, Director of Sustainability Initiatives and Education

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:

Please see descriptions of the USC and Office of Sustainability above


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