Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 55.10
Liaison Kimberly Hodge
Submission Date March 6, 2020

STARS v2.2

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

Updated charge:
University Sustainability Committee will advise the president on matters related to sustainability efforts of Washington and Lee. The committee will report to the President of the University and will periodically report to the President's Council. The committee may establish task forces or subcommittees on specific topics or issues to report directly to the committee. Financial support for programs developed by the committee or for the committee's operations will be determined on an annual basis and within the University's regular budgeting process. Specifically, the committee will: create a strategic plan that will guide the University in achieving the goals of the Talloires Declaration and President's Climate Commitment; annually, identify and recommend to the President key programs and priorities for the year including a budget request to support committee programming; in conjunction with the Environmental Management Coordinator, assure the submission of necessary reports to the governing bodies of these initiatives; 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 ensure that campus sustainability efforts are appropriately publicized; coordinate campus efforts with the efforts of municipal organizations and the surrounding community; and 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:

Current University Sustainability Committee:
Mary Abdoney, Associate Professor, Research and Instruction Coordinator, University Library
Tim Diette, Senior Adviser to the President for Strategic Analysis
Paul Ellis, Assistant Professor of PE- Asst Coach Swimming
Tom Kalasky, Executive Director of Facilities and Capital Planning
Andrew Hess, Associate professor of Business Administration
Jen Hickey, Director of Dining Services
Kimberly Hodge, Director of Sustainability Initiatives & Education
Katherine Ingram, undergrad student
Elizabeth Knapp, Director of the Johnson Program in Leadership and Integrity
Beth Lucy-Speidel, Associate Dean of the College
Irina Mazilu, Professor of Physics and Engineering
Eric Owsley, Director of Advancement Communications Strategy
Brendan Perry, Engineer, Director of MEP Services
Nicole Poulin, Campus Garden Manager
Jeffrey Rahl, Professor of Geology
Jane Stewart, Energy Specialist
Morris Trimmer, Energy Specialist
Jessica Wager, Executive Assistant in Provost's Office
Alex Wilson, law school 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 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...
-Performing waste audits for all of W&L waste streams


Full-time equivalent 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?:
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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