Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 57.27
Liaison Jane Stewart
Submission Date March 4, 2022

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 Appointments

Lisa Greer and Jane Stewart, Co-Chairs

Ex Officio Appointments
Office of the President: Jessica Willett, Vice President for Communications and Strategic Initiatives
University Facilities: Tom Kalasky, Executive Director of Facilities, Brendan Perry, University Engineer
Offices of Sustainability and Energy Education: Kimberly Hodge, Director of Sustainability Initiatives & Education, Nicole Poulin, Campus Garden Manager
Office of Communications and Public Affairs - Louise Uffelman, University Editor
Office of the Dean of the Law School - Michelle Drumbl, Interim Dean
Key Initiative Appointment 2020-2022- Gene McCabe, Associate Professor of Physical Education

Three-year faculty appointments:
Lisa Greer - 2020-2023
Bill Hamilton - 2020-2023
Jill Fraley - 2020-2023
Julie Youngman - 2021-2024
Alice Tianbo Zhang - 2021-2024
Megan Hess - 2021-2024
Gene McCabe - 2020-2022

Three-year staff appointments:
Jessica Wager - 2019-2022

Student members nominated by the EC and approved by the president:
Jack Eason '22 - 2021-2022
Gabe Worthington '23 - 2021-2022
Jules Seay '24 - 2021-2022
Natalie McCaffery '24 - 2021-2022
Emmie McElroy '23 - 2021-2022


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
-On-site composting system and student Compost Crew
-Sustainability education for students, staff, and faculty
-Sustainability Interns
-Running pre-orientation programs
-Sustainability education for the community and collaboration with community educational programs such as Boxerwood
-Collaboration with student organizations, such as SEAL
-Assisting with curriculum development and research, collaboration with multiple courses such as Food for Thought, Environmental Service Learning, etc.
-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 (completed in 2020, but continuous special waste audits and trainings offered)


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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