Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 46.13
Liaison Traci Knabenshue
Submission Date March 3, 2021

STARS v2.2

West Virginia University
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Traci Knabenshue
Sustainability Direcor
Auxiliary and Business Services
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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 Faculty Senate has a Sustainability Committee serving in its second academic year. It's current charge is to 1)provide support and assistance to the WVU Office of Sustainability, especially with regard to WVU’s sustainability plans and goals 2)consider building a database of faculty teaching and research that would allow faculty and staff to communicate with each other on sustainability issues 3) evaluate periodically national trends and report on best practices related to sustainability in teaching and research, and make recommendations to appropriate University bodies including the Office of the Provost, the Teaching and Learning Commons, and other Centers, Colleges, Schools and programs affiliated with the University 4)report on systems and mechanism that provide support to faculty who engage in research and scholarship on issues related to sustainability and 5)address in a timely fashion other issues pertinent to the charge of the committee.

There is also a college-based committee in the College of Law. It works to make process and policy changes for their own colleges and whatever buildings they primarily reside in and to educate their faculty, staff, and students about sustainability. Their most notable accomplishment is advocating for WVU's first solar panel installation, which is in engineering development to be placed on the law building's roof.


Members of each committee, including affiliations and role:

Faculty Senate Sustainability Committee:
Shawn Grushecky Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Design
Amy Hessl Eberly College of Arts and Sciences
Julie Black Teaching and Learning Commons
Traci Knabenshue Sustainability Office
Andrea Soccorsi Multidisciplinary Studies
Brandon Rothrock Graduate Student Liaison
Kirsten Stephan Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Design
Fernando Lima Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources
Thanh Le Student Engagement Director
Semoa Desousa-Brown Regents Bachelor of arts Advising
Daniel Grossman John Chambers College of Business and Economics
Brian Chang John Chambers College of Business and Economics
Jason Walls College of Law
Madison Matheny Undergraduate Liason
Alexandra Bunn Undergraduate Liason
Anneliese Kaczmarek Sustainability Student Government Association Rep
Angela Henderson WVU Staff Council Representative
Megan Rinker Undergraduate Student

College of Law Committee

Faculty: Marjorie McDiarmid, Jason Walls, Jonathan Marshall, Charles DiSalvo (chair).
Student: Madison Hinkle


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 is housed in the Auxiliary and Business Services unit, which also includes Transportation, Facilities Management, Environmental Health and Safety, Procurement and Payment Services, and Planning/Design/Construction Services. The office has two full time positions-- the sustainability director and a conservation specialist. The office reports directly to the Associate Vice President for Auxiliary and Business Services, who in turn reports to the Vice President for Strategic Initiatives.

The office also hires 3-5 student workers per semester to work on various projects of the office.


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:
Traci Knabenshue, Sustainability Director

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:

The Office of Sustainability reports directly to the Associate Vice President for Auxiliary and Business Services. In the past three fiscal years, some highlights are overhauling and greatly increasing the amount of surplus reused on campus from about 40 to over 300 tons of material. The office also coordinated a master waste contract that included better compactors and service, improved safety for custodial staff, and master pricing for all Morgantown units. The office also led efforts for WVU's Tree Campus and Bronze Bike Friendly University designations. Sustainability also got buy in from the major units at the university to complete this STARS report, it's first ever, which also includes its first ever greenhouse gas report.


Job title of the sustainability officer position:
Sustainability Director

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Job title of the sustainability officer position (2nd position):
Program Coordinator

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