Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 38.05
Liaison Leslie North
Submission Date June 2, 2011
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Western Kentucky University
PAE-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Christian Ryan-Downing
Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have a sustainability committee?:

The charter or mission statement of the committee or a brief description of the committee's purview and activities :

The WKU Sustainability Committee has the purpose of creating and advancing a culture of sustainability within the WKU community through education, research, operations, and community partnerships.

The WKU Sustainability Committee’s goals and objectives are to:

1) Engage the campus in an ongoing dialogue and sustainability at WKU;

2) Establish common understanding of sustainability and stewardship from which policy can proceed;

3) Develop guiding principles to advance sustainability at WKU;

4) Integrate sustainability into existing programs in education, research, and operations;

5) Change campus energy use behavior and create campus conservation efficiencies; and

6) Reduce energy consumption.

Members of the committee, including affiliations:

Ms. Christian Ryan-Downing, Chair, Office of Sustainability

Ms. Tammi Beach, Telecommunications

Mr. Joe Coe, Student, SGA Sustainability Committee

Mr. John Coe, Student Television Services

Mr. Dale Dyer, Facilities Management

Mr. Greg Fear, Facilities Management

Ms. Sara Ferguson, Student, HRL Student Sustainability Committee

Ms. Nancy Givens, Faculty Center for Excellence Teaching

Dr. Denise Gravitt, Architect and Manufacturing Sciences

Mr. Brian Kuster, Housing and Residence Life

Dr. Ouida Meier, Department of Biology

Mr. Mark Pendley, Environment, Health, and Safety

Ms. Helen Siewers, Planning, Design, and Construction

Dr. Jennifer Tougas, Parking and Transportation

Dr. Terry Wilson, Department of Curriculum and Instruction

The website URL where information about the sustainability committee is available:
Does the institution have a sustainability office?:

A brief description of the sustainability office:

It is the mission of the Office of Sustainability to promote a culture of sustainability at WKU, integrating principles of ecological integrity and social equity into academics, practices, and partnerships. Our goal is to ensure that WKU is an institution that provides innovative solutions to global challenges, prepares students as engaged and responsible citizens, and observes best practices in campus operations and services.

The number of people employed in the sustainability office:

The website URL where information about the sustainability office is available:
Does the institution have a sustainability coordinator?:

Sustainability coordinator's name:
Christian Ryan-Downing

Sustainability coordinator's position title:
Sustainability Coordinator

A brief description of the sustainability coordinator’s position:

The WKU Sustainability Coordinator reports to the Vice President for Campus Operations and Services. Responsibilities include working with staff, faculty and students to advance a culture of sustainability at WKU through development of programs to reduce environmental impacts, providing expertise and guidance to administrators, faculty, staff and students, and developing and organizing workshops, events, and other sustainability programs and activities.

The website URL where information about the sustainability coordinator is available:

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