Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 48.92
Liaison Leslie North
Submission Date Aug. 15, 2012
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Western Kentucky University
PAE-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Vincent Santoro
Graduate Assistant
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, Sustainability Coordinator

Mr. Jason Abston, Energy Management Tech, Staff Council

Mr. Dale Dyer, Plant Operations Manager, Facilities Management

Mr. Joshua Twardowski, Campus Services Manager, Facilities Management

Ms. Nancy Givens, Sustainability Programs Development Coordinator, Center for Environmental Education and Sustainability

Mr. David Baskett, Coordinator for Facilities, Housing and Residence Life

Dr. Ouida Meier, Faculty, Upper Green River Biological Preserve Director, Center for Biodiversity Studies, Department of Biology

Sharmila Pradhan, Manager, Environmental Services, Environment, Health, and Safety

Ms. Helen Siewers, Landscape Architect, Planning, Design, and Construction

Dr. Jennifer Tougas, Director, Parking and Transportation

Dr. Terry Wilson, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Center for Environmental Education and Sustainability Director

Ms. Meredith Tooley, Restaurant and Catering

Dr. Brian Sullivan, Faculty, Department of Management

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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