Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 61.14
Liaison Jeff Spoelstra
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Western Michigan University
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Jeff Spoelstra
Sustainability Coordinator
Office for Sustainability
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Does the institution have at least one sustainability committee?:
No

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Does the institution have at least one sustainability office that includes more than 1 full-time equivalent (FTE) employee?:
Yes

A brief description of each sustainability office:

The Office for Sustainability

The mission of the Office for Sustainability is to guide and assist the Western Michigan University community in fulfilling and growing its sustainability commitments. Through building a diverse and flourishing learning community around sustainability, we will continually explore and develop new opportunities to create a culture of sustainability and improve quality of life for all.


Full-time equivalent (FTE) of people employed in the sustainability office(s):
4

Does the institution have at least one sustainability officer?:
Yes

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Director of Campus Sustainability, Manager Solid Waste Reduction, Sustainability Coordinator, Sustainability Projects Coordinator

Does the institution have a mechanism for broad sustainability coordination for the entire institution (e.g. a campus-wide committee or an officer/office responsible for the entire campus)?:
Yes

A brief description of the activities and substantive accomplishments of the institution-wide coordinating body or officer during the previous three years:

Recognition and Office for Sustainability (OfS) Transparency:

Experiential Learning:
- Held the annual Sustainability Celebration and continued our Event Series; recent events included a Sustainability Slam and visiting lecturers David Clark and Rob Riordan.
- Co-designed, built-out, initiated programming, and gave over 100 tours in OfS building and Studio including the Gibbs House site, a 2-acre permaculture demonstration site.
- Supported 5 students attending two leading national campus sustainability conferences (3 gave presentations).
- Conducted annual Student Sustainability Survey, participation increased to ~1,800 participants.

Academic and Administrative Initiatives:
- Worked with the Associate Provost for Institutional Effectiveness to support AASHE STARS self-study.
- Led the President’s Universitywide Sustainability Committee.

Operational Initiatives:
- Conducted and reported on a new Greenhouse Gas Inventory.
- Switched to single-stream recycling campus-wide.

Research, Program, and Community Partnership Development:
- Completed White Papers and Project Reports (e.g., Tobacco Free Campus and Bikeshare).
- Continued buildout of Gibbs House property, following master plan with permaculture research, education, and leadership development features. Developed more programming for visiting students and increased signage and self-guided tour operations.
- Sustainability Champions program to highlight community and campus innovators.
-Power Purchase Agreement luncheons with Inovateus Solar. 30 guests joined technologists and industry leaders to discuss energy futures.


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