Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 52.06
Liaison Casey Meehan
Submission Date June 15, 2017
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Western Technical College
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Casey Meehan
Director of Sustainability and Resilience
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Does the institution have at least one sustainability committee, office, and/or officer that focuses on sustainability broadly and covers the entire institution?:

A brief description of the activities and substantive accomplishments of the committee(s), office(s), and/or officer(s) during the previous three years:

The sustainability office has received the awards with Tree Campus USA, Climate Commitment award, Green Ribbon Schools and the Climate Leadership award. Western Technical College's sustainability department received national attention being featured on the LEED website for their leadership in the field. Western has built one of the first industrial platinum LEED rated buildings in Wisconsin. The sustainability department has also worked in bringing a certified Passive House, photovoltaic arrays, and a hydroelectric dam to Western as both energy conservation programs and a tool for students to learn about sustainable energy practices.

Does the institution have at least one sustainability committee?:

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

The Western Environmental and Sustainability Team (WEST) meets to discuss college sustainability issues, projects, and happenings. The team developed and implemented a sustainability plan for the college, and regularly reviews and updates this plan.

Members of each committee, including affiliations and role (e.g. staff, student, or faculty):

Though the membership of this committee is relatively fluid with ad-hoc committees consisting of other faculty, staff, and students developing on an as-needed basis depending on the project, there are a number of core stakeholders who guide the overall vision:

Casey Meehan - Sustainability Coordinator, Western Technical College
Wade Hackbarth - VP Finance, Western Technical College
Kari Reyburn - Community Engagement Coordinator, Western Technical College
Jay McHenry - Director of Facilities, Western Technical College
Lyndsey Thomas - Financial Aid Advisor, Western Technical College
Leah Durnin-Hoover - Student Life Coordinator, Western Technical College
Larry Sleznikow - Instructional Technologist, Western Technical College
Jennifer Brave - Director of Regional Locations, Western Technical College
Genevieve Mortensen - Energy Specialist, Western Technical College
Amy Green - Administrative Assistant - Sustainability, Western Technical College

The website URL where information about the sustainability committee(s) is available:

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

A brief description of each sustainability office:

Western Technical College has a full time Sustainability Coordinator position who helps to organize sustainability efforts on campus. The sustainability coordinator reports directly to the VP of Strategic Engagement. In addition, there are 1.5 employees assigned to the Director of Facilities. These employees manage our Energy Conservation program and provide some administrative support for the Sustainability Coordinator

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

The website URL where information about the sustainability office(s) is available:

Does the institution have at least one sustainability officer?:

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Casey Meehan, Sustainability Coordinator

A brief description of each sustainability officer position:

Oversees all sustainability projects that Western Technical College commits itself to. The sustainability coordinator also serves as a liaison for Western in other community sustainability efforts.

The website URL where information about the sustainability officer(s) is available:

Our college recently underwent a major website overhaul. The sustainability department website is offline, but is expected to be online in July, 2017.

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