Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 61.29
Liaison Seth Vidana
Submission Date Feb. 6, 2013
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Western Washington University
PAE-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Seth Vidaña
Director of Sustainability
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 WWU Sustainability Committee was created In April of 2005 to further WWU’s strategic goal of sustainability. The Sustainability Committee is composed of faculty, staff and students, who share a desire to protect local and global ecology, uphold social equity, create economic vitality and maintain human health.

Members of the committee, including affiliations:

John Furman, Director of Facilities Management, BFA, Committee Co-Chair
Steve Hollenhorst, Dean of Huxley College, Committee Co-Chair
Arunas Oslapas, Associate Professor, Engineering Technology, CST
AS Environmental and Sustainability Programs Associate Director (annual appointment)
Carol Berry, 10x12 & Sustainable Transportation Manager, Office of Sustainability
Dan Hagen, Professor, Economics, CBE
Dan Warner, Professor, Accounting Department, CBE
Fred Ramage, Operations Manager, CFPA
Gary Bornzin, Lecturer, Fairhaven College
Gayle Shipley, Director, Environmental Health and Safety, BFA
Hart Hodges, Assistant Professor, Economics, CBE
Kurt Willis, Associate Director, University Residences
Nicolas Zaferatos, Associate Professor, Environmental Studies, HCE
Paul Cocke, Director of University Communications
ResRAP Coordinator, Office of Sustainability (annual appointment)
Richard Neyer, AS Recycle Center Manager
Robert Lopresti - Government Information Librarian and Librarian, HCE
Seth Vidaña, Campus Sustainability Manager, Office of Sustainability
Student at large position (annual appointment)
Victor Nolet, Associate Professor Secondary Education, WCE

Sustainable Food Systems Coordinator
Students for Renewable Energy Student Club
Air and Waste Management Student Club

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:

Western’s Office of Sustainability (OS) is dedicated to furthering the university’s goals for campus sustainability. As defined by Western’s Sustainability Committee, the Office of Sustainability facilitates the strategies, research, education, and implementation of projects and goals that protect local and global ecology, uphold social equity, create economic vitality, and maintain human health.

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:
Seth Vidaña

Sustainability coordinator's position title:
Campus Sustainability Manager

A brief description of the sustainability coordinator’s position:

The Campus Sustainability Manager works to advance Western’s goals to become a national sustainability leader in higher education. To accomplish this goal, the manager works closely with university administrators and faculty members, staff, students and community groups to foster programs that are uniquely suited to Western’s community, environment, and lifestyles. The Manager also designs and implements sustainability curriculum, teaching the Campus Sustainability Planning Studio, a class that serves to provide solutions to on and off sustainability challenges.

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

• Sustainability Committee Charter
Over the summer of 2012, the Sustainability Committee workgroup drafted a new charter for the committee, which was formed in 2005. The Charter provides direction for goals, guiding principles, and an updated membership roster that reflects campus-wide sustainability developments. Following editing, the draft Charter will be submitted to President Shepard for approval.

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