Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 50.85
Liaison Elissa Brown
Submission Date Feb. 8, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Whitman College
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
1.00 / 1.00 Brandon Bishop
Campus Sustainability Coordinator
Physical Plant
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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:

President’s Sustainability Advisory Committee Mission and Purpose

As official campus sustainability representatives, the mission of the Whitman College President’s Sustainability Advisory Committee is to promote a respect for and commitment to environmental awareness and responsibility within the Whitman College community.

Our purpose is to:

Undertake a leadership role in representing members of the Whitman College community on sustainability issues
Promote a lifelong commitment to environmental stewardship among members of the Whitman community through programs of education and awareness
Support and promote the initiatives of students, staff, and faculty that serve to enhance the College’s sustainability
Develop recommendations to the administration that further the College’s long-range environmental goals
Uphold the environmental principles of the College and advocate for practices aimed at reducing Whitman’s impact on the environment

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

Dan Park, Director of the Physical Plant, Staff
Rachna Sinnott, Director of Grants and Foundation Relations, Staff
Amy Molitor, Senior Adj. Assist Prof of Environmental Studies & Sport Studies, Faculty
Robert Carson, Professor of Geology & Environmental Studies, Emeritus, Faculty
Victoria Wolff, Internship Coordinator- Student Engagement, Staff
Brandon Bishop, Campus Sustainability Coordinator, Staff
Dani Hupper, ASWC Sustainability Director, Student
Lydia Petroske, ASWC Sustainability, Student
Margo Heffron, ASWC Sustainability, Student
Caroline Ashford Arya, Environmental Interest House and Residence Life, Student

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:

The Office of Sustainability is managed by the Campus Sustainability Coordinator. The Office is composed of the campus Recycling Center with one half-time staff member, and four student employees. Additionally the Sustainability Office runs the campus bike share with one student employee. The Office of Sustainability unites the efforts of faculty, staff, and students to promote leadership in sustainability,integrating social justice, economic, and ecological values into institutional policies, programs, and practices.

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

Does the institution have at least one sustainability officer?:

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Brandon Bishop, Campus Sustainability 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)?:

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

The adoption of a Climate Action Plan.
Creation of a Campus Bike Share.
Campus offset of utilities through the purchase of RECS.
The adoption of LEED building policy for future construction.
A commitment by administration to add 116kW of photo voltaic in FY19.

Job title of the sustainability officer position:
Campus Sustainability Coordinator

Job description for the sustainability officer position:

Job description for the sustainability officer position:

The Campus Sustainability Coordinator works closely with students, staff, and
faculty to further sustainability efforts across campus. The Coordinator serves as the
primary resource for all College sustainability initiatives and serves as the College’s
sustainability liaison to external constituents. The Coordinator assists campus
departments in their efforts to implement sustainable practices in their day-to-day
operations. The Coordinator collaborates with all campus constituents to begin to
develop a feasible long-term sustainability plan for Whitman College.

1. Manage the College recycling program in collaboration with Physical Plant staff.
2. Chair the Sustainability Advisory Committee (SAC) and work closely with the
Committee to develop and advocate for college-wide sustainability goals.
3. Report annually on progress of implementing the Climate Action Plan.
4. Inventory College greenhouse gas emissions at periodic intervals.
5. Oversee the bike share program and intern in coordination with the Outdoor
Program and Penrose Library.
6. Coordinate and oversee the Sustainability Revolving Loan Fund (SRLF).
7. Evaluate and assess the effectiveness of current practices related to
sustainability in all campus operations, and make recommendations for
8. Coordinate campus environmental internship program in collaboration with faculty
advisors and green orientation for new students in collaboration with student
9. Develop and implement new sustainability awareness and education programs
for campus and community.
10. Serve as the staff liaison to and resource for student sustainability groups and
clubs (e.g., Campus Climate Challenge, Environmental House, Residence Hall
Green Leaders). Serve as liaison to and resource for College departments in pursuit
of sustainability initiatives.
11. Serve as the College sustainability representative to community, city, regional,
and national colleges and organizations.
12. Complete sustainability reporting to institutions like the Princeton Review,AASHE’S STARS, or the Sierra Club’s Cool Schools.
13. Maintain Whitman’s sustainability website. Contribute to and review external
reports and ratings on sustainability efforts in collaboration with Institutional
Research and Communications departments.
14. Pursue grant and resource development opportunities in collaboration with
Office of Foundation & Corporate Relations. Assist in the preparation of budgets
and grants; monitor, verify, and reconcile expenditure of budgeted funds as
15. Serve on other college committees as needed, and complete other duties as

Job title of the sustainability officer position (2nd position):
Recycling Assistant

Job description for the sustainability officer position (2nd position):

Job description for the sustainability officer position (2nd position):

The purpose of the is to maintain the campus Recycling Center. They are tasked with regular operation of the center. This includes sorting materials, compacting cardboard, and generally maintaining the integrity of the campus waste stream.

Job title of the sustainability officer position (3rd position):

Job description for the sustainability officer position (3rd position):

Job description for the sustainability officer position (3rd position):

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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