Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 53.78
Liaison Elissa Brown
Submission Date Feb. 7, 2020

STARS v2.2

Whitman College
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Elissa Brown
Campus Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Sustainability, Physical Plant Services
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Does the institution have at least one sustainability committee?:
Yes

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

The mission of the President's Sustainability Advisory Committee (PSAC) is to promote a respect for and commitment to environmental awareness and responsibility within the Whitman College community. This dedicated group of faculty, staff, and students meets monthly to develop a direction for an increased commitment to sustainability campus-wide. The Committee is chaired by the Campus Sustainability Coordinator.

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:

Elissa Brown, Campus Sustainability Coordinator, Staff
Peter Harvey, Chief Financial Officer, Staff
[Position currently being filled], Director of the Physical Plant, Staff
Rachna Sinnott, Director of Grants and Foundation Relations, Staff
Victoria Wolff, Assistant Director for Career Education, Staff
Amy Molitor, Senior Adj. Assist Prof of Environmental Studies & Sport Studies, Faculty
Robert Carson, Professor of Geology & Environmental Studies, Emeritus, Faculty
Heidi Dobson, Professor of Biology, faculty
Thys Reynolds, ASWC Sustainability Director, student
Other ASWC Sustainability Committee student members


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

A brief description of each sustainability office:

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. The Office of Sustainability is managed by the Campus Sustainability Coordinator. The Office oversees the Recycling Center, which has 1 half-time staff member and 3-5 student employees. Additionally, the Sustainability Office co-operates the Whitman College Bike Share, which has 1 student employee. The Office often has 1-2 additional student employees doing project-based work or internships.


Full-time equivalent of people employed in the sustainability office(s):
1.50

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

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Elissa Brown, Campus Sustainability Coordinator

Does the institution have a mechanism for broad sustainability coordination for the entire institution?:
Yes

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

The President's Sustainability Advisory Committee and the Campus Sustainability Coordinator serve to coordinate sustainability institution-wide. Substantive accomplishments include continued progress on our Climate Action Plan (including arranging the purchasing of RECs and carbon offsets), certifying two new construction buildings as LEED Platinum and Gold, championing the College's decision to divest its endowment from fossil fuels, and advancing partnerships for student engagement in sustainability.


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