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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.20
Liaison Suzanne Hansen
Submission Date May 31, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Macalester College
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Suzanne Savanick Hansen
Sustainability Manager
Macalester Sustainbility Office
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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:

Sustainability Advisory Committee:
The mission of the Sustainability Advisory Committee is to oversee the implementation of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment and the Talloires Declaration. The committee also recommends policies and practices which best reflect College’s commitment to an environmentally sustainable world. In addition, the committee will function as a conduit for information exchange about campus sustainability initiatives.

Zero Waste Committee:
The mission of the Zero waste committee is to work towards achieving this goal, the Zero Waste committee will be an advisory group to provide leadership for the Macalester College Recycling Organization (MacRO) program. In addition, the Zero Waste Committee will advise the Facilities Services department, and MacRO, on strategies for successful campus recycling efforts.


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

The Sustainability Advisory Committee is comprised of three staff members, two faculty members, four students (two are appointed by Macalester College Student Government and two are appointed by the Sustainability Manager to represent specific student sustainability initiatives). Faculty and Staff Members are appointed for two year terms. Students are appointed for one year terms.

The Zero Waste committee is comprised of seven full time staff, one faculty member, and four students.


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 mission of the Sustainability Office is to act as a resource for encouraging and enabling the advancement of sustainability across campus. It does this by:

• helping to form connections between students, staff, faculty and the senior administration
• creating and supporting campus communication structures
• acting as a central hub of information on sustainability
• supporting sustainability projects and policies

The Sustainability Office works in conjunction with and under the oversight of the Sustainability Advisory Committee.


Full-time equivalent (FTE) of people employed in the sustainability office(s):
1.30

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

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Suzanne Savanick Hansen, Sustainability Manager; Kurt Miller, Sustainability Project 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:

The Sustainability Office has been a vehicle and support for many student led sustainable initiatives such as banning bottled water, switching disposable white board markers to refillable ones, implementing composting and recycling, promoting public transportation and bike usage among others. There also exists the student sustainability network where students can support each other and share ideas for projects and the faculty, staff and student sustainability advisory committee which acts as a space to talk about current sustainability projects.


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