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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 Silver
Overall Score 58.08
Liaison Kristi Wiedemann
Submission Date March 13, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Princeton University
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Shana Weber
Director
Office of Sustainability
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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?:
Yes

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

In the previous three years, the most notable accomplishments of the sustainability program at Princeton include:
1. University adoption of Sustainability Principles drafted by the Sustainability Steering Council. (http://sustain.princeton.edu/news/sustainability-principles-adopted-2014 )
2. Installation of the GreenSpace Kiosk, an interactive campus sustainability display with rotating exhibits, centrally located in the student center.
3. Introduction of a new, centralized sustainability website featuring two priority areas: engagement opportunities for students and staff, and the University’s progress toward reaching its sustainability goals.
4. Expansion of the DrinkLocal program to include more than 190 new filtered water stations on campus to complement the distribution of approximately 1200 high-quality, branded reusable water bottles to Princeton freshmen.
5. Development of the Green Office Recognition Program for administrative offices.


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 purpose of the Princeton Sustainability Committee is to collaborate closely with the Office of Sustainability to monitor the University’s relationship with the environment and to encourage improvements by creating a forum for faculty, students, and administrators to bring their different perspectives to bear on our relationship with the environment.

The Sustainability Steering Council is a gathering of senior faculty, administrators, and student leaders appointed by Princeton's Executive Vice President. Launched in 2013, the Council is charged with advancing the institution's overarching goal of using the campus itself as a demonstration of sustainable systems to inform and develop leadership potential in all students. The Council strives to ensure that students are equipped to meaningfully employ the principles of sustainability in their future endeavors, no matter the discipline or field.


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

Princeton Sustainability Committee:
Michael McKay – Executive Sponsor, Vice President for Facilities
Forrest Meggers – Co-Chair, Assistant Professor, School of Architecture and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment
Shana Weber – Co-Chair, Director, Office of Sustainability
Olivia Howard ’15 – GreenLeader Representative, Undergraduate Student
Patrick Caddeau – Dean, Forbes College
Richard Curtis – Director, Outdoor Action
Simon Fuchs – Graduate Student Government Representative, Graduate Student
Claire Gmachl – Eugene Higgens Professor of Electrical Engineering, Vice Dean
Katharine Hackett – Associate Director, Princeton Environmental Institute
Smitha Haneef – Executive Director, Campus Dining
Robin Izzo – Director, Environmental Health and Safety
Kim Jackson – Director, Transportation and Parking
Thomas Kreutz – Energy Systems Modeler, Princeton Environmental Institute
Lisa Leisinger – Senior Purchasing Agent, Purchasing
Paul Lewis – Associate Professor, Architecture
Denise Mauzerall – Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Public and International Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School; Acting Director, Center for Science, Technology and Environmental Policy
Thomas Nyquist – Executive Director – Engineering and Campus Energy
Leila Shahbender – Senior Manager, Customer Services, Support Services, Office of Information Technology

Note that PSC meetings are also open to all campus community members.

Sustainability Steering Council:
Emily Carter – Co-Chair, Director of the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment
Michael McKay – Co-Chair, Vice President for Facilities
Rene Carmona – Academic Member, Paul M. Wythes ’55 Professor of Engineering and Finance; Professor of Operations Research and Financial Engineering
Adam Cohen – Academic Member, Deputy Director for Operations, Plasma Physics Laboratory
Pablo Debenedetti – Academic Member, Dean for Research; Class of 1950 Professor in Engineering and Applied Science; Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Sanjeev Kulkarni – Academic Member, Dean of the Graduate School; Professor of Electrical Engineering
Denise Mauzerall – Academic Member, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Public Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School; Acting Director, Center for Science, Technology and Environmental Policy
Stephen Pacala – Academic Member, Frederick Petrie Professor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Director, Princeton Environmental Institute
H. Vincent Poor – Academic Member, Dean, School of Engineering and Applied Science
Gideon Rosen – Academic Member, Stuart Professor of Philosophy; Chair, Council of the Humanities; Director, Program in Humanistic Studies; Director, Stewart Seminars in Religion; Director, Program in Linguistics
Eldar Shafir – Academic Member, William Stewart Tod Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs
Carolyn Ainslie – Administrative Member, Vice President for Finance and Treasurer
Cynthia Cherrey – Administrative Member, Vice President, University Services
Chad Klaus – Administrative Member, Vice President, University Services
Shana Weber – Secretary, Director, Office of Sustainability


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?:
Yes

A brief description of each sustainability office:

The mission of the Office of Sustainability is to cultivate the desire in all of us to lead meaningful lives in service of global human and environmental well-being.

Through its programs and communications, the Office of Sustainability helps to advance sustainability in teaching and research, campus life and culture, campus systems, and higher education and beyond.


Full-time equivalent (FTE) of people employed in the sustainability office(s):
4

The website URL where information about the sustainability office(s) is available:
Does the institution have at least one sustainability officer?:
Yes

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Shana Weber, Director; Kristi Wiedemann, Manager; Lisa Nicolaison, Program Coordinator

A brief description of each sustainability officer position:

Dr. Shana Weber directs Princeton's Office of Sustainability and has coordinated University efforts in implementing cross-disciplinary and repeatable campus-based sustainable demonstration systems since 2006. Weber serves as Co-chair of the Princeton Sustainability Committee, President for the NJ Higher Education Partnership for Sustainability, Board member for the municipal non-profit Sustainable Princeton, Advisory Council member and 2013 Co-Chair of the Listening Project for the national Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, as administrative host for the NE Campus Sustainability Consortium, and co-founder of the Ivy+ Sustainability Consortium - Sustainability Operations Action Research (SOAR) collaborative. With substantial academic teaching, ecological research, and administrative leadership experience, Weber works to bridge operational demonstration and academic endeavors in higher education.

Kristi Wiedemann facilitates the implementation of Princeton's comprehensive Sustainability Plan by working collaboratively with students, staff, faculty and the greater community to advance and track the University’s progress toward its sustainability goals. She develops and manages communication strategies as well as initiatives that include the student GreenLeaders consortium, and the student employment and staff Ambassador programs. She serves as a technical advisor for the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) and is a senior fellow with the Environmental Leadership Program.

As Program Coordinator, Lisa Nicolaison helps to coordinate the Office's various communications and office administration.


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

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.