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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 56.68
Liaison Jeanne Gulnick
Submission Date July 18, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Saint Joseph's College - ME
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Nancy Kristiansen
Online Business Program Director
Saint Joseph's On-line
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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 TASK FORCE:
Overview
Renamed and reformed from the Sustainability Steering Committee (established in concert with the signing of the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment on October 4, 2012 by SJC President Jim Dlugos, as well as the Saint Francis Pledge of the Catholic Climate Covenant, also signed on October 4, 2012). The Mercy Environmental Guidelines continue to provide a framework for the Committee’s ongoing efforts.
as an outcome of having fully integrated the sustainability plan with the College's "Sustaining the Promise Strategic Plan,"
Mission and Vision Statement
The Committee will guide our campus sustainability commitments, goals and actions for the inextricably linked social, economic and environmental issues of our time. The level and extent of the College’s commitments will be expressed through balancing of short and long term strategies and careful analyses of the quantitative and qualitative value of both small and large undertakings. The Committee will work to develop policies and guide priorities for strategic, physical campus, sustainability and climate action planning. Saint Joseph’s College will be viewed as a leader in pioneering sustainable practices within our on campus community, as well as within The Lakes Region and greater Portland communities. SJC will cultivate a stewardship ethic among students, faculty and staff. The mission of this committee is reflective of our college mission statement and our core values.

E-TEAM:
The E-Team is a group of enthusiastic faculty and staff volunteers dedicated to helping integrate sustainability and "green" practices into campus life. Team members hope to educate colleagues about sustainable practices and foster an environmentally aware culture that values employees efforts to reduce the environmental impacts of everyday activities.

Goals of the E-Team Program
•Decrease energy use on campus
•Increase the environmental awareness among all members of the College community
•Work together as a team to educate the campus community about sustainable living and green practices.
•Serve as role models for all members of the College community, including staff, faculty and students

Role of E-Team Members
Members will serve as environmental monitors in the different buildings on campus to provide friendly reminders that relate to energy conservation and sustainable living on campus. Volunteers will also help disseminate information related to green practices, and may also help to promote campus-wide events related to environmental issues. E-Team members will generally help to set a great example in the various buildings around campus, and help maintain awareness about the importance and benefits of sustainable living.


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

SSC COMMITTEE MEMBERS:
Jessica Noonan, Director of Human Resources
Kelly Brague—Student Life
Nhu Vo - Student, ECO-Rep, CASE Scholar
Don Tanguay—Director of Facilities
Dr. Jeanne Gulnick—Campus Sustainability Coordinator, Environmental Science Professor
Nancy Kristiansen—Director of Online Business Program, Committee Chair
Stuart Leckie—Director of Sustainable Enterprise (sustainable dining, farming)
Kimberly Post—Director of Community-based Learning
Dr. Gregory Teegarden—Marine Science Professor
Patricia Erickson - Director of Campus Communications
Eleanor Walsh, Assistant, Sustainable Enterprise
Michael Pardales, CLO & VP Academic Affairs
Joanne Bean - VP, Advancement

WM TEAM MEMBERS:
Don Tanguay—Director of Facilities
Dr. Jeanne Gulnick—Campus Sustainability Coordinator, Environmental Science Professor
Stuart Leckie—Director of Sustainable Enterprise (sustainable dining, farming)
Kimberly Post—Director of Community-based Learning

E-TEAM MEMBERS:
Chairs of the E-Team: Kimberly Post
Campus sustainability coordinator: Jeanne Gulnick
Members: David McCall, Charles Prinn, Camilla Fecteau, Ryan Dorling


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 office of sustainability, loosely organized around the coordination of ECO-Reps and CASE Scholars https://www.sjcme.edu/academics/programs/case-scholarship/oncampus/ , works to develop, support and institutionalize sustainable practices and initiatives at Saint Joseph's College utilizing several part-time positions to ensure ongoing support and development of projects and new initiatives. The positions include 10-15 volunteer and 2 part-time "ECO-Rep" positions (students).


Full-time equivalent (FTE) of people employed in the sustainability office(s):
1

Does the institution have at least one sustainability officer?:
No

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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 Task Force, formed after SJC was awarded the STARS Bronze award, serves the needs of ensuring and expanding institution-wide sustainability efforts across all disciplines. This committee is responsible for the ongoing success of established programs, such as the Green Fund and the Green Community Fund, the WM Team, ongoing self assessment and continuous improvement, as well as strategic planning.


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Saint Joseph's College has long been engaged in ensuring that students are exposed to a holistic view of their environment that is in close alignment with the core values of the college. Several notable examples include the following:

2001, Required course, Ecology and the Environmental Challenge, added to undergraduate core curriculum. http://www.sjcme.edu/magazine/spring10/earth-day-2010

2005, Pearson's Farm launches in partnership with Bon Appetit Dining. http://www.sjcme.edu/mercy-center/farm

2009, Initial signing of the PCCC http://www.sjcme.edu/magazine/summer09/climate

2014, Awarded STARS Bronze

2015, Submitted Climate Action Plan to ACUPCC (2nd Nature)

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