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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 57.22
Liaison Roxane Beigel-Coryell
Submission Date June 30, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Southern Oregon University
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Roxane Beigel-Coryell
Sustainability & Recycling Coordinator
Facilities Management & Planning
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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 Sustainability Council is a University-wide group appointed to (1) advise the President and the Executive Council in matters relating to sustainability and environmental impact; (2) promote environmental stewardship; (3) coordinate efforts of individuals and groups on campus; and (4) educate the campus community about sustainable practices.

The charge of the Council is to:
• Lead through example by promoting the incorporation of environmental concerns in University decisions
• Promote conservation of natural resources to the best of our ability and the creation of sustainable practices and programs on campus
• Educate our community about the necessity of sustainable environmental practices and ecologically friendly economics
• Identify and support research areas and topics for faculty and students
• Build relationships with local governments, businesses, and local citizens in order to promote environmentally sound practices within the region
• Know and understand local, national and international programs to ensure that our environmental practices and policies adhere to or exceed the global vision for a sustainable future

The Sustainability Council's mission is to advise, encourage, and coordinate the operations, research, and campus culture of Southern Oregon University in a manner that is consistent with the values and practices of environmental stewardship and sustainability; promoting individual, institutional and community well-being.


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

1. Craig Morris, Vice President for Finance & Administration
2. Roxane Beigel-Coryell, Sustainability & Recycling Coordinator
3. Jill Smedstad, Environmental & Community Engagement Coordinator
4. Keith Beed, Utilities Supervisor
5. Gerard Gander, Chef, SOU Dining (Dining Representative)
6. Jennifer Longshore, Center for the Arts Faculty
7. Vincent Smith, Environmental Studies/Sociology Faculty
8. Daniel Tharp, University Housing Office Specialist (Housing Representative)
9. Sydney Lund, ASSOU student Director of Sustainability (ASSOU Representative)
10. Lindsay Swanson, student (At-large student)
11. TBA, student (At-large student)
12. Emily Berlant, student (At-large student)
13. Joanie Keller-Hand, staff (At-large staff)
14. Alissa Kolodzinski, staff (At-large staff)
15. Nancy Shea, staff (At-large staff)


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 sustainability office coordinates sustainability-related efforts on campus, manages the campus recycling program, and compiles data and information for the University's annual Greenhouse Gas Inventory, sustainability assessments, and competitions. The sustainability office also provides support for the subcommittees of the Sustainability Council and serves as a resource for faculty, staff, and students on campus.


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

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

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Roxane Beigel-Coryell

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:

SOU's Sustainability Office, housed under Facilities, Management and Planning, works with the entire campus community to incorporate sustainability into the campus culture, policies, and procedures. Some of the most notable accomplishments of the office and Sustainability Council during the last three years (through campus collaborations) include:

Earning the designation as the first Bee Campus USA. On April 8, 2015, Southern Oregon University and Bee City USA announced the launch of the national Bee Campus USA program, designed to marshal the strengths of college and other educational campuses for the benefit of pollinators. The University collaborated with Bee City USA on developing the application for certification (see below) after being inspired by two of the early adopters of Bee City USA—SOU’s hometown of Ashland, and neighboring Talent.

Increased campus solar PV systems by more than 164%.

Created the Green House general education tract. The SOU Green House is an exciting new solution-oriented learning community that is focused on sustainability, adventure, leadership, and applied research. Students, faculty and community members work together to understand and solve problems through investigation, collaboration and action.

Regular sustainability communications on campus: The Sustainability Office ensures that the campus community receives sustainability education and communication regularly through monthly sustainability tips that are emailed to the entire campus population, as well as a quarterly sustainability newsletter.


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Sustainability & Recycling Coordinator

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