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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 53.23
Liaison Ryan Kmetz
Submission Date Dec. 14, 2017
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STARS v2.1

St. Lawrence University
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00
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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 Campus Committee on Sustainability and Climate Neutrality will consider means to move the University toward environmental sustainability and review the University's progress toward this goal and the goal of climate neutrality. Specifically the committee will review and approve revisions to the Climate Action Plan (CAP) and successive Work Plans for the implementation of the CAP.


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

Assistant Director of Sustainability and Energy Management, Assistant Director of HVAC and Utilities, a member of Faculty Council, a designated Thelmo (student government) delegate, and at least two additional faculty members. Other members of the University join the committee on a semester-by-semester basis as their time and interest allow.


Does the institution have at least one sustainability office that includes more than 1 full-time equivalent (FTE) employee?:
No

A brief description of each sustainability office:
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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:
Ryan M. Kmetz - Assistant Director of Sustainability and Energy Management

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 committee supported the completion of greenhouse gas emissions mitigation projects outlined in the Climate Action Plan Work Plan including; implementation of facilities assessment recommendations for selected campus buildings; implementation of geothermal heating for selected campus buildings; deployment of sustainable building principles with the new residence hall and supporting alternative fuel vehicles. The committee also supported academic and employee transportation surveys to collect data for the campus STARS report.


Job title of the sustainability officer position:
Assistant Director of Sustainability and Energy Management

Job description for the sustainability officer position:
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Job description for the sustainability officer position:

Reporting to the Chief Facilities Officer, the assistant director of sustainability and energy management provides the expertise and leadership to articulate and assist St. Lawrence University in delivering on its sustainability commitment. This position requires development of near and longer term strategies and implements approved projects and programs necessary for the university to successfully meet its Climate Action Plan (CAP). This plan calls for St. Lawrence University to work towards achieving climate neutrality by 2040. We seek an innovative person with excellent interpersonal and leadership skills who will collaborate with partners both on and off campus to ensure the university meets the goals outlined in the CAP. This is a full-time position and has a dotted line report to the University’s Vice President and Treasurer.
Responsibilities
Identify and prioritize both short and long-term capital and other sustainability projects
Work directly with project managers in facilities or consultants to oversee the implementation of annual work plans
Collect, analyze and report all sustainability data to third party organizations and surveys such as AASHE, Sierra Club, NACBUO
Collaborate with the University’s Advancement division to pursue relevant external funding opportunities for sustainability-related activities/projects on campus
Serve as sustainability liaison for St. Lawrence University with other institutions, businesses, local governments, foundations and community organizations
Develop and supervise student internships and work on sustainability-related issues
Perform work planning, designing, constructing, modifying or improving and maintaining facilities either by in-house or contractual effort; regulate and enforce environmental engineering policies, programs or activities by establishing standards, promoting improvements, evaluating compliance and directing action to secure satisfactory results.
Skills/Qualifications
S. degree in Engineering (Energy, Environmental, Mechanical, Electrical, Civil), Environmental Science, Sustainability, or related field preferred
At least 5 years of experience in green/sustainability-related project management. A Master’s degree and three years-experience may be considered.
Strong oral and writing skills, including formal and informal presentations, and the ability to communicate effectively with a diverse group of stakeholders, including faculty, facilities, board members, and students
Excellent interpersonal and leadership skills with a commitment to consensus building and collaboration
Demonstrated data management skills required.


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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.