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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 58.11
Liaison Jennifer Kleindienst
Submission Date Dec. 1, 2016
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STARS v2.1

Wesleyan University
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Jennifer Kleindienst
Sustainability Coordinator
Finance and Administration
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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 Advisory Group for Environmental Stewardship (SAGES) brings together concerned volunteers from faculty, staff, and the student body, as well as appointed representatives from each cabinet division, to discuss and take action on sustainability issues, ideas, and projects. SAGES developed Wesleyan’s Campus Climate Action Plan in 2009 and Sustainability Action Plan in 2016.


Members of each committee, including affiliations and role (e.g. staff, student, or faculty):
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 efforts on Wesleyan's campus. Through the sustainability director, nine student interns, and fourteen Eco Facilitators, the Sustainability Office develops projects and programs that reduce energy and waste and engage the Wesleyan community, with goals of building a more sustainable campus and moving towards carbon neutrality.


Full-time equivalent (FTE) of people employed in the sustainability office(s):
4.50

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

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Jennifer Kleindienst, Sustainability Director

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:

- developed the Eco Facilitators program for first-year students (Eco Reps program); through this program, removed paper towels from all student residences and eliminated disposable to-go containers at one dining location
- developing first Sustainability Action Plan (sustainability strategic plan) with campus involvement
- replaced all #2 fuel oil usage with B20 bioheat for oil-heated buildings
- added sustainability criteria to the general Facilities/Physical Plant project request form
- making the annual Reunion & Commencement ceremony more sustainable through the use of reusable water bottles and waste diversion at the All-College Picnic and introduction of buffet style lunch instead of boxed lunches in 2014
- launch of Sustainability Across the Curriculum Workshop in 2016


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In Fall 2016, the Sustainability Office employed 1 full-time sustainability director, 9 part-time student interns, and 14 part-time Eco Facilitators.

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.