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Report Card 2007

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Administration

Overview

The Administration category addresses primarily formal-, administrative-, or trustee-level action regarding sustainability. This includes policies or commitments to sustainability that are usually made in the institution’s mission statement or master plan, but can also be through committing to local, national, or international agreements. Points are awarded to schools that have institutionalized the position of sustainability coordinator; those that have an active advisory council to guide the administration on campus sustainability; and those that have an office or center specifically focused on achieving campus sustainability goals. Schools also receive points for having a website that serves as a resource for community involvement and education on sustainability.

 

Leading by Example

The Administration "A" List is a group of 30 schools that earned "A" grades. Below is a sample of four very different institutions that all earned "A" grades. These summaries are based on data from each school’s profile page.

 

Bowdoin College  has signed on to the Maine Governor’s Carbon Challenge, committing to reduce its emissions to 11 percent below 2002 levels by 2010. A sustainability office has been established to fulfill the obligations of the College’s environmental mission statement and is run by a sustainability coordinator and staff of student workers. The students work on specific initiatives such as clean energy, recycling, and composting, and are assisted by a campus environmental committee.

 

In 1996,  Berea College made an institutional commitment to embody sustainability in various aspects of its overall operation. A full-time sustainability coordinator provides institutional support to further the College’s sustainability initiatives through campus programs, community outreach, and teaching resources. Five additional positions and a number of student work-study positions are also responsible for promoting and implementing sustainability in the curriculum and in campus operations.

 

Harvard University  has one of the most comprehensive campus sustainability programs in the country. The Harvard Green Campus Initiative has a staff of 16 full-time professionals and approximately 40 part-time student employees.

 

In 2004, the  University of Washington created an Environmental Stewardship Advisory Committee, an environmental stewardship coordinator position, and formalized a Policy on Environmental Stewardship to give full institutional support to the cause of campus sustainability. The University works to promote sustainability practices in every position and community member in order to demonstrate the concept by example.

 

 

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