Sustainability

 
 

Objectives and Actions

Develop sustainability initiatives for the campus in coordination with local, regional, and SUNY systems.

The President’s Advisory Committee on Sustainability (PACS) was formed to oversee and advocate for the sustainability-related initiatives put forth in the college’s strategic plan.

A new staff position, sustainability coordinator, was created to shape efforts directed at fulfilling strategic goals related to sustainability.

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) and American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) programs, which are frameworks for gauging progress towards sustainability, were evaluated. While AASHE was adopted, ACUPCC was found to be unfeasible. PACS and the sustainability coordinator are working to complete the AASHE assessment tool with the goal of earning a Bronze rating.

The sustainability coordinator is pursuing a comprehensive recycling program for Cabinet’s consideration.

The sustainability coordinator is partnering with the Maintenance Operations Center to identify and implement best practices for operations.

Steer campus planning and resource management to promote the effective use of the college’s resources.

The Budget Advisory Committee (BAC) was created to conduct an open, campus-wide review of proposed budgets.

The BAC researched and recommended to Cabinet the Strategic Allocation of Resources (StAR) program, which was adopted in November.

Using SUNY benchmarks, the BAC has nearly finalized strategic spending and cash reserves.

An updated Other Than Personnel Salary (OTPS) allocation model for academic departments was presented to the BAC and department chairs and is nearly complete.