Innovative, intentional change must start with a good plan. At Earlham, embedding sustainability into our institutional fabric is guided by our Comprehensive Sustainability Plan, written by students, faculty, and staff in 2012-13 and updated in 2016.
Sustainability Progress Committee
This governance committee meets every other week and is charged with assessing the implementation of the Comprehensive Sustainability Plan.
Current committee members include:
- Sena Landey, Vice President for Finance and Administration
- Jamey Pavey, Director of the Environmental Leadership Program
- ]Ian Smith, Director of Facilities
- Steven May, Director of Food Services
- Shane Peters, Associate Dean of Student Life and Director of Residence Life
- Heather Lerner, Director of the Joseph Moore Museum and Assistant Professor of Biology
- Thor Hogan, Associate Professor of Politics and Environmental Studies
Comprehensive Sustainablity Plan
The Comprehensive Sustainability Plan was originally written by the Environmental Responsibility Committee (predecessor to the Sustainability Progress Committee) in the 2011-2012 academic year. The document covers the broad categories of Operations, Community, Curriculum, and Coordination with specific, measurable goals in each area. The plan was updated in 2016 by a group of Environmental Studies seniors as their capstone project.
The Sustainability Tracking and Rating System (STARS), managed by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education is the assessment tool Earlham uses to track our sustainability progress. Earlham first submitted a report to AASHE STARS in 2010 and received a Bronze designation. Bronze was also received in 2013. In early 2016 the college re-submitted data to STARS and for the first time has achieved a Silver rating! Read about STARS on their website. See the press release on our achievement here!