Track 1 - STARS Lessons: how do we improve and use scores to move institutions toward sustainability?

STARS serves as a baseline assessment that can inform next steps in implementing the OUS sustainability policy, adopted in fall 2010, as well as various institutional strategic initiatives.  STARS requires institutions to collect mountains of data.  Does it ask the right questions?  How will the ratings and supporting data shape institutional goals?  What broad lessons can we learn from OUS institutions' results to date?  How might STARS inform and motivate university leaders to make strategic investments in areas that need attention?  Three university leaders will discuss these questions and more, and examine opportunities for individual institutions and the Oregon University System to make continual improvement in sustainability practices.

Brendan Bohannan

Brendan Bohannan is an associate professor of Environmental Studies and Biology at the University of Oregon. Brendan joined the University of Oregon faculty in 2006, after 9 years on the Stanford University faculty. He is fascinated with the diversity of microbial life, and the interactions between humans and microbes.  After becoming an Aldo Leopold Leadership Program fellow in 2009, Brendan recently took on the task of re-organizing and leading the UO’s Sustainability Council.  Brendan received his Ph.D. from Michigan State University and completed post-doctoral study, University of Chicago.  

    Vincent Martorello

    Vincent Martorello has served as Director of Facilities Services at OSU since 2005.  Vincent holds a Masters degree in Landscape Architecture and a Masters degree in Urban Planning from the University of Michigan.  He is a certified Urban Planner and has served as a municipal planner in both the public and private sectors for ten years.  He held a position as an Adjunct Professor for the School of Business at Dowling College, New York, where he taught Organizational Behavior, Government and Business Ethics, and Strategic Management. 

    At Oregon State University, Vincent served as Campus Planning Manager, Associate Director of University Planning, and managed Transit and Parking Services.  During that time period, he managed the space planning and land use planning efforts, as well as the implementation of the Campus Master Plan.

    Judy Walton

    Judy Walton is the Membership & Outreach Director of AASHE. She was the founding Executive Director of AASHE, and before that the founding E.D. of Education for Sustainability Western Network (EFS West). Her interests in sustainability and higher education are long-standing. As a faculty member at Humboldt State University during the early 2000's, she played a key role in campus sustainability efforts. Prior to that she worked for a green building consultancy in Washington state, when "green building" was a new field. Judy has delivered presentations to campuses and businesses across the U.S. and Canada, assisted campuses with strategic planning, and organized national and international events on sustainability and higher education. She holds a Ph.D. in Geography from Syracuse University, an M.A. in Geography from San Diego State University, and a B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Economics from the University of California, San Diego.

    Wim Wiewel 

    Wim Wiewel assumed the presidency of Portland State University in August 2008. Under his leadership, the University has developed five guiding themes: provide civic leadership through partnerships, improve student success, achieve global excellence, enhance educational opportunity, and expand resources and improve effectiveness. This has brought a renewed focus on expanding the University’s civic partnerships in the region and achieving a new degree of excellence through investments such as the $25 million James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation challenge grant for sustainability.

    He serves on the sustainability committee of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and is currently on the boards of the Portland Business Alliance, Board of Trustees of the World Affairs Council of Oregon, United Way of the Columbia-Willamette, the Coalition of Urban Serving Universities, and the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities.


    Track 2 - Student Sustainability Projects: Four schools give examples of successful projects and discuss other projects that stalled

    Empowering students and giving them the tools to develop as leaders and citizens is a key part of higher education.  Co-curricular education via student projects, including projects and campaigns to green the campus, help balance traditional curriculum and round out education.  What are the common elements of a successful student project or campaign?  What are ordinary barriers that students encounter when trying to scope, fund and execute projects at an OUS campus or beyond?  Students from four campuses will talk about fruitful projects and how they reached success, and will also discuss challenges encountered when attempting a variety of activities. 

    Honore Depew

    Honoré Depew is a senior at Portland State University majoring in Community Development in the School of Urban Studies and Planning.  Over the last two years Honoré has been deeply involved in promoting a culture of sustainability at the university in many ways.  From work with the environmental club to education and outreach for the recycling program to leading campus eco-tours as a student ambassador, his passion for being a part of the strong community of motivated students at Portland State has given him strength to keep working.

    Honoré's most successful efforts have come in collaborating on a campaign to end the use of bottled water on campus as part of a national Take Back the Tap campaign.  He and fellow students have received multiple sources of funding over the last two years to help raise awareness, conduct research, install water refill stations and change student behavior.

    Katie Gaudin

    Katie Gaudin is the Food Coordinator for the OSU Student Sustainability Initiative. Katie works to inspire students to get involved in food related issues on campus, co-leads the OSU Food Group, and organizes cooking classes and informational workshops about food and sustainability on campus. Kaite has held various jobs related to business and sustainability. Before joining the SSI, she was a Student Intern for the Austin Family Business Program at OSU and a co-founder of Green Eye Marketing, in which she was responsible for marketing a Portland furniture manufacturing company. Currently a senior at OSU, Katie is majoring in Business Administration and minoring in Spanish. After graduating this spring, she hopes to find a job that allows her to combine business expertise with passion for sustainability and social responsibility.

    Spencer Jones

    Spencer Jones is a second year student in the Renewable Energy Engineering program at Oregon Institute of Technology.  In Winter term 2010 he was selected for the Sustainability Internship program, serving as a curriculum assessment coordinator.  His responsibilities included assessing the entire OIT curriculum through a sustainability lens. He is currently working on developing a community energy auditing program led by students.  His functions include researching equipment for energy auditing, mentoring new interns and developing contacts with local energy contractors.  In October, Spencer participated in the AASHE conference in Denver.  After graduation, he would like to combine his background on energy with his passion for the environment.

    Drew Serres

    Drew Serres is senior at the University of Oregon and plans complete his environmental studies major in the Spring.  Drew is the Climate Justice League's (CJL) Leadership Development Coordinator. He provides trainings for the CJL and the UO community on a range of topics including working with the media and effective facilitation. Drew has also been a team facilitator on CJL’s ReGrow Eugene campaign which is currently integrating composting into Greek life.

    The Climate Justice League’s mission is to empower students to organize their communities and be leaders in the climate justice movement. By using targeted campaigns, we will work together toward a safe, just and sustainable future for all.

    Track 3 - Integrating values, scholarship, and technical assistance to local businesses: Best practices in collegiate procurement

    Panelists will discuss best practices in purchasing and procurement in the Rutgers procurement program, arguably the best in the nation, and the role of procurement in sustainability efforts.  The Rutgers purchasing policy will be described, how it plays out with commonly-purchased items (paper, electronics, lab materials, cleaning supplies, etc.), the role students play in researching products/practices and providing support to help New Jersey businesses improve their social and environmental responsibility.  Resources will also be showcased, like the Responsible Purchasing Network (RPN), an international network of buyers dedicated to socially responsible and environmentally sustainable purchasing.

    Alicia Culver

    Alicia Culver’s experience working on sustainability issues spans more than two decades. She has provided technical support to procurement agents and environmental program staff in many states and municipalities. She has helped develop model “green” purchasing policies and specifications for a wide-range of environmentally preferable goods and services such as low-mercury/energy-efficient fluorescent lamps, asthma-safe cleaning products, and compostable food service ware.

    Alicia formerly worked as the Deputy Director of the New Jersey Office of Sustainability and founded the Green Purchasing Institute. She currently chairs San Francisco’s Sweatfree Procurement Advisory Group and has served as an advisor to many other organizations, including the National Healthy Schools Network, Green Guide for Health Care, GoodGuide, the Product Policy Institute, Environmental Working Group, and the European Environmental Bureau.

    Kevin Lyons

    Kevin Lyons, Ph.D., is the director of purchasing at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and is a research professor in supply chain environmental management and archeology at Rutgers. 

    Lyons is responsible for all procurement and contracting for the institution and also conducts research on developing and integrating global environmental, social, economic, ethical criteria and data into supply chain/procurement systems and processes.  His work includes environmentally preferable products and services research, designing and implementing local, national and international environmental economic development systems, waste-to-energy systems and environmental and sustainable social policy and financial impact forecasting (e.g. Sarbanes Oxley Environmental Impact Reporting).