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“Teamwork is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results."


    Current Members

    Cherie Barth, Coordinator, Student Activities/Admissions Office       

    Wendy Ford , Dean of Teaching and Learning

    Marie Glossen, Instructor of Early Childhood Education

    Martina Grier, Instructor of Sociology

    Sara Klink, Assistant Director of Campus Library  

    Diane Laskey, Instructor of Medical Assisting                 

    Ann McCoy, Adjunct Instructor, Physical Therapist Assistant Technology

    Mary Beth Messner, Instructional Designer   

    Angela Miller, Help Desk Specialist

    Jonathan Mitchell, Associate Professor of Accounting and Finance Technology

    Joe Pfeiffer, Adjunct Instructor, Sciences

    Lindsey Snedden, Adjunct Instructor, Sciences

    Vern Sproat, Assistant Professor of Engineering Technology

    Rebecca Priest, Senior Director Emerging Technologies and Strategic Grant Development

    Stefanie Smith, Sustainability Coordinator, Green Building Consultant

    Robin Snedden, Help Desk Manager

    Geoff Starnes, Network Systems and Security Coordinator

    Steve Spradling, Director of Physical Plant and Construction

    Beth Williams, Department Chair/Assistant Professor of English

    Scott Williams, Coordinator, Environmental Health and Safety

    Connie Wojanis, Associate Professor of Administrative Information Technology

    Patricia Woodside, Assistant Professor of Social Sciences            

    John Zeit, Associate Professor of Engineering Technology


      About the Task Force...

      The Sustainability Task Force was created in February, 2010 to become the clearinghouse of campus sustainability information and to serve as a centralized resource to students, faculty and staff.  Current responsibilities include:

      ·         Serving as the focal point for campus sustainability

      ·         Coordinating campus sustainability strategic planning & implementation

      ·         Initiating programs and practices that integrate sustainability

      ·         Planning for Earth Week and other educational events

      ·         Making progress toward our college’s sustainable initiatives visible

      ·         Supporting Stark State College’s commitment to attain a minimum LEED Silver Green Building Rating Certification for new construction projects


      Task Force Committees

      All members of the Stark State College community are invited to join the Task Force or one of the following committees. 

       For more information, please contact Stefanie Smith at

      Campus Recycling and Waste Management

      Committee responsibilities:

      ·         Improve recycling rates on campus

      ·         Create a long term plan for waste reduction and campus recycling

      ·         Coordinate participation in Recyclemania

      Campus Outreach

      Committee responsibilities:

      ·         Plan for Earth Week and other educational events

      ·         Make progress toward our college’s sustainable initiatives visible

      Curriculum Development

      Committee responsibilities:

      ·         Investigate ways to integrate sustainable principles throughout the curriculum.

      ·         Provide resources to faculty and staff.

      Brown Bag Conversations on Sustainability (Proposed – Fall, 2010)

      Committee responsibilities:

      ·         Organize monthly brown bag conversations around sustainability.

      Campus Sustainability Survey (Proposed)

       Committee responsibilities:

      ·         Identify sustainable initiatives currently in place.  Many actions are already underway within the curriculum, campus operations, administration and public engagement practices.

      ·         Benchmark against similar institutions and the new STARS rating system.

      ·         Calculate the annual campus Greenhouse Gas Emissions.

      Dining Services (Proposed)

      Committee responsibilities:

      ·         Work with the dining services provider to identify ways to build a more sustainable food program.

       ·         Evaluate dining service impacts on energy and water use, waste management, and environmentally preferred purchasing.


        Guides for Campus Sustainability

        There are many guides for campus sustainability online.  We have include only a few here, but a lengthier listing is available on the pdf below.

        Higher Education in a Warming World - The Business Case for Climate Leadership on Campus   

        Highlighting the business, educational, and moral arguments for reducing greenhouse gas emissions on campus, with best practices from U.S. colleges and universities.

        Cool Campus!  A How-To Guide for College and University Climate Action Planning

         A manual to assist colleges and universities in creating climate action plans. It is intended to fill the gap in currently available resources by outlining a how-to approach for each of the various steps required to develop and implement a plan for campus climate leadership.  

        Generation E - Students Leading for a Sustainable, Clean Energy Future

        35 ways students are creating a sustainable future at U.S. colleges and universities - cutting carbon emissions, saving resources and equipping the coming generation for a green energy economy.


        A Guide to Developing a Sustainable Food Purchasing Policy

        Intended to help universities, colleges, hospitals, and other institutions - as well as those advocating for food system change - create, promote and implement practical sustainable food purchasing policies.


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