Paul Helgesen, Director of Plant Operations and Sustainability, works with a team of dedicated staff members as Gordon’s sustainability coordinator to ensure sustainability remains a high priority on campus. He and his team actively participate in the following sustainability practices:
Helgesen, who oversees energy conservation measures, alternate energy sources (including solar and wind power investigations), purchasing green power, and universal waste collection works hand-in-hand with five other staff members to ensure these practices are followed. The following people assist Helgesen in these efforts:
The sum total of people working on sustainability as part of their jobs adds up to two full-time employees for a campus of 1,600.
Gordon’s Sustainability Committee has been tasked by both the administration and board of trustees to advise on and implement policies and programs related to sustainability on campus. This committee focuses on sustainability broadly and covers the entire institution. The Sustainability has been tasked with the following:
In order to better prepare graduates to be leaders in the world and to provide a Christian voice in issues of global concern, the Gordon College Sustainability Committee will provide leadership in moving Gordon College forward in our understanding of God’s call to be good stewards of Creation. The committee will serve as an advisory group to the VP of Finance and Administration and will:
This year’s Sustainability Committee is ad hoc and is composed of:
Michael J. Ahearn, Vice President for Finance and Administration
Next year and in following years, the Sustainability Committee will be composed of: Three faculty members who represent both research interests and curricular interests in sustainability