Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 34.89
Liaison Claire Jackson
Submission Date March 4, 2022

STARS v2.2

University of Alabama in Huntsville
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Claire Jackson
Director, Utilities & Sustainability
F&O
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Does the institution have at least one sustainability committee?:
Yes

The charter or mission statement of the committee(s) or a brief description of each committee's purview and activities:
Charge: To provide guidance and direction for grassroots innovation on campus; to provide leadership in sustainability efforts and initiatives in our respective departments on campus; to enhance collaboration and partnerships across campus; to provide feedback and strategic guidance to the UAH Sustainability Coordinator and the UAH Sustainability Program

Members of each committee, including affiliations and role:
Composition: Total 9 Term: Faculty and Staff – Two Years; Students – One Year Selection: Three Faculty members Three Staff members One SGA member Two Students Nominations are made by the committee chair and are voted upon by current members of the committee. Chair: Claire Jackson, Director of Utilities and Sustainability, ex officio Current Membership: Dr. Wolfram Verlaan, CoED, 22 Dr. Anu Subramanian, COE, 22 Dr. Christina Carmen, COE, 22 Kristy Olive, Director OEHS, 22 Tory Tollefson, Director, Grounds & Landscape Management, 22 Daniel Boutwell, Director, Custodial Services, 22 Jace Niven, SGA Member, 21 Sameera White, Student, 21 Garrett Hedger, Student, 21 Administrative Council Liaison: Vice President for Finance & Administration

Does the institution have at least one sustainability office that includes more than 1 full-time equivalent employee?:
Yes

A brief description of each sustainability office:
https://www.uah.edu/sustainability

Full-time equivalent of people employed in the sustainability office(s):
1

Does the institution have at least one sustainability officer?:
Yes

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Claire Jackson - Director, Utilities & Sustainability

Does the institution have a mechanism for broad sustainability coordination for the entire institution?:
Yes

A brief description of the activities and substantive accomplishments of the institution-wide coordinating body or officer during the previous three years:
Revamped Campus Sustainability Website, STARS renewal, rebooted Sustainability Committee, updated Energy Policy, implemented Energy Conservation Projects (campus-wide parking lot lighting retrofit), tree maintenance, participated in various benchmarking efforts related to utilities and sustainability.

Job title of the sustainability officer position:
Director, Utilities & Sustainability

Job description for the sustainability officer position:
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Job description for the sustainability officer position:
Director, Utilities & Sustainability  Primary responsibilities are analyzing current energy usage, forecasting future usage, and developing and implementing an energy management plan in order to provide proper environmental conditions with cost effective energy utilization.  Serves as the University's principal technical advisor regarding current and emerging power supply/delivery issues including energy supply, building energy management technologies, internal energy usage policies, and regulatory compliance.  Utilities Management o Develops and ensures the regular tracking and reporting of appropriate performance measures to support continuous improvement in energy management and conservation, including Key Performance Indicators, metrics, and dashboards. o Strategizes and manages all electricity, natural gas, potable and irrigation water usage, costs, rates, and supplier partnerships. o Researches and leverages all applicable TV A and HSV Utilities programs, rebates and incentives to lower UAH utility costs, lower project and asset costs and improve ROIs Manage utilities progressively and proactively to achieve substantial cost savings, sustainability accomplishments, and operational improvements. o Reviews and analyzes utility data and reports regularly to identify issues, trends, and opportunities while measuring and benchmarking a significant operation expense. o Assists in preparation of utility budgets by formulating utility use projections.  Energy Conservation and Strategic Planning: o Develops and implement an energy management strategy for the University. o Works with the utility company to implement effective and innovative demand side management strategies, including energy efficiency, demand response, and peak load management. o Leads the design and procurement of all F&O lighting, mechanical and electrical that has energy conservation potential including research, product trials, field verifications, cost analyses to improve our operations, lower maintenance cost, reduce failures and maximize life cycles. o Participates in local and national professional associations related to utilities and energy management including, AEE, ASHRAE, IFMA, APPA, AASHE/STARS, and TVA customer focus groups.  Sustainability o Establishes and leads successful programs in solid waste management, recycling and landfill diversion including construction project waste. o Chairman of University Sustainability Committee, ex officio. Provides guidance and direction for grassroots innovation on campus; to provide leadership in sustainability efforts and initiatives in respective departments across campus; to enhance collaboration and partnerships across campus; to provide feedback and strategic guidance to the UAH Sustainability Program. o Delegate campus-wide sustainability efforts to this position including a volunteer ''Green team'' that represent all campus groups and helps the programs. o Interviews, hires, trains, supervises, and evaluates performances of employees under his/her direct supervision. Leads and supervises Sustainability Coordinator. Promotes and supports initiatives and clubs that raise awareness of or cultivate a more sustainable campus community through supervision of the Sustainability Coordinator. o Possesses the knowledge and ability to provide leadership. Establish and maintain good communications and morale, conflict resolution, and satisfactory work ethics.  Project Management o Performs and/or oversees outsourcing facility energy audits; develop 5-year energy conservation plan with prioritized projects based on ROI' s and funding. o Maintains project tracking tools, schedules, files and official records of major capital projects. Reviews plans for building construction and renovation projects. o Manage consultants that performs commissioning and retro-commissioning of existing and new buildings to identify opportunities that can optimize mechanical and electrical systems to run at most efficient and dependable modes plus improve business continuity/reduce downtime. (i.e. data center, central plants). o Assures all drawings and operations & maintenance documents are received, shared and filed appropriately o Produce professional, executive-level verbal and written reports and presentations for use internally, externally, and for the Board of Trustees.  Technical Assistance o Makes recommendations regarding energy conservation and appropriate technology to ensure efficient energy and environmental compliance. o Researches and interprets federal, state, and local energy and environmental regulations to ensure compliance with future regulations.

Job title of the sustainability officer position (2nd position):
Sustainability Student Specialist

Job description for the sustainability officer position (2nd position):
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Job description for the sustainability officer position (2nd position):
Student will be responsible for a campus-wide sustainability program by developing and monitoring sustainable standards and policies in coordination with all campus departments. Student will be responsible for updating the campus sustainability website and coordinating with departments across campus in order to acquire data necessary to submit a report to the Sustainability, Tracking, Assessment, & Rating System (STARS). The student will collect, analyze, & prepare data for reporting in coordination with the Director of Utilities & Sustainability and Sustainability Committee.

Job title of the sustainability officer position (3rd position):
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Job description for the sustainability officer position (3rd position):
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Job description for the sustainability officer position (3rd position):
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Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability coordination is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
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