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Liaison Ryan Buchholdt
Submission Date Aug. 12, 2015
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University of Alaska Anchorage
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Reporter Paula Williams
Sustainability Director
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have at least one sustainability committee, office, and/or officer that focuses on sustainability broadly and covers the entire institution?:

A brief description of the activities and substantive accomplishments of the committee(s), office(s), and/or officer(s) during the previous three years:

Sustainability Director, Sustainability Action Board (SAB), Transportation Working Group, Paper and Energy Working Group.

Does the institution have at least one sustainability committee?:

The charter or mission statement of the committee(s) or a brief description of each committee's purview and activities:

The Sustainability Action Board (SAB) consists of 3 to 4 staff, 3 faculty, and 3 to 4 students, one of which is a USUAA student representative. The SAB advises and recommends to the Chancellor and the Sustainability Director courses of action on campus-wide sustainability issues and strategies. SAB promotes and supports annual campus efforts that advance sustainability, recognizes and honors exemplary actions that contribute to a sustainable campus climate and assists the Director in developing and implementing UAA's Sustainability Action Plan.

The Transportation Working Group (TWG) is group that focuses on transportation around campus. Topics of discussion include winter biking, vehicle/biking/pedestrian safety and education, improving our multi-use trails, and more. The group is always looking for great ideas from students, staff, and faculty about transportation on campus. If you would like to attend a meeting or join the TWG, please send us an email or feel free to post your ideas on how UAA can continue to build and support more biking, walking, and alternative transportation options (especially during winter) on our FaceBook page.

The Paper & Energy Working Group (PEWG) is dedicated toward reducing the amount of paper used on campus. The group also seeks to reduce energy use and has conducted surveys on the amount of energy spent in UAA's computer labs. The results revealed that the most efficient and cost effective way to conserve energy is to have computer screens go dark instead of alternating to a screen saver. If you are interested in serving on the Paper and Energy Working Group, please feel free to send us an email or post your ideas on our FaceBook page.

Members of each committee, including affiliations and role (e.g. staff, student, or faculty):

Sustainability Action Board: 3 staff, 3 faculty, and minimum 3 students.
Transportation Working Group: staff, faculty, and student members.
Paper and Energy Working Group: staff, faculty, and student members

The website URL where information about the sustainability committee(s) is available:

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

A brief description of each sustainability office:

Office of Sustainability includes the full time Sustainability Director, one part time regular administrative staffer, one part time temporary employee, and multiple student employees (for recycling program).

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

The website URL where information about the sustainability office(s) is available:

Does the institution have at least one sustainability officer?:

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Paula Williams

A brief description of each sustainability officer position:

Paula Williams has been the Director for the Office of Sustainability since January 2009. She has made many strides in implementing sustainable concepts on campus.The office has made great strides to promote sustainability awareness across UAA's campus and in the community since its founding in January of 2009. In 2011, UAA received an AASHE Bronze Star Award, which is a national benchmark developed by sustainability personnel to assess sustainability progress. In addition, UAA is the first college in the State of Alaska to be named Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation.

The website URL where information about the sustainability officer(s) is available:

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