Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.35
Liaison Trevor Ledbetter
Submission Date May 2, 2017
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STARS v2.1

University of Arizona
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Benjamin Champion
Director
Office of Sustainability
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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:

The Presidents Advisory Council on Environmental Sustainability was established in October 2010 as part of a larger reorganization of UA Campus Sustainability. the Council provides comprehensive guidance and advice to the President on high-level issues regarding the University of Arizona’s leadership in environmental sustainability as it pertains to campus design, student engagement, operations, education, research, and outreach.

The Council is also responsible for the following:

-Identifying university-wide sustainability priorities, and establishing short and long-term goals and working groups to accomplish goals.
-Working with a separate UA Green Fund Committee to align the Committee’s project funding decisions with the university-wide sustainability priorities identified by the Council.
-Advising a university-wide Office of Sustainability to execute and successfully accomplish projects and programs aligned with the priorities and short- and long-term goals identified by the Council.
-Gathering information and feedback from the University community


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

Co-Chairs

Robert Smith, Senior Associate Vice President, Business Affairs
Jan Cervelli, Dean, College of Architecture + Planning + Landscape Architecture

Administration Representatives

Barbara Bryson, Vice President, Executive Office of the President, Strategic Planning and Analysis
Kendal Washington White, Assistant Vice President, Dean of Students, Student Affairs
Tannya Renee Gaxiola, Assistant Vice President, Community Relations
Ben Champion, Director, UA Office of Sustainability

Academic Unit Representatives

Joaquin Ruiz, Vice President, College of Science, Innovation and Strategy
Jonathan Overpeck, Co-Director, Institute of the Environment
Jim Buizer, Deputy Director, Institute of the Environment, Climate Adaptation and International Development

Student Representatives

Sarah Netherton, Graduate Professional Student Council
Madeline Bynes, Associated Students of the University of Arizona
Madeline Ryder, UA Green Fund Committee

Community Representatives

John Wesley Miller, Owner, John Wesley Miller Companies
Gina Murphy-Darling, Chief Executive Officer, Mrs. Green's World


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

A brief description of each sustainability office:

The UA Office of Sustainability coordinates environmental sustainability programs, initiatives, and communication across the university, working with students, faculty, and staff to ensure that the UA continues to be a leader in sustainability among its peers.


Full-time equivalent (FTE) of people employed in the sustainability office(s):
4

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

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Ben Champion, Director; Julia Rudnick, Coordinator Campus Sustainability Programs; Chet Phillips, Program Coordinator for ASUA Sustainability Programs

Does the institution have a mechanism for broad sustainability coordination for the entire institution (e.g. a campus-wide committee or an officer/office responsible for the entire campus)?:
Yes

A brief description of the activities and substantive accomplishments of the institution-wide coordinating body or officer during the previous three years:

The University of Arizona President's Advisory Council on Environmental Sustainability, the University of Arizona Office of Sustainability, in conjunction with campus partners such as the Institute of the Environment, UA Green Fund, and academic and research units have:
1. Completed GHG Inventories for FY13 and FY15 for UA
2. Secured commitment from UA's President to the new Second Nature Climate Commitment
3. Secured outsides grants and funding to hire faculty that teach and research sustainability and environmental subjects.
4. Joined the Green Sports Alliance and Pac 12 sustainability network, developing Zero Waste athletics events at UA to compete with other Pac 12 schools


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