Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.66
Liaison Eric Boles
Submission Date March 5, 2021
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STARS v2.1

University of Arkansas
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Marty Matlock
Executive Director
Office for 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 purpose of the University of Arkansas Sustainability Council is to make recommendations to the chancellor and provost and advise the Office for Sustainability (OFS) in implementing its programs and responsibilities. The elected representatives of the Sustainability Council, faculty, staff, students and representatives from the Fayetteville, Arkansas community, supports the OFS stewardship mission through development and coordination of ideas, information and resources among the university’s student body, academic departments and administrative units to expand the integration of sustainability into operational practices throughout the University of Arkansas and the community.


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

• Sydney Golding, Co-Chair, Student Government Sustainability Chair
• Marty Matlock, Co Chair, Executive Director of the Office for Sustainability
• Mike Johnson, Co-Chair, Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities
• Eric Boles, Executive Secretary, Director of the Office for Sustainability
• Catherine Shoulders, Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food & Life Sciences
• Craig Edmonston, College of Education and Health Professions
• Darin Nutter, College of Engineering
• Lynne Williams, Dean of Students
• Jeannie Durdik, Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences
• Diane Cook, Graduate School
• Kate Dougherty, Library
• Tahar Messadi, School of Architecture
• Susan Schneider, School of Law
• Jon Johnson, Walton College of Business
• Janine Parry, Faculty Senate
• Sue Smith, Staff Senate
• Jim Hashbarger, Business Affairs
• Sharon Donnelly, University Development
• Jeff Vinger, University Housing
• Holly Tallon, Student Sustainability Council
• Catherine Baltz, Alumni Association
• Danielle Strickland, University Relations
• Norm DeBriyn, Razorback Foundation
• Justin Maland, Athletics Department
• Andy Gilbride, Parking & Transit
• Kim Johnson, UofA Service Providers (Chartwells, Pepsi Co., etc)
• Peter Nierengarten, Fayetteville Director of Sustainability


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 Office for Sustainability (OFS) is located at 238 Harmon Ave. on the University of Arkansas campus, and is titled the "Sustainability House." Their full-time staff include a Director of the Office for Sustainability, an Active Transportation Coordinator, an Administrative Assistant, and 6-12 paid student interns who focus on various topics.

The Office for Sustainability's mission is to motivate, facilitate and coordinate innovation and change through partnerships with faculty, students and staff across administrative units to create a culture of sustainability.

OFS oversees the implementation of the University of Arkansas; sustainability goals convenes the community to share best practices; evaluates and recommends new programs and policies that strive to serve as replicable models to inspire students and future leaders.

In 2018, The UofA launched the UA Resiliency Center which explores the characteristics of food, water, and community systems that make them resilient (or fragile) and to develop strategies for increasing the resiliency of these critical life-support systems.


Full-time equivalent (FTE) of people employed in the sustainability office(s):
10

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

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Eric Boles, director of the Office for Sustainability and Dr. Marty Matlock, executive director of the UA Resiliency Center

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 Office for Sustainability oversees the implementation of the University of Arkansas’ sustainability goals, convenes the community to share best practices, evaluates and recommends new programs and policies that foster the development of student leaders on campus, and facilitates coordination of research initiatives to expand our knowledge of sustainability solutions.

The most recent annual report does the best job telling the story:
https://sustainability.uark.edu/_resources/pdfs/2020-sustainability-report-web.pdf


Job title of the sustainability officer position:
Ammen Jordan, Active Transportation Coordinator

Job description for the sustainability officer position:
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Job description for the sustainability officer position:

Ammen Jordan is the recently apppointed Active Transportation Coordinator for the University of Arkansas. Jordan is focused on providing campus affiliates safe, equitable , and enjoyable opportunities to commute to campus without a car.


Job title of the sustainability officer position (2nd position):
Todd Hansen, Admin Specialist

Job description for the sustainability officer position (2nd position):
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Job description for the sustainability officer position (2nd position):

Todd Hansen wears many hats and serves as the leading graphic designer for the Office for Sustainability. He has a particularly large role in OFS communications, office management, as well as bicycle infrastructure and advocacy around campus.


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