Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 47.16
Liaison Yara Watson Colon
Submission Date March 5, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of Central Florida
PA-2: Sustainability Planning

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.50 / 4.00 Yara Watson Colon
Sustainability Specialist II
Sustainability Initiatives
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Does the institution have a published plan or plans that include measurable sustainability objectives that address sustainability in curriculum and/or research?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives related to academics and the plan(s) in which they are published:

Sustainability objectives in the curriculum within the climate action plan include course development incentives, such as faculty compensation for participation in gaining instruction and assistance on incorporating core concepts into their existing or new courses; service-learning additions to course curriculum where students apply skills to real-world problems; and continued experiential learning (co-ops and internships) opportunities involving sustainability for students. The Sustainable Training Series provides faculty and staff with a wealth of knowledge on topics in sustainability such as community, food, water, consumption and economy, and many more.

Measureable goals outlined in the Climate Action Plan include:
Achieve 100 percent rate for graduating students to have engaged in 15 hours or more of applied learning in an experiential learning course during their academic program, contributing to the well-being of the university’s community

https://issuu.com/universityofcentralflorida/docs/ucf_climate_action_plan2010v2/1?e=1123851/5140496


Does the institution have a published plan or plans that include measurable sustainability objectives that address student, employee, or community engagement for sustainability?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives related to engagement and the plan(s) in which they are published:

Sustainability objectives in campus engagement within the climate action plan include the continuation and expansion of UCF Arboretum's educational activities and volunteer services; the expansion of Sustainability Initiatives' student portal website that serves as a "one-stop-shop" to learn about sustainability-related events, courses, products, books, podcasts, student groups, and competitions; the continuation and expansion of registered student organizations with a sustainability focus, and the cooperation of these through the Student Sustainability Advisory Committee; and the continued partnership with Housing to host the annual sustainability programming, such as the Kill-A-Watt Energy Conservation Competition and Swap Shop. Campus Swap Shop has helped to divert over 500 lbs of goods from landfills to be donated or used by students on the campus.

https://issuu.com/universityofcentralflorida/docs/ucf_climate_action_plan2010v2/1?e=1123851/5140496


Does the institution have a published plan or plans that include measurable sustainability objectives that address sustainability in operations?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives related to operations and the plan(s) in which they are published:

Measureable goals outlined in the Climate Action Plan include:
Drop carbon emissions below 2005 by 17% by 2020 and 42% by 2030, and reach neutrality by 2050
Irrigate 95 percent of the main campus with stormwater and reclaimed water
Produce 15 percent of energy needs with renewable energy sources by 2020
Obtain a 75 percent recycling rate by 2020

UCF's Department of Utilities and Energy Services' Green Building Construction and Renovation Requirements state all new construction and renovations projects will be registered with the US Green Building Council (USGBC), and meet a minimum Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold rating, utilizing version four, or (latest) with ANSI/ ASHRAE/ IES Standard 90.1 2010 as the building baseline. To ensure both design and quality meets the owner’s intent, both the design and construction teams shall adhere to the latest ASHRAE Standard for Building and System Commissioning.
https://energy.ucf.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/building_construction_requirements.pdf


Does the institution have a published plan or plans that include measurable sustainability objectives that address diversity, equity, and inclusion; sustainable investment/finance; or wellbeing?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives related to administration and the plan(s) in which they are published:
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Does the institution have a published strategic plan or equivalent guiding document that includes sustainability at a high level? :
Yes

The institution’s highest guiding document (upload):
Website URL where the institution’s highest guiding document is publicly available:
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Which of the following best describes the inclusion of sustainability in the highest guiding document?:
Major theme

The institution's sustainability plan (upload):
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Website URL where the institution's sustainability plan is publicly available:
Does the institution have a formal statement in support of sustainability endorsed by its governing body?:
No

The formal statement in support of sustainability:
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The institution’s definition of sustainability:
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Is the institution an endorser or signatory of the following? :
Yes or No
The Earth Charter Yes
The Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI) No
ISCN-GULF Sustainable Campus Charter No
Pan-Canadian Protocol for Sustainability No
SDG Accord No
Second Nature’s Carbon Commitment (formerly known as the ACUPCC), Resilience Commitment, and/or integrated Climate Commitment Yes
The Talloires Declaration (TD) Yes
UN Global Compact No
Other multi-dimensional sustainability commitments (please specify below) No

A brief description of the institution’s formal sustainability commitments, including the specific initiatives selected above:
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Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability planning efforts is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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In 2020, UCF select its current president. As the new administration grapples with COVID-19 impacts, the 2016 Collective Impact remains our guiding strategic plan. However, only a summary of the plan is currently publicly available at https://www.ucf.edu/strategic-plan/. Throughout the reporting period for this report, the full plan, uploaded in Part 2, was available.

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