Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.83
Liaison Mary Beth McGrew
Submission Date March 10, 2017
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STARS v2.1

University of Cincinnati
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Daniel Hart
Sustainability Coordinator
Planning + Design + Construction
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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 President's Advisory Council on Environment & Sustainability (PACES) is an All-University Committee founded in 2003 as the Environmental Sustainability Committee (ESC). Its name was changed in 2007 when UC signed the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). The committee is composed of students, faculty, and staff and is open to all. PACES charge is to provide leadership for the integration of sustainability into educational programs, research and community outreach; to promote and build on existing efforts and strengths around sustainability; to recommend strategies for moving toward a net zero campus in the areas of waste and energy while providing for the needs of campus; to report campus efforts and progress.


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

Staff
Mary Beth McGrew, Assoc. VP of Planning + Design + Construction & University Architect (Chair)
Andy Porter, Director of Space Management (Co-Chair)
Joe Harrell, Executive Director of Central Utilities
Daniel Hart, Sustainability Coordinator

Students
Abrielle Elson, Undergraduate Student Government Association Sustainability Co-Director
Kayla Kellar, Undergraduate Student Government Association Sustainability Co-Director

Faculty
Dr. Dominic Boccelli, Asst. Professor in CEAS School of Energy, Environmental, Biological, and Medical Engineering
Dr. Jodi Shann, Director of Environmental Studies and Professor in A&S Dept. of Biology
Michael Zaretsky, Asst. Professor in DAAP School of Architecture & Interior Design


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:

UC's Office of Sustainability was created in 2010 and reports to the PACES Steering Committee (see above). UC hired a part-time Sustainability Coordinator in 2008, and the position became full-time in 2009. In 2013, the Office added an Assistant Sustainability Coordinator position.
The Office of Sustainability is within the Department of Planning + Design + Construction with links to Facilities Management and Central Utilities. The staff includes one full-time Sustainability Coordinator, one full-time Assistant Sustainability Coordinator, and a team of undergraduate student workers. The Office of Sustainability manages several programs including the Bearcat Bike Share, the Bike Kitchen, the UC Garden, Bearcat Recycling, Re*Use Market, and Operation Move-In Recycle, as well as various educational and outreach opportunities. These include the sustainability film series, workshop series, lecture series, Trees for Tomorrow, Arbor Day campus tree planting, Campus Conservation Nationals, RecycleMania, environmental literacy certificate program, etc.


Full-time equivalent (FTE) 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:
Daniel Hart

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:

A89 2015: Re*Use Market, Earth Day Pop-up Market, Taking Root 2020 tree giveaway, Second annual Cincinnati Bike Show, UC named to Princeton Review's list of top green colleges and universities for the 5th consecutive year
2014: First STARS report submitted for a Silver rating, First annual Cincinnati Bike Show held on campus, UC named to Princeton Review's list of top green colleges and universities for the 5th consecutive year, UC's energy management strategy recognized in the International District Energy Associations's Campus Energy Video Contest, First class of students earn their Environmental Literacy Certificate of Achievement, Thermal storage projects recognized at the Green Business Awards in the Green Building category
2013: Finalist and Honorable Mention for Advocacy at the Green Business Awards for environmental literacy project, Collection and diversion of compostable material started at MarketPointe dining hall, 7th LEED certified (2nd LEED Silver) building completed (Morgens Residence Hall), Paper pellet fuel research project conducted by Utilities, Environmental Science, and Engineering, GoBus and Baron's Bus stops added on campus, Styrofoam containers replaced with reusable containers in all dining halls, Third green roof on campus completed (DAA), UC named to Princeton Review's list of top green colleges and universities for 4th consecutive year


Job title of the sustainability officer position:
Sustaianability Coordinator

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The Sustainability Coordinator oversees operations of the Office of Sustainability, coordinates PACES, attends community meetings, and oversees a team of student employees.


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