Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.77
Liaison Andrew Porter
Submission Date March 6, 2020

STARS v2.2

University of Cincinnati
PA-2: Sustainability Planning

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 4.00 Andrew Porter
Director
Planning + Design + Constuction
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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:

UC's 2019 Sustainability and Climate Action Plan included a number of measurable objectives related to academics. Among them:
- Work with every college across the institution to host a co-curricular sustainability lecture or presentation, highlighting esteemed work and perspectives from their respective field annually
- Increase participation in the Office of Sustainability's Environmental Literacy Certificate of Achievement.
- Increase the number of research based projects or competitions that requires students and faculty from different departments and colleges to collaborate.
- Get a mandatory Open Access policy passed through the Faculty Senate.
See more at: https://www.uc.edu/af/pdc/sustainability/climate_action.html


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:

UC's 2019 Sustainability and Climate Action Plan included a number of measurable objectives related to enaggement. Among them:
- Create a green office program where various administrative offices can champion sustainability efforts.
- Create a Green Event checklist and undertake an outreach campaign to promote its usage by UC departments.
- Continue to host the Living in the Neighborhood Series, providing multiple annual opportunities for students to learn about
what it truly means to be a good neighborhood and member of the community.
https://www.uc.edu/af/pdc/sustainability/climate_action.html


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:

UC's 2019 Sustainability and Climate Action Plan included a number of measurable objectives related to operations. Among them:
- Work with Cincinnati 2030 District to reduce building energy use, water consumption, and transportation emissions by 50% by the year 2030.
- Establish and herbicide reduction policy.
- Transition 100% of current grab and go program disposable containers to biodegradable (compostable) corn-based plastic containers
https://www.uc.edu/af/pdc/sustainability/climate_action.html


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?:
Yes

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

Next Lives Here, UC's strategic plan, rests on multiple objectives related to diversity, equity and inclusion. Among them:
- Increase the diversity and size of faculty to enhance the student experience.
- Instill in our community a sense of belonging, a sense of agency, enhanced cultural competency, and a culture of accountability [as measured by responses to ongoing Community Experience assessments.]
For more, see https://www.uc.edu/about/strategic-direction/innovation-agenda/inclusive-excellence.html and https://www.uc.edu/about/strategic-direction/academic-excellence/faculty-investment.html


Does the institution have a published strategic plan or equivalent guiding document that includes sustainability at a high level? :
No

The institution’s highest guiding document (upload):
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Website URL where the institution’s highest guiding document is publicly available:
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:

Recognizing its environmental stewardship role, the University of Cincinnati seeks to incorporate the concept of sustainability into its academic and research programs; the design, operation, and maintenance of its buildings and landscapes; and its organizational structure and management; while preserving safety and comfort.


The institution’s definition of sustainability:

Sustainability can be described as each of us doing our part to build the kind of world—economically, environmentally and socially—that we want to live in, and one that we want our children and grandchildren to inherit. It means becoming aware of all interconnections—visible and invisible—in which our day-to-day choices affect the intricate balance of social, economic and ecological systems. https://www.uc.edu/af/pdc/sustainability/about.html


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

A brief description of the institution’s formal sustainability commitments, including the specific initiatives selected above:

The University of Cincinnati is a member of AASHE and conducts STARS reports every three years, additionally, UC is a member of Second Nature, and submits carbon footprint reports to the organization. UC is also a member of the Cincinnati 2030 District, and has committed to reducing emissions from energy usage, water usage, and transportation by 50% from a 2010 baseline by the year 2030.


Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability planning efforts is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Next Lives Here is UC’s highest guiding document and our strategic direction plan and includes multiple objectives that include diversity, equity and inclusion.

The Next Lives Here web page is currently being reformatted. Unfortunately the language specific to sustainability that was part of UC's original submittal has been temporarily removed. Sustainability is going to get its own page on the Next Lives website and is considered a pillar of the Urban Impact section of the plan. The following sustainability content has been approved and will be published very soon.

Sustainability at UC

As a leading public urban university, The University of Cincinnati recognizes its role in sustainable practice, research, and education. UC seeks to consider the environmental, social, and economic impacts of its decisions and commits to incorporating the concept of sustainability into its academic and research programs; the design, operation, and maintenance of its buildings and landscapes; and its organizational structure and management.

The University of Cincinnati is a STARS Gold rated campus as recognized by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), is recognized as a “Cool School” by the Sierra Club, is a designated as a Bike Friendly University by the League of American Cyclists, and is a member of the Cincinnati 2030 District.

The UC 2019 Sustainability + Climate Action Plan, in support of Next Lives Here, provides a guiding framework for how the institution will create and enhance its culture of sustainability while working towards climate action.

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.