Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 68.77
Liaison Marianne Martin
Submission Date Nov. 9, 2010
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University of Colorado Boulder
PAE-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Dave Newport
Environmental Center
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Does the institution have a sustainability committee?:

The charter or mission statement of the committee or a brief description of the committee's purview and activities :

CU has several committees that satisfy the criteria for this credit; the Chancellor's Committee on Energy, Environment and Sustainability (CCEES); the Carbon Neutrality Working Group (CNWG, also charged with broad tasks such as promoting sustainability in curriculum), and the Sustainability Council, an informal advisory body comprised of students, faculty and staff that work with the VCA and Provost's office to coordinate myriad sustainability functions across campus.

However, for the purposes of this credit, full information is submitted in support of the broadest group, the CCEES.

In the Chancellor’s speech on February 21, 2007, he established the Chancellor's Committee on Energy, Environment and Sustainability (CCEES) led by the VCA for the purpose of “setting sustainability goals and advising the university on all environmental matters.” He tasked the CCEES with executing the “climate neutrality” commitments he made under the Presidents Climate Commitment (PCC). Likewise, the PCC also addresses increased sustainability research, and integration of sustainability into curriculum and student life.

As directed by the Chancellor, the VCA chairs. The CCEES may create sub-committee of related department leaders to which plan development and execution would be delegated (e.g. CNWG).

Tasking is vertical from the CCEES’ members to their subordinate organizational units. For instance, the Provost may task appropriate Deans, Directors, and/or faculty to develop options for the integration of sustainability into curriculum. Likewise, the VCA and FM coordinate plans to enhance conservation and efficiency programs. Similarly, the VCSA and Environmental Center develop student life and conservation outreach programs, and so forth. All the organizational units use internal expertise, existing partnerships and related standing committees to analyze and develop plans, as appropriate.

Members of the committee, including affiliations:

Based on the Chancellor’s instructions and mindful of the specific deliverables enumerated in the PCC , eleven personnel characterized as “Campus Leaders and Community Partners” were tapped to serve. These are:

-Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
-UCSU (Tri-Executive)
-Environmental Center Director
-Vice Chancellor for Administration (Chair)
-Resource Conservation Officer
-Vice Chancellor for Research
-CU Energy Initiative Director
-City of Boulder Mayor
-Boulder County Commission Chair
-Governors Energy Office Director

The website URL where information about the sustainability committee is available:
Does the institution have a sustainability office?:

A brief description of the sustainability office:

CU has several offices that meet this need. The CU Environmental Center is the oldest and largest. However, Facilities Management, Housing and Dining Services, and Purchasing all have offices/personnel designated for this function. Overall, the Vice Chancellor of Administration's office is tasked with coordinating sustainability-related activities.

The number of people employed in the sustainability office:

The website URL where information about the sustainability office is available:
Does the institution have a sustainability coordinator?:

Sustainability coordinator's name:
Frank Bruno

Sustainability coordinator's position title:
Vice Chancellor of Administration

A brief description of the sustainability coordinator’s position:

VCA Bruno is charged by the Chancellor to coordinate all sustainability efforts on campus. This includes interfaces with sustainability personnel in student affairs, facilities, transportation, and purchasing.

The website URL where information about the sustainability coordinator is available:

Note that VCA Bruno has been charged by the Chancellor as the leader of campus sustainability efforts per the statements in the Chancellor's speech linked above.

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