Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 75.41
Liaison Dave Newport
Submission Date March 23, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Colorado Boulder
PA-3: Participatory Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.25 / 3.00 Heid VanGenderen
Chief Sustainability Officer
University of Colorado Boulder
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Do the institution’s students have a representative body through which they can participate in governance (e.g. a student council)? :
Yes

Do the institution’s students have an elected representative on the institution’s highest governing body?:
No

A brief description of the bodies and mechanisms through which students are engaged in governance, including information to support each affirmative response above:

They can participate in Residence Hall Association if they live in the residence halls, or they can engage through the CU Student Government (CUSG). CUSG has a robust sustainability function on campus by virtue of its funding of the Environmental Center every year since its founding 1970, and the CUSG leadership employ a student Sustainability Director to serve on executive staff. See https://www.colorado.edu/cusg/


Do the institution’s staff members have a representative body through which they can participate in governance (e.g. a staff council)?:
Yes

Do the institution’s non-supervisory staff members have an elected representative on the institution’s highest governing body?:
No

A brief description of the bodies and mechanisms through which staff are engaged in governance, including information to support each affirmative response above:

Staff Council is a way for the staff to be represented and member of this council are assigned to various committees on campus to represent all staff's interest. See http://www.cu.edu/ucsc


Do the institution’s teaching and research faculty have a representative body through which they can participate in governance (e.g. a faculty senate)?:
Yes

Do the institution’s teaching and research faculty have an elected representative on the institution’s highest governing body? :
No

A brief description of the bodies and mechanisms through which teaching and research faculty are engaged in governance, including information to support each affirmative response above:

Boulder Faculty Assembly is an elected body that represents faculty before the Regents.
See https://www.colorado.edu/bfa/


Does the institution have written policies and procedures to identify and engage external stakeholders (i.e. local residents) in land use planning, capital investment projects, and other institutional decisions that affect the community?:
Yes

A copy of the written policies and procedures:
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The policies and procedures:

The CU Design Review Board has local residents/external stakeholders , not affiliated with CU in any other manner, as members of the Board, Victor Olgyay, AIA, is a resident of Boulder, and Richard Epstein, AIA, is the founding principal of an architecture firm located in Boulder.

[11.7.2017 DN] Likewise, the Sustainability Alliance between CU and local governments and school boards focuses the combined interests of the campus and community on institutional decisions that affect the community. See joint Resolution approved by the campus, the City, and the local school board at https://drive.google.com/file/d/1hIsVbbijYkf7fehPYdnupx7GIq1B2IAR/view?usp=sharing


Does the institution have formal participatory or shared governance bodies through which community members representing the interests of the following stakeholder groups can regularly participate in institutional governance?:
Yes or No
Local government and/or educational organizations Yes
Private sector organizations Yes
Civil society (e.g. NGOs, NPOs) Yes

A brief description of the bodies and mechanisms through which external stakeholders are engaged in institutional governance (including information about each stakeholder group selected above):

The University of Colorado Board of Regents consists of nine members serving staggered six-year terms, one elected from each of Colorado's seven congressional districts and two from the state at-large. The board is charged constitutionally with the general supervision of the university and the exclusive control and direction of all funds of and appropriations to the university, unless otherwise provided by law. Regents represent a wide array of external stakeholders that any given time may represent educational organizations, private sector organizations, and/or non-profit entities. The Board of Regents meets in public session typically on one of its four campuses. The board follows all rules and regulations of the Colorado Open Meetings Law, or Sunshine Law, approved by voters in 1972. The law generally requires that any state or local governmental body that meets to discuss public business or to take formal action do so in meetings open to the public. The opportunity for public comment is provided at all regular meetings of the Board. Link to the Regents website http://www.cu.edu/regents


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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