Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.39
Liaison Marianne Martin
Submission Date Sept. 22, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of Colorado Boulder
EN-11: Inter-Campus Collaboration

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Marianne Martin
Associate Director
Environmental Center
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Is the institution currently a member of a national or international higher education sustainability network?:
Yes

The name of the national or international sustainability network(s):
Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), Green Sports Alliance (GSA), International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP), International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories (I2SL), APPA: Leadership in Educational Facilities

Does the institution actively participate in a regional, state/provincial, or local higher education sustainability network?:
Yes

The name of the regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network(s):
PAC12 Sustainability Group, APPA, SCUP, Colorado SHE group

Has the institution presented at a higher education sustainability conference during the previous year?:
Yes

A list or brief description of the conference(s) and presentation(s):
Provided Welcome and Introductory Remarks for the CU Boulder Leeds School of Business Burridge Center’s Conference on Sustainable Investing, February 2020. Green Labs (Kathy Ramirez-Aguilar, Ph.D.) and the International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories (I2SL) (Shannon Horn), collaborated to organize a 1.5 day CU Boulder extension to the 2019 I2SL Denver Conference: https://www.i2sl.org/conference/2019/boulder.html Promotional flyer: https://www.i2sl.org/documents/2019/boulder-day.pdf Agenda: https://www.i2sl.org/documents/2019/boulder-agenda.pdf Rocky Mountain APPA 2019: “The Many Faces of Compost”, Banff, Alberta, Canada 9/16-9/18/2019 (Rob Lenahan/Jessica Bradley) Rocky Mountain APPA 2018: “In-House Integrated Pest Management-Taking Control of IPM”, Denver CO 9/24-9/26/2018 (Rob Lenahan/Troy Muller) International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories (I2SL): Making the Case for Green Chemistry Education at the University of Colorado Boulder: A Report Available to Use and Adapt for Advocacy on Other Campuses Natalie Kra, University of Colorado Boulder A Decade of Green Labs at the University of Colorado Boulder Barbara Petkus, University of Colorado, Boulder The Next Decade of Green Labs at the University of Colorado Boulder Kathryn Ramirez-Aguilar, University of Colorado-Boulder Lab Building Renovations as an Alternative to New Construction: Pros and Cons Kathryn Ramirez-Aguilar, Ph.D., University of Colorado Boulder Alicia Pandimos Maurer, AIA, LEED-AP BD&C, CannonDesign Wayne Northcutt, University of Colorado Boulder Shannon Horn, University of Colorado Boulder Association of Biomolecular Resource Facilities (ABRF) Core Facilities and the Greening of Scientific Research (Kathryn Ramirez-Aguilar, CU Boulder and Christina Greever, My Green Lab) Study detailing avoided research costs resulting from a large shared cell culture facility at the University of Colorado Boulder as a model for new budget scenarios post Covid19 (Theresa Nahreini, CU Boulder, Christina Greever, My Green Lab, Kathryn Ramirez-Aguilar, CU Boulder) APPA Institute for Facilities Management: “Sustainable O&M Programs” and “Integrated Pest & Wildlife Management.” Portland, OR, 1/22-1/23/18 (Ed von Bleichert) PAC-12 Sustainability Summit: “Sustainability Drivers on the Construction of a LEED Platinum Certified Athletics Facility” Boulder, CO 7/12/18 (Rachel Stonecypher, Ellen Edwards, Ed von Bleichert) APPA Institute for Facilities Management: “Integrated Pest & Wildlife Management” and Recycling & Zero Waste Operations.” Washington, DC, 9/10-9/11/18 (Ed von Bleichert) APPA Institute for Facilities Management: “Integrated Pest & Wildlife Management” and “Sustainable O&M Programs.” Ft. Worth, TX, 1/14-1/15/19 (Ed von Bleichert) AASHE Summer Retreat: “Turning Maintenance & Operations Staff into Sustainability Advocates” and lead a Campus Sustainability tour. Boulder, CO, 6/21/19 (Ed von Bleichert) RMI’s Mobility Innovation Lab Accelerator: “Vision for Shared EV Infrastructure for City, University, and School District bus fleets.” Basalt, CO 8/5-8/8/19 (Tim Golden, Ed von Bleichert) APPA Institute for Facilities Management: “Sustainable O&M Programs.” Nashville, TN, 9/9/19 (Ed von Bleichert) APPA Institute for Facilities Management: “Sustainable O&M Programs,” “Integrated Pest & Wildlife Management,” and “Emerging Trends in O&M.” San Diego, CA, 2/3, 2/4, and 2/6/20 (Ed von Bleichert)

Has the institution submitted a case study during the previous year to an external higher education sustainability resource center or awards program?:
Yes

A list or brief description of the sustainability resource center or awards program and submission(s):
submit an award for the 2019 AASHE on the Vivarium composting. To the 2021 I2SL Lab Resilience Guide: https://www.i2sl.org/elibrary/documents/I2SLBestPractices_LaboratoryResilienceGuide_May2021.pdf - see page 38 Co-localization of research equipment: The University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder) is connecting co-localization of research equipment with laboratory building projects (renovation, new construction) benefiting energy savings, resilience, and reduced infrastructure costs. An example is the creation of a freezer room in a newly constructed research wing of the Ramaley Biology building To the CU System Innovation & Efficiency 2020 Submission: https://www.cu.edu/controller/i-e-awards/past-submissions/cu-ie-submission-establishing-multi-departmental-shared Establishing a Multi-Departmental Shared Instrumentation Program (submitted by 10 people): The BioCore is a new small- to mid-scale instrument sharing program serving MCDB, EBIO, and IPHY. The purpose is to benefit research, efficient instrument utilization, and improved lab space utilization. To date, over $850,000 in instrumentation purchases by faculty labs have been avoided due to this effort through encouraging researchers to share underutilized instruments and by actively connecting researchers with instruments.

Has the institution had employees or students serving on a board or committee of a sustainability network or conference during the previous three years?:
Yes

A list or brief description of the board or committee appointment(s):
Heidi- UC3, Dave/ Angie/ Rick- PAC12, Kathy I2SL. Liaison to and Steering Committee member for the University Climate Change Coalition (https://secondnature.org/initiative/uc3-coalition/). On International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories (I2SL) Board of directors – Kathryn Ramirez-Aguilar, PhD Chair of I2SL University Alliance Group– Kathryn Ramirez-Aguilar, PhD – monthly meetings focused on green lab efforts and Bringing Efficiency to Research Grants (BETR Grants) FASEB Shared Research Resource Task Force - Kathryn Ramirez-Aguilar, PhD (CU Boulder) and Claudius Mundoma, PhD, MBA (CU Boulder - RIO) were part of a 14 member group– see Report Part III on this page: https://www.faseb.org/Science-Policy-and-Advocacy/Science-Policy-Research-Issues/Shared-Research-Resources/Maximizing-Shared-Research-Resources-Report

Does the institution have an ongoing mentoring relationship with another institution through which it assists the institution with its sustainability reporting and/or the development of its sustainability program?:
Yes

A brief description of the mentoring relationship and activities:
1) CU Green Labs frequently provides advice to institutions looking to implement green lab initiatives or start green lab programs. In recent times, we have provided advice to John Hopkins Univ, Univ. of Maryland, Boston Children’s Hospital (Harvard), University of Vienna, Northwestern Univ., Univ. of Southern Denmark, and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (Harvard). But over the years, we have provided input/advice to many other institutions and some federal research campuses as well. 2) CU Boulder's Ralphie's Green Stampede program supports multiple campuses in the PAC-12 division with program mentorship. 3) CU Boulder and UC Colorado Springs have an ongoing relationship where we host field trips and site visits to each other's campuses to collaborate, mentor and develop programs in addition to collaboration on STARS reporting. 4) Additionally, while not an ongoing mentorship, CU Recycling frequently provides advice to institutions looking to implement or expand on their recycling and compost programs. In recent years, we have provided specific information on our campus wide compost expansion program to many universities to include the Univ of New Mexico, Princeton, University of Calgary and New Mexico State Univ.

Has the institution had employees or students serving as peer reviewers of another institution’s sustainability data and/or STARS submission during the previous three years?:
No

A brief description of the peer review activities:
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A brief description of other inter-campus collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year :
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Website URL where information about the institution’s inter-campus collaborations is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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