Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 65.82
Liaison Kimberly Reeves
Submission Date Feb. 20, 2015
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STARS v2.0

University of Colorado Colorado Springs
IN-2: Innovation 2

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Linda Kogan
Office of Sustainability
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Title or keywords related to the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Green Action Fund: Bridging the Academic - Operational Divide by Connecting Coursework with Student Funding for Successful Projects on Campus

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:

In order to educate future sustainability leaders we must bridge the academic operational divide by connecting student coursework with funding to address real campus sustainability projects. We must begin to teach “Applied Sustainability.”
Increasingly some of our courses are tying their curriculum to actual funding opportunities.
The UCCS Green Action Fund (GAF) is supplied by a five dollar per semester fee and directed by students. Classes including Sustainable Me, Sustainability Capstone, Changing Places, and others are connecting curricula with opportunities for projects. These projects involve students in many learning opportunities including grant proposal, budgeting, utility rebates, project management, evaluating products and life cycle analysis, communication, and education.
To date, students from several different classes have completed showerhead, aerator, toilet, and lighting retrofits in housing, and completed pilot studies on air dryers, all funded by GAF. Mechanical Engineering students are developing a charging station for cell phones using a stationary bicycle. This model of linking academic coursework with designated funding enables more meaningful experiences for students and provides economic benefits to the university that might not otherwise take place.

A brief description of any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation (if not reported above):

There have been a number of successful outcomes over the last three years. Over 200 toilets with 3.5 gallons per flush were exchanged with 1.28 gpf in student housing. The same number of showerheads were replaced with high efficiency models. Vanity lights in housing were changed from incandescent to compact fluorescent. Several additions were made to the campus garden that provides food to dining services, include high tunnels, a vegetable washing station, and a vermicomposting system. Students from one class decided to invest in infrastructure/racks for long boards to encourage alternative transportation.

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise:
Which of the following STARS subcategories does the innovation most closely relate to? (Select all that apply up to a maximum of five):
Yes or No
Curriculum Yes
Research ---
Campus Engagement Yes
Public Engagement ---
Air & Climate ---
Buildings ---
Dining Services ---
Energy Yes
Grounds ---
Purchasing ---
Transportation Yes
Waste ---
Water Yes
Coordination, Planning & Governance ---
Diversity & Affordability ---
Health, Wellbeing & Work ---
Investment ---

Other topic(s) that the innovation relates to that are not listed above:

The website URL where information about the innovation is available:

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