Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 65.82
Liaison Kimberly Reeves
Submission Date Feb. 20, 2015
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University of Colorado Colorado Springs
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Linda Kogan
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have at least one sustainability committee, office, and/or officer that focuses on sustainability broadly and covers the entire institution?:

A brief description of the activities and substantive accomplishments of the committee(s), office(s), and/or officer(s) during the previous three years:

The office is responsible for most aspects of sustainability on campus including strategic planning, energy and water conservation, waste and recycling, food, transportation, and education.
Completed 2012-2020 Sustainability Strategic Plan and are currently pursuing many of the goals with stakeholders throughout campus
• Provided LEED support for multiple building projects - total of 7 Gold now.
• Launched Greening of the Office Program to reduce energy use in offices
* Increased diversion rate to over 40 percent.
* Supported incorporation of sustainability in General Education Goals
* Assisted with transition of food services from corporate to self-operated
* Held numerous educational events including Bike Month, Adopt a Waterway, Sustainnovation, Campus Sustainability Day, Mr. Trashmore, RecycleMania, Move-Out Diversion, sustainability speakers, Earth Day, etc.
Procured renewable energy installations, wind purchases, and Renewable Energy Credits.
Worked to complete Green Action Fund sustainability projects on campus.

Does the institution have at least one sustainability committee?:

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

The UCCS Sustainability Committee promotes, educates, and monitors all aspects of sustainability on campus. This committee reports to the Faculty Assembly, which is part of the formal campus governance structure. For the current academic year, The committee is divided into into three working groups:

1.Campus Greening: This group works to green the campus infrastructure, with a particular focus on energy conservation and efficiency.
2.Food: The food group works to bring more sustainable food and food services to the campus. This year, the group is working help the university transition to self-operated food service. This is being done in large part to increase the sustainability features of food services on campus.
3.Curriculum: An education group which works with both students and faculty to educate the entire UCCS community in sustainability topics. Current projects include helping the university add sustainability to the General Education goals called the Compass Curriculum. As of fall 2014 students will have a sustainability requirement before they graduate. This group reviews all syllabi with sustainability material to determine if it qualifies as part of the Compass Curriculum.
The Climate Advisory Board
The Climate Advisory Board was designated by the chancellor to provide guidance and help shape and promote UCCS strategies to meet the university’s climate commitment. Members of this board will increase coordination, innovation, and leadership across the campus in pursuit of UCCS climate strategies and will connect with and encourage regional climate initiatives.

Members of each committee, including affiliations and role (e.g. staff, student, or faculty):

Janel Owens, faculty, Chemistry
Tom Huber, Chair, faculty, Geography and Environmental Studies (GES)
Linda Kogan, staff Sustainability Director
Kevin Gilford, staff, Assistant Sustainability Director
Carole Huber, faculty, GES
Russ Saunkeah, staff UCCS Food Services
Daphne Greenwood, faculty, Economics
David Havlick, faculty, GES
Sara Santa Cruz, student GES
Nanna Meyer, faculty, Nursing and Health Sciences
Cynthia Norton, staff, Environmental Health and Safety
Sally von Breton, faculty, Business
Tracy Gonzalez-Padron, faculty, Business

Climate Advisory Board
Mary Coussons-Read, Provost
Susan Szpyrka, Vice Chancellor Administration and Finance
Peter Braza, Dean, Letters Arts and Sciences
Ramaswami (Dan) Dandapani, Dean, Engineering and Applied Sciences(EAS)
Julie Albertson, faculty, EAS
David Havlick, faculty, Geography and Environmental Studies
Janel Owens, faculty, Chemistry
Fred Crowley, Faculty, College of Business
Rob Dougherty, staff, Director, Physical Plant
Jeff Davis, staff, Executive Director, Auxiliary Operations
Gary Reynolds, staff, Executive Director, Planning and Construction
Jerry Wilson, staff, Chief Information Officer
Jim Spice, staff, Executive Director Parking and Transportation
Kevin Gilford, staff, Assistant Director Office of Sustainability
Linda Kogan, staff, Director, Office of Sustainability
Cynthia Norton, staff, Environmental Health and Safety
Holly Kaspar, staff, Director Auxiliary Services Marketing
Easton Coleman, student Education
Matt Driftmier, student, Secretary for Sustainability SGA
Jeff Baston, student, EAS
Sara Santa Cruz, student GES

The website URL where information about the sustainability committee(s) is available:
Does the institution have at least one sustainability office that includes more than 1 full-time equivalent (FTE) employee?:

A brief description of each sustainability office:

The UCCS Office of Sustainability unites the efforts of faculty, staff and students to support development and lifestyles on campus and in the community that sustain natural resources and protect the environment, ultimately ensuring the ability of future generations to meet their needs too.

Full-time equivalent (FTE) of people employed in the sustainability office(s):

The website URL where information about the sustainability office(s) is available:
Does the institution have at least one sustainability officer?:

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Linda Kogan, Director; Kevin Gilford, Assistant Director

A brief description of each sustainability officer position:

The Sustainability Director manages the Office of Sustainability, which includes an assistant director and 7-9 student employees, and directs campus sustainability policies, programs and practices as well as, engages and collaborates with a number of organizations in the community to promote and increase sustainability. Additionally, she works with the Facilities Services Department to manage energy performance funds, develop conservation campaigns, advocate for high performance buildings in new construction, and direct the recycling and waste program. The assistant director supervises students, assists with management of sustainability projects funded by the Green Action Fund, manages the utility data base and directs conservation efforts including Greening of the Office, and Campus Conservation Nationals.

The website URL where information about the sustainability officer(s) is available:

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