Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 74.27
Liaison Linda Kogan
Submission Date Feb. 15, 2018
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STARS v2.1

University of Colorado Colorado Springs
PA-2: Sustainability Planning

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Linda Kogan
Director
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have a published strategic plan or equivalent guiding document that includes sustainability at a high level? :
Yes

A brief description of how the institution’s strategic plan or equivalent guiding document addresses sustainability:

UCCS Strategic Plan 2020
Sustainability is found in many different sections of the university strategic plan and includes the areas of academics, development, transportation, climate, and resources. There is also one specific goal area that focuses exclusively on sustainability as provided below.

Values of Excellence- DYNAMIC RESPONSIBLE GROWTH
We value dynamic growth while continuing to be financially responsible, academically
sound and environmentally sustainable. We meet the future with energy, enthusiasm
and a commitment to retaining a close, interconnected campus community.

Strategic Plan Goals

Provide inspired sustainability leadership and education, and direct the responsible,
informed application of social, environmental and economic sustainability measures
in all University activities.

OUR COMMITMENT TO THE FUTURE
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UCCS is committed to a balanced approach to sustainability that cultivates the well-being of our community, the conservation of our resources and the preservation of our environment. Through the actions delineated below, we will build a campus that maximizes energy and resource efficiency, significantly reduces waste, and allows the creativity of our educational community to continually improve our campus and our communities.


A copy of the strategic plan:
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The website URL where the strategic plan is publicly available:
Does the institution have a published sustainability plan (apart from what is reported above)? :
Yes

A copy of the sustainability plan:
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The website URL where the sustainability plan is publicly available:
Does the institution have a published climate action plan (apart from what is reported above)? :
Yes

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The website URL where the climate action plan is publicly available:
Does the institution have other published plans that address sustainability or include measurable sustainability objectives (e.g. campus master plan, physical campus plan, diversity plan, human resources plan)? :
Yes

A list of other published plans that address sustainability, including public website URLs (if available):
Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Curriculum?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Curriculum and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Sustainability Strategic Plan
Education Narrative
Vision: UCCS will be an educational environment where the emphasis on sustainability informs, enables, and engages on-and off-campus communities through knowledge, involvement opportunities, and outreach. The goal is to translate sustainable concepts into action.
As an institute of higher education and learning, it is critical that education be a core part of UCCS‟s sustainability initiatives. Our goal is to be a leader in the community and nation as we develop distinctive programs and research related to sustainability.
Measurable Objectives
Definition is developed, agreed upon, and used in a functional survey that is applied to the UCCS campus population.

Increase the percentage of students, faculty, and staff who understand basic sustainability concepts to 50% as measured by surveys and other instruments.

Increase the annual number of UCCS graduates wearing green Sustainability Sash at commencement.

Increase the number of faculty including sustainability topics in their courses at UCCS (ER-6) compared to 2011 baseline.

Increase the number of sustainability-related and sustainability-focused courses offered at UCCS (ER-6)compared to 2011 baseline.

Increase the total number of student credit hours taken in sustainability-related and sustainability-focused courses offered at UCCS as compared to 2011 baseline.

Increase the number of departments that offer sustainability courses (STARS ER-6) as compared to 2011baseline.

Increase the number of faculty who completea “Transforming
the Curriculum” workshop each year.

Increase the number of faculty who are utilizing the resources developed in the “Sustainability Across the Curriculum” workshop in their classes.

UCCS Strategic Plan
7. Provide inspired sustainability leadership and education, and direct the responsible,
informed application of social, environmental and economic sustainability measures
in all University activities.
UCCS will create and maintain a thriving and effective culture of sustainability on
campus, with sustainability practices increasingly instituted across all functions of the University.
We will collaborate with other organizations to support regional sustainability goals, developing partnerships throughout the state, offering creative and practical
solutions to sustainability challenges, and researching a plan for a Center for Sustainability Leadership by 2015.
Sustainability awareness will continue to be incorporated into our curricula. Through
increased understanding of sustainability issues and innovative practices, our students, faculty and staff will be empowered to make appropriate choices for themselves, their children and their communities in a rapidly changing global environment.

UCCS Recreational Trails Micro-Master Plan
 Encourage curriculum based trail-related monitoring. Opportunities discussed included trail durability and the effects of aspect, moisture, soils, grade, cross slope, experimental construction techniques, and use, sustainability, natural resource impacts and wellness/nutrition/exercise science topics.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Research?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Research and the published plans in which each objective is included:

UCCS Sustainability Strategic Plan
Goal: Provide Excellent In depth Sustainability Education and Encourage Research
Measurable outcomes
1. Include Sustainability as a “preferred” topic in Creative Research Creative Work grants
2. Designate staff (e.g. student worker) to collect information on all sustainability research currently being conducted by faculty and to share this information with the campus community (e.g. such as on a campus website)
3. Increase research on sustainability.

4. Increase number of staff, faculty, and students involved in sustainability projects on campus.

Designate UCCS liaison and student to collect research information.

Liaison and student researches into possible community and regional university collaboration projects. Compile a list of feasible collaboration projects and distribute
to interested parties.

Increase sustainability-related collaboration and learning opportunities within Colorado Springs community.

UCCS Recreational Trails Micro-Master Plan
Planning Considerations
Recognizing the nature and context of natural resources on the UCCS campus, the following principles and guidelines were integrated into the planning process and should be considered during plan implementation
• Cultural Resources – Avoid trail development within known cultural resource sites, while integrating opportunities to use trail connections to manage access to select sites for research, education, or interpretive opportunities.

Interpretative and Educational Opportunities
The UCCS campus contains unique natural and cultural resources. These are opportunities for interpretation, educational programs and research. During the planning process, attention often turned towards interpretative and educational opportunities to engage and inform the campus community. Below are the ideas and concepts discussed. Signage system design recommendations are in the Design Guidelines.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Campus Engagement?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Campus Engagement and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Sustainability Strategic Plan
Timeframe - 2012-2020

Action Steps
1. Develop and approve a campus sustainability policy that supports the mission, values, and programs of the university
2. Pursue continuous innovation of organizational structures and processes that facilitate sustainable transformation of the university
3. Create a formal advisory committee/implementation team to pursue the goals of the Sustainability Strategic Plan
4. Educate all members of the campus community about the importance of and benefits of all three areas of sustainability
5. Increase personal awareness of and participation in personal sustainability practices from both health and environmental perspectives

Measurable Outcomes
 Campus sustainability policy is approved and communicated to the campus.
 Sustainability is increasingly considered in all UCCS decisions.
 Energy engineer is appointed with expertise to support climate and energy goals.
 Sustainability Office continues to receive sufficient funding and staff to pursue sustainability goals.
 Sustainability increasingly institutionalized across all functions of the university.
 Sustainability initiatives and progress are incorporated within departmental reporting.
 Master planning for building and land use incorporate sustainability from the beginning stages of planning.
 Advisory/implementation committee is established with consistent updates from the Leadership Team and opportunities for input each semester.
 Committee is active in facilitating and pursuing progress on the UCCS Sustainability Strategic Plan.
 Sustainability messages regularly included in recruiting and new student, staff, and faculty orientation.
 Sustainability summits to educate UCCS community are held annually.

 Develop program to educate and facilitate personal sustainability practice and increase participation each year.
 Program awards participants and departments for sustainable practices.
 Survey of campus population reveals increased understanding and additional sustainable actions.

UCCS Recreational Trails Micro-Master Plan
Interpretative and Educational Opportunities
The UCCS campus contains unique natural and cultural resources. These are opportunities for interpretation, educational programs and research. During the planning process, attention often turned towards interpretative and educational opportunities to engage and inform the campus community. Below are the ideas and concepts discussed. Signage system design recommendations are in the Design Guidelines.

Volunteer Construction and Maintenance
Recommendations
Volunteer projects and volunteer engagement
o Maintain trails
o Restore rogue trail, erosion, and drainage damage
o Maintain trail closures
o Execute short trail reroutes and closures
o When skill, resources and volunteer numbers are available, execute large trail construction and/or closures


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Public Engagement?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Public Engagement and the published plans in which each objective is included:

UCCS Sustainability Strategic Plan
III. Increase Faculty, Staff, and Student Involvement in Community Sustainability Initiatives
Actions
1. Create a campus liaison to link up with the Pikes Peak Sustainability Regional Sustainability Plan (PPRSP). The intent would be to find out sustainability related research needs of the PPRSP and then link to faculty and students to conduct research.
2. Increase sustainability-related collaboration and learning opportunities with regional universities and colleges (Colorado College, Pikes Peak Community College, US Air Force Academy).
Measurable Objectives
The number of community collaborative efforts on sustainability increases in quantity and quality.

UCCS Strategic Plan 2012-2020
We will collaborate with other organizations to support regional sustainability goals, developing partnerships throughout the state, offering creative and practical solutions to sustainability challenges, and researching a plan for a Center for Sustainability Leadership by 2015.

UCCS Strategic Plan 2012-2020
We will encourage campus administrators, faculty and staff to actively participate in external boards, task forces, committees and commissions, sharing their skills and
expertise with Colorado Springs and surrounding communities.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Air & Climate?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Air & Climate and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Sustainability Strategic Plan and Climate Action Plan
Actions include:
1. Carbon reductions of 20 percent by 2020, 50 percent by 2030, and 80 percent by 2050.
2. Institute a no idling policy for the campus.
3. Enforce a policy of no smoking within 25 feet of buildings


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Buildings?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Buildings and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Sustainability Strategic Plan
VII. Build High Performance Facilities that Minimize Environmental Impact and Improve Occupant Well-Being

Action Steps
1. Campus infrastructure supports inclusivity, diversity, and well-being
2. Campus facilities support educational goals of creating a living laboratory to support sustainability experiential learning
3. Nurture a sense of place
4. Design, construct, and operate facilities with sustainable design that use less energy, less water, more local and environmentally friendly materials

Measurable Outcomes

 Make available in all facilities gender neutral bathrooms, safe zones, and accessibility for disabled individuals.
 Increase curricular and co-curricular educational opportunities.
 Incorporate sustainable design in master planning and infrastructure including conservation of unique or historic features, and an appropriate carrying capacity for the land.
 Increase amount of square footage that is LEED Gold certified or higher with a 40% reduction in energy and water use.

UCCS Strategic Plan 2012-2020
On campus, our sustainability efforts will continue to be integrated into all aspects of university functions, including buildings, grounds, operations, planning and purchasing. In the choices we make to minimize the impact of our growing campus, we will incorporate a triple bottom line, drawing upon economic, environmental and social criteria to inform our decisions.

UCCS Heller Center Master Plan
GOALS AND PURPOSE
▪ Develop a plan that will result in the highest and best use of the site and buildings, while preserving the property and making it accessible to the University community.
ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP
Sustainable Design
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards should be employed when designing new structures and should be able to serve as a teaching tool for both the University community and the broader population of Colorado Springs.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Energy?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Energy and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Sustainability Strategic Plan and Climate Action Plan
V.Achieve Progress toward a Net Zero Energy Campus through Conservation, Energy Efficiency Technologies, and Producing or Purchasing Renewable Energy.

Action Steps
1. Implement behavioral energy conservation measures
2. Increase the quantity and scope of energy efficiency and retrofit projects
3. Increase number of submitted proposals for grants that pursue energy efficiency projects and installations
4. Utilize integrated design process to maximize energy savings in new buildings and major renovations
5. Hire energy conservation engineer to monitor Building Automation System and identify and coordinate projects
6. Fully implement system of energy data collection, measurement, and reporting
7. Increase on campus and purchased renewable energy projects to meet the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment
8. Develop a sustainable energy plan for UCCS that includes renewable energy
9. Address energy use in housing
10. Reduce resource usage by promoting online classes and meetings

Measurable Outcomes
Secure funding for necessary projects to meet energy and climate goals.
Project management staff is available for energy projects.
Increased grant monies are awarded to campus.
All applicable new buildings and major renovations are LEED Gold certified or higher and achieve a 40% reduction in energy and water use.
Energy conservation engineer is hired.
Solidify baseline data and select appropriate metrics.
Improve data systems for utility monitoring.
Add additional meters and instrumentation as appropriate.
30 percent of energy use at UCCS is provided by renewable
energy to potentially include solar farms, wind, geothermal,
biomass, etc.
UCCS is participating in a solar farm/garden.
Complete feasibility studies on renewable energy sources.
Complete a sustainability energy plan.
Develop sustainability-themed living areas
Reduce energy use in housing.
Reduce resources used for classes and meetings

UCCS Heller Center Master Plan
ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP
Sustainable Design
Solar, wind, storm water management, water-wise landscaping will be part of the design program.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Food & Dining?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Food & Dining and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Sustainability Strategic Plan

I. Design a Food Environment on Campus that Promotes a Sustainable, Healthy Community
Action items:
1. Increase seasonally, locally, and organically grown or raised produce, fish, meat, chicken, milk, eggs, and dairy products and select vegetarian options within reasonably tight radius depending on the season
2. Reduce foods of animal origin (meat, dairy, eggs) served
3. Use certification programs to ensure quality of food on campus is sustainable
4. Reduce bottled water on campus
5. Enhance health and wellness on campus through a supportive environment in dining and retail areas
6. Develop effective educational strategies to increase awareness and knowledge related to food, physical activity, and sustainability

Measurable Outcomes
1. Publish annual report of food purchased and produced by catering company and how purchases meet sustainability criteria.
Increase annually by 3-5 %food in this category that meets locally, seasonally, and
organically grown standards.
Increase ratio of meat free and dairy free food options served on campus per day.
Introduce new vegetarian initiatives every year.
Increase annually by 3-5%USDA certified organic food, fish that meets the guidelines of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch and Fair Trade coffee available on campus.
Increase annually by 3-5%food purchased locally, seasonally, or organically. Document and increase quantity of food sourced from farms that minimize harm to the environment and have a social responsibility policy covering workers.
Eliminate non-flavored bottled water in vending machines and all
food service locations by 2014.
Establish a new dining experience through the build out of the Overlook Café and integrated healthier and fresher options at other locations.
Build and operate a greenhouse on UCCS property to provide organic produce to the UCCS restaurants.
Reduce the offerings of high-fat, high-sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and high-
sodium food. Provide menus with nutritional information daily in the Lodge and on request in other food service locations.
Pursue healthful vending food opportunities.
Tray-less dining
Pre-consumer food waste composting
Post-consumer food waste composting
Recycled content napkins
Reusable mug discounts
Reusable to-go containers
Food donations
Eliminate Styrofoam for all to-go containers
Where possible, introduce durable reusable service ware.
Explore position within food service provider that focuses on sustainability education and promotion.
Document number of educational initiatives and evaluate efficacy of these initiatives


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Grounds?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Grounds and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Sustainability Strategic Plan
Action Steps
1. Improve effectiveness of irrigation systems
2. Where appropriate, use native vegetation and plants
3. Divert rain, storm water, and runoff to water plants
Measurable Outcomes
 Utilized weather data and other technologies to reduce outdoor water use by 10 percent.
 Reduced treated water use for irrigation.

UCCS Recreational Trails Micro-Master Plan
Purpose of the Micro-Master Plan
UCCS has grown steadily since its inception. The 2012 Campus Master Plan is grounded in the premise of "respecting the responsible capacity of the land" and supported by three design principles: 1) Respect natural features. 2) Reinforce vibrant campus anchors. 3) Connect campus destinations. The Recreational Trails Micro-Master Plan embodies these concepts, as it is an addendum to the Campus Master Plan.
As the designated growth campus within the CU System, the University has already witnessed campus growth's impact on the current endemic trail routes. The University also recognizes the unique opportunity presented by its dramatic natural setting. In light of this context, the Micro-Master Plan will:
• Create a world-class trail system engaging the unique natural landscape and contributing to UCCS's sense of place,
• Protect the natural environment by minimizing impacts to the local fauna, flora, and soils while providing a robust trail system for recreation and transportation,
• Accommodate campus development by creating a trail system that connects and unifies campus destinations,
• Integrate the UCCS trail system with adjacent public trails, parks and open spaces, as well as housing, retail and employment centers, and
• Recommend campus-wide initiative

UCCS Heller Center Master Plan
ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP
Sustainable Design
Solar, wind, storm water management, water-wise landscaping will be part of the design program


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Purchasing?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Purchasing and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Sustainability Strategic Plan
IV.Demonstrate Sustainable Purchasing Practices for all Purchases on Campus

Action Steps:
1. Train campus purchasers to apply a sustainable purchasing framework to include CU Green Purchasing Guidelines, EPEAT, and Green Seal
2. Collaborate with CU Procurement Services to identify and promote products that meet sustainable purchasing guidelines

Measurable Outcomes:
 Campus community is familiar with sustainable purchases and the number of purchases classified as sustainable increases each year.
 Develop campus sustainable purchasing guide for common products and support for purchase of these products is articulated by campus leadership.

 Products that meet sustainable purchasing guidelines are easily identified and compare favorably with other products within the purchasing system.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Transportation?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Transportation and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Sustainable Strategic Plan
II.Implement a Transportation Demand Management Plan that Reduces the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Generated from Campus Fleet Operations and Commuting

Action steps:
1. Improve educational efforts (sustainability and health promotion) to further faculty, staff and student awareness of multi-modal transportation options
2. Reduce the number of singly-occupied vehicles driving to and from campus by increasing the availability and attractiveness of alternative commuting options
3. Reduce the use of fossil fuels in University owned vehicles
4. Reduce the use of fossil fuels by airline travel for campus community
Measurable Outcomes:
 Document number of educational efforts and evaluate annual efficacy.
 Increase partnerships with both on campus and off campus departments or agencies in providing education about alternative transportation options.
 Continue transportation intern position in the Department of Public Safety as funding allowed. Pursue other grants and funding for this position as available.
 Document and publish initiatives and outcomes.
 Bi-Annual survey shows increased percentage of alternative forms of transportation to single occupancy vehicles.
 Advocate for improved mass transit in the Colorado Springs region and seek out partnerships with regionally based transit authorities for reduced or no-cost mass transit options.
 Investigate funding mechanisms to support mass transit expansion and access for our campus.
 Increase bike storage facilities.
 Expand the bike sharing program.
 Design bike friendly circulation patterns in conjunction with new roadway and building construction.
 Expand car sharing option on campus as available.
 Increase teleconferencing in lieu of commuting to other locations for University meetings.
 Increase telecommuting opportunities for campus community.
 Encourage carpool options through the use of an interchangeable parking permit.
 Power 60 percent of the campus fleet by one of the following (unless fuel type is unavailable):
a. Gasoline-electric hybrid
b. Diesel-electric hybrid
c. Plug-in hybrid
d. 100 percent electric
e. Hydrogen fueled
f. Biofuel and biodiesel
 Reduce use of fossil fuels for internal university operated buses.
o Increase walking and biking trails to reduce demand for bus system
o Implement all-electric busses where feasible
 Implement vehicle purchasing plan to target fuel types.
 Decrease emissions from university sponsored travel as reported through the CU Procurement Service Center.

UCCS Recreational Trails Micro-Master Plan
Introduction
The 2014 University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) Recreational Trails Micro-Master Plan provides a strategy for implementing a trail system that is both a recreational amenity and an alternative transportation experience.
Purpose of the Micro-Master Plan
• Protect the natural environment by minimizing impacts to the local fauna, flora, and soils while
providing a robust trail system for recreation and transportation,
Givens: • The trail system will be open to both the campus and the community for non-motorized and appropriate multi-use recreation and transportation.
Values: C. Trails are a crucial part of the campus' heritage, transportation network and commitment to sustainability.
Goals:
4. Create a variety of safe and responsible trail experiences for all levels of trail use.
4.1. Provide opportunities for recreation, fitness and education for the UCCS campus community, including
ADA accessible opportunities.
4.2. Create active transportation/commuting linkages within campus, as well as to local trails and open space.
4.3. Minimize user conflicts as the campus population grows.
4.4. Ensure the trails are safe for use.
4.5. Provide opportunities for outdoor experiences that are unique to Colorado. (repeat)


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Waste?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Waste and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Sustainability Strategic Plan
III. Pursue Zero Waste in in all Functions Throughout the Campus
Action steps:
1. Implement waste minimization education program
2. Implement composting program
3. Strengthen electronics recycling program to capture greater quantity and diversity of electronic items
4. Make construction waste recycling a requirement of all small and large projects
5. Pursue infrastructure and innovation that increases diversion and efficiency, and reduces costs
6. Reduce use of plastic bags for liners in waste, recycling, and compost throughout campus
7.Establish formal office supplies and surplus material exchange program
8.Reduce paper use by institutionalizing practices such as: double-sided printing, converting to electronic paperless processes, smaller fonts and margins, and purchasing recycled paper
9. Reduce hazardous, universal, and non-regulated chemical waste and ensure a safe disposal
10.Institutionalize waste reduction programs at residence hall move-in and move out
11. Increase reuse and recycling of toner cartridges
Measurable Outcomes:
 Document number of educational efforts.
 Campus community is trained to reduce waste through conscientious purchasing, reduced packaging, and appropriate reuse or disposal.
 Diversion rates are increased and over 80% of organic waste is composted.
 Over 80% of all electronics are recycled by certified electronics recycling company.
 Over 80% of all construction waste is recycled for all projects on campus.
 Compactors, bailers, shredders and other equipment are implemented if deemed appropriate.
 Plastic bag use in indoor waste receptacles is significantly reduced.
 Program is used consistently by campus community to reduce materials to the landfill.
 Paper use per person is reduced by 30% and paper that was used is at least 30% recycled and preferably 100%
 Increase the use of improved technology to decrease paper consumption.
 Decrease the use of hazardous, universal, and non-regulated chemical waste and document safe disposal.
 Recycling and re-use opportunities are available, publicized, and used at move-in and move-out.
 Comprehensive program is established to reuse and recycle toner cartridges and cartridge-less printers replace cartridge models.

UCCS Recreational Trails Micro-Master Plan
Rules and Enforcement
• Provide educational signage addressing Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethic.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Water?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Water and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Sustainability Strategic Plan
VI. Reduce Water Use
Action Steps:
1. Improve effectiveness of irrigation systems
2. Where appropriate, use native vegetation and plants
3. Divert rain, storm water, and runoff to water plants
4. Where appropriate in new facilities, utilize gray water systems
5. Work with CSU to get non-potable water on campus
6. Keep up with water-saving technologies
7. Address water use in housing
8. Provide feedback to campus regarding water use

UCCS Recreational Trails Micro-Master Plan
Trail Grades
The One Third Rule: Trail grades should never exceed one-third of the measured side slope grade. If this occurs, water traveling down the hillside from above will intercept the trail and travel down the trail tread instead of draining off of the trail. For example, if the side slope of a hillside measures 20%, do not design the trail with a maximum trail grade exceeding 7%.
Drainage Crossings
Most trails will eventually cross drainage ways on the landscape. The type of crossing to construct depends on the width and depth of the channel, the frequency of water flow, and the intensity of peak water flows. Typical trail crossings that would be suitable for trails on the UCCS campus include the following...
Stormwater Compliance Recommendations
During the micro-master plan process, the Facilities Department raised concerns regarding requirements for Urban Drainage Flood Control District (UDFCD) engineering, submissions and permitting during trail construction.

UCCS Heller Center Master Plan
ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP
Sustainable Design
Solar, wind, storm water management, water-wise landscaping will be part of the design program


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Diversity & Affordability?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Diversity & Affordability and the published plans in which each objective is included:

UCCS Strategic Plan
Goals:
6. Build an inclusive UCCS educational community that attracts, embraces and
supports diverse students, faculty and staff to advance learning and scholarship in a
multicultural world.

Recruitment and outreach efforts will be culturally responsive, with expanded outreach to P-12 organizations to engage diverse students, their families and communities.
We will develop a robust and supportive environment for veterans, active-duty military and their families.
UCCS will establish a centralized Office of International Programs and Services, reporting at the provost level, to support actions to advance this goal.
We will develop and implement an international student recruitment, enrollment and retention plan, with the goal of increasing the international student body to 750 by 2020.
We will develop a financial investment model and fundraising strategy to provide financial assistance to international students and scholars as well as to UCCS students involved in study abroad and other international study opportunities.
UCCS will show continued progress towards an enrollment of diverse populations that are representative of the demographics of Colorado. Current outreach programs, such as the Gomez Scholars, UCCS Gateway Program and the Pre-Collegiate Program, and the development of new programs, including projects in the Lower Arkansas Valley and with the Ute Nations, will advance efforts.
- Enhanced infrastructure offers virtual access to remote students.
- Promotes and supports enrollment of students from diverse, underrepresented populations.

UCCS Recreational Trails Micro-Master Plan
Wayfinding, Trail Etiquette and Safety Suggestions
 Provide information on ADA access.
Goals
4. Create a variety of safe and responsible trail experiences for all levels of trail use.
4.1. Provide opportunities for recreation, fitness and education for the UCCS campus community, including
ADA accessible opportunities

UCCS Heller Center Master Plan
Stakeholder Summary
Rebuild the missing buildings (studios) to include flexible studio/ classroom/seminar space, ADA accessibility and a warming kitchen for small catering events while maintaining the historic character of the architecture.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Investment & Finance?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Investment & Finance and the published plans in which each objective is included:

UCCS Strategic Plan
Innovative revenue diversification, investment, stewardship and management helping fund opportunities consistent with core values.

Grow and diversify revenue through the expansion of business enterprise, intentional
stewardship and philanthropy, and responsible management of revenues and expenses.

DYNAMIC RESPONSIBLE GROWTH
We value dynamic growth while continuing to be financially responsible, academically
sound and environmentally sustainable. We meet the future with energy, enthusiasm
and a commitment to retaining a close, interconnected campus community.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Wellbeing & Work?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Wellbeing & Work and the published plans in which each objective is included:

UCCS Strategic Plan
Cultivate a vibrant, healthy, engaged campus community that unites students, faculty,
staff, alumni and friends of the University in support of the goals of the institution.
Both the 2012 Master and Strategic Plans identify Education Enhanced by Wellness through Recreation as a key component of the UCCS campus experience.

Employees are eligible to participate in Be Colorado, a health and wellness program that provides screening, education, and financial incentives to exercise each month.


Student Success Strategic Plan
Wellness Strategies
The strategies associated with wellness cover a broad range of initiatives that impact the overall health and job satisfaction of our staff.

Wellness Strategy 1:
Encourage professional development.

Wellness Strategy 2:
Provide manageable workloads and clarified responsibilities that can be accomplished within a reasonable work week.
Wellness Strategy 3:
Allow flex schedules to meet a variety of needs from family obligations to avoidance of traffic construction.
Wellness Strategy 4:
Provide promotional opportunities in all units.
Wellness Strategy 5:
Foster a sense of community and connectedness.
Wellness Strategy 6:
Promote increased physical activity of employees.
Wellness Strategy 7:
Provide venues for supervisors to express appreciation of staff efforts.
Wellness Strategy 8:
Make vacation/administrative leave a priority instead of having employees lose vacation time.

Master Plan 2020
The Master Plan sites new buildings related to the health sciences, arts, and athletics on the North Campus that will engage the public in the life of the university. These major
facilities are described below.
The Lane Center for Academic Health Sciences, a partnership between the university and community health centers, will be approximately 54,000 square feet and house clinic, research, and office space. The Center is envisioned as the first phase of a future Health and Wellness Village. Potential uses in this area of the North Campus include expansion of existing clinical programs, a dental school, a pharmacy school, a nursing school, and additional research, office, or new clinical program space.

UCCS Recreational Trails Micro-Master Plan
Introduction
Both the 2012 Master and Strategic Plans identify Education Enhanced by Wellness through Recreation as a key component of the UCCS campus experience...The trail system is identified as key to the UCCS student experience, a unique asset for student recruitment, and a means for physically engaging students, faculty and staff with the campus' stunning natural landscape resource while contributing the their health and wellness.
Purpose of Micro-Master Plan
• Recommend campus-wide initiatives to further the University goals of sustainability, education, and holistic health and wellness.
UCCS Recreational Trails Micro-Master Plan
 Encourage curriculum based trail-related monitoring. Opportunities discussed included trail durability and the effects of aspect, moisture, soils, grade, cross slope, experimental construction techniques, and use, sustainability, natural resource impacts and wellness/nutrition/exercise science topics.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address other areas (e.g. arts and culture or technology)?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address other areas and the published plans in which each objective is included:

This strategic plan as well as microplans address arts and culture as well as technology.
UCCS Strategic Plan objectives:
"Provide an infrastructure of innovative technology, effective facilities and
collaborative learning spaces, blending virtual and physical resources to enhance
and advance the educational experience." In practice this is pursued by a partnership with Cisco for telepresencing classes in Southern Colorado for lower income and underserved communities.

"We will leverage technology and innovation to attract well-qualified and diverse students." In practice this includes Bachelor of Innovation major, transportation efficiency software, etc.

Arts and Culture
UCCS Heller Center Master Plan
Goals and Purpose
The property was purchased by Larry Heller and Laurence Field in 1935 and 1936 from the North Colorado Springs Land & Improvement Company. Larry Heller and his wife Dorothy, “Dot”, lived together at the property until his death in 1983. Dot continued to live there until 1996, when she decided to donate the property to the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS), with the directive that the property be used to promote education in the arts and humanities and that the natural beauty of the area be preserved.
VISION STATEMENT
Blending the past and present, natural and cultivated; the Heller Center for Arts and Humanities Master Plan is solidly grounded in what Larry and Dorothy Heller found so uniquely appealing about Yawn Valley for their personal and professional pursuits in Colorado Springs. The same spirit for art and culture, and a strong appreciation for the natural landscape that the Heller’s possessed almost 60 years ago are still alive in the peacefulness of the quiet valley and in the hearts and minds of their friends and neighbors, and University faculty, staff and students. This master plan intends to capture the essence of Dorothy Heller’s wishes as she bestowed her gift to UCCS and to satisfy the educational and artistic needs of programs relating to the arts and humanities. The master plan envisions that the Heller Center will become a retreat and small conference center that fosters intellectual, academic and artistic creativity and collaboration between students, faculty and visiting scholars and artists. The Center will be an oasis within the broader UCCS campus, with the heart of the Center nestled within in the native landscape of gambel oak and pinyon providing a tranquil setting for exploration of the arts and humanities.


Does the institution have a formal statement in support of sustainability endorsed by its governing body (e.g. a mission statement that specifically includes sustainability and is endorsed by the Board of Trustees)? :
Yes

The formal statement in support of sustainability:

CU Board of Regents Sustainability Resolution 2009
The CU Board of Regents encourages sustainability efforts on a university-wide basis to include Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards for buildings, comprehensive plans to achieve climate neutrality, and participation in Greening of State Government.


The institution’s definition of sustainability (e.g. as included in a published statement or plan):

Sustainability Strategic Plan
Sustainability as defined in the UCCS Sustainability Strategic Plan is
...meeting the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs (Brundtland, 1987),
...improving the quality and equity of human life while living within the carrying capacity of support eco-systems,
...acting with respect for nature, universal human rights, and economic justice.

Vision
The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs will be a recognized leader in sustainability, integrating social justice, economic, and ecological values into institutional policies, programs and practices.

Mission
Recognizing that institutions of higher learning have a responsibility to exercise leadership and create the future, UCCS actively pursues sustainability as a way to address the University’s focus on increased student recruitment and retention through courses which address contemporary and global issues, effective and efficient resource usage, and fiscal responsibility. UCCS seeks to be a campus where: Committed campus administrators, in partnership with a dedicated faculty, staff, and student body, provide leadership and expertise to local, regional, and global sustainability efforts; We recognize our obligation to educate the University community about the importance of individual and institutional environmental and social responsibility, and prepare our students by integrating sustainability literacy into academic learning and research across the curriculum and between the colleges; Sustainability is integrated into all aspects of University functioning, including buildings, operations, planning, and purchasing, in a way that we minimize the impact of our growing, dynamic campus upon the earth.
In accomplishing this vision and mission, we will foster a culture of sustainability throughout our campus and also our extended community.


Is the institution an endorser or signatory of the following? :
Yes or No
The Earth Charter No
The Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI) No
ISCN-GULF Sustainable Campus Charter No
Second Nature’s Carbon Commitment (formerly known as the ACUPCC), Resilience Commitment, and/or integrated Climate Commitment Yes
The Talloires Declaration (TD) No
UN Global Compact No
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A brief description of the institution’s formal sustainability commitments, including the specific initiatives selected above:

UCCS is a Signatory to the ACUPCC.


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