Silver

STARS 2.1

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL, US


Rating Score Valid Through Liaison Submitted Executive Letter
Silver 52.36 April 18, 2024 Matthew Williams Dec. 4, 2020 Download
Curriculum
16.41 / 40.00
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UF offers nearly 200 sustainability related courses, as well as 70 sustainability focused courses. There are a variety of undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs across various disciplines and colleges centered on sustainability: The College of ... read more
Credit Status Points
Academic Courses Complete 2.63 / 14.00
Learning Outcomes Complete 1.78 / 8.00
Undergraduate Program Complete 3.00 / 3.00
Graduate Program Complete 3.00 / 3.00
Immersive Experience Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Sustainability Literacy Assessment Not Pursuing 0.00 / 4.00
Incentives for Developing Courses Not Pursuing 0.00 / 2.00
Campus as a Living Laboratory Complete 4.00 / 4.00
Research
11.41 / 18.00
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UF is home to a number of research institutes, most notably the Florida Climate Institute and the UF Water Institute. These centers and institutes foster interdisciplinary collaboration on some of the world's most challenging problems. ... read more
Credit Status Points
Research and Scholarship Complete 7.41 / 12.00
Support for Research Complete 2.00 / 4.00
Open Access to Research Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Campus Engagement
11.97 / 21.00
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UF has implemented a number of programs designed to engage and educate the campus community on issues around sustainability, health, wellbeing, diversity and inclusion. There are over 20 student groups at UF that focus on ... read more
Credit Status Points
Student Educators Program Complete 0.97 / 4.00
Student Orientation Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Student Life Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Outreach Materials and Publications Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Outreach Campaign Complete 4.00 / 4.00
Assessing Sustainability Culture Not Pursuing 0.00 / 1.00
Employee Educators Program Not Pursuing 0.00 / 3.00
Employee Orientation Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Staff Professional Development Not Pursuing 0.00 / 2.00
Public Engagement
11.39 / 20.00
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The University of Florida is a member of AASHE, ACUPCC, Audubon International, and USGBC. UF also participates in the Southeastern Sustainability Network. UF has ongoing partnerships with multiple community organizations to provide financial or material ... read more
Credit Status Points
Community Partnerships Complete 3.00 / 3.00
Inter-Campus Collaboration Complete 1.50 / 3.00
Continuing Education Complete 3.49 / 5.00
Community Service Complete 1.40 / 5.00
Participation in Public Policy Not Pursuing 0.00 / 2.00
Trademark Licensing Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Air & Climate
4.26 / 11.00
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In 2006, UF's then-president J. Bernard Machen was among the first to sign the American College and University President’s Climate Commitment, committing to reduce our carbon emissions and educate our campus community about climate change. ... read more
Credit Status Points
Greenhouse Gas Emissions Complete 3.26 / 10.00
Outdoor Air Quality Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Buildings
2.56 / 8.00
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All new construction on campus and any renovations have to adhere to a minimum of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold standards, and UF boasts the first LEED Platinum facility in the state ... read more
Credit Status Points
Building Operations and Maintenance Complete 1.27 / 5.00
Building Design and Construction Complete 1.29 / 3.00
Energy
1.86 / 10.00
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The University of Florida is committed to minimizing the environmental impacts of our campus buildings and ongoing operations. A strong component of this commitment is the reduction of campus energy use through efficiency improvements that ... read more
Credit Status Points
Building Energy Consumption Complete 1.86 / 6.00
Clean and Renewable Energy Complete 0.00 / 4.00
Food & Dining
2.32 / 8.00
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The University works closely with Gator Dining Services (ARAMARK) to achieve goals related to sustainability. To reduce water use, energy use and food waste, both campus dining halls eliminated the use of trays in 2008. ... read more
Credit Status Points
Food and Beverage Purchasing Complete 0.32 / 6.00
Sustainable Dining Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Grounds
2.00 / 4.00
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The University of Florida is committed to providing a campus that is safe, pleasant, and supportive of academic pursuits. With nearly 1,000 cultivated acres on main campus as well as outlying facilities, maintenance of landscaping, ... read more
Credit Status Points
Landscape Management Not Pursuing 0.00 / 2.00
Biodiversity Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Purchasing
3.46 / 6.00
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The University of Florida Procurement Division and the Small Business & Vendor Diversity Relations Division make every effort to secure contracts with vendors that are socially and environmentally conscientious, and certified green whenever possible. UF ... read more
Credit Status Points
Sustainable Procurement Complete 2.50 / 3.00
Electronics Purchasing Complete 0.09 / 1.00
Cleaning and Janitorial Purchasing Complete 0.70 / 1.00
Office Paper Purchasing Complete 0.17 / 1.00
Transportation
4.11 / 7.00
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UF offers a variety of sustainable transportation options to reduce the number of trips taken in single-occupancy, traditional vehicles. UF partners with the local Regional Transit System (RTS) bus service to provide unlimited free rides ... read more
Credit Status Points
Campus Fleet Complete 0.10 / 1.00
Student Commute Modal Split Complete 1.39 / 2.00
Employee Commute Modal Split Complete 0.62 / 2.00
Support for Sustainable Transportation Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Waste
4.98 / 10.00
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UF has a Zero Waste goal and has been developing programs to increase diversion rates and to identify opportunities for increased recycling and composting on campus. Campus-wide waste audits were conducted in 2009 and 2014 ... read more
Credit Status Points
Waste Minimization and Diversion Complete 3.38 / 8.00
Construction and Demolition Waste Diversion Complete 0.60 / 1.00
Hazardous Waste Management Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Water
2.56 / 7.00
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The University of Florida works to reduce water usage in a wide variety of ways including behavior change campaigns such as the Department of Housing and Residence Education Eco-Challenge inter-residence hall competition and The Fill ... read more
Credit Status Points
Water Use Complete 1.56 / 5.00
Rainwater Management Complete 1.00 / 2.00
Coordination & Planning
7.00 / 8.00
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UF has a sustainability committee that promotes sustainability within the University and in the University's relations with the larger community and seeks to enhance the University's standing as a global leader in sustainability. It assesses ... read more
Credit Status Points
Sustainability Coordination Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Sustainability Planning Complete 3.75 / 4.00
Participatory Governance Complete 2.25 / 3.00
Diversity & Affordability
9.06 / 10.00
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The President’s Council on Diversity helps the University achieve its goals related to diversity by recommending and implementing initiatives, gathering and analyzing data, and providing input and oversight on matters pertaining to the diversity of ... read more
Credit Status Points
Diversity and Equity Coordination Complete 1.33 / 2.00
Assessing Diversity and Equity Complete 0.75 / 1.00
Support for Underrepresented Groups Complete 3.00 / 3.00
Affordability and Access Complete 3.98 / 4.00
Investment & Finance
0.00 / 7.00
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UF has invested with private investment funds that sponsor renewable energies such as wind and hydroelectric and sustainable forestry. The investment board has adopted a policy on socially responsive investing that incorporates socially-motivated restrictions on ... read more
Credit Status Points
Committee on Investor Responsibility Not Pursuing 0.00 / 2.00
Sustainable Investment Not Pursuing 0.00 / 4.00
Investment Disclosure Not Pursuing 0.00 / 1.00
Wellbeing & Work
2.33 / 7.00
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UF is committed to providing a pleasant work environment to faculty and staff. Baby Gator Child Development Centers are available to provide child care, and the Employee Assistance Program gives employees access to consultation, training, ... read more
Credit Status Points
Employee Compensation Not Pursuing 0.00 / 3.00
Assessing Employee Satisfaction Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Wellness Program Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Workplace Health and Safety Complete 0.33 / 2.00
Credit Status Points
Green Athletics Complete 0.50 / 0.50
Green Event Certification Complete 0.50 / 0.50
Grounds Certification Complete 0.50 / 0.50
Bicycle Friendly University Complete 0.50 / 0.50
Credit Status Points
Innovation A Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Innovation B Complete 1.00 / 1.00

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