University of Florida

Gainesville, FL, US

Rating Score Valid Through Liaison Submitted Executive Letter
Silver - expired 52.36 April 18, 2024 Matthew Williams Dec. 4, 2020 Download
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
Academic Courses Complete
Learning Outcomes Complete
Undergraduate Program Complete
Graduate Program Complete
Immersive Experience Complete
Sustainability Literacy Assessment Not Pursuing
Incentives for Developing Courses Not Pursuing
Campus as a Living Laboratory Complete
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
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Research and Scholarship Complete
Support for Research Complete
Open Access to Research Complete
Campus Engagement
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
Student Educators Program Complete
Student Orientation Complete
Student Life Complete
Outreach Materials and Publications Complete
Outreach Campaign Complete
Assessing Sustainability Culture Not Pursuing
Employee Educators Program Not Pursuing
Employee Orientation Complete
Staff Professional Development Not Pursuing
Public Engagement
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
Community Partnerships Complete
Inter-Campus Collaboration Complete
Continuing Education Complete
Community Service Complete
Participation in Public Policy Not Pursuing
Trademark Licensing Complete
Air & Climate
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
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Greenhouse Gas Emissions Complete
Outdoor Air Quality Complete
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
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Building Operations and Maintenance Complete
Building Design and Construction Complete
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
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Building Energy Consumption Complete
Clean and Renewable Energy Complete
Food & Dining
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
Food and Beverage Purchasing Complete
Sustainable Dining Complete
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
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Landscape Management Not Pursuing
Biodiversity Complete
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
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Sustainable Procurement Complete
Electronics Purchasing Complete
Cleaning and Janitorial Purchasing Complete
Office Paper Purchasing Complete
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
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Campus Fleet Complete
Student Commute Modal Split Complete
Employee Commute Modal Split Complete
Support for Sustainable Transportation Complete
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
Waste Minimization and Diversion Complete
Construction and Demolition Waste Diversion Complete
Hazardous Waste Management Complete
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
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Water Use Complete
Rainwater Management Complete
Coordination & Planning
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
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Sustainability Coordination Complete
Sustainability Planning Complete
Participatory Governance Complete
Diversity & Affordability
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
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Diversity and Equity Coordination Complete
Assessing Diversity and Equity Complete
Support for Underrepresented Groups Complete
Affordability and Access Complete
Investment & Finance
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
Committee on Investor Responsibility Not Pursuing
Sustainable Investment Not Pursuing
Investment Disclosure Not Pursuing
Wellbeing & Work
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
Employee Compensation Not Pursuing
Assessing Employee Satisfaction Complete
Wellness Program Complete
Workplace Health and Safety Complete

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