Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 52.36
Liaison Matthew Williams
Submission Date Dec. 4, 2020
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STARS v2.1

University of Florida
IN-24: Innovation A

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Liz Storn
Program Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Cypress Hall Residence Hall for students with significant mobility impairments

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

Cypress Hall, a 255 capacity residence hall, is one of two residence halls nationwide that is equipped to support students with significant mobility impairments. Cypress Hall offers the following for 35 rooms:
- Enhanced rooms (19) that include SureHands lift systems to aid in the transportation of students with mobility impairments throughout their residence hall rooms.
- Flexible restroom configuration includes zero-entry shower, moveable sinks, grab bar, and bidet.
-Adequate floor space to accommodate students who utilize mobility equipment and/or who require personal care assistance.
- State of the art technology system with controlled access to residence hall room including easy access to video equipped doorbell, window blinds, lights, etc.

Students residing in these rooms obtain individualized transition planning and support, including:
- Cypress orientation during move-in.
- Success strategies and goal planning meetings.
- Monthly empowerment group meetings.
- Transition into the workforce planning meetings.
- Independent Living Skills and managing personal care attendants.
- Additional availability for walk-in hours at the Disability Resource Center.
- Campus accessibility assessments each semester based on course schedule.
- Resources regarding funding and support based on individual needs.

Cypress Hall opened in Fall 2015, and is LEED Gold certified. Expansion of the number of rooms able to support students with significant mobility impairments from 11 to 19 occurred in 2019.

Which of the following impact areas does the innovation most closely relate to? (select up to three):
Diversity & Affordability

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :

The website URL where information about the innovation is available :
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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