Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 63.89
Liaison Christa Rieck
Submission Date March 3, 2022

STARS v2.2

University of Houston
EN-11: Inter-Campus Collaboration

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 3.00 Gabriel Durham
Graduate assistant
Office of Sustainability
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Is the institution currently a member of a national or international higher education sustainability network?:

The name of the national or international sustainability network(s):

1) Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education - http://www.aashe.org
2) U.S. Green Building Council - http://www.usgbc.org
3) Forest Stewardship Council - https://us.fsc.org/en-us

Does the institution actively participate in a regional, state/provincial, or local higher education sustainability network?:

The name of the regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network(s):

1) Texas Regional Alliance for Campus Sustainability (TRACS) - https://texascampussustainability.com/

Has the institution presented at a higher education sustainability conference during the previous year?:

A list or brief description of the conference(s) and presentation(s):

Has the institution submitted a case study during the previous year to an external higher education sustainability resource center or awards program?:

A list or brief description of the sustainability resource center or awards program and submission(s):

Has the institution had employees or students serving on a board or committee of a sustainability network or conference during the previous three years?:

A list or brief description of the board or committee appointment(s):

Stephanie Coates is a UH employee who is a sustainability committee member and also a committee member of a Houston sustainability network-Citizens Environmental Coalition. Stephanie is a member of the Citizens Environmental Coalition Earth Day planning committee. She is an active member who works to coordinate sustainability related organizations for the city wide celebration.

Does the institution have an ongoing mentoring relationship with another institution through which it assists the institution with its sustainability reporting and/or the development of its sustainability program?:

A brief description of the mentoring relationship and activities:

UH is currently helping the University of Clear Lake, University of Houston Downtown, and University of Houston Victoria organize a formal office of sustainability for their campuses. Currently, UHD has an Environment & Sustainability Coordinator that works to increase communication and create synergy around environmental and sustainability efforts of administrators, staff, faculty, and students by monitoring, coordinating and communicating with departments and relevant committees and student organizations. Each campus is working on goals to promote and publicize best practices, increase sustainability across the university, and strengthen stewardship of our environment. Representatives from UH are working with representatives from each campus to conduct an initial STARS assessment, develop a strategic plan, organize sustainability office structure, and outline funding outline for their future office.

Has the institution had employees or students serving as peer reviewers of another institution’s sustainability data and/or STARS submission during the previous three years?:

A brief description of the peer review activities:

A brief description of other inter-campus collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year :

UH is currently developing a climate action plan for the institution. Representative of UH have reached out to other national and Texas institutions, including the University of Texas, Texas A&M, Rice, University of North Texas, Colorado State University, Arizona State University, and others. Additionally, the UH Office of Sustainability partnered with Johnson Space Center (NASA) Office of Sustainability to collaborate on joint climate action plan and initiatives.

Website URL where information about the institution’s inter-campus collaborations is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution or simply email your inquiry to stars@aashe.org.