Overall Rating Expired
Overall Score Expired
Liaison David Tedder
Submission Date Oct. 16, 2015
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STARS v2.0

University of Kentucky
PA-2: Sustainability Planning

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Shane Tedder
Sustainability Coordinator
Office oF Sustainability
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Does the institution have current and formal plans to advance sustainability in the following areas? Do the plans include measurable objectives?:
Current and Formal Plans (Yes or No) Measurable Objectives (Yes or No)
Curriculum No No
Research (or other scholarship) No No
Campus Engagement No No
Public Engagement No No
Air and Climate No No
Buildings No No
Dining Services/Food Yes Yes
Energy No No
Grounds Yes Yes
Purchasing No No
Transportation Yes Yes
Waste No No
Water Yes Yes
Diversity and Affordability No No
Health, Wellbeing and Work No No
Investment No No
Other No No

A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Curriculum:
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The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Curriculum plan(s):
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Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Curriculum plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Research (or other scholarship):
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The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Research plan(s):
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Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Research plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance Campus Engagement around sustainability:
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The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Campus Engagement plan:
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Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Campus Engagement plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance Public Engagement around sustainability:
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The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Public Engagement plan(s):
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Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Public Engagement plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Air and Climate:
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The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Air and Climate plan(s):
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Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Air and Climate plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Buildings:
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The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Buildings plan(s):
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Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Buildings plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Dining Services/Food:

The University's contract with Aramark (DBA UK Dining) includes several sustainability components in the key performance indicators. Most notably local food purchasing, green building, and waste reduction.


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Dining Services/Food plan(s):

The plan calls for $1.2 million in purchases certified as KY Proud and at least $800,000 in additional purchases from businesses based in Fayette and contiguous counties during the first year of the contract with annual increases in each category.


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Dining Services/Food plan(s):

UK Dining Sustainability Manager
UK Dining
UK Dining Oversight Committee
Office of the Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Energy:
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The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Energy plan(s):
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Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Energy plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Grounds:

The Campus Landscape Guidelines provide guidance to campus operations teams as well as private sector partners doing business on campus. Sustainability is included as a core principle in the guidelines and the document provides general sustainability-driven direction relative to Landscapes, but also includes a sustainability policy that must be followed when a project impacts the campus landscape.


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Grounds plan(s):

Every project that impacts campus landscapes must abide by the POLICY FOR PROMOTING
SUSTAINABILITY THROUGH THE CAMPUS LANDSCAPE

STEP 1 : PRE-PLANNING AND DESIGN
Site plans should be developed with sustainability as a priority,
and design teams should report to the University using the
current SITES Rating System for Sustainable Land Design and
Development™. All projects should be designed to address
prerequisites and maximize the points from credits appropriate
to the context of the project. Third party certification is not
required. A summary scorecard should be presented during
the schematic design phase to indicate targeted credits and
should be updated and reviewed throughout design and
construction phases to monitor progress and change.
STEP 2 : DESIGN REVIEW
A team composed of University personnel, including the
Superintendent of Grounds, Project Manager, and the
University Sustainability Coordinator, will review and approve
compliance with this policy.


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Grounds plan(s):

Capital Projects and Management Division
Office of Sustainability
UK PPD Grounds


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Purchasing:
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The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Purchasing plan(s):
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Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Purchasing plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Transportation:

In October 2014, the University of Kentucky embarked on a process of transportation
planning, to address all aspects of the systems by which people move to, from
and around the campus. The scope of the University of Kentucky Transportation
Master Plan encompasses all modes of vehicular travel – private vehicles; transit;
service, delivery and maintenance vehicles; emergency vehicles – as well as the
means by which people travel under their own power, particularly walking and
bicycling. The experience of persons with disabilities in traveling by these modes
is also addressed.

Fostering Environmental Sustainability is one of six guiding principles for the plan.

More information:
http://www.uky.edu/evpfa/sites/www.uky.edu.evpfa/files/20151118_UK_Transportation_BOOK.pdf

+ Date Revised: Jan. 4, 2016

The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Transportation plan(s):

The plan focuses on the six objectives below over the next five years.

1. Enhance Campus Mobility and Access
- Promote safe, efficient and effective mobility options to, from, and
around campus that reasonably accommodate various user groups
with priorities focused on enhancing student success and facilitating
professional obligations.
- Support a pedestrian focus in the campus core.
- Enhance bicycle access around campus.
- Provide robust, efficient, and effective transit options on campus
that eliminate mobility barriers and ease the use of remote parking
locations.
- Evaluate opportunities to partner with the city to strengthen bicycle,
pedestrian, and transit connections that improve access to and from
campus.
- Incorporate health and wellness opportunities with campus mobility.
2. Promote and Support Safety
- Promote safe use of all mobility options offered to, from and around
campus
- Design, build, retrofit, and maintain transportation infrastructure
that enhances safety, such as lighting, way finding, transit shelters,
crosswalks, traffic calming, and walking and biking paths.
3. Foster Environmental Sustainability
- Reduce environmental impact of campus transportation by
encouraging reduced dependency on single occupancy vehicles for
all University of Kentucky constituents.
- Maximize the utilization of existing parking and transit infrastructure.
4. Right-Size Parking Supply & Allocation
- Achieve a balance between parking supply and parking demand.
Campus access demand not accommodated through parking
capacity will be adequately and sufficiently accommodated through
transportation demand management.
- Implement a parking rate structure that encourages a balance between
parking supply and demand and reflects a market-based value of the
service provided.
5. Accommodate Campus Growth and Transformation
- Manage future transportation, mobility, and parking efforts with
creativity and innovation that recognizes increased enrollment and
staffing within campus physical constraints.
- Ensure that transportation and mobility considerations are included in
all planning endeavors.
- Address campus access needs so as not to create undue hardship on
adjacent neighborhoods, the city, and region.
6. Assure Financial Self-Sufficiency
- Develop a financially self-sufficient mobility system that is centered
on a fee-based service for users. Control operational expenses while
promoting safe, efficient, well-maintained and operated facilities and
programs.

+ Date Revised: Jan. 4, 2016

Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Transportation plan(s):

Parking and Transportation Services
Office of Sustainability
Bicycle Advisory Committee
Office of the Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Waste:
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The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Waste plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Water:

The UK Office for Environmental Management has a Stormwater Quality Management Plan with measurable objectives that advance sustainability.


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Water plan(s):

Website development
Development of Educational Materials
Produce 2 annual news pieces relative to stormwater quality
Educate Staff about illicit discharges and other stormwater quality issues


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Water plan(s):

Environmental Affairs Compliance Coordinator
Stormwater Quality Stakeholders Group
Environmental Management Department


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance Diversity and Affordability:
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The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Diversity and Affordability plan(s):
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Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Diversity and Affordability plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Health, Wellbeing and Work:
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The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Health, Wellbeing and Work plan(s):
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Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Health, Wellbeing and Work plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Investment:
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The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Investment plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in other areas:
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The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the other plan(s):
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The institution’s definition of sustainability:

The University defines sustainability as an effort to simultaneously advance economic vitality, ecological integrity and social equity, now and into the future.


Does the institution’s strategic plan or equivalent guiding document include sustainability at a high level?:
Yes

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

The University of Kentucky Master Plan includes sustainability as one of seven core principles. The executive summary notes that the master plan creates the opportunity to demonstrate leadership through a triple bottom line approach and will help advance sustainability in key areas such as energy, landscape, ecology, mobility, community and economic development.


The website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability planning is available:

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