|Overall Rating||Silver - expired|
|Submission Date||Feb. 6, 2013|
University of Louisville
PAE-1: Sustainability Coordination
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Assistant to the Provost for Sustainability Initiatives
Office of the Provost
Does the institution have a sustainability committee?:
The charter or mission statement of the committee or a brief description of the committee's purview and activities :
In 2008, Provost Willihnganz formed a Sustainability Council to help pull together university-wide efforts and to keep the campus community informed of everything that’s happening. The Council also helps UofL move into a leadership position in sustainability.
Among other things, the council:
* Oversees the work of three subcommittees (Education & Research, Operations, and Administration, Finance & Outreach) on sustainability initiatives;
* Develops and reviews policies to recommend for implementation to the President and Provost;
* Sets metrics and provides oversight to measure progress using the categories in the AASHE Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS) and in other important areas;
* Creates new subgroups or committees, if needed, to move forward agendas;
* Serves as a clearinghouse for university activities related to sustainable practices;
* Encourages faculty, staff and students to become involved in our efforts;
* Works with the Office of Communications and Marketing to publicize internally and externally what the university is doing.
The University's sustainability subcommittees include:
Education and Research Subcommittee
This subcommittee looks at instituting sustainability practices in co-curricular education, curriculum, faculty and staff incentives, student outreach programs and orientation and behavior change programs. It conducts an inventory of research and research expenditures, faculty involvement in sustainability research and incentives for involvement.
This subcommittee explores how UofL can manage its campus environment and facilities more effectively. It focuses on buildings and grounds, dining services, energy and climate, materials, recycling and waste minimization, purchasing and transportation.
Administration, Finance & Outreach Subcommittee
This subcommittee looks at the university's investment policies, planning processes, infrastructure, community engagement, diversity initiatives, and human resources policies and practices.
Members of the committee, including affiliations:
• Chair: Joy Hart, Communication, College of Arts and Sciences
• Avery Kolers, Philosophy, College of Arts and Sciences
• Barbara Burns, Psychological and Brain Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, Chair of Education & Research committee
• Bob Staat, Dental School, Faculty Senate representative
• Brent Fryrear, Partnership for a Green City
• Bryan Shelangoski, Housing & Residential Life
• David Simpson, Urban and Public Affairs, College of Arts and Sciences
• Denise Fitzpatrick, Communications and Marketing
• Elisabeth McCracken, Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center, Speed School of Engineering
• Tim Darst, student, Group Recycling And Sustainable Solutions
• Evan Holladay, Student Government Association Sustainability Coordinator
• Justin Mog, assistant to the Provost for sustainability initiatives
• Kathleen Adamchik, Advising, College of Arts and Sciences
• Keith Inman, University Advancement
• Keith Sharp, Mechanical Engineering, Speed School of Engineering
• Larry Owsley, Vice-President for Business Affairs, Chair of Operations committee
• Nat Irvin, Management, College of Business
• Paul Salmon, Psychological and Brain Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences
• Josh Heird, Athletics
• Rodger Payne, Political Science, College of Arts and Sciences
• Russ Barnett, Kentucky Institute for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Office of the Executive Vice President
• Skip Hurley, Staff Senate representative
• Susan Duncan, Law, Chair of Administration/Finance/Outreach committee
• Tony Arnold, School of Law
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Does the institution have a sustainability office?:
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The number of people employed in the sustainability office:
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Does the institution have a sustainability coordinator?:
Sustainability coordinator's name:
Sustainability coordinator's position title:
A brief description of the sustainability coordinator’s position:
In 2009, the University of Louisville created the position of Assistant to the Provost for Sustainability Initiatives to coordinate and manage the operation of the University's Sustainability Program. The Assistant reports directly to the Provost and works closely with the Sustainability Council, made up of faculty, staff, students, Vice Presidents and Administrators of the University. The Council provides oversight and direction, coordinates activities and recommends policy to the President and Executive Vice President and Provost of the University.
The Assistant is responsible for developing new policies and programs at the University to improve the sustainability of its operations, to increase the breadth and scope of educational outreach on this issue, and to assure that financial investments are not detrimental to sustainability.
Responsibilities include the following:
• Develop and direct sustainability initiatives as directed by the Chair of the Council;
• Manage operations of the Council and its programs;
• Coordinate and collaborate with related sustainability programs of the University;
• Develop, obtain and administer grants to support the Sustainability Council*s initiatives;
• Hire or supervise staff, students and volunteers;
• Prepare reports, records, video productions and other documentation of the Sustainability Council's initiatives and programs;
• Maintain a website of Council activities and schedules;
• Develop a matrix to assess the sustainability of University operations, education and financial management and conduct annual evaluations of progress to be published in an annual report;
• Serve as a liaison to connect faculty, researchers and students with local community organizations;
• Prepare and deliver professional development and training programs on sustainability to Council members, staff and faculty;
• Assist in the implementation of the Green Threads program to integrate sustainability education into existing courses offered at the University; and
• Perform other duties as assigned by the Chair of the Sustainability Council.
The Assistant is required to have a high degree of knowledge on a wide variety of sustainability issues. S/he must have proven interpersonal, analytical, organizational and communication skills; experience in sustainability development; the ability to work with a diverse population of administrators, staff and students; and the ability to foster a collaborative work environment. A Ph.D. in environmental science, education, or management is required for this position with 10 years of experience.
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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 and complete the Data Inquiry Form.