|Submission Date||Feb. 13, 2016|
University of Louisville
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination
Assistant to the Provost for Sustainability Initiatives
Office of the Provost
Does the institution have at least one sustainability committee, office, and/or officer that focuses on sustainability broadly and covers the entire institution?:
A brief description of the activities and substantive accomplishments of the committee(s), office(s), and/or officer(s) during the previous three years:
The activities and accomplishments of the UofL Sustainability Council and UofL's chief sustainability officer, the Assistant to the Provost for Sustainability Initiatives are far too varied and numerous to detail here, but are summarized in our Annual Reports available at http://louisville.edu/sustainability/sustainability-council/annual-report.html
The Council has four main active committees reflecting the four components of STARS: Operations; Planning & Administration; Education & Research; and Engagement.
Does the institution have at least one sustainability committee?:
The charter or mission statement of the committee(s) or a brief description of each 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 committee 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.
Planning & Administration Committee
This committee explores opportunities to improve social, economic, and ecological stewardship within the university's investment policies & practices, planning processes, diversity initiatives, and human resources policies and practices.
This new committee formed in Fall 2015 with a focus on: 1. Ways to deepen and broaden engagement in sustainability among students, faculty, and staff on-campus; and 2. Ways to deepen and broaden community engagement in sustainability beyond campus.
Members of each committee, including affiliations and role (e.g. staff, student, or faculty):
UofL SUSTAINABILITY COUNCIL
Chair: David Simpson Faculty Urban and Public Affairs
Margaret Carreiro Faculty Biology; Education & Research Committee Chair
Mitchell Payne Staff Operations Committee Chair
Rodger Payne Faculty Planning & Administration Committee Chair
Brian Barnes Faculty Philosophy, College of Business; EcoReps Program Director
Mitchell Payne Staff Senior Assoc. VP for Strategy & Organizational Design
Angela Lewis-Klein Staff Chair Staff Senate
Skip Hurley Staff Facilities Coordinator, James Graham Brown Cancer Center (CTR)
Pam Feldhoff Faculty Chair Faculty Senate; EVPR
Avery Kolers Faculty Philosophy
Brent Fryrear Staff Director, Partnership for a Green City
Bryan Mathis Staff Campus Housing
Christopher Medley Staff Campus Housing
Joy Hart Faculty Communication
Matt Lambert Staff Communications and Marketing
Elisabeth McCracken Staff Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center
Justin Mog Staff Assistant to the Provost for Sustainability Initiatives
Kathy Sides Staff A&S Development, Univ. Advancement
Keith Sharp Faculty Mechanical Engineering
Thomas D. Rockaway Faculty Civil & Environmental Engineering; Director, Center for Infrastructure Research
Rohan Christie-David Faculty Dean, College of Business
Paul Salmon Faculty Psychological and Brain Sciences
Brian U'Sellis Staff Athletics
Russ Barnett Staff Director, Kentucky Institute for the Environment & Sustainable Development
Tony Arnold Faculty School of Law
Ashley Hopkins Staff TRIO Program Coordinator, Counseling Services
Stephanie Dooper Undergraduate UofL Habitat for Humanity, President
Laura Krauser Undergraduate GRASS; Sustainability Council Intern
Benjamin Leamon Grad Student Urban & Public Affairs
Laura Patterson Undergraduate ELSB Green Initiatives
Kelsey Voit Undergraduate ELSB, Engaging Issues Chair
Angie Carlson Grad Student Eco-Reps Coordinator
Kaylee Brandt Undergraduate SGA Services VP
The website URL where information about the sustainability committee(s) is available:
Does the institution have at least one sustainability office that includes more than 1 full-time equivalent (FTE) employee?:
A brief description of each sustainability office:
Full-time equivalent (FTE) of people employed in the sustainability office(s):
The website URL where information about the sustainability office(s) is available:
Does the institution have at least one sustainability officer?:
Name and title of each sustainability officer:
A brief description of each sustainability officer 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.
The website URL where information about the sustainability officer(s) is available:
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.