Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.24
Liaison Justin Mog
Submission Date Feb. 27, 2019
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STARS v2.1

University of Louisville
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Justin Mog
Assistant to the Provost for Sustainability Initiatives
Office of the Provost
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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 university-wide Sustainability Council to help pull together efforts and to keep the campus community informed of everything that is 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.

Operations Committee
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.

Engagement Committee:
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):

Chair: David Simpson Faculty Council Chair; Urban and Public Affairs
Mark Watkins Staff Operations Committee Chair; AVP Business Services
Tamara Sluss Faculty Education & Research Committee Chair; Director of Interdisciplinary Masters in Sustainability
Jason Abbott Faculty Planning & Administration Committee Chair; Political Science
Brian Barnes Faculty Engagement Committee Chair; EcoReps Program Director; Philosophy
Daniel DeCaro Faculty Urban and Public Affairs; Psychological and Brain Sciences
Marian Vasser Staff Vice-Chair Staff Senate; Dir Diversity Educ, Vice Provost for Div & Eq Opp (alternate: John Smith, President Staff Senate)
Enid Trucios-Haynes Faculty Chair Faculty Senate; Law; Muhammad Ali Institute
Avery Kolers Faculty Philosophy
Brent Fryrear Staff Director, Partnership for a Green City
Mark Baker Staff Campus Housing, Facilities
Joy Hart Faculty Communication
Janet Cappiello Staff Communications and Marketing
Elisabeth McCracken Staff Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center
Justin Mog Staff Assistant to the Provost for Sustainability Initiatives
Jessica Marcum Staff Development Associate, Univ. Advancement
Thomas D. Rockaway Faculty Civil & Environmental Engineering; Director, Center for Infrastructure Research
Paul Salmon Faculty Psychological and Brain Sciences
Michael Ortman Staff Athletics
Russ Barnett Staff Director, Kentucky Institute for the Environment & Sustainable Development
Nick Paliewicz Faculty Communication
Ellen Trahan Staff Sustainability Coordinator, UofL Dining - Aramark
Erica LaMarche Staff Student Development Specialist, TRIO Student Support Services
Sarah Drerup Staff STEM Librarian, Ekstrom Library
Chris Hodgkins Staff Policy & Budget Analyst Sr, Office of Planning and Budget
Mary Alexander-Conte Staff Controller, VPF-Financial Admin

Green Unit Teams for Sustainability Representatives:
Robin Harris Faculty School of Law
Sherri Brown Faculty CEHD
Sarah Caragianis Faculty Kent School of Social Work
Karan Chavis Faculty Medical School
Gerald Grant Faculty Dental School
Jacek Jasinski Faculty Speed School; Conn Center for Renewable Energy
Dean-Appointed Rep Faculty A&S
Bruce Heim Faculty Music School
Bob Esterhay Faculty SPHIS
Dr. Luz Huntington-Moskos Faculty School of Nursing
Beth Davis-Sramek Faculty College of Business

Student Representatives:
Grace Engelman Undergraduate GRASS, KSEC Liason
Natalina Vaccaro Undergraduate ELSB Green Initiatives
Wyatt Harris Undergraduate SGA Services VP
Avalon Gupta-Verwiebe Undergraduate Garden Intern
Steve Sizemore Grad Student Urban & Public Affairs
James Joyce Undergraduate Sustainability Major, STARS Intern
Marcus Jegede Grad Student Housing staff
Jessica Eggleston Grad Student Sustainability Masters, SIGS GRA
Henrietta Ransdell Undergraduate Sustainability Communications Intern; ELSB; Food Recovery Network
Razija Mehinovic Undergraduate Zero Waste Intern; Food Recovery Network
Saumya Gulati Grad Student Doctoral Candidate, Chemical Engineering - researching Solar fuels (hydrogen)
Spencer Cox Undergraduate Student Sustainability Council
Samantha Hudson Undergraduate Sustainability Communications Intern

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):

Does the institution have at least one sustainability officer?:

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Justin Mog, Assistant to the Provost for Sustainability Initiatives

Does the institution have a mechanism for broad sustainability coordination for the entire institution (e.g. a campus-wide committee or an officer/office responsible for the entire campus)?:

A brief description of the activities and substantive accomplishments of the institution-wide coordinating body or officer 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

The Council has four main active committees reflecting the four components of STARS: Operations; Planning & Administration; Education & Research; and Engagement.

Job title of the sustainability officer position:
Assistant to the Provost for Sustainability Initiatives

Job description for the sustainability officer position:

Job description for the 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 60 faculty, staff, students, Vice Presidents and Administrators of the University. The Council provides oversight and direction, coordinates activities and recommends policy to the University administration.

The Assistant is responsible for developing new policies and programs at the University to improve its operations in being more environmentally responsible and sustainable, 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 or simply email your inquiry to stars@aashe.org.