Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.45
Liaison Justin Mog
Submission Date March 4, 2022

STARS v2.2

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 committee first 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:

UofL Sustainability Council Membership, 2021-22

Angela Storey, Council Chair, Faculty (Anthropology)

Sajid Mian, Operations Committee Chair, Staff (AVP-Facilities Management)

Tamara Sluss, Education & Research Committee Chair, Faculty (Director of Interdisciplinary Masters in Sustainability)

Brent Fryrear, Planning & Administration Committee Chair, Staff (Director, Partnership for a Green City)

Brian Barnes, Engagement Committee Chair & EcoReps Program Director, Faculty (Philosophy)

Daniel DeCaro, Faculty (Urban and Public Affairs; Psychological and Brain Sciences)

Marian Vasser, Staff (Dir Diversity Educ, Vice Provost for Div & Eq Opp)

Katherine Linzy, Staff (Staff Senate rep; Trager Institute)

Avery Kolers, Faculty (Philosophy)

Jill Scoggins, Staff (Communications and Marketing)

Elisabeth McCracken, Staff (Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center)

Justin Mog, Staff (Assistant to the Provost for Sustainability Initiatives)

Asma Addarrat-Edwards, Staff (Director of Advancement, Univ. Advancement)

Thomas D. Rockaway, Faculty (Civil & Environmental Engineering; Director, Center for Infrastructure Research)

Andrew McClung, Staff (Facility Manager, Athletics)

Nick Paliewicz, Faculty (Communication)

Lindsay Klingenschmidt, Staff (UofL Dining – Aramark)

Mark Watkins, Staff (Chief Operations Officer)

Riece Hamilton, Staff (Coordinator, Office of Health Promotion; COSW)

Patrick Smith, Staff (Coordinator for Community Partnership Assessment, Office of Community Engagement)

Lauren Anderson, Staff (Envirome Institute)

Marcos Morales Gutierrez, Staff (Program Coordinator, Cultural Center)

"Connie" Maria Martinez Mayshack, Staff (International Student Coordinator, International Affairs; CODRE Vice-Chair)

Marc Ellis, Staff (Assistant Director, Procurement Diversity & Inclusion)

Ashleigh Hazley, Staff (Assistant Director, Muhammad Ali Institute)

Green Unit Teams for Sustainability Representatives on the Council

Erin Gow, Faculty (School of Law)

Sherri Brown, Faculty (College of Education and Human Development)

Maya Lynum-Walker, Staff (Kent School of Social Work)

Christy McElfresh, Staff (Medical School; Director, Facilities Planning for Health Sciences Center)

Adam Hall, Faculty (Dental School)

Jacek Jasinski, Faculty (Speed School; Conn Center for Renewable Energy)

LyShanna Cunningham, Staff (Manager of International Initiatives, A&S)

Stephen Mattingly, Faculty (Music School)

Scott LaJoie, Faculty (School of Public Health and Information Sciences)

Dr. Luz Huntington-Moskos, Faculty (School of Nursing)

Katina Kulow, Faculty (College of Business)

Sarah Drerup, Staff (Libraries; STEM Librarian, Ekstrom Library)

Student Representatives on the Council

Sean Raph, Grad Student (Diabetes & Obesity Center; Chair, HSC Green Team)

Elijah Cooper, Undergraduate (Student Government, Services Vice President)

Grace Engelman, Undergraduate (KSEC Liason; Garden Intern)

Jenna Slotten, Grad Student/Staff (Campus Housing)

Ryan Lloyd, Grad Student (Bike Mechanic Intern; Sustainability Masters, SIGS GRA)

Henrietta Ransdell, Grad Student (Masters in Sustainability)

Jacob Foushee, Undergraduate (Zero Waste Intern; ELSB Green Initiatives; Food Recovery Network)

Sam Kessler, Undergraduate (Political Science)

Maria Cora, Undergraduate (Anthropology & Sustainability; Sustainability Communications Intern)

Olivia Bickett, Undergraduate (Fine Arts; Sustainability Communications Intern)

Briant Grant, Undergraduate (Political Science; STARS Intern)

Klemmer Nicodemus, Undergraduate (Electrical & Computer Engineering; ST

Does the institution have at least one sustainability office that includes more than 1 full-time equivalent employee?:

A brief description of each sustainability office:

Full-time equivalent 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?:

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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Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability coordination is available:
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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.