Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 58.11
Liaison R. Johnston
Submission Date March 10, 2014
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University of Missouri, Kansas City
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 R. Kaye Johnston
Sustainability Coordinator
Campus Facilities
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Does the institution have at least one sustainability committee, office, and/or officer that focuses on sustainability broadly and covers the entire institution?:
Yes

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 UMKC Sustainability Team aspires to provide the framework for environmental stewardship, natural resource conservation, emissions reductions and sustainability. The team acts as a resource to support and promote the university’s environmental commitments and policies.

The Sustainability Team is committed to enhancing awareness and understanding of the principles of sustainability throughout the university community. UMKC has set a goal to reduce GHG inventory by 25% by 2020 with a stretch goal of 30%.

The 2014 Goals Include:
1. Waste/Recycling Reduction-18 votes
2. Energy- 13 votes
3. Events-11 votes- (Communication)
4. Funding -9 votes
5. Education- 4 votes (tie)
5. Reuse – 4 Votes (tie)
5. Transportation- 4 Votes (tie)
2012 and 2013 Goals and Accomplishments
Expand Recycling and Waste Reduction
Reduce Energy and Natural Resource Use On Campus
Expand Sustainability Communication and Education
Increase Sustainability Office Funding
Water Resource Conservation
Continue to expand recycling and waste reduction throughout campus culture including all events.
Continue to host more Eco-educational events, workshops and conferences.
Create more educational opportunities of alternative transportation options on campus.
Create a green purchasing policy campus wide.
Launch Interactive Voluntary Energy Management Campaign


Does the institution have at least one sustainability committee?:
Yes

The charter or mission statement of the committee(s) or a brief description of each committee's purview and activities:

The UMKC Sustainability Team aspires to provide the framework for environmental stewardship, natural resource conservation, emissions reductions and sustainability. The team acts as a resource to support and promote the university’s environmental commitments and policies.

The Sustainability Team is committed to enhancing awareness and understanding of the principles of sustainability throughout the university community.


Members of each committee, including affiliations and role (e.g. staff, student, or faculty):

R. Kaye Johnston-Sustainability Coordinator and Chair of the UMKC Sustainability Team
Subcommittees

Education and Funding

Co-chairs: Selena Albert and Bonnie Painter
Members: Velda Robins and Deanna Sapp

The Education subcommittee provides educational resources for the campus and the broader community including sustainable living guides, interactive sustainability blog, eco-educational events for the campus, and field trips and tours.

Energy

Co-chairs: Jeff Brown and Kaye Johnston
Members: Mary Cleveland, Kevin McCarrison, Kristen Abell, Kim Gasperi, Bob Simmons, Brian File and Mike Norris

The Energy subcommittee works to reduce the amount of energy used on campus through a voluntary energy management program with renewable alternative sources of energy such as solar panels and promoting the use of timers on electronics.

Lawn, Landscaping and Gardens

Chair: Steve Jenks
Co-chairs: James Mitchell and Andy Clarke
Members:

The Lawn, Landscaping and Gardens subcommittee initiatives include utilizing more native grasses to reduce water usage on lawns, assisting in securing funding for UMKC Garden Collective, planning plant exchange events and creating a farmer’s market on campus.

Purchasing

Chair: Cathy Barker
Co-chair:
Members: Bonnie Painter

The Purchasing subcommittee is creating a sustainable green purchasing policy for the campus, working to reduce cardboard from vendors on campus and emphasizing carbon neutral purchasing practices on campus.

Recycling

Chair: Velda Robins
Co-chair: Jody Jeffries
Members: Kaye Johnston support and Grace Bennett, Intern

The Recycling subcommittee goals are to expand recycling to all buildings on campus, meeting zero waste goals, expanding composting programs, creating community composting programs and reducing trash cans on campus.

Transportation

Chair: Henry Marsh
Members: Marsha Pirtle and John Aust

The Transportation subcommittee has created larger car-free and idle zones on campus, expanded use of electric vehicles, assists in creating purchasing policy to ensure all new vehicles are alternative fuel vehicles, and creates comprehensive alternative transportation programs on campus.

Watershed

Chair: Steve Jenks
Co-chairs: James Mitchell, Andy Clarke
Members: Whitney Smith

The Watershed subcommittee works with the university engineering department to reduce water runoff, develop a plan to reuse gray and storm water, and to create more rain and rooftop gardens.


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?:
Yes

A brief description of each sustainability office:

The UMKC Sustainability Office is located in the General Services Building in office GSB 6.


Full-time equivalent (FTE) of people employed in the sustainability office(s):
1

The website URL where information about the sustainability office(s) is available:
Does the institution have at least one sustainability officer?:
Yes

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
R. Kaye Johnston

A brief description of each sustainability officer position:

The Sustainability Coordinator will develop, coordinate and administer programs and
advise policies within the area of sustainability at the University of Missouri-Kansas City


The website URL where information about the sustainability officer(s) is available:

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