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-2: Sustainability Planning

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 R. Kaye Johnston
Sustainability Coordinator
Campus Facilities
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Does the institution have current and formal plans to advance sustainability in the following areas? Do the plans include measurable objectives?:
Current and Formal Plans (Yes or No) Measurable Objectives (Yes or No)
Curriculum Yes Yes
Research (or other scholarship) Yes No
Campus Engagement Yes Yes
Public Engagement Yes Yes
Air and Climate Yes Yes
Buildings Yes Yes
Dining Services/Food Yes Yes
Energy Yes Yes
Grounds Yes Yes
Purchasing Yes Yes
Transportation Yes Yes
Waste Yes Yes
Water Yes No
Diversity and Affordability Yes Yes
Health, Wellbeing and Work Yes Yes
Investment Yes No
Other --- No

A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Curriculum:

Environmental Sustainability students can describe the interactions and feedback of Earth systems, have knowledge of environmental policy and urban planning, and are engaged in sustainability issues at many scales.

Environmental Sustainability students will be actively involved with diverse communities throughout their course work, and assess sustainability challenges from multiple cultural perspectives and through world experiences.

Environmental Sustainability students will demonstrate this learning through the application of advanced sustainable knowledge, quantitative, and analytical skills in their application to new settings and complex problems.

Environmental Sustainability students will have the ability to characterize human-environmental interactions analytically and communicate their findings effectively. For more information follow the link: http://www.umkc.edu/catalog/Environmental_Sustainability_Minor.html


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Curriculum plan(s):

UMKC Enrollment Management Plan 201
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The University of Missouri

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Our goal is to grow enrollment to 20,000
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http://www.umkc.edu/stu-aff/documents/UMKC_SEMPlan2.pdf


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Curriculum plan(s):

The Strategic Plan Coordinating Committee is responsible for the Curriculum plans.
http://info.umkc.edu/strategic-plan-implementation/sample-page/


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Research (or other scholarship):

UMKC continues through its strategic planing to look for opportunities to advance sustainability in research.


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Research plan(s):
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Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Research plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance Campus Engagement around sustainability:

UMKC plans to advance Campus Engagement around sustainability includes the Provost Strategic Plan where a campus wide Sustainability Committee was invoked in 2012. The committee comprised of faculty, staff and students were responsible for creating the 30% goal to reduce carbon emission by 2020. Here is a link to the website for the strategic plan: http://www.umkc.edu/provost/strategic-plan.asp

The UMKC Master Plan also incorporates sustainability in its plan that is developed to advance campus engagement around sustainability. LEED Design, Recycling, Green Cleaning, Alternative Transportation and more. Here's the link to find more details of the plan:http://masterplan.umkc.edu/sustainability.asp

In addition to these plans there is the UMKC Sustainability Plan that was submitted to ACUPCC as part of the commitment to lower carbon emissions. The plan is currently being updated for 2014. A copy of the current plan can be found at: http://rs.acupcc.org/site_media/uploads/cap/832-cap.pdf

+ Date Revised: April 15, 2014

The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Campus Engagement plan:

Charge to the members:

The committee will assist in the preparation of UMKC’s plan to achieve climate neutrality in conformance with the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC)

In collaboration with the other ASAP Initiative Teams, the committee will develop plans for reducing building energy use, supplying renewable energy, sequestration of carbon, building energy use, supplying renewable energy, sequestration of carbon, and reducing commuting and business air travel

Documents/Outcomes: Climate Neutrality plan, website that highlights and promotes the University’s sustainability efforts

Stakeholders: The University community, the Kansas City community

Frequency of meetings: monthly during the academic year

Reporting: Via the Web; the Provost’s Blog and UMatters, as appropriate; and quarterly updates to the Strategic Plan Coordinating Committee

Renewal date: May 2011 and then yearl


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Campus Engagement plan(s):

Membership criteria: Members should be dedicated to environmental sustainability and the principles articulated in the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment

Number of members: 12-15

Membership type: faculty engaged in environmental research and outreach, senior staff from Facilities and representatives from student organizations

Membership selection (initial): Nominations from the deans, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services

Membership selection (ongoing): Open nominations in May

Leadership: Co-chairs

Leadership selection: Appointed by executive sponsor

Role of the chair: Convene and facilitate meetings of the committee. Chair will also ensure that nominations for new members are forwarded to the executive sponsor on an annual basis in May.

Responsibilities of the members: Members should solicit input from colleagues as appropriate and be prepared to share information with colleagues as needed.

Ex-officio members: Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services, Director of Student Life, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Campus Facilities Management, Chief Information Officer

Staffing: Self-staffed

Term of appointment: To ensure continuity, one and two-year terms will be employed.


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance Public Engagement around sustainability:

The Sustainability committee is a manifestation of the University’s commitment to sustainability. The committee will work to solidify UMKC’s environmental research and outreach plan and communicate related efforts to the University Community and the local community.


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Public Engagement plan(s):

The committee will assist in the preparation of UMKC’s plan to achieve climate neutrality in conformance with the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC)

In collaboration with the other ASAP Initiative Teams, the committee will develop plans for reducing building energy use, supplying renewable energy, sequestration of carbon, building energy use, supplying renewable energy, sequestration of carbon, and reducing commuting and business air travel

Documents/Outcomes: Climate Neutrality plan, website that highlights and promotes the University’s sustainability efforts

Stakeholders: The University community, the Kansas City community


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Public Engagement plan(s):

Membership criteria: Members should be dedicated to environmental sustainability and the principles articulated in the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment

Number of members: 12-15

Membership type: faculty engaged in environmental research and outreach, senior staff from Facilities and representatives from student organizations

Membership selection (initial): Nominations from the deans, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services

Membership selection (ongoing): Open nominations in May

Leadership: Co-chairs

Leadership selection: Appointed by executive sponsor

Role of the chair: Convene and facilitate meetings of the committee. Chair will also ensure that nominations for new members are forwarded to the executive sponsor on an annual basis in May.

Responsibilities of the members: Members should solicit input from colleagues as appropriate and be prepared to share information with colleagues as needed.

Ex-officio members: Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services, Director of Student Life, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Campus Facilities Management, Chief Information Officer


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Air and Climate:

Executive sponsor(s): Provost

Purpose: This committee is a manifestation of the University’s commitment to sustainability. The committee will work to solidify UMKC’s environmental research and outreach plan and communicate related efforts to the University Community and the local community.

Related Strategic Plan Goal(s): Goal 3. Advance Urban Engagement

Established: 2010

Time frame for group (or ongoing): ongoing (standing committee)


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Air and Climate plan(s):

Charge to the members:

The committee will assist in the preparation of UMKC’s plan to achieve climate neutrality in conformance with the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC)

In collaboration with the other ASAP Initiative Teams, the committee will develop plans for reducing building energy use, supplying renewable energy, sequestration of carbon, building energy use, supplying renewable energy, sequestration of carbon, and reducing commuting and business air travel

Documents/Outcomes: Climate Neutrality plan, website that highlights and promotes the University’s sustainability efforts

Stakeholders: The University community, the Kansas City community

Frequency of meetings: monthly during the academic year

Reporting: Via the Web; the Provost’s Blog and UMatters, as appropriate; and quarterly updates to the Strategic Plan Coordinating Committee

Renewal date: May 2011 and then yearl


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Air and Climate plan(s):

Membership criteria: Members should be dedicated to environmental sustainability and the principles articulated in the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment

Number of members: 12-15

Membership type: faculty engaged in environmental research and outreach, senior staff from Facilities and representatives from student organizations

Membership selection (initial): Nominations from the deans, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services

Membership selection (ongoing): Open nominations in May

Leadership: Co-chairs

Leadership selection: Appointed by executive sponsor

Role of the chair: Convene and facilitate meetings of the committee. Chair will also ensure that nominations for new members are forwarded to the executive sponsor on an annual basis in May.

Responsibilities of the members: Members should solicit input from colleagues as appropriate and be prepared to share information with colleagues as needed.

Ex-officio members: Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services, Director of Student Life, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Campus Facilities Management, Chief Information Officer


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Buildings:

Executive sponsor(s): Provost

Purpose: This committee is a manifestation of the University’s commitment to sustainability. The committee will work to solidify UMKC’s environmental research and outreach plan and communicate related efforts to the University Community and the local community.

Related Strategic Plan Goal(s): Goal 3. Advance Urban Engagement

Established: 2010

Time frame for group (or ongoing): ongoing (standing committee)


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Buildings plan(s):

Charge to the members:

The committee will assist in the preparation of UMKC’s plan to achieve climate neutrality in conformance with the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC)

In collaboration with the other ASAP Initiative Teams, the committee will develop plans for reducing building energy use, supplying renewable energy, sequestration of carbon, building energy use, supplying renewable energy, sequestration of carbon, and reducing commuting and business air travel

Documents/Outcomes: Climate Neutrality plan, website that highlights and promotes the University’s sustainability efforts

Stakeholders: The University community, the Kansas City community

Frequency of meetings: monthly during the academic year

Reporting: Via the Web; the Provost’s Blog and UMatters, as appropriate; and quarterly updates to the Strategic Plan Coordinating Committee

Renewal date: May 2011 and then yearl


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Buildings plan(s):

Membership criteria: Members should be dedicated to environmental sustainability and the principles articulated in the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment

Number of members: 12-15

Membership type: faculty engaged in environmental research and outreach, senior staff from Facilities and representatives from student organizations

Membership selection (initial): Nominations from the deans, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services

Membership selection (ongoing): Open nominations in May

Leadership: Co-chairs

Leadership selection: Appointed by executive sponsor

Role of the chair: Convene and facilitate meetings of the committee. Chair will also ensure that nominations for new members are forwarded to the executive sponsor on an annual basis in May.

Responsibilities of the members: Members should solicit input from colleagues as appropriate and be prepared to share information with colleagues as needed.

Ex-officio members: Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services, Director of Student Life, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Campus Facilities Management, Chief Information Officer


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Dining Services/Food:

In support of the Student Union’s Leed Gold certification, Dining Services’ partnership with UMKC strives to promote sustainability and environmental awareness.


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Dining Services/Food plan(s):

Dining Services is committed to reducing food waste by being diligent in weighing food waste and overall waste through recycling, composting , purchasing local food, on a continuous level.


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Dining Services/Food plan(s):

Jeremy Wolfe, Head Chef and VJ Singh, General Manger, both of UMKC Dining Services


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Energy:

UMKC Sustainability Team works with Campus Facilities Management Operations by the Director of CFM holding the Energy Sub-Committee Chair position and working directly with the UMKC Energy Manager. The plan is to reduce energy and GHG ongoing through building retrofits, addition of solar, and through the Voluntary Energy Management Program.


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Energy plan(s):

The goal is to get participation in the Voluntary Energy Management Program to 5000 commitments and the dollar savings to $500,000 annually. In addition the goal is to continue to add solar arrays another 50kWh in 2014.


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Energy plan(s):

Campus Facilities Operation and the UMKC Sustainability Team


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Grounds:

Rain Gardens and Rooftop Gardens

UMKC landscaping mitigates potential damage from storm water runoff through three rain gardens, and the Student Union utilizes best practices through a detention pond to handle storm water. Additionally, UMKC has two rooftop gardens. The Student Union rooftop garden is accessible from the fourth floor and has native plants as part of slowing down and absorbing rainfall. The Miller Nichols Library also has a sedum rooftop garden.
Community Gardening

Located by the School of Education at 53rd and Holmes streets, the community garden is a student-led initiative in partnership with Campus Facilities Management and the local neighborhood. In 2010, The Garden Collective became an official student association. Please follow the link about the 2010 bountiful harvest . Try to join the students winterizing the garden at one of the upcoming calendar dates in 2011!
Tree pruning and planting

Tree pruning and planting on campus are done in partnership with the Bridging the Gap’s Heartland Tree Alliance (HTA). The HTA provides education and assistance with choosing the right tree, planting, pruning, and caring for trees in the long-term.
Tulips on Troost

Tulips on Troost is an annual community tulip planting event that has planted thousands of tulips throughout the Troost corridor from 18th to 47th Streets. To become a volunteer, a certified petal pusher, visit the Tulips on Troost website.
Natives and Drought Resistant Plants

Landscape Services uses the best plant species for drought or for the situation. Campus is incorporating more native plantings that the Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center has in its landscape and also using the Arbor Day Foundations recommended plant list and Missouri University Plants Guide to assist in plant selections.
Wildlife Habitat

Landscape Services leave trees with holes that could house animals or birds and
along some of the fence lines Landscape Services have allowed the areas to grow native in 5 year increments. The 5 Rain Gardens on campus are our best examples of wildlife habitats. Landscape Services also practice the use of dormant oil during the early Spring to suffocate insect eggs, also use Spinosad or BT which are biological insect controls and Integrated Pest Management Techniques. They also use pest free plants to prevent the use of insecticides.


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Grounds plan(s):

UMKC Landscape Services are committed to continue to use alternatives to chemical treatments, compost all organic materials, reuse of compost on campus grounds in 2014.


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Grounds plan(s):

The Grounds Supervisor and Campus Facilities Director of Operations


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Purchasing:

UMKC engaged the UM Procurement Services on campus to green the purchases on campus through adding language to the RFP's and through the Sustainable Office Shopping Educational Guide developed in collaboration with UM Sustainability Leadership and UM Procurement Services.


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Purchasing plan(s):

The goal is to continue to educate purchasing agents and fiscal offers to by EPP products. Currently, there are goals to get all vendors to report to campuses the results of their green purchasing efforts by 2016.


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Purchasing plan(s):

UMKC Sustainability Team and UM Procurement Service Manager


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Transportation:

UMKC’s green transportation initiatives include integrating student, faculty and staff all-access bus passes, increasing the number of bike racks and amenities, and developing a multi-modal parking structure to support cycling, bus commuting, pedestrians, ride-share and alternative fuel vehicles.


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Transportation plan(s):

The goal is to get 20% of all students, faculty and students to use alternative transportation by 2020.


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Transportation plan(s):

UMKC Sustainability Team and the UMKC Sustainability Committee.


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Waste:

UMKC Sustainability Team has reduced total waste by more than 70% since 2007 and continues to set goals annually to reach the zero waste goals.


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Waste plan(s):

UMKC Sustainability Team has a goal to be a zero waste by 2015


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Waste plan(s):

UMKC Sustainability Team and the UMKC Building Services


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Water:

UMKC continues through its campus facilities planning to look for opportunities to advance sustainability in water.


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Water plan(s):
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Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Water plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance Diversity and Affordability:

The University of Missouri – Kansas City (UMKC) has established policies and programs of equal opportunity that provide access and opportunity to all. It is the fundamental policy of UMKC to provide equal opportunity regardless of race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, Veteran status or disability status in all education, employment and contracted activities.

The Division of Diversity and Inclusion works to insure equal opportunity and non discrimination in employment and education activities. Students, faculty, staff and others are safe to seek resolution of issues related to reasonable accommodations, harassment and discrimination without fear of retaliation or intimidation. The office independently collaborates with UMKC units to resolve issues in a very private manner. It is the expectation that everyone at UMKC be accountable for advancing the goals of UMKC’s equal opportunity/affirmative action program


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Diversity and Affordability plan(s):

Affirmative Action Plan
UMKC is a federal contractor of $50,000+ and employs 50+ individuals, therefore, the University is required to develop and maintain a written affirmative action plan.

The 2006 Affirmative Action Plan is available for review in the Division of Diversity and Inclusion, 212 Administrative Center, and in the following locations on campus:

The Office of the Chancellor, 301 Administrative Center
The Office of the Provost, 300 G Administrative Center
The Office of Human Resources, 226 Administrative Center
The Reference Desk in the Miller Nichols Library
The Circulation Desk in the Health Science Library


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Diversity and Affordability plan(s):

The UMKC Division of Diversity and Inclusion


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Health, Wellbeing and Work:

The University of Missouri System has developed a Health, Wellness and Work program called Healthy for Life. The program includes a mulch-pronged approach to managing health and wellness.


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Health, Wellbeing and Work plan(s):

About Healthy for Life

1999: University of Missouri (Columbia campus) Health Coalition provided recommendations for the program.
2001: Thomas Atkins appointed curator and prioritizes employee wellness as a key concern.
2004: Wellness Steering Committee appointed and work begins on University of Missouri Health Care Wellness pilot program. Atkins provided a generous donation to launch the wellness program.
2004-2006: University of Missouri Health Care Pilot Wellness Program developed more than 1,000 employees receive the health risk assessment at the first health fair. The wellness program introduced initiatives addressing exercise, weight management, stress and smoking. Board of Curators extends the wellness program to span all four campuses, and the program is named for Thomas Atkins.
2007: Health fairs are conducted at University of Missouri Health Care and University of Missouri-Columbia campus. Programs expanded at MU and University of Missouri Health Care.
2008: Health fairs are conducted at UM-St. Louis, UM-Kansas City and Missouri University of Science and Technology. Programs launched on all four campuses.
2009: Programs grow; new programs launched. Self-management groups piloted in University of Missouri Health System (formerly UMHC) and University of Missouri-Columbia campus.
2010: Pilot program on the Rolla campus offers faculty and staff enrolled in the UM Choice Health Care plan an incentive for completing a health risk assessment, biometrics and individual coaching session.
2011: Wellness Incentive is offered systemwide to primary subscibers of the UM Health plans. They are required to complete a personal health assessment and biometic health screening.


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Health, Wellbeing and Work plan(s):

The University of Missouri Curators
http://www.umsystem.edu/curators/wellness/


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Investment:

The UM System continues to look for opportunities to advance sustainable investments.


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Investment plan(s):
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Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Investment plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in other areas:
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The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the other plan(s):
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The institution’s definition of sustainability:
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Does the institution’s strategic plan or equivalent guiding document include sustainability at a high level?:
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A brief description of how the institution’s strategic plan or equivalent guiding document addresses sustainability:
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The website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability planning is available:

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