Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 32.05
Liaison Gary Cocke
Submission Date June 13, 2016
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The University of Texas at Dallas
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Thea Junt
Energy Conservation and Sustainability Manager
Facilities Management
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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?:

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 University Sustainability Committee is a University-wide, Standing Committee appointed by the President not reporting to the Academic Senate of The University of Texas at Dallas. Working with students, staff and faculty, the Committee meets monthly to promote and facilitate green initiatives.

The Office of Sustainability is part of green building, energy and water conservation, and landscape management practices.

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:

The mission of the Sustainability Committee is to cultivate a culture of environmental responsibility in which the entire UT Dallas community is aware of, engaged in and committed to advancing environmental awareness and sustainable practices through education, research, operations, and community service activities.

The committee is specifically charged to:
-Develop and prioritize an annual set of committee goals and planned actions to further promote and advance an institutional culture of sustainability
-Evaluate sustainability initiatives and projects based on a benefit versus life-cycle cost analysis
-Publicize and communicate current university sustainability initiatives to the university community
-Conduct and promote campus events, workshops, showcases, exhibits focused on enhancing sustainability efforts and practices so as to more fully engage students, faculty and staff
-Promote and encourage sustainability where appropriate as a key element of the curriculum
-Overall reduce UT Dallas' impact on the environment in the areas of energy, water, waste, buildings, transportation, purchasing, grounds, food and dining, social equity, academics and research and education and outreach.

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

Dr. Doug Goodman, Chair
Dr. Dan Bochsler, Vice Chair
Pete Bond, Voting Member
Craig Lewis, Voting Member
Dr. Lev Gelb, Voting Member
Rebecca Jin, Voting Member
Sherry Yang, Voting Member
Dr. Calvin Jamison, Non-Voting Member
Rick Dempsey, Non-Voting Member
Thea Junt, Non-Voting Member
John Walls, Non-Voting Member
Mackenzie Hunter, Non-Voting Member
Dr. John McCaskill, Non-Voting Member
Kevin Kwiatowski, Non-Voting Member
Dr. Carolyn Reichert, Non-Voting Member

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:

The sustainability office includes: an Associate Director of Energy Conservation and Sustainability, Sustainability Coordinator and a paid intern.

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:
Rick Dempsey, Associate Vice President of Facilities Management

A brief description of each sustainability officer position:

The Sustainability Officer is housed within Facilities Management and is tasked with strategically supporting sustainable operations and long-term planning. As a non-voting member to the Sustainability Committee, the Sustainability Officer collaborates with students, staff, faculty, and administration to develop cross-departmental relationships and advocate for efficient project designs, certifications, and construction processes.

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

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