Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.21
Liaison Gary Cocke
Submission Date Sept. 11, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

The University of Texas at Dallas
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Gary Cocke
Associate Director for Sustainability and Energy Conservation
Office of Sustainability
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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 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):

The Committee shall have seven voting members appointed by the President as follows:

One Chair, who shall be a member of the tenured faculty, preferably someone actively concerned with sustainability as a research topic or with developing teaching methods or materials concerned with it.

Two additional faculty members, one from Natural Sciences and Mathematics or Engineering and Computer Science (alternating), and one from Economic, Political and Policy Sciences or Management or Arts & Humanities (alternating). The Chair and the faculty members shall be nominated by the Academic Senate and serve one-year alternating appointments.

Two Staff, one of which shall be the Assistant Director of Procurement and the other a representative of Staff. The latter shall be nominated by the Staff Council.

Two Student Members, both nominated by Student Government. One shall be at large, the other from a student group/club specifically devoted to sustainability initiatives on campus.

In addition, the following members shall be Ex Officio and without vote: The Vice President for Administraion or his/her representative, the Associate Vice President of Facilities Management, the Energy Conservation and Sustainability Manager, and the Associate Vice President of Communications.

2017-2018 Members

Dr. Carolyn Reichert
Committee Chair

Marilyn Waligore
Vice Chair

Sy Han Chiou
Faculty Appointment

Craig Lewis
Staff Representative

Deborah Reynolds
Procurement Representative

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Student Appointment

TBD
Student Appointment

Ex Officio Members
Dr. Calvin Jamison
Richard Dempsey
Gary Cocke
Robin Russell
Evan Paret


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 sustainability office includes: an Associate Director of Energy Conservation and Sustainability, Sustainability Coordinator, and 6 paid interns.


Full-time equivalent (FTE) of people employed in the sustainability office(s):
2

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

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Gary Cocke, Associate Director of Energy Conservation & Sustainability

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)?:
Yes

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


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