Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 35.74
Liaison Amy Brunvand
Submission Date Aug. 11, 2011
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University of Utah
PAE-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Myron Willson
Sustainability Director
Sustainability Office
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Does the institution have a sustainability committee?:

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

"The President's Sustainability Advisory Board provides guidance for the OS staff, reviews policy recommendations to be forwarded to the U of Utah President, and ensures that the actions of the OS are efficiently moving the U of U campus towards a more sustainable future. The Advisory Board comprises U of Utah students, staff, faculty, and administrators"--quoted from Office of Sustainability website

Members of the committee, including affiliations:

Jerry Basford, Student Affairs; Dr. Frank Brown, College of Mines & Earth Sciences; Dr. David Chapman, Geology and Geophysics; Bruce Gillars, Space Planning and Management; Talley Goodson, 3form; Joan M. Marcotte Gregory, S.S. Eccles Health Sciences Library; Dr. Chris Hill, Biochemistry; Abby Howell-Dinger, Environmental Studies/ Anthropology; Susie Petheram, College of Architecture + Planning; Jack Reneo, Goldman Sachs; Lynette Seebohm, Office of Sr VP - U of U Health Sciences Planning; Amy Wildermuth, S J Quinney College of Law

The website URL where information about the sustainability committee is available:
Does the institution have a sustainability office?:

A brief description of the sustainability office:

Mission Statement: "The Office of Sustainability is committed to establishing the University of Utah as a leader in working towards a more sustainable future for the University campus and the broader Utah community.

Our vision is to create a culture of sustainability, shared by campus and surrounding communities, that builds upon the University’s mission to facilitate active and responsible citizenship in the realms of human health, environmental stewardship, social responsibility, and economic progress.

In recognizing that universities play a key role in preparing future leaders of society, industry, government, and academia, the University of Utah is researching sustainability strategies, educating about sustainability principles, and serving as an example in applying those principles and strategies."--quoted from the Office of Sustainability website

The number of people employed in the sustainability office:

The website URL where information about the sustainability office is available:
Does the institution have a sustainability coordinator?:

Sustainability coordinator's name:
Jen Colby

Sustainability coordinator's position title:
Sustainability Coordinator

A brief description of the sustainability coordinator’s position:

"The Sustainability Coordinator facilitates the development and advancement of institutional sustainability strategies; works collaboratively to plan, develop, implement and evaluate programs and projects through a systems-based environmental, social, and economic perspective. Utilizes appropriate methodologies to achieve sound, reliable, fact-based conclusions and recommendations; and demonstrates the administrative expertise to integrate the interests of multiple stakeholders throughout the organization. Also serves in an advisory capacity in the formulation of the university’s sustainability policies; initiates, coordinates, and supports various committees and work groups.” (quoted from official job description)

The website URL where information about the sustainability coordinator is available:

There are currently 4 full-time staff employed at the sustainability office. Additionally, there are 4 approximately half-time student positions and an additional 4 quarter time paid student positions, or more depending on year-to-year funding opportunities and partnerships.

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