Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 58.55
Liaison Amy Brunvand
Submission Date April 5, 2017
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STARS v2.1

University of Utah
EN-11: Inter-Campus Collaboration

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Amy Brunvand
Office of Sustainability
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Is the institution an active member of a national or international sustainability network?:

The name of the national or international sustainability network(s):

Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)
AASHE empowers higher education faculty, administrators, staff and students to be effective change agents and drivers of sustainability innovation. AASHE enables members to translate information into action by offering essential resources and professional development to a diverse, engaged community of sustainability leaders. We work with and for higher education to ensure that our world’s future leaders are motivated and equipped to solve sustainability challenges.

EPA Green Power Partnership (2005-)
In 2001, EPA launched the Green Power Partnership to increase the use of renewable electricity in the United States. The Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program that encourages organizations to use green power as a way to reduce the environmental impacts associated with conventional electricity use. In return for technical assistance and recognition, Partners commit to use green power for all, or a portion, of their annual electricity consumption. EPA defines green power as a subset of renewable resources that represent those resources that offer the highest environmental benefit.The University of Utah reports using 25% green power of total energy use.
URL: https://www.epa.gov/greenpower

Better Buildings Challenge (U.S. Dept of Energy)
Showcase Project: Dumke Health Professionals Education Building (completed June 2012)
URL: https://betterbuildingssolutioncenter.energy.gov/partners/university-utah

Is the institution an active member of a regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network?:

The name of the regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network(s):

iUtah (innovative Urban Transitions and Aridregion Hydro-sustainability)
iUTAH is an interdisciplinary research and training program aimed at strengthening science for Utah’s water future. iUTAH brings together a network of researchers, universities, governmental agencies, industry partners, and non-profit organizations state-wide. This five-year project is funded by the National Science Foundation through July 2017.

Utah Climate Action Network
The Utah Climate Action Network is a partnership between government, research institutions, non-profits/foundations, faith-based organizations, the private sector, and individuals working to address climate change in Utah.
URL: http://www.utahclimateactionnetwork.com/

Has the institution presented at a sustainability conference during the previous year? :

A list or brief description of the conference(s) and presentation(s):

AASHE, Oct. 2016
--Supporting community engagement in clean energy by making the purchase of electric vehicles and solar simple and affordable [poster], Presenters, Sarah Lappe, Myron Willson.

--Green Funds: How Students Use Their Money to Build a Better Campus and Community [Case Study], presenter, Emmerson Andrews.

--Communication strategies: Leveraging digital media effectively & efficiently for greater engagement, relationship building, & earned news media [Panel Discussion], presenter Sarah Lappe.

AASHE October 2015
--EarthU: Sustainability and Diversity Mentorship Dinner. Presenter, Ayrel Clark-Proffitt

P3 Utah Purpose Economy Conference: Scaling Up Impact, September 2015
--Games for Groups: Employee Engagement and Team-Building. Presentation/Workshop by Karren Nichols

Has the institution submitted a case study during the previous year to a sustainability awards program that is inclusive of multiple campuses? :

A list or brief description of the awards program(s) and submission(s):

Real Food Rising: Impacts of Education and Social Marketing Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program. Willem Schott. 08/20/2013 - 05/01/2014. In June 2016, Adrienne Cachelin and Will Schott (now at UW Madison) submitted this case study to AASHE student awards unpublished research category. All of the research was done at the University of Utah.

Has the institution had staff, students or faculty serving on a board or committee of a sustainability network or conference during the previous three years? :

A list or brief description of the board or committee appointment(s):

Karren Nichols, Sustainability Office, Administrative Officer
--Executive Board of the Utah Recycling Alliance (URA), (2015- )
--P3 Utah Purpose Economy Conference, (2013- )
--Intermountain Sustainability Summit, Planning Committee, (2015- )
--Net Impact 2013 Utah Business Sustainability Conference (2013- )

Myron Willson, Deputy Chief Sustainability Officer.
--HEAL Utah Board of Directors.

Adrienne Cachelin, Professor, Environmental & Sustainability Studies Program
--Salt Lake City Food Policy Task Force, Co-Chair (2014-)

Kelly S. Bricker, Professor, Parks Recreation & Tourism;
--Global Sustainable Tourism Council, Vice-Chair and Treasurer (2016- )

Tabitha M. Benney, Professor, Political Science
--International Studies Association, Nominations Committee, Environmental Studies Section (ESS) (2015-)
--Science, Technology, and Environmental Politics Section of the American Political Science Association (APSA).Chair, Dissertation Award Committee, (2016)

William H. Leary, Professor, Law
--Association of American Law Schools, Environmental Law Section. Chair. (2017 - 2018)

Does the institution have an ongoing mentoring relationship with another institution through which it assists the institution with its sustainability reporting and/or the development of its sustainability program?:

A brief description of the mentoring relationship and activities:

Has the institution had staff, faculty, or students serving as peer reviewers of another institution’s sustainability data (e.g. GHG emissions or course inventory) and/or STARS submission during the previous three years?:

A brief description of the peer review activities:

Has the institution participated in other collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year, e.g. joint planning or resource sharing with other institutions? :

A brief description of other collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year:

Intermountain Sustainability Summit, annual sustainability conference (annual, 2016- )
URL: http://www.intermountainsustainabilitysummit.com/

Future of the Environmental Humanities Symposium (Sept. 24-27, 2015)
hosted by the University of Utah’s Environmental Humanities graduate program in partnership with the BYU Humanities Center and sponsored by the Humanities Center, the Environmental Ethics Initiative at Brigham Young University, and the University of Utah College of Humanities. The schedule of eventstook place at both the University of Utah and BYU campuses.
URL: http://environmental-humanities.utah.edu/opportunities/2015-environmental-humanities-symposium.php

Sustainability Conference of American Legal Educators
The Second Annual Sustainability Conference of American Legal Educators, was held on May 13, 2016 at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law on the Arizona State University Campus in Tempe, Arizona.

Following an extremely successful inaugural year, this innovative annual conference is a national event for legal academics researching in sustainability-related areas. The conference offers a unique forum for panels and presentations falling within one or more broad subject matter areas pertaining to sustainability, including but not limited to: Climate Change, Energy Law, Water Law and Policy, Environmental Law and Sustainability, Sustainability Policy and Natural Resources Law, Land Use and Zoning Law, Sustainable Development, Disaster Law University of Utah faculty contributed in the following ways:
-Lincoln L. Davies, University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law sat on the panel: "Energy and Sustainability"
-Robin Kundis Craig, University of Utah College of Law, sat on the panel: "Sustainable Water Futures and the Adaptive Governance Project"
-Nancy McLaughlin, University of Utah College of Law, sat on the panel: "Sustainability and Law Practice: The Hard Work"
URL: https://conferences.asucollegeoflaw.com/sustainabilityconference2016/

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:

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