Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.48
Liaison Amy Brunvand
Submission Date Oct. 21, 2020

STARS v2.2

University of Utah
EN-11: Inter-Campus Collaboration

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 3.00 Emerson Andrews
Sustainable Campus Initiative Fund Manager
Sustainability Office
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Is the institution currently a member of a national or international higher education sustainability network?:

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

Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education AASHE)
Institutional membership. 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 50% green power of total energy use. URL: https://www.epa.gov/greenpower

Does the institution actively participate in a regional, state/provincial, or local higher education sustainability network?:

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

Consortium for Dark Sky Studies
URL: http://darkskystudies.org/organization
Based at the University of Utah but affiliated with a number of colleges and universities, The Consortium for Dark Sky Studies (CDSS) is dedicated to the discovery, development, communication, and application of knowledge across a wide range of disciplines and professional fields pertaining to the quality of night skies, growing light pollution and the varied human, animal, and environmental responses to the “disappearing dark.”

PAC-12 Team Green
URL: https://pac-12.com/team-green
Pac-12 Team Green, a first-of-its-kind in collegiate athletics, promotes all of the greening and sustainability efforts taking place on and around the Pac-12 Conference and all 12 of its member universities. Elements include the annual Pac-12 Sustainability Conference, the Pac-12 Zero Waste Competition and the Pac-12 Sustainability Working Group.

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

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

AASHE, October 2019

• Green Office Certification: Evaluating for Impact, Presenter, Karren Fultz.

• Recipes for Effective Campus-Community Partnerships: Perspectives on Food Security & Justice, Presenters, Leah Joyner, Blanca Yague, Adrienne Cachelin.

• Training Future Food System Leaders Using Campus Food Economies, Presenter, Jessica Kemper.

• Campus As A Living Lab: Integrating Academics and Facility Operations to Work Toward Common Goals, Presenter, Emerson Andrews.

AASHE, October 2018

• Academic Libraries Fostering Resilient Communities, Presenter, Amy Brunvand.

• Improving Inclusivity at Campus Farmers Market and Garden, Poster, Jessica Kemper.

International Dark-Sky Association’s 30th Annual General Meeting
• The Consortium for Dark Sky Studies at the University of Utah, Presenters David Kieda, Stephen Goldsmith.
• Urban Emissions and Nightlights, Presenter Daniel Mendoza

Has the institution submitted a case study during the previous year to an external higher education sustainability resource center or awards program?:

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

Has the institution had employees or students 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):

Consortium for Dark Sky Studies
Co-Chairs are both U of U faculty. Steering Group includes University of Utah faculty from College of Architecture + Planning, College of Engineering, College of Science,College of Social & Behavioral Sciences, and School of Medicine.

International Dark-Sky Association’s 30th Annual General Meeting
• Local Organizing Committee members, David Kieda, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, Stephen Goldsmith Dept. of City and Metropolitan Planning.

Pac-12 Sustainability Conference, 2020
• Program Committee, PAC-12 Sustainability Working Group, Ayrel Clark-Proffitt, Engagement Manager, University of Utah Sustainability Office

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 employees or students serving as peer reviewers of another institution’s sustainability data and/or STARS submission during the previous three years?:

A brief description of the peer review activities:

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

Intermountain Sustainability Summit, Annual conference, Weber State University, Ogden Utah
The Intermountain Sustainability Summit is an regional sustainability conference where sustainability professionals from business, non-profits, government, and education come together, along with the next generation of leaders, to learn, share, network and build momentum as we work to improve our communities, environment and economy.For example, joint planning or resource sharing with other institutions. While this conference is not limited to higher education, it offers significant opportunity for higher education networking.

Website URL where information about the institution’s inter-campus collaborations is available:
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International Dark-Sky Association’s 30th Annual General Meeting, Nov. 9 – 11, followed by the Artificial Light at Night (ALAN) 5th International Conference Nov. 12 – 15, 2019. Snowbird, Utah.

Pac-12 Sustainability Conference is June 23-24, 2020, University of Utah

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