|Submission Date||May 29, 2015|
University of Virginia
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination
Director - Office for Sustainability
Office for Sustainability
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 Committee on Sustainability meets monthly and maintains three active sub-committees: Teaching and Research, Environmental Stewardship, and Civic Engagement. The Environmental Stewardship Subcommittee includes 13 working groups and 5 task forces dedicated to engaging students, staff, and faculty in implementing sustainability projects on Grounds. The 2013-2014 ESS Annual Report can be found here: http://www.virginia.edu/sustainability/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/UVA-Environmental-Stewardship-Annual-Report-2013-2014.pdf
The Office for Sustainability is actively engaged in developing and implementing a wide range of ongoing programs, events, projects, and campaigns across Grounds. Ongoing programs include:
Greenhouse Gas and Nitrogen Footprint Tracking
Data Analysis and Metric Tracking
Sustainability Committee and Working Group Facilitation, Development, and Support
Sustainable Buildings and Operations
Existing Buildings and Operations
Delta Force: The Delta Force program continues to show considerable financial savings and emissions reductions, with $7 million invested and over $15 million in avoided cost to date. The program takes a comprehensive look at a building’s systems and strategically identifies opportunities to increase efficiency.
Sustainability/energy project implementation project management/support
Alternative energy research and implementation support
Annual steam trap surveys
LEED EBOM+ alignment
Renewable energy analysis
New Construction and Renovations
Owner’s sustainability representation
Drawing and spec reviews
LEED-NC and LEED-CI certification support
Outreach, Engagement, and Communications
Sustainability Advocates (students)
Student Employees – recycling, promotions, water, energy, and student outreach teams (students)
Green Workplace (staff)
Sustainability Partners (staff and community)
Sustainability Pledge and Green Challenge
Annual Events (i.e. Earth Week, Campus Sustainability Day)
Annual Competitions (i.e. Dorm Energy Challenge)
Sustainability at UVa website
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:
Charge: The Committee on Sustainability advises the Executive Vice Presidents on all matters related to the University’s commitment to sustainability and how those impact the future of the University including interrelated environmental, financial, teaching, research, and social aspects. In carrying out this charge, the Committee shall be engaged in the following:
• Fostering the development and dissemination of sustainability knowledge through research and teaching.
• Promoting the highest-standards of sustainable practice on Grounds.
• Engaging the civic and academic communities in topics associated with sustainability.
• Contributing to and reporting on progress in achieving the University’s sustainability goals.
Members of each committee, including affiliations and role (e.g. staff, student, or faculty):
Brent Beringer, Director of Dining Services
Reba Camp, Administrator, Medical Center Facilities Planning & Capital Development
Lia Cattaneo, Undergraduate Student
Phoebe Crisman, Associate Professor of Architecture, Co-Chair of Teaching and Research Subcommittee
Anthony de Bruyn, University Spokesperson, University Communications
Kevin Fox, Administrator, Medical Center Facilities Planning & Capital Development
James Galloway, Professor of Environmental Sciences
David Germano, Professor of Religious Studies
Cheryl Gomez, Director of Operations, Co-Chair of Committee
Carla Jones, Lecturer and Program Director, School of Architecture
William Keene Jr., Research Professor, Faculty Senate Representative
Lawrence, Deborah, Professor of Environmental Sciences, Co-Chair of Teaching and Research Subcommittee
Michael J. Lenox, Academic Director & Associate Dean, The Batten Institute
Karen J. McGlathery, Associate Vice President for Research, Sustainability and the Environment
Fred Missel, Director of Design & Development, UVA Foundation
Julia Monteith, Senior Land Use Planner, Office of the Architect
Kristin Morgan, Program Director, Office for Diversity & Equity, Co-Chair of Civic Engagement Subcommittee
Nina Morris, Sustainability Program Manager, Office for Sustainability, Co-Chair of Civic Engagement Subcommittee
Amy Muldoon, Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, Staff Senate Representative
Scott Norris, Director of Business Services, Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs
Matthew Oreska, Graduate Student
Alexander M. Russell, Undergraduate Student
Wynne Stuart, Associate Provost for Academic Support and Classroom Management
Donald Sundgren, Chief Facilities Officer, Co-Chair of Environmental Stewardship Subcommittee
Andrea Trimble, Sustainability Director, Office for Sustainability, Co-Chair of Environmental Stewardship Subcommittee
Jessica Wenger, Environmental Projects Manager, Facilities Management
Rebecca White, Director of Parking & Transportation
Mark White, Associate Professor of Commerce, Co-Chair of Committee
Timothy White, Senior Immigration Consultant, University Human Resources
Helen Wilson, Assistant University Landscape Architect, Office of the Architect
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 UVa Office for Sustainability, within Facilities Management, supports university-wide collaborative governance, leadership, and implementation of sustainability across Grounds by partnering with students, faculty, administrators, and staff to infuse and develop a culture of environmental, economic, and social stewardship in alignment with the educational, research, health care and public service mission of the University.
Advocacy, Innovation, Leadership: Partner with University committees and stakeholders in collaborative sustainability strategic planning and implementation. Assist with recommendations on sustainability policy, commitments, goals, action plans, and measuring progress towards goals. Seek to promote stewardship of resources, reduce environmental footprint, and build UVa’s reputation as a leader by prioritizing cost-effective, impactful and replicable models and connecting initiatives and programs across Grounds.
Academic and Research Integration: Support the integration of sustainability into curriculum to train current and future leaders, advance sustainability research, and help build capacity to use Grounds as a living laboratory for sustainability.
Environmental Stewardship: Provide leadership for the integration of sustainability into buildings and operations to advance environmental stewardship while regularly measuring and analyzing progress towards goals.
Outreach and Engagement: Foster a culture of sustainability through close collaboration, partnership-building, training and support of student, faculty, and staff sustainability interests and initiatives to build social and operational norms around sustainability.
Technical Expertise: Act as subject matter experts and advocates for sustainability via proactive advocacy, implementation, review, and development of buildings and infrastructure.
Communication and Knowledge Management: Advance sustainability knowledge, build identity, and enhance leadership by developing and sharing timely and robust news, best practices, lessons learned, benchmarking, data, educational resources, and tools in a clear and cohesive manner.
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:
A brief description of each sustainability officer position:
Sustainability Director: This position holds university-wide responsibility for partnering with a wide range of stakeholders in developing and implementing a UVa sustainability strategic plan that has broad impact across many departments and schools. The position leads the Office for Sustainability, which is responsible for partnering and collaborating with the eleven schools, library, provost, and departments to leverage UVA’s physical assets as a living laboratory for students to learn about sustainability, and in supporting academic initiatives related to facilities and Grounds.
Sustainability Outreach and Engagement Program Manager: The Sustainability Outreach and Engagement Manager is a core member of the University of Virginia's Office for Sustainability and collaborates with community relations and stakeholders university-wide, and assists in leading the Facilities Management department in providing, and advocating for, sustainable operations to support the educational, research, health care and public service mission of the University. The position participates in strategic planning and collaborates on the implementation of sustainability projects that increase recycling and material reuse, and reduce the use of energy, water, and other non-renewable resources and materials. The employee also provides strategic direction to the coordinators of the outreach and engagement, on the communications and marketing programs, and to the student sustainability staff and volunteers. He/she provides supervisory guidance to the coordinators and students concerning schedules, budgets, equipment needs, and training programs; and in planning the use of resources to ensure that the university achieves sustainability goals. He/she receives advice and guidance from the Sustainability Director on departmental strategic direction.
Sustainable Buildings and Operations Program Manager: The Sustainability Program Manager, Design and Operations is a core member of the University of Virginia’s Office for Sustainability and assists leading the Facilities Management department in providing, and advocating for, sustainable design and operations to support the educational, research, health care and public service mission of the University. Additional responsibilities:
- Manage and maintain responsibility for both the day to day operations and strategic direction of the Delta Force, energy and recycling programs
- Develop and maintain budgets, schedules, resource needs, and technical criteria for a range of projects in the Delta Force, energy and recycling/waste management programs, including budget projections, invoicing, equipment and vehicle needs, staffing levels, and training programs
- Supervise direct reports and provide technical direction in the university-wide Delta Force, energy, buildings, and recycling programs to achieve or exceed strategic goals. Ensure that expectations are clear, well communicated, and relate to larger goals and priorities
- Prioritize projects, develop financing plans, and implement approved sustainability projects
The website URL where information about the sustainability officer(s) is available:
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The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.