Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.76
Liaison Shahrzad Tehrani
Submission Date Jan. 14, 2022

STARS v2.2

University of Washington, Bothell
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00
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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:
In 2012, the University of Washington Bothell Chancellor’s Advisory Committee for Environmental Sustainability (CACES) was established as an advisory body to coordinate and guide progress in fulfilling the commitment to environmental sustainability, identified as a priority through the UW Bothell’s strategic planning processes. The committee advises the Chancellor and Vice Chancellors, and reports annually to the campus.

CACES works to promote and facilitate the cooperative efforts of our community members, including faculty, students and staff, to educate, develop values, share knowledge, recommend policies, and implement practices that are sustainable. CACES is an inter-departmental and interdisciplinary group of staff, faculty, and students on campus interested in working together to advance sustainability on campus and beyond. Student groups and other campus community members are invited to propose sustainability-related ideas, research, and initiatives to CACES that they would like to see implemented on campus, as well as attend CACES meetings to get updates on the state of campus sustainability.

The Committee meets once per month.

Members of each committee, including affiliations and role:
2020-2021 Chancellor's Advisory Committee for Environmental Sustainability (CACES) members:
Tony Guerrero, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Facilities Services (Co-chair)
Warren Gold, Associate Professor, School of IAS (Co-chair)
Carolyn Brennan, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Office of Research Support
Heather Galindo, Lecturer, School of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
Rita Johnson, Administrator, School of Nursing & Health Studies
Tyson Kemper, Building & Grounds Supervisor, Facilities Services
Alexa Russo, Sustainability Coordinator, Facilities Services
Daniele Raymond, Parking Enforcement Officer, Commuter Services
Evelynn Michaud-Spangler, ASUWB Representative
Rob Turner, Assistant Professor, School of IAS
Ryan McIrvin, Government and Community Relations Representative, Planning & Administration
Jeff Sann, Auxiliary Services Representative, Planning & Administration

Does the institution have at least one sustainability office that includes more than 1 full-time equivalent employee?:

A brief description of each sustainability office:
Mission: The Sustainability Office at UW Bothell works to advance the campus sustainability vision.

We do this by:

Promoting sustainability on campus and throughout the community.
Connecting students, staff, faculty, and other stakeholders to the resources needed to implement sustainability solutions
Engaging students and the campus community in sustainability activities taking place on campus and in our surrounding community.
The Sustainability Office acts as a central hub for campus sustainability initiatives and connects people to resources that drive sustainability solutions and projects, while engaging the community in programs and activities.

Vision: UW Bothell will have a distinct reputation for sustainability, both regionally and nationally. This standing will be based on a combination of a unique campus-wide culture around sustainability along with significant, tangible accomplishments in environmental stewardship, research, curriculum, student life, and community partnerships. This reputation will generate excitement and create opportunities that will attract students, faculty, staff, external funding and community partners.

UW Bothell will have a reputation for a sustainable culture, practices, and accomplishments; this distinction and efforts will snowball into public and campus benefit.

UW Bothell will be a keystone part of local, regional, and national networks of individuals and organizations seeking to share knowledge about best practices. We will contribute to these networks through discovery and collaboration, while addressing tough problems, and aiding in implementing solutions.

Commitment: The University of Washington has made a foundational commitment to sustainability through many channels, including the UW Climate Action Plan, UW Bothell's Sustainability Action Plan, the University-Wide Sustainability Action Plan, a founding signature on the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), as well as maintaining numerous sustainability-related certifications.

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

Does the institution have at least one sustainability officer?:

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Alexa Russo, UW Bothell Sustainability Coordinator

Does the institution have a mechanism for broad sustainability coordination for the entire institution?:

A brief description of the activities and substantive accomplishments of the institution-wide coordinating body or officer during the previous three years:
The UW Environmental Stewardship Committee provides recommendations to the executive leadership for sustainability and resource conservation policies across all three of our campuses while overseeing progress towards meeting the goals of the UW Climate Action Plan.

Committee Role and Structure:
The Committee communicates with individuals, groups, and committees across the University, both to gather information about ongoing sustainability measures, and to communicate progress. The Committee also works to identify emerging and growing opportunities for collaboration among academic and administrative units, offering the campus as a learning lab for students and faculty to work with administration on increased operational sustainability.

The Committee reports to the President, Provost, Vice Presidents and Vice Provosts.

The Committee is represented by individuals from seven administrative departments, nine academic units, four students, as well as members from the UW Bothell and UW Tacoma campuses and ex-officio members from the Medical Centers and Housing & Food Services.

The Committee meets several times each academic year, and has been responsible for driving the direction of the University-wide Sustainability Action Plan.

Job title of the sustainability officer position:
Sustainability Coordinator

Job description for the sustainability officer position:

Job description for the sustainability officer position:
The UW Bothell Sustainability Coordinator (SC) focuses efforts on the goals and objectives of the UW Bothell 21st Century Campus Sustainability Initiative and promotes and coordinates the many sustainable practice activities ongoing and emerging on campus. At the same time, the SC leadership in proposing new initiatives that put our campus at the forefront of environmental sustainability. The SC reports to the Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities Services and works closely with the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Environmental Sustainability (CACES) and interacts with all sectors of the University.  

• Work with CACES to provide leadership for meetings and initiatives that the committee is undertaking, including the coordination of sustainability efforts across campus and into the surrounding community.  
• Establish a mechanism for tracking campus energy and water use, waste recycling, toxics, and other metrics (including campus wide sustainability efforts and initiatives) that fits with external sustainability accreditation systems; publish an annual sustainability report.  
• Research funding sources, identify grant opportunities, prepare grant proposals, and administer grant contracts related to sustainability projects.  
• Provide oversight, maintenance, direction, support, and content for continued development of the campus sustainability website.  
• Oversee and develop programs to educate students, faculty, and staff about sustainability.  Design and coordinate educational workshops and produce educational materials. Provide training and guidance to the University community and serve as a central information source about campus sustainability issues.  
• Work with the Student Sustainability Organization and other student organizations to assist and coordinate their activities and efforts with broader campus sustainability undertakings.  
• Recruit, interview, and manage student interns performing research or work on sustainability projects; help manage students working within University departments on sustainability related projects.  
• Work with campus planning and design committees to integrate sustainable building practices in all areas of building design, landscape design, construction, and remodeling.  
• Coordinate with academic community to promote and integrate sustainability across the curriculum.  
• Develop public outreach campaigns, give public tours, and present at conferences.

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