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

STARS v2.2

University of Washington, Bothell
PA-2: Sustainability Planning

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 4.00
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Does the institution have a published plan or plans that include measurable sustainability objectives that address sustainability in curriculum and/or research?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives related to academics and the plan(s) in which they are published:
UW Bothell's Sustainability Plan has the following sustainability goals related to curriculum and research: 2.7 Campus Engagement 2.7 a. Campus Sustainability Engagement Create a formal peer-to-peer education program Integrate sustainability into orientation programming Develop support for campus sustainability projects Integrate sustainability into Residential Life Develop sustainability programming in Outdoor Recreation and Wellness 2.7 b. Outreach Materials and Publication Develop campus-wide sustainability outreach campaign 2.7 c. Staff Involvement Incentivize involvement campus sustainability activities for staff and faculty Provide continuing education opportunities for staff and faculty in sustainability topics Increase access to and attendance in University of Washington wellness programs 2.7 d. Sustainability Programming Increase engagement in current sustainability programming Improve engagement with Campus Garden and the Sarah Simonds Green Conservatory 2.8 Public Engagement 2.8 a. Community Partnerships Leverage community partnerships to meet other sustainability goals Build upon existing relationships with community partners in organizing summer camp programs 2.8 b. Strengthen Resources for Campus-Community Members Strengthen online resources about sustainability for public access Improve signage and interpretation of UW Bothell grounds to enhance understanding and appreciation of the environmental history and sustainability projects Create a “green ribbon” graduation pledge Identify and implement a system for qualitative and quantitative assessment of public engagement efforts on the UW Bothell campus 2.8 c. Community Service Enhance and expand community service programs related to sustainability Magnify involvement and participation in wetlands projects 2.8 d. Community Stakeholder Engagement Incentivize community engagement for faculty, staff, and students throughout the university Build out Community-Based Learning capstone projects with Cascadia College and external organizations Diversify and expand CBLR sustainability partnerships Create an inter-campus effort around creating community engagement opportunities 2.0 Curriculum 2.1 a. Integrating and Assessing Sustainability Across the Curriculum Create tools and resources to facilitate the incorporation of sustainability into courses Explore means of assessing sustainability literacy on campus Construct tools and resources for faculty to implement green practices in course delivery 2.1 b. Expanding Academic Exposure and Opportunities in Sustainability Strengthen and expand sustainability offerings in current and additional degrees / curricula Strengthen the exposure of all students to concepts surrounding sustainability 2.1 c. Promote Scholarship and Service in Sustainability Encourage Community-Based Learning and Research (CBLR) components in sustainability teaching 2.2 Research 2.2 a. Increase Engagement in Sustainability Research Foster faculty and staff Sustainability Research Fellows Program Showcase sustainability research Promote student research opportunities Develop research support The University-Wide Sustainability Action Plan has the following goals related to curriculum and research: Sustainability Action Plan Target: Double Sustainability-Oriented Research Projects by 2025 Sustainability evolves at the intersection between society and the environment. Much of scientific research is aligned along with this same interface, so more refined attention to sustainability illuminates our thinking about how we engage in research. We start toward this Target simply by understanding these parallels through a comprehensive sustainability research inventory. We will also vigorously expand our work beyond the walls of academia, making our campuses and surrounding communities living laboratories that provide rich collaborations and shared positive outcomes. Sustainability Action Plan Target: One UW-Wide Sustainability Framework by 2022 A clear, common definition of sustainability is necessary for effective communication and coordination around learning and action across campus. This Target invokes a campus-wide definition and standardized reporting of existing sustainability courses. To successfully facilitate this goal and others, an Academic Sustainability Manager will be hired. The 2021 Action Plan will also lay foundations for the development of a UW-wide sustainability course or other general requirements, and begin work toward a common, minimum sustainability learning outcome by 2025.

Does the institution have a published plan or plans that include measurable sustainability objectives that address student, employee, or community engagement for sustainability?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives related to engagement and the plan(s) in which they are published:
The UW Bothell Sustainability Action Plan has the following goals around engagement: 2.7 Campus Engagement 2.7 a. Campus Sustainability Engagement Create a formal peer-to-peer education program Integrate sustainability into orientation programming Develop support for campus sustainability projects Integrate sustainability into Residential Life Develop sustainability programming in Outdoor Recreation and Wellness 2.7 b. Outreach Materials and Publication Develop campus-wide sustainability outreach campaign 2.7 c. Staff Involvement Incentivize involvement campus sustainability activities for staff and faculty Provide continuing education opportunities for staff and faculty in sustainability topics Increase access to and attendance in University of Washington wellness programs 2.7 d. Sustainability Programming Increase engagement in current sustainability programming Improve engagement with Campus Garden and the Sarah Simonds Green Conservatory 2.8 Public Engagement 2.8 a. Community Partnerships Leverage community partnerships to meet other sustainability goals Build upon existing relationships with community partners in organizing summer camp programs 2.8 b. Strengthen Resources for Campus-Community Members Strengthen online resources about sustainability for public access Improve signage and interpretation of UW Bothell grounds to enhance understanding and appreciation of the environmental history and sustainability projects Create a “green ribbon” graduation pledge Identify and implement a system for qualitative and quantitative assessment of public engagement efforts on the UW Bothell campus 2.8 c. Community Service Enhance and expand community service programs related to sustainability Magnify involvement and participation in wetlands projects 2.8 d. Community Stakeholder Engagement Incentivize community engagement for faculty, staff, and students throughout the university Build out Community-Based Learning capstone projects with Cascadia College and external organizations Diversify and expand CBLR sustainability partnerships Create an inter-campus effort around creating community engagement opportunities The University-Wide Sustainability Action Plan Target: Double Student, Staff, and Faculty Sustainability Engagement by 2024. This Target is about increasing the visibility of, and access to, sustainability in campus life. Implementing actions include a wide range of education programs, collaborations, and volunteerism that touch the lives of nearly every student, staff, and faculty member, as well as community members in the neighborhoods surrounding UW campuses. The 2021 Action Plan will include actions that promote innovative collaborations between UW’s existing healthy living and environmental sustainability efforts; expanded professional development; and community engagement programs.

Does the institution have a published plan or plans that include measurable sustainability objectives that address sustainability in operations?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives related to operations and the plan(s) in which they are published:
The UW Bothell Sustainability Action Plan has the following goals around operations: 2.3 Campus Operations 2.3 a. Building Energy Conservation Upgrade all lighting to energy efficient LEDs Build load shedding into the Metasys Johnson Controls Building Automation System Revise Building Hours Policy to include blackout times during academic breaks when campus is shut down 2.3 b. Waste Management Centralize waste operations Waste education Landfill waste reduction Add Minimax service to leased buildings 2.3 c. Water Conservation Buildings Improve tracking of water consumption Landscape Implement rainwater capture for irrigation use Enhance water conservation in landscape irrigation 2.3 d. Landscape Restore and conserve upland coniferous forest Implement on-campus plant material propagation Advance on-campus food production for Food Services and Husky Pantry Improve wetland access The University-Wide Sustainability Action Plan has the following goals related to operations: ""Sustainability Action Plan Target: 15% Lower Energy Usage Intensity by 2025 80% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions come from combusting fossil fuels to generate energy, including electricity. We need to do our part toward reducing energy consumption. Achieving this goal will require accelerating the implementation of energy conservation projects, targeting older and less efficient buildings for deep retrofits, and ensuring all new buildings meet the UW Green Building Standard to minimize water and energy consumption. The expanded use of utility metering and monitoring-based commissioning will keep buildings operating optimally. Sustainability Action Plan Target: 10% Less Solid Waste by 2025 Everything we throw away is something that we don’t need. That may seem self-evident, but combined with lifecycle thinking it means an opportunity to reduce manufacturing emissions, energy consumption, transportation, and even raw materials extraction associated with whatever object we didn’t need. “Reduce, reuse, recycle” remains a powerful hierarchy of solid waste management, but there are even more details of product and materials management, economics, and urban ecology that can receive both our research attention and our operational attention. Sustainability Action Plan Target: 45% Reduction of Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 2030 Climate change is the environmental issue of our time. The UW is a worldclass research center in climate-related topics; in fact climate change’s centrality to our academic life is reflected in a Guiding Principle of this Sustainability Strategy. We’re going to follow through on our sustainability commitment by embarking on a major energy planning process to drastically reduce the Seattle Campus district heating system’s demand for fossil fuels, and reduce our dependence on utility energy with solar photovoltaic power on all our campuses.

Does the institution have a published plan or plans that include measurable sustainability objectives that address diversity, equity, and inclusion; sustainable investment/finance; or wellbeing?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives related to administration and the plan(s) in which they are published:
The UW Diversity Blueprint for 2017-2021 is organized around these six goals: 1) Cultivate an inclusive campus climate; 2) Attract, retain, and graduate a diverse and excellent student body; 3) Attract and retain a diverse faculty; 4) Attract and retain a diverse staff; 5) Assess tri-campus diversity needs; and 6) Improve accountability and transparency. https://www.washington.edu/diversity/diversity-blueprint/ Sustainability Action Plan Target: Comprehensive Equitable Purchasing Targets by 2022 Procurement comprises a significant portion of UW’s spending. With its purchasing decisions UW can endorse suppliers who are practicing sustainability; we aspire to have 100% of them aligned with our Supplier Code of Conduct. We are quickly working to incorporate students’ voices in purchasing decisions. As we work with campus units and departments to develop equitable purchasing targets, we will follow the state’s goals for minority- women- and veteran-owned businesses under the Results Washington strategic framework.

Does the institution have a published strategic plan or equivalent guiding document that includes sustainability at a high level? :
Yes

The institution’s highest guiding document (upload):
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Which of the following best describes the inclusion of sustainability in the highest guiding document?:
Minor theme

The institution's sustainability plan (upload):
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Does the institution have a formal statement in support of sustainability endorsed by its governing body?:
Yes

The formal statement in support of sustainability:
UW Executive Order Number 13, Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability, was approved by President Michael Young on August 30, 2012, and has been reviewed by the Faculty Senate, Board of Deans, the Environmental Stewardship Committee and the policy sub-teams. The Order, an umbrella statement confirming the UW’s longstanding commitment to sustainability, will serve as a guiding principle for future sustainability policy development. http://www.washington.edu/admin/rules/policies/PO/EO13.html The UW Board of Regents has published position statements on several topics related to sustainability. These include a policy on the university's role and mission to serve the community, state, region, nation and world, as well as serving traditional and non-traditional students; a policy on the economic sustainability of the university, a policy on transportation, a policy on diversity, a policy on ethical principles (including topics such as conflict of interest and waste of university resources), a policy on business equity (purchasing goods and services from diverse vendors), and a policy on divestment (created and applied in 2017 in association to divestment from coal companies). Links to policies are provided below. Regent Policy No. 5 - Role and Mission of the University http://www.washington.edu/admin/rules/policies/BRG/RP5.html Regent Policy No. 7 Transportation Policy http://www.washington.edu/admin/rules/policies/BRG/RP7.html Regent Policy No. 11 - Statement on Diversity http://www.washington.edu/admin/rules/policies/BRG/RP11.html Regent Policy No. 14 - Statement of Ethical Principles http://www.washington.edu/admin/rules/policies/BRG/RP14.html Regent Policy No. 15 - Declaration of Concern for the Sustainability of Washington Public Higher Education: http://www.washington.edu/admin/rules/policies/BRG/RP15.html Regent Policy No. 16 - Statement of Business Equity for the University of Washington http://www.washington.edu/admin/rules/policies/BRG/RP16.html Regent Policy No. 17 - University of Washington Divestment Guideline http://www.washington.edu/admin/rules/policies/BRG/RP17.html

The institution’s definition of sustainability:
SUSTAINABILITY: At the University of Washington, we define sustainability as the capacity to create and maintain healthy, equitable and diverse communities now and into the future. That capacity comprises 1) an understanding and respect for the interdependence of the atmosphere, the waters, the land, and the Earth's inhabitants, and 2) a commitment to use our collective wisdom to act out of that understanding and respect.

Is the institution an endorser or signatory of the following?:
Yes or No
The Earth Charter No
The Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI) No
ISCN-GULF Sustainable Campus Charter No
Pan-Canadian Protocol for Sustainability No
SDG Accord No
Second Nature’s Carbon Commitment (formerly known as the ACUPCC), Resilience Commitment, and/or integrated Climate Commitment Yes
The Talloires Declaration (TD) No
UN Global Compact No
Other multi-dimensional sustainability commitments (please specify below) Yes

A brief description of the institution’s formal sustainability commitments, including the specific initiatives selected above:
UW signed on to ACUPCC in 2008. UW signed on to the Washington Business Climate Declaration in 2015. https://green.uw.edu/news/uw-signs-washington-business-climate-declaration In 2018, UW signed the Declaration on University Global Engagement, a joint effort from the United Nations Institute for Training Research and the Association of Public & Land-grant Universities. This effort further aligns the work of the world’s top universities with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. http://globallyengageduniversities.org/ In 2018, the UW joined 12 other leading North American research universities in the new University Climate Change Coalition, or UC3, a group committed to leveraging its research and resources to help communities accelerate climate action. https://secondnature.org/initiative/uc3-coalition/

Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability planning efforts is available:
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