Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 77.43
Liaison Daimon Eklund
Submission Date Oct. 14, 2015
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STARS v2.0

University of Washington, Seattle
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Claudia Frere-Anderson
UW Sustainability
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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:

A presidential executive order was passed in August 2012 for environmental stewardship and sustainability http://green.uw.edu/executive-order.

UW was the only North American school to receive the International Sustainable Campus Network Award in the “Excellence in Integration” category (2014) (http://green.uw.edu/news/international-award-cites-uw-leadership-sustainability)

Recipient of the Seattle Business Magazine Community Impact Award (http://seattlebusinessmag.com/article/2014-community-impact-awards-sustainability-business-operations)

The University of Washington won American School & University magazine's 2014 Higher Education Grand Cleaning Award. http://green.uw.edu/news/uw-wins-green-cleaning-award

UW achieved the Princeton Review Green Honor Roll for the fourth consecutive year.

Production of first-ever sustainability video series, “Climate of Change” http://green.uw.edu/climate-of-change

Environmental Stewardship Committee annual report http://green.uw.edu/sites/default/files/docs/Report_Final_2014.pdf

First ever SustainableUW Festival http://green.uw.edu/sustainable-festival-2014

Green Lab Certification launched http://green.uw.edu/green-laboratory/certification

Green Seed Fund launched http://green.uw.edu/green-seed-proposals

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:

The UW Environmental Stewardship Committee provides recommendations for environmental policies at the University of Washington, and oversees 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, and Senior Vice Presidents.

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 five times per academic year.

Members of each committee, including affiliations and role (e.g. staff, student, or faculty):

Lisa Graumlich, Chair, Dean College of the Environment
Sandra Archibald, Dean, Evans School of Public Affairs
Stanley Asah, Assistant Professor, College of the Environment
Rebecca Barnes, University Architect, Office of Planning & Budgeting
Mike McCormick, Associate Vice President, Capital Planning & Development
Howard Chizeck, Professor, Electrical Engineering
Rob Pena, Associate Professor, Architecture
Howard Frumkin, Dean, School of Public Health
Anthony Guerrero, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Facilities Services, UW Bothell
Ruth Johnston, Associate Vice President, Planning & Management
Charles Kennedy, Associate Vice President, Facilities Services
Karen Litfin, Associate Professor, College of Arts & Sciences
Stephen Muench, Associate Professor, College of Engineering
Gary Quarfoth, Associate Vice Provost, Office of Planning and Budgeting
John Schaufelberger, Professor/Dean, College of Built Environments
Pamela Stewart, Executive Director, Planning & Facilities, UW Information Technology
Milt Tremblay, Director, Facilities and Campus Services, UW Tacoma
Jude Van Buren, Director, Environmental Health and Safety
Student representatives from the Associated Students of UW (ASUW), Residence Halls, Campus Sustainability Fund and Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS).

Ex-Officio members:
Barbara Fromm, Assistant Administrator, Harborview Medical Center
Pam Schreiber, Director, Housing & Food Services
Karen Baebler, Inter-Collegiate Athletics

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:

UW Sustainability coordinates and promotes sustainability information and programs by engaging, connecting and informing members of the UW community. Established in 2008, UW Sustainability provides support to the Environmental Stewardship Committee (ESC), the Climate Action Plan (CAP) and many other campus projects, including: paper reduction; green certifications for offices, labs and housing; and sustainability in the curriculum. The office oversees two grant funds to reduce the University's environmental impact: the Green Seed Fund for research projects and the student-run Campus Sustainability Fund (CSF) for student led sustainability projects. The office gathers and reports data for the online UW Sustainability Dashboard and compiles campus information for rating systems such as STARS. Each year the office organizes a campus-wide SustainableUW Festival in the fall and helps organize campus Earth Day events in the spring.

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:
Claudia Frere-Anderson

A brief description of each sustainability officer position:

The University of Washington Sustainability Officer directs office and program operations, facilitates university-wide projects that support the UW Climate Action Plan, develops programs to achieve the University's long-term sustainability goals and coordinates metrics. The primary responsibilities of this role include developing program structures for the University to communicate projects, report outcomes and build capacity for other departments to support the Climate Action Plan. This involves supporting the Environmental Stewardship Committee, organizing staff and student resources, developing communications, implementing programs and reporting on metrics. This position supervises an Assistant Director, Programs Specialist, Communications Coordinator, Outreach & Events Coordinator, Administrative Coordinator. student Fund Coordinator and a part-time Renewable Energy Liaison. The officer is also responsible for office oversight of undergraduate and graduate student interns. The Officer is responsible for defining the scope of work and delivering outcomes to senior leadership at the UW and the Environmental Stewardship Committee. The University has various sustainability coordinators in specific units across campus, including Housing and Food Services, Facilities Services, Recycling, Capital Projects Office, Purchasing, UW Medical Centers/Harborview hospital and more.

The website URL where information about the sustainability officer(s) is available:

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