Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 51.72
Liaison Alex Frank
Submission Date Aug. 1, 2019
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STARS v2.1

University of Wisconsin-Madison
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Alex Frank
Sustainability Analyst
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have at least one sustainability committee?:
Yes

The charter or mission statement of the committee(s) or a brief description of each committee's purview and activities:

There are two sustainability committees at UW-Madison, the Associated Students of Madison (ASM) Sustainability Committee and the Sustainability Data Working Group.

The ASM Sustainability Committee (https://kb.wisc.edu/85556) provides a medium for exchanging ideas and running campaigns pertaining to environmental sustainability across the UW-Madison Campus. The goal of this committee is to advocate for administrative and operational changes related to environmental stewardship, and ultimately create a more sustainable campus. Members of the committee often connect with the greater Madison community to expand their efforts and advance a shared vision of sustainability. Committee members work together in teams on semester-long campaigns relating to environmental education, compost, water, energy, plastics, and more.

The Sustainability Data Working Group (https://sustainability.wisc.edu/chancellor-announces-sustainability-working-group/) assists the Office of Sustainability (OS) as it prepares the STARS report. The working group is instrumental in meeting an aggressive reporting timeline. The working group will:
- provide access to the people and resources needed to collect sustainability data
- establish processes with their units to collect these data
- insure that the data are available to the OS for a STARS submission by fall 2019
- advise the OS communication team on the presentation of the data from their unit
- establish a process for repeating the data collections in the future
- prepare for a transition to an advisory committee


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

The ASM Sustainability Committee is open to all UW-Madison students. The committee chair rotates but always sits on the student council. The committee convenes on an as needed basis.

The Sustainability Data Working Group includes:
- Missy Nergard, Director of Sustainability (staff)
- Cathy Middlecamp, Interim Director of Sustainability in Academics (faculty)
- Nathan Jandl, Communications Director, Office of Sustainability (staff)
- Alex Frank, STARS Data Analysts, Office of Sustainability (staff)
- Jake McCulloch, Project Specialist, Office of Sustainability (staff)
- Jim Thompson, Office of Strategic Consulting (staff)
- David Darling, Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities Planning & Management (staff)
- Steve Ackerman, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research & Graduate Education (faculty)
- Brad Bauman, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration (staff)
- Mo Bischof, Office of the Provost and Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs (staff)
- Paul Broadhead, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs (staff)
- Edward Brown Jr., Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion (staff)
- Eden Inoway-Ronnie, Office of the Provost and Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs (staff)
- John Lucas, Office of the Vice Chancellor for University Relations (staff)
- Katie Piel, ASM Sustainability Committee (student)
- Jacob Dolence, University Staff (staff)
- Andrea Johnston, University Staff (staff)
- Kurt Paulsen, Faculty Senate (faculty)
- Nola Walker, Academic Staff (staff)
- Sabrina Bradshaw, Academic Staff (staff)


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

A brief description of each sustainability office:

The Office of Sustainability aligns research and education on sustainability with campus operations in the service of environmental, economic, and social responsibility to people and the planet.


Full-time equivalent (FTE) of people employed in the sustainability office(s):
6

Does the institution have at least one sustainability officer?:
Yes

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
(1) Missy Nergard, Director of Sustainability (2) Cathy Middlecamp, Interim Director of Sustainability Education and Research (3) Nathan Jandl, Assistant Director (4) Jason Gallup, Student Programs Director (5) Ian Aley, Green Fund Program Manager

Does the institution have a mechanism for broad sustainability coordination for the entire institution (e.g. a campus-wide committee or an officer/office responsible for the entire campus)?:
Yes

A brief description of the activities and substantive accomplishments of the institution-wide coordinating body or officer during the previous three years:

Over the past three years, the UW-Madison has continually pushed sustainability advancement. This entire STARS report is the best summary of the specific sustainability accomplishments or you can view the Office of Sustainability's (OS) FY18 report here: https://fpmos.wiscweb.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2019/03/Sustainability-FY18-Annual-Report-Nov-2018.pdf

From the perspective of institution-wide coordination UW-Madison has refocused the OS as the lead for addressing both academic and facility sustainability initiatives. To that end, in 2018 the OS hired a full-time director to lead all non-academic related sustainability initiatives on campus and developed a three phased plan to strengthen the impact and engagement of campus sustainability efforts.


Job title of the sustainability officer position:
Director of Sustainability

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Under the general supervision of the Associate Vice Chancellor (AVC) for Facilities Planning & Management (FP&M), the Director of Sustainability will serve as the key facilitator and organizational strategist to lead University of Wisconsin-Madison's efforts to achieve its vision of instilling a culture of sustainability. The Director will build upon existing successes to position UW-Madison as a leader in the field of Sustainability at the city, state, regional, national and international level by promoting broader awareness of the University's environmental, social and financial sustainability successes and accomplishments. The Director will develop a comprehensive long-term strategy for an environmentally sustainable future by working with faculty, students, and staff across schools, colleges, divisions, departments and auxiliaries to incorporate sustainable principles and practices in daily operations and academic activities. The Director will work closely with a faculty associate director appointed by the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies who will have responsibility for the academic components of the program, including development of research partnerships, stewardship of sustainability curricula, and management of the UW-Madison Sustainability Program Certificate.

The University's commitment to sustainability can be traced from the legacies of former students and faculty members John Muir, Aldo Leopold, and Gaylord Nelson. Founded in 1848, UW-Madison is the flagship university of the University of Wisconsin System. It has a national and international reputation for educational excellence and cutting-edge research and is consistently among the most prolific research universities in the world. UW-Madison enrolls 43,000 students and has more than 20,000 employees, including about 2,200 faculty and 12,500 staff plus 12,000 student assistants/employees.


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