Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 53.21
Liaison Alan Burr
Submission Date July 5, 2023

STARS v2.2

University of Wisconsin-Platteville
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Alan Burr
Sustainability Coordinator
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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:

Identify environmental impacts of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s activities and identify environmental sustainability opportunities and initiatives for the university.
Assess and quantify specific environmental impacts
- Set measurable goals to reduce those impacts
- Make recommendations to the Chancellor for reducing negative environmental impacts.
- Review draft environmental statements on capital projects and formulate recommendations to the Coordinator of Space Utilization and Campus Planning and the Campus Planning Commission.
Coordinate and assess university sustainability efforts:
- Identify and develop sustainability projects and initiatives;
- Review, assess and assist sustainability projects and initiatives proposed by campus groups;
- Make sustainability-related recommendations to the Chancellor.
Review and make appropriate recommendations assisting in preparation of any proposals, actions, recommendations or reports required for compliance with state or federal environmental laws.
Recommend to the Chancellor environmental and sustainability-related goals and objectives for inclusion in the university and strategic plan. Review and assess university efforts.

Members of each committee, including affiliations and role:

2022-2023 Members
Five faculty members:

Mike Jacobs, Faculty Senate Appointee
Madelon Koler-Busch, Faculty Senate Appointee.
Leigh Monhardt, Faculty Senate Appointee.
Austin Polbitski, Faculty Senate Appointee.
Joseph Sanford, Faculty Senate Appointee.

Five academic staff members:

Matt Zielinki, appointed on behalf of The Director of Housing.
Katrina Hecimovic, Physical Plant.
Cathy Cornet, Academic Staff Senate Appointee.
Ashley Cullen, Academic Staff Senate Appointee.
Mike Ernst, Auxiliary Services


Dani Groomey, Student Senate
Renee Stram, Student Senate
Megan Kaufmann, Sustainability Club Pres.
Alex Waters, Student Senate Rep.
Aalyah Sahraoui, Student Senate Rep.


Tammy Evetovich, Interim Chancellor
Doug Stephens, Director of Space Utilization and Campus Planning
Philip Parker, Acting Dean of EMS

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:

The Office of Sustainability was launched in fall of 2012 to use the campus's strengths in teaching, research, and public service to explore and advance the ways that UW-Platteville can "meet the needs of the present while also enhancing the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." The Sustainability Office is located in Facilities Management and work comprehensively to improve sustainability of operations and academics.

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:
Alan Burr, 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 Sustainability Office is responsible for broadly improving campus sustainability. The majority of efforts in the past three years have been:
- the funding, design and construction of a 2.4MW solar array,
- the planning, design and construction of the University's first building to
be submitted for LEED certification,
- Written University letter of commitment to be waste zero by 2035,
- Converted the central heating plant from coal to natural gas,

Energy -
- Utilized a Federal Grant to fund a Campus Energy Plan that will reduce the University's greenhouse gas emissions by 30% from its 2019 rate by 2025.

Job title of the sustainability officer position:
Sustainability Coordinator

Job description for the sustainability officer position:

Job description for the sustainability officer position:

Sustainability Coordinator leads campus efforts to cultivate a culture of sustainability by informing campus operations, guiding the stewardship of campus lands and resources, contributing to student education and experiences, and working toward social equity. This is accomplished through collaboration with the members of Facilities Management, Academic Affairs, the Environmental Sustainability Committee, and the faculty, staff, students, and administrators of the UW-Platteville community, as well as engagement with diverse local, state, and regional stakeholder groups.
Sustainability Coordinator assesses ongoing campus activities and guide future sustainability planning and implementation efforts toward the pillars of people, planet, and profit - ensuring that social equity, environmental health, and fiscal responsibility are all integral to campus operations.

Job title of the sustainability officer position (2nd position):
Facilities Administrative Assistant III 0.5 FTE

Job description for the sustainability officer position (2nd position):

Job description for the sustainability officer position (2nd position):

Facilities Administrative Assistant III Job Summary Provides general administrative support, while exercising discretion, to the administrator of a department or division of the institution or to the administrator of multiple institution programs, services, and activities.
Job Responsibilities
Schedules logistics and secures resources for meetings, conferences, travel, and work unit operations
Serves as a primary point of contact for individuals and groups, provides organizational information via phone, in person, and through other communication mediums
Prepares and audits complex records, edits documents, and reviews work done by others
Develops, sends, receives, copies, and distributes communications to the appropriate entities according to established policies and procedures
Develops, implements, and maintains methods and organizational systems directed at the maintenance of electronic/physical records related to work operations according to established policies and procedures

Job title of the sustainability officer position (3rd position):
Waste Minimization Coordinator - 0.5 FTE

Job description for the sustainability officer position (3rd position):

Job description for the sustainability officer position (3rd position):

The Waste Minimization Coordinator supports our sustainability programming with an emphasis on waste minimization. The Sustainability Office helps UW-Platteville make efficient use of resources to benefit the people, environment, and budget of our campus and community. Current programs that this position oversees include Pioneer Restore (the campus resale program). Responsibilities include but are not limited to: item intake, inventory and tracking, item sorting based upon the most financially responsible and environmentally-friendly diversion method (re-use on campus, sell, donate, or recycle/compost), handling funds and customer service, managing a crew of 3-4 students at any given time, complying with all relevant local, state, and federal regulations and policies, and program promotion.

Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability coordination is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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