Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 47.23
Liaison Mark Klapatch-Mathias
Submission Date Jan. 13, 2012
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STARS v1.1

University of Wisconsin-River Falls
PAE-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Kelly Cain
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Does the institution have a sustainability committee?:

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

Main activities include:
1 – Develop an organizational structure within the University that will support, enhance, and encourage broadly defined sustainability initiatives within UW-River Falls academic programs, facilities, community and outreach service areas.
2 – Determine the fiscal and personnel resources required to support the organizational structure defined in Task #1 and then incorporate the necessary funding into the University’s operational budget.
3 – Develop a thorough understanding of previous sustainability efforts, current sustainability efforts, and future sustainability opportunities across campus through various methods including, but not limited to audits, benchmarking, surveys, and review of best practices.

Members of the committee, including affiliations:

2010-2011 members
Charles Rader, Geography, UWRF
Dean Olson, Ag. Engineering, UWRF
Claire Kilian, Economics, UWRF
Mary Wright, Teacher Ed., UWRF
Jim Madsen, Physics, UWRF
Deans’ Rep.: Dale Gallenberg, UWRF
UWRF Student Rep.: Nicole Larson
UWRF Vice Chancellor for Admin. & Finance: Joseph Harbouk
UWRF Director of Facilities Mgt.: Mike Stifter
UWRF Facilities Mgt. Engineer: Tim Thum
UWRF Director of Dining Services: Jerry Waller
UWRF Campus Planner: Dale Braun
UWRF Director of Outreach: Katrina Larsen
UWRF Director of Residence Life: Sandra Scott Duex
UWRF Fourth Division Rep. (PES): Pam Weller
Director of UWRF Sustainability Institute: Kelly Cain

The website URL where information about the sustainability committee is available:
Does the institution have a sustainability office?:

A brief description of the sustainability office:

The Sustainability Office at UW-River Falls serves multiple functions. The office is synonymous with and located at the St. Croix Institute for Sustainable Community Development (SCISCD) and housed at the Regional Development Institute building. The Director of the SCISCD serves as Sustainability Coordinator for all campus sustainability initiatives and as Director for all "think and do tank" initiatives for outreach and consulting from local to global. This approach provides significant opportunity for faculty and students to be integrated into both campus and outreach projects for sake of independent studies, research, internships, service learning, and other scholarly pursuits that provide innovative services and solutions to both sets of clients. The office is staffed with 1.5 FTE, student Research Fellows, and work study assistance when appropriate.

The number of people employed in the sustainability office:

The website URL where information about the sustainability office is available:
Does the institution have a sustainability coordinator?:

Sustainability coordinator's name:
Kelly D. Cain

Sustainability coordinator's position title:
Director, St. Croix Institute for Sustainable Community Development

A brief description of the sustainability coordinator’s position:

The Sustainability Coordinator, who is also Director of the St. Croix Institute for Sustainable Community Development, is a 12-month FTE appointment. The Coordinator is Chair of the Sustainability Working Group made up of a diverse cross-section of faculty, staff, and students. The Coordinator is the go-to person for all major sustainability planning and implementation initiatives such as the Climate Action Plan, the Sustainable Campus Community Plan, the AASHE STARS commitment, and others. The Coordinator reports directly to the Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance, and has significant support, autonomy, and budget to pursue campus and SCISCD objectives.

The website URL where information about the sustainability coordinator is available:

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