Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.76
Liaison Mark Klapatch
Submission Date Feb. 21, 2018
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STARS v2.1

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

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Mark Klapatch
Sustainability and Custodial Supervisor
Facilities Management
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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:

The Sustainability Working Group (SWG) is the primary shared-governance group for promoting and coordinating sustainability values, principles, and practices at UW-River Falls. The SWG addresses the planning, design, implementation, and assessment of sustainable campus community programs and policies as well as documentation, such as the Sustainability Tracking and Rating System (STARS®), the Climate Action Plan (CAPlan), and the Sustainable Campus Community Plan (SCCPlan).

The Sustainability Faculty Fellows consists of faculty who have gone through the Kinnickinnic Project which is a faculty-led initiative that involves strategic curriculum integration on sustainability. The Sustainability Faculty Fellows is led by a coordinator (Dr. Greta Gaard) who has a quarter time release from teaching.


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

2016-2017 SWG Members:
Committee Chair, Staff, Veronica Justen, Faculty, Plant & Earth Science
Rashmi Magnani, Graduate Student
Gabrielle Chapin, Undergraduate Student
Teresa Eberhardt, English Faculty
Charles Rader, Geography Faculty
Mary Wright, Teacher Ed. Faculty
Anthony Varghese, Computer Science and Information Systems Faculty
Kathy Young, Diversity/Human Resources Staff
Tim Thum, Facilities Management Staff
Mark Klapatch, Office of Sustainability Staff
Cara Rubis, Student Affairs Staff
Community, Mike Noreen, River Falls Municipal Utilities

2017-2018 SWG Members:
Committee Co-Chair, Staff, Veronica Justen, Faculty, Plant & Earth Science
Committee Co-Chair, Mark Klapatch, Office of Sustainability Staff
Shelbie Rochel, Undergraduate Student
Teresa Eberhardt, English Faculty
Charles Rader, Geography Faculty
Mary Wright, Teacher Ed. Faculty
Dawn Hukai, CBE Faculty
Jennifer Friedman, Diversity/Human Resources Staff
Tim Thum, Facilities Management Staff
Cara Rubis, Student Affairs Staff
Community, Mike Noreen, River Falls Municipal Utilities


Does the institution have at least one sustainability office that includes more than 1 full-time equivalent (FTE) employee?:
No

A brief description of each sustainability office:

The Office of Sustainability at UW-River Falls serves multiple functions. As part of the Facilities Management department, the Office of Sustainability is involved in numerous campus sustainability initiatives. The Sustainability Coordinator (Mark Klapatch) also oversees the custodial operations in the academic buildings on campus, helps run the Surplus Property Program, coordinates the refuse and recycling contract and operations, as well as the Office of Sustainability Student Representatives. His positions is considered .5 FTE Sustainability and .5 FTE Custodial Services There are 3-6 students employed by the office at any given time working on projects including STARS data collection, marketing, waste minimization, programming, etc.


Full-time equivalent (FTE) of people employed in the sustainability office(s):
0.50

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

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Mark Klapatch - Sustainability Coordinator

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:

Mark Klapatch - Sustainability Coordinator serves as the Chief Sustainability Officer for the campus. In doing so, he is responsible for the management and assessment of a coherent campus-wide sustainability program. Principle areas of responsibility involve developing and managing campus sustainability projects and initiatives; working with campus constituents on sustainability projects relating to campus operations; sustainability programming and outreach across campus and with the community; working with campus in the data collection and assessment of projects and initiatives; and working with faculty and staff through the Sustainability Working Group (SWG) and other governance groups.


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