Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 49.78
Liaison Sarah Rykal
Submission Date Nov. 4, 2015
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University of Wisconsin-Stout
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Sarah Rykal
Sustainability Coordinator
Sustainability Office
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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:

UW-Stout has many committees dedicated to overall sustainability and particular areas of sustainability. These include:
Sustainability Steering Committee
Alternative Transportation Work Group
Waste Reduction Work Group
Campus Garden Work Group
Housing Sustainability Work Team
Stout Student Association's Sustainability Council
Campus-Wide Energy Committee
Sustainability Across the Curriculum Network

These groups have all worked on numerous projects/initiatives to advanced sustainability on campus and in the community, including creating a campus garden, solar energy project, enhancing sustainable transportation, implementing a Building Dashboard, creating a Green Event Certification program, implementing a Green Fee and associated projects, piloting green cleaning on campus, energy competitions, and much more.

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 Sustainability Steering Committee (SSC) provides oversight and recommendations for sustainability initiatives at UW-Stout. This includes:

*Proposing strategies to move toward sustainable campus operations in accordance with the American College & University President's Climate Commitment mandates;

*Encouraging the incorporation of sustainability into the curriculum;

*Providing oversight and recommendations regarding sustainability policies to be considered for university adoption;

*Assisting with sustainability-related community outreach; and

*Assisting in increasing public awareness and participation in the plan.

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

The SSC is comprised of 15 members, 11 nominated positions representing different areas of the university and 4 at-large positions. 2012-2013 representatives are as follows:

Arthur Kneeland
Lecturer, Biology Department
Representing Senate for Academic Staff

Brad Konkel
Student | Sustainable Construction Organization
At-Large Member

Keith McCarten
Police Sergeant
Representing Parking & Transportation Services

Joan Menefee
Associate Professor, English & Philosophy Department
At-Large Member

Emma Hasemen
Student | SSA Sustainability Director
Representing SSA Sustainability Council

Joan Rhee
Associate Professor, Apparel and Communication Technologies Department
Representing Faculty Senate

Sarah Rykal
Sustainability Coordinator
Chair of Sustainability Steering Committee

Sandi Scott-Duex
Director, University Housing
Representing University Housing

Zenon Smolarek
Assistant Director, Physical Plant
Representing Physical Plant

Wendy Stary
Assistant Professor, Engineering & Technology Department
Representing Academic & Student Affairs

Evan Stickles
Student | Sustainable Agriculture in Education Association (SAEA)
At-Large Member

Darrin Witucki
Director, University Centers
Representing Student Life Services

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:

The mission of UW-Stout's Sustainability Office is to foster a culture of environmental sustainability among the university community by coordinating sustainability priorities; engaging students and staff in sustainability initiatives; working with local, regional, and national organizations; and promoting UW-Stout's work in the area of sustainability.

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:
Sarah Rykal

A brief description of each sustainability officer position:

The Sustainability Coordinator is responsible for fostering a culture of sustainability among the university community by coordinating sustainability priorities, engaging students and staff in sustainability initiatives and promoting the university’s positive environmental record. The coordinator identifies, recommends and monitors progress towards the university’s climate action plan and university sustainability priorities. The coordinator serves as the liaison between the university and state, regional and national environmental organizations. The coordinator serves as the chair of the Sustainability Steering Committee and reports to the Executive Director of Student Life Services.

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

Information from the Sustainability Coordinator

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