Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 52.43
Liaison Wesley Enterline
Submission Date Nov. 13, 2018
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STARS v2.1

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Wesley Enterline
Sustainability Coordinator
Facilities Planning and Management
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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:

The Sustainability Council strives to make UW-Whitewater a more environmentally sustainable university by coordinating cross-departmental sustainability initiatives, by encouraging sustainability research and teaching, by assessing the campus’s environmental impact, and by supporting student sustainability efforts. Past projects include the implementation of a Sustainability Fund grant program for student projects, developing the “Savanna Project” faculty curriculum workshop, planning events such as Earth Week and RecycleMania, and assessing and compiling sustainability achievements to inform long-range planning efforts.

Starting in 2015 and revised every three years after, the Sustainability Council completes a sustainability assessment known as Sustainability Tracking and Ratings System (STARS), coordinated by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). Data collected through this process is used for internal reporting to key constituencies and leadership as well as external marketing to media sources and through participation in other appropriate recognition programs that establish a culture of sustainability on campus. This data will also be used to develop a Sustainability Plan for the campus that ties into other documents, such as the Strategic Plan or Master Plan.

Sustainability Council faculty and staff members are appointed by the Provost to three-year terms. The council meets once a month during the academic year.

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

• Faculty Sustainability Fellow
• Sustainability Coordinator


- University Housing Representative
- University Center Representative
- UW-Whitewater Dining Services Representative
- Academic Staff Assembly Representative (Recommended by ASA)
- University Staff Council Representative (Recommended by USC)
- Continuing Education/Community-Based Learning Representative (Recommended by Dean of Grad Studies)

- L&S Faculty Representative (Recommended by Dean)
- COBE Faculty Representative (Recommended by Dean)
- Arts and Communication Faculty Representative (Recommended by Dean)
- Education and Professional Studies Faculty Representative (Recommended by Dean)
- Faculty Senate Representative (Recommended by Faculty Senate)

- Whitewater Student Government Representative (Recommended by WSG Senate)
- WSG Sustainability Director or Executive Board designee (Recommended by WSG President)
- Students Allied for a Green Earth Representative (Recommended by SAGE)
- University Housing Sustainability Coordinator

- City of Whitewater representative (Recommended by City Manager)

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:

Currently the Sustainability Office is based in the Facilities Planning and Management Department and consists of a full-time Sustainability Coordinator and a half-time Assistant Coordinator. Student employees consist of three Sustainability Assistants that work an average of 0.375 FTE each and a summer intern at .20 FTE. The Faculty Sustainability Fellow has a quarter-time release.

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

Does the institution have at least one sustainability officer?:

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Jonah Ralston, Faculty Sustainability Fellow; Wesley Enterline, 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)?:

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

See additional documentation for 2016-17 End of Year Report.

Job title of the sustainability officer position:
Sustainability Coordinator

Job description for the sustainability officer position:
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Job title of the sustainability officer position (2nd position):
Sustainability and Science Outreach Assistant Coordinator

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

Job title of the sustainability officer position (3rd position):
Faculty Sustainability Fellow

Job description for the sustainability officer position (3rd position):
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.