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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.58
Liaison Mary Ellen Mallia
Submission Date Jan. 15, 2016
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STARS v2.0

University at Albany
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Mary Ellen Mallia
Director of Environmental Sustainability
Finance and Business
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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?:
Yes

A brief description of the activities and substantive accomplishments of the committee(s), office(s), and/or officer(s) during the previous three years:

The Office of Environmental Sustainability is in charge of overseeing and coordinating the sustainability programs at UAlbany. This includes stewarding green initiatives, creating environmental education programs and developing sustainability policies. The office works with various academic departments, student groups and community organizations to implement environmental initiatives, such as recycling and energy conservation awareness programs. The Director is Mary Ellen Mallia.


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 Coordinators program is designed to give university employees the ability to work in unison with the Office of Environmental Sustainability on the “Green Scene” initiatives. Coordinators meet monthly to discuss how to communicate university wide sustainability programs and give feedback to the director. All coordinators complete a training on the current campus initiatives. Our goal is to have at least one person from every area of the university represented.
In addition, a Student Sustainability Advisory Council is selected to work on initiatives. The council is comprised of 16 chairs, Res Life representatives, and delegates from the Student Association, the Graduate Student Association, and environmental student groups. The chairs assume responsibility for topics tanging from food to transportation to energy. The chairs are appointed in the spring prior to the school year in which they will serve. The Res Life representatives are responsible for reporting about sustainability programming at each quad and publicizing sustainability campaigns on the quad. Because each chair and Res Life representative takes on special responsibility, he or she is awarded with a stipend.


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

Sustainability coordinators are listed at: http://www.albany.edu/gogreen/5.sustainability_coordinators_list.shtml
Sustainability council members are listed at: http://www.albany.edu/gogreen/5.sustainability_council.shtml


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?:
Yes

A brief description of each sustainability office:

The Office of Environmental Sustainability has been charged with coordinating and advancing the sustainability efforts at UAlbany, working with a multitude of academic departments, student groups and community organizations to implement sustainable advancements and policies by:
Engaging the campus community in educational campaigns and programs
Furthering coordination among students, faculty, and staff around sustainable initiatives
Encouraging the conservation and efficient use of natural resources on campus
Advocating for further adoptation of sustainable infrastructure
Increasing awareness of the University's responsibility to operate in an environmentally accountable manner
Assessing campus sustainability efforts to ensure fulfillment of institutional commitments


Full-time equivalent (FTE) of people employed in the sustainability office(s):
4

The website URL where information about the sustainability office(s) is available:
Does the institution have at least one sustainability officer?:
Yes

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Mary Ellen Mallia, Director of Environmental Sustainability

A brief description of each sustainability officer position:

The Director is charged with overseeing all sustainability initiatives, develop strategic plans for the implementation of sustainability projects, assessing efforts and advising senior staff on sustainability issues.


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

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.