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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.

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Liaison Mary Beth McGrew
Submission Date March 11, 2014
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STARS v1.2

University of Cincinnati
PAE-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Claire Sweigart
Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have a sustainability committee?:
Yes

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

The President's Advisory Council on Environment & Sustainability (PACES) is an All-University Committee founded in 2003 as the Environmental Sustainability Committee (ESC). Its name was changed in 2007 when UC signed the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). The committee is composed of students, faculty, and staff and is open to all. PACES charge is to provide leadership for the integration of sustainability into educational programs, research and community outreach; to promote and build on existing efforts and strengths around sustainability; to recommend strategies for moving toward a net zero campus in the areas of waste and energy while providing for the needs of campus; to report campus efforts and progress.


Members of the committee, including affiliations:

Staff
Mary Beth McGrew, Assoc. VP of Planning + Design + Construction & University Architect (Chair)
Andy Porter, Director of Space Management (Co-Chair)
Joe Harrell, Executive Director of Central Utilities
Claire Sweigart, Sustainability Coordinator

Students
Charles Marxen, Undergraduate Student Government Association Sustainability Co-Director
Ryan Ponti-Zin, Undergraduate Student Government Association Sustainability Co-Director

Faculty
Dr. Dominic Boccelli, Asst. Professor in CEAS School of Energy, Environmental, Biological, and Medical Engineering
Dr. Jodi Shann, Director of Environmental Studies and Professor in A&S Dept. of Biology
Michael Zaretsky, Asst. Professor in DAAP School of Architecture & Interior Design


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

A brief description of the sustainability office:

UC's Office of Sustainability was created in 2010 and reports to the PACES Steering Committee (see above). UC hired a part-time Sustainability Coordinator in 2008, and the position became full-time in 2009. In 2013, the Office added an Assistant Sustainability Coordinator position.
The Office of Sustainability is within the Department of Planning + Design + Construction with links to Facilities Management and Central Utilities. The staff includes one full-time Sustainability Coordinator, one full-time Assistant Sustainability Coordinator, and a team of undergraduate student workers. The Office of Sustainability manages several programs including the Bearcat Bike Share, the Bike Kitchen, the UC Garden, Bearcat Recycling, Re*Use Market, and Operation Move-In Recycle, as well as various educational and outreach opportunities. These include the sustainability film series, workshop series, lecture series, Trees for Tomorrow, Arbor Day campus tree planting, Campus Conservation Nationals, RecycleMania, environmental literacy certificate program, etc.


The number of people employed in the sustainability office:
2

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

Sustainability coordinator's name:
Claire Sweigart

Sustainability coordinator's position title:
Planner/Sustainability Coordinator

A brief description of the sustainability coordinator’s position:

The sustainability coordinator oversees operations of the Office of Sustainability, coordinates PACES, attends community meetings, and oversees a team of student employees.


The website URL where information about the sustainability coordinator 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.