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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.

Silver

STARS v2.0

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL, US


Rating Score Liaison Submission Date Executive Letter
Silver 51.12 Matthew Williams June 30, 2017 Download
UF offers nearly 200 sustainability related courses, as well as 70 sustainability focused courses. There are a variety of undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs across various disciplines and colleges centered on sustainability: The College of ... read more
Credit Status Points
Academic Courses Complete 2.85 / 14.00
Learning Outcomes Complete 1.57 / 8.00
Undergraduate Program Complete 3.00 / 3.00
Graduate Program Complete 3.00 / 3.00
Immersive Experience Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Sustainability Literacy Assessment Not Pursuing 0.00 / 4.00
Incentives for Developing Courses Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Campus as a Living Laboratory Complete 4.00 / 4.00
UF is home to a number of research institutes, most notably the Florida Climate Institute and the UF Water Institute. These centers and institutes foster interdisciplinary collaboration on some of the world's most challenging ... read more
Credit Status Points
Academic Research Complete 10.46 / 12.00
Support for Research Not Pursuing 0.00 / 4.00
Access to Research Not Pursuing 0.00 / 2.00
UF has implemented a number of programs designed to engage and educate the campus community on issues around sustainability, health, wellbeing, diversity and inclusion. In the residence halls, designated Eco-Reps are charged with developing and ... read more
Credit Status Points
Student Educators Program Complete 4.00 / 4.00
Student Orientation Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Student Life Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Outreach Materials and Publications Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Outreach Campaign Complete 4.00 / 4.00
Employee Educators Program Complete 3.00 / 3.00
Employee Orientation Not Pursuing 0.00 / 1.00
Staff Professional Development Not Pursuing 0.00 / 2.00
The University of Florida is a member of AASHE, ACUPCC, Audubon International, and USGBC. UF Government Relations advocates for sustainability policy as it fits within the mission of the university. UF is also designated as ... read more
Credit Status Points
Community Partnerships Not Pursuing 0.00 / 3.00
Inter-Campus Collaboration Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Continuing Education Complete 5.00 / 5.00
Community Service Complete 2.44 / 5.00
Community Stakeholder Engagement Not Pursuing 0.00 / 2.00
Participation in Public Policy Not Pursuing 0.00 / 2.00
Trademark Licensing Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Hospital Network Not Pursuing 0.00 / 1.00
In 2006, UF's then-president J. Bernard Machen was among the first to sign the American College and University President’s Climate Commitment, committing to reduce our carbon emissions and educate our campus community about ... read more
Credit Status Points
Greenhouse Gas Emissions Complete 2.95 / 10.00
Outdoor Air Quality Complete 1.00 / 1.00
The UF Campus Master Plan outlines strategies for land use and responsible stewardship of resources that support the university’s mission. UF maintains 31 conservation areas on campus and 60 acres dedicated to teaching students ... read more
Credit Status Points
Building Operations and Maintenance Not Pursuing 0.00 / 4.00
Building Design and Construction Complete 1.18 / 3.00
Indoor Air Quality Complete 1.00 / 1.00
The University works closely with Gator Dining Services (ARAMARK) to achieve goals related to sustainability. In an effort to reduce water and energy use, and food waste, both campus dining halls have eliminated the use ... read more
Credit Status Points
Food and Beverage Purchasing Complete 1.03 / 4.00
Low Impact Dining Complete 1.00 / 3.00
The University of Florida is committed to minimizing the environmental impacts of our campus buildings and ongoing operations. A strong component of this commitment is the reduction of campus energy use through efficiency improvements that ... read more
Credit Status Points
Building Energy Consumption Complete 1.72 / 6.00
Clean and Renewable Energy Complete 0.00 / 4.00
The University of Florida is committed to providing a campus that is safe, pleasant, and supportive of academic pursuits. With nearly 1,000 cultivated acres on main campus as well as outlying facilities, maintenance of ... read more
Credit Status Points
Landscape Management Complete 0.00 / 2.00
Biodiversity Complete 2.00 / 2.00
The University Purchasing and Disbursements Department and the Small Business & Vendor Diversity Relations Division make every effort to secure contracts with vendors that are socially and environmentally conscientious, and certified green whenever possible. UF promotes ... read more
Credit Status Points
Electronics Purchasing Complete 0.99 / 1.00
Cleaning Products Purchasing Complete 0.68 / 1.00
Office Paper Purchasing Complete 0.33 / 1.00
Inclusive and Local Purchasing Complete 0.25 / 1.00
Life Cycle Cost Analysis Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Guidelines for Business Partners Not Pursuing 0.00 / 1.00
UF offers a variety of sustainable transportation options in an effort to reduce the number of trips taken in single-occupancy, traditional vehicles. UF partners with the local Regional Transit System (RTS) bus service to provide ... read more
Credit Status Points
Campus Fleet Complete 0.09 / 1.00
Student Commute Modal Split Complete 1.57 / 2.00
Employee Commute Modal Split Complete 0.95 / 2.00
Support for Sustainable Transportation Complete 1.88 / 2.00
UF has a Zero Waste goal, and has been developing programs to increase diversion rates and to identify opportunities for increased recycling and composting on campus. Campus-wide waste audits were conducted in 2009 and 2014 ... read more
Credit Status Points
Waste Minimization Complete 0.81 / 5.00
Waste Diversion Complete 1.34 / 3.00
Construction and Demolition Waste Diversion Complete 0.91 / 1.00
Hazardous Waste Management Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Credit Status Points
Water Use Complete 1.14 / 4.00
Rainwater Management Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Wastewater Management Not Pursuing 0.00 / 1.00
UF has a sustainability committee that promotes sustainability within the University and in the University's relations with the larger community. It assesses the progress of the University of Florida's sustainability efforts as compared ... read more
Credit Status Points
Sustainability Coordination Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Sustainability Planning Complete 3.83 / 4.00
Governance Complete 2.50 / 3.00
The President’s Council on Diversity helps the University achieve its goals related to diversity by recommending and implementing initiatives, gathering and analyzing data, and providing input and oversight on matters pertaining to the diversity ... read more
Credit Status Points
Diversity and Equity Coordination Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Assessing Diversity and Equity Complete 0.75 / 1.00
Support for Underrepresented Groups Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Support for Future Faculty Diversity Not Pursuing 0.00 / 1.00
Affordability and Access Complete 1.00 / 4.00
UF is committed to providing a pleasant work environment to faculty and staff. Baby Gator Child Development Centers are available to provide child care, and the Employee Assistance Program gives employees access to consultation, training ... read more
Credit Status Points
Employee Compensation Not Pursuing 0.00 / 3.00
Assessing Employee Satisfaction Not Pursuing 0.00 / 1.00
Wellness Program Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Workplace Health and Safety Complete 0.49 / 2.00
UF has invested with private investment funds that sponsor renewable energies such as wind and hydroelectric and sustainable forestry. The investment board has adopted a policy on socially responsive investing that incorporates socially-motivated restrictions on ... read more
Credit Status Points
Committee on Investor Responsibility Not Pursuing 0.00 / 2.00
Sustainable Investment Complete 0.51 / 4.00
Investment Disclosure Complete 0.00 / 1.00
Credit Status Points
Innovation 1 Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Innovation 2 Not Pursuing 0.00 / 1.00
Innovation 3 Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Innovation 4 Not Pursuing 0.00 / 1.00

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.