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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 Silver
Overall Score 51.12
Liaison Matthew Williams
Submission Date June 30, 2017
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STARS v2.0

University of Florida
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Matthew Williams
Director
Office of Sustainability
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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:

Zero Waste Football home season program
Campus composting launch
Local carbon offset partnership
Electric Vehicle goal
Faculty sustainability curriculum development workshop
Student bike rental program


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:

This committee promotes sustainability within the University and in the University's relations with the larger community and seeks to enhance the University's standing as a global leader in sustainability. It assesses the progress of the University of Florida's sustainability efforts as compared to national and international best practices and pursues their implementation when appropriate. It aids in the development of policy with the Office of Sustainability and participates in the annual evaluations of that Office, its director and academic officer.


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

Available online below:


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 mission of the Office of Sustainability is to make the University of Florida - in its operations, education, research, and outreach - a model of sustainability, integrating the goals of ecological restoration, economic development, and social equity.

In pursuing this mandate, the Office of Sustainability will encourage and facilitate the collaborative efforts of faculty, students, and staff to generate knowledge, acquire skills, develop values, and initiate practices that contribute to a sustainable, high quality of life on campus, in the state of Florida, and across the globe.


Full-time equivalent (FTE) of people employed in the sustainability office(s):
6

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:
Matthew Williams

A brief description of each sustainability officer position:

The responsibilities of the Director include:
-Initiate, facilitate and coordinate opportunities to improve the sustainability of the University’s physical operations, including energy and natural resource conservation, waste management, procurement, planning, design and construction.
-Work with the Chief Academic officer to communicate, publicize and promote UF’s sustainability-related efforts within and beyond the UF community.
-Foster involvement, support and leadership for sustainability practices and projects among faculty, staff and students to create and maintain an institutional culture of sustainability.
-Develop and implement an incentive, recognition, and awards program for University units engaged in sustainability efforts. Initiate, facilitate and coordinate opportunities to extend UF’s community outreach and services in sustainability-related areas.
-Initiate, facilitate, and coordinate opportunities to extend UF’s community outreach and services in areas related to operations sustainability.
-Identify and aggressively pursue external funding, including grants and gifts, for sustainability practices and projects relating to outreach and operations, including, but not limited to, those directly administered by the Office of Sustainability. Assist faculty and staff in the pursuit of grants and external funding.
-Work with the Chief Academic Officer to develop opportunities for UF faculty and students to engage in interdisciplinary research and teaching that exploits UF operations as a model laboratory


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.