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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 65.93
Liaison Srinivasan Raghavan
Submission Date Feb. 24, 2015
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STARS v2.0

University of Missouri
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Hannah Peterson
Graduate Research Assistant
Human Dimensions of Natural Resources
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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 University of Missouri is dedicated to environmentally sustainable policies and practices that promote responsible stewardship of existing resources and the environment. This includes, but is not limited to, acquiring and using energy-saving, environmentally friendly and renewable/recyclable resources and materials; providing educational programs, resources and incentives for sustainable practices by students, faculty and staff; participating in recycling programs and the safe disposal of materials; researching and testing new sustainable initiatives; and taking proactive steps to preserve and protect natural resources. Each unit or department within the university is encouraged to evaluate current policies and practices on a regular basis with the goal of adopting or improving sustainability.

Some activities and substantive accomplishments that these entities have taken part in include, but are not limited to, the following:
-Improving relationships with other departments of campus, e.g. athletics
-Transitioning to low waste in campus buildings (this is still an ongoing process)
-The reduction of the total number of trash bins on campus
-The amount of purchased renewable energy was more than doubled in the fiscal year of 2013
-The campus outreach event “Sustainapalooza” is in it’s third annual year


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 charge to the Environmental Affairs and Sustainability Committee is to make recommendations to the provost on the development of policies for environmental and sustainability issues; develop formal and informal mechanisms for improved education to enhance environmental and sustainability awareness; and provide a biannual sustainability report to the chancellor.


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

Environmental Affairs and Sustainability Committee:
David Beversdorf, Chair
Sheila Baker, Assistant Professor-Chemical Engineering, Faculty
David Beversdorf, Associate Professor-Radiology, Faculty
Rachel Brekhus, Humanities Research Librarian, Faculty
Bob Broz, Extension Assistant Professor-Ag Extension, Food Science and Nutrition, Faculty
Frances Dickey, Associate Professor-English, Faculty
Tim Evans, Associate Professor-Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, Faculty
Moneen Jones, Assistant Research Professor-Plant Sciences, Faculty
Robin Kruse, Associate Professor-Family and Community Medicine, Faculty
Bohumil Svoma, Assistant Professor-Soil, Environment and Atmospheric Science, Faculty

Terrence Grus, Graduate School Director, Staff
Diane Herigon, Medical Student Resident Program Assistant, Staff
Andrew Sommer, Senior Fiscal Analyst-Campus Facilities, Staff
Tony Wirkus, Associate Director of Game Operations-Athletics, Staff

Michael Burfield, Graduate Student-Fisheries and Wildlife, Graduate Professional Council (GPC)
Darren Chapman, Graduate Student-Rural Sociology, GPC
Hemanta Kafley, Graduate Student-Fisheries and Wildlife, GPC

Mike Burden, Sustainability Coordinator, Ex Officio
Paul Coleman, Energy Management Manager, Ex Officio
Todd Houts, Environmental Health and Safety Director, Ex Officio
Jan Weaver, Research Assistant Professor, Ex Officio
Alicia LaVaute, Sr. Recycling & Waste Minimization Specialist, Ex Officio

Mike Burden, Sustainability Coordinator, Support


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:

Sustainability on the MU campus is a multi-faceted endeavor, involving academia and administration; students, faculty and staff; and partnerships within and outside the institution. The Sustainability Office coordinates these various endeavors, facilitates the development of new initiatives, provides information for campus decision-makers and implements sustainability projects.


Full-time equivalent (FTE) of people employed in the sustainability office(s):
4.52

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:
Mike Burden, Sustainability Office Coordinator; Alicia LaVaute, Sr. Recycling & Waste Minimization Specialist

A brief description of each sustainability officer position:

The coordinator will work to identify, coordinate and support existing programs, develop communication strategies in support of campus sustainability, and identify and encourage more sustainability initiatives throughout the campus.


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