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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 69.60
Liaison Shanna Eller
Submission Date Feb. 27, 2015
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STARS v2.0

University of North Carolina, Greensboro
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Trey McDonald
Sustainability Coordinator
Sustainability Office
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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:

Committee: Revised by-laws to better engage members and campus, provide improved opportunities for leadership, and add the new Chief Sustainability Officer position. Supported creation of the Academic Sustainability Coordinator position. Submitted proposals as part of the development of the new strategic plan.

Office: Coordinated the first Green Purchasing Expo (March 2014) and the first campus conversation (November 2014) on UNCG minority student attitudes regarding environmental issues ("What's Green Got to Do With It?"). Revised and reintroduced the campus Green Office program (2013-14). With the Academic Sustainability Coordinator, began developing programs to utilize the campus as a living laboratory in early 2013, with implementation beginning in September 2013.


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 mission of the UNCG Sustainability Council, per the 2014 Operating Papers, is to support and promote efforts by the university community to address sustainability in operations and academics at UNCG.


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

Stephen Holland - Economics Professor (Faculty Co-Chair)
Scott Milman - Dir. of Auxiliary Services (Staff Co-Chair)
Tim Tsujii - Early Voting Director, Guilford County Board of Elections (Community Rep)
Dr. William Markham - Director, Environmental Studies Program
Sarah Manning - Student Representative, Environmental Studies Program
Michael Crouse - Graduate Student Representative, MBA Program
Brittan Wood, MPH - Alumna (Alumni Rep)
Megan Delph - Assistant Director, Residence Life
Olav Rueppell - Biology Professor
Sevil Sonmez - Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality and Tourism Professor
Cathryne Schmitz - Conflict and Peace Studies Professor
Karen Kilcup - English Professor
Sarah Dorsey - Music Librarian
Aaron Allen - Music Professor / Academic Sustainability Coordinator
Trey McDonald - Sustainability Coordinator
Chad Carwein - Sustainability Specialist


The website URL where information about the sustainability committee(s) is available:
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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 University of North Carolina at Greensboro established sustainability as one of its five Core Values through the 2009 Strategic Plan. The University views sustainability as: "Academics, operations, and outreach… conducted with careful attention to the enduring interconnectedness of social equity, the environment, the economy, and aesthetics." In 2010, UNCG created an Office of Sustainability to improve operations and to provide projects and services that enhance the environmental, human, and financial capital of the University and our community. The Office works with faculty, staff and students from across the campus, promoting behavioral and technological changes that lead to better stewardship of our resources.


Full-time equivalent (FTE) of people employed in the sustainability office(s):
2.25

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:
Richard K. McDonald, III (Trey) - Sustainability Coordinator for Operations; Dr. Aaron Allen, Academic Sustainability Coordinator; Jorge Quintal, AVC for Facilities and Chief Sustainability Officer

A brief description of each sustainability officer position:

The primary role of the Sustainability Coordinator for Operations is to lead the Office of Sustainability as a “resource area” for the university. In this role, the Office supports the creation, implementation and monitoring of sustainability goals in each operational department. The Coordinator is a member of the Sustainability Council, which provides strategic direction recommendations to the Chancellor.

The mission of the Academic Sustainability Coordinator is to lead the development of sustainability in the academic trust by increasing the quantity and improving the quality of sustainability outreach, education, and research activities at UNCG. The Academic Sustainability Coordinator (ASC) accomplishes this mission through campus leadership and through the development of educational programs and research opportunities for campus and community partners. Work includes administrative and service activities, community outreach and collaboration, cooperative initiatives with staff and administration, faculty development, scholarly and creative activity, student-centered programming, and teaching and curricular activity.

The Chief Sustainability Officer: Each constituent institution and affiliated entity of the UNC system is required to designate an appropriate individual to serve as "Chief Sustainability Officer," responsible for implementation of the UNC Sustainability Policy. The CSO leads systematic incorporation of sustainability throughout the institution by integrating the policy goals into the institution’s processes, administration, teaching, research, and engagement.


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.