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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 71.58
Liaison Steve Mital
Submission Date May 18, 2017
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STARS v2.0

University of Oregon
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Steve Mital
Office of Sustainability Director
Finance & Administration
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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 Oregon Office of Sustainability's mission is to lead the integration of sustainability into the University of Oregon’s operations, curriculum, co-curriculum, research, and engagement with the broader community. Recent accomplishments include: Conducting annual GHG assessment, STARS assessment, launching a sustainability-themed residence hall program, staffing the Environmental Issues Committee, founding the Oregon Leadership in Sustainability graduate certificate program, organizing a bulk solar purchasing program for Eugene-Springfield, and establishing the annual Sustainability Awards 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:

"CHARGE & RESPONSIBILITIES:
The Environmental Issues Committee shall:
1) Consider, analyze and report, in the form of advisories or recommendations on environmental issues that affect the quality of life and health of the University community, as well as on those issues about which the University should act as an educational resource. These reports shall include a financial impact statement for each recommendation as well as an informative, impartial summary of the topic that outlines its effects, the issues discussed at committee meetings, and any relevant background information;
2) Recommend development of rules or policies directly related to environmental issues affecting quality of life and health to be adopted by the University administration and/or University Senate on behalf of the University community. Such recommendations shall include a financial impact statement for each recommendation as well as an informative, impartial summary of the topic that outlines its effects, the issues discussed at committee meetings, and any relevant background information;
3) Recommend, facilitate and/or implement educational programs, training sessions, forums or workshops on environmental issues which could be offered to members of the University community and/or the general public;
4) Recommend ways to inform the University community about environmental issues;
In 2007 the University of Oregon became a signatory to the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment. As a result the University of Oregon is participating in an aggressive effort to address global warming by neutralizing greenhouse gas emissions and accelerating research and educational efforts to equip society to re-stabilize the earth's climate. This commitment will be one relevant principle in guiding the committee’s discussions and recommendations."

REPORTING:
The Environmental Issues Committee is responsible to the University Administration as an advisor to the Vice President for Finance and Administration. In addition this committee also reports to the University Senate through, at a minimum, an annual written report submitted by the Committee Chair to the Secretary of the University Senate no later than the final University Senate meeting in May. The committee may also make additional written or oral reports to the Senate.


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

"MEMBERSHIP:
Membership of the Environmental Issues Committee consists of:
3 - 5 faculty;
3 students who represent a cross-section of students with environmental interests;
2 Officers of Administration;
2 classified staff members;
Director of the Office of Sustainability (Ex-Officio non-voting member);
Associate Director of the Office of Environmental Health and Safety (Ex-Officio non-voting member);
AVP for Campus Planning and Real Estate or designate (Ex-Officio non-voting member)
ASUO Student Sustainability Coordinator (Ex-officio non-voting member)
STAFFING:
The Office of Sustainability shall provide logistical support for the committee including scheduling meetings, maintaining the EIC listserv and webpage, inviting guest speakers, and generating and distributing meeting minutes. The Director of Sustainability shall work directly with the Chair of the Environmental Issues Committee to develop meeting agendas and brief the committee as needed."


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 University of Oregon Office of Sustainability's mission is to lead the integration of sustainability into the University of Oregon’s operations, curriculum, co-curriculum, research, and engagement with the broader community. The Student Sustainability Center (SSC) is a program of the Erb Memorial Union. The Student Sustainability Center is a collaborative space for student-led initiatives that foster and support the simultaneous pursuit of human equity, environmental vitality and economic well-being for the present and future. Through collaborative efforts, we hope to help students develop the skills, strategies, and networks necessary to work towards their vision of society.


Full-time equivalent (FTE) of people employed in the sustainability office(s):
5

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:
Steve Mital - Director. Kim Carson - Co-curricular programs coordinator. Eric Beeler - Student Sustainability Center coordinator

A brief description of each sustainability officer position:

"The sustainability director is responsible for actively promoting and facilitating sustainability activities across campus, collaborating with students, staff, faculty and relevant committees and communicating regularly with members of the campus community. Working with campus stakeholders, the director coordinates and advocates for UO's integration of sustainable principles and practices into campus operations, procedures, and student and faculty activities.
Co-curriular Programs:
The purpose of this position is twofold:
1. Manage UO sustainability monitoring initiatives.
2. Manage undergraduate co-curricular programs and events in partnership with other campus units that increase student engagement with sustainability issues and practices outside the traditional classroom environment.
Student Sustainability Center coordinator manages the Student Sustainability Center. The SSC is a collaborative space for student-led initiatives that foster and support the simultaneous pursuit of human equity, environmental vitality and economic well-being for the present and future. Through collaborative efforts, we hope to help students develop the skills, strategies, and networks necessary to achieve their vision for society."


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

A second website URL where information about the sustainability office(s) is available: http://ssc.uoregon.edu/

A second website URL where information about sustainability officers: http://ssc.uoregon.edu/

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.