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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 v2.1

University of Utah

Salt Lake City, UT, US


Rating Score Liaison Submission Date Executive Letter
Silver 58.55 Myron Willson April 5, 2017 Download
A major effort to incorporate sustainability more broadly into the curriculum began in 2011 when he Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs (the equivalent of a provost) created a new position called "Sustainability Curriculum Development ... read more
Credit Status Points
Academic Courses Complete 5.99 / 14.00
Learning Outcomes Complete 0.58 / 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 Complete 0.00 / 4.00
Incentives for Developing Courses Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Campus as a Living Laboratory Complete 4.00 / 4.00
The Global Change & Sustainability Center (GCSC) coordinates interdisciplinary research efforts that focus on sustainability. In 2016, GCSC moved organizationally to be under the umbrella of the Sustainability Office. All tenured, tenure-track, adjunct, and research faculty ... read more
Credit Status Points
Research and Scholarship Complete 5.42 / 12.00
Support for Research Complete 3.00 / 4.00
Open Access to Research Complete 0.00 / 2.00

The Sustainability Office serves as a centralized resource to support engagement with sustainability across the University.

Credit Status Points
Student Educators Program Complete 3.56 / 4.00
Student Orientation Complete 1.50 / 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
Assessing Sustainability Culture Complete 0.00 / 1.00
Employee Educators Program Complete 0.45 / 3.00
Employee Orientation Complete 0.00 / 1.00
Staff Professional Development Complete 1.25 / 2.00
Campus as a destination for the public. • Encourage the public to participate in a wide range of university activities, including the arts, athletics, recreation, clinical and academic programs. • Provide adequate facilities to support public activity ... read more
Credit Status Points
Community Partnerships Complete 3.00 / 3.00
Inter-Campus Collaboration Complete 3.00 / 3.00
Continuing Education Complete 0.86 / 5.00
Community Service Complete 2.55 / 5.00
Participation in Public Policy Complete 1.33 / 2.00
Trademark Licensing Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Air quality has been identified as one of the most important issues for Salt Lake City residents and is one of the most frequently discussed topics in the region. This is especially true during the ... read more
Credit Status Points
Greenhouse Gas Emissions Complete 4.39 / 10.00
Outdoor Air Quality Complete 1.00 / 1.00
The State of Utah mandates energy efficiency in all state-owned buildings. State standards are outlined in the State Building Energy Efficiency Program (SBEEP), as mandated by the Quality Growth Act of 1999.1 (1 Chapter ... read more
Credit Status Points
Building Operations and Maintenance Complete 0.50 / 5.00
Building Design and Construction Complete 2.27 / 3.00

The Energy Management Office, under Facilities Management, monitors campus energy use.

Credit Status Points
Building Energy Consumption Complete 3.64 / 6.00
Clean and Renewable Energy Complete 1.32 / 4.00
The largest provider of food services on campus is University Dining Services (operated by Chartwells) which offers resident meal plans for students. In addition, the campus leases space to a number of locally owned restaurants ... read more
Credit Status Points
Food and Beverage Purchasing Complete 0.65 / 6.00
Sustainable Dining Complete 1.88 / 2.00
Capitalize on the natural landscape setting • Create smart open space and promote the intelligent use of landscape. • Preserve significant views into, within and from the campus, including views to the Wasatch Mountains and Valley. • Create ... read more
Credit Status Points
Landscape Management Complete 1.00 / 2.00
Biodiversity Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Credit Status Points
Sustainable Procurement Complete 1.25 / 3.00
Electronics Purchasing Not Pursuing 0.00 / 1.00
Cleaning and Janitorial Purchasing Not Pursuing 0.00 / 1.00
Office Paper Purchasing Not Pursuing 0.00 / 1.00
Functional and sustainable transportation systems. • Improve walkability and universal access. • Improve accessibility to transit and continue to promote alternative modes of transportation. • Enhance routes to better support bicycling on campus. • Improve the efficiency of shuttle ... read more
Credit Status Points
Campus Fleet Complete 0.09 / 1.00
Student Commute Modal Split Complete 1.36 / 2.00
Employee Commute Modal Split Complete 1.04 / 2.00
Support for Sustainable Transportation Complete 1.80 / 2.00
Credit Status Points
Waste Minimization and Diversion Complete 4.29 / 8.00
Construction and Demolition Waste Diversion Complete 0.00 / 1.00
Hazardous Waste Management Complete 0.75 / 1.00
Water The University of Utah receives potable water from Salt Lake City Public Utilities which draws water from our local watersheds. We also use well water on campus to help supply our irrigation needs. The ... read more
Credit Status Points
Water Use Complete 4.00 / 6.00
Rainwater Management Complete 2.00 / 2.00
The primary units involved in the comprehensive planning effortat the University are the Office of Institutional Advancement, the Office of Budget and Planning, the Office of Undergraduate Studies, the Office of Student Affairs, The Office ... read more
Credit Status Points
Sustainability Coordination Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Sustainability Planning Complete 3.50 / 4.00
Participatory Governance Complete 2.25 / 3.00
The importance of focusing on improving faculty diversity and building the underrepresented community was reinforced at an open dialogue on racial climate held on Campus in November 2016 . Students, faculty, staff, and administration attended. “We ... read more
Credit Status Points
Diversity and Equity Coordination Complete 1.33 / 2.00
Assessing Diversity and Equity Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Support for Underrepresented Groups Complete 3.00 / 3.00
Affordability and Access Complete 2.24 / 4.00
Statement of Amy Wildermuth, Chief Sustainability Officer for the University of Utah, on responsible re-investment: Anthropogenic climate change is one of the most pressing and difficult issues of our time. It requires that we act ... read more
Credit Status Points
Committee on Investor Responsibility Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Sustainable Investment Not Pursuing 0.00 / 4.00
Investment Disclosure Not Pursuing 0.00 / 1.00
Credit Status Points
Employee Compensation Complete 0.01 / 3.00
Assessing Employee Satisfaction Complete 0.61 / 1.00
Wellness Program Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Workplace Health and Safety Complete 1.08 / 2.00
Credit Status Points
Sustainability Course Designation Complete 0.50 / 0.50
Green Athletics Complete 0.00 / 0.50
Green Event Certification Complete 0.50 / 0.50
Grounds Certification Complete 0.50 / 0.50
Bicycle Friendly University Complete 0.50 / 0.50
Credit Status Points
Innovation A Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Innovation C Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Innovation D Complete 1.00 / 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.