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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 77.18
Liaison Claudia Frere-Anderson
Submission Date Oct. 12, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Washington, Seattle
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Claudia Frere-Anderson
Director
UW Sustainability
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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 UW Environmental Stewardship Committee provides recommendations to the executive leadership for sustainability and resource conservation policies across all three of our campuses while overseeing progress towards meeting the goals of the UW Climate Action Plan.

Committee Role and Structure

The Committee communicates with individuals, groups, and committees across the University, both to gather information about ongoing sustainability measures, and to communicate progress. The Committee also works to identify emerging and growing opportunities for collaboration among academic and administrative units, offering the campus as a learning lab for students and faculty to work with administration on increased operational sustainability.

The Committee reports to the President, Provost, Vice Presidents and Vice Provosts.

The Committee is represented by individuals from seven administrative departments, nine academic units, four students, as well as members from the UW Bothell and UW Tacoma campuses and ex-officio members from the Medical Centers and Housing & Food Services.

The Committee meets several times each academic year.

In addition, both our Bothell and Tacoma campuses maintain campus-specific sustainability committees.


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

2017-2018 Environmental Stewardship Committee members:

Jeff Scott, Executive Vice President, UW Finance & Administration
Lisa Graumlich, Dean, College of the Environment
Sandra O. Archibald, Dean, Evans School of Public Policy and Governance
Claudia Frere-Anderson, Director, UW Sustainability
Stanley Asah, Assistant Professor, School of Environmental & Forest Sciences
John Schaufelberger, Professor/Dean, College of Built Environments
Ann Marie Borys, Associate Professor, Architecture
Rob Pena, Associate Professor, Architecture
Patrick Clark, Director,Campus Planning & Real Estate, UW Tacoma
Kim Lokan, Facilities Services Manager, UW IT
Jude Van Buren, Director, Environmental Health and Safety
Howard Frumkin, Professor, School of Public Health
Elizabeth James, Associated Students of the University of Washington
Anthony Guerrero, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Facilities Services, UW Bothell
Theodore Hoss, Residential Community Student Association
Ruth Johnston, Vice Chancellor for Administration and Planning, UW Bothell
Ben Packard, Executive Director, EarthLab
John Chapman, Interim Associate Vice President, Facilities Services
Michael J. McCormick, Associate Vice President, Capital Planning & Development
Gary Handwerk, English Professor, College of Arts & Sciences
Jeanne Allen Carswell, Campus Sustainability Fund
Brandon Ray, Graduate and Professional Student Senate
Stanley Joshua, Director of Facilities Services, UW Tacoma
Bob Ennes, Director, Health Sciences Administrator, Health Sciences
Bill Starkey, Associate Treasurer, Treasury
Stephen Muench, Associate Professor, College of Engineering

Ex Officio Members
Barbara A. Fromm, Assistant Administrator, Clinical Support Services and Planning, Harborview Medical Center GWH
Pam Schreiber, Director, Housing & Food Services
Karen Baebler, Assistant Athletics Director, Intercollegiate Athletics


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:

UW Sustainability coordinates and promotes sustainability programs and initiatives by informing, engaging, and connecting members of the UW community. Established in 2008, UW Sustainability provides leadership and support for the Environmental Stewardship Committee (ESC), the Climate Action Plan (CAP) and is leading the campus in the development of the University's first comprehensive sustainability plan. The office gathers and reports data for the online UW Sustainability Dashboard and compiles campus information for rating systems such as STARS. Each year the office organizes a campus-wide sustainability event in the fall and helps organize campus Earth Day events in the spring.

In 2018, the Business Diversity Program was added to the UW Sustainability portfolio. BDP provides small, minority & women-owned, veteran, and diverse businesses visibility to opportunities at the University,


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

Does the institution have at least one sustainability officer?:
Yes

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Claudia Frere-Anderson, Director; Sean Schmidt, Sustainability Specialist; Toren Elste, Programs Specialist; Daimon Eklund, Communications Coordinator; Elise Glassman, Project Manager; Marilyn Ostergren, Renewable Energy Liaison

Does the institution have a mechanism for broad sustainability coordination for the entire institution (e.g. a campus-wide committee or an officer/office responsible for the entire campus)?:
Yes

A brief description of the activities and substantive accomplishments of the institution-wide coordinating body or officer during the previous three years:

UW Sustainability is tasked with coordinating sustainability efforts across the entire University of Washington, including creating institutional sustainability plans, a process that started in 2018.

The West Campus Utility Plant - the first university project to win an Envision Gold Award from Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure - includes an interpretive element to provide a window into the University’s commitment to sustainability. Six video screens facing the street display information and stories about sustainability, with the content curated by UW Sustainability.
https://green.uw.edu/wcup

In 2015 the UW and Seattle City Light created a partnership through City Light’s Green Up program to advance renewable energy on campus and beyond.
https://green.uw.edu/news/uw-and-seattle-city-light-create-green-program-partnership

The annual Sustainability Fair has provided an opportunity for a diverse array of groups across UW to tell their sustainability stories in conjunction with National Campus Sustainability Month.
http://green.uw.edu/fair

UW Sustainability is working with executive leaders at the university to host the 2019 Washington & Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference.
http://wohesc.org

UW has earned a perfect score on The Princeton Review’s Green Honor Roll for eight straight years.

UW Sustainability provides administrative support to the student-funded Campus Sustainability Fund (CSF) which recently passed the $2 million mark in total grants since its creation.
http://csf.uw.edu

UW Sustainability was a founding partner of the Livable City Year program, an EPIC-N program which connects local communities with UW faculty and students to work on real-world projects around livability and sustainability.
http://LCY.uw.edu

UW Sustainability worked with other campus partners and Special Olympics USA on sustainability efforts around the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games held on campus.

In the summer of 2018, UW Sustainability director Claudia Frere-Anderson was also named director of the UW Business Diversity Program. A process of fully integrating the two programs is underway.


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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.