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University of Utah

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With the publication of the College Sustainability Report Card 2011, more than 1,100 school survey responses from over 300 institutions are now available online. In total, these surveys offer more than 10,000 pages of data collected from colleges and universities during the summer of 2010 . To access surveys from other schools, go to the  surveys section  of the website. To see grades, or to access additional surveys submitted by this school, please click the "Back to Report Card" link at the beginning or end of the survey.

 

School name: University of Utah

Date submitted: September 1, 2010



For each question, please choose the response that best represents the activities of your student organization. Some questions have additional instructions below the question. If you cannot find information for a particular question, please leave that question blank.

 

The response to this survey should be only in reference to one student organization. If there are multiple student organizations at a given school, each organization should complete its own survey. Only one survey should be submitted for each student organization at a particular school.

 

1)  Contact Information                                   

 

The following fields designate the main contact person for your group.

Name: Mazi Nourian

School Name: University of Utah

Name of student organization: Student Housing

Your position or title: RHA Green Sustainability Director

 

2)  Student Organization

Please describe the student-run campus environmental/sustainability organization in which you have a leadership role. If you are a member of multiple organizations, you will be able to enter information about their activities on a later page.

Active members attend meetings and help implement the organization’s initiatives. Please describe event or email-listserv attendance under “Additional Comments.”

 

Number of active members:

8

Date of last meeting (mm/dd/yyyy):

September 30, 2010

Frequency of meetings:

Note: if you meet more than once a week, please select weekly.

Weekly

 

Key issues addressed and programs implemented since August 2009:

Use the categories below to help describe your group's initiatives in each area. In the "Describe" field, outline actions taken and elaborate on the impact and degree of success. You may want to compose your descriptions in Microsoft Word or a similar program and then paste them into the boxes provided. Please be detailed in your descriptions, and use the "Other" option to describe additional areas of involvement. You can also elaborate or add clarifying comments under "Additional Comments."

 

 

Addressed     

Progress           

Describe

Academics

Examples: Minor, major and concentration programs, curricular additions, research projects

[  ]

None

Administration

Examples: Procurement policies, institution-wide sustainability policy, advocating for sustainability-related staff positions

[  ]

Moderate

There is now a Sustainability board within the Housing office that staff members can join. This board will meet to discuss implementing sustainability into the actual buildings of our housing facilities. The board will also help staff members join the "green" movement

Climate

Examples: Climate action plan, greenhouse gas emissions inventory

[  ]

None

Endowment

Examples: Proxy voting guidelines, investment advisory committees

[  ]

None

Energy

Examples: Conservation/behavioral
change programs, retrofits and
efficiency improvements

[  ]

Significant

We as a group have tried to educate our residence about sustainable living. We have tried various was to do so. We have done movie premiers and offered all organic foods. We have put of signs with sustainability facts. We have tried to educate residents about recycling. We are always handing out re-usable watter bottles and bags. In the spring we are going to have an energy competition between buildings in our residence halls

Food

Examples: Advocating for local, organic, or more sustainable food, campus gardening, food purchasing and ingredient guidelines

[  ]

Moderate

Our dining facilities already provide a good percentage of organic foods. There have been some plans made to educate students about sustainable foods and consumption but none have happened yet. I have discussed with our dining services about serving more fruits and vegetables that are seasonal. The only major thing we have done is hold programs and serve organic foods and talk about the importance of sustainable food

 

Green Building

Examples: Design or construction policy

[  ]

Moderate

I have discussed with our Housing department about ways to make our buildings more efficient. We have installed timers on our light switches so when residents are not using the room the light will automatically turn off. I have investigated into high efficiency shower heads. Our school is running a pilot program on a couple floors in the residence halls

Grounds and Maintenance

Examples: Green landscaping, non-toxic cleaners

[  ]

None

We have not had so much work in grounds and maintenance in our housing department but our other parts of campus do offer green landscaping

Student Involvement

Examples: Facilitating engagement with students, speaker series, establishing EcoReps program, student guide to sustainable living on campus

[  ]

Significant

This is the aspect that I have personally tried to work the most on. I have an email list of around fifty people. I email these students about our meetings, what happens at meetings, and other sustainability related activities around campus. We will get together weekly to discuss programs to address to residence with sustainability in mind. We also hand recycling centers that have been put up in the residence halls. I have cooperated with other student groups in the past. For example, we had three or four sororities come up and do a huge recycling project with the residence halls. My philosophy has always been about promoting our board members. I try to let my board member know about any positions that pop up, and also I let them know about how to get involved with other sustainable groups on campus. We are currently in the process of implementing an Eco reps program (need the funding still).

Transportation

Examples: Promoting sustainable transportation, campus fleet improvements, connecting students with public transit

[  ]

None

We have public shuttles that constantly come to the residence halls and deliver students to their classes. They are usually very packed

Waste Reduction

Examples: Recycling, composting,
reducing consumption

[  ]

Significant

Recycling is a big part of what my board does. Every other week we go recycling. We recycling cardboard, paper, plastic, glass, and aluminum. We all gown up and sift through recyclable materials in search of any containments. we are currently looking to expand our recycling program in the residence halls. We have also had recycling competitions between buildings in which prizes were given to the building whom recycled more. Last year we had a sustainability campaign in which we handed out free shirts that said on the front "did you recycle today" In order for students to get the free shirt they must have signed a sustainability pledge. This pledge had 6 easy ways for students to conserve energy and save that were geared towards the residence halls. This was a very successful event as we gave away almost 100 free shirts. I see them around campus all the time

Water

Examples: Water conservation, reducing campus pollution, bottled water campaigns

[  ]

Moderate

During most programs and events we try to hand out free re usable water bottles. As part of water conservation I have looked into the boiler efficiency of our water heaters.

Other

[  ]

 

Additional Comments

I have only held my position for one year and I am continuing the position this next school year. I feel that I have accomplished many things but I still have much more to work towards

 

3)  Sustainability Competitions and Challenges

This information should describe a campus challenge or competition organized by your group to promote sustainability. To add general information about your group, return to the previous questions.

 

First competition

 

Name of competition

Recycling Competition

Frequency of competition

Annually

Year initiated

Even if the competition has not been held continually each year, enter the year it began.

2010

Groups involved in coordinating

If your group conducted the competition alone enter your group's name. Otherwise, enter other student groups, administrative offices, or faculty departments that assisted in implementation.

RHA Green Sustainability board

               

Participants:

 

Students

[X]

Faculty

[  ]

Staff

[X]

Other. Please describe.

 

Incentives/Rewards:

Describe how students, faculty, and/or staff were encouraged to participate in the competition. How were they notified and enticed to join the competition? What was the “prize” or reward for which they were competing?

Pizza Party with free give aways

 

Goals of competition:

Describe the sustainability-related goal of the competition (e.g. conserve electricity, water, reduce waste, increase recycling rates).

 

Energy conservation

[  ]

Waste reduction

[X]

Water conservation

[  ]

Other. Please describe

 

Percent of energy/water/waste reduced (describe):

Describe both the raw savings, and the savings as compared to use before the competition. For example, an electricity-saving competition may have encouraged a dorm to conserve 6,000 kW/h of electricity for the month of April, a savings of 5% from the same month last year.

We had a competition between two buildings to see who could recycle more. The competition lasted two weeks. Each floor was provided with plastic, paper, and aluminum bins. In the end the biggest pile of recyclables ( pile was made up of garbage bags containing recyclable materials)wins the competition.

 

Lasting effects of competition:

Describe other impacts and effects. What are observable changes in campus behavior even after the competition’s completion? Have other efforts towards sustainability been given added momentum? Has the competition inspired other campaigns or initiatives?

The building that won the competition was really excited about recycling and most of the residents of that building expect recycling wherever they go within the residence halls

 

Website:

 

Second competition

 

Name of competition

Energy Competition

Frequency of competition

Semesterly

Year initiated

Even if the competition has not been held continually each year, enter the year it began.

2011

Groups involved in coordinating

If your group conducted the competition alone enter your group's name. Otherwise, enter other student groups, administrative offices, or faculty departments that assisted in implementation.

RHA Green Sustainability

               

Participants:

 

Students

[X]

Faculty

[  ]

Staff

[  ]

Other. Please describe.

 

Incentives/Rewards:

Describe how students, faculty, and/or staff were encouraged to participate in the competition. How were they notified and enticed to join the competition? What was the “prize” or reward for which they were competing?

The incentives/rewards are still being discussed

 

Goals of competition:

Describe the sustainability-related goal of the competition (e.g. conserve electricity, water, reduce waste, increase recycling rates).

 

Energy conservation

[X]

Waste reduction

[  ]

Water conservation

[  ]

Other. Please describe

 

Percent of energy/water/waste reduced (describe):

Describe both the raw savings, and the savings as compared to use before the competition. For example, an electricity-saving competition may have encouraged a dorm to conserve 6,000 kW/h of electricity for the month of April, a savings of 5% from the same month last year.

The results will appear as the competition occurs. Basically we will measure energy usage of two buildings for two months. The first month will be the base rate and the second month will be the competition. The winner of who used the least amount of energy will be announced on Earth day

 

Lasting effects of competition:

Describe other impacts and effects. What are observable changes in campus behavior even after the competition’s completion? Have other efforts towards sustainability been given added momentum? Has the competition inspired other campaigns or initiatives?

Hopefully students will think about this competition in future years. Soon these residents will be paying their own energy bills. I hope to instill a mentality of sustainability that will last.

 

Website:

 

Third competition

 

Name of competition

Frequency of competition

Year initiated

Even if the competition has not been held continually each year, enter the year it began.

Groups involved in coordinating

If your group conducted the competition alone enter your group's name. Otherwise, enter other student groups, administrative offices, or faculty departments that assisted in implementation.

               

Participants:

 

Students

[  ]

Faculty

[  ]

Staff

[  ]

Other. Please describe.

 

Incentives/Rewards:

Describe how students, faculty, and/or staff were encouraged to participate in the competition. How were they notified and enticed to join the competition? What was the “prize” or reward for which they were competing?

 

Goals of competition:

Describe the sustainability-related goal of the competition (e.g. conserve electricity, water, reduce waste, increase recycling rates).

 

Energy conservation

[  ]

Waste reduction

[  ]

Water conservation

[  ]

Other. Please describe

 

Percent of energy/water/waste reduced (describe):

Describe both the raw savings, and the savings as compared to use before the competition. For example, an electricity-saving competition may have encouraged a dorm to conserve 6,000 kW/h of electricity for the month of April, a savings of 5% from the same month last year.

 

Lasting effects of competition:

Describe other impacts and effects. What are observable changes in campus behavior even after the competition’s completion? Have other efforts towards sustainability been given added momentum? Has the competition inspired other campaigns or initiatives?

 

Website:

                               

4)  Sustainability in Student Government and Other Activities

Please describe the role of Student Government and other groups.

 

Does your student government include a specific position or committee dedicated to campus sustainability issues?

Yes

 

If yes. Please describe below:

Include the following: How many students are active in the committee? How often does it meet? What kinds of power and decision-making ability does it have? What impacts and initiatives has it undertaken? What kind of working relationship does it have with other student groups and the administration?

The office of Sustainability is dedicated to sustainability issuesOur outreach coordinator used to be Marie Martin

 

Please describe any additional campus sustainability activities or projects that you or your group has initiated at your school:

Describe any activities that your group or yourself, as a leader on campus, have undertaken that are not already included in your survey responses. If applicable, also describe off-campus and community efforts that relate to institutional sustainability at your school.

RHA Green Sustainability ASSU Board of SustainabilityU BikeSEEDOffice of Sustainability working groupUBike

 

 

Please Note: The following is for informational purposes only; your response will NOT be included in the Report Card evaluation process.

 

Please list any regional or national networks with which your group is affiliated (e.g., Energy Action Coalition/Campus Climate Challenge, Sierra Student Coalition, a state PIRG, a state student sustainability coalition):

Carbon Neutrality planFarmers Market

 

 

 

 

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