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University of Florida
Sustainability Task Force (STF)





Implementation Proposals for
High Priority Recommendations


Submitted to President Charles Young






March 2003





Co-chairs:

Charles Kibert, Ph.D.
Leslie Thiele, Ph.D.
Elmira Warren









High Priority Recommendation 1: Education


Identify and publicize sustainability-related courses and programs.
Encourage colleges to incorporate sustainability into core curricula.


Qualification as high priority

Minimal cost
High impact associated with increasing faculty and student participation in sustainability
Considerable opportunity for increasing public awareness and reputation of the
University

Status

Partial implementation in select colleges. The STF report identified over 125 existing
courses with sustainability-related content.


Relationship to Strategic Plan

Sustainability is a globally emerging trend that emphasizes the interdisciplinary
integration of social, fiscal, and environmental priorities. As such, increased
sustainability-related curriculum at the University of Florida is consistent with the
Strategic Plan's focus on "interdisciplinary research and instructional programs on an
institutional level" that includes "research in ecology and environment; research into the
status of children and families; and the internationalization of the campus and the
curriculum." [SP, page 3]


Requested Presidential action

Send a letter to Deans, Directors, and Department heads (DDD) declaring enhanced
sustainability education as consistent with the goals and mission of the university and
encouraging its integration into curricula.


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High Priority Recommendation 2: Land Management


Manage lands for no net loss of biodiversity
Set up a land management committee to review and guide sustainable management of UF
lands


Qualification as high priority

High visibility and public relations potential
Strong emphasis on environment in Florida
Actions are already in progress with many staff and resources allocated for execution
Protects natural land resources that are used for academic teaching and research


Status

Underway. Certain units are implementing sustainable land management techniques;
however, the program needs to be incorporated as part of the University's mission,
expanded, and a coordinating unit established.


Relationship to Strategic Plan

As indicated, ecology and environment are central tenets of the Strategic Plan. As such,
exemplary campus land and habitat management practices enhance that goal while also
supporting the Strategic Plan's aim "to attract the best faculty, graduate students, and
postdocs, the University must support a modern infrastructure and state-of-the-art
facilities." [SP, page 15]


Requested Presidential action

Authorize the Ecology Conservation and Stewardship Committee (ECOS) to coordinate
all related programs, develop a "manage for no net loss of biodiversity" policy on UF's
campus, and bring related recommendations to the Vice-president for Finance and
Administration.
Direct the ECOS to develop plans to expand coordination/implementation of the policy to
all UF lands.


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High Priority Recommendation 3: Buildings


Adopt USGBC's LEED Standard for New Construction, latest version, as one of the
construction documents that must befollowedfor new construction.


Qualification as high priority

Higher up-front cost but will return substantial long-term cost savings
High impact and demonstrates long-term commitment to sustainability
Existing projects (Rinker Hall, Orthopedic Center) will continue to generate significant
media attention


Status

Partial implementation. LEED features are currently voluntary, subject to value
engineering. Consultant selection criteria do require LEED qualifications.


Relationship to Strategic Plan

Strategic Plan speaks to the need for fiscal efficiencies as well as enhanced funding to effect
its implementation. A proactive LEED implementation program achieves these goals by
requiring "a wise investment of resources, calculated to achieve maximum impact in the
academic community, industry, government, and the public sphere." [SP, page 6]


Requested Presidential action

Direct that a study be performed to evaluate FPCD & PPD operations and conduct
research into related industry practices resulting in recommendations that include:
Implementation options for UF
Vendor opportunities
Average project budget implications
Staff training needs
Incentivize LEED: Direct that options be developed for the endowment of a revolving
fund that would be dedicated to funding LEED infrastructure needs and could be paid
back by Colleges over time.
Disincentivize wasteful faculty and staff energy consumption behaviors by billing
departments for energy use as discrete metering capabilities and new buildings allow.


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High Priority Recommendation 4: Energy and Resource Use


Map all UF-related Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions and develop a strategyfor carbon
neutrality i i/h an ambitious, yet realistic timeline.


Qualification as high priority

Recommendation has a very high profile and public relations potential
Implementing GHG reductions will result in reduced energy consumption and increased
cost savings
Implementation steps are already in progress
High probability of obtaining additional funded research awards


Status
Underway. Existing research has inventoried all UF facilities' energy consumption/GHG
characteristics and begun to model reduction scenarios.

Relationship to Strategic Plan

Goal of carbon neutrality has obvious linkage to the environmental elements of the
Strategic Plan and would enhance the fiscal efficiencies delivered by an aggressive
energy efficiency program. The substantial near term cost savings likely from a carbon-
neutrality program comport with the Strategic Plan's call for "wise investment of
resources, calculated to achieve maximum impact in the academic community, industry,
government, and the public sphere." Indeed, as much as any recommendation herein, this
initiative qualifies as among the "clever and bold choices" faculty and administrators are
encouraged to make so as to "manage efficiently and effectively all the funds at their
disposal" (SP, p.6). An additional benefit of the carbon-neutral goal would be to accrue
substantial media coverage and secure UF's place in history as the first major university
to commit to carbon-neutrality.

Requested Presidential action

Direct the formation a working group comprised of staff and relevant faculty to present
research and implementation options detailing likely carbon-neutrality scenarios to the
Board of Trustees
Send letter to UF Trustees and DDD articulating and formalizing UF's commitment to
carbon neutrality.


STF Implementation Proposals for High Priority Recommendations /February 2003 /Page 5









High Priority Recommendation 5: Energy and Resource Use


Promote efficient, low emission vehicle purchase and develop green fleet policy.


Qualification as high priority

Higher purchase price quickly paid back resulting in life cycle cost savings
Highly visible affirmation of UF's commitment to environment and sustainability
Increase local and national recognition and provide positive public relations
Action steps are straightforward and easily put in motion with a policy directive


Status

Underway. Some departments have purchased hybrid vehicles.


Relationship to Strategic Plan

Long-term cCost savings likely from a green fleet program comport with the Strategic
Plan's call for "wise investment of resources, calculated to achieve maximum impact in
the academic community, industry, government, and the public sphere." Indeed, as much
as any recommendation herein, this initiative qualifies as among the "clever and bold
choices" faculty and administrators are encouraged to make so as to "manage efficiently
and effectively all the funds at their disposal" (SP, p.6).
A green fleet policy implementation on the UF campus could assist the research and
marketing of new technologies developed by the College of Engineering.


Requested Presidential action

Direct the Vice Presidents to coordinate with the US Department of Energy Clean Cities
Program to promulgate a green fleet policy that implements a phased-in requirement for
new vehicle purchases over a 3-5 year period. [See www.clean-cities.org.]


STF Implementation Proposals for High Priority Recommendations /February 2003 /Page 6









High Priority Recommendation 6: Transportation


Increase RTS system in collaboration with the City of Gainesville to accommodate more
locations and service times to move faculty, students and staff to and from the UF
campus.

Qualification as high priority

Highlights UF's involvement as responsible civic community partner
Past successes at targeting student ridership have created the foundation for positive
expansion

Status
Operating status: underway. However, capital needs for expanded infrastructure are
currently unfunded

Recommendation's relationship to Strategic Plan

While a robust transit service is certainly consistent with the spirit of the "environment
and ecology" focus of the Strategic Plan, it is the Campus Master Plan that is more
directly on point. The Transportation Element of the master plan calls for, "an efficient,
balanced transportation system that accommodates projected changes that will occur at
the University and encourages transportation modal choice" by "increasing the use of
transit services between off-campus housing areas and the campus; and providing
enhanced on-campus shuttle bus service" (UF Master Plan Update, June 2001, p. 11-1)"

Requested Presidential action
Assess interests, priorities and funding opportunities for faculty-oriented route services.
Request Shands and UAA to consider funding pre-paid transit for their employees that
access the campus.
Direct the Vice President of Finance and Administration to update and prioritize the list
of infrastructure needs related to enhanced on-campus bus service
Dedicate additional capital funds to transit infrastructure as available


STF Implementation Proposals for High Priority Recommendations February 2003 //Page 7









High Priority Recommendation 7: Waste Management and Purchasing


Implement U.S. EPA 's WasteWise program in all University offices.
Appoint task force to organize pilot project in sustainable purchasing.
Assist departments in developing plans and policies for purchasing and contracting in
conformance i/th sustainable principles.


Qualification as high priority

These recommendations are bundled together because they synergistically reinforce the
success of each program.
The WasteWise program is an existing and successful EPA program that can be
implemented at low cost within existing university infrastructure. This program also has
potential for financial benefits owing to its focus on resource conservation.
The WasteWise and sustainable purchasing recommendations are both effective means of
creating good public relations for the University and directly involving faculty and staff
in sustainability-related actions.

Status

New: WasteWise
Underway: Purchasing. Staff members from the Purchasing Division (with input from
various departments and vendors) are in the process of developing a draft environmental
purchasing policy.

Relationship to Strategic Plan

The executive summary of the Strategic Plan references the Florida Board of Education's
Strategic Imperative: "Achieving world-class nationally recognized institutions of higher
learning by improving access, funding, performance and accountability." The draft policy
addresses one aspect of the term "accountability" because of its attention to the use of
resources.
Exemplary campus waste management practices enhance environmental goals while also
supporting the Strategic Plan's aim "to attract the best faculty, graduate students, and
postdocs, the University must support a modern infrastructure and state-of-the-art
facilities." [SP, page 15]


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Requested Presidential action


* Phase in the WasteWise program within administrative units of the university.
* Upon successful phase-in within administrative units, direct the implementation be
extended into all academic units.


STF Implementation Proposals for High Priority Recommendations /February 2003 /Page 9









High Priority Recommendation 8: Waste Management


Require significant construction and demolition waste reduction, deconstruction of
buildings, and stockpiling and reuse of suitable materials in all future construction and
renovation contracts.

Qualification as high priority

UF already has considerable expertise and an international reputation in this area. Recent
experience with Rinker Hall proved the economic viability of reducing and recycling
construction waste versus landfilling.

Status
New

Relationship to Strategic Plan

As already noted, the Strategic Plan calls for "clever and bold" fiscal choices in order to
better use fiscal resources. This recommendation enhances fiscal efficiency and, given
the Strategic Plan goal of achieving top ten research university status, advances the
university towards that end, especially on the international front where UF is already seen
as a deconstruction leader.

Requested Presidential action

Initiate a significant construction and demolition waste reduction program for new
projects and develop a plan to phase in advanced building deconstruction practices over
time as project size and stockpiling capacities warrant.


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High Priority Recommendation 9: Investments


Appoint a committee to make recommendationsfor adapting UF's investment policies to
incorporate sustainability.
The UF Foundation should adhere to Global Reporting Initiative transparency standards
for investment disclosure.


Qualification as high priority

Recommendation has a high public relations potential


Status
New


Relationship to Strategic Plan

"Allocation of Resources to Achieve Strategic Imperatives: the best support mechanism
will be the allocation of funds to accomplish the goals of the strategic plan."
Transparency disclosure and uniform positions regarding sustainability investment
options will create efficiencies in the handling of private and UF resources.

Requested Presidential action

Appoint a committee representing various groups to make recommendations concerning:
o (a) adoption of Global Reporting Initiative transparency standards for
investment disclosure; and
o (b) investment policies that incorporate sustainability options.
[There are numerous organizations affiliated ithi UF that have investment portfolios:
the UF Foundation, the UF Research Foundation, the University Athletic Association,
\lh, In Hospital, the various faculty practice plans and, in the future, UF itself Each of
these investment pools has different goals, needs and strategies.]


STF Implementation Proposals for High Priority Recommendations /February 2003 //Page 11









High Priority Recommendation 10: Community Outreach and Integration

Create a community section on the UF Web site and a community resource center *r to
facilitate increased communication i//h the community.

Qualification as high priority

Minimal cost requirements, very high community impact.
Staff and resources are already committed to community service and public relations
initiatives. These actions will better match unmet community needs.
The recommendation overlaps with strategies of the Town and Gown Task Force Report

Status

New
Underway


Relationship to Strategic Plan

Recognition of faculty contributions to community service is a tenet endorsed in the
Strategic Plan, as the plan calls for increased opportunities for faculty leadership on
campus and the concurrent development of programs that support and reward faculty and
staff.

Requested Presidential action

Direct that a task force evaluate sites for a Community Resource Center* such as the
Community Design Center or the Business Incubator
Direct that a Community Resource Center be created in the appropriate locations)
Evaluate possible enhancements to the community section of UF's web site and, where
appropriate, implement those enhancements


A Community Resource Center is a staffed location where community members may
research and be referred to personnel, information, or activities relevant to community
affairs. In short, an Ombudsman office.


STF Implementation Proposals for High Priority Recommendations /February 2003 //Page 12









High Priority Recommendation 11: Organizational Policies and Practices

Revise the University's mission statement to include specific reference to sustainability
concerns, including an institutional commitment to diversity.

Qualification as high priority

Minimal cost requirements, would positively emphasize current commitment

Status
New
Underway

Relationship to Strategic Plan

One of the Strategic Plan's central goals is to "attract the best faculty, graduate students,
and postdocs." Accordingly, given the emergence of sustainability and diversity concerns
as among academia's most challenging present and future issues, a firm and clear
commitment to these outcomes institutionalized in the university's mission would
advance UF towards its strategic goals.

Requested Presidential action

Direct revisions to the mission statement that include specific reference to sustainability
concerns, including an institutional commitment to diversity.


STF Implementation Proposals for High Priority Recommendations /February 2003 //Page 13




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