College of Design, Construction and Planning Office of Sustainability
M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Building Construction Dave Newport, Director
341 Rinker Hall
PO Box 115703
Gainesville, FL 32611-5703
(352) 273-1173 office
(352) 392-9606 fx
March 18, 2003
Jean Larson, Ph.D., Chair
University of Florida Faculty Senate
218H Criser Hall
PO Box 114010
Gainesville, FL 32611-4010
Dear Dr Larson
This is to share with the Faculty Senate an interim report from the UF Sustainability Task Force
to President Charles Young. The report, "Implementation Proposals for High Priority
Recommendations," was requested by President Young during a meeting October 10, 2002
between STF Co-chairs, UF Vice-presidents, Dr. Young, and Faculty Senate Chair Jean Larson.
Since that time, the STF has been gathering data, deliberating, and finalizing the attached report.
Highlights of the requested presidential actions that may be of interest to the Faculty Senate
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. [The STF report identified over 125 existing
courses n i/h sustainability-related content; available at www. sustainable. ufl. edu]
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
Direct the ECOS to develop plans to expand coordination/implementation of the policy to
all UF lands.
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.
The President should appoint a committee representing various groups to make
recommendations concerning: (a) adoption of Global Reporting Initiative transparency
standards for investment disclosure; and (b) investment policies that incorporate
sustainability options. [There are numerous organizations affiliated ii ith UF that have
investment portfolios: the UF Foundation, the UF Research Foundation, the University
Athletic Association, .lhanud Hospital, the various faculty practice plans and, in the
future, UF itself Each of these investment pools has different goals, needs and
Community Outreach and Integration
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.
Organizational Policies and Practices
Request the Faculty Senate to work with the Provost to develop suggested revisions to the
mission to include specific reference to sustainability concerns, including an institutional
commitment to diversity.
The Sustainability Task Force continues to detail implementation options for the 34 remaining
recommendations transmitted to the President in its Final Report of July 2002. Any input from
the Faculty Senate is welcome and encouraged.
Please feel free to contact me or any member of the task force with any questions or comments
you may have. It has been a pleasure to serve the Faculty Senate, the President, and the entire
University of Florida.
Staff to the UF Sustainability Task Force