ACUPCC Reporting System

Implementation Profile for University of Florida

Submitted on November 9, 2007; last updated on January 9, 2014

Institution Information

Basic Carnegie Classification RU/VH: Research Universities (very high research activity)
Control Public
Location Gainesville, FL
Community Setting Mid-size city
USDOE Climate Zone 2
Current President or Chancellor's Name J. Bernard Machen
Current President or Chancellor's Title President
Main Web Site http://www.ufl.edu/
Sustainability Web Site http://www.sustainability.ufl.edu/

Implementation Structure

Implementation Liaison's Name Matthew Williams
Implementation Liaison's Title Director, Office of Sustainability
Implementation Liaison's Department Office of Sustainability
Format of Structure Task Force
Number of Individuals in Structure 20
Stakeholder Groups Represented Community Leaders, Faculty, Students, Executive, Community Members, Staff
Description The ACUPCC Working Group was formed by recruiting members of the existing Energy and Climate Change Task Force and tapping new members with expertise in the areas of interest.

Tangible Actions

1. Establish a policy that all new campus construction will be built to at least the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED Silver standard or equivalent.

Yes: In 2001, UF adopted the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards for all major new construction and renovation projects. In 2006, this commitment was re-confirmed and strengthened by requiring LEED-Silver criteria for design and construction of all major new construction and renovation projects to deliver high performance and sustainable building design. To date, the campus boasts two Gold certified buildings, 8 certified buildings, and a number that are registered.

2. Adopt an energy-efficient appliance purchasing policy requiring purchase of ENERGY STAR certified products in all areas for which such ratings exist.

Yes: The university has instituted a sustainable purchasing policy to support the purchase of products that will minimize any negative environmental or societal impacts of university operations. Purchasers are directed to procure electronics and appliances that meet Energy Star and/or EPEAT certification standards.

3. Establish a policy of offsetting all greenhouse gas emissions generated by air travel paid for by our institution.

No: No information provided.

4. Encourage use of and provide access to public transportation for all faculty, staff, students and visitors at our institution.

Yes: UF urges alternative modes of transportation through discounted carpool decals, an online rideshare matching service, a Flexcar shared vehicle fleet, fare-free regional transit rides for all faculty, staff, and students. Ridership has risen from less than a million people per year to 8.6 million.

5. Within one year of signing this document, begin purchasing or producing at least 15% of our institution's electricity consumption from renewable sources.

No: No information provided.

6. Establish a policy or a committee that supports climate and sustainability shareholder proposals at companies where our institution's endowment is invested.

No: No information provided.

7. Participate in the Waste Minimization component of the national RecycleMania competition, and adopt 3 or more associated measures to reduce waste.

No: No information provided.