ACUPCC Reporting System

Implementation Profile for University of Missouri - Columbia

Submitted on June 23, 2009; last updated on November 23, 2009

Institution Information

Basic Carnegie Classification RU/VH: Research Universities (very high research activity)
Control Public
Location Columbia, MO
Community Setting Mid-size city
USDOE Climate Zone 4
Current President or Chancellor's Name Brady Deaton
Current President or Chancellor's Title Chancellor
Main Web Site
Sustainability Web Site

Implementation Structure

Implementation Liaison's Name Steve Burdic
Implementation Liaison's Title Sustainability Coordinator
Implementation Liaison's Department Sustainability Office
Format of Structure Center- or Institute-Led
Number of Individuals in Structure 10
Stakeholder Groups Represented Faculty, Students, Staff
Description In the spring of 2009 the University created the Sustainability Coordinator and an Office of Sustainability to support that position. The Coordinator position was created out of the Solid Waste and Recycling Coordinator's position by expanding the duties to include general campus sustainability. Joining and assisting the Coordinator are student employees that are being funded by a newly adopted student sustainability fee. This fee, $1 per student per semester, will go to paying 2 Assistant Coordinators, 20hr/week, and 6 SustainaReps, 5hr/week, as well as additional funding for projects and initiatives.

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.

No: No information provided.

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

Yes: This past year the University convened a Sustainability Task Force to examine various campus policies and operations to determine areas that could be improved by adopting more sustainable practices. In this report there was a recommendation for an Energy Star purchasing policy and over the course of the next few years we will be working to implement it and other policies.

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: Currently the University works with the city of Columbia by providing subsidized bus transportation on campus to approximately 7,000 people every day when school is in session. This includes buses going between the campus and some of the heavily student populated apartment complexes. We are partnering with the city of Columbia to improve, expand and promote the extensive network of bike trails on University property and to network these trails with city trails. We are also increasing the number of bike racks on campus.

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.

Yes: In the Waste Minimization component we have committed to, one, creating accrual mechanisms to use savings in disposal costs to fund further waste reduction initiatives, two, active program to sell or donate campus surplus property, and three, replacing paper documents with online alternatives wherever possible (e.g. telephone directories, course catalogs, room selection, bill payment, grade distribution, etc.).