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The University of Washington (UW) is working to develop a comprehensive Sustainability Plan. Led by Executive Sponsor and UW Facilities Vice President Lou Cariello, the Sustainability Plan is on track for delivery on Earth Day, April 22, 2020. The team will be using several tools to identify gaps and the actions that will comprise the Plan, including UW's 2018 STARS submission (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System) and the Climate Action Inventory.

Why now?

The UW has made good progress in reducing its carbon footprint and institutionalizing sustainability. It’s been 10 years since the UW published its Climate Action Plan, laying out strategies to get to carbon neutrality. We have seen some key successes, including the creation of the UW Sustainability office and Campus Sustainability Fund, green building standards, and a path to reaching 2020 greenhouse gas reduction goals. Now it is time to re-evaluate and re-prioritize UW’s strategies in equitable and measurable ways. Creating a Sustainability Plan will allow UW to continue to lead and be innovative, and align with campus, city and state goals. The Plan must be a blueprint for meaningful, implementable actions that institutionalize sustainability at UW.

Who is involved?

A team of faculty and staff, led by executive sponsor and UW Facilities Vice President Lou Cariello. Our governance model is shown below.

How to engage with the Plan:

 

Timeline

Governance

Governance Model

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