This Target is about increasing the visibility of, and access to, sustainability in campus life. Implementing actions include a wide range of education programs, collaborations, and volunteerism that touch the lives of nearly every student, staff and faculty member, as well as community members in the neighborhoods surrounding UW campuses.

The 2021 Action Plan will include actions that promote innovative collaborations between UW’s existing healthy living and environmental sustainability efforts; expanded professional development; and community engagement programs.

Target actions for 2021

Sustainability plan guiding principles

  •  Ensure students achieve sustainability literacy
  •  Choose our research conscientiously
  •  Keep equity and inclusion at the center
  •  Use resources responsibly
  •  Decarbonize

AASHE STARS categories:

  • EN 2

    Student Orientation

  • EN 9

    Professional Staff Development & Training

  • EN 12

    Continuing Education

  • EN 13

    Community Service


A collaboration between Whole U, UW Sustainability and other campus communicators to create a comprehensive and integral package of sustainability communications for the UW Seattle, Tacoma and Bothell campuses. This Action is an important platform for integration between diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) and environmental sustainability, following the Sustainability Plan’s third Guiding Principle. Historically, UW Sustainability has been about the natural environment, while Whole U has been about human well-being. At UW, we will be building the bridge connecting these previously disparate efforts into a united platform of sustainability.

Contributing programs and concepts include:

  • Expanding Sustainability Stories virtual and on campus events with diversity, equity and inclusion topics.
  • Launching expanded Whole U signature wellness initiatives centered around each year’s Earth Day.
  • Expanding the existing Whole U Quarterly Seminars program.
  • Revamping the Green Office and Lab Certification program with student ambassadors

Steps we will take in FY 2021

  1. UW Sustainability will lead an effort to define “sustainability engagement” in measurable terms, and assess a 2020 baseline. The defined measurement unit shall correlate to an individual receiving an encouragement toward considering environmental impact, human health, diversity, equity or inclusion in the context of their participation in the UW community.
  2. The Whole U plans to continue offering a seminar every quarter in collaboration with UW Sustainability and will add sustainability features to a monthly editorial calendar and encourage UW Sustainability to contribute articles or recommend other UW faculty and staff.
  3. UW Sustainability will revamp the Green Office and Lab Certification programs and include student ambassadors; provide student capstone internships to engage with underrepresented groups and RSOs; develop an inclusion plan for outreach communications.
  4. The Whole U will add a sustainability focus for every signature program that involved overall wellness.

Responsible party

UW Sustainability & Whole U

Statuses and linkages

Whole U quarterly seminars and wellness programs, Green Office and Lab Certification Program, Sustainability Stories virtual and on-campus events.

Financing

  • Additional financing needed in FY2021.

Continued University support of the Whole U program will ensure this Action will involve reach to all UW faculty and staff members.

Metrics

  • Number of participants as a percentage of the promotional reach of communication (e.g. website traffic, email distribution or newsletter subscribers)
  • Number of new certified offices and labs (when applicable for on-campus return) as a percentage of the promotional reach of communication (e.g. newsletter advertisement, tabling at events, presentations via in-person or online)
  • Annual Sustainability Plan survey response count, beginning with the 2020 results and continuing with subsequent Annual Sustainability Plan surveys.

This Action may contribute points toward STARS credit EN-2 Student Orientation where UW shows a point gap of 0.56.1 UW has already achieved the full value of most credits grouped under the STARS Campus Engagement subcategory.


The Whole U to work with Professional and Organizational Development (POD) on incorporating further slides and information on important sustainability resources and trainings at New Hire Orientation. UW Sustainability will support the Whole U through resources such as campus sustainability data and metrics and facilitation for training programs. Established faculty will be encouraged to share and talk about their experience or on-going projects. This can provide opportunities for new faculty to get recruited into existing programs so they don’t need to re-invent the wheel.

Steps we will take in FY 2021

  1. The Whole U will work with POD in including UW Sustainability resources for New Hire Orientation. The Whole U will also include sustainability resources when tabling at the new hire events and virtual events.

  2. Work with UW Marketing to reach faculty, and develop a faculty sustainability network and outreach strategy. May include a Faculty Sustainability Fellows program modeled after Western Washington University.

Responsible party

UW Sustainability & Whole U

Statuses and linkages

Whole U quarterly seminars and wellness programs, Green Office and Lab Certification Program, Sustainability Stories virtual and on-campus events.

Financing

  • Additional financing needed in FY2021.

Continued University support of the Whole U program will ensure this Action will involve reach to all UW faculty and staff members.

Metrics

  • Calculate the number of new faculty participation in the professional development network as a percentage of new hire orientations conducted.

  • Calculate the number of existing faculty participation in the professional development network as a percentage of those reached through outreach presentations and communications.

This action can gain points in STARS credit EN-9 Professional Staff Development & Training where UW shows a point gap of 2.00.


Part 1
Build an inventory of sustainability coursework currently offered through Continuum College through a web review of published information and feedback from Continuum College program directors. Sustainability foci in offerings would be identified following AASHE STARS definitions. Begin a conversation with Continuum College to integrate relevant sustainability content into continuing education offerings. Explore ways to assist Continuum College in developing innovative sustainability content, beginning with community lectures and summer youth programs.

Part 2
Collect data from the Carnegie Classification on sustainability related opportunities and promote these opportunities with student service learning opportunities.

Steps we will take in FY 2021

  1. Coordinate with Continuum college to incorporate sustainability into their curriculum, track attendance for these courses and offer continuing communications to attendees through newsletters, website and social media.
  2. Collect data on sustainability focused Registered Student Organizations (RSOs), and promote student engagement with community service through these RSOs. Depending on current levels of engagement, provide information and resources to these RSOs regarding engagement with both episodic and long-term volunteer opportunities. Evaluate expanding opportunities to all RSOs

Responsible party

UW Sustainability & Continuum College

Statuses and linkages

Linkages to: Carnegie Classification, Carlson Service Learning

Financing

  • No additional financing needed in FY 2021

Metrics

  • Number of attendees of Continuum College sustainability courses as a percentage of audience reached through promotions and marketing.
  • Number of new student volunteers from RSOs as a percentage of service learners.

This action can gain points in STARS credit EN-12 Continuing Education where UW shows a point gap of 2.65, and in credit EN-13 Community Service where UW shows a point gap of 3.77.