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 2022 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 2022

View actions for past fiscal years

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


Outreach to underrepresented groups is key, specifically targeting and obtaining feedback from these groups on the plan actions and connections with sustainability is imperative.

Steps we will take in FY 2022

  1. UW Sustainability continue to work to define “sustainability engagement” in measurable terms, and use information gathered in FY21 for event attendance. 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 for participation.
  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; and develop an inclusion plan for outreach communication.

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, promoting virtual and on-campus events to underrepresented groups.

Financing

  • Additional financing needed in FY2022.

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) based on the FY21 baseline.
  • 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.

 


The Whole U will work with Professional and Organizational Development (POD) on incorporating further slides and information on important sustainability resources and training 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. We will explore creating an incentive for staff/faculty to attend sustainability & DEI events and have a quarterly reporting or check-in meeting with colleges and academic departments.

Steps we will take in FY 2022

  1. Work with UW Departments to identify an incentive for staff/faculty to attend Sustainability/DEI related events.
  2. Set up a way for departments (both academic and operational) to track sustainability and DEI related work/ classes/programs or training.

Responsible party

UW Sustainability & Whole U

Statuses and linkages

This will complement Target II (Identify Minimum Learning Outcomes)

Financing

  • 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 and staff participation in the professional development network as a percentage of new hire orientations conducted.
  • Calculate the number of existing faculty and staff participation in the professional development network as a percentage of those reached through outreach presentations and communications.
  • Utilize surveys and survey data to measure engagement, and specifically to determine reach with underrepresented groups.

 


Part 1

Build an inventory of courses with an existing community engagement component, and create a targeted outreach campaign to include departments with sustainability-focused community engagement work. Create a targeted outreach campaign to include departments with a focus on sustainability work. Work with Continuum College in developing innovative sustainability content, beginning with community lectures and summer youth programs. Create a list of underrepresented groups and establish a targeted outreach strategy for measuring engagement with underrepresented groups both online and in person.

Part 2

Expand Community Engagement across campus, while offering enough time for groups to review and add input.

Steps we will take in FY 2022

  1. Utilize the course inventory being done as part of our AASHE STARS reporting to start an inventory of sustainability coursework.
  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.
  3. Coordinate with Continuum College to incorporate sustainability into their curriculum, track attendance for these courses and offer continuing communications to attendees through newsletters, websites and social media.

Responsible party

UW Sustainability & Continuum College

Statuses and linkages

This will complement Target II.

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 departments contacted with sustainability related community engagement programs or activities.
  • Number of new student volunteers from RSOs as a percentage of service learners.