More than 600 members of the UGA faculty are involved in sustainability research and education—in clean energy, integrative conservation, water resources, infectious diseases, invasive species, sustainable design, organic agriculture, and more—and more than 15 percent of all courses offered incorporate sustainability into the curriculum. Advancing sustainability is one of the core directions identified in the university’s 2020 Strategic Plan, and UGA’s president noted that sustainability is “part of every construction, calling for the university’s campuses to serve as examples to others in reducing their environmental footprints to the greatest extent possible. UGA has taken aggressive steps to conserve water on campus, such as installing over seventy rain gardens, planting native species, installing low-flow toilets and showerheads, recycling water in research labs, and even limiting flushes in stadium bathrooms during football games. Eighteen massive cisterns on campus collect more than 550,000 gallons of rain annually for reuse in campus buildings and landscapes. The result of this “Every Drop Counts” campaign is that water use on campus is down more than 20 percent. UGA is home to the Eugene Odum School of Ecology, “the world’s first stand-alone school devoted to teaching, research, and public service in the areas of ecology and environmental studies” and the top-ranked College of Environment and Design for sustainable design practices in landscape architecture. The Tate Student Center Expansion, UGA Housing Building 1516 and four other campus buildings are LEED Gold. The UGArden Campus Community Garden has donated thousands of pounds of fresh, local and sustainable fish and produce to end senior hunger through partnerships with UGA Campus Kitchen and Athens Area Council on Aging. The Office of Sustainability provided $28,000 in campus sustainability grants this year to implement student-initiated projects on campus.
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Sustainability-focused degree available
School employs a sustainability officer
Public GHG inventory plan
% food budget spent on local/organic food
Available Transportation Alternatives
Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
School Developed Bicycle Plan
School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.