Determine the feasibility of establishing a Student Sustainability Hub; including the need, use cases, funding, potential locations and staffing. The goal is to develop a tri- campus model for ongoing student engagement through the UW-Wide Sustainability Framework and implementation of the Sustainability Plan. The Hub will focus on student engagement, diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) and interdisciplinary research using the campus, community and region as a living lab; from the undergraduate to the post-doctoral levels. The feasibility study will be managed by the UW Sustainability office in collaboration with the Campus Sustainability Fund, the College of the Environment, the College of Built Environments, the Population Health Initiative, ASUW, GPSS and student RSOs.
Steps we will take in FY 2021
Establish a project team to be sponsored by the UW Sustainability Office that includes the Student Outreach Coordinator for SAP, CSF Program Manager, and students from ASUW, GPSS, Student Life, and RSOs.
Work with campus stakeholders to determine the scope, opportunities, and barriers through interviews, research into existing UW Centers/Initiatives and case studies of other universities. Review and present to ASUW, GPSS, Student Life and administrative stakeholders.
Publish a final feasibility study which details the need for the Student Sustainability Hub, use cases, funding model, partnerships with other departments, potential locations and staffing to begin in FY22 or FY23.
Campus Sustainability Fund
Statuses and linkages
These could be coordinated with the positions suggested for the UW-Wide Sustainability Definition Task Force.
The UW Sustainability Office, Campus Sustainability Fund, ASUW, GPSS and student RSOs have begun to explore this idea though current limitations are space/location and on-going funding resources.
This Action is closely linked with other UW Sustainability Plan Actions: One UW Wide Sustainability Framework by 2022; Double Student, Staff and Faculty Sustainability Impressions by 2024; Double Sustainability Research Projects by 2025.
For FY21, UW Sustainability office hired a .50 FTE graduate student Student Outreach Coordinator dedicated to student engagement for the Sustainability Plan. This position will continue towards this Action.
Future financing for implementation and staffing of the Student Sustainability Hub could come from multiple sources including a resource pooling of departments/units including Campus Sustainability Fund, Student Life, Central Provost Office (for academics), and student government bodies GPSS and ASUW. A student fee could also be a potential funding option.
The first year is dedicated to determining the feasibility of establishing a Student Sustainability Hub, and we will therefore achieve the following:
Mapping student-centered services and support from all campuses that are related to sustainability.
Perform a benefit cost analysis of the potential impacts and outcomes of a Sustainability Hub.
Benchmark with peer institutions and gap analysis.
Student efforts, through the Campus Sustainability Fund mechanism, have historically worked to advance many of UW STARS targets and actions listed in this plan: Local Food; Divert compostable waste from recycle, landfill; Solar Photovoltaic Expansion.