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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.07
Liaison Colleen McCormick
Submission Date Feb. 25, 2016
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STARS v2.0

University of California, Merced
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Breeana Sylvas
Assistant Director
Sustainability
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Does the institution have at least one sustainability committee, office, and/or officer that focuses on sustainability broadly and covers the entire institution?:
Yes

A brief description of the activities and substantive accomplishments of the committee(s), office(s), and/or officer(s) during the previous three years:

Accomplishments associated with the UC Merced Sustainability Committee include:

1. Successful 2015 Earth Day and Campus Sustainability Events
2. Sustainability Speaker Series on Food which promotes sustainable healthy living in the realm of nutritious food sourcing, food systems, and waste management.
3. Development of a LEED Lab Course which allows student teams to perform the Existing Buildings:Operations & Maintenance (EB:O&M) certification for the Classroom Office Building (COB) at UC Merced.
4. Establishment of Campus Garden and Farmer’s Market Committee
5. Establishment of the Water Action Plan Working Group which identified campus progress on strategic planning associated with water systems and processes.


Does the institution have at least one sustainability committee?:
Yes

The charter or mission statement of the committee(s) or a brief description of each committee's purview and activities:

To promote environmental stewardship and development that is based on ecological principles at the University of California, Merced. Sustainability refers to the physical development and institutional operating practices that meet the needs of present users without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs, particularly with regard to the use and conservation of natural resources. The committee is charged with advising the Chancellor on matters pertaining to environmental sustainability, goals, policies, and practices at UC Merced.
The Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Sustainability (CACS) advises the Chancellor on all matters of sustainability, development, management and operation of the campus and its facilities, and to advocate for programs and initiatives that continuously improve campus performance on matters of sustainability.


Members of each committee, including affiliations and role (e.g. staff, student, or faculty):

Colleen McCormick – Director of Sustainability, Strategic Facilities Planning
Breeana Sylvas – Senior Project Analyst, Strategic Facilities Planning
Thomas Hothem – Lecturer / Assistant Director, Merritt Writing Program
Matt Hirota – Waste Reduction and Recycling Coordinator, Facilities Management
Mark Maxwell - Assistant Project Manager / LEED Coordinator, Design & Construction
Jason Souza – Director of Dining Services & CatCard Services, Campus Dining
Julie Sagusay – Food Service Manager, Campus Dining
Lori Callaway – Equipment Manager, Equipment Management / Business and Financial Services
Chris Swarth – Director of the Vernal Pools Grasslands Reserve, Sierra Nevada Research Institute
Richard Cummings – Principal Planner, Physical and Environmental Planning
Karin Groth – Director, Transportation and Parking Services
Gabriel Morabe – Student Representative from PowerSave Organization
John Haner – Lecturer, Merritt Writing Program
Jason Martin - Organizational Development Consultant, Business and Financial Strategic Initiatives Center
Zuhair Mased – Director of Energy, Engineering, and Sustainability, Facilities Management
James Brugger - Sr. Engineer, Facilities Management
Varick Erickson – Campus Energy Manager, Facilities Management
David Noble – Associate Director, Recreation and Athletics
Hoaithi Dang – Sustainability Commissioner, Associated Students of UC Merced
Teamrat Ghezzehei – Associate Professor, School of Natural Sciences
Rachel Hadley – Senior Administrative Analyst, representing Staff Assembly
Lorena Anderson – Sr. Public Information Officer, University Communications
Gene Barrera – Associate Planner, Physical and Environmental Planning
Jacob Croasdale – Yosemite Leadership Coordinator, Student Life
David Ott – Director, Environmental Health and Safety
Ron Durbin – Director of Development, School of Natural Sciences
Brian Powell – Assistant Vice Chancellor, Human Resources
Peter Arroyo – Custodial Manager, Housing and Residence Life
Matt St.Clair (UCOP) – Director of Sustainability
Janika McFeely (UCOP) – Sustainability Specialist
Lynn Sullivan – Lecturer, School of Engineering


The website URL where information about the sustainability committee(s) is available:
Does the institution have at least one sustainability office that includes more than 1 full-time equivalent (FTE) employee?:
No

A brief description of each sustainability office:
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Full-time equivalent (FTE) of people employed in the sustainability office(s):
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The website URL where information about the sustainability office(s) is available:
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Does the institution have at least one sustainability officer?:
Yes

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Colleen McCormick, Director of Sustainability

A brief description of each sustainability officer position:

The Director of Sustainability serves as the leader of UC Merced’s sustainability efforts to foster a culture of sustainability among students, faculty, and staff; identifying and prioritizing areas for institutional sustainability efforts; planning and development of short and long range plans and engaging other campus leaders to foster sustainability broadly across campus units.


The website URL where information about the sustainability officer(s) is available:

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