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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 69.02
Liaison Sara McKinstry
Submission Date March 30, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of California, San Diego
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 David Weil
Director of Sustainability and Carbon Neutrality
VC RMP/Sustainability
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Does the institution have a central sustainability website that consolidates information about the institution's sustainability efforts?:
Yes

A brief description of the central sustainability website (optional):

UC San Diego's Sustainability website offers a place for students, faculty, staff, and partners of the university to connect with each other, explore UC San Diego's countless sustainability initiatives, and find ways to get involved. The sustainability website highlights initiatives in the following fields: clean energy, climate, education, fuel alternatives, green building, smart grid, transportation alternatives, waste diversion, and water.


The website URL for the central sustainability website:
Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

The Sustainability Program Office publishes a newsletter showcasing and informing viewers about sustainable efforts and events in the UC San Diego community. The newsletter helps students, staff, faculty, and the community to get involved in sustainable events and implement sustainable practices to their own everyday lives. There are over 2,000 subscribers. We have a separate e-newsletter for anyone interested in Green Labs. All of our certified labs are subscribeid.

Highlights include:

A feature interview highlighting campus sustainability champions
List of jobs and internships in sustainability
Local sustainability events
UC San Diego sustainability articles


The website URL for the sustainability newsletter:
Does the institution have social media platforms (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, interactive blogs) that focus specifically on campus sustainability?:
Yes

A brief description of the social media platforms that focus on sustainability:

The Sustainability Programs Office uses Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and a Wordpress blog to also communicate about sustainability events, policies, internships, scholarships and more. You can see links to our social media feeds in the footer of our homepage: http://sustainability.ucsd.edu/


The website URL of the primary social media platform focused on sustainability:
Does the institution have regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper, either through a regular column or a reporter assigned to the sustainability beat?:
No

A brief description of the regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper:
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The website URL for regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper:
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Does the institution produce a vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability?:
No

A brief description of the vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability:

UC San Diego does have the Research Experience & Applied Learning (REAL) Portal, which helps students discover internships and other hands-on experiential learning opportunities.


The website URL for the vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability:
Does the institution have building signage that highlights green building features?:
Yes

A brief description of building signage that highlights green building features :

The Sustainability Resource Center contains placards that describe all of the green building materials and features. These materials and features include an innovative energy-saving lighting system, countertops made from recycled paper and glass, and eco-friendly paint. Sustainable flooring types include flooring reclaimed from a demolished building, rapidly renewable, formaldehyde-free bamboo, and completely recyclable carpeting. Additionally, Housing Dining and Hospitality has placards that discuss green building features at multiple LEED certified spaces. Capital Program Management also puts some signage up in other LEED buildings on campus describing green building features. In addition to offering Green Building tours of campus, there is a video tour online.


The website URL for building signage that highlights green building features :
Does the institution have signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems?:
Yes

A brief description of the signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:

UC San Diego Housing, Dining and Hospitality restaurants and markets put up signage about Fair Trade items, among other signage.


The website URL for food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:
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Does the institution have signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed?:
Yes

A brief description of the signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed:

Signs about recycled water usages and bioswales are on campus in certain landscaping areas.


The website URL for the signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed:
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Does the institution produce a sustainability walking map or tour?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

Currently the Sustainability Programs Office provides sustainability tours of campus, including our unique microgrid, by rest. We are in the process of creating an online map of sustainability via the new UC San Diego Campus BIrd (see link below and various sustainability layers).


The website URL of the sustainability walking map or tour:
Does the institution produce a guide for commuters about how to use more sustainable methods of transportation?:
Yes

A brief description of the guide for commuters about how to use more sustainable methods of transportation:

Students, faculty and staff can choose from several commuting and transportation options to avoid driving and parking on campus. Information is available online and via the UC San Diego app, including real-time information on shuttle locations and routes. http://transportation.ucsd.edu/alternatives/


The website URL for the guide for commuters about how to use more sustainable methods of transportation:
Does the institution produce navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians (e.g. covering routes, inter-modal connections, policies, services, and safety)? :
Yes

A brief description of the navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians:

See http://transportation.ucsd.edu/alternatives/cycling/index.html. In late 2017, UC San Diego also launched a bike share program for campus with partner Spin Bikes.


The website URL for navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians:
Does the institution produce a guide for green living and/or incorporating sustainability into the residential experience?:
Yes

A brief description of the guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:

The UC San Diego Housing, Dining and Hospitality department’s Econauts student group educates on-campus students about how to live sustainably. The Sustainability Programs Office also provides students with information: sustain.ucsd.edu


The website URL for the guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:
Does the institution produce other sustainability outreach materials or publications not covered above?:
No

A brief description of these materials or publications:
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The website URL for these materials or publications:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.