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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-11: Inter-Campus Collaboration

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 David Weil
Director of Sustainability and Carbon Neutrality
VC RMP/Sustainability
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Is the institution an active member of a national or international sustainability network?:
Yes

The name of the national or international sustainability network(s):

Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education
Second Nature and the Presidents Climate Commitment
Sustainable Procurement Leadership Council
Practice Green Health
International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories

On February 6, 2018, the University of California announced that it had assembled an international coalition of 13 research universities across the United States, Canada and Mexico - called the University Climate Change Coalition, or UC3 - who were committing to work together to galvanize local and regional action on climate change. Member institutions represent more than 1.5 million students across North America. The coalition will release a report in fall 2018 that will serve as a roadmap for how local, state, and federal lawmakers, higher education institutions, businesses and community leaders can work together to achieve ambitious, research-tested climate goals.


Is the institution an active member of a regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network?:
Yes

The name of the regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network(s):

California Higher Education Sustainability Conference
Southern California Sustainability Officers network
San Diego Chapter, US Green Building Council


Has the institution presented at a sustainability conference during the previous year? :
Yes

A list or brief description of the conference(s) and presentation(s):

California Higher Education Sustainability Conference presentations by faculty and staff on green buildings/LEED certification, EV infrastructure, energy efficiency, the Cool Campus Challenge, faculty climate curriculum workshop, and reclaimed water pipeline best practice award. AASHE conference presentation on climate action plan update.


Has the institution submitted a case study during the previous year to a sustainability awards program that is inclusive of multiple campuses? :
Yes

A list or brief description of the awards program(s) and submission(s):

In 2016, UCSD Won a 2016 California Best Practice Water Efficiency/Site Water Quality Award for its Reclaimed Water Pipeline Expansion and Central Plants Cooling Tower Retrofit: https://chesc.org/best-practice-awards/2016-best-practice-award-winners/.

In 2017, UCSD won California Higher Education Sustainability Conference Best Practice awards for its Monitoring Based Commissioning Program and Electric Vehicle Affordability and Charging Accessibility Strategy: https://chesc.org/wp-content/uploads/CHESCprogramFull_Final.pdf.


Has the institution had staff, students or faculty serving on a board or committee of a sustainability network or conference during the previous three years? :
Yes

A list or brief description of the board or committee appointment(s):

UC San Diego Campus Sustainability Manager Sara McKinstry was an AASHE Advisory Council Member for three years: http://www.aashe.org/about/councils.

UC San Diego Director of Sustainability and Carbon Neutrality Dave Weil is on the Board of the San Diego Green Building Council and represents the campus on the regional Energy Working Group.

UC San Diego Interim Director of Dining Lisa Joy is on the Board of Slow Food San Diego.


Does the institution have an ongoing mentoring relationship with another institution through which it assists the institution with its sustainability reporting and/or the development of its sustainability program?:
No

A brief description of the mentoring relationship and activities:

UC San Diego holds quarterly peer-to-peer meetings with other local campus energy managers and staff engaged in carbon neutrality programs.


Has the institution had staff, faculty, or students serving as peer reviewers of another institution’s sustainability data (e.g. GHG emissions or course inventory) and/or STARS submission during the previous three years?:
No

A brief description of the peer review activities:

UC San Diego has reached out to sister local campuses for future collaborations on STARS submissions.


Has the institution participated in other collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year, e.g. joint planning or resource sharing with other institutions? :
Yes

A brief description of other collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year:

UC San Diego staff participate and often coordinate San Diego area energy manager/efficiency meetings and trainings. We also actively participate in the San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative and regional efforts on climate planning and action. Finally we are engaged in city, county and regional planning around energy planning, water conservation, stormwater management, and environmental planning.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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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.