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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
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 David Weil
Director of Sustainability and Carbon Neutrality
VC RMP/Sustainability
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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:

The purpose of the Advisory Committee on Sustainability (ACS) is to provide a forum for the academic program, facility planning, and campus operating interests in sustainability. By increasing awareness of UC San Diego’s strengths in these areas, and identifying areas for further improvement, the campus continues to define itself as a leader in the earth sciences, while employing the principles of environmental stewardship in its own operations.

The mission of ACS is:
• To share information about education, research, and outreach activities of UC San Diego in the context of environmental stewardship and sustainability and prepare periodic reports to the chancellor and the university community
• To recommend and support efforts to improve environmental stewardship and sustainability in UC San Diego facility planning and operations
• To make sustainability part of ongoing UC San Diego education, research, operations, and outreach programs


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

Advisory Committee on Sustainability

Ex Officio
Sandra Brown, VC Research
Mark Cunningham, Housing & Dining Services
Juan Gonzalez, VC Student Affairs
William Hodgkiss, AVC Academic Personnel & Research
Joel King, Facilities Design & Construction
Margaret Leinen, VC Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Chair: Gary Matthews, VC Resource Management & Planning (RMP)
Support: Dave Weil, Sustainability
Support: Sara McKinstry, Sustainability
Support: Jennifer Bowser, Sustainability

Appointed

Subrata Chakraborty, PostDoctoral Staff, Chemistry
Teddy Cruz, Professor, Visual Arts
Viktoria Gisladottir, Graduate Student
Hugh Hagues, Staff Representative, University Centers
Ken Hall, Staff Representative, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Kimberly Hui, Undergraduate Student
Anna Levitt, Staff, UC San Diego Health System
Ping Liu, Associate Professor, Nanoengineering
Gordon McCord, Faculty representative
Wesley Neeley, Graduate Student
Sabira Parajuli, Undergraduate Student & AS AVP Environmental Justice Affairs
Keith Pezzoli, Teaching Professor, Urban Studies & Planning
Vacant, School of Medicine representative


Does the institution have at least one sustainability office that includes more than 1 full-time equivalent (FTE) employee?:
Yes

A brief description of each sustainability office:

The Sustainability Programs Office is home to the Director of Sustainability and Carbon Neutrality, the Campus Sustainability Manager, and the Sustainability Resource Center Manager, along with student employees, interns and volunteers.


Full-time equivalent (FTE) of people employed in the sustainability office(s):
3

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

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Dave Weil, Director of Sustainability and Carbon Neutrality; Sara McKinstry, Campus Sustainability Manager; Jennifer Bowser, Sustainability Resource Center Manager

Does the institution have a mechanism for broad sustainability coordination for the entire institution (e.g. a campus-wide committee or an officer/office responsible for the entire campus)?:
Yes

A brief description of the activities and substantive accomplishments of the institution-wide coordinating body or officer during the previous three years:

Accomplishments include development of a Student Sustainability Ambassadors program, a nearly complete update to the University's Climate Action Plan, a new Green Labs Certification Program, expansion of Earth Month activities and revitalization of the campus-wide Sustainability Awards program, successful launch of Carbon Neutrality Initiative efforts like the Carbon Neutrality Initiative Student Fellows Program and Faculty Climate Curriculum Workshop and Networking Event, the Cool Campus Challenge, input into new building projects, expansion of campus zero waste programs; assistance with development and outreach on alternative transportation options like a bikeshare program; and more.


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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.