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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
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STARS v2.1

University of California, San Diego
PA-2: Sustainability Planning

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.25 / 4.00 David Weil
Director of Sustainability and Carbon Neutrality
VC RMP/Sustainability
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Does the institution have a published strategic plan or equivalent guiding document that includes sustainability at a high level? :
Yes

A brief description of how the institution’s strategic plan or equivalent guiding document addresses sustainability:

UC San Diego’s first-ever Strategic Plan establishes a shared mission and vision for our campus and future. The plan’s five transformational goals, 13 strategies and four grand research themes were collectively developed through a comprehensive, inclusive and bottom-up process that engaged more than 10,000 campus and community members.

Page 2 of the Plan reads: Public service, sustainability, integrity, and ethics are core principles guiding our activities.

Goal 1: Delivering an educational and overall experience that develops students who are capable of solving problems, leading, and innovating in a diverse and interconnected world

Goal 2: Cultivating a diverse and inclusive university community that encourages respectful open dialogue, and challenges itself to take bold actions that will ensure learning is accessible and affordable for all

Goal 3: Nurturing and supporting a collaborative and interdisciplinary research culture that advances the frontiers of knowledge, shapes new fields, and disseminates discoveries that transform lives

Goal 4: Supporting and promoting just and sustainable forms of economic development, shared prosperity, and social and cultural enrichment regionally and globally

Goal 5: Creating an agile, sustainable, and supportive infrastructure by ensuring a dedication to service, people, and financial stewardship.

UC San Diego also has 3 (out of 4) research themes that all tie to sustainability:

Understanding and Protecting the Planet
Explaining and effectively communicating environmental change, engineering economically viable solutions that will enhance the resilience of society, and recommending necessary policy changes and assessing their economic impact

Enriching Human Life and Society
Improving health and alleviating ailments, and mitigating social disparities through education, resources, historic perspectives, technologies, and communication

Understanding Cultures and Addressing Disparities in Society
Revealing the full richness and breadth of human experience: build an appreciation of diverse cultures, perspectives, value systems, historical contexts, governance, and organizational structures; and foster the creation of new means of expression, analyses, and social organizations that will be important intellectual tools for the next generation

See also https://scripps.ucsd.edu/research/upp


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Does the institution have a published sustainability plan (apart from what is reported above)? :
No

A copy of the sustainability plan:
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The website URL where the sustainability plan is publicly available:
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Does the institution have a published climate action plan (apart from what is reported above)? :
Yes

A copy of the climate action plan:
The website URL where the climate action plan is publicly available:
Does the institution have other published plans that address sustainability or include measurable sustainability objectives (e.g. campus master plan, physical campus plan, diversity plan, human resources plan)? :
Yes

A list of other published plans that address sustainability, including public website URLs (if available):

UC San Diego has several, including:

A long range development plan with associated environmental impact report (now being updated): http://lrdp.ucsd.edu/campus/index.html and http://lrdp.ucsd.edu/campus/review/index.html

An open space plan and neighborhood plans: http://physicalplanning.ucsd.edu/plans/openspace.html

A bicycle and pedestrian master study and design guidelines: http://physicalplanning.ucsd.edu/plans/bike.html

An urban forestry plan (2011): http://rmp-wapps.ucsd.edu/sustainability/FM/PDFs/UCSD_Urban_Forest_Management_Plan.pdf

A waste diversion plan (2012, now being updated into a full zero waste plan by December 2018): included as an attachment

Water action plan (updated in 2017): included as an attachment

A diversity and inclusive excellence plan (now being updated): https://diversity.ucsd.edu/initiatives/strategic-plan.html and https://diversity.ucsd.edu/_files/edi-unit-plan%203.pdf

A stormwater management plan: http://blink.ucsd.edu/_files/safety-tab/environment/ucsd-storm-water-management-plan-october-2016.pdf


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Curriculum?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Curriculum and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Research?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Research and the published plans in which each objective is included:
Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Campus Engagement?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Campus Engagement and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Per the UC Sustainable Practices Policy each campus is required to assess at least three new research groups through their Green Lab Assessment Program by Summer 2018. By UC San Diego Vice Chancellor Directive, the campus will certify at least 30 labs through UC San Diego's Green Labs Certification program. By the end of 2018 UCSD will have certified 30 new labs under the Green Labs Certification Program, bringing the campus total to over 50, far exceeding the UC Sustainability Practices Policy requirement of certifying three labs by the summer of 2018.

Specific information regarding this objective can found at
https://policy.ucop.edu/doc/3100155/Sustainable%20Practices.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Public Engagement?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Public Engagement and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Air & Climate?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Air & Climate and the published plans in which each objective is included:

As outlined in the UC Sustainable Practices Policy (https://policy.ucop.edu/doc/3100155/Sustainable%20Practices) and UC San Diego’s Climate action (https://sustainability.ucsd.edu/_files/UCSD_Climate_Action_Plan_12-08.pdf) the campus has committed to reducing its GHG emissions to 1990 levels by 2020, being climate neutral in Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 2025 and in all Scopes (1, 2 and 3) by 2050. As shown in the UC Annual report (https://www.ucop.edu/sustainability/_files/annual-sustainability-report2017.pdf) and Second Nature’s Climate Commitment for UC San Diego, projected GHG Gas Emission targets are shown for the years between 2016 and 2025/2050.

The following are the supporting URLs for this credit:

https://policy.ucop.edu/doc/3100155/Sustainable%20Practices

https://sustainability.ucsd.edu/_files/UCSD_Climate_Action_Plan_12-08.pdf

https://www.ucop.edu/sustainability/_files/annual-sustainability-report2017.pdf

http://reporting.secondnature.org/institution/detail!588##588


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Buildings?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Buildings and the published plans in which each objective is included:

IIn accordance with UC San Diego’s Climate Action Plan (http://sustain.ucsd.edu/_files/UCSD_Climate_Action_Plan_12-08.pdf), the UC Sustainable Practices Policy (https://policy.ucop.edu/doc/3100155/Sustainable%20Practices) and UCSD’s Green Building Standards (included as addition documentation) all new building projects, shall be designed, constructed, and commissioned to outperform the CBC energy-efficiency standards by at least 20% or meet the whole-building energy performance targets listed https://view.officeapps.live.com/op/view.aspx?src=http%3A%2F%2Fucop.edu%2Fsustainability%2F_files%2Fuc-whole-building-energy-performance-quantitative-targets.xlsx . The University will strive to design, construct, and commission buildings that outperform California Building Code energy efficiency standards by 30% or more, or meet the stretch whole-building energy performance targets in the previous reference, whenever possible.
Additionally, all new buildings will achieve a USGBC LEED “Silver” certification at a minimum. All new buildings will strive to achieve certification at a USGBC LEED “Gold” rating or higher, whenever possible within the constraints of program needs and standard budget parameters. Also, all the University will design, construct, and commission all new laboratory buildings to achieve a minimum of LEED “Silver” certification as well as meeting at least the prerequisites of the Laboratories for the 21st Century (Labs21) Environmental Performance Criteria (EPC). Design, construction, and commissioning processes shall strive to optimize the energy efficiency of systems not addressed by the CBC energy efficiency standards. All new building projects will also achieve at least two points within the available credits in LEED-BD+C’s Water Efficiency category.

For renovation projects with a project cost of $5 million or greater that do not constitute a Major Renovation shall at a minimum achieve a LEED-ID+C Certified rating. For existing buildings, the campus will submit for certification at least one building at a LEED-O+M “Certified” level or higher, will register a master site to certify campus-wide LEED-O+M credits and prerequisites to streamline the certification of multiple buildings through the LEED-O+M rating system, and will seek to certify as many buildings as possible through the LEED-O+M rating system, within budgetary constraints and eligibility limitations. The campus will also implement an ongoing Green Lab Assessment Program that will assess at least three new labs by summer 2018 and will complete a Green Laboratories Action Plan by summer 2018 to determine strengths and areas for improvement within the operations of research laboratory facilties in respect to sustainability and carbon neutrality.

In addition to the “additional documentation” included, supporting information for this credit can be found at the following URLs:

https://policy.ucop.edu/doc/3100155/Sustainable%20Practices

http://sustain.ucsd.edu/_files/UCSD_Climate_Action_Plan_12-08.pdf
https://view.officeapps.live.com/op/view.aspx?src=http%3A%2F%2Fucop.edu%2Fsustainability%2F_files%2Fuc-whole-building-energy-performance-quantitative-targets.xlsx

https://www.ucop.edu/sustainability/_files/annual-sustainability-report2017.pdf


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Energy?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Energy and the published plans in which each objective is included:

As noted in the UC Sustainable Practices Policy, the University of California is committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by reducing energy use and switching to clean energy supplies. Additionally, as noted in the revised Clean Energy section of the Sustainable Practices Policy that was approved for use by the UC Sustainability Steering Committee in January 2018 (see additional documentation) and UC San Diego’s Climate Action Plan (http://sustain.ucsd.edu/_files/UCSD_Climate_Action_Plan_12-08.pdf ) outline measurable objectives for reducing the campus’ energy use. These objectives include:

• Implementing energy efficiency actions in buildings and infrastructure systems to reduce energy use intensity by at least 2 percent year over year.

• Installing, in addition to the 10 MWs already installed, on-site renewable electricity supplies and energy storage systems whenever cost-effective and/or supportive of the location's Climate Action Plan or other goals.

• By 2025, obtaining through the University's Wholesale Power Program 100% clean electricity for utility grid supplied power.

• By 2025, at least 40% of the natural gas combusted on-site will be from biogas sources.

In addition to the “additional documentation” included, supporting information for this credit can be found at the following URLs:

http://sustain.ucsd.edu/_files/UCSD_Climate_Action_Plan_12-08.pdf

https://www.ucop.edu/sustainability/_files/annual-sustainability-report2017.pdf

https://www.ucop.edu/facilities-management-services/programs-initiatives/energy-procurement.html

https://www.ucop.edu/facilities-management-services/programs-initiatives/energy-efficiency.html


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Food & Dining?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Food & Dining and the published plans in which each objective is included:

In accordance with the UC Sustainable Practices Policy, UC San Diego’s foodservice operations shall strive to procure 20% sustainable food products by the year 2020, while maintaining accessibility and affordability for all students and Medical Center foodservice patrons. UC San Diego has already surpassed this goal. Additionally, UC San Diego will be food secure by 2025 under the UC Global Food Initiative.

If cost effective, UC San Diego will certify one facility through a third-party green business certification program through one of the following: (1) city or county’s “green business” program, (2) Green Seal’s Restaurants and Food Services Operations certification program, or (3) the Green Restaurant Association certification program.
To demonstrate compliance with these goals UC San Diego will provide an annual report that shows progress and timelines for meeting these goals.

Supporting information for this credit can be found at the following URLs:

https://policy.ucop.edu/doc/3100155/Sustainable%20Practices

https://www.ucop.edu/sustainability/_files/annual-sustainability-report2017.pdf

https://hdh.ucsd.edu/hospitalityexpress/ReportPreview.aspx?sTyp=D


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Grounds?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Grounds and the published plans in which each objective is included:

In In 2017 UC San Diego adopted a campuswide “Site Management Policy” (see attached additional documentation) that includes the following measurable sustainability objectives:

• Limiting turf area to reduce the impact of landscape equipment. To achieve this the campus will reduce/convert turf areas by 20% - 30%.

• Conducting weekly irrigation system checks with irrigation repairs made within 24 hours.

• Implementing erosion and sedimentation control measures 100% of the time during construction activities.

• Diverting from landfills 100% of plant material waste via low impact means.

• Keeping sites free from any invasive and/or exotic plant species.

• Implementing irrigation management by at a minimum monitoring the efficiency of irrigation systems at least every two weeks, checking for appropriate water usage, system times, leaks or breaks.

• Providing quality storage practices for materials and equipment 100% of the time.

This policy is currently under review as a LEED master site credit.

UC San Diego also, uses recycled water for almost all campus irrigation and is continuing to expand the number of areas irrigated with recycled water rather than potable water. Additionally, in 2009 UC San Diego prepared a comprehensive campus Ecosystem and Environmental Benefits study of the UC San Diego Campus Forest that outlines best practices for maintaining this valuable resource. Information regarding this can be found at http://rmp-wapps.ucsd.edu/sustainability/FM/PDFs/Campus_Forest_Environmental_Benefits_Report_1-09.pdf.

In addition to the “additional documentation” included, supporting information for this credit can be found at the following URL:

http://rmp-wapps.ucsd.edu/sustainability/FM/PDFs/Campus_Forest_Environmental_Benefits_Report_1-09.pdf


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Purchasing?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Purchasing and the published plans in which each objective is included:

UC San Diego’s Climate Action Plan (http://sustain.ucsd.edu/_files/UCSD_Climate_Action_Plan_12-08.pdf) contains several measurable objectives that address purchasing, including:

• Requiring purchase of at least 30% PCW recycled paper (through campus on-line purchasing system, primary option is 100% PCW paper).

• Achieving 50% PCW recycled content in all paper purchases.

• Reducing per capita paper usage from 1,568 to 1,066 sheets per person per year.

• Reduce the total amount of printers, copiers, and other applicable electronic equipment purchased and used.

• Increasing spending on appropriate green vendors and products.

• Instituting a policy requiring a review process for non-standard computer equipment configurations.

• Reducing the total emissions from the life cycle of materials purchased, used, and discarded on campus.

• Highlighting environmentally-preferred products on Marketplace (campus on-line procurement service), and ensure that the first option for any product is the environmentally-preferred product.

• Performing outreach to users and buyers.

• Improving tracking and monitoring of green purchasing and packaging reduction programs.

• Reducing emissions through use of consolidated procurement activities, which lowers emissions by taking advantage of full truckload purchasing.

In addition, the UC-wide policy on environmentally preferable purchasing (https://policy.ucop.edu/doc/3100155/Sustainable%20Practices), which was recently revised and approved for use by the UC Sustainability Steering Committee in January 2018 (see additional documentation) to reflect a change to becoming a “sustainable procurement policy”, states that University will maximize its procurement of sustainable products and services. Further the Policy states that the University will ensure:

• 100% compliance with Required Level Green Spend criteria within three (3) fiscal years of the addition of those products and/or product categories to the Guidelines.

• 25% Green Spend as a total percentage of spend per product category; target to be reached within three (3) fiscal years after a category is added to the Guidelines.

• 25% Economically and Socially Responsible Spend as a total percentage of addressable spend; target to be reached within five (5) fiscal years of adoption of this section in the Guidelines.

• Use its purchasing power to target environmentally preferable products and services for volume-discounted pricing to make them cost competitive with conventional products and services.

• For products and services without available environmentally preferable alternatives, the University will leverage the University’s purchasing power and market presence to develop sustainable choices.
• Integrate sustainability requirements into its practices for competitive bidding in materiel and services procurement, allowing for suppliers that meet these requirements to earn additional evaluation points.

• That a minimum of 15% of the points utilized in solicitation evaluations is allocated to sustainability criteria.

• Seek products that have take-back programs. No EPS is allowed on campus except for medical and lab supply and equipment purposes, and this will be phased as well.

• Require suppliers citing environmentally preferable purchasing claims to provide proper certification or detailed information on environmental claims, including benefits, durability, and take-back, reuse, and recyclable properties. Additionally, suppliers are responsible for providing proof of University of California-accepted third-party certification based upon the requirements of the University’s Procurement Services Department located in the Office of the President.

• Will specify that all packing materials abide by at least one, and preferably all, of the criteria listed below:

o Made from 100% post-consumer recycled materials and be recyclable or reusable.

o Non-toxic, biodegradable, and/or produced with the minimum amount of resources and sized as small as possible, while still maintaining product protection during shipping; where feasible, packaging materials should be eliminated.

• Will phase out the use of virgin paper and adopt a minimum standard of 30% Post-Consumer Waste (PCW) recycled content paper to be used in all office equipment (e.g., multi-function devices, copiers, printers, and fax machines).

Supporting information for this credit can be found at the following URLs:

https://policy.ucop.edu/doc/3100155/Sustainable%20Practices

https://policy.ucop.edu/doc/3100155/Sustainable%20Practices

https://www.ucop.edu/sustainability/_files/annual-sustainability-report2017.pdf


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Transportation?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Transportation and the published plans in which each objective is included:

As outlined in UC San Diego’s Climate Action Plan (http://sustain.ucsd.edu/_files/UCSD_Climate_Action_Plan_12-08.pdf), the campus will at a minimum, reduce per-capita emissions from air travel by the following:

• 11% reduction each year from 2009-2010, based on the previous year’s emissions

• 7% reduction each year from 2011-2020, based on the previous year’s emissions

• 5% reduction each year from 2021-2050, based on the previous year’s emissions.

Also, the campus will at a minimum, reduce the GHG emissions from commuting by 2% per year, based on the previous year’s emissions, from 2009 to 2050, and at a minimum will reduce the percentage of commuters using single occupancy vehicles from 49% to 39% by 2018. (This goal includes commuters at the Main Campus and the Hillcrest campus.)

Per the Climate Action Plan, UC San Diego will also reduce campus fleet emissions by at least 4.7% per year, based on the previous year’s emissions, until 2020, and will reduce campus fleet emissions by at least 4.0% per year, based on the previous year’s emissions, from 2021-2050.

Additionally, per the UC Sustainable Practices Policy the campus will:

• Will reduce GHG emissions from its fleet and report annually on its progress.

• Implement strategies to reduce fleet emissions and improve fuel efficiency of all university-owned or operated fleet vehicles and equipment where practical options exist through acquisition and fleet operation protocols (see UCSD’s Acquisition and Disposition of University Vehicles Policy... http://adminrecords.ucsd.edu/ppm/docs/551-2.HTML ).

• By 2025, zero emission vehicles or hybrid vehicles shall account for at least 50 percent of all new light-duty vehicle acquisitions (UCSD is currently over 60%).

Supporting information for this credit can be found at the following URLs:

https://policy.ucop.edu/doc/3100155/Sustainable%20Practices

https://www.ucop.edu/sustainability/_files/annual-sustainability-report2017.pdf

http://sustain.ucsd.edu/focus/climate.html

http://adminrecords.ucsd.edu/ppm/docs/551-2.HTML


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Waste?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Waste and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Per the UC Sustainable Practices Policy, UC San Diego will reduce municipal solid waste generation as follows:

• To 2015/2016 levels per capita by 2020.

• 25% per capita from 2015/2016 levels by 2025.

• 50% per capita from 2015/2016 levels by 2030.

• Achieve “zero waste” by 2020 (at least 90% diversion rate).

• End the sale, procurement or distribution of Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) as follows:

o 2018: no EPS cups or clamshells in foodservice

o 2020: no EPS packaging for products that are not temperature sensitive (office supplies, electronics, furniture, etc.).

o Reduce, reuse and find alternatives for EPS in lab and medical packaging

Supporting information for this credit can be found at the following URLs:

http://sustain.ucsd.edu/_files/UCSD_Climate_Action_Plan_12-08.pdf

https://policy.ucop.edu/doc/3100155/Sustainable%20Practices

https://www.ucop.edu/sustainability/_files/annual-sustainability-report2017.pdf


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Water?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Water and the published plans in which each objective is included:

In accordance with UC San Diego’s Climate Action Plan (http://sustain.ucsd.edu/_files/UCSD_Climate_Action_Plan_12-08.pdf ), the campus is striving to meet the following measurable sustainability objectives related to water:

• Continue to reduce overall water usage by 4% per year while increasing usage of reclaimed water, if possible.

• Sub meter 100% of buildings for water usage. Buildings with potential for behavior change will be prioritized, such as dorms.

• Sub meter 100% of water used for landscaping.

And, in accordance with the UC Sustainable Practices Policy (https://policy.ucop.edu/doc/3100155/Sustainable%20Practices ), the campus will:

• Will reduce growth-adjusted potable water consumption 20% by 2020 and 36% by 2025, when compared to a three-year average baseline of FY2005/06, FY2006/07, and FY2007/08.

• Strive to reduce potable water used for irrigation by converting to recycled water, implementing efficient irrigation systems, drought tolerant planting selections, and/or by removing turf.

• Will develop and maintain a Water Action Plan that identifies long term strategies for achieving sustainable water systems.

Supporting information for this credit can be found at the following URLs:

http://sustain.ucsd.edu/_files/UCSD_Climate_Action_Plan_12-08.pdf

https://policy.ucop.edu/doc/3100155/Sustainable%20Practices

https://www.ucop.edu/sustainability/_files/annual-sustainability-report2017.pdf


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Diversity & Affordability?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Diversity & Affordability and the published plans in which each objective is included:

As noted in UC San Diego’s Unit Plan for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (http://diversity.ucsd.edu/_files/edi-unit-plan%203.pdf ) there are four key objective that have resulted in significant measurable results. These objectives are:

• Ensuring campuswide collaboration, shared responsibility, and accountability for equity, diversity, and inclusion.

• Collaborating with divisions, schools, and campus leaders to implement policies, programs, and practices that create and sustain a faculty culture of inclusive excellence.

• Working with campus units to eliminate intergroup disparities in enrollment, retention, and graduation rates for students.

• Partnering across campus units to improve climate for staff, students and faculty. Retention rate of underrepresented minorities (URM) faculty, staff, and students. Specific areas being addressed include:

o URM graduation rates at all degree levels
o URM admissions yield and matriculation
o University community diversity profile
o Effectiveness of outreach to the global community
o Faculty, staff, and student life cycle and experience at UC San Diego

See http://diversity.ucsd.edu/accountability/index.html for measured results, reports and survey results related to these objectives.

In addition, as noted in the Report on Food and Housing Insecurity at UC San Diego (https://basicneeds.ucsd.edu/_files/BASIC-NEEDS-REPORT.pdf ), because many students are struggling to identify the financial resources needed to meet their basic needs, the campus has made it a priority to address this concern and is developing objectives to assist students in the following areas:

• Identification of prevailing challenges associated with accessing affordable and sustainable food and housing;

• Creation of an inventory of all existing campus programs and services in support of housing and food security;

• Providing recommendations for further coordination and collaboration and possible new initiatives aimed at addressing food and housing insecurity.

Supporting information for this credit can be found at the following URLs:

http://diversity.ucsd.edu/_files/edi-unit-plan%203.pdf

http://diversity.ucsd.edu/accountability/index.html

https://basicneeds.ucsd.edu/_files/BASIC-NEEDS-REPORT.pdf


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Investment & Finance?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Investment & Finance and the published plans in which each objective is included:

The University of California is committed to environmental sustainability, social responsibility and prudent governance at every level. Furthermore, sustainability is a fundamental input that guides the UC’s investment decision-making. Integrating risk evaluation of environmental sustainability, social responsibility and prudent governance factors is necessary to provide the most accurate risk-reward calculation. Through the UC system’s “Sustainable Investment Framework” (http://www.ucop.edu/investment-office/sustainable-investment/index.html ) all UC campuses, including UC San Diego have adopted a core set of objectives to guide future investments and financial decisions. These objectives include:

• Establishing and implementing a framework on sustainable investment

• Integrating Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) factors as a core component of portfolio optimization and risk management and evaluating all strategies for achieving ESG goals as soon as practical, including whether to use divestment.

• Allocating $1 billion over a 5-year period to solutions-oriented investments such as renewable power and fuels, energy efficiency, and /or sustainable food and agriculture.

In implementing these objectives, this Sustainable Investment Framework builds on pre-2014 investment policy that addresses negative screens for ESG factors.

Supporting information for this credit can be found at the following URLs:

http://www.ucop.edu/investment-office/sustainable-investment/index.html

https://www.ucop.edu/investment-office/_files/sustainable-investment-framework.pdf


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Wellbeing & Work?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Wellbeing & Work and the published plans in which each objective is included:

As outlined in UC San Diego’s Healthy Campus Network Overview (see additional documentation) the HCN aims to transform the health and wellbeing of UC by infusing health into everyday operations, business practices, and academic mandates, creating a health promoting university. Ultimately, HCN can influence social norms so that the culture, environment and living well become integral to academic success at University of California. UC San Diego along with the other UC campuses has adopted UCLA's Healthy Campus Network (https://healthy.ucla.edu/ ) model, which encompasses the following goals:

• Annual growth of 20% in the number of students who participate in at least one wellness program annually;

• Number of students adopting wellness behaviors annually at UC San Diego is in top 10% of universities nationwide;

• UC San Diego scores on ACHA measures meet or exceed national goals for health & wellbeing
• Ensuring that students recognize the symptoms of distress in themselves and others and initiate action to address their concerns;

• Ensuring that UC San Diego’s clinical services are accessible, interdisciplinary, and of the highest quality.

Additionally, through UC San Diego’s Center for Community Health Live Well @ Work program (https://ucsdcommunityhealth.org/work/live-well-at-work/workplace-policies/ ), policy and programs are available for the campus to develop a strong and sustainable organization that cultivates a work environment supportive of healthy eating and physical activity.

Supporting information for this credit can be found at the following URLs:

https://healthy.ucla.edu/

https://ucsdcommunityhealth.org/work/live-well-at-work/workplace-policies/


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address other areas (e.g. arts and culture or technology)?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address other areas and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Does the institution have a formal statement in support of sustainability endorsed by its governing body (e.g. a mission statement that specifically includes sustainability and is endorsed by the Board of Trustees)? :
Yes

The formal statement in support of sustainability:
The institution’s definition of sustainability (e.g. as included in a published statement or plan):

UC San Diego Principles of Sustainability: http://sustain.ucsd.edu/about/principles.html

UC San Diego strives to practice and promote the principle of sustainability, defined by the Brundtland Commission as meeting today’s needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. The ultimate success of the university, the well-being of its constituents and the surrounding community, depend on our ability to achieve our research, education, and service missions while promoting sustainable behaviors and practices. UC San Diego therefore, establishes and acknowledges the following Principles of Sustainability in order to establish sustainability as a foundational value of the university.

• We are committed to the creation of a sustainable relationship between human societies and the natural environment upon which we all depend.

• We recognize that sustainability is a key part of our mission, and that sustainability encompasses social, economic, and cultural interactions set within a supporting ecosystem.

• We recognize that UC San Diego can make vital contributions to sustainability solutions through its research, teaching, and operations.

• We encourage the development of academic programs to create sustainability solutions through research and experiential learning.

• We encourage the discussion of sustainability concepts in appropriate academic disciplines and across all levels of education.
• We encourage the incorporation of sustainability concepts in education, research, and campus operations.

• We commit to conduct open, periodic assessments of UCSD’s progress toward sustainability to guide campus policy and decision making, and to openly communicate assessment results to the university community.

• We are committed to the development and enactment of policies that promote the fulfillment of these principles.


Is the institution an endorser or signatory of the following? :
Yes or No
The Earth Charter No
The Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI) No
ISCN-GULF Sustainable Campus Charter Yes
Second Nature’s Carbon Commitment (formerly known as the ACUPCC), Resilience Commitment, and/or integrated Climate Commitment Yes
The Talloires Declaration (TD) Yes
UN Global Compact No
Other multi-dimensional sustainability commitments (please specify below) No

A brief description of the institution’s formal sustainability commitments, including the specific initiatives selected above:
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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