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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.

STARS v2.0

University of California, Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, CA, US


Rating Score Liaison Submission Date Executive Letter
Expired Expired Mo Lovegreen Aug. 19, 2014 Download
In 1970, a group of faculty calling themselves “The Friends of the Human Habitat” started to develop an environmental education curriculum which, in 1971, became the genesis for the Environmental Studies Program at UC Santa ... read more
Credit Status
Academic Courses Complete
Learning Outcomes Complete
Undergraduate Program Complete
Graduate Program Complete
Immersive Experience Complete
Sustainability Literacy Assessment Complete
Incentives for Developing Courses Complete
Campus as a Living Laboratory Complete
UC Santa Barbara is home to many remarkable research institutes and centers, including but not limited to the Institute for Energy Efficiency, the Marine Science Institute, and the Earth Research Institute. We are also the ... read more
Credit Status
Academic Research Complete
Support for Research Complete
Access to Research Complete
The University of California, Santa Barbara was an early adopter of climate reporting, having used the California Climate Action Registry since 2004. In March 2007, University of California (UC) President Robert C. Dynes signed the ... read more
Credit Status
Greenhouse Gas Emissions Complete
Outdoor Air Quality Complete
The University of California, Santa Barbara began working with the USGBC in the pilot version of LEED NC in 1998. Donald Bren Hall, the first laboratory building in the U.S. to achieve a Platinum ... read more
Credit Status
Building Operations and Maintenance Complete
Building Design and Construction Complete
Indoor Air Quality Complete
The staff at Dining Services began their sustainability work back in 2002. They worked on contracts with local farmers and tested various methods for providing locally grown organic food. Over the years, these relationships have ... read more
Credit Status
Food and Beverage Purchasing Complete
Low Impact Dining Complete
In the late 1990's, the University of California, Santa Barbara's Energy team began implementing aggressive energy efficiency measures, such as de-lamping, HVAC upgrades, lighting retrofits, metering, building commissioning, and installation of chilled water ... read more
Credit Status
Building Energy Consumption Complete
Clean and Renewable Energy Complete
The University of California, Santa Barbara established the Sustainability Change Agent Landscape/Biotic Environment Team in 2004. Their mission is to make sustainability one of the key decision making components for grounds design and management ... read more
Credit Status
Landscape Management Complete
Biodiversity Complete
In 2004, the University of California, Santa Barbara hired a staff member to work on the University of California systemwide strategic sourcing agreements. This person developed the methodologies for imbedding environmentally preferable procurement into our ... read more
Credit Status
Electronics Purchasing Complete
Cleaning Products Purchasing Complete
Office Paper Purchasing Complete
Inclusive and Local Purchasing Complete
Life Cycle Cost Analysis Complete
Guidelines for Business Partners Complete
The UC Santa Barbara Transportation Alternatives Board (TAB) was formed in 2004 to advise the Chancellor on alternative transportation issues. The Board devises programs to enhance cost-effective and convenient transportation to and around campus, proposes ... read more
Credit Status
Campus Fleet Complete
Student Commute Modal Split Complete
Employee Commute Modal Split Complete
Support for Sustainable Transportation Complete
The University of California, Santa Barbara began its campus-wide recycling program in 1986. The program includes both exterior and interior collection systems. In 2009, we began to collect both pre- and post-consumer food waste in ... read more
Credit Status
Waste Minimization Complete
Waste Diversion Complete
Construction and Demolition Waste Diversion Complete
Hazardous Waste Management Complete
UCSB recognizes the importance of water planning and conservation and has made many historical efforts to reduce water usage. The University of California, Office of the President mandated all universities system-wide to reduce potable water-use ... read more
Credit Status
Water Use Complete
Rainwater Management Complete
Wastewater Management Complete
UC Santa Barbara has been a leader in the environmental movement since the early 1970s, when the campus established one of the first undergraduate environmental studies programs in the U.S., featuring a multidisciplinary approach ... read more
Credit Status
Sustainability Coordination Complete
Sustainability Planning Complete
Governance Complete
UC Santa Barbara was once again honored in Fall 2011 by Minority Access, Inc. for its commitment to diversity. In cooperation with the Office of Minority Health and the National Institutes of Health, the award ... read more
Credit Status
Diversity and Equity Coordination Complete
Assessing Diversity and Equity Complete
Support for Underrepresented Groups Complete
Support for Future Faculty Diversity Complete
Affordability and Access Complete
The most valuable resources of our University are the people who work here. We strive to be the employer of choice by providing excellent customer service and offering effective and efficient administrative processes. The Employment ... read more
Credit Status
Employee Compensation Complete
Assessing Employee Satisfaction Complete
Wellness Program Complete
Workplace Health and Safety Complete
When considering the University of California, Santa Barbara’s investments, there are two relevant groupings of investments: the endowments of the UCSB Foundation and the endowments of the campus as a whole. The latter, non-foundation ... read more
Credit Status
Committee on Investor Responsibility Complete
Sustainable Investment Complete
Investment Disclosure Complete
Credit Status
Innovation 1 Complete
Innovation 2 Complete
Innovation 3 Complete
Innovation 4 Complete

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.