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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 v2.1

University of California, Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, CA, US

Rating Score Liaison Submission Date Executive Letter
Gold 73.28 Mo Lovegreen Nov. 8, 2016 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 Points
Academic Courses Complete 6.00 / 14.00
Learning Outcomes Complete 0.95 / 8.00
Undergraduate Program Complete 3.00 / 3.00
Graduate Program Complete 3.00 / 3.00
Immersive Experience Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Sustainability Literacy Assessment Complete 4.00 / 4.00
Incentives for Developing Courses Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Campus as a Living Laboratory Complete 4.00 / 4.00
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 Points
Research and Scholarship Complete 9.74 / 12.00
Support for Research Complete 3.00 / 4.00
Open Access to Research Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Credit Status Points
Student Educators Program Complete 3.51 / 4.00
Student Orientation Complete 1.35 / 2.00
Student Life Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Outreach Materials and Publications Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Outreach Campaign Complete 4.00 / 4.00
Assessing Sustainability Culture Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Employee Educators Program Complete 0.02 / 3.00
Employee Orientation Complete 0.00 / 1.00
Staff Professional Development Complete 1.25 / 2.00
Credit Status Points
Community Partnerships Complete 2.00 / 3.00
Inter-Campus Collaboration Complete 3.00 / 3.00
Continuing Education Complete 3.67 / 5.00
Community Service Complete 3.60 / 5.00
Participation in Public Policy Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Trademark Licensing Complete 2.00 / 2.00
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 Points
Greenhouse Gas Emissions Complete 6.24 / 10.00
Outdoor Air Quality Complete 1.00 / 1.00
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 Points
Building Operations and Maintenance Complete 2.26 / 5.00
Building Design and Construction Complete 2.32 / 3.00
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 Points
Building Energy Consumption Complete 4.31 / 6.00
Clean and Renewable Energy Complete 0.02 / 4.00
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 Points
Food and Beverage Purchasing Complete 0.95 / 6.00
Sustainable Dining Complete 2.00 / 2.00
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 Points
Landscape Management Complete 1.00 / 2.00
Biodiversity Complete 2.00 / 2.00
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 Points
Sustainable Procurement Complete 2.00 / 3.00
Electronics Purchasing Complete 0.55 / 1.00
Cleaning and Janitorial Purchasing Complete 0.64 / 1.00
Office Paper Purchasing Complete 0.55 / 1.00
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 Points
Campus Fleet Complete 0.23 / 1.00
Student Commute Modal Split Complete 1.86 / 2.00
Employee Commute Modal Split Complete 0.78 / 2.00
Support for Sustainable Transportation Complete 2.00 / 2.00
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 Points
Waste Minimization and Diversion Complete 5.77 / 8.00
Construction and Demolition Waste Diversion Complete 0.78 / 1.00
Hazardous Waste Management Complete 1.00 / 1.00
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 Points
Water Use Complete 4.66 / 5.00
Rainwater Management Complete 1.00 / 2.00
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 Points
Sustainability Coordination Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Sustainability Planning Complete 4.00 / 4.00
Participatory Governance Complete 1.25 / 3.00
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 Points
Diversity and Equity Coordination Complete 1.67 / 2.00
Assessing Diversity and Equity Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Support for Underrepresented Groups Complete 2.92 / 3.00
Affordability and Access Complete 3.66 / 4.00
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 Points
Committee on Investor Responsibility Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Sustainable Investment Complete 1.77 / 4.00
Investment Disclosure Complete 0.75 / 1.00
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 Points
Employee Compensation Complete 1.92 / 3.00
Assessing Employee Satisfaction Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Wellness Program Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Workplace Health and Safety Complete 0.99 / 2.00
Credit Status Points
Hospital Network Complete 0.50 / 0.50
Green Laboratories Complete 0.50 / 0.50
Bicycle Friendly University Complete 0.50 / 0.50
Campus Pride Index Complete 0.50 / 0.50
Serving Underrepresented Groups Complete 0.50 / 0.50
Credit Status Points
Innovation B Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Innovation C Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Innovation D Complete 1.00 / 1.00

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