Overall Rating Reporter
Overall Score
Liaison Dasha Ostrova
Submission Date March 2, 2018
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STARS v2.1

California College of the Arts
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Reporter Jennifer Juras
Director of Institutional Research
Office of Institutional Planning
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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:

President's Sustainability Steering Committee:
The PSSG devised a statement of values that represents the college's core principles as they pertain to sustainability. These basic tenants are drawn upon frequently to ensure all future growth—curricular, technological, architectural—takes into consideration these best-practice guidelines. Minimize harm and optimize benefits to the environment and society in our daily endeavors; Apply the sustainability values we teach to our students to our facilities, transportation, and purchasing and investing practices; Provide the tools and resources that motivate our community members to be sustainability leaders; Draw on and contribute to the resources, knowledge, and initiatives uniquely available in the San Francisco Bay Area; Foster an academic and operational culture of continuing sustainability innovation; Identify and promote career opportunities in sustainable practices for our students


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

Committee chair (1)
David Meckel, President’s Office
Faculty (2)
Christine Metzger, H&S
Lynda Grose, Fashion
Students (2)
Rotating, Graphic Design
Rotating, Architecture
Staff (4)
Thomas Haakenson, Provost’s Office
Zane Murray, Shops
Dasha Ostrova, Facilities
Noki Seekao, Student Affairs
Trustee (1)
Byron Kuth, Kuth Ranieri Architects


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:

Office of the President:

David Meckel, Director of Campus Planning
Adriana Lopez Lobovits, Special Projects


Full-time equivalent (FTE) of people employed in the sustainability office(s):
2

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

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
David Meckel, Director of Campus Planning

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:

March 9, 2017
CCA Sustainability Visioning Workshop
San Francisco, California
Goal setting facilitated by Rocky Mountain Institute.
Participants include faculty, students, alumni, trustees and
external experts.
35 participants

June 23, 2017
Stone Edge Farm Summit
Sonoma, California
Exploring microgrid technology and potential
applications for CCA's reimagined San Francisco campus
40 participants

November 9, 2017
Rocky Mountain Institute - CCA Microgrid Workshop
Basalt, Colorado
Detailed data application and modeling for setting areas of
engineering consultant work focus.
30 participants

December 1, 2018
California Energy Commission
Microgrid demonstration grant application
CCA submitted a comprehensive proposal
to become an academic demonstration site
for a small scale micro grid.

Previous 2 years:
Mobility Workshop (Spring 2016)
Led by ARUP Consulting this effort involved student, faculty, staff and trustees with the result being a 22 page Mobility Recommendations Plan.

Sustainability Workshop (Spring 2016)
Led by ARUP Consulting this effort involved student, faculty, staff and trustees
this effort resulted in a MEP / Sustainability plan that included performance goals and diagrammatic systems for our District Energy Hub, Water Reuse, Performative Landscape, Health & Wellness, and Mobility.

Campus Architect Selection (Fall 2016)
While this selection process involved many aspects, sustainability was at the center of the selection criteria. On this front CCA was assisted by the Rocky Mountain Institute in ranking the submissions.

2015: Hosted Science in the Studio Symposium


Job title of the sustainability officer position:
David Meckel, Director of Campus Planning

Job description for the sustainability officer position:
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Job description for the sustainability officer position:

David Meckel, FAIA, is the Director of Campus Planning. In this role he directs all of the college's long range planning efforts, chairs the President's Sustainability Steering Group, and directs external affairs related to neighborhood and civic engagement. Meckel has a long association with the college. In 1985, he was hired to develop CCA's architecture program and served as founding chair for two years. From 1987 to 1992, he was campus architect, responsible for developing facilities to support the college's growing enrollment. He was appointed dean of the School of Architectural Studies in 1992 and served in that capacity until 2000. Following an academic restructuring in 2000, Meckel became special assistant to the president, advising on facilities and strategic planning. President Stephen Beal commented on Meckel's role, "David has been a tremendous asset to CCA for over 20 years. He will continues to play a leadership role in shaping the future of the college. His extensive experience in sustainability, facility planning and program development, his professional expertise as an architect and his thorough knowledge of our programs make him invaluable to the college." Meckel holds a BS in Architecture from the University of Southern California and a Masters in Architecture from Columbia University. He began his career working with renowned designers Charles and Ray Eames in their Venice, California studio. He directed all the design work for the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles; recently he received a City Legacy Award for this effort.


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