Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 78.50
Liaison Kira Stoll
Submission Date Aug. 16, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of California, Berkeley
EN-10: Community Partnerships

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Jack Chang
STARS Assessment Fellow (ERG)
Sustainability
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Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability :
Berkeley Climate Action Coalition

Does the institution provide financial or material support for the partnership? :
No

Which of the following best describes the partnership timeframe?:
Multi-year or ongoing

Which of the following best describes the partnership’s sustainability focus?:
The partnership simultaneously supports social equity and wellbeing, economic prosperity, and ecological health

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners in strategic planning, decision-making, implementation and review? (Yes, No, or Not Sure):
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability, including website URL (if available) and information to support each affirmative response above:

The Berkeley Climate Action Coalition (BCAC), formed in 2012 and sponsored by the Ecology Center and the City of Berkeley, is a strong and growing network of local organizations and community members joining together to help implement the City of Berkeley’s ambitious, 40-year Climate Action Plan. The BCAC is unique in its mission and its commitment to include and engage residents, non-profits, the City of Berkeley, neighborhood groups, faith based organizations, schools, businesses, UC Berkeley and others locally in the global challenge of mitigating climate disruption.

The BCAC has been instrumental in the progress of the community choice energy coming to Alameda County, piloting parklets in Berkeley, convening a number of events to engage and educate the community on the physical, economic and social impacts of climate change and local solutions, helping to get energy efficiency and solar services to multi-family housing residents, and much more.

UC Berkeley has been engaged with the coalition since its inception, and continues to participate on its steering committee. BCAC offers the campus an opportunity to work more closely with the broader Berkeley community on the issues important to all of us.


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (2nd partnership):
Grid Alternatives

Does the institution provide financial or material support for the partnership? (2nd partnership):
Yes

Which of the following best describes the partnership timeframe? (2nd partnership):
Multi-year or ongoing

Which of the following best describes the partnership’s sustainability focus? (2nd partnership):
The partnership simultaneously supports social equity and wellbeing, economic prosperity, and ecological health

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners in strategic planning, decision-making, implementation and review? (2nd partnership) (Yes, No, or Not Sure):
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability, including website URL (if available) and information to support each affirmative response above (2nd partnership):

SERC has partnered with GRID Alternatives to provide an annual UC Berkeley Solar Spring Break Team since spring 2014. GRID Alternatives’ Solar Spring Break helps college students spend their spring break installing solar panels on qualifying homes in underrepresented communities. These clean energy systems provide needed financial savings for residents, while lowering greenhouse gas emissions. Every Solar Spring Break project hosts 10-12 college students traveling to one of GRID Alternatives’ regional offices in California, New York or Nicaragua.

GRID Alternatives teaches participants how to install a residential solar panel system through hands-on experience and trainings. Their licensed solar panel installers will lead participants through all aspects of the installation process, from start to finish.

https://serc.berkeley.edu/solar-spring-break/


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (3rd partnership):
UC Berkeley Beverage Alliance

Does the institution provide financial or material support for the partnership? (3rd partnership):
Yes

Which of the following best describes the partnership timeframe? (3rd partnership):
Multi-year or ongoing

Which of the following best describes the partnership’s sustainability focus? (3rd partnership):
The partnership supports at least one, but not all three, dimensions of sustainability

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners in strategic planning, decision-making, implementation and review? (3rd partnership) (Yes, No, or Unknown):
Not Sure

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability, including website URL (if available) and information to support each affirmative response above (3rd partnership):

As part of PepsiCo's 10-year contract with UC Berkeley, the company donates $15,000 a year to the UC Berkeley Beverage Alliance, which funds sustainability-related projects. Many of those programs support the campus's zero-waste initiative goals. In the past, that has included standardizing recycling collection bin signage and increasing campus outreach about the university's bid to produce zero net landfill waste by 2020. In-kind contributions from staff and students also help to deploy sustainability-related funded programs.


A brief description of the institution’s other community partnerships to advance sustainability:
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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The information in this field was provided by the UC Berkeley Office of Sustainability and Energy and the Student Environmental Resource Center.

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