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-11: Inter-Campus Collaboration

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Jack Chang
STARS Assessment Fellow (ERG)
Sustainability
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Is the institution an active member of a national or international sustainability network?:
Yes

The name of the national or international sustainability network(s):

AASHE - The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education; Second Nature and University Climate Coalition (UC3); International Association of Research Universities-IARU (sustainability collaborative); Second Nature-President’s Climate Leadership Commitments; Recyclemania; Green Sports Alliance/ Pac-12.


Is the institution an active member of a regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network?:
Yes

The name of the regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network(s):

The University of California helps sponsor and organize the California Higher Education Sustainability Conference-CHESC, which highlights cutting-edge research as well as case studies in curriculum development, operational programs and community partnerships.

UC Berkeley is a member of the steering committee of the Berkeley Climate Action Coalition - a group of agencies, individuals, and organizations working to implement the City of Berkeley's Climate Action Plan.


Has the institution presented at a sustainability conference during the previous year? :
Yes

A list or brief description of the conference(s) and presentation(s):

UC Berkeley presents annually at workshops and sessions at CHESC, AASHE, and IARU.

As an example in 2018 at CHESC, UC Berkeley helped to lead a half-day workshop on zero waste; at AASHE, Berkeley will present on environmental justices resources; and for a joint conference session with IARU and ISCN, Berkeley presented on UN Sustainable Development Goals and the role of universities.


Has the institution submitted a case study during the previous year to a sustainability awards program that is inclusive of multiple campuses? :
Yes

A list or brief description of the awards program(s) and submission(s):

The University of California was recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 2017 for its commitment to "green" energy. UC was one of only eight organizations nationwide to receive an Excellence in Green Power Use Award from the EPA. The EPA said the university purchases more than 128 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually — supplying about 10 percent of UC’s total electricity.

https://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/epa-names-uc-national-green-power-leader


Has the institution had staff, students or faculty serving on a board or committee of a sustainability network or conference during the previous three years? :
Yes

A list or brief description of the board or committee appointment(s):

Staff members from UC participate in the the California Higher Education Sustainability Conference-CHESC steering committee: https://chesc.org/about/steering-committee/

Staff members from UC participate in various AASHE, or the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, governance roles. In 2018, the UC had a board member on the STARS committee: https://stars.aashe.org/pages/about/governance.html


Does the institution have an ongoing mentoring relationship with another institution through which it assists the institution with its sustainability reporting and/or the development of its sustainability program?:
Yes

A brief description of the mentoring relationship and activities:

UC Berkeley is a member on the Steering committee of the Berkeley Climate Action Coalition - a group of agencies, individuals and organizations working to implement the City of Berkeley's Climate Action Plan. As an inaugural and ongoing steering committee member, UC Berkeley has provided guidance on the development of numerous programs and reporting/fundraising for these programs.


Has the institution had staff, faculty, or students serving as peer reviewers of another institution’s sustainability data (e.g. GHG emissions or course inventory) and/or STARS submission during the previous three years?:
No

A brief description of the peer review activities:
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Has the institution participated in other collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year, e.g. joint planning or resource sharing with other institutions? :
Yes

A brief description of other collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year:

A number of UC Berkeley faculty, staff and students are part of the City of Berkeley Mayor's task force on Vision 2050. This initiative is evaluating the natural and technological advances that will affect Berkeley by 2050 and how to plan the infrastructure, with sustainability at the forefront. Examples of what this process will address include sea level rise, undergrounding utilities to mitigate fire hazards, use of micro-grids, development of self driving vehicles and more.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Information in this field was provided by the UC Berkeley Office of Sustainability and Energy.

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.