Overall Rating Platinum
Overall Score 85.39
Liaison Kira Stoll
Submission Date March 4, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of California, Berkeley
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Mikayla Tran
SDG & OS Engagement Fellow
Office of Sustainability
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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:

The purpose of the Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Sustainability (CACS), which first met in October 2003, is to promote environmental management and sustainable development at UC Berkeley. The Committee is charged with advising the Chancellor on matters pertaining to the environment and sustainability as it relates to UC Berkeley. To fulfill this obligation, CACS draws strength from its diverse composition of faculty, staff, students and alumni.

The mission of the Committee is composed of three central goals:

1) To engage the campus in an ongoing dialogue about reaching environmental sustainability
2) To integrate environmental sustainability with existing campus programs in education, research, operations, and public service
3) To instill a culture of sustainable long-range planning and forward-thinking design

In 2018, CACS developed a Working Group on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Sustainability. The mission of this Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Sustainability (CACS) Working Group on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Sustainability is to identify and recommend policies, practices and strategies that elevate and integrate an intersectional approach towards diversity, equity, and inclusivity in campus sustainability initiatives. The group seeks to strengthen the diversity, equity, and inclusion of the UC Berkeley undergraduate, graduate and professional student, faculty, and staff populations contributing to sustainable practices.

Cal Climate Action Steering Committee (CalCAP) provides a forum for stakeholders from across campus to offer input into campus greenhouse gas emissions goals and strategies. The Steering Committee is staffed by the Office of Sustainability and the committee has more than thirty active members including students, staff, faculty and administration.


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Does the institution have at least one sustainability office that includes more than 1 full-time equivalent employee?:
Yes

A brief description of each sustainability office:

The UC Berkeley Office of Sustainability develops, coordinates, and supports campus sustainability goals and initiatives. Our mission is to foster a culture of sustainability at Berkeley and in the world. We do this by planning for and integrating sustainability practices into campus operations and by providing methods, strategies, and data for others to do the same. We lead campus efforts to achieve carbon neutrality and zero waste with a focus on renewable energy, resource saving and stewardship, greening the built environs, and inspiring resilient and inclusive institutional change.

The Office of Sustainability has two full-time employees, the Chief Sustainability & Carbon Solutions Officer and an Executive Assistant.
https://sustainability.berkeley.edu/

The Student Environmental Resource Center (SERC) is a department within the Dean of Students Office in the Division of Student Affairs at UC Berkeley. SERC cultivates a collaborative space to strengthen the collective effectiveness of the sustainability community, and provides resources for students to actualize their visions of a more equitable, socially just, and resilient future.

SERC’s student staff has grown into a thriving force of over 25 students, managing the day-to-day operations and environmental programs for the campus. SERC has one full-time director.
https://serc.berkeley.edu/


Full-time equivalent of people employed in the sustainability office(s):
3

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

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Kira Stoll, Chief Sustainability & Carbon Solutions Officer

Does the institution have a mechanism for broad sustainability coordination for the entire institution?:
Yes

A brief description of the activities and substantive accomplishments of the institution-wide coordinating body or officer during the previous three years:

The UC Berkeley Office of Sustainability provides campus leadership by setting ambitious sustainability goals and strategies and by accelerating the achievement of these goals through project implementation, planning, partnerships and community engagement. Our mission is to integrate cutting-edge sustainability practices into our operations, foster the culture of sustainability at home and in the world, and enable and improve excellence in sustainability.

Some recent achievements led by the sustainability officer:
- Helped lead the way with country’s strongest single-use plastic ban, which eliminates all non-essential single-use plastic by 2030
- Completed a carbon neutrality planning framework & 2020 Sustainability Plan
- Led the UC systemwide Cool Campus Challenge, where UC Berkeley took the overall honor as the Coolest UC in 2019
- Received five best practice awards at the annual California Higher Education Sustainability Conference in 2019
- Launched a new Office of Sustainability Staff Training and Certification Program
- Chou Hall certified as country’s greenest academic building, having earned TRUE Zero Waste certification & LEED Platinum

Additionally, UC Berkeley's highlighted achievements can be found in UC systemwide annual sustainability reports:
http://ucop.edu/sustainability/policy-areas/annual-reports.html


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