Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 71.18
Liaison Kelli O'Day
Submission Date Sept. 13, 2013
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University of California, Davis
ER-T2-8: Themed Semester or Year

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 0.25 Camille Kirk
Director of Sustainability and Campus Sustainability Planner
Office of Sustainability
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Has the institution chosen a sustainability-related theme for its themed semester, year, or first-year experience during the past three years?:

A brief description of the themed semester, year, or first-year experience:

Student Housing operates the "Go Zero Waste by 2020" campaign, year-round, as a first-year experience for all students living in the residence halls. Related activities begin as early as just prior to the students' arrival to campus where the Go Zero Waste logo has been included in publications and information about reducing waste during move-in is distributed. The "Go Zero Waste by 2020" campaign is included in Fall Welcome (orientation), residence hall programs, dining programs, brochures, publications, and social media content. The logo is included on the stainless steel bottle that is provided to every resident as a reminder that they can contribute to reducing waste by using the bottle to fill up, instead of purchasing plastic bottles of water. A popular item is the "Go Zero Waste" shirt which includes a design on the back that is created by a student to represent what waste reduction means and voted by their peers as the best design as part the Go Zero Waste Challenge (a friendly sustainability competition among the residence hall areas). The shirt is made available as a prize throughout the year at programs and for correctly responding to trivia on the Student Housing Facebook page.

In addition, the Campus Community Book Project (CCBP) was initiated after September 11, 2001 to promote dialogue and build community by encouraging diverse members of the campus and surrounding communities to read the same book and attend related events. The book project advances the Office of Campus Community Relations’ (OCCR) mission to improve both the campus climate and community relations, to foster diversity and to promote equity and inclusiveness. Everyone is encouraged to talk about and get involved in the project and its wide assortment of programs, most of them free.

The UC Davis Campus Council on Community and Diversity (CCC&D) invites all members of the campus and greater Davis community to nominate books related to a selected topic. The CCBP Selection Committee meets several times to review and discussion the nominations before making a final selection.

The CCBP schedules of events are extensive and include art exhibits, library exhibits, films, lectures and panel discussions, and the featured author's talk.

2013: Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
2012: The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
2011: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
2010: Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race by Beverly Daniel Tatum, Ph.D
2009: The Geography of Bliss – One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World by Eric Weiner
2008: Mountains Beyond Mountains – The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World by Tracy Kidder
2007: The Devil’s Highway by Luis Alberto Urrea
2006: The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan
2005: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
2004: Twilight – Los Angeles, 1992 by Anna Deavere Smith
2003: Gandhi’s Way – A Handbook of Conflict Resolutionby Mark Juergensmeyer
2002: The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down – A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures by Anne Fadiman


The sustainability-related book that was chosen, if applicable:

The website URL where information about the theme is available:

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