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Overall Score 71.18
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Submission Date Sept. 13, 2013
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University of California, Davis
PAE-20: Inter-Campus Collaboration on Sustainability

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Camille Kirk
Director of Sustainability and Campus Sustainability Planner
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution collaborate with other colleges and universities to support and help build the campus sustainability community?:

A brief summary of papers, guides, presentations, and other resources the institution has developed to share their sustainability experience with other institutions:

UC Davis staff and faculty have presented at many different conferences nationally and internationally on various campus projects, best practices and programs, as well as published in journals. The campus has provided many tours of major innovations such as the pilot biodigester, the zero net energy West Village faculty/student/staff residential development, the world's first LEED Platinum brewery/winery/food science laboratory, and other projects. Staff have shared information with other campuses about how UC Davis has undertaken energy efficiency projects, created an online, interactive sustainability map, developed a climate action plan, and many other topics.

UC Davis has elected to share a few examples of ways faculty and staff share their sustainability experience with other institutions. Given the breadth and volume of participation by campus members, it is not possible to provide a comprehensive list.

USGBC Northern California 2012
Presentation of the sustainable design concepts for the LEED Platinum Brewery, Winery, & Food Facility by Professor Roger Boulton

Labs21 Conference 2012
Putting Freezers on the Farm: Waste Heat Guidelines, a discussion co-led by Allen Doyle (UC Davis Office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability)

Transitioning to Reusable Dishware in the Residence Hall: The UC Davis Aggieware Story!, a presentation by Josh O'Connor (UC Davis Student Housing)

2012 UCTC Student Conference
Factors Influencing Sustainable Commuting by University Students and Employees in Davis, Calif., a poster by Joshua Miller
Global Warming’s Six Americans and the implementation of local multi-modal transportation projects, a poster by Sydney Vergis

California Higher Education Sustainability Conference 2011
Cuarto Dining: Providing healthy, wholesome food from the ground up!, a presentation including Kyle Peiper and Linda Adams (UC Davis Dining Services)

USGBC Northern California 2011
Greening a Dining Commons: UC Davis Cuarto Dining Commons Remodel, a presentation including Michael Sheehan (UC Davis Student Housing) and Brenan Connolly (UC Davis Dining Services)
Governors' Global Climate Summit 2010
The UC Davis Climate Action Plan, a poster by Camille Kirk (UC Davis Office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability)

The names of local, state, regional, national, and other campus sustainability organizations or consortia in which the institution participates and/or is a member:

UC Davis belongs to many organizations with environmental and sustainability-related missions. A few of these are: the Yolo County Climate Compact, the City of Davis Climate Action Team, Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, and The Climate Registry. UC Davis is also a member of the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), a high-visibility effort to address global climate disruption undertaken by a network of colleges and universities that have made institutional commitments to eliminate net greenhouse gas emissions from specified campus operations, and to promote the research and educational efforts of higher education to equip society to re-stabilize the earth’s climate.

UC Davis is part of the Council of the California Student Sustainability Coalition (CSSC) – which is a network of students and colleges that are actively working to transform their educational institutions and communities into models of sustainability. The UC Davis chapter of the CSSC, also known as the CSSC, began in 2003. The first year fostered projects like the Education for Sustainable Living Program (ESLP) and the Sustainability Summit.

UC Davis is involved with colleges and universities throughout the state as part of the annual California Higher Education Conference. Staff have presented and served on committees responsible for various components of the conference.

UC Davis staff actively participate in the GRNSCH-L and RECYC-L mail lists about sustainability topics and recycling and waste reduction programs at college and university campuses as well as related topics of interest to persons responsible for planning and implementing such programs.

UC Davis is a member of the US Green Building Council (USGBC) and have staff that participate in the USGBC Northern California chapter.

A brief summary of additional ways the institution collaborates with other campuses to advance sustainability :

UC Davis works closely with the other 9 campuses in the UC System. Staff members participate in multiple monthly conference calls with others to share best practices. Some of the monthly call groups are the UCOP Green Building Working Group, the UCOP LEEB EB Working Group, the UCOP Climate Change Working Group, and the UC Sustainability Officer’s Working Group. UC Davis is also involved in development of the systemwide Sustainable Practices Policy .

UC Davis participates on the steering committee for the annual California Higher Education Sustainability Conference, which is being hosted by UC Davis in June 2012, and is a conference dedicated to bringing together all four systems of higher education in California to share information about best practices and programs, and forge new collaborations.

The UC Davis sustainability manager conceived of the Freezer Challenge, a national contest pitting UC Davis against other universities in a race to save energy and improve sample management. The Freezer Challenge is a way to introduce a variety of laboratory cold storage techniques, ranging from cleaning out and defrosting freezers to creating inventories of frozen samples to adjusting freezer temperatures and retiring old, less efficient freezers.

UC Davis has presented repeatedly on sustainability practices and programs at the California Higher Education Sustainability Conference, Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education Conference, Laboratories for the 21st Century (Labs21®) Conference, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, Western Association of College & University Housing Officers (WACUHO) Conference, the national Association of College & University Housing Officers, among others
In 2010, the Sustainable Textiles and Medical Protection (STAMP) Conference was hosted by a team of researchers from University of California, Davis, University of California, Berkeley, North Carolina State University, and Donghua University (Shanghai, China) on the UC Davis campus.

More information can be found at: http://www.cahigheredusustainability.org/program/documents/FoodTues8UCDavisCHESC2011_000.pdf

The website URL where information about cross-campus collaboration is available:

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