Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 79.54
Liaison Kelli O'Day
Submission Date June 20, 2023

STARS v2.2

University of California, Davis
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Kelli O'Day
Assessment Program Manager
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have at least one sustainability committee?:

The charter or mission statement of the committee(s) or a brief description of each committee's purview and activities:

The Campus Advisory Committee on Sustainability advises on advancements that will continue to strengthen UC Davis’ global recognition as a leader in sustainability and environmental stewardship. The committee’s charges are outlined as follows:

Recommend goals and actions that define and advance UC Davis' position on climate, environmental and social sustainability

Identify local and global partnership opportunities for sustainability, and identify best practices for alignment with organizations and communities that share campus goals in this area

Increase exposure for sustainability efforts on campus and incorporate frameworks, including the UN Sustainable Development Goals, in decision-making and action plans related to sustainability

Identify external resources and strategies to leverage internal resources

Identify and recommend diversity, equity and inclusion strategies and principles in all aspects of our sustainability programs

Ensure active collaboration and alignment with the UC Davis Health sustainability advisory committee

Identify and recommend assessment metrics to gauge progress toward achieving approved goals

Prepare a plan to end fossil fuel use on each of our campuses


Members of each committee, including affiliations and role:

Camille Kirk, Director of Sustainability and Campus Sustainability Planner
Jim Carroll, University Architect and Associate Vice Chancellor of Design and Construction Management

ASUCD: Mackenzie Field
Environmental Sustainability and Stewardship Coalition: TBD
Graduate Student Association: Amelia Flack

Academic Senate: Tessa Hill
Academic Federation: Ian Grettenberger
Institute for the Environment: Isabel Montañez
Faculty-at-large: Mark Huising

City of Davis: Kerry Daane Loux
Yocha Dehe Tribal Representative: Sarah Morgan
Yolo County: Kristen Wraithwall
UC Office of the President: Matt St. Clair

UC Davis Staff:
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Vickie Gomez
UC Davis Health: Kristina Cullen
Capital Planning: Lorin Torbitt
Design and Construction Management: Courtney Doss
Design and Construction Management: Debra Smith
Facilities Management: Alex Malm
Facilities Management, Energy Manager: Nicolas Fauchier-Magnan
Student Housing and Dining Services: Jenni Taylor
Transportation Services: Perry Eggleston
Campus Planning: Lucas Griffith
Supply Chain Management: Julie Alvarez
Office of Research: Rebecca Linville
Global Affairs: Jolynn Shoemaker (Alternate: Joanna Regulska)
Staff Assembly: RJ Taylor

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

A brief description of each sustainability office:

The Sustainability office has three core roles in developing, leading and coordinating sustainability efforts throughout the UC Davis campus:

Demonstrate Leadership: The Sustainability office provides vision, direction and support for sustainability; advocates for environmental stewardship and sustainability in decision-making processes; leads sustainability planning efforts to guide implementation actions; and participates in policy development.

Foster Connections: The Sustainability office builds relationships with external partners, institutions, government again, and NGOs; coordinates across campus departments; and helps link research efforts to campus operations and engagement efforts.

Create a Culture of Sustainability: The Sustainability office conducts sustainability assessment; measures and tracks performance metrics; communicates about sustainability; and develops and runs engagement programs.

To fulfill these roles, staff members create strategies and plans to improve campus operations, partner with faculty and students, work to implement the UC Office of the President's sustainability policy, establish sustainability metrics for UC Davis, and inspire the community to work toward a sustainable future. The office also participates in the planning and design of campus development projects and actively work with Campus Planning and Environmental Planning, which are part of the same administrative unit as the Office of Sustainability.

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

Does the institution have at least one sustainability officer?:

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Sustainability Office: Camille Kirk, Director of Sustainability and Campus Sustainability Planner Kelli O’Day, Assessment Program Manager Carla Fresquez, Engagement Program Manager Student Housing and Dining Services Sustainability: Jenni Tay

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

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

The Sustainability office has been quite active the past three years, in spite of COVID-19 and staffing shifts.

Some accomplishments aligning with our core roles are listed below.

Demonstrate Leadership:
Sustainability was instrumental in continuing the work in shifting the campus district steam heating system to a low-temperature heating hot water system, which will significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save water. In addition, we launched a campus advisory committee on sustainability, and led the preparation of a pathway plan to eliminate 95% of fossil fuel use in campus operations.

Foster Connections:
Sustainability participates on the Capital Region Climate Readiness Collaborative Steering Committee and sits on the boards of the Yolo Subbasin Groundwater Agency for sustainable groundwater management and the Woodland-Davis Clean Water Agency. Sustainability has been actively collaborating with the campus Global Affairs and the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion units on conceptualizing ways to implement the UN SDGs throughout campus efforts to advance sustainability. Together the three units produced the inaugural Voluntary University Reviews on the UN SDGs. Sustainability is the host organization for The Green Initiative Fund, a student-fee funded sustainability grant program run by a majority-student committee.

Create a Culture of Sustainability:
Sustainability has reported into an international sustainability ranking metric with the results of attaining #1 in the US and #5 in the world in campus sustainability. We worked closely with Student Housing and Dining Services to launch a Reusable Utensil campaign to provide students, staff, and faculty with reusable utensil sets and promote reuse over one-time use.

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