Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 83.80
Liaison Mark Maxwell
Submission Date March 1, 2019
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University of California, Merced
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Breeana Sylvas
Assistant Director
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 Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Sustainability keeps the campus informed on issues of sustainability and promotes collaborative partnerships with stakeholders and students. The group identifies important, specific sustainability related activities to achieve, and reports campus accomplishments.


Members of each committee, including affiliations and role (e.g. staff, student, or faculty):

Allajah Wheatley - Associated Students Sustainability Commissioner
Breeana Sylvas - Assistant Director of Sustainability
Colleen McCormick - Director of Sustainability
Cruz Franco - Project Coordinator
David Dunham - Director of Recreation and Athletics
De Acker - Director of Campus Climate
De Ette Silbaugh - Faculty Lecture, Campus Master Gardener
Debbie Reagan - Chief of Staff, Physical Planning Operations and Development
Yasmeen Jewel - Construction Contracts Manager
Desiree Morales - Associated Students Sustainability Commissioner Representative Jacob Croasdale - Leadership Coordinator, Office of Student Life
Jeff Porto Jr. - Director of Development, Student Affairs and Athletics
Joanie Leidich - Administrative Assistant, Office of Planning & Budget
Jose Alvarez Zamora - EcoRep Representative
Julie Sagusay - Food Services Manager, Dining Services
Lori Callaway - Equipment Manager
Lynn Sullivan - Lecture, Environmental Engineering
Mark Maxwell - Assistant Director of Sustainability
Michael Dawson - Associate Professor, School of Natural Sciences
Michael McLeod - Vice Chancellor, Physical Planning Operations and Development Peter Arroyo - Housing Manager
Phillip Woods - Director of Physical & Environmental Planning
Ron Durbin - Executive Director UC Solar Institute
Sean Murray - Associate Director of Auxiliary Services;
Thomas Hothem - Assistant Director Merritt Writing Program
Zuhair Mased - Director of Energy, Facilities Management


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

A brief description of each sustainability office:

The campus established the Office of Sustainability in 2016 that consists of the Director of Sustainability, and two Assistant Director's of Sustainability.


Full-time equivalent (FTE) 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:
Colleen McCormick, Director of Sustainability

Does the institution have a mechanism for broad sustainability coordination for the entire institution (e.g. a campus-wide committee or an officer/office responsible for the entire campus)?:
Yes

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

Accomplishments associated with the UC Merced Sustainability Committee include:

1. Successful AY 17-18 Earth Day and Campus Sustainability Events
2. The Chancellors Advisory Committee supported the development of the UC Merced campus Sustainability Strategic Plan. The document identifies goals and strategic actions to achieve sets goals, along with key performance indicators to measure campus wide progress.
3. Development of a LEED ENVE 30 Evaluating Sustainable Living Spaces Course offered through the School of Engineering fully prepares students to take the LEED Green Associate exam. This course is a spin off to the campus LEED Lab class which provides students with the opportunity to support certifying building spaces under LEED Existing Buildings Operations & Maintenance.
4. The committee also supported the update of the campus Water Action Plan (WAP).


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