Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 68.46
Liaison Fortino Morales
Submission Date April 21, 2016
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STARS v2.0

University of California, Riverside
PA-2: Sustainability Planning

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Delphine Faugeroux
Senior Science Advisor
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have current and formal plans to advance sustainability in the following areas? Do the plans include measurable objectives?:
Current and Formal Plans (Yes or No) Measurable Objectives (Yes or No)
Curriculum Yes Yes
Research (or other scholarship) Yes Yes
Campus Engagement Yes Yes
Public Engagement Yes Yes
Air and Climate Yes Yes
Buildings Yes Yes
Dining Services/Food Yes Yes
Energy Yes Yes
Grounds Yes Yes
Purchasing Yes Yes
Transportation Yes
+ Date Revised: June 30, 2016
+ Date Revised: June 30, 2016
Yes
Waste Yes Yes
Water Yes Yes
Diversity and Affordability --- ---
Health, Wellbeing and Work Yes Yes
Investment Yes Yes
Other --- ---

A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Curriculum:

Both the Sustainability Action Plan and the Climate Action Plan include sections on integrating sustainability into the curriculum and on providing sustainability literacy training on campus.

+ Date Revised: June 30, 2016

The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Curriculum plan(s):

UCR offers sustainability related courses in its first year experience classes. In Spring 2014, UCR offered its first methodology course in Sustainability which will serve as one of the foundation classes for the new BS in Sustainability through Gender and Sexuality Studies and the new Environmental Policy track in the Master's in Public Policy. Both


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Curriculum plan(s):

Chancellor's Committee on Sustainability Curriculum Working Group.
The Center for Sustainable Suburban Development
Center for Environmental Research and technology
Department of Gender and Sexuality Studies
School of Public Policy
Department of Environmental Science


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Research (or other scholarship):

UCR has hired three new faculty for Fall 2014 with a research focus on sustainability in Earth Sciences and Women's Studies.


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Research plan(s):

UCR's Sustainability Action and Climate Action Plans provide guidance on integrating research activities and the Living Laboratory into sustainability on campus.

+ Date Revised: June 30, 2016

Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Research plan(s):

Chancellor's Committee on Sustainability Research Working Group
Chancellor's Committee on Sustainability Curriculum Working Group
The Center for Sustainable Suburban Development
Center for Environmental Research and technology
Department of Gender and Sexuality Studies
School of Public Policy
Department of Environmental Science


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance Campus Engagement around sustainability:

UCR's Sustainability Action, Climate Action, Water Action and Integrated Waste Diversion Plans all contain sections on campus engagement on sustainability to promote conservation, education and the Living Learning laboratory experience.

+ Date Revised: July 5, 2016

The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Campus Engagement plan:

Number of students, staff and faculty joining the sustainability mailing list, number of green certifications on campus and results from various sustainability focused competitions.


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Campus Engagement plan(s):

Delphine Faugeroux, Senior Science Advisor UCR Office of Sustainability
John Cook, Sustainability Director UCR Office of Sustainability


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance Public Engagement around sustainability:

UCR's Climate Action Plan provides guidance on working with the City of Riverside on carbon mitigation and resiliency cooperation. Our Sustainability Action Plan covers area of sustainability engagement with external stakeholders.

+ Date Revised: July 5, 2016

The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Public Engagement plan(s):

Successful subscription to the City Sustainability Internship Program, continued support of the Green Leadership Summit and an expansion of R'Garden activities.


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Public Engagement plan(s):

Office of Sustainability
Community Garden
Riverside Public Utilities
Mayor of Riverside
Center for Environmental Research and Technology
Center for Sustainable Suburban Development


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Air and Climate:

UCR created a Clean Energy Plan in 2015; revised in early 2016, providing guidance on how the campus can reduce GHG emissions through conservation programs, energy efficiency and renewable energy. The plan provides targets, metrics and financial return on investment. The Climate Action Plan, first published in 2010 is under revision as a living document with a planned published update in December 2016, addressing the UC goal of reaching carbon neutrality by 2025 for Scopes 1&2, and UCR's goal of carbon neutrality for Scope 3 by 2035.
The Climate Action Plan is cited in the Long Range Development Plan, and the Clean Energy Plan and Climate Action Plan are both cited in The Physical Master Plan and the Sustainability Action Plan.

+ Date Revised: June 28, 2016

The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Air and Climate plan(s):

Achieve set points for Energy conservation, efficiency and renewable energy on campus. Meet GHG reduction goals of at or below 1990 emission by 2020.


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Air and Climate plan(s):

Chancellor's Committee on Sustainability Climate Working Group
Chancellor's Committee on Sustainability Energy Working Group
Office of Sustainability
Center for Environmental Research and Technology


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Buildings:

UCR includes a comprehensive plan for achieving Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for its built environment in our Climate Action Plan, Sustainability Action Plan, Water Action Plan, Integrated Waste Diversion Plan and Physical Master Plan.

+ Date Revised: June 30, 2016

The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Buildings plan(s):

Number of LEED Certifications campus receives and level of certification. Campus went from 0 in 2011 to 16 by February 2016.


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Buildings plan(s):

Chancellor's Committee on Sustainability Built Environment Working Group
Office of Sustainability
Capital Planning
Architects and Engineers


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Dining Services/Food:

UCOP Sustainable Practices policy calls for 20% of food purchases come from sustainable sources by 2020. UCR is also working with the R'Garden and Agricultural Operations to increase the amount of sustainable on campus food production. In 2014-15 UCR exceeded 22% sustainability in food purchases.


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Dining Services/Food plan(s):

We anticipate the R'Garden to provide a regular crop of vegetables and fruits by Spring 2016.
Since Spring 2015, UCR offers a Farm Share Program to increase access to local and organic food.


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Dining Services/Food plan(s):

Chancellor's Committee on Sustainability Food Working Group
Housing, Dining and Residential Services
R'Garden
Office of Sustainability


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Energy:

The Clean Energy Plan, the Climate Action Plan, the Sustainability Action Plan and the Physical master plan all contain sections dedicated to Energy planning for achieving UCR's sustainability goals.

+ Date Revised: June 28, 2016

The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Energy plan(s):

KWH reduction from conservation and efficiency, GHG emission reduction from Renewable Energy. Efforts should enable UCR to meet 2020 GHG reduction goals.


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Energy plan(s):

Chancellor's Committee on Sustainability Energy Working Group
Office of Sustainability
Physical Plant
Housing, Dining and Residential Services


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Grounds:

UCR's Sustainability Action Plan, Water Action Plan, Integrated Waste Diversion Plan, Integrated Pest Management Plan, Design Guidelines and Physical Master Plan all contain sections on sustainable sites.

+ Date Revised: June 30, 2016

The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Grounds plan(s):

Successful implementation of IPM Plan, successful replacement of turf grass. Walkability plan for new development and completion of pedestrian Mall remodel to be completed in 2016.


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Grounds plan(s):

Chancellor's Committee on Sustainability Grounds Working Group
Environmental Health & Safety
Office of Sustainability


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Purchasing:

UCR is developing an Environmentally Preferred Purchasing Plan for the campus to further detail the plans and goals already contained in the Sustainability Action Plan, the Integrated Waste Diversion Plan, the Water Action Plan and the UC Sustainable practices Policy

+ Date Revised: June 30, 2016

The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Purchasing plan(s):

Increase sales of green products on campus, reduction in consumption of products and the adoption of the Green Office Certification.


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Purchasing plan(s):

Chancellor's Committee on Sustainability Purchasing Working Group
Material Management
Capital Resource Management
Office of Sustainability


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Transportation:

UCR's commitment to providing options for sustainable transportation can be found in our Climate Action Plan, Sustainability Action Plan, Long Range Development Plan and Physical Master Plan.

+ Date Revised: June 30, 2016

The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Transportation plan(s):

Each year the campus Thursday modal split for the types of transportation used by students staff and faculty in commuting to and from campus. UCR also reports on number of rides taken by UCR community members whom use their free transit card.


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Transportation plan(s):

Chancellor's Committee on Sustainability Transportation Working Group
Office of Sustainability
Fleet, Transportation and Parking Services
Center for Environmental Research and Technology


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Waste:

UCR has the extremely successful construction and demolition and green waste diversion program. We have an active program to increase waste diversion on-campus for municipal solid waste and to educate campus stakeholders on the benefits of reducing and reusing materials. In 2014-15, UCR began a pilot program for capturing recyclables in our wet laboratories.


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Waste plan(s):

UCR has a goal of achieving 95% diversion of waste by 2020.


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Waste plan(s):

UCR has a dedicated Integrated Waste Diversion Plan that charts our path for reaching net zero waste to landfill by 2020. Sections on waste diversion appear throughout our comprehensive Sustainability Action Plan as well.

+ Date Revised: June 30, 2016

A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Water:

The Water Action Plan provides guidance on how UCR will meet its water conservation and reduction goals by 2020 and 2025. The Sustainability Action Plan provides a condensed version of the WAP in chapters on water, food, built environment and green labs.

+ Date Revised: June 30, 2016

The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Water plan(s):

UCR recently achieved its 2020 goal of reducing potable water use per capita by 20% from a baseline set by the University of California for all campuses. UCR's goal is to reduce potable water use adjusted for growth by 36% by 2025.


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Water plan(s):

Chancellor's committee on Sustainability Water Working Group
Office of Sustainability
HDRS
Grounds
Agricultural Operations
Botanical Gardens


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance Diversity and Affordability:

UCR's Strategic Plan 2020 focuses two of its four main goals on creating a diverse and accessible (affordable) campus.

+ Date Revised: July 5, 2016

The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Diversity and Affordability plan(s):

UCR continues to rank high in all diversity surveys. UCR is converting all single occupancy bathrooms to gender non-specific.


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Diversity and Affordability plan(s):

Yolanda Moses, Associate Vice Chancellor, Diversity, Excellence and Equity.


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Health, Wellbeing and Work:

UCR's Strategic Plan 2020 and UC Living Well promote campus well-being and a healthy work environment for all UCR campus members.

+ Date Revised: July 5, 2016
+ Date Revised: July 5, 2016

The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Health, Wellbeing and Work plan(s):

UCR is working with architects and engineers to position elevators that will encourage building users to take stairs over using the elevators. We use low to no VOC building materials in our new constructions and major renovations. We promote daylight and views in design for new construction to enhance comfort and the use of natural lighting. We promote bicycling and walking instead of driving.


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Health, Wellbeing and Work plan(s):

Julie Chobdee, Wellness
Devon Sakamoto, The Well
Lindey Fenix, Student Recreation Center
Office of Sustainability


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Investment:

UC created its first plan for Sustainable Investment in 2015: http://invest.universityofcalifornia.edu/reflect.html

+ Date Revised: July 5, 2016

The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Investment plan(s):

UCR divested $200,000,000 from coal and tar sands, UC is investing $1,000,000,000 in new technologies and research towards carbon neutrality. http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/press-room/university-california-joins-un-supported-principles-responsible-investment


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Investment plan(s):

Jagdeep Singh Bachher, UC Chief Investment Officer


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in other areas:

Not applicable


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the other plan(s):
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Accountable parties, offices or departments for the other plan(s):

Not applicable


The institution’s definition of sustainability:

• Sustainability means meeting present needs without compromising ecosystems or the prospects of future generations to meet their own needs. Sustainable practices recognize that ecological, human, and economic health and viability are inextricably linked and take a systems approach to resource management.
• Sustainability Curriculum and Research addresses three key tenets: 1) living within limits imposed by available resources and the carrying capacity of our environment; 2) examining the interconnections among the economy, social well-being, and the environment; and 3) equitably distributing resources and opportunities for advancement across places and among generations.


Does the institution’s strategic plan or equivalent guiding document include sustainability at a high level?:
Yes

A brief description of how the institution’s strategic plan or equivalent guiding document addresses sustainability:

In the new Physical Master Plan (PMP 2016) sustainability plays a significant role. The PMP specifically addressing carbon neutrality and storm water as the campus expands over the next 10 years.


The website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability planning is available:

Plan is currently under revision with a planned updated release in 2016

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