Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 67.08
Liaison Michelle Perez
Submission Date May 18, 2011
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University of California, San Diego
IN-1: Innovation 1

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Dave Weil
Director of Building Commissioning and Sustainability
Facilities Management
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A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome :

The University of California, San Diego signed one of the strongest fair trade policies of any university in the nation in spring 2010. The policy commits to promoting fair trade certified products, supporting sustainable business practices and humane working conditions that prohibit the use of child labor.

UC San Diego students, staff and faculty worked together to develop the policy, which requires all future food and vendor contracts at UC San Diego to sell 100 percent fair trade coffee, tea and sugar at all locations on campus.

“UC San Diego has made a strong commitment to sustainability, from education to research and campus operations,” said Mark Cunningham, director of Housing, Dining and Hospitality at UC San Diego. “If we show these citizens of tomorrow that they can contribute to sustainability by practicing social consciousness through their purchases, then they’ll take these good consumer habits out into their future world".

The fair trade campaign was originally conceived by the UC San Diego student organization One Earth One Justice (OEOJ), a group dedicated to raising awareness about environmental and social justice issues. OEOJ worked over the years to successfully advocate that individual vendors on campus phase out non-fair trade products. In 2009, other students groups such as the Student Sustainability Collective (SSC), a student-run component of the UC San Diego Sustainability Resource Center which includes members of OEOJ, worked with faculty and staff to spearhead the campus- wide campaign.

The support of UC San Diego Chancellor Marye Anne Fox and Cunningham was an essential part of the campaign’s success, according to SSC co-founder, Chris Westling.

“This is more than simply a victory for the university or for the students, who have worked hard on this policy for years,” said Yuki Murakami, founder of the SSC. “The signing of the policy represents a huge step in the U.S. fair trade movement.”

The full text of the policy can be found at http://adminrecords.ucsd.edu/ppm/docs/541-2.pdf


A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise:
The website URL where information about the innovation is available :

UC San Diego's fair trade purchasing practices are highlighted in the following credits: ER4 Sustainability Outreach and Publications, OP6 Food Purchasing, Tier2-2 Vegan Dining, Tier2-4 Guidelines for Franchisees, and Tier2-4 Guidelines for Franchisees. UC San Diego's Fair Trade University Policy highlights the innovative collaboration between students, staff and faculty, and has made has made purchasing fair trade practices a university-wide policy.

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