Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 68.32
Liaison Michelle Perez
Submission Date May 3, 2013
Executive Letter Download

STARS v1.2

University of California, San Diego
ER-4: Sustainability Outreach and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Kristin Hansen
Sustainability Analyst
Auxiliary & Plant Services
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Does the institution have a central sustainability website that consolidates information about the institution's sustainability efforts?:
Yes

A brief description of the central sustainability website that consolidates information about the institution's sustainability efforts:

UC San Diego's Sustain 2.0 website offers a place for students, faculty, staff, and partners of the university to connect with each other, explore UC San Diego's countless sustainability initiatives, and find ways to get involved. Sustain 2.0’s website highlights initiatives in the following fields: clean energy, climate, education, fuel alternatives, green building, smart grid, transportation alternatives, waste diversion, and water.


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Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

The Sustainability Program Office publishes a newsletter showcasing and informing viewers about sustainable efforts and events in the UC San Diego community. The newsletter helps students, staff, faculty, and the community to get involved in sustainable events and implement sustainable practices to their own everyday lives.

Highlights include:
A feature interview highlighting campus sustainability champions
List of jobs and internships in sustainability
Local sustainability events
UC San Diego sustainability articles


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Does the institution have a vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability?:
Yes

A brief description of the vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability:

The Senior Seminar provides a venue for the presentation and group evaluation of the Environmental Systems Senior Projects. One of the outstanding features of the Environmental Systems Major Program is the three quarter upper-division Senior Internship/Project sequence to be taken senior year which provides all seniors the opportunities to get hands on experience with sustainable field work and research. The Environmental Systems program places a significant value on interdisciplinary problem solving and all majors are expected to complete an integrative Senior Project in their final year. The Senior Project is designed by the student to focus on an interdisciplinary environmental problem or research topic. Appropriate topics for the Senior Project have included biodiversity conservation, coastal zone management, environmental health, climate change, environmental justice, and/or urban air quality. An important component of the Senior Project is an off-campus or laboratory internship where students might work on the development of a comprehensive management plan for a threatened ecosystem. .


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Does the institution have building signage that highlights green building features?:
Yes

A brief description of building signage that highlights green building features :

The Sustainability Resource Center contains placards that describe all of the green building materials and features. These materials and features include an innovative energy-saving lighting system, countertops made from recycled paper and glass, and eco-friendly paint. Sustainable flooring types include flooring reclaimed from a demolished building, rapidly renewable, formaldehyde-free bamboo, and completely recyclable carpeting.

Additionally, Housing Dining & Hospitality has placards that discuss green building features at multiple LEED certified spaces.


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Does the institution have food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems?:
Yes

A brief description of food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:

Signs regarding Fair trade and composting can be found in various parts of UC San Diego campus.

UC San Diego has the strongest University fair trade policy in the nation. By making a commitment to promote Fair Trade Certified Products, UC San Diego supports livable wages, humane working conditions and guarantees against the use of child labor. The Fair Trade Policy states that Official Fair Trade Certified label shall be displayed in the immediate and visible vicinity where products are served and/or sold, and signage shall be displayed by main entrance or cashier informing customers that the food service operation offers Fair Trade Products.

http://adminrecords.ucsd.edu/ppm/docs/541-2.pdf
Signed regarding recycling and composting in provided in each residential dining hall.


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Does the institution have signage on the grounds about sustainable grounds-keeping strategies employed?:
No

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Does the institution have a sustainability walking map or tour?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

UC San Diego offers sustainability tours. The content of the tour is tailored for the audience, but typically include visits to some of the following places:

1. UC San Diego's Sustainability Resource Center
2. UC San Diego Farmer’s Market
3. East Campus Energy Park
4. Panasonic Energy Storage System
5. Housing-Dining-Hospitality
6. Water-Wise Landscaping
7. Sustainable Health Practices; Healthy People, Healthy Planet
8. University Printing Practices; Imprints: Sustainability Matters
9. Green Education
10. Alternative and Efficient Energy Usage
11. Green Buildings, Operations and Maintenance
12. UC San Diego Libraries
13. UC San Diego's The Zone
14. Recycling; How to Be a “RecycleMmaniac”
15. Scripps Oceanography
16. Campus Transportation Alternatives and Commute Solutions

Sustainability walking tours were part of UC San Diego's Green Open House celebration.


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Does the institution have a guide for commuters about how to use alternative methods of transportation?:
Yes

A brief description of the guide for commuters about how to use alternative methods of transportation:

UC San Diego’s Transportation Services Commute Solutions office coordinates all rideshare programs available for UC San Diego faculty, staff and students. Additionally, UC San Diego's Sustain 2.0's website provides a section detailing transportation alternatives at UC San Diego. It provides resources for bikers, zip car users, shuttle and bus commuters, and carpoolers and vanpoolers. It also highlights UC San Diego's Greenline shuttles.


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Does the institution have a guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience?:
Yes

A brief description of the guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:

UC San Diego’s Power Save Green Campus features tips for sustainable living and practices on their website to help students and community members incorporate sustainable efforts into their everyday lives.


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Does the institution have regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper (either through a regular column or a reporter assigned to the sustainability beat)?:
No

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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (1st material):
Yes

A brief description of this material:

The Sustainability 2.0 pamphlet gives general information for the public about UCSD's commitments and initiatives to sustainability as a part of UC San Diego's goal to become a carbon-neutral campus. The pamphlet features individual sheets that highlight campus sustainability efforts including on campus recycling, transportation, interdisciplinary research, water, pollution prevention and renewable energy resources. The brochure was designed to be a "flex brochure" so that updates would not require printing of the entire brochure, but instead of just the individual topic sheets.


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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (2nd material):
Yes

A brief description of this material:

UC San Diego is proud to promote paperless communications for sustainability through our SustainUCSD Facebook and Twitter pages where we reach tens of thousands of individuals. With the help of student volunteers, our social media network is one of the most followed University sustainability programs!

https://twitter.com/SustainUCSD


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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (3rd material):
Yes

A brief description of this material:

Table Talks: UC San Diego's EcoNauts spend 3 months in 7 different dining halls at all different prime hours talking one on one to students about recycling, composting, and trash while providing additional information on these topics.

Materials used for Rush EKO promote EcoNauts’ EKO-- a fraternity-type rush event.



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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (4th material):
Yes

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Additionally, UC San Diego's Power Save Green Campus students send out a monthly newsletter regarding energy audits, current projects, updates on past project follow ups, and other green initiatives related to UC San Diego.


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