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
OP-17: Waste Reduction

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.00 / 5.00 Alonso Noble
Assistant Superintendent
Facilities Management
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Weight of materials recycled, 2005 baseline year :
2,918 Tons

Weight of materials composted, 2005 baseline year :
0 Tons

Weight of materials disposed as garbage, 2005 baseline year :
6,264 Tons

Weight of materials recycled, performance year :
7,809.45 Tons

Weight of materials composted, performance year :
165 Tons

Weight of materials disposed as garbage, performance year :
4,915.46 Tons

List the start and end dates of the waste reduction performance year:

On-campus residents, 2005:

Non-residential/commuter full-time students, faculty, and staff members, 2005:

Non-residential/commuter part-time students, faculty, and staff members, 2005:

On-campus residents, performance year:

Non-residential/commuter full-time students, faculty, and staff members, performance year:

Non-residential/commuter part-time students, faculty, and staff members, performance year:

Time period for weighted campus user (list the consecutive 12 month period that most closely overlaps with waste reduction performance year):

Indication of whether institution has a stated commitment to waste-reduction goals, such as zero waste:

A brief description of the plan of action to achieve waste reduction goals:

UC San Diego’s Campus Climate Action Plan features a detailed section devoted to the relevant actions associated with achieving our zero-waste goal by 2020. The campus also illustrates its waste reduction goals on the Waste Diversion Plan; which states UC San Diego’s plan to achieve zero-waste by 2020.

The website URL where information about the institution’s waste reduction initiatives is available:


The on-campus resident numbers include students, faculty, and staff. The number of full-time, non-residential/commuter student, faculty, and staff members includes total of full-time and part-time students, faculty, and staff members; part-time population data is unavailable. The part-time non-residential/commuter students, faculty, and staff members are not available because no part-time population data is available. “As various methods are used for calculating annual staff, faculty, and student populations to STARS commuter questions contained totals that represented two different methodologies for calculating commuter data. UC San Diego can best ensure accuracy by reporting metrics currently tracked by Transportation Services, which meticulously documents during its annual survey of pedestrian and vehicle traffic. This survey focuses on tracking all commuter data for transportation and greenhouse gas purposes, but it does not distinguish between student, faculty, staff or campus visitors. Over a decade of data has been collected in this manner and demonstrates a significant increase in alternative transportation usage by commuters. The updated number is the most precise representation of UC San Diego currently available.

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