Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 68.32
Liaison Michelle Perez
Submission Date May 3, 2013
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University of California, San Diego
PAE-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Dave Weil
Director of Building Commissioning and Sustainability
Facilities Management
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Does the institution have a sustainability committee?:

The charter or mission statement of the committee or a brief description of the committee's purview and activities :

UC San Diego has four main groups focused on overseeing campus environmental initiatives: the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Sustainability (ACS), the Sustainable Operations and Environmental Working Group (SOWEG), the Sustainability 2.0 Task Force and the Climate Solutions Working Group (CSWG).

The purpose of ACS is to provide a forum for the academic program, facility planning and campus operating interests in sustainability. By increasing awareness of UC San Diego’s strengths in these areas, and identifying areas for further improvement, the campus continues to define itself as a leader in the earth sciences, while employing the principles of environmental stewardship in its own operations.

SOEWG is a group of campus operations and departmental stakeholders that are implementing the goals outlined in the campus Climate Action Plan, including goals for reducing water use. Additionally, the SOEWG is working to ensure campus does our part as the 3rd largest water user in San Diego to reduce water use.

The Sustainability 2.0 Task Force broadly addressed the development of organizational structures for advancing the objectives of the Sustainability 2.0 Initiative. These included identifying and pursuing emerging research opportunities; capitalizing upon our campus as a "living laboratory" for promoting sustainability; and implementing strategies to attract donor involvement and support.

CSWG, comprised of senior faculty, researchers, operational staff and administrators, implements a broad range of sustainability initiatives, including management of the Climate Action Plan. Political and business leaders routinely attend the meetings of this group to discuss strategies for leveraging UC San Diego's environmental leadership.


Members of the committee, including affiliations:

Advisory Committee on Sustainability

Ex Officio
CUNNINGHAM, Mark Indefinite Housing & Dining Services
HELLMANN, Boone Indefinite Facilities Design & Construction
CONSTABLE, Catherine Indefinite Interim VC – SIO
MATTHEWS, Gary Indefinite VC – Resource Management & Planning
HODGKISS, William Indefinite AVC – Academic Personnel & Research
HOLWAY, David 10/31/14 (1) Faculty Representative
TARTAKOVSKY, Daniel 10/31/13 (1) Faculty Representative
GRAFF ZIVIN, Joshua 10/31/15 (1) Faculty Representative
GUSTAFSON, Erin 10/31/13 (2) Undergraduate Representative
Vacant 10/31/14 (2) Undergraduate Representative
SHELDON, Tamara 10/31/14 (3) Graduate Student Representative
MATHEWSON, Margie 10/31/13 (3) Graduate Student Representative
Kim Kane 10/31/13 (4) Staff Representative
Vacant 10/31/14 (4) Staff Representative
(1) To be appointed by the Committee on Committees (staggered three-year appointments)
(2) To be appointed by the Associated Students (staggered two-year appointments)
(3) To be appointed by the Graduate Student Assn. (staggered two-year appointments)
(4) To be appointed by the Staff Association (staggered two-year appointments)
Staff & Consultants:
HAMPEL, Julie Environment, Health and Safety
WEIL, Dave Campus Energy and Sustainability
KING, Joel Facilities Design & Construction
HANSEN, Kristin Sustainability Program Manager

Climate Solutions Working Group

Committee Chair:

Gary Matthews, Vice Chancellor, Resource Management and Planning

Committee Members:

Sandra Brown - Vice Chancellor, Research Services
Cara Fladd - Director, Capital Planning
Catherine Constable - Acting Vice Chancellor and Dean, Marine Sciences and Director, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Jerry Katzin - UC San Diego Foundation
Steve Relyea - Vice Chancellor, Business Affairs
Robert Sullivan - Dean, Rady School of Management
Byron Washom - Director, UC San Diego Strategic Energy Initiatives
Dave Weil - Director, Bldg. Commissioning & Sustainability
Gabriele Wienhausen - Associate Dean for Education, Division of Biological Sciences
David Woodruff - Director, Sustainability Solutions Institute and Professor, Biological Sciences


Kristin Hansen- Sustainability Program Manager, Facilities Management
Michelle Perez - Administrative Analyst, Facilities Management
Dave Schroeder - Director, Government Relations, Office of Research

Joint Senate-Administration Task Force on UC San Diego's Sustainability 2.0 Initiative

Committee Faculty Co-Chair:

Richard Carson - Professor, Economics

Committee Administrative Co-Chair:

George Tynan - Associate Vice Chancellor, Research Affairs and Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Committee Members:

Joshua Graff-Zivin - Professor, IR/PS
Rajesh Gupta - Professor CSE & Assoc Director, Calit2
Viswanathan Krishnan - Professor, Rady School of Management
Juli Larsen - AVC Development
Richard Norris - Professor, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Susan Smith - Provost, Muir College
Stephanie Strathdee - Professor, Health Sciences
David Woodruff - Director, Sustainability Solutions Institute and Professor, Biological Sciences

Sustainable Operations and Environmental Work Group

Committee Co-Chairs:

Julie Hampel - Environmental Manager, Facilities Management
Dave Weil - Director, Bldg. Commissioning & Sustianability
David Woodruff - Director, Sustainability Solutions Institute and Professor of Biological Sciences

The website URL where information about the sustainability committee is available:
Does the institution have a sustainability office?:

A brief description of the sustainability office:

The SRC is home to the Sustainability Program Office and the Student Sustainability Collective (SSC). The SRC is a “one-stop shop” for all things related to sustainability at UCSD. It includes a small library, meeting room for students, and faculty, staff, and department offices. The SRC showcases a variety of UCSD student projects, research projects, and campus initiatives.

The number of people employed in the sustainability office:

The website URL where information about the sustainability office is available:
Does the institution have a sustainability coordinator?:

Sustainability coordinator's name:
Kristin Hansen

Sustainability coordinator's position title:
Sustainability Program Manager

A brief description of the sustainability coordinator’s position:

Coordinating UC San Diego campus sustainability efforts requires fostering a culture of sustainability among faculty, staff and students; identifying and prioritizing areas for institutional sustainability efforts; managing the Sustainability Resource Center; planning and developing short and long range plans; and engaging other campus leaders to embrace sustainability broadly across campus units.

In addition, the role of a sustainability coordinator at UC San Diego establishes UC San Diego as a leader of sustainability at the state, regional, national and international levels. Other responsibilities include promoting and increasing awareness of UC San Diego’s environmental successes and accomplishments and coordinating UC San Diego’s implementation of UCOP sustainability policies.

The website URL where information about the sustainability coordinator is available:


In addition to the FTE listed in this credit, the sustainability office employed 4 paid student interns and 8 volunteers in 2012.

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