Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 71.62
Liaison Michelle Perez
Submission Date March 5, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of California, San Diego
EN-11: Inter-Campus Collaboration

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Michelle Perez
Energy and Sustainability Manager
Utilities and Sustainability
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Is the institution currently a member of a national or international higher education sustainability network?:
Yes

The name of the national or international sustainability network(s):

Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education
Second Nature and the Presidents Climate Commitment
Sustainable Procurement Leadership Council
Practice Green Health
International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories

On February 6, 2018, the University of California announced that it had assembled an international coalition of 13 research universities across the United States, Canada and Mexico - called the University Climate Change Coalition, or UC3 - who were committing to work together to galvanize local and regional action on climate change. Member institutions represent more than 1.5 million students across North America. The coalition will release a report in fall 2018 that will serve as a roadmap for how local, state, and federal lawmakers, higher education institutions, businesses and community leaders can work together to achieve ambitious, research-tested climate goals.


Does the institution actively participate in a regional, state/provincial, or local higher education sustainability network?:
Yes

The name of the regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network(s):

California Higher Education Sustainability Conference
Southern California Sustainability Officers network
San Diego Chapter, US Green Building Council


Has the institution presented at a higher education sustainability conference during the previous year?:
Yes

A list or brief description of the conference(s) and presentation(s):

California Higher Education Sustainability Conference presentations by faculty and staff on green buildings/LEED certification, EV infrastructure, energy efficiency, the Cool Campus Challenge, faculty climate curriculum workshop, and reclaimed water pipeline best practice award. AASHE conference presentation on climate action plan update. UC San Diego Fleet Manager (Greg Nishihira) was a co-presenter at the 2019 Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education conference on the topic session “Right-sizing the Fleet.”


Has the institution submitted a case study during the previous year to an external higher education sustainability resource center or awards program?:
Yes

A list or brief description of the sustainability resource center or awards program and submission(s):

In 2020, UC San Diego was awarded Recycler of the Year by City of San Diego Environmental Services Department as part of their Annual Waste and Recycling Awards. UC San Diego's presentation at the 2019 AASHE conference can be found at the AASHE Campus Sustainability Hub https://hub.aashe.org/browse/presentation/22751/Financially-Justifying-Sustainable-Transportation-Changes-Through-Right-Sizing-the-Fleet. In addition, submitted a case study to AASHE for Green Talks.


Has the institution had employees or students serving on a board or committee of a sustainability network or conference during the previous three years?:
Yes

A list or brief description of the board or committee appointment(s):

Former UC San Diego Campus Sustainability Manager Sara McKinstry was an AASHE Advisory Council Member: http://www.aashe.org/about/councils.
Former UC San Diego Director of Sustainability and Carbon Neutrality Dave Weil was the Board of the San Diego Green Building Council and represented the campus on the regional Energy Working Group.
UC San Diego Energy and Sustainability Manager represents the campus on the SANDAG regional Energy Working Group.
UC San Diego Fleet Manager represents UC San Diego by serving as a board member of the San Diego Regional Clean Cities Coalition


Does the institution have an ongoing mentoring relationship with another institution through which it assists the institution with its sustainability reporting and/or the development of its sustainability program?:
Yes

A brief description of the mentoring relationship and activities:

UC San Diego is a part of the UC Systemwide STARS/Metrics Working Group. The group works collaboratively to come up with ways to better report and develop programs that can benefit the groups towards shared sustainability goals set forth in the UC Sustainable Practices Policy.


Has the institution had employees or students serving as peer reviewers of another institution’s sustainability data and/or STARS submission during the previous three years?:
Yes

A brief description of the peer review activities:

UC San Diego has reviewed sister UC campus STARS submissions and STARS data over the past three years.


A brief description of other inter-campus collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year :

UC San Diego staff participate and often coordinate San Diego area energy manager/efficiency meetings and trainings. We also actively participate in the San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative and regional efforts on climate planning and action. Finally we are engaged in city, county and regional planning around energy planning, water conservation, stormwater management, and environmental planning.


Website URL where information about the institution’s inter-campus collaborations is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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