University of California, Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, CA, US

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Full-time Equivalent Enrollment 21,023
Number of Undergraduate Students 18,196
Number of Graduate Students 2,827
Full-time Equivalent Employees 5,041
Institution type Master
Institutional control Public
Endowment size 211,433,000
Percentage of students that are Residential 33.0
Percentage of students that are Full-time commuter 62.0
Percentage of students that are Part-time commuter 1.0
Percentage of students that are On-line only 0.0
Gross square feet of building space 7,973,262.0
Gross square feet of laboratory space 1,596,459.0
Acres of cultivated grounds 112.0
Acres of undeveloped land 372.0
Climate region Marine

Campus Features

Feature Is Present? Is Included in Report
Agricultural School No No
Medical School No No
Pharmacy School No No
Public Health No No
Veterinary School No No
Satellite No No
Hospital No No
Farm No No
Agricultural experiment station No No

Additional Details

The $118,216,000 value provided in the main section of STARS was as of 6/30/11 and reflects only the Foundation. The UC Regents endowment benefiting UCSB is another $93,227,000. So the Total Endowment for UCSB is $211,433,000

Most of our investments are in products where you are investing in a total portfolio and not specific stocks per se. These include three mutual funds that are geared towards institutional investors (high minimums), a large number of "fund-of-fund"
structures in the arena of alternative investments, and a number of Equity Index Funds that are ETFs (exchange traded funds). In all of these cases we do not hold specific stocks, but rather shares of the total fund. This represents about 73% of our portfolio.

The only place where we hold stock in a segregated account is in the arena of actively traded equities. We currently have four of those - Goldman Sachs Asset Management Global Dynamic Core, Advisory Research Small Cap Value, DF Dent All Cap Growth and Andron Capital Small Cap. These represent about 27% of the Foundation's total portfolio. In all of these cases, while we have segregated accounts, they reflect the total portfolio of that firm's investment portfolio and are not specially tailored to us (except that they are tobacco-free and Sudan-free as set forth by the UC Regents).

The total number of students used in this section varies from those in STARS (i.e. total number of degree-seeking students enrolled at the institution being 22,218) for undergraduate and graduate students. In this section the percents sum to 96% because the rebalance of our students participate in Education Abroad Program (EAP) (3%) or residence location is unknown (1%).

Given the wide variety of academic and administrative departments at UC Santa Barbara which are working on sustainability, there are ample opportunities for student internships and volunteer experiences. These institutionalized programs are supplemented by a ... read more
Credit Status
Student Sustainability Educators Program Complete
Student Sustainability Outreach Campaign Complete
Sustainability in New Student Orientation Complete
Sustainability Outreach and Publications Complete
Student Group Complete
Organic Garden Complete
Model Room in a Residence Hall Not Pursuing
Themed Housing Complete
Sustainable Enterprise Complete
Sustainability Events Complete
Outdoors Program Complete
Themed Semester or Year Complete
In 1970, a group of faculty calling themselves “The Friends of the Human Habitat” started to develop an environmental education curriculum which, in 1971, became the genesis for the Environmental Studies Program at UC Santa ... read more
Credit Status
Sustainability Course Identification Complete
Sustainability-Focused Courses Complete
Sustainability-Related Courses Complete
Sustainability Courses by Department Complete
Sustainability Learning Outcomes Not Pursuing
Undergraduate Program in Sustainability Complete
Graduate Program in Sustainability Complete
Sustainability Immersive Experience Complete
Sustainability Literacy Assessment Not Pursuing
Incentives for Developing Sustainability Courses Complete
UC Santa Barbara is home to many remarkable research institutes and centers including but not limited to the Institute for Energy Efficiency, the Marine Science Institute, and the Earth Research Institute. We are also the ... read more
Credit Status
Sustainability Research Identification Complete
Faculty Engaged in Sustainability Research Complete
Departments Engaged in Sustainability Research Complete
Sustainability Research Incentives Complete
Interdisciplinary Research in Tenure and Promotion Complete
The University of California, Santa Barbara began working with the USGBC in the pilot version of LEED NC in 1998. Donald Bren Hall, the first laboratory building in the U.S. to achieve a Platinum certification, ... read more
Credit Status
Building Operations and Maintenance Complete
Building Design and Construction Complete
Indoor Air Quality Complete
The University of California, Santa Barbara was an early adopter of climate reporting, having used the California Climate Action Registry since 2004. In March 2007, University of California (UC) President Robert C. Dynes signed the ... read more
Credit Status
Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory Complete
Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Complete
Air Travel Emissions Complete
Local Offsets Program Complete
The staff at Dining Services began their sustainability work back in 2002. They worked on contracts with local farmers and tested various methods for providing locally grown organic food. Over the years, these relationships have ... read more
Credit Status
Food and Beverage Purchasing Complete
Trayless Dining Complete
Vegan Dining Complete
Trans-Fats Complete
Guidelines for Franchisees Not Pursuing
Pre-Consumer Food Waste Composting Complete
PostConsumer Food Waste Composting Complete
Food Donation Complete
Recycled Content Napkins Complete
Reusable Container Discounts Complete
Reusable To-Go Containers Complete
In the late 1990's, the University of California, Santa Barbara's Energy team began implementing aggressive energy efficiency measures, such as de-lamping, HVAC upgrades, lighting retrofits, metering, building commissioning, and installation of chilled water loops. As ... read more
Credit Status
Building Energy Consumption Complete
Clean and Renewable Energy Complete
Timers for Temperature Control Complete
Lighting Sensors Complete
LED Lighting Complete
Vending Machine Sensors Complete
Energy Management System Complete
Energy Metering Complete
The University of California, Santa Barbara established the Sustainability Change Agent Landscape/Biotic Environment Team in 2004. Their mission is to make sustainability one of the key decision making components for grounds design and management. Sustainability ... read more
Credit Status
Integrated Pest Management Complete
Native Plants Complete
Wildlife Habitat Complete
Tree Campus USA Not Pursuing
Snow and Ice Removal Not Applicable
Landscape Waste Composting Complete
In 2004, the University of California, Santa Barbara hired a staff member to work on the University of California systemwide strategic sourcing agreements. This person developed the methodologies for imbedding environmentally preferable procurement into our ... read more
Credit Status
Computer Purchasing Complete
Cleaning Products Purchasing Complete
Office Paper Purchasing Complete
Vendor Code of Conduct Complete
Historically Underutilized Businesses Complete
Local Businesses Complete
The UC Santa Barbara Transportation Alternatives Board (TAB) was formed in 2004 to advise the Chancellor on alternative transportation issues. The Board devises programs to enhance cost-effective and convenient transportation to and around campus, proposes ... read more
Credit Status
Campus Fleet Complete
Student Commute Modal Split Complete
Employee Commute Modal Split Complete
Bicycle Sharing Not Pursuing
Facilities for Bicyclists Complete
Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan Complete
Mass Transit Programs Complete
Condensed Work Week Complete
Telecommuting Complete
Carpool/Vanpool Matching Complete
Cash-out of Parking Complete
Carpool Discount Complete
Local Housing Complete
Prohibiting Idling Complete
Car Sharing Complete
The University of California, Santa Barbara began its campus-wide recycling program in 1986. The program includes both exterior and interior collection systems. In 2009, we began to collect both pre- and post-consumer food waste in ... read more
Credit Status
Waste Reduction Complete
Waste Diversion Complete
Construction and Demolition Waste Diversion Complete
Electronic Waste Recycling Program Complete
Hazardous Waste Management Complete
Materials Exchange Complete
Limiting Printing Complete
Materials Online Complete
Chemical Reuse Inventory Complete
Move-In Waste Reduction Complete
Move-Out Waste Reduction Complete
The University of California, Santa Barbara has had a Sustainability Change Agent Team focusing on water since 2002. This group has morphed into the Chancellor’s Sustainability Committee Subcommittee on Water and focuses on water conservation ... read more
Credit Status
Water Consumption Complete
Stormwater Management Complete
Waterless Urinals Complete
Building Water Metering Complete
Non-Potable Water Usage Complete
Xeriscaping Complete
Weather-Informed Irrigation Complete
UC Santa Barbara has been a leader in the environmental movement since the early 1970s, when the campus established one of the first undergraduate environmental studies programs in the U.S. featuring a multidisciplinary approach to ... read more
Credit Status
Sustainability Coordination Complete
Strategic Plan Complete
Physical Campus Plan Complete
Sustainability Plan Complete
Climate Action Plan Complete
UC Santa Barbara was once again honored in Fall 2011 by Minority Access, Inc. for its commitment to diversity. In cooperation with the Office of Minority Health and the National Institutes of Health, the award ... read more
Credit Status
Diversity and Equity Coordination Complete
Measuring Campus Diversity Culture Complete
Support Programs for Underrepresented Groups Complete
Support Programs for Future Faculty Complete
Affordability and Access Programs Complete
Gender Neutral Housing Complete
Employee Training Opportunities Complete
Student Training Opportunities Complete
The most valuable resources of our University are the people who work here. We strive to be the employer of choice by providing excellent customer service and offering effective and efficient administrative processes. The Employment ... read more
Credit Status
Sustainable Compensation Complete
Employee Satisfaction Evaluation Not Pursuing
Staff Professional Development in Sustainability Complete
Sustainability in New Employee Orientation Not Pursuing
Employee Sustainability Educators Program Complete
Childcare Complete
Employee Wellness Program Complete
Socially Responsible Retirement Plan Complete
When considering the University of California, Santa Barbara’s investments, there are two relevant groupings of investments: The endowments of the UCSB Foundation and the endowments of the campus as a whole. The latter, non-foundation endowments ... read more
Credit Status
Committee on Investor Responsibility Not Pursuing
Shareholder Advocacy Not Pursuing
Positive Sustainability Investments Not Pursuing
Student-Managed Sustainable Investment Fund Not Pursuing
Sustainable Investment Policy Not Pursuing
Investment Disclosure Complete
Credit Status
Innovation 1 Complete
Innovation 2 Complete
Innovation 3 Complete
Innovation 4 Complete

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