Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 70.35
Liaison Mo Lovegreen
Submission Date March 2, 2018
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University of California, Santa Barbara
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Jewel Snavely
Campus Sustainability Coordinator, TGIF Grants Manager
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have at least one sustainability committee?:
Yes

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

Chancellor’s Campus Sustainability Committee (CSC)
On October 22, 2008, Chancellor Henry Yang announced the members of the inaugural Campus Sustainability Committee. This committee advises the Chancellor and campus administrators on matters of campus sustainability, makes recommendations on sustainability initiatives, helps prioritize and monitor the execution and progress of the campus sustainability plan toward our goals, makes recommendations on allocations of available funding resources, and provides guidance in the creation and fostering of alliances. The committee conducts an ongoing and thorough consultative process to solicit campus input in developing our vision to enhance our international leadership in this critically important area, using the Campus Sustainability Plan as a blueprint for our campus’s sustainability efforts.
The CSC has several subcommittees and change agent teams that work in different functional areas and report directly to the CSC listed below:

ACADEMICS
Ensure that all graduates of UCSB are literate in the social, economic, and environmental aspects of sustainability and that sustainability research is supported.

BUILT ENVIRONMENT
Create superior places to study, work, and live that enhance the health and performance of occupants through sustainable design that incorporates human factors, construction, operations, retrofits, and biomimicry.

COMMUNICATIONS
Integrate sustainability into the daily habits of the campus community and encourage active participation and enthusiasm among students, faculty, and staff.

ENERGY
Achieve a climate neutral campus through energy efficiency, conservation, on-site generation, and strategic procurement of clean and renewable energy.

FOOD
Our campus will be a community with equitable access to healthy food to nourish and sustain themselves and their families. Students, staff, and faculty will have a direct connection to their food system and we will work towards regional self-sufficiency. The campus will also actively support such practices in both the neighboring and global communities through our food choices, policies, operations, and academic programs.

LABS, SHOPS, & STUDIOS
Reduce the environmental impact of laboratories, medical facilities, shops, and art studios while also improving safety, management practices, communication, and resource sharing.

LANDSCAPE & BIOTIC ENVIRONMENT
Increase biodiversity of the campus flora, maintain it as a living collection, enhance the utility of the campus as a classroom, protect native flora, and raise awareness about sustainable practices and self-sustaining systems, while reducing dependency on fossil fuels, extracted minerals, pesticides, and potable water.

PROCUREMENT
Employ efficient procurement strategies, processes, and systems for the acquisition and responsible use of resources in a manner that supports the economy, society, and environment.

TRANSPORTATION
Be a leader and catalyst in our region and the State, furthering human mobility and travel replacement options, advancing alternative fuels, and enabling carbon neutral vehicle deployment.

WASTE
Making UCSB a Zero Waste university by ensuring waste management programs and practices effectively promote the reuse, reduction, recycling, composting, and repurposing of materials, as well as encouraging the rebuying of recycled material.

WATER
Assisting in protecting and conserving water resources, with an emphasis on reducing potable consumption through conservation, efficiency practices, and behavior change.


Members of each committee, including affiliations and role (e.g. staff, student, or faculty):

Chancellors Sustainability Committee Membership:
Renee Bahl (Co-Chair), Associate Vice Chancellor,
Bruce Tiffney (Co-Chair), Faculty, College of Creative Studies,
Henning Bohn, Chair, Academic Senate; Professor, Economics,
Derek Musashe, Staff Representative, Library,
Nicolás Pascal, Graduate Student Association Representative,
Roland Geyer, Faculty, Bren School of Environmental Science & Management,
Sangwon Suh, Faculty, Bren School of Environmental Science & Management,
Mel Manalis, Faculty, Environmental Studies,
Mark Brzezinski, Faculty, Ecology Evolution And Marine Biology,
Britt Ortiz, Staff Representative, Student Affairs,
Constance Penley, Faculty, Carsey-Wolf Center for Film, Television and New Media,
Alan Grosenheider, Acting Campus Librarian,
Rena Lahn, Environmental Affairs Board Undergraduate Representative,
Matias Eusterbrock, Associated Students Undergraduate Representative,
Ken Hiltner, Faculty, Environmental Humanities,
David Lea, Faculty, Earth Science,
Rachel A. Segalman, Faculty, Departments of Chemical Engineering and Materials, Chuck Haines, Acting Assistant Chancellor, Budget & Planning

Advisors to the Committee: Alan Heeger, Noble Laureate, Bill Shelor, (Community Member) Sustainability University Now (SUN) Representative

Consultants to the Committee: Shelly Leachman, Public Affairs & Development Writer, News & Communications, Mo Lovegreen, Director, Campus Sustainability, Jacob Godfrey, Associate Director and Material Manager, Business & Financial Services

Staff to the Committee:
Jewel Snavely, Campus Sustainability Coordinator


Does the institution have at least one sustainability office that includes more than 1 full-time equivalent (FTE) employee?:
Yes

A brief description of each sustainability office:

The campus Sustainability program reports to the Vice Chancellor of Administrative Services and has a director, one staff member that splits her time between sustainability work and as the TGIF Grants Manager, and another staff member that focuses on Curriculum, Co-Curricular, & Research Initiatives, the CA Higher Education Sustainability Conference/Central Coast Sustainability Summit, and a part-time Postdoctoral Researcher; Staff Advisor, LabRATS.
Additionally there are several officers working on sustainability throughout campus.
Within Facilities Management, there is the Campus Energy Manager and the Recycling, Refuse, & Water Conservation Manager.
Within Student Affairs, there is the Sustainability Coordinator/Renewable Energy Initiative Grant Manager.
Within Associated Students, there is the Recycling Coordinator.
Within Housing & Residential Services, there is the Environmental & Energy Programs Manager.
Within EH&S, there is the Environmental Programs Specialist.
Within Procurement Services there is a Procurement Sustainability Analyst
Within Geography there is a 50% time Food Security Coordinator and a 75% time Event and Financial Coordinator for the California Higher Education Sustainability Summit.


Full-time equivalent (FTE) of people employed in the sustainability office(s):
4.15

Does the institution have at least one sustainability officer?:
Yes

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Mo Lovegreen Director, Campus Sustainability, Katie Maynard Event Manager; Sustainability Coordinator, Andrew Riley, Sustainability Coordinator, Sarah Siedschlag Associated Students Environmental Programs Advisor, Jewel Snavely Sustainability Coordinator

Does the institution have a mechanism for broad sustainability coordination for the entire institution (e.g. a campus-wide committee or an officer/office responsible for the entire campus)?:
Yes

A brief description of the activities and substantive accomplishments of the institution-wide coordinating body or officer during the previous three years:

The UCSB Office of Sustainability is the network for ensuring that the sustainable practices and concepts are designed, integrated, and maintained throughout the many aspects of daily academic life.

Below is a list of accomplishments from FY 2016/2017:

Certifications:
Gold Certified (2016), Bicycle Friendly University, League of American Bicyclists.
Completed in fall 2015, Sierra Madre Villages is the first residential complex in the UC system to attain Platinum certification, the highest possible rating for sustainable design under the category “LEED for Homes.” UCSB is the only campus in the system with any “LEED for Homes”. In 2017 UCSB KITP Residence also received a LEED Platinum certification. UCSB now has67 LEED certifications in place, with 2 million square feet of campus building space LEED certified.
In 2017 UCSB’s Bren Hall was recertified as a Platinum building under LEED EBO&M version 4.

Energy and Climate:
The UC Santa Barbara campus is like a city. On an average day, our campus buildings require12 megawatts of electricity. Thus academic year, we built 4 megawatts of onsite solar energy generation and will have another megawatt completed by the end of this summer.
Won a 2017 Best Practice Award in Lighting Design and Retrofits for the Student Affairs and Administrative Services Building Advanced Lighting and Controls Project.

Food:
Completed a food security action plan and a communications plan focused on food security.
Expanded the existing food pantry and added a second food pantry. The second pantry will serve student family housing.
Launched a new food and basic needs website, food.ucsb.edu.
Launched the Healthy Campus Network with over 90 staff, faculty, and student participants.

Procurement:
Worked with our contracted office supplies vendor, OfficeMax to eliminated virgin copy paper from both our OfficeMax punchout and hosted catalogs in Gateway.
Implemented a greener office delivery program with OfficeMax and OfficeDepot in which products are delivered with a reusable plastic tote and recyclable paper bag instead of a cardboard box.
Completely eliminated the need to print paper copies of invoices, and notified all new suppliers of UCSB's preference for electronic invoicing.

Transportation:
The campus has 115 electric vehicle charging stub-ups. 20 additional stub-ups have been approved for installation.
4 all-electric Nissan Leafs, 1 Honda CNG Civic, 1 CNG cargo van, and a slow-speed E-Ride electric truck were added to the campus fleet.

Waste:
Held waste audits, tabling events, and outreach efforts as part of the MyLastTrash campaign.
Took the procurement staff to the landfill to educate about the importance of sustainable procurement.
Hosted a Zero Waste Fair.

Water:
Completed feasibility studies for use of recycled water and condensate recovery as cooling tower water make-up.
Replaced turf with drought tolerant landscape and identified 15 more acres on campus for replacement.
Replaced 66 single pass cooling units in campus laboratories.


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