|Overall Rating||Silver - expired|
|Submission Date||April 17, 2015|
University of California, Santa Cruz
EN-9: Community Partnerships
|3.00 / 3.00||
Does the institution have at least one formal sustainability partnership with the local community that meets the criteria as “supportive”?:
A brief description of the institution’s supportive sustainability partnership(s) with the local community:
The Good Neighbor Initiative was started to foster positive relations between UCSC and the City of Santa Cruz. Good Neighbor Initiative Interns work diligently with the UCSC University Relations Office to bridge communication between neighbors, students, the city, and the university. Interns provide student interface with neighbors and are glad to field any suggestions, responses, or policy ideas to improve the university's relations. The goal of the Good Neighbor Initiative program is to foster good relations between everyone in the Santa Cruz community!
Some projects that the interns have done in the past include helping create a UCSC Campus Walking Map, holding Housing Workshops for students interested in moving off campus, and creating a "Good Neighbor Guidelines" brochure for students and residents alike to read.
Additionally, The Carbon Fund has provided grants to support greenhouse gas reductions in the City of Santa Cruz, including through school lighting retrofits.
Does the institution have at least one formal sustainability partnership with the local community that meets the criteria as “collaborative”?:
A brief description of the institution's collaborative sustainability partnership(s):
The GreenWharf Partnership. The City and UCSC were nominated for the Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award in 2014 for the GreenWharf partnership! The nomination included reference to all the good green work happening at the Wharf, including Santa Cruz Wharf Outreach Network groups.
Does the institution have at least one formal sustainability partnership with the local community that meets the criteria as “transformative”?:
A brief description of the institution's transformative sustainability partnership(s) with the local community:
In September of 2007, the Mayor of the City of Santa Cruz, the County Board of Supervisors, and the Chancellor of UC Santa Cruz signed the Climate Action Compact (CAC), a document in which parties agreed to take action on climate change. The commitments involved in the signing of this document for UCSC include:
Setting a greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction goal by September 30, 2007
Identifying cooperative projects to reduce GHG emissions while stimulating local investment by January 1, 2008
Present a GHG Reduction Action Plan by January 1, 2009
Invite others from the region to participate
UCSC is committed to fulfilling the ambitious promise of the Compact, and has been taking steps to meet these goals.
A brief description of the institution’s sustainability partnerships with distant (i.e. non-local) communities:
The website URL where information about sustainability partnerships is available:
The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.