Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 76.34
Liaison Elida Erickson
Submission Date March 1, 2019
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University of California, Santa Cruz
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Elida Erickson
Sustainability Director
Sustainability Office
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Does the institution have at least one sustainability committee?:

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

In Fall 2017, the Campus Sustainability Plan Steering Committee was charged by Executive Vice Chancellor Marlene Tromp to support the implementation of goals, strategies and annual actions in the 2017-22 Campus Sustainability Plan, by:

-Engaging campus leadership to facilitate key communications and provide other support as needed
-Engaging key campus faculty, staff and student partners across academic divisions and campus support units
-Encouraging key campus divisions and units to take direct leadership on implementation where appropriate
-Advising the Sustainability Office and other key implementers on priorities and resource allocation
-Partnering with the Sustainability Office to facilitate effective progress reporting and data collection

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

2017-18 Committee Membership:
TRACI FERDOLAGE, Committee Chair and Associate Vice Chancellor, Physical Planning, Development & Operations
KYRA FITZ Undergraduate Student Representative
MIKE HANSON Interim Director, Physical Plant
DEE HIBBERT-JONES Associate Professor of Digital Arts and New Media, Arts Division
GORDON KELLER Graduate Student Representative
SUE MATTHEWS Associate Vice Chancellor, Colleges, Housing & Educational Services
KATHARYNE MITCHELL Dean, Social Sciences
RICK TAKEUCHI Undergraduate Student Representative
RHONDA TRAMBLE Principal Engineer, Physical Planning & Construction
SCOTT HERNANDEZ-JASON Director of News and Media Relations, University Relations
ELIDA ERICKSON Director, Sustainability Office

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

A brief description of each sustainability office:

The Sustainability Office fosters a culture of sustainability at UCSC by actively engaging students, staff, faculty and community members through education, leadership development, institutional change and behavioral transformation.

Institutionalize sustainability. Work proactively to integrate sustainability into the core responsibilities and daily activities of faculty, students, and staff.
Improve environmental performance through the Campus Sustainability Plan. The Sustainability Office facilitates and manages UCSC's Campus Sustainability Plan and supports the campus to refine, track, and implement goals and benchmarks for campus sustainability.
* 2018-19 Priority: Create centralized communication and promote successes. Create a central space for coordination of campus sustainability activities, educational initiatives, noteworthy campus achievements, reporting and national rankings.
* Ongoing priority: Promote a culture of inclusive sustainability. Work to advance different cultural definitions of how to care for environmental spaces and human communities, and promote multicultural inclusion in sustainability initiatives across campus.
Integrate sustainability into the classroom. Build bridges between operations, teaching and research to establish UCSC as a living, learning laboratory in which students can learn and apply sustainability principles and techniques.

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

Does the institution have at least one sustainability officer?:

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Elida Erickson, Sustainability Director; Shauna Casey, Sustainability Programs Manager; Kristen Lee, Sustainability Programs Manager; Ellen Vaughan, Water & Climate Action Manager

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)?:

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

The Sustainability Office directly coordinates the development of the 5-year Campus Sustainability Plan, most recently completed in 2017. The Office facilitates the Steering Committee and drives execution of annual Actions collaboratively through funding, student support and direct on-the-ground implementation. Accomplishments are updated annually via a progress report. View the 2017-18 Progress Report here: https://sustainabilityplan.ucsc.edu/implementation/progress-report-2018/

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