Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 69.95
Liaison John Alejandro
Submission Date March 11, 2014
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University of San Diego
PAE-4: Sustainability Plan

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Michael Catanzaro
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have a sustainability plan that meets the criteria for this credit?:

A brief description of how multiple stakeholder groups were involved in developing the plan:

The University has a comprehensive plan to move towards sustainability set out in the sustainability / Climate Change program task force report.
The report was submitted initially on April 4 2008, and the action plan was added on April 24, 2008. The action plan has been tracked and updated every year.
The report was the result of the work of the sustainability task force comprising of students, employees and faculty. The task force held workshops and meetings to identify what USD was lacking in terms of sustainability from the perspective of students, employees and staff and set out a plan to achieve those which culminated in the report.

Michel Boudrias (chair) Associate Professor: Marine Science and Environmental Studies
Andrew Gorrell (vice chair) undergraduate: Associated Students Director for Sustainability
Scott Anders Director of EPIC: School of Law
Dawn Anderson Director: Procurement/University Copy and Graphics
Sandra Ciallella '87 Assistant Vice President: Development
Todd Headden JD Student: School of Law
Roy Heynderickx Vice President: Finance and Administration
Dayanne Izmirian Assistant Dean: Residence Life
Cel Johnson Executive Director: Institutional Research and Planning
Michael Lovette-Colyer Director: University Ministry
André Mallié Executive Director: Auxiliary Services
Roger Manion Assistant Vice President: Facilities Management
Lindsey McDougle Graduate Student: School of Leadership and Education Sciences
Andrew Narwold Professor: School of Business Administration
Mary Whelan ‘86 Director: University Design
Greg Zackowski '84,'86 Executive Director: University Center Operations

A brief description of the plan’s measurable goals :

The climate change aspect of this sustainability plan, is also set out in the partnership agreement (USD Energy Efficiency Program) with San Diego Gas and Electric, which provides the operational funding for sustainability activities of USD and operation of the Office of Sustainability. The initial scope of funding and work was for the time period between 2010 and 2012, and this has been extended till end of 2014. The description of the initiative is as follows:

The overall goal of the University’s Sustainability and Climate Change Initiative is to reduce Green House Gas emissions by creating a more sustainable Campus with a smaller environmental footprint.
Specific objectives to achieve that goal include:
1. Reduce overall energy consumption (kWh)
2. Reduce campus Demand (kW)
3. Reduce campus gas consumption (therms)
4. Increase use of renewable energy, both generated on-site and purchased, and
5. Educate campus audiences in identifying and adopting energy saving practices not only on campus, but also in their careers and homes.

Other measurable goals include:
Increasing and integrating sustainability into course offerings, programs and research
Purchase more sustainable products to reduce waste, measured by reduction of overall waste generated and increase in recycling
Establish an organizational structure to support campus sustainability efforts

A brief description of how progress in meeting the plan’s goals is measured:

Cutting our emissions and meeting energy conservation goals can be measured and tracked with systems that we have in place such as our energy management system, energy dashboard and by auditing on-going annual energy costs. We work closely with SDG&E who is our utilities provider, on sustainability initiatives.

Reducing waste by purchasing more sustainable products can be measured by reduction of overall waste generated and increase in recycling. This is done via regular waste audits.

The website URL where more information about the sustainability plan is available:

The year the plan was developed or last updated:

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