STARS 2.1

University of San Diego

San Diego, CA, US


Rating Score Valid Through Liaison Submitted Executive Letter
Gold - expired 72.94 April 10, 2021 Trey McDonald Oct. 13, 2017 Download
Curriculum
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As a higher education institution, the University of San Diego strives to create opportunities for students to be learn about the big picture and their individual role in environmental, social, and economic sustainability. By providing ... read more
Credit Status
Academic Courses Complete
Learning Outcomes Complete
Undergraduate Program Complete
Graduate Program Complete
Immersive Experience Complete
Sustainability Literacy Assessment Not Pursuing
Incentives for Developing Courses Complete
Campus as a Living Laboratory Complete
Research
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The University of San Diego aims to be a leader in sustainability research through both faculty and student research. Over one hundred professors conduct research on topics related to sustainability. Faculty research on sustainability creates ... read more
Credit Status
Research and Scholarship Complete
Support for Research Complete
Open Access to Research Not Pursuing
Campus Engagement
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Campus engagement through education and outreach is essential to sustainability at the University of San Diego. The USD Office of Sustainability has created a robust student internship program that provides outreach opportunities to engage the ... read more
Credit Status
Student Educators Program Complete
Student Orientation Complete
Student Life Complete
Outreach Materials and Publications Complete
Outreach Campaign Complete
Assessing Sustainability Culture Complete
Employee Educators Program Complete
Employee Orientation Complete
Staff Professional Development Complete
Public Engagement
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The University of San Diego involves the broader community and encourages public engagement through the San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative, Climate Education Partners, and the USD Electronics Recycling Center (ERC). The San Diego Regional Climate ... read more
Credit Status
Community Partnerships Complete
Inter-Campus Collaboration Complete
Continuing Education Complete
Community Service Complete
Participation in Public Policy Complete
Trademark Licensing Complete
Air & Climate
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Air and climate initiatives at the University of San Diego are primarily addressed through the university's Climate Action Plan. The university's emissions are inventoried from 2010 through 2015 and projected through 2035. Approved and published ... read more
Credit Status
Greenhouse Gas Emissions Complete
Outdoor Air Quality Complete
Buildings
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Building management and design is an integral part of furthering the University of San Diego sustainability efforts. Through partnership with San Diego Gas & Electric, USD closely monitors building energy usage and strives to increase ... read more
Credit Status
Building Operations and Maintenance Complete
Building Design and Construction Complete
Energy
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Energy efficiency is at the heart of sustainability efforts at the University of San Diego. Since 2010, USD has partnered with our local utility provider, San Diego Gas & Electric. This partnership provides funding for ... read more
Credit Status
Building Energy Consumption Complete
Clean and Renewable Energy Complete
Food & Dining
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USD Dining Services focuses on green initiatives, sustainable purchasing, and recycling in order to offer wholesome food and quality services in a sustainable way. USD Dining is tray-free to reduce food waste and cleaning resources, ... read more
Credit Status
Food and Beverage Purchasing Complete
Sustainable Dining Complete
Grounds
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The University of San Diego Grounds Management has made important improvements to both the grounds up-keep processes and the campus itself. USD composts most organic grounds waste and is self-sufficient in mulch, decreasing waste and ... read more
Credit Status
Landscape Management Complete
Biodiversity Complete
Purchasing
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The University of San Diego seeks to integrate the priority of sustainability into actions through sustainable purchasing. To do so, USD follows procurement and purchasing procedures including prioritizing environmentally preferable options, analyzing supplier performance and ... read more
Credit Status
Sustainable Procurement Complete
Electronics Purchasing Complete
Cleaning and Janitorial Purchasing Complete
Office Paper Purchasing Complete
Transportation
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Transportation at the University of San Diego consists of campus fleet, student commuting, and employee commuting. With a large percent of upperclassmen and USD employees living off campus, USD aims to increase cleaner and alternative ... read more
Credit Status
Campus Fleet Complete
Student Commute Modal Split Complete
Employee Commute Modal Split Complete
Support for Sustainable Transportation Complete
Waste
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Waste reduction is the highest profile and most tangible measure of sustainability for students, faculty, staff, and guests of the university. The University of San Diego promotes a Zero Waste goal (90% waste diversion from ... read more
Credit Status
Waste Minimization and Diversion Complete
Construction and Demolition Waste Diversion Complete
Hazardous Waste Management Complete
Water
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Water conservation is a priority due to San Diego's recent drought conditions and the semi-arid climate. The University of San Diego aims to maintain the campus's well-known beauty and integrity while also continuing to reduce ... read more
Credit Status
Water Use Complete
Rainwater Management Complete
Coordination & Planning
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Improving sustainability coordination and planning is essential to furthering sustainability efforts at the University of San Diego. Beginning with the Sustainability Task Force in 2008, sustainability planning has increased with positions such as the Director ... read more
Credit Status
Sustainability Coordination Complete
Sustainability Planning Complete
Participatory Governance Complete
Diversity & Affordability
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USD recognizes Diversity and Affordability as an integral part to social sustainability for students, families, and faculty and staff. The Center for Inclusion and Diversity (CID) cultivates shared vision, coherence, and coordination of diversity and ... read more
Credit Status
Diversity and Equity Coordination Complete
Assessing Diversity and Equity Complete
Support for Underrepresented Groups Complete
Affordability and Access Complete
Investment & Finance
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The University of San Diego recognizes the importance of sustainable investment. Through evaluating and planning for investor responsibility and aiming to increase sustainable investments, USD strives to foster sustainable investment and finance initiatives.

Credit Status
Committee on Investor Responsibility Complete
Sustainable Investment Complete
Investment Disclosure Complete
Wellbeing & Work
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Employee wellbeing at USD is important in a healthy and happy campus. Through assessment of employee satisfaction and providing wellbeing resources, such as Be Well @ USD, workplace atmosphere and employee happiness is prioritized. The ... read more
Credit Status
Employee Compensation Complete
Assessing Employee Satisfaction Complete
Wellness Program Complete
Workplace Health and Safety Complete

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