STARS v2.1

University of San Diego

San Diego, CA, US

Rating Score Liaison Submission Date Executive Letter
Gold 72.94 Trey McDonald Oct. 13, 2017 Download
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 Points
Academic Courses Complete 11.60 / 14.00
Learning Outcomes Complete 4.70 / 8.00
Undergraduate Program Complete 3.00 / 3.00
Graduate Program Complete 3.00 / 3.00
Immersive Experience Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Sustainability Literacy Assessment Not Pursuing 0.00 / 4.00
Incentives for Developing Courses Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Campus as a Living Laboratory Complete 4.00 / 4.00
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 Points
Research and Scholarship Complete 12.00 / 12.00
Support for Research Complete 3.00 / 4.00
Open Access to Research Not Pursuing 0.00 / 2.00
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 Points
Student Educators Program Complete 4.00 / 4.00
Student Orientation Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Student Life Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Outreach Materials and Publications Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Outreach Campaign Complete 4.00 / 4.00
Assessing Sustainability Culture Complete 0.00 / 1.00
Employee Educators Program Complete 3.00 / 3.00
Employee Orientation Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Staff Professional Development Complete 1.75 / 2.00
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 Points
Community Partnerships Complete 3.00 / 3.00
Inter-Campus Collaboration Complete 2.50 / 3.00
Continuing Education Complete 5.00 / 5.00
Community Service Complete 4.95 / 5.00
Participation in Public Policy Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Trademark Licensing Complete 0.00 / 2.00
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 Points
Greenhouse Gas Emissions Complete 6.34 / 10.00
Outdoor Air Quality Complete 0.50 / 1.00
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 Points
Building Operations and Maintenance Complete 1.50 / 5.00
Building Design and Construction Complete 2.42 / 3.00
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 Points
Building Energy Consumption Complete 4.27 / 6.00
Clean and Renewable Energy Complete 0.17 / 4.00
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 Points
Food and Beverage Purchasing Complete 0.58 / 6.00
Sustainable Dining Complete 1.88 / 2.00
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 Points
Landscape Management Complete 0.34 / 2.00
Biodiversity Complete 2.00 / 2.00
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 Points
Sustainable Procurement Complete 2.00 / 3.00
Electronics Purchasing Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Cleaning and Janitorial Purchasing Complete 0.97 / 1.00
Office Paper Purchasing Complete 0.29 / 1.00
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 Points
Campus Fleet Complete 0.17 / 1.00
Student Commute Modal Split Complete 1.14 / 2.00
Employee Commute Modal Split Complete 0.32 / 2.00
Support for Sustainable Transportation Complete 2.00 / 2.00
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 Points
Waste Minimization and Diversion Complete 1.65 / 8.00
Construction and Demolition Waste Diversion Complete 0.64 / 1.00
Hazardous Waste Management Complete 1.00 / 1.00
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 Points
Water Use Complete 5.21 / 6.00
Rainwater Management Complete 1.00 / 2.00
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 Points
Sustainability Coordination Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Sustainability Planning Complete 2.75 / 4.00
Participatory Governance Complete 2.75 / 3.00
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 Points
Diversity and Equity Coordination Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Assessing Diversity and Equity Complete 0.88 / 1.00
Support for Underrepresented Groups Complete 3.00 / 3.00
Affordability and Access Complete 3.05 / 4.00

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 Points
Committee on Investor Responsibility Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Sustainable Investment Complete 0.33 / 4.00
Investment Disclosure Complete 0.00 / 1.00
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 goal ... read more
Credit Status Points
Employee Compensation Complete 0.42 / 3.00
Assessing Employee Satisfaction Complete 0.33 / 1.00
Wellness Program Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Workplace Health and Safety Complete 0.55 / 2.00
Credit Status Points
Fair Trade Campus Complete 0.50 / 0.50
Bicycle Friendly University Complete 0.00 / 0.50
Credit Status Points
Innovation A Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Innovation B Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Innovation C Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Innovation D Complete 1.00 / 1.00

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