Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 72.94
Liaison John Alejandro
Submission Date Oct. 13, 2017
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STARS v2.1

University of San Diego
EN-11: Inter-Campus Collaboration

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.50 / 3.00 Alison Sanchirico
Sustainability Coordinator
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Is the institution an active member of a national or international sustainability network?:

The name of the national or international sustainability network(s):

Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education

Is the institution an active member of a regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network?:

The name of the regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network(s):

1to1 Movement - The 1to1 Movement is an environmental nonprofit organization based in San Diego, CA that raises awareness about sustainability in respect to the environment, economy and health of humans and wildlife alike through educational campaigns and social engagement. 1to1 encourages the community to be part of the solution to keep San Diego America’s Finest City, and strives to be an informational resource where people can learn about the positive, attainable steps they can take to make their community a safer, cleaner, healthier place to live.

The San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative - The San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative is a network for public agencies that serve the San Diego region to share expertise, leverage resources, and advance comprehensive solutions to facilitate climate change planning. By partnering with academia, non-profits, and businesses, it also works to raise the profile of regional leadership.

USD is also a member of Cleantech San Diego. Cleantech San Diego is a member-based trade organization that positions the greater San Diego region, including Imperial County, as a global leader in the cleantech economy. As a nonprofit organization, Cleantech San Diego is uniquely suited to support the industry by fostering collaborations across the private-public-academic landscape, leading advocacy efforts to promote cleantech priorities, and encouraging investment in the San Diego region.

Has the institution presented at a sustainability conference during the previous year? :

A list or brief description of the conference(s) and presentation(s):

USD presented at the AASHE conference October 2016 on the USD Electronics Recycling Center (ERC). The presentation focused on the successes and challenges of opening and operating an electronics collection center on a college campus. It also gave participants the necessary tools and tips to opening up a center on their campus.

In November 2016, the Electronics Recycling Center Supervisor presented at the Fifth Conference on Environmental Challenges & Informatics held in Puerto Rico. The presentation highlighted the achievements of the USD Electronics Recycling Center and provided recommendations on how to implement a similar project in Puerto Rico. The presentation focused on the potential economic, social and environmental benefits of the e-Depot Community Initiative for the western area of P.R. (based on the experience of USD – ERC).

In November 2016, the ERC Supervisor attended and presented at the Students for Zero Waste conference in New Hampshire. He spoke about going beyond "normal recycling" and presented what USD does to provide the San Diego community with a public recycling center.

A list of other presentations at conferences/workshops:
- Feb 1:  California Department of Fish and Wildlife Climate Change Mini-Forum
- Feb 24:  Collaborative Network Meeting on climate and energy efficiency resources
- March 8:  Climate Leadership Conference Roundtable on Community Strategies for Combating Climate Change in Seattle, WA
- March 29:  Understanding the Coastal Commission’s Updated Sea Level Rise Policy Guidance Workshop
- May 19: City of Carlsbad Sea Level Rise Forum
- May 23:  Climate Action Planning Measures and Implementation Strategies Workshop
- June 13:  CA Solar Initiative Seminar for real estate professionals
- June 28: Collaborative Network meeting on business engagement on energy efficiency and climate planning.
- August 17: Zero Net Energy & Electric Vehicles Webinar
- August 18: PACE from a Real Estate Perspective Webinar
- Sept 7-8 California Adaptation Forum
- Sept 21: Zero Net Energy & Solar Water Heating Webinar
- Oct 4: Applying CEQA To Climate Action Planning Workshop
- Oct 13: The Intersection of Water Management and Climate Action Planning
- Oct 14: The Law and Policy of Sea-Level Rise Adaptation Planning Considerations and Legal Risks in California
- Oct 18: Advancing Coastal Resilience on a Regional-Scale: The San Diego Collaborative Model - Center for Blue Economy Talk in Monterey, CA
- Oct 19-21: West Coast Climate Strategies Forum
- Oct 27: American Public Works Association Sustainability Event
- Nov 16: Zero Net Energy Permitting process webinar
- Nov 17:  Sea Level Rise and San Diego Communities: Science and Planning For our Future Workshop
- Dec 13:  A Coastal Resilience Journey: Connecting the Dots in the San Diego Region (New Orleans, LA)

Has the institution submitted a case study during the previous year to a sustainability awards program that is inclusive of multiple campuses? :

A list or brief description of the awards program(s) and submission(s):

Has the institution had staff, students or faculty serving on a board or committee of a sustainability network or conference during the previous three years? :

A list or brief description of the board or committee appointment(s):

The University of San Diego hosts an annual Climate and Energy Law Symposium aimed at analyzing and assessing the topic of regulatory changes, effective and functional utility business model, and address market structures.

Dr. Esteban Del Rio sits on the Board for the California Bicycle Coalition.
Mr. Scott Anders (EPIC) sits on several Boards that relate to sustainability and energy.
Mr. Michael Catanzaro (Director of Sustainability) sits on the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership Sustainability Board.

Does the institution have an ongoing mentoring relationship with another institution through which it assists the institution with its sustainability reporting and/or the development of its sustainability program?:

A brief description of the mentoring relationship and activities:

Has the institution had staff, faculty, or students serving as peer reviewers of another institution’s sustainability data (e.g. GHG emissions or course inventory) and/or STARS submission during the previous three years?:

A brief description of the peer review activities:

Has the institution participated in other collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year, e.g. joint planning or resource sharing with other institutions? :

A brief description of other collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year:

Climate Education Partners (CEP) is a dynamic, interdisciplinary collaboration of representatives from the University of San Diego, California State University San Marcos, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Francisco, The San Diego Foundation, and The Steve Alexander Group. This multipartner team brings together expertise in climate science, social psychology, law, policy, and communications.

Climate Education Partners is working to share science about the changing climate with regional leaders. With a solid scientific foundation, leaders can make informed decisions on how best to protect the spectacular natural beauty, economic vibrancy and preserve the quality of life in San Diego, not just for today, but for all future generations.

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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 or simply email your inquiry to stars@aashe.org.