Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 70.13
Liaison John Alejandro
Submission Date March 24, 2021

STARS v2.2

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

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 3.00 Trey McDonald
Director of Sustainability and Energy Manager
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Is the institution currently a member of a national or international higher education sustainability network?:

The name of the national or international sustainability network(s):
Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.

Does the institution actively participate in a regional, state/provincial, or local higher education sustainability network?:

The name of the regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network(s):
The San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative - USD is a founding member of this organization, which serves as a network for public agencies in 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.

Finally, USD is an annual participant in the California Higher Education Sustainability Conference. CHESC brings together California Community Colleges, the California State University, the University of California, and private and independent colleges in California to share best practices in campus sustainability efforts.

Has the institution presented at a higher education 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 2019 on a guerrilla marketing campaign centered on reducing stand-by power. "Vampire Energy Slayers 2.0: An Idea that 'Sucks!'" was a poster presentation focused on the methodology and results of this educational campaign focused on university employees in office spaces.

Has the institution submitted a case study during the previous year to an external higher education sustainability resource center or awards program?:

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

Has the institution had employees or students 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.

Trey McDonald (Director of Sustainability) served as a member of the AASHE Advisory Council through Dec. 2020, and was a member of the speaker selection committee for the 2019 Cal. Higher Education Sustainability Conference. He is also a member of the Environmental Sustainability Commission for the City of La Mesa, CA.

Mr. Scott Anders (EPIC) sits on several Boards that relate to sustainability and energy.

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 employees or students serving as peer reviewers of another institution’s sustainability data and/or STARS submission during the previous three years?:

A brief description of the peer review activities:

A brief description of other inter-campus 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 combined expertise in climate science, social psychology, law, policy, and communications.

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

Website URL where information about the institution’s inter-campus collaborations is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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