UC Santa Barbara

April 28th - May 1st, 2021: Climate Justice Symposium for Transforming Education; July 2021 CHESC

2020 CHESC Best Practice Award Winners

The California Higher Education Sustainability Conference Steering Committee and the Host Campus, the University of California, Santa Barbara would like to announce the following best practice award winners for the Annual Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Best Practice Awards Competition: 

Sustainable Food Service 

CSU Dominguez Hills

Sustainable Food System: Because Everybody Eats

The Office of Sustainability has built up an elegant but effective network of sustainable food sources tied with a student-run distribution system. These elements work together to increase access to fresh, locally farmed produce for the campus and community, to directly alleviate food insecurity, and to combat food waste while creating opportunities for engagement and education around sustainability.

UC Merced

“Ugly Produce” Rescue and Donation Initiative

A simple question “What do you do with your ugly produce?” to UC Merced’s produce vendor, Daylight Foods has turned into a food waste reduction and produce donation program which not only has benefitted UC Merced’s food insecure students and community members, but has also provided nutrient dense fruits and vegetables to food security programs at UC Davis, UC Berkeley, UC Santa Cruz, and CSU Chico.

Student Sustainability Leadership

Santa Clara University

Tree Trackers: An Urban Forestry Monitoring Team

The Tree Trackers is an urban forestry monitoring team that uses tools and observations to gather data about the health and growth of on-campus tree, educates the campus community about the importance of a healthy urban forest, and engages community members in the university’s Sustainability Strategic Plan. The data gathered by the Tree Trackers is compiled and distributed to the University Facilities Department to notify Landscaping Technicians of the health of our urban forest.

Sacramento State University 

Student Influence on City’s Climate Action Plan

Last year, Sac State student sustainability leaders came together to create the first ever Student Climate Change Summit as the City of Sacramento began developing a Climate Action Plan and a carbon neutrality target date. The ideas discussed during the summit on how students would like to see climate change addressed in their city are now being put into the final City of Sacramento Climate Action Plan and will be implemented across the city for years to come.

UC Riverside

Zero Waste Plan: The Students’ Perspective

UCR’s Zero Waste Plan is a collaborative effort of several campus departments and the Office of Sustainability. The objective of this project is to create a comprehensive plan outlining UC Riverside’ s historical, current, and future waste management and diversion efforts. This presentation highlights the students’ experiences, challenges, and successes with their role in the creation of UCR’s first Zero Waste Plan, as well as advice for students on how they can collaborate with campus officials to implement a plan.

Academics: Interdisciplinary

Sustainable Transportation 

Waste Reduction 

Water Efficiency & Site Water Quality 

Partnerships, Communications, & Planning 

Social Equity & Justice 

Energy Demand 

Energy Supply 

Overall Sustainable Design (New Construction & Major Renovations) 

Sustainability Innovations 

Sustainability Champions 

The Sustainability Champions will be announced at the Awards Ceremony