UC Santa Barbara

July 9th-12th, 2018

Host Campus

UCSB Sustainability Accomplishments



  • Gold Certified (Version 2.1 , Nov. 2016), Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System (STARS). Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).
  • Gold Certified (2016), Bicycle Friendly University, League of American Bicyclists.


Energy and Climate

  • In the process of installing five new solar arrays which will bring UCSB’s on campus solar energy production up to 5.3 megawatts-AC and yield about 10 percent of the campus’ current total electricity use.
  • Won at Best Practice Award in Lighting Design and Retrofits for the Student Affairs and Administrative Services Building Advanced Lighting and Controls Project.


  • UCSB Residential Dining Services procured 30% sustainable food and UCen Dining increased the sustainable food spend to 40% in their operations. In FY 15/16, UCSB Residential Dining purchased 50% sustainable produce. 40% of the produce traveled less than or equal to 250 miles, and 33% traveled less than or equal to 150 miles from campus
  • Completed a food security action plan and a communications plan focused on food security.
  • Expanded the existing food pantry and added a second food pantry. The second pantry will serve student family housing.
  • Launched a new food and basic needs website,



  • Worked with our contracted office supplies vendor, OfficeMax to to eliminated virgin copy paper from both our OfficeMax punchout and hosted catalogs in Gateway.
  • Implemented a greener office delivery program with OfficeMax and OfficeDepot in which products are delivered with a reusable plastic tote and recyclable paper bag instead of a cardboard box.
  • Completely eliminated the need to print paper copies of invoices, and notified all new suppliers of UCSB’s preference for electronic invoicing.  
  • Hired a full time Sustainable Procurement Analyst to incorporate the UC Sustainable Practices Policy into UCSB’s purchasing framework, work with contracted suppliers to identify sustainable product offerings and programs that reduce waste and emissions, and contribute a life cycle perspective to the procurement of goods and services on campus.



  • Installed 115 electric vehicle charging stub-ups. 20 additional stub-ups have been approved for installation.
  • 4 all-electric Nissan Leafs, 1 Honda CNG Civic, 1 CNG cargo van, and a slow-speed E-Ride electric truck were added to the campus fleet.



  • Held waste audits, tabling events, and outreach efforts as part of MyLastTrash.
  • Took the procurement staff to the landfill to educate about the importance of sustainable procurement.
  • Hosted a Zero Waste Fair.



  • Completed feasibility studies for use of recycled water and condensate recovery as cooling tower water make-up.
  • Replaced turf with drought tolerant landscape and identified 15 more acres on campus for replacement
  • Replaced 66 single pass cooling units in campus laboratories.
  • Integrated reclaimed water into restrooms in new San Joaquin campus residence halls.