UC Santa Barbara

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

Pre- and Post-Conference Workshops, 2018

Please note that you do not need to attend the full conference to register for these workshop, but you will use the same registration system.

Advancing Campus Sustainability with BREEAM

July 9th, 2018 McCune Conference Room 1:00pm-5:00pm

Addressing the sustainability performance of existing buildings is going to be key for institutions to deliver on their ambitious sustainability goals.  Higher education institutions harness resources to research and develop understanding and technical innovation that move our societies to a more sustainable future.  These institutions are also are seeking to provide top notch, sustainable facilities to attract the best students and faculty and manage the operational costs of doing so.  This combination makes higher education uniquely placed to lead on sustainability efforts.

BREEAM (Building Research Establishment’s Environmental Assessment Method), the world’s first and still most widely used rating system for buildings, helps organizations deliver and validate the sustainability value of their assets cost effectively.  Currently used in 77 countries around the world, BREEAM provides a science-based, internationally recognized standard that allows assets wherever they are to be assessed, leading to an internationally comparable result.  BREEAM was developed by the Building Research Establishment (BRE), a world leading, multi-disciplinary, building science center with a mission to improve buildings and infrastructure, through research and knowledge generation.  We use cutting-edge research to develop a range of products, services, standards and qualifications that are used around the world to bring about positive change in the built environment.  Through our products and standards such as BREEAM, we seek to build a better world together and enable positive change in the built environment. 

This session will provide attendees an overview of the BREEAM standards but specifically focus on BREEAM In-Use, the standard for existing buildings.  Attendees will learn how BREEAM In-Use measures sustainability performance, how the scoring and rating generation works and why BREEAM requires the use of an independent, licensed Assessor to conduct on an on-site visit to verify the performance rating.  Amy Burns, from UC Davis, will provide a case study about the deployment of BREEAM In-Use on their campus including their engagement of students to drive the process and gain valuable skills while completing their studies.

Sustainability Officers’ Meeting (Invitation Only)

July 9th, 2018 8:00am-12:00pm, Engineering Science Building 1001

These days the Sustainability Officers role has become more challenging – balancing broad portfolios with limited time and budget in a national culture that questions the value of what we do. Its very easy to become cynical. This workshop will address some of the broad reaching issues affecting our work – diversity and inclusion, engaging our diverse stakeholders, student engagement, changing rules in markets such as waste. This workshop is designed to be a safe place to be honest about challenges, share ideas, inspire and be inspired, walking away with tips and strategies to advance your work for the  coming year. Come reconnect with your peers and what re-energizes you to do this work.

University of California Global Food/Carbon Neutrality Initiatives Fellows Symposium (Invitation-Only)

July 9th, 2018, 11:00am-5:00pm, Linda Vista Room, Santa Catalina Residence Hall

The Symposium will convene undergraduate and graduate Fellows of two major Presidential initiatives at the University of California where student engagement is key.

The UC Global Food Initiative addresses the critical issue of how to sustainably and nutritiously feed a world population expected to reach eight billion by 2025, with 44 Fellows engaged in projects such as urban agriculture, sustainable campus landscapes, and biological pest control.

The UC Carbon Neutrality Initiative is responding to the growing environmental crisis by committing to the goal of emitting net zero greenhouse gases by 2025, with 39 Fellows engaged in projects that include research aimed at scientific advances, policy analysis, and communications.

Striving for Zero Waste at Colleges and Universities Workshop

July 9th, 2018 1:00pm-5:00pm, Bren Hall 1414

This workshop will showcase Zero Waste practices from different entities and provide an opportunity for interaction among individuals with different backgrounds, knowledge, and experience in practices and topics relating to Zero Waste. Come join us to hear presentations given by individuals who are highly involved in waste reduction and Zero Waste at colleges and universities and beyond.Presentation topics include: important and timely updates on UC, CSU, California state and federal Zero Waste efforts; new and existing state laws and how to comply; successful reuse strategies; composting in multi-unit residential buildings; hard to recycle materials; innovative facility and training projects; Zero Waste certification case study at a college campus; and more.

Educational Partnerships for Innovation in Communities (EPIC) Workshop

This event will be July 12th 8:30am-5:00pm. There is also an optional session to provide assistance in program development on July 13th, 2018 8:30am-12:00pm.

Multi-Purpose Room, Student Resources Building (July 12th) and moving to McCune Conference Room (July 13th)

For questions, please contact: Elke Schreiner or Laura Bloch

The Educational Partnerships for Innovation in Communities (EPIC) workshop is designed to introduce university and local government representatives to the adaptable and replicable campus-community partnership model that is now succeeding at more the two dozen higher-education institutions across the country. The EPIC Model focuses the energy, expertise, and effort of a university campus in a single location over a defined time-period to help advance locally identified priority sustainability, resiliency, and livability goals and initiatives. EPIC Programs help universities build capacity by providing resources including ready-made experiential learning projects. EPIC Partnerships enable cities to reach their goals in an affordable manner while transforming higher education into an arena where students learn through real-life problem solving and develop valuable skills.

The trainers are Professor Marc Schlossberg, co-founder of the Sustainable City Year Program at the University of Oregon, the original EPIC Program; Professor Jessica Barlow who leads the Sage Project at San Diego State University – the first California university to implement the EPIC model; Fletcher Alexander who leads the EPIC “Resilient Cities Initiative” at Chico State – receiving the CHESC 2016 Best Practices Award for Innovation in Sustainability; and Mike James, Assistant City Manager for the City of Lemon Grove, recent city partner to the Sage Project.

The July 12 Workshop Includes:

  • An introduction to the EPIC Model, calendar, logistics, and benefits including case studies from proven EPIC Partnerships
  • A panel discussion with university and city representatives that have implemented the model
  • Guidance on setting up a pilot year
  • Highlight of EPA science and decision support tools that can support EPIC projects

The intended workshop participants include:

  • University Representatives (faculty, administrators, sustainability professionals, service learning / community engagement professionals). Ideally, there will be at least two representatives from each university.
  • Local Government Representatives (Local government managers, staff, and other representatives)
  • Nonprofit / Philanthropic organizations that support municipal or community related projects or issues
  • Federal and State representatives that support community projects

The July 13 session is intended for those who are interested in launching an EPIC Program within the next year. The smaller venue allows time and assistance to identify next steps for developing your program. We strongly encourage those with potential partners to participate in the second day. 

Student Convergence

July 12th, 2018, 8:00am-1:00pm Bren Hall 1414

The student convergence is a half day event that will be highlighting new student campaigns, upcoming projects, and skill-sharing workshops. Students will have a chance to network, discuss, and cross silos with other student leaders looking to better their campuses and communities from California Community Colleges, California State Universities, Universities of California, and Private campuses throughout the state.