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blueprint_2006doc - BLUEPRINT FOR A SUSTAINABLE CAMPUS

    THE BLUEPRINT FOR

    A SUSTAINABLE

    CAMPUS

5TH ANNUAL CAMPUS EARTH SUMMIT

    MARCH 10, 2006

    UCSC STUDENT ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER

    College 8 Student Commons, Room 210

    831-459-7169

    enviroslug@ucsc.edu

    www.ucscsec.org

    Table of Contents

    Introduction……………………………………………………..……………………2

Working Group

    Summaries……………………………………………………………….…………..4

    Waste Prevention ……………………………………………..……………………6

    Transportation Moving People and Things…………………………………..8

    Food Systems …………………….………….…………………………………….10

    Long Range Campus Planning…..……….………………………….………….13

Green

    Purchasing…………………………………………………….……………………16

    Green Building and Renewable Energy……………….……………………….19

    Environmental Injustice and Social Inequality ……………………………….23

    Appendices………………………………………………………………….Attached

    Introduction

    On March 10,2006 over 200 people gathered for the 5th annual UC Santa Cruz Campus Earth Summit. Hosted by the Student Environmental Center, this

    annual event brings together campus and community members to further campus sustainability efforts. At the summit participants convened seven Working Groups to envision sustainability projects and actions for the upcoming year. The ideas generated were compiled into this document, The Blueprint for

    a Sustainable Campus. The Summit is designed to produce this Blueprint, inspire the groups to continue working together, and to further their goals

    throughout the year.

Highlights of the 2006 Summit included opening comments by Chancellor

    Denice Denton, as well as the launch of UC Santa Cruz‘s first Campus

    Sustainability Assessment. As a zero waste event, the Earth Summit featured a local, organic lunch, recycling and composting efforts, and literature printed on recycled paper.

On the following pages you will first find a brief summary of each topic group‘s

    goals followed by the detailed ideas generated by each group.

    Working Group Summaries

Waste Prevention

    This group focused on campus waste prevention and recycling efforts, electronic waste at UCSC, and composting programs on campus. The action ideas generated by this group included: 1) Launching an education and outreach effort to raise student awareness and stimulate student involvement in compost and waste prevention efforts, 2) Forming a committee to help connect and coordinate waste prevention initiatives across campus (including a subcommittee on electronic waste prevention), 3) Collaborating with UC faculty and administrators to integrate waste prevention into curriculum and campus operations (e.g. UCSC dining halls). The group did not schedule a future meeting, but created an email group to communicate and network.

Transportation Moving People and Things

    The transportation system on campus has received a lot of attention for a long time. The Metro provides frequent bus service off campus and students account for 20% of its ridership. The diesel shuttle busses now run on B20 biodiesel. A pilot biodiesel plant is operating on campus with used cooking oil from the kitchens. The bicycle plan is expanding with e-bikes parking for free (pending). A car share program has been proposed and should get started this year. A transportation and greenhouse gas policy has been brought before the Regents for their consideration. More education and funding were proposed as next steps.

Food Systems

    This group focused on student education and outreach efforts, as well as the continuation and expansion of policy changes in the UCSC campus food system. The action ideas generated by this group included: 1) Creating an annual publication (Campus Food Guide) to detail opportunities for students to get involved in UCSC‘s food system, 2) Connecting students and student groups with the UCSC Farm and Garden, and with community groups, and 3) Working to include organic dairy, grain, and meat in the Sustainable Purchasing Guidelines currently used for purchasing produce. This ongoing group continues to meet on a quarterly basis, with subgroups (Education/Outreach and Policy/Guidelines meeting throughout the quarter).

Long Range Campus Planning

    This topic generated a lot of interest with the revised LRDP being finalized. Much discussion centered around how the community could add 6,000 students and supporting faculty/staff. The importance of green building strategies was emphasized along with preservation of open space. Renewable energy was highlighted as well as stormwater issues. Ongoing meetings were suggested and coordination with CLUE agreed upon. Next meeting will be April 4.

Green Purchasing

    This group was meeting for the second time and produced many ideas including working with OP and other campuses to define the ‗greeness‘ of products, educating the students and staff to increase awareness of recyled products that are available, identifying green products that are available with CRUZBUY and adding a ‗dashboard‘ on CRUZBUY to highlight green products and report on each department‘s percentage rdof participation. 3 party certification programs should be researched and adopted to create a UCSC list of favorable items. E-waste has now become mandatory so the campus needs to set up a program to recycle items.

Green Building and Renewable Energy

    This was the largest group of the Summit with many staff members attending. Much time was spent explaining what had been done to date including the Regents passing of the Green Building and Renewable Energy Policy. The campus has already done a lot to be in compliance but funding for full compliance is a problem. Retro-commissioning of existing buildings should be done as well as more awareness campaigns among the students and staff. The students have passed a fee to purchase green energy tags for the whole campus. Photovoltaics are being pursued through systemwide funding. Other ideas included reaching out to primary schools, cooperating with the City on green standards and billing the individual apartments for their use.

Environmental Injustice and Social Inequality

    This session was focused on improving the awareness and cooperation Of the faculty, students and administration towards social justice and minority representation. They identified where weaknesses occur and listed many steps that can be taken to improve diversity. Areas of focus were on the administration and the ESLP/ART programs. External issues were also discussed.

    WASTE PREVENTION