A Case Study from the University of California, Santa Barbara
A Commitment to Sustainability  Signatory of the Talloires Declaration (1990s)   10 point action plan for incorporating su...
Administrative SupportAllocated funds in  2009‐2010 and 2010‐2011 for our Sustainability Champion ProgramNew internship pr...
The Chancellor’s Sustainability CommitteeThe Chancellor’s Sustainability Committee (CSC) is  charged to  “advise our campu...
Structure of Sustainability                                          Chancellor                                           ...
A Commitment to Sustainability Research  Dr. Nakamura (Materials)      Invented the Blue LED      I     t d th  Bl  LED  D...
A Commitment to Sustainability  18 Departments offer at least  one course (136 total).   E.g.:                            ...
Student Commitment         Associated Students  Legislative          Council passed policy statements            g g      ...
Academic Senate Work Group The SWG identified an interlinked set of proposals  that form the core of UCSB’s academic progr...
SWG Membership Bren School of Environmental Science    Dean (1) and Management                          Chairs (2) (1 facu...
General Education Requirement Foster Environmental Literacy for All     This is the 4th action item of the Talloires    De...
PhD Emphasis and Program The key to solving environmental problems begins  with training the next generation of researcher...
Chancellor’s Internship Program     Capstone programs available to      undergraduate students with      prior internship ...
Sustainability Champion The Sustainability Champion   Promotes the discussion, measurement and    implementation of sustai...
David Cleveland                         Research on Transgenic crops and                          Sustainable Development ...
Eric Matthys             Developing Bioengineering solutions                          to energy problems through the use o...
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  1. 1. A Case Study from the University of California, Santa Barbara
  2. 2. A Commitment to Sustainability  Signatory of the Talloires Declaration (1990s) 10 point action plan for incorporating sustainability and  environmental literacy in teaching, research, operations  environmental literacy in teaching  research  operations  and outreach at colleges and universities UCSB Strategic Academic Plan (2007‐2025) d l ( ) 3 of the 4 Interdisciplinary themes identified focus on  sustainability:  Environment, Global and International  y , Issues, and The Academy and Society Registered with AASHE’s STARS Program R i t d  ith AASHE’  STARS P
  3. 3. Administrative SupportAllocated funds in  2009‐2010 and 2010‐2011 for our Sustainability Champion ProgramNew internship program  designated as “Chancellor’s N  i hi     d i d   “Ch ll ’  Sustainability Interns (CSIs)”Established Chancellor s Campus Sustainability Established Chancellor’s Campus Sustainability Committee with greater faculty involvement than prior committees Strong LEED effort
  4. 4. The Chancellor’s Sustainability CommitteeThe Chancellor’s Sustainability Committee (CSC) is  charged to  “advise our campus administrators and the Chancellor  on matters of campus sustainability, make  recommendations on sustainability initiatives, help  prioritize and monitor the execution and progress of  the campus sustainability plan toward our goals, make  recommendations on allocations of available funding  resources, and provide guidance in the creation and  fostering of alliances.   fostering of alliances ” 
  5. 5. Structure of Sustainability  Chancellor Academic Senate Chancellor’s  Sustainability  Committee Academic Senate  Sustainability Work Group Change Agent Groups Built Waste Energy Transportation Food Water Communication Landscape Environment
  6. 6. A Commitment to Sustainability Research Dr. Nakamura (Materials) Invented the Blue LED I t d th  Bl  LED Dr. Mezic (Mech. Engineering),  Dr. Valentine (Earth Science)  and Dr. Leifer (Ecology,  Evolution and Marine Biology ) Deepwater Horizon Dr.  Kolstad (Economics) Lead Author for the IPCC Many others 
  7. 7. A Commitment to Sustainability  18 Departments offer at least  one course (136 total).   E.g.: One working definition of a  Politics of the Environment  Sustainability Course: (Political Science) (P liti l S i ) Global Warming – Science  and Society (Earth Science) A course that has a American Environmental  A i  E i t l  substantial component History (History) which addresses the Third World Environments:  Conservation and  relationship between Sustainable Development  humans and the (Anthropology) Climate Change  environment. (Economics)
  8. 8. Student Commitment Associated Students  Legislative  Council passed policy statements  g g urging UCSB to ensure that all  students who graduate are  environmentally literate AS Environmental Affairs Board also  launched a campaign in support of an  environmental GE Environmental Education for the Next  Generation (EENG)  launched by  UCSB Undergraduates
  9. 9. Academic Senate Work Group The SWG identified an interlinked set of proposals  that form the core of UCSB’s academic program in  sustainability. The proposals coordinate new initiatives  sustainability  The proposals coordinate new initiatives  designed to foster and reward faculty research,  enhance undergraduate education, and create  g , innovative programs in graduate training Reports to the Academic Senate and regularly  collaborates with the Chancellor’s Campus  Sustainability Committee
  10. 10. SWG Membership Bren School of Environmental Science  Dean (1) and Management  Chairs (2) (1 faculty) Professors (4) College of Creative Studies (1 Dean) Geography (4 faculty) Associate Professors (3) Earth Science (1 faculty) Assistant Professors (3) EEMB (2 faculty) Lecturers (2)  Engineering (4 faculty) Staff supporting the  English (2 faculty) committee  Environmental Studies (2 faculty)  y Instructional  Film Studies (1 faculty) Development (1) D l  ( ) History (1 faculty) Academic Senate (1) Political Science  (2 faculty)  Sustainability Program  Writing Program (1 faculty) ( ) (2)
  11. 11. General Education Requirement Foster Environmental Literacy for All  This is the 4th action item of the Talloires Declaration signed by UCSB in the 1990s Only a GE requirement can ensure that this action  item is fulfilled The Structure Special Subject Requirement Can overlap with other requirements
  12. 12. PhD Emphasis and Program The key to solving environmental problems begins  with training the next generation of researchers to  engage in interdisciplinary collaborations Structure Set of core courses that focus on interdisciplinary  problem solving, communicating research to the public,  and ethics Interdisciplinary advisors on PhD committee Developing an IGERT proposal to fund early stage of the  emphasis h i
  13. 13. Chancellor’s Internship Program Capstone programs available to  undergraduate students with  prior internship experience who  seek to advance sustainability  seek to ad ance sustainabilit   goals on campus or in the local  communityGoals:1) Encourage undergraduate initiatives for campus and  community level sustainability projects community‐level sustainability projects2) Offer students in all academic disciplines an opportunity to  actuate and apply their education in sustainability and gain  p practical experience p3) Facilitate partnerships between faculty, staff, students, and the  community
  14. 14. Sustainability Champion The Sustainability Champion Promotes the discussion, measurement and  implementation of sustainability through the  i l t ti   f  t i bilit  th h th   appointee’s own research, including significant  mentoring of undergraduate student researchers in  areas that have near‐term potential results Educates the campus and community of the significance  of that work Explores its application to advancing sustainability at  p g p p levels spanning from the campus to the planet
  15. 15. David Cleveland Research on Transgenic crops and  Sustainable Development in China  and Mexico Surveyed 800+ residents of SB  d d f County on Public Opinion on  Tradeoffs between Agriculture,  Open Space, and Urbanization Open Space  and Urbanization Six Public Presentations including culminating  presentation to an audience of 200 plus community  members and students Collaboration with 14 undergraduates ranging from  , j g p freshmen to seniors, with majors in a range of disciplines .   Students carried out the full range of research activities  under Cleveland’s mentoring
  16. 16. Eric Matthys Developing Bioengineering solutions  to energy problems through the use of  t     bl  th h th     f  bioproducts such as biofuels from  algae. Development and testing of new solar  energy technologies. Research on fluid additives aimed at  reducing the energy spent during fluid  transport in pipelines. Student Champion (Internship) Partnership with the Green Campus Program Freshman Seminar Energy Internships 
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