Updated July 2023
Campus-wide UC Berkeley is working to improve the culture of sustainability. Committees and organizations, grants, newsletters, reports, and other initiatives serve to ensure that sustainability is institutionalized.
STARS gauges success in a number of engagement and inclusion categories. UC Berkeley earned perfect STARS scores in such diversity and equity fields as: Support for Underrepresented Groups, Student Life, and Participation in Public Policy.
Campus Performance Overview
The Office of Sustainability promotes engagement on Berkeley campus in the following ways:
Lists both credit and informal classes
Provides information on over 55 sustainability-related student groups
Distributes sustainability grant funds for student and campus projects through TGIF
Showcases real-time campus energy usage data using online Pulse dashboards. When energy consumption becomes tangible, students, staff, and faculty see the impact of conservation efforts.
Supports the Student Environmental Resource Center
Cultivates a collaborative space and resources for students to actualize their visions of a more equitable, socially just, and resilient future.
The Office of Sustainability has developed:
A Green Walking Tour of sustainable practices integrated into daily campus life.
A new students' guide to sustainable practices at Cal.
STARS Performance Overview
According to STARS, "This subcategory seeks to recognize institutions that provide their students with sustainability learning experiences outside the formal curriculum. … Institution-sponsored, co-curricular sustainability offerings help integrate sustainability into the campus culture and set a positive tone for the institution. … Equipping employees with the tools, knowledge, and motivation to adopt behavior changes that promote sustainability is an essential activity of a sustainable campus."
Berkeley's STARS Performance
Campus Engagement Points Available: 21.00
Campus Engagement Points Claimed: 19.42
UC Berkeley achieved 92% of available points in the STARS Campus Engagement category. The average among all research universities is 73%.STARS rates campuses on: Student Educators Program, Student Orientation, Student Life, Outreach Materials and Publications, Outreach Campaign; Assessing Sustainability Culture; Employee Educators Program; Employee Orientation; Staff Professional Development. Berekely received perfect scores in most categories.
We earned a perfect score in the Student Educators Program credit, where our range and depth of peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education programs is particularly laudable.
Berkeley also showed leadership in providing all campus employees with peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education programs, such as the Zero Waste Building Program spearheaded by Cal Zero Waste.