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Office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability
The Office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability was created in 2008, as part of a commitment to making sustainability an integral and strategic aspect of UC Davis' future.
What we do
The Office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability (ESS) develops, leads and coordinates sustainability efforts throughout the UC Davis campus. Staff members create strategies and plans to improve campus operations, work to implement the UC Office of the President's sustainability policy, establish sustainability metrics for UC Davis, and inspire the community to work toward a sustainable future.
The office also participates in the planning and design of campus development projects, reviews the environmental impacts of these projects, formulates mitigation measures for potential impacts and oversees an ongoing mitigation monitoring program.
The office includes the Waste Reduction and Recycling program, which has a lead role in helping promote, coordinate and report recycling and other waste reduction efforts on campus aimed at reaching the University of California goal of zero waste by 2020.
Where we are
Our offices are located on the fourth floor of Mrak Hall. Mrak Hall has bike parking on the north and east sides of building, and is a short walk from several Unitrans lines. There are also one-hour parking meters on the south side of Mrak Hall, and $7 visitor parking in the South Entry Parking Structure. Our mailing address is:
Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability
436 Mrak Hall
University of California, Davis
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616
Who we are
Assistant Vice Chancellor
Sid directs the ESS group. Among many leadership efforts, Sid is involved with making UC Davis West Village a zero net energy community, addressing regional water supply and management matters and coordinating campus energy efficiency initiatives. He has also served on the city of Davis' Climate Action Team.
As the campus sustainability planner, Camille works on plans, such as the Climate Action Plan, which provide vision, direction and support for sustainability efforts. Her key areas of focus are climate protection; office programs (Be Green) to promote energy conservation, waste reduction and sustainable transportation choices; green computing; campus landscape and stormwater matters; and sustainability communications.
Assistant Director of Environmental Planning
As the campus environmental planner, Matt analyzes environmental effects of campus actions and projects, ensuring that the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) are followed. He also works on transportation planning for the campus, including projects such as the recent California Bicycle Museum and the Bike and Transit Network Study.
Allen is the sustainability manager for the campus. His key areas of focus are green building design and operations; laboratory programs (LabRATS) to promote energy and water conservation, green chemistry, heating, ventilation and cooling efficiency, biological sample management and waste reduction; and sustainable food systems.
Waste Reduction and Recycling Coordinator
Michelle is the program coordinator for Waste Reduction and Recycling (formerly known as R4). She leads a student team to implement recycling programs, including achieving zero waste goals at Aggie Stadium, and works with Purchasing and other university units to reduce waste at the source.