The Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) works to create a culture of sustainability by providing opportunities to advance sustainability in high education. AASHE just released their annual analysis of sustainability in higher education establishments for 2014. According to their findings, there was a significant increase in sustainability planning and drought response.
UC Santa Cruz was named one of the highlighted institutions, specifically for the UC-system wide goal to reduce water use by 20 percent in 2014, (page 11). In order to meet this goal, the UCSC Sustainability Office created the Drought Response Team. At the time of the article, the team had audited water fixtures in 64 of 104 campus buildings, which resulted in 91 repaired leaks. The team also works to create didactic signage to help educate the campus about the importance of water conservation.
Congratulations to all campuses recognized for their excellent work in sustainability. To read the entire publication, click here.