Sustainability Steering Committee

First formed in 2003 by the UCOP Senior Vice President for Business and Finance, the Sustainability Steering Committee (SSC) engages decision makers from all ten campuses in developing and implementing a successful systemwide sustainability policy.

The SSC meets once a year to review policies and progress towards the goals outlined in the UC Sustainable Practices Policy (pdf).

The SSC is composed of a representative from each campus and health system at the Vice Chancellor, Associate Vice Chancellor, or Chief Operating Officer level, faculty representatives, external experts, the Student Regent, and undergraduate and graduate student representatives. Students are active on the committee and provide valuable input in its direction.

Working Groups

There are ten Policy Working Groups that report to the Sustainability Steering Committee:

Climate Change

  • Co-Chair: Matthew Deines, UC Irvine, Senior Planner, Office of Environmental Planning and Sustainability
  • Co-Chair: Jewel Persad, UC Santa Barbara, Campus Sustainability Coordinator / OVC for Administrative Services
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  • Co-Chair: Clinton Bench, UCLA, Director, Fleet and Transit Administration
  • Co-Chair: Greg Nishihira, UC San Diego, Associate Director, Fleet Services

Green Building

  • Co-Chair: Walt Kanzler, UC San Diego, Program Manager, Capital Program Management
  • Co-Chair: Mark Maxwell, UC Merced, Assistant Project Manager / LEED Coordinator, Sustainability Office

Sustainable Foodservice

  • Co-Chair: Sam Lubow, UC Berkeley, Environmental Initiatives Coordinator, Cal Dining
  • Co-Chair: Erin Fabris, UC Los Angeles, Sustainability Manager, Housing & Hospitality Services

Sustainable Operations

  • Co-Chair: Carrie Metzgar, UC Irvine, Sustainability & Planning Analyst
  • Co-Chair: Rowena Eng, UC San Francisco, Sustainability Coordinator

Sustainable Procurement

  • Co-Chair: Russell Chung, UC Berkeley, Director of Procurement, Procurement Services
  • Co-Chair: Heather Perry, UC Santa Barbara, Sustainable Procurement Analyst, Purchasing

Sustainable Transportation

  • Chair: David Sorrell, UC Berkeley, Transportation Demand Management Administrator & Campus Mobility  Manager

Sustainable Water Systems

  • Co-Chair: Nurit Katz, UCLA, Chief Sustainability Officer, Facilities Management
  • Co-Chair: Eli Perszyk, UCSF, Water Manager

UC Health Sustainability

  • Co-Chair: Anna Levitt, UC San Francisco Health, Energy Manager
  • Co-Chair: Colleen McCormick, UC Davis Health, Director of Sustainability

Zero Waste

  • Co-Chair: Matthew O'Carroll, UC Santa Barbara, Refuse, Recycling, and Water Efficiency Manager, Facilities Management
  • Co-Chair: Anne Krieghoff, UC Irvine, Sustainability Program Manager, Facilities Management

Working Groups coordinate the implementation of their respective policy areas by sharing best practices and drafting policy and procedural recommendations to further sustainability goals, capturing benefits from economies of scales and scopes, and providing the Steering Committee with updates on implementation progress and challenges. Working Groups report progress and policy proposals annually to the SSC.

Working Group members are appointed by each campus. Chairs are selected by the Working Group and typically serve a two year term. All UC campuses are represented on each of the working groups.

Working Groups meet several times each year by conference call. Working Group Chairs attend Sustainability Steering Committee meetings to present on any policy updates or new proposals.